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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 environmental and energy issues and commercial projects covering all mediums (water, emissions, waste and resources). Specialism and substantial experience in environmental law, particularly waste and resource management, consenting, pollution and contamination and enforcement action. She has a varied practice with a wide-ranging client base including developers, landowners, investors, consultants and funders. She deals with due diligence, bespoke contractual drafting, permitting and consenting issues, waste and contaminated land, legislative interpretation, environmental taxes and environmental disputes (including regulator investigations, appeals, tribunals, judicial review and court actions).


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 ENDS, Scottish Planning and Environmental Law, Materials Recycling World and a range of other publications; LLM Dissertation on the Zero Waste Plan in Scotland published in the Lawtext Environmental Liability in 2010


Vice Chair of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Scottish Centre Council; UKELA Scottish Committee; Law Society of Scotland Environmental Law Committee; CCS Board Member; Accredited as an Environmental Law Specialist by the Law Society of Scotland; Chartered Waste Manager with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.


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


Art, literature, music, travel, environmental issues.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Environment

(Leading individuals)

Laura TainshDavidson Chalmers Stewart

Davidson Chalmers Stewart, and team head Laura Tainsh in particular, stands out for its expertise in waste management and consequently receives regular instructions from waste operators and commercial entities. These include enforcement actions and Scottish Landfill Tax tribunal cases on the contentious side, and advice on contaminated land alongside various regulatory, compliance and contractual issues in the non-contentious sphere. Due to the firm’s broad commercial property offering, the environmental team is also routinely called upon to assist with environmental due diligence exercises pertaining to project consents and property transactions.