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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

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David Scott

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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

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Commercial property, planning and licensing


Commercial Property, Planning and Licensing lawyer with a background in dealing with all aspects of commercial property including purchase, sale, securities, investment, leasing and development. David now heads up the planning and licensing team within the commercial property department. He advises on all aspects of the planning process, from applications and objections to appeals and judicial review, negotiating planning agreements and planning conditions, interpreting policies and the local development plan process, as well as representation at inquiries. He has significant experience in both the property development and the renewable industry, and has advised on planning and property matters in relation to several significant wind farm applications. He has also been involved in applications for landfill sites, flood alleviation schemes, small scale hydro, and solar projects. His licensing work involves advising on all aspects of liquor licensing, and guiding clients through the licensing process. David speaks regularly on property and planning law at industry events, and delivers the renewable energy element of the Diploma in Legal Practice at Aberdeen University. Clients include local authorities, housebuilders, commercial developers, landowners and third sector organisations.


Davies Wood Summers, Aberdeen; Qualified: 2002. Trained and worked at Davies Wood Summers 2000-03 doing mainly commercial, corporate and property work. Moved to Ledingham Chalmers in 2003 to undertake commercial property work. Appointed associate in 2006; partner 2010. Current directorships: Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Ledingham Chalmers Trustee Company Limited.


Society of Advocates in Aberdeen (Past President), Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen, Ledingham Chalmers Charitable Trust (chairman), Aberdeen Civic Society, Church of Scotland, Friends of RSNO (chairman), John Muir Trust.


Aberdeen Grammar School; University of Aberdeen (1997 LLB Hons); University of Nottingham (1998); University of Natal (South Africa) (1999 LLM International Environmental Law); University of Aberdeen (2000 Diploma in Legal Practice ).


Ultra- marathons, marathons and triathlons, fundraising, RSNO.

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland

Within: Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's practice is spread between its Aberdeen and Inverness offices, giving it excellent coverage of the market in the north and north east of Scotland. Led by Stephen Morrice, the firm provides a broad scope of services to public and private sector clients. In Aberdeen, Alasdair MacLure, heads up the firm's commercial leasing unit, while Alan Michie leads the firm's housebuilding practice. Michie recently worked with senior associate Lesley Currie to advise Kirkwood Homes Limited on its £4.75m acquisition of a 57 unit site at Countesswells in Aberdeen. In another matter, Michie, Currie and John Mitchell are assisting the same client with concluding missives for a five-phased residential development of 250 units at Linlathen in Dundee. In what was one of the largest office lettings in Aberdeen in 2017, planning lawyer David Scott and senior solicitor Rachael Mackay assisted Total Waste Management Alliance Limited as the tenant with negotiating and concluding a sub-lease of 7000 square feet of office space at Broadfold House. John Smart in Inverness has more than 20 years of experience of commercial property transactions, and handles a mix of sales and purchases, leases and development agreements. On the secured lending side, the firm handles property-related financing and refinancing matters for a number of mainstream lenders, including The Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank and Santander.

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Within: Environment

Ledingham Chalmers LLP garners a significant amount of environmental work from throughout Scotland, owing to its involvement in a number of sectors, such as forestry and fisheries, farming, renewable energy and oil and gas. Practice head Jim Drysdale is knowledgeable about a wide variety of matters, such as nature conservation, waste, contaminated land and fluvial/pluvial/diffuse pollution. Solicitor advocate John Chalmers has 26 years of Sheriff Court and Court of Session litigation experience, and represents insurance companies and local authorities in litigation involving environmental issues and in judicial review cases. Other key figures include planning head David Scott, commercial lawyer Peter Murray and commercial property partner John Smart. Sarah Stuart and Neil Anderson are also recommended.

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Within: Planning

Ledingham Chalmers LLP, which is noted for its strengths in the planning aspects of wind farm and housing developments, acts for multiple stakeholders in contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including landowners, developers, objectors and planning authorities. Planning practice head David Scott works alongside partner Stephen Morrice (among other members of the commercial property team) and senior associate Rebecca Walker, who has significant experience of contentious planning work, particularly wind farm inquiries. Scott and others are advising clients such as Kirkwood Homes Limited and Claymore Homes Limited as the landowner and/or application on multiple section 75 agreements across various development sites. Dandara Group, Bancon Developments Limited and Cornerstone Community Care are among other clients.

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