- LLB (Hons) Law
- LLM (Human Rights)
- Diploma in Legal Practice
- Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Planning Law
- WJM Managing Partner
- Member of Scottish Renewables Onshore Wind Planning Group
- I have been published in the Law Society of Scotland’s Journal, Holyrood Magazine and the Scotsman. I regularly write and speak on planning decisions and their impacts on, depending on decision, the renewable energy industry or on development more generally.
I help clients secure planning permission and other consents for their development projects.
I am proud to say that my team has an enviable success rate at both planning inquiries and at appeals.
I am often involved at an early stage in a project, advising on those issues which might arise further along the planning process. I also act for clients who wish to appeal against a refusal of a planning permission or other consent.
A large part of my work is the review of planning applications and their associated environmental information to ensure the applications are robust and inquiry proof. Clients ask me to do this work so as to minimise the chance of a successful challenge from objectors.
My clients come from across the development spectrum; however I am best known for my work with Renewable Energy clients and onshore wind in particular.
I am at the leading edge of Renewable Energy planning, and onshore wind appeals in particular.
To date I have acted in over twenty five onshore wind planning appeals and s.36 inquiries, including some of the most contentious and technically challenging projects taken to inquiry in Scotland in recent years.
I am currently advising on a range of projects with technical issues such as aviation impacts, cumulative noise impacts and complex planning and policy issues. I am actively involved in Scottish Renewables' onshore wind planning work group, helping articulate the industry's position on a range of emerging policy and guidance.