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  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Douglas Armstrong QC - Terra Firma ChambersAn excellent advocate who knows his stuff inside out
    • James Findlay QC - Terra Firma ChambersOne of the foremost planning specialists at the Scottish Bar.
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    • Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom AdvocatesHer analytical and leadership skills never fail to impress.
    • Marcus McKay QC - Ampersand AdvocatesHighly experienced in energy-related planning work.
    • James Mure QC - Axiom AdvocatesA great analyst who has the ear of the court.

Leading Juniors

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    • Gavin Anderson - Compass ChambersPresents compelling legal arguments in a most persuasive manner.
    • Scott Blair - Terra Firma ChambersHe has extensive knowledge and expertise in licencing law.
    • Alasdair Burnet - Terra Firma ChambersGood on his feet and handles matters with a quiet confidence.
    • Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen - Ampersand AdvocatesA first-class planning junior.
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    • Graham Dunlop - Terra Firma ChambersPragmatic, personable, and approachable.
    • Robert Skinner - Terra Firma ChambersA highly experienced licensing practitioner.

Ampersand Advocates is home to planning law specialists Marcus McKay QC and Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen, who are often instructed in complex or high-profile inquiries and appeals. Notable recent highlights include McKay's representation of The Viking Wind Farm in a consent application under crofting legislation, and Westhuizen's work on behalf of the Scottish ministers in an appeal lodged by a dairy farm following the refusal of planning permission for a large greenbelt development.

Axiom Advocates is home to Ruth Crawford QC and James Mure QC, who are frequently instructed in high profile planning cases, such as Crawford's representation of Transport Scotland in an inquiry concerning the A96 Trunk Road, as well as her representation of Aberdeen City Council in a judicial review concerning the New Aberdeen Stadium project, which aims to replace Pittodrie as the home of Aberdeen FC.

Gavin Anderson at Compass Chambers is highly experienced in defending in environmental criminal cases, and continues this work following his move from Westwater Advocates in June 2018.

Terra Firma Chambers are 'the best stable in Scotland for planning law' according to several clients, with 'unrivalled strength in depth' in this area. Notable recent cases include a judicial review challenge to Aberdeen FC's plans to build a new stadium, in which James Findlay QC acted for the club, and Gladman Development Ltd v Scottish Ministers, in which Douglas Armstrong QC acted for developer Gladman in its challenge to the strategic development plans of several local authorities.

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