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Aaron & Partners LLP

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Keith McKinney

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Aaron & Partners LLP

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Planning, Environment, Energy and Regulatory


Senior Associate Solicitor


Keith’s primary area of practice is energy and, in particular, consents for renewable energy development.  Keith has acted on energy planning matters including an application for a major onshore wind farm under the Electricity Act 1989 that was determined at the Mid-Wales Conjoined Wind Farm Inquiry (reputedly the largest planning inquiry ever to have taken place in Wales), an application for a Development Consent Order for an onshore wind farm under the Planning Act 2008, planning appeals for onshore wind farms in both England and Wales, planning applications and advice for solar developments and advice in relation to a planning application and environmental permit for a biomass unit.

Keith also undertakes non-energy related planning work including drafting section 106 planning agreements, drafting section 278 Highways Act agreements and advising clients on planning applications and planning appeals.

Keith’s environmental work includes advising on environmental legislation, advising clients during investigations by the regulator (including attending interviews under caution), representing clients at trial, environmental permitting (including application and challenges to revocation) and advising clients on the impact of the need for a Habitats Regulation Assessment or Environmental Impact Assessment.

Keith has developed a practice in taxi licensing, and acts for one of the largest private hire operators in the UK.  Keith has advised on successful applications for new operator licences, successfully appealed a local authority’s decision to revoke a client’s operator’s licence, and provides strategic advice on dealing with local authorities, for example in relation to a knowledge test or the drafting of operator conditions, and as appropriate on the merits of judicial review.

Keith advises on road transport law and has appeared as an advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and at Traffic Commissioners’ Public Inquiries.  Keith acts for national and international hauliers as well as public service vehicle operators.


Keith is a Member of the UK Environmental Law Association.


Keith studied at the University of Liverpool and the Sorbonne, Paris, before undertaking his LPC.  Keith trained at Aaron & Partners, qualified as a solicitor in November 2013, and was became an associate in August 2015.

North West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Aaron & Partners LLP displays ‘stellar expertise across planning, environment and energy’ mandates. The team advised developer Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on a range of matters relating to the development of six large scale wind turbines in Powys, which included complex planning matters, and advised Rhoscrowther Wind Farm on an appeal against the Pembrokeshire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a five turbine wind farm at Milford Haven. The team also acted for North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection on its proposed development of a tidal lagoon. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Hendy Wind Farm and Mynydd y Gwynt are also clients. David Harries is praised for his ‘strategic view and his sharp analysis of the risks and opportunities’ and heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory practice. Corporate head Stuart Scott Goldstone, senior associates Keith McKinney, who is ‘brilliant’, Jamie Hawley and Andrew Lees are key members of the team, as is consultant Richard Forrester, who specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters.

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North West: Real estate

Planning and environment

Within: Next generation lawyers

Keith McKinney - Aaron & Partners LLP

Within: Planning and environment

Aaron & Partners LLP is regularly instructed on planning and environmental matters in relation to energy and utilities schemes and retail developments as well as mineral acquisition, mineral site allocations, and waste management developments. It is regularly instructed on planning challenges and is adept at advising on Welsh planning law. The team advised Aldi Stores UK on several matters including the development of new stores in Chester and Whitchurch; advised Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on the development of six wind turbines in Powys; acted for Rhoscrowther Wind Farm on its appeal of against the decision of Pembrokeshire County Council to refuse planning permission for a five turbine wind farm at Milford Haven; and is advising Mynydd y Gwynt on its appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse consent for a 27 wind turbine wind farm. The ‘brilliant’ David Harries heads the team and is experienced in energy projects, and David Delaney is experienced in planning and compulsory purchase matters. Consultant Richard Forrester specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters as well as complex land, agricultural issues, and environmental licencing and regulation. Senior associate Keith McKinney is ‘exceptional’ and is experienced in  environmental crime and energy-related matters; with expertise in advising on consent for renewable energy developments.

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