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Shepherd and Wedderburn

1 WEST REGENT STREET, GLASGOW, G2 1RW, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0141 566 9900
Fax:
Fax 0141 565 1222
DX:
GW409 GLASGOW
Email:
Web:
www.shepwedd.com

Patricia Hawthorn

Tel:
Work 0141 566 8509
Email:
Web:
www.shepwedd.com/
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Planning and Environment

Position

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.’

Career

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

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

Skiing, golf and gym.


Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Shepherd and Wedderburn's practice is characterised by its size, prominence in complex disputes and breadth of expertise across all forms of dispute resolution. Iain Drummond, a seasoned expert in construction/engineering and projects disputes, appears regularly at the Court of Session as a solicitor advocate, and also has an active adjudication and mediation practice. John MacKenzie and senior associate Kevin Clancy are also solicitor advocates. Alastair Frood leads the banking and finance litigation practice, and also undertakes matters involving professional negligence, insurance litigation and charity-related disputes (among other areas); Frood's experience includes multi-party mediations, expert determination and Sheriff Court/Court of Session proceedings. Also recommended for banking and finance litigation is team head Gillian Carty, who is also a particularly strong choice for insolvency litigation (she is a licensed insolvency practitioner and accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an accredited specialist in insolvency law). Illustrative of the firm's work, in 2017, MacKenzie represented Ernst & Young as the liquidator of three offshore companies in a professional negligence claim over a $300m suspected fraud. Barbara Bolton and others defended Mercer Limited against four separate pension scheme claims, while Patricia Hawthorn was the lead partner acting for Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind in judicial review proceedings brought by the RSPB. Elaine Brailsford and David Anderson are recommended.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Projects

Within: Projects

Shepherd and Wedderburn's group advises on all aspects of the initial procurement of projects, to design and construction, and then operation and maintenance. PPP, PFI, NPD and hub projects are among the cornerstones of the practice. In a particularly large-scale project in the social housing sector, Rhona Harper, Euan McLeod, and associates Lauren Thompson and associate Stephen Maughan, are acting for Wheatley Housing Group in the procurement and construction aspects of the £250m Transformational Regeneration Area project at Sighthill in Glasgow. Harper is also the lead adviser to States of Jersey on the procurement of its circa £250m Future Hospital Project. In 2017, team head Stephen Colliston (who has acted for funders in a number of projects recently) worked with director Nigel Sievwright and others to advise Nord/LB on DBFM schools projects at Carntyne & Blairdardie and West Calder, and also a DBFM health centres project at Gorbals and Woodside. Another notable area of activity for the firm, among others, is in renewable energy sector projects; Harper, Patricia Hawthorn and Colliston are part of the team which is advising the Acciona Industrial-led consortium on its bid for a 25-year contract to design, build and operate an energy-from-waste plant in Aberdeen. Senior associate Euan Murray and associate Sarah Channin are recommended.

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Scotland: Real estate

Environment

Within: Leading individuals

Patricia Hawthorn - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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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