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Andy Drane

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Davidson Chalmers LLP

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Projects, renewables, healthcare, environmental, waste, property development, construction.


One of the lead partners in Davidson Chalmers' specialist healthcare team. First Scottish member of National Association of Specialist Solicitors Advising Doctors (NASSAD).

Also partner and head of environmental, waste and renewables team. Masters of Law Degree in Construction Law.

Property development/projects lawyer with non-contentious construction expertise. Extensive experience in renewable energy projects, healthcare development, rural business, construction law, property development, waste management/recycling and environmental law. Wide-ranging and varied practice acting for developers, investors, project operators, contractors, consultants, funders and end users. Scottish Specialist Solicitor of the Year (2014).


Qualified 1994.
Partner 2001.


NASSAD; UKELA; Law Society of Scotland.


Dollar Academy; Edinburgh University (1993); Strathclyde University (2000).


A variety of outdoor activities.

Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Davidson Chalmers LLP’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 LLP 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: Public sector


Within: Health

Davidson Chalmers LLP is noted for its work in the medical and dental sectors, in addition to advising vets, care home operators, pharmacies, opticians and medical device companies on a range of non-contentious issues, including partnership agreements. ‘Sensible negotiator’ and corporate lawyer, practice head Craig Stirling is highly experienced in the sale and purchase of dental practices across Scotland. Andy Drane advised Leith Walk Surgery on its relocation to another premises with support and funding from NHS Lothian; and Musselburgh Primary Care Centre on mitigating the impact of the closure of its Riverside Medical Practice in cooperation with the Lothian Health Board.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Construction

Davidson Chalmers LLP acts for a number of Scotland's most active private development companies in the construction of large, high-profile residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. Practice head Simone Young is the lead adviser to Chris Stewart Group on high-end new-build and refurbishment developments at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh; the work recently covered procurement and contracts advice. In a related matter, Greg Flett advised the client on a claim brought by the proprietor of a neighbouring property against a demolition contractor employed by the client over damage the contractor had caused to the property. In another major project in Edinburgh, Bruce Lancaster and Young are advising Peveril Securities Limited on a multi-use development at King's Stables Road, which consists of four neighbouring construction projects; when complete, this will consist of a hotel, student accommodation, residential apartments and commercial units. Outside of acting for developers, the firm undertakes high-end work for other clients; Young is advising Apple Apartments on the multimillion pound refurbishment of a former school building in Edinburgh city centre to form a mixed serviced apartment and bar/restaurant scheme. Elsewhere, Andy Drane heads up a team that specialises in the waste and renewable energy sectors, and he also advises primary medical care operators on development matters.

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Within: Planning

Davidson Chalmers LLP's Caroline Court has expertise in residential and commercial development, where she advises developers on the property and planning aspects of projects. Stephanie Mackenzie, who recently joined from CMS, is also knowledgeable about planning issues in residential development projects. Another key figure is Andy Drane, who is assisting The RJ Tyser Overseas Settlement with planning issues associated with the proposed development of 900 houses, a primary school and an access road at a site located on the outskirts of Inverness.  Court, Drane and others are acting for Story Homes in all aspects (including planning) of a 230 unit housing development in Biggar. Other sectors where the firm generates planning work include hospitality and leisure, renewable energy, student accommodation and retail. Peel Group, JW Muir Group Plc and Kingsford Developments Limited are other notable clients. Director Jacqueline Cook joined as the head of planning from Pinsent Masons LLP, succeeding former head June Gilles, who departed for CMS.

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