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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

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Alan White

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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Work Department

Land and Rural Business


Alan is a partner in the land and rural business department at Gillespie Macandrew. He has experience in a broad range of rural matters, including forestry, sporting interests and salmon fishings, crofting law, sale and purchase of farms and estates, succession planning and associated tax planning issues. Alan has a particular interest in agricultural holdings and general land management and environmental issues (including various grant schemes), renewable energy (wind and hydro) and minerals.

Alan has recently been involved in various sales and acquisitions of a number of properties ranging from small residential estates with salmon fishings, through arable/livestock farms to large estates with significant sporting, farming and forestry aspects; he is currently advising on a number of renewable energy projects covering a range of generating capacities each involving unique intricacies varying from timber crop compensation and re-planting, crofting issues, to partnership structures between developer and landowner for tax planning purposes.


Previous career as professional engineer; Trained Brodies 2000; joined small Ayrshire firm 2004; returned to Brodies 2008; Gillespie Macandrew 2011-present; partner 2015-present


Law Society of Scotland


University of Glasgow


Ski-ing, mountaineering and horse riding

Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Gillespie Macandrew LLP has an extensive track record in island, land and rural business matters, including succession issues, complex estate, farm and forestry transactions, estate restructuring, complex ownership, crofting and renewable energy projects. The practice is led by Robert Scott-Dempster, whose clients include a number of major Scottish estates. Fraser Leslie is routinely called on to advise on option agreements, leases and the related land aspects of onshore renewable projects. Mike Blair has experience in sporting rights, business structures and environmental issues. Alan White handles a broad range of issues particular to Scotland, including crofting rights.

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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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