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Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Work Department

Environmental, waste and renewables team.


Partner in the environmental, waste and renewables team. Deals with a wide range of issues including environmental issues, waste, renewables and commercial projects. Specialism and substantial experience in environmental law including waste and resource management, consenting, pollution and contamination and enforcement action. Extensive experience in renewables projects. She has a varied practice with a wide-ranging client base including developers, landowners, investors, consultants and funders.


Trained Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, 2002-04; commercial property and projects assistant, Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP 2004-10; environmental waste and renewables associate 2010-14; environmental waste and renewables partner 2014-date. Articles regularly published in Scottish Planning and Environmental Law, Materials Recycling World and a range of other publications; LLM Dissertation on the Zero Waste Plan in Scotland (with particular emphasis on the role of energy from waste as part of the regime in Scotland). Published in the Lawtext Environmental Liability in 2010.


Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Scottish Centre Council and National Scientific & Tech Committee; UKELA Scottish Committee; Law Society of Scotland Environmental Law Committee; CRNS Board Member; Accredited as an Environmental Law Specialist by the Law Society of Scotland.


Hutchesons’ Grammar School; University of Glasgow (2001); University of Dundee (2010, Masters Degree).


Art, literature, music, travel, environmental issues.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Davidson Chalmers Stewart handles a range of renewables matters, including development, disposal of projects and investment into alternative energy businesses. It handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates for developer clients, including those relating to property, commercial, corporate, and regulatory issues. Andy Drane jointly leads the team with Laura Tainsh, who is recommended for advice on environmental, crofting and general strategic decisions.

Scotland > Real estate > Environment

(Next Generation Partners)

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Davidson Chalmers Stewart is best known for its strength in waste management and recycling with chartered waste manager Laura Tainsh heading the team. This expertise translates into a steady flow of mandates from waste operators, public sector bodies, construction companies and commercial entities and includes the full contentious and non-contentious spectrum, such as regulatory matters, compliance, landfill tax and enforcement. With the arrival of Chala McKenna, who joined the group in July 2020 and was previously with the industry regulator SEPA, this offering has been expanded to include a wider range of water-related issues. Other recent work includes regulatory advice on air emissions, land contamination and quarrying operations.