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Brodies LLP
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Work Department

Planning, renewable energy, oil and gas (onshore).


Partner. Accredited specialist in planning law. Consistently rated as one of Scotland’s leading planning lawyers. Well known for both advisory and advocacy work. Over 20 years’ experience in housing, renewable energy, transport/infrastructure, waste, minerals and retail.


Trained Brodies LLP; qualified 1992; partner Brodies LLP 1998. Publications of note include: ‘Planning’ (W Green/Sweet & Maxwell, 4th ed published 2016); ‘Planning and Human Rights’ (W Green 2001).


Law Society of Scotland and sits on its planning law committee; legal associate of Royal Town Planning Institute; editorial board for Scottish Planning and Environmental Law; Scottish Renewables planning group; UK onshore oil and gas mineral planning group.


Douglas Academy, Milngavie; Glasgow University; Liverpool University; (1988 LLB Hons; 1990 LLM; 1990 Dip LP).


Playing the saxophone.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Planning

(Leading individuals)

Neil CollarBrodies LLP

With a superb reputation for planning law, Brodies LLP is a regular fixture on key residential, leisure, renewables and infrastructure developments, among others, where the team’s assistance covers all aspects of planning law, including compulsory purchases, section 75 planning obligations, judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Its extensive client roster includes public authorities and notable private sector clients. Edinburgh-based Neil Collar, who handles the full spectrum of planning law with a particular focus on renewable energy developments, and Aberdeen-based Elaine Farquharson-Black, who puts particular emphasis on the promotion of land through development plans, and joined the firm from Burness Paull LLP in May 2019, jointly head the practice.