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Ewan Macleod

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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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)


Music and football

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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Within: Planning

Shepherd and Wedderburn's market-leading reputation is underscored by its portfolio of high-end work, with particular strengths in industries such as energy, residential development and retail. The team, which is equally strong in high-profile contentious and non-contentious planning matters, is jointly led by Ewan MacLeod and Colin Innes (who chairs the Law Society of Scotland Planning Accreditation Committee). MacLeod and senior associate Fraser Mitchell recently assisted Taylor Wimpey and CALA Homes with obtaining planning permission, and successfully represented the clients at a related judicial review, over the development of sites at Maidenhill in Newton Mearns. MacLeod and Mitchell also defended CALA Homes at a judicial review challenge raised by Jordanhill Community Council over the proposed redevelopment of the former Jordanhill College Campus. In the renewable energy sector, Innes and Scott McCallum are acting for Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited in the planning aspects of the 1,116MW Moray East offshore wind development in the Moray Firth. In another matter, MacLeod advised Brown & Mason on a consenting strategy, which was agreed with Fife Council, to faciliate the demolition of Scottish Power's coal-fired Longannet power station. Elsewhere, clients such as British Land and Sainsbury's instruct the firm on all of their Scottish projects.

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