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Ledingham Chalmers LLP
AB10 1HA

Work Department

Commercial property, planning and licensing


Commercial Property, Planning and Licensing lawyer with a background in dealing with all aspects of commercial property including purchase, sale, securities, investment, leasing and development. David now heads up the planning and licensing team within the commercial property department. He advises on all aspects of the planning process, from applications and objections to appeals and judicial review, negotiating planning agreements and planning conditions, interpreting policies and the local development plan process, as well as representation at inquiries. He has significant experience in both the property development and the renewable industry, and has advised on planning and property matters in relation to several significant wind farm applications. He has also been involved in applications for landfill sites, flood alleviation schemes, small scale hydro, and solar projects. His licensing work involves advising on all aspects of liquor licensing, and guiding clients through the licensing process. David speaks regularly on property and planning law at industry events, and delivers the renewable energy element of the Diploma in Legal Practice at Aberdeen University. Clients include local authorities, housebuilders, commercial developers, landowners and third sector organisations.


Davies Wood Summers, Aberdeen; Qualified: 2002. Trained and worked at Davies Wood Summers 2000-03 doing mainly commercial, corporate and property work. Moved to Ledingham Chalmers in 2003 to undertake commercial property work. Appointed associate in 2006; partner 2010. Current directorships: Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Ledingham Chalmers Trustee Company Limited.


Society of Advocates in Aberdeen (Past President), Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen, Ledingham Chalmers Charitable Trust (chairman), Aberdeen Civic Society, Church of Scotland, Friends of RSNO (chairman), John Muir Trust.


Aberdeen Grammar School; University of Aberdeen (1997 LLB Hons); University of Nottingham (1998); University of Natal (South Africa) (1999 LLM International Environmental Law); University of Aberdeen (2000 Diploma in Legal Practice ).


Ultra- marathons, marathons and triathlons, fundraising, RSNO.