Keith McKinney > Aaron & Partners LLP > Chester, England > Lawyer Profile

Aaron & Partners LLP

Work Department

Planning, Environment, Energy and Regulatory




Keith’s primary area of practice is energy and, in particular, consents for renewable energy development.  Keith has acted on energy planning matters including an application for a major onshore wind farm under the Electricity Act 1989 that was determined at the Mid-Wales Conjoined Wind Farm Inquiry (reputedly the largest planning inquiry ever to have taken place in Wales), an application for a Development Consent Order for an onshore wind farm under the Planning Act 2008, planning appeals for onshore wind farms in both England and Wales, planning applications and advice for solar developments and advice in relation to a planning application and environmental permit for a biomass unit.

Keith also undertakes non-energy related planning work including drafting section 106 planning agreements, drafting section 278 Highways Act agreements and advising clients on planning applications and planning appeals.

Keith’s environmental work includes advising on environmental legislation, advising clients during investigations by the regulator (including attending interviews under caution), representing clients at trial, environmental permitting (including application and challenges to revocation) and advising clients on the impact of the need for a Habitats Regulation Assessment or Environmental Impact Assessment.

Keith has developed a practice in taxi licensing, and acts for one of the largest private hire operators in the UK.  Keith has advised on successful applications for new operator licences, successfully appealed a local authority’s decision to revoke a client’s operator’s licence, and provides strategic advice on dealing with local authorities, for example in relation to a knowledge test or the drafting of operator conditions, and as appropriate on the merits of judicial review.

Keith advises on road transport law and has appeared as an advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and at Traffic Commissioners’ Public Inquiries.  Keith acts for national and international hauliers as well as public service vehicle operators.


Keith is a Member of the UK Environmental Law Association.


Keith studied at the University of Liverpool and the Sorbonne, Paris, before undertaking his LPC.  Keith trained at Aaron & Partners, qualified as a solicitor in November 2013, and was became an associate in August 2015.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Next Generation Partners)

Keith McKinneyAaron & Partners LLP

Noted for its ‘ability to bring together planning and environmental expertise’, the team at Aaron & Partners LLP displays strengths in the energy sector, water law and Welsh planning law. David Harries leads the practice; he is an energy specialist, with particular expertise in renewable energy. Keith McKinney is also a key practitioner, handling planning matters, advising on environmental legislation and representing clients in investigations and prosecution by environmental regulators.

North West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

Aaron & Partners LLP offers specialist energy expertise to a variety of proponent clients, working primarily on renewable energy developments, handling issues such as site permissions, regulatory issues, and appeals, alongside financing and transactions. The team is led by David Harries , who has led on national and international energy developments. Consultant Richard Forrester has strong expertise in natural resources and waste-to-energy matters, while Keith McKinney specialises in onshore wind projects.