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Kirsty Macpherson

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Brodies LLP

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Renewable energy.


Partner and co-head of renewable energy group, dealing with hydro-schemes, windfarms, biomass and AD plants. She has also developed a specialist knowledge in crofting and renewables being involved in numerous schemes where crofters have an interest; sales and purchases of development sites (brown and greenfield); investment purchases and sales and on-going lease managment work. Kirsty acts for both deveopers and landowners in the sale/purchase of land for residential and mixed-use development. She strives to keep law practical for clients and talking in plain English while keeping strategic overview on projects.


Trained Tods Murray 1998-2002; Gillespie Macandrew 2002-15 (partner 2007-15); joined Brodies 2015.


Millburn Academy, Inverness; University of New Hampshire (BA 1988); Aberdeen University, (LLB 1997).


Sailing; fishing; hill-walking.

Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Brodies LLP's ‘first-class’ practice advises rural landed estates, farming and rural businesses, lenders, funders, developers and public sector organisations across Scotland on all corporate, commercial and litigation matters. Odell Milne provides ‘an exceptional strategic overview’, and specialises in compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and utility work. ‘Efficient, intelligent and good under pressure’, Kirsty Macpherson focuses on rural renewable energy matters.  Alex Buchan has ‘a commercial outlook’ and particular sector knowledge in commercial rural estates. Noted for her ‘great attention to detail in transactions’, Kate McLeish advises clients on a range of agricultural holdings. The group advised the GFG Alliance on the $330m acquisition of eight Estates, which involved an extensive review of agricultural and renewables leases, grazing and residential tenancies. In another highlight, it assisted the Litchfield Family with the sale of the whole issued share capital of Tulchan Sporting Estates to a Russian businessman, in a transaction that was affected by land ownership reform and a high level of public scrutiny. Clive Philips leads the practice.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Brodies LLP has a strong market profile in the Scottish renewable energy sector, and it particularly stands out in areas such as onshore wind, hydro, heat and bioenergy. The team, which is jointly led by Keith Patterson and Kirsty Macpherson, is frequently sought-after by clients in the most high-profile matters in the market. Patterson, Roger Cotton and Neil Collar are acting for Grangemouth Renewable Energy Limited in the development of a large biomass combined heat and power (CHP) project and district heating network; this is the largest CHP project, and the first heat-led project, to win a contract for difference (CfD) in Scotland. In 2017, Patterson, Sarah-Jane McArthur, Phil Hunter, associate Alison Polson and others advised three project companies owned by Banks Renewables on the £210m development and financing of a 151MW CfD wind farm portfolio; this matter represented the first CfD onshore wind farm financing. McArthur, construction director Mark Finlay and Michael Stoneham (who is the head of energy and infrastructure finance) are acting for MeyGen in the development of a landmark, first-of-its-kind tidal stream energy project in the Pentland Firth. Alix Bearhop focuses on the real estate aspects of renewable energy projects, while Derek Stroud has more than 15 years of experience of corporate transactions connected with the industry. Associate Claire Reid assists developers and landowners with wind, hydro and anaerobic digestion projects.

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Brodies LLP

  • Scottish planning obligations: modification and discharge – the story so far

    Planning obligations 1 (formerly agreements), which restrict or regulate the use or development of land, perform a crucial function within the planning system. In Scotland in particular, where the community infrastructure levy has not been adopted, the planning obligation continues to be the primary mechanism for the delivery of much needed local and regional infrastructure through developer contributions, often involving very significant sums. 

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