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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
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www.shepwedd.com

Jamie Grant

Tel:
Work 0141 566 7257
Email:
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Property

Position

Jamie is a highly regarded real estate lawyer, with decades of experience and in-depth expertise in property and environmental law (in particular in contaminated land) honed from advising clients in energy and renewables; infrastructure; ports and harbours and hotels and leisure.

Projects include onshore wind and hydro schemes, bio-mass and anaerobic digestion schemes, a tidal scheme and advising a landfill operator in the largest mineral ownership dispute to come before the Scottish courts in recent decades. 

A combination of legal expertise and a passion for the water (a keen sailor) means Jamie is sought out by clients with interests in harbour and port related matters where he has more than just legal experience. 
 Jamie is a regular author of legal briefings and updates and has contributed to and commented on consultations on The Scotland Act 2012, Energy Act 2013, electricity market reform and property rates relief reform.


Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs team is singled out for its depth of expertise; ‚Äėit really understands the issues they face‚Äô, according to one client. Its wide-ranging knowledge encompasses areas such as competition and regulatory (including advice on non-contentious matters and assistance with investigations), planning and consenting, property, corporate and construction across the whoe renewable/alternative energy spectrum, including onshore and offshore wind, biomass, energy from waste, hydro, and small-scale renewables. A team including Scott McCallum and Liz McRobb is acting for DONG Energy on the 1.8GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm project in the Southern North Sea, which involves advising on associated planning and environment, property and commercial issues. In another matter, Gordon Downie and senior associate Natasha Durkin are handling a UK Competition and Market Authority investigation into the energy supply market in Great Britain for ScottishPower, while Clare Foster acted for UK Green Investment Bank on the ¬£6.8m financing to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for the replacement of 14,790 streetlights with energy-efficient LED alternatives. James Saunders, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish Law, has been advising on the restructuring of the UK energy sector since the late 1980s. Corporate specialist Daniel Lee, planning expert Colin Innes and Patricia Hawthorn are other highly regarded partners. Key senior associates include Fiona Parker and Joanne McDowall. Jamie Grant joined from MacRoberts LLP.

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Projects

Within: Projects

Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a range of projects for public sector bodies, private sector bidders and funders. Projects involving district heating schemes are a notable growth area of the practice; Gareth Parry and practice head Rhona Harper are acting for West Dunbartonshire Council on the procurement of a water source heat pump district heating system at Queen’s Quay regeneration site in Glasgow. In another standout matter, Harper and Euan McLeod led a cross-practice team assisting City of Edinburgh Council with all legal aspects of the St James’ Quarter Growth Accelerator Model project; the team provided support on multiple issues, including state aid, construction, corporate and procurement. Stephen Colliston led the advice to Nord/LB on the £75m funding of the new East Lothian Community Hospital project. The team is also increasing its exposure to secondary market transactions and disputes associated with projects. Other key figures include Nigel Sievwright, who particularly specialises in health and education projects and handles operational issues such as latent defects. In 2016, John Gallacher joined from HBJ Gateley and Jamie Grant joined from MacRoberts LLP. Senior associate Euan Murray and associate Sarah Channin are also recommended.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a first-rate reputation and an extensive track record in commercial and residential development, leasing, property investments and acquisitions, real estate finance and regeneration projects. Its diverse client roster includes names such as John Lewis, Investec, the University of Edinburgh and Hermes. In 2016, the firm acted for City of Edinburgh Council on the £105m sale of Atria One to a German investment company, and also advised Cirrus Logic on the letting of Quartermile 4. Elsewhere, David Mitchell, senior associate Rhona McGregor and associate Hannah Swinton handled a number of mandates for British Land and Hercules Unit Trust, including the sale of Cuckoo Bridge Retail Park in Dumfries to NewRiver Retail, and various retail lettings at Glasgow Fort, Inverness Shopping Park and Fort Kinnaird. Mitchell and Nick Ryden jointly head the practice, which includes distressed property expert John Gallacher, who is experienced in real estate asset recovery and reconstruction assignments; and Caroline Shand, who is recommended for her expertise handling the Scottish aspects of cross-border portfolio investment and finance transactions. Andrew Hall, James Dobie and Scott Ritchie are also recommended. The team was joined in 2016 by Jamie Grant from MacRoberts LLP and Michael Anderson from The Commercial Law Practice LLP, which was acquired by the firm. Stuart Rowson departed for Lindsays.

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Environment

Within: Environment

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles a wide range of matters, including the environmental aspects of planning and consenting, compliance and regulatory work, as well as investigations into and prosecutions of alleged breaches of environmental law. A significant proportion of the work is connected to the renewable energy sector; Patricia Hawthorn, John MacKenzie and others are representing Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind in judicial review proceedings brought by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), challenging the decision by the Scottish Ministers to grant consent for the development of four offshore wind farms located in the Forth and Tay. In another matter, Colin Innes is leading the advice to ScottishPower Renewables UK on the development of numerous onshore wind projects, which includes handling associated wildlife, habitats legislation and roads matters. Real estate partner Jamie Grant, who joined from MacRoberts LLP, is particularly well known for his expertise in soil contamination amtters. Scott McCallum, who handles contentious and non-contentious matters UK-wide, acted for DONG Energy in a six-month investigation into the recently-consented 1.8GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, which included a review of its potential impacts on environmentally protected sites and species. Richard Leslie is another key contact.

At MacRoberts LLP practice head Martin Sales combines planning and environmental law expertise to advise clients on the potential environmental risks of major projects, and ways to mitigate those risks. John McGovern, who spearheads the specialist corporate defence practice, has a wealth of experience defending clients in prosecutions arising from investigations brought by regulatory bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive and Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Senior associate Louise Gibson has extensive expertise in issues relating to contaminated land, operational consents, due diligence and risk apportionment. In 2016, Sales acted for Partnership for Renewables in section 36 application to develop a wind farm in Cloich Forest, Peeblesshire. Shanks Waste Management, John Dewar & Sons and Simpsons Oils are other clients. Jamie Grant and Neil Amner joined Shepherd and Wedderburn and Anderson Strathern, respectively.

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