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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

5 ATHOLL CRESCENT, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 225 1677
Fax:
Fax 0131 225 4519
DX:
113 EDINBURGH-1
Email:
Web:
www.gillespiemacandrew.co.uk

Amy McDowell

Tel:
Work 0131 225 1677
Email:
Web:
www.gillespiemacandrew.co.uk/
Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Work Department

Energy, Natural Resources & Strategic Land

Position

Partner in the Energy, Natural Resources and Strategic Land team. Amy acts on behalf of landowners, developers, funders and other third parties in new and ongoing renewable energy developments and in secondary market renewable energy transactions. She also acts in various strategic land developments including a number of large scale residential and mixed use developments across Scotland. Amy has particular experience assisting clients who are developing projects on land subject to crofting tenure, focusing on the various options available to developers in order to identify the best practical solution available.

Career

Gillespie Macandrew LLP: Trainee Solicitor (2009-2011); Solicitor (2011 - 2014); Associate (2015 - 2016); Partner (2016 - present) 

Education

University of Edinburgh: LLB (Hons); Dip. LP


Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Gillespie Macandrew LLP provides the full spectrum of corporate law advice to public and private sector clients (of a range of sizes) from a variety of sectors; associate Chris Gibson is particularly active in acting for start-up and early stage technology sector companies in all areas of their lifecycle. The firm particularly stands out in the renewable energy sector, where it assists start-up and emerging companies with negotiating inward investments, joint ventures for renewables projects and other land-based development transactions. In 2017, energy and strategic land group head Derek Mcculloch, Amy McDowell and Michael Cox were among the advisers to Rio Tinto on the £330m sale of its Alcan Aluminium business to SIMEC. Food and drink and retail are among other industries where the team generates work. Gibson, McCulloch and team head Christopher Smith are dual-qualified in Scottish and English law. Senior solicitor Jennie Elliot is another key figure.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Gillespie Macandrew LLP has an excellent record in energy, water and waste projects. It has seen its portfolio of high quality work grow; recent matters have included hydrogen electrolysis projects, storage projects and solar projects. In addition, the firm undertakes projects in Scotland and England, and it benefits from the expertise of legal director Simon Williams, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law. The firm's first-rate reputation in the agricultural and rural sector puts it on a strong footing to advise on the associated complexities arising from onshore, offshore and island projects. In a big-ticket transaction, in 2017, Derek McCulloch and others advised Rio Tinto on the $410m sale of its UK assets, and power and smelting business at Lochaber and Blyth, to SIMEC. Another standout highlight saw John Stirling, Murray Shaw and Colin Hamilton act for Seagreen Wind Energy in the RSPB's high-profile judicial review of the combined consent of the Forth and Tay offshore wind farms. Hamilton made partner in 2017. Amy McDowell, Alan White, Fraser Leslie and legal director Susan Day are recommended. The firm has also won work from a number of new clients, including REG Power, Environmental Energy Investments Scotland Limited and Steelwind Nordenham. Senior solicitor Stewart Crosbie joined from Morton Fraser in 2017.

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