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Burges Salmon LLP
Atria One
144 Morrison Street

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Advises on all aspects of planning law including major regeneration work, energy and compulsory purchase (acting for promoters and those affected by CPO).  Particular expertise in residential development, developer contributions and viability. 

Has advised on some of the largest development projects in Scotland, including the West Craigs mixed use development in Edinburgh (1,500 houses), Meygen tidal scheme and promotion of compulsory purchase orders.  Regularly undertakes advocacy an inquiries and hearings.  Advises on judicial review and statutory challenges, including Gladman v Scottish Ministers. 


Trained at Maclay Murray & Spens (now Dentons) qualified 2004; Maclay Murray & Spens until 2009; Burges Salmon 2009 – 2014; partner Burness Paull 2014-2019; partner Burges Salmon 2019 to date. 


Qualified in England and Wales. 

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Planning

(Leading individuals)

Craig WheltonBurges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP‘s planning team is led by the Edinburgh-based Craig Whelton, an expert in the consenting of major infrastructure, residential and energy projects; it is a regular port of call to housebuilders, energy sector and strategic land clients on a range of matters, including planning applications, appeals and judicial reviews. The team also includes newly promoted senior associates Lynsey Reid, who acts on major developments across the UK, and Patrick Munro, an expert in offshore wind consenting matters.

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

Burges Salmon LLP draws on specialists from a range of practice areas to provide a full-service energy offering, encompassing expertise in regulatory matters, renewables, banking, corporate and dispute resolution. Craig Whelton leads the team and regularly provides planning and consenting advice on some of the largest energy projects in Scotland.