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Richard Leslie

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Rural Business and Renewables


Richard is a partner in the real estate team and specialises in rural and renewables work. He advises on the purchase and sale of rural property including estates, farms, crofts and country houses, agricultural leases, wind farms, hydro-electric and telecommunication mast leases, mineral prospecting leases and all aspects of law relating to land out with urban areas. Richard prefers to meet clients on their own 'patch' to gain a greater understanding of their business and legal requirements. Richard has a particular interest in all aspects of environmental work including renewable energy projects, nature conservation and contaminated land issues and he has acted in over 25 wind farm projects and a number of hydro-electric schemes. In Chambers and Partners 2015 client feedback included: 'He was responsive, alert and gave good advice.'


Trained Anderson Strathern; assistant 1997-2002; assistant, Murray Beith Murray 2002-2005; Tods Murray LLP 2005-2014 (partner from 2010); partner Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP 2014 to date.


The Law Society of Scotland; Scottish convener, UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA).


University of Cape Town (1986 BA Hons); University of Glasgow (1994 LLB); University of Edinburgh (1995 Dip LP).

Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs team stands out for its ability to ‚Äėspeak a language that agricultural clients understand‚Äô in its advice on a variety of complex rural matters that includes transactional work, in addition to business support and renewable energy projects. Peter Misselbrook¬†leads the practice and acts for a number of large estate owners and farmers, with a particular expertise on hunting matters. Misselbrook advised the Invercauld Estates on the sale of one of its grouse moors, in a transaction that involved an amendment and re-grant of the client‚Äôs sporting agreement and issues regarding access and overlapping historic estate titles. ‚ÄėKnowledgeable‚Äô Richard Leslie¬†advised the Lothian Family Trust on the sale of agricultural land in the Scottish Borders, which required contractual arrangements to safeguard a Roman road on the estate. Hugh Smith¬†is assisting Brookfield Renewable with securing Option Agreements over potential compensatory planting areas in order to comply with Scottish Forestry Commission obligations. The team expanded in April 2017 with the recruitment of¬†Hamish Lean¬†from Stronachs LLP, who is recommended for his ‚Äėstrength in finding practical solutions‚Äô.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Environment

Shepherd and Wedderburn, whose team operates on a cross-departmental basis, has a particularly strong capability in advising national and international developers on environmental law issues arising from energy sector projects, such as those related to onshore and offshore wind, wave, tidal, energy from waste and coal-fired power. In 2017, Ewan MacLeod and Chris Devlin advised Brown & Mason Limited on the planning and environmental issues associated with the demolition of Scottish Power's power station at Longannet in Fife; this was Scotland's last coal-fired power station. Colin Innes, Colin Robertson, Scott McCallum and others are acting for Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited in the planning, property and environmental aspects of the 1,116MW Moray East offshore wind development in the Moray Firth. With the firm having successfully represented Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Limited in high-profile judicial review proceedings against the RSPB, Patricia Hawthorn and others are assisting the client with a new consent application for the Neart na Gaoithe project. Hawthorn jointly leads the environment practice with Innes. In addition to acting for energy sector clients, Jamie Grant advises those from infrastructure, ports and harbours, and hotels and leisure. Richard Leslie is also recommended.

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