Patricia Hawthorn > Shepherd and Wedderburn > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Shepherd and Wedderburn
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Work Department

Planning and Environment


Patricia is a partner and expert in planning and environmental law, with a focus on energy and natural resources. Patricia advises developers on consenting strategy in multi-application scenarios. Her practice covers the early stages of the development consenting process, strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment, planning due diligence and the cross over with environmental permitting, which blends well with the contentious focus of the planning team. In addition to development consenting, Patricia provides general environmental support on corporate and property deals (due diligence, warranties and environmental indemnities) and on environmental prosecutions. Clients include Mainstream Group, EDP RENOVÁVEIS, S.A. and Vector Aerospace.  In 2015 Patricia was appointed chairman of Scottish Renewables, the industry body and voice of renewable energy in Scotland, and she is a member of RenewableUK’s consents and licensing group. In Chambers and Partners 2015, sources comment ‘she’s definitely a specialist in the area.’


Trained McGrigors; qualified 1984; partner 1995; consultant Pinsent Masons 2002-07; partner Shepherd and Wedderburn 2007 to date.


Scottish Renewables offshore consents and licensing group; RenewableUK’s consents and licensing group; director/chairman Scottish Renewables.


Glasgow University 1978-83 (LLB 1st Class Hons European Law 1982, DipLP 1983). Re-qualified under English Law 2010.


Skiing, golf and gym.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Environment

(Leading individuals)

Patricia HawthornShepherd and Wedderburn

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.