Colin Innes > Shepherd and Wedderburn > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Planning and Environment


Colin is a partner and accredited specialist in planning law. Regarded in Scotland as a planning legend, he advises clients in the private and public sectors on both contentious and non-contentious planning matters. On the contentious side he represents clients at public inquiries, hearings and also advises in respect of court challenges to planning decisions. He has significant expertise in relation to energy related projects including thermal plant, renewable energy and grid. He is also involved in other major infrastructure projects including road schemes and major mixed use schemes. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a planning specialist, Colin advised Vattenfall Wind Power Limited on their Aberdeen Bay consenting, famously challenged by the Trump Organisation LLC and Trump International Golf Links Scotland Limited. Most recent work includes advising DF Concerts on the relocation of T in the Park, Scotland’s iconic music festival. Chambers and Partners notes: ‘Colin Innes is recognised as a leading light in the sector and particularly acclaimed for his expertise in renewables and retail work. Sources praise his “tremendous and valuable knowledge,” and call him “a class act – hugely impressive.”‘


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified Scotland 1994; England and Wales 1997; partner 1998 to date. Publications of note: legal adviser to Scottish Government sponsored research on roads construction consent, ‘designing streets’ and the Town Centre Toolkit.


United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; The Law Society of Scotland; legal associate Royal Town Planning Institute.


The Edinburgh Academy; University of Aberdeen (1990 LLB Hons; 1991 Diploma in Legal Practice; 1992 LLM Environmental Law).


Fishing, visiting historic buildings; chairman Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland); member National Trust for Scotland.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Planning

(Leading individuals)

Colin InnesShepherd and Wedderburn

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.

Scotland > Real estate > Environment

Working in close co-operation with its planning team, Shepherd and Wedderburn has carved out a strong practice handling environmental law issues arising from energy sector projects, including impact assessments, various regulatory issues and permitting and planning-related matters. The team is also experienced in environmental noise-related work. Patricia Hawthorn and Colin Innes jointly head the team, which includes planning expert Moray Thomson, who joined the firm from DWF in October 2018.