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Laura Tainsh

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Davidson Chalmers Stewart

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Environmental, waste and renewables team.


Partner in the environmental, waste and renewables team. Deals with a wide range of issues including environmental issues, waste, renewables, commercial and rural property. Extensive experience of all aspects of renewables projects. Specialism in environmental law including regulatory consenting regimes, waste management, pollution and contamination and enforcement action. She has a varied practice with a wide-ranging client base including developers, landowners, investors, consultants and funders.


Trained Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, 2002-04; commercial property and projects assistant, Davidson Chalmers LLP 2004-10; environmental waste and renewables associate partner 2010-14; environmental waste and renewables partner 2014-date. Articles regularly published in Scottish Planning and Environmental Law, Materials Recycling World and a range of other publications; LLM Dissertation on the Zero Waste Plan in Scotland (with particular emphasis on the role of energy from waste as part of the regime in Scotland). Published in the Lawtext Environmental Liability in 2010.


UKELA Waste Working Party; Law Society of Scotland Environmental Law Committee; Scottish Property Federation Building Standards and Sustainability Committee; Chartered Institution of Wastes Management; accredited as an Environmental Law Specialist by the Law Society of Scotland.


Hutchesons’ Grammar School; University of Glasgow (2001); University of Dundee (2010, Masters Degree).


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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Davidson Chalmers Stewart’s practice is particularly recommended for matters pertaining to renewables and waste management. Andy Drane leads the team and is particularly experienced in advising rural businesses on farm diversification, family disputes, energy projects and the disposal of land for development. Drane is currently assisting RJ Tyser Overseas Settlement with its disposal of a housing development site of around 250 units to Barratt Homes, in the first phase of a larger development. Laura Tainsh and Stuart Duncan are advising the Dunrobin Highland Distillery on developing distillery facilities and a visitor centre within the Dunrobin Castle estate, in a deal that includes complex lease agreements that meet the specific land-use needs of the client. Sheila Webster is acting for a group of several tenant farmers in a high profile judicial review, which seeks compensation from the Scottish Government following the introduction of legislation that has affected property rights in farming partnerships.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Davidson Chalmers Stewart has established itself as a credible player in the renewable energy sector, since it handled its first project in 1998. Its 'very knowledgeable team' now undertakes a wide range of matters for clients such as community bodies, developers, landowners, investors, funders and suppliers of renewable energy fuel stocks. Its workload spans schemes involving onshore wind, biomass, solar PV, battery storage and community renewables, among others. The group provides 'strong, value-for-money advice, which is reflective of leading industry standards and expertise'. Team head Andy Drane and Stuart Duncan are acting for Gala Water and Mill Lades Society Limited in a community-led project, which involves the regeneration of the historic mill lade infrastructure in Galashiels and installation of several hydroelectric installations on the mill lade. 'Very experienced' Laura Tainsh works with  Louise Jones, Andrew McDonald and Jenny Anfield to assist clients such as Germany-based wind developer ABO Wind and Peel Energy with their Scottish renewable energy projects. June Gilles joined CMS in January 2018.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Next generation lawyers

Laura Tainsh - Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Within: Environment

Davidson Chalmers Stewart's team head Laura Tainsh, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an environmental law specialist, has established a first-rate reputation among clients, which include landfill operators, recycling and waste management companies, and transport operators. Underlining her credentials in environmental law, in 2017, Tainsh was appointed to the Scottish Centre Council of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, and also the national Scientific and Technical Committee. Tainsh's group advises clients on a broad cross-section of matters, such as enforcement actions, regulatory issues and legislative/policy changes, and environmental impact assessments. Tainsh and associate Louise Jones are acting for Dunrobin Highland Distillery in the development and construction of a new distillery, which includes associated environmental issues, such as those relating to the use of water, the planning process, construction process and specific environmental consent applications. Saica Natur UK, WH Malcolm and Suez Group are other notable clients. Tainsh and others are also assisting Brewster Brothers Limited with the environmental aspects of its acquisition of an old quarry.

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