Ewan Macleod > Shepherd and Wedderburn > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Planning and Environment


Ewan is a partner and accredited as a specialist in planning law by the Law Society of Scotland. He has extensive public hearing and inquiry experience with particular expertise in housing, retail and waste issues. Top ranked by leading directories, Ewan advises developers and planning authorities in relation to development plans, significant planning applications including planning gain issues, appeals, court challenges and compulsory purchase. Ewan also advises on a range of environmental matters including regulated processes, nuisance and contaminated land. His most recent work includes advising Taylor Wimpey and CALA Homes on a significant residential development in Newton Mearns; Murray Estates in connection with its 1300 house development in West Edinburgh; ARES in relation to development proposals at Kingsway East Retail Park, Dundee and Scarborough Muir Group on a significant compensation claim related to the new Queensferry Crossing Bridge project. Other clients include Gladman Developments, Hallam Land, Sainsbury’s, British Land and Miller Homes. Chambers and Partners notes: ‘Ewan Macleod is praised by sources for his commercial solutions to complex legal problems. An expert in strategic retail and residential development, he has a “good understanding of both sides of a case and is able to interpret that clearly.”


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified 1999; assistant Shepherd and Wedderburn 1999; associate 2003; partner 2006


Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in planning law


University of Dundee (1994 LLB (Hons); 1995 Dip LP)


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Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Planning

Shepherd and Wedderburn has carved out a strong practice acting in residential, energy and retail development projects, providing assistance with contentious and non-contentious issues including compulsory purchase and environmental law matters. Colin Innes and Ewan Macleod jointly head the team, which includes planning lawyer Moray Thomson, who joined from DWF in October 2018, together with two associates.