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Environment


Environment - Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds

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Band 1 | Brodies LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Broad-based expertise, with experience across areas including transactions, regulatory work, waste matters and prosecutions. Acts for an impressive client roster covering areas such as energy, education and transport.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The way they engage is very good and always proactive. They do what they need to do and they do it very quickly."

Work highlights Successfully represented the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in an appeal arising from the liquidation of Scottish Coal, relating to a range of environmental issues including the right of Scottish liquidators to disclaim land and environmental licences.

Advised Falkirk Council in relation to an appeal brought by Dart Energy against the refusal of planning permission for a coal bed methane project.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Charles Smith is described as "very passionate and very knowledgeable," as well as being "one of the leading experts in the waste industry." His practice includes significant experience representing public sector clients in contentious and non-contentious work.

Kenneth Ross is a key partner on the team with notable strength in contaminated land work. Sources comment that "he's an expert - it goes without saying."

Significant clients Lanarkshire Housing Association, West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative, Scottish Borders Council, Shore Energy, Edinburgh Airport.

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Full-spectrum expertise covering transactions and litigation relating to areas such as waste and contaminated land issues. Particularly highly regarded for its experience in the energy sector, handling work in areas including renewables and oil and gas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're good at what they do - they understand the issues surrounding environmental law and aspects of transactions."

"They have great-quality environmental work." 

Work highlights Successfully represented Land Energy in its application to receive accreditation under the Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewables Obligation for its 15 MW Girvan biomass combustion plant.

Instructed by Diageo in a major group litigation claim for cleaning costs and property value loss, alleging that a fungal organism causing blackening in the area surrounding the client's whisky distilleries is a result of the fungus feeding on the angels' share.

Notable practitioners  

Legal director Ross McDowall's experience includes advising on contaminated land and regulatory matters. Sources comment that "he's very knowledgeable of the issues, he comes up with a sensible way forward and he's very easy to work with."

Head of department Jennifer Ballantyne brings her experience in the wider energy and property spheres to bear in advising on a range of issues including permitting, regulatory questions and contaminated land. She receives frequent instructions from clients in fields such as energy and housing.

Partner Gordon McCreath is described as "very good at being commercial, which can be difficult in the environmental field." Sources highlight his experience in issues relating to water and waste, and he is well versed in transactional work for a wide range of clients.

Significant clients BP, EON, Ravenscraig, Viridor Waste Management, Macfarlane Packaging.

Band 2 | DWF LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Significant expertise in regulatory and waste work. Also provides transactional support, and offers extensive experience in environmental issues on infrastructure projects.

Work highlights Provided advice on environmental issues relating to Dundee City Council's residual waste procurement project.

Represented EMR Group in relation to a statutory nuisance complaint regarding noise pollution and subsequent consent issues.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Neil Amner's expertise includes acting for clients in the transport and energy sectors on a range of work, including contentious matters. He is also well versed in waste and regulatory issues. One sources comments, "I have a lot of time for him - he's very good."

Significant clients Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Babcock International, Lochinvar Coal, Partnerships for Renewables, Marine Harvest.

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Advises a wide range of clients on matters including contaminated land and regulatory issues. Also receives frequent instruction on contentious work, including prosecutions and objections.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a regional heavyweight."   

Work highlights Advised Greggs on environmental issues arising from its investment strategy in Scotland.

Represented a group of landowners in their objections to an underground cable and transmission substation near the Fife coast.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Alastair McKie's practice incorporates significant experience in contentious and non-contentious work. He is well versed in representing clients in a wide range of industries, including energy and petrochemicals.

Significant clients Ross Estates Company, The Buccleuch Estates, INEOS, City Legacy, The Crown Estate.

Band 3 | Burness Paull

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Expertise in areas including transactions, regulatory work and waste issues. Also handles prosecutions with extensive experience representing a wide range of clients.

Notable practitioners 

Michael Wood heads the department, and offers experience in areas including transactions and contaminated land issues. He is regularly instructed by clients in fields such as property and energy, and is well versed in non-contentious matters.

Significant clients Credential Estates, Scottish Enterprise, Lloyds Banking Group, Grosvenor Developments, Sanctuary Housing Association.

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Extensive specialist expertise on work including permitting, regulatory issues, contaminated land and prosecutions. Also boasts significant experience on transactional matters and a notable roster of clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's been an entirely positive experience. They provide good-quality output and they're a sophisticated group - we've been very happy."

"They're very strong on the environmental side - they helped us push the ball into the goal."

Work highlights Advised Nynas UK on potential liabilities in relation to its Dundee refinery.

Represented Tereos Syral in an environmental claim brought by Cathedral Group subsequent to its purchase of the client's UK business in 2012.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Pamela Coulthard is well recognised as a specialist in the field, acting across areas such as contaminated land in prosecutions and transactions. Clients say: "She made things very easy and she generated very sensible recommendations for us."

Significant clients K Hartwall, Ezeflow UK, Blackstone.

Band 3 | MacRoberts LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Impressive reputation for advising infrastructure sector clients on work such as regulatory issues and transactional activity. Also skilled in handling waste matters.

Work highlights Acted for Shanks Waste Management in the sale of its solids business to Biffa, providing advice on waste management licences and historical pollution liability.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly thought-of" Jamie Grant heads the department and is frequently instructed by clients in industries such as energy and waste on a range of environmental issues, including liability and prosecutions.

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Significant depth of expertise across areas including licensing, waste, liabilities and regulatory matters. Notable experience representing energy sector clients alongside strength in marine work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've provided excellent advice and out-of-hours assistance." 

"They were very good at putting it all together and advising on a timely basis."

What's new? In October 2014, Shepherd and Wedderburn acquired the business and assets of Tods Murray LLP.

Work highlights Advised Bredero Shaw on issues relating to liability arising from its historic occupation of the Forth Ports facility.

Provided advice in relation to Marine Scotland's marine licensing review, acting as subcontractor to Halcrow. 

Notable practitioners  

Senior associate Kishwar Sarwar is well recognised for her depth of expertise in areas including waste, transactions and liabilities. She is well versed in representing clients in the renewables industry, and sources describe her as "a fantastic lawyer - very good at getting to the nub of the problem and distilling information into good advice."

Patricia Hawthorn's practice incorporates significant expertise in areas including prosecutions, transactions and regulatory matters. Sources comment that "she's definitely a specialist in the area."

Significant clients SMart Wind, UK Mainstream Renewable Power, Viridor Waste Management, Moray Offshore Renewables, ScottishPower Renewables.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Frances McCartney of Patrick Campbell & Co is well recognised for her expertise in the field. Sources note that "she's very knowledgeable on lots of areas and fearless in the way she deals with people."

Vincent Brown of Vincent Brown Associates receives widespread praise as a standout specialist in the field. Sources comment that "he's a real expert and an impressive individual."

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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