Planning, environmental and licensing in Scottish Bar

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.