UK

Scotland

Environment


Environment - Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds

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Band 1 | Brodies LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Strong on waste matters, with experience acting on behalf of both bidders and contractors. Also advises on transactions, regulatory work, environmental litigation and contaminated land issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Reliable in service delivery and good commercial advice that supports clients' business objectives."

What's new? The team has gained new clients, including Renfrewshire Council, West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative, Meridian Salmon Farms and Scottish Sea Farms.  

Work highlights Acted for Lanarkshire Housing Association in relation to alleged contaminated land issues at one of its properties.

Defended WRG Waste Services in a prosecution by the Procurator Fiscal. 

Notable practitioners 

Charles Smith is a commercial and projects lawyer with solid environmental expertise, and is particularly noted for his work in the waste sector. Sources say: "He is very commercial and a good person to work with."

Kenneth Ross possesses a wealth of environmental law knowledge and "has established a well-deserved contaminated land reputation."

Significant clients FCC Environment (UK), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Glasgow Airport, Aberdeen City Council, St Andrews University. 

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

What the team is known for One of Scotland's largest environment teams. Notably strong on waste, environmental litigation and regulatory matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Communication: "They are easy to deal with; they give good advice and make it easy to understand so you can make decisions."

Market standing: "A good firm with a professional reputation and attitude."

What's new? The team has gained several new clients, including Diageo Scotland, Severn Trent Water and Ravenscraig.

Work highlights Advised E.ON on environmental matters such as contaminated land and environmental litigation.

Advised BAA on environmental aspects of its sale of Edinburgh Airport to Global Infrastructure Partners.

Notable practitioners 

Jennifer Ballantyne has a broad property practice that includes advising on environmental matters such as contaminated land. Sources say: "She is a very impressive operator; she cuts through a lot of noise."

Gordon McCreath advises clients on contentious and non-contentious environment work. He has a particular focus on the waste and water sectors, and is identified as a "very knowledgeable, hands-on and capable" practitioner.

Senior associate Ross McDowall handles work related to waste, permitting and contaminated land. Sources say: "He knows what he is doing and he is commercial."

Significant clients BP, Forth Ports, DONG Energy, CALA, Zebec Biogas.

Band 2 | DWF LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Maintains a good reputation for transactional and regulatory matters. Expertise in waste regulatory work, contaminated land issues and environmental impact assessments.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team is helpful, knowledgeable, precise and timely."

What's new? The team gained a new client in the form of Transport Scotland.

Work highlights Advised SEPA on issues relating to transfers of permits in the waste sector.  

Advised Babcock International on environmental issues related to its naval fire training facility in Linwood.

Notable practitioners 

Neil Amner has a broad practice covering a range of environmental issues. Sources note his helpful approach and knowledge of contaminated land issues.

Significant clients Stirling Fibre, Graham’s Dairies, Aberdeenshire Council, McCarthy & Stone, Sinopec. 

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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 Planning-focused team with expertise in the environment sector. Advises clients on regulatory issues, contaminated land and environmental prosecutions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I like them for their knowledge and expertise, but they are also a very approachable firm in the context of client relationships, which is quite important."

Work highlights Counselled INEOS on a series of environmental regulatory issues.

Advised City Legacy on land remediation issues related to the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 athletes' village.  

Notable practitioners 

Planning and environment lawyer Alastair McKie leads the firm's offering in this area. One client enthuses: "He has an amazing grasp of how to tackle issues and then presents them in an articulate and incisive manner."

Significant clients The Scottish government, The National Trust for Scotland, Skanska, Ross Estates Company, The Buccleuch 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 Supports the firm's corporate department on transactions and due diligence. Also handles waste work and environmental litigation, and provides regulatory advice.  

What's new? In December 2012, central belt firm Burness merged with Aberdeen firm Paull & Williamsons to create Burness Paull.

Notable practitioners 

Michael Wood focuses on advising clients on non-contentious environmental matters, particularly transactions.

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

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong track record in environmental prosecution work. Additional expertise in areas such as contaminated land, environmental permitting and environmental liabilities.  

What's new? New clients include Tereos Syral SAS and City of Edinburgh Council.  

Work highlights Advised Stagecoach Group on environmental liabilities associated with the proposed acquisition of First Group's North Devon arm.

Notable practitioners 

The "very impressive" Pamela Coulthard is a "genuine full-time specialist" in the environment sector. She advises on a wide variety of matters, including transactions and regulatory issues.

Significant clients Wilson Bowden Developments, Vion Food Group, BDO, KPMG, DuPont Teijin Films.

Band 3 | MacRoberts LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Adept at handling environmental due diligence on transactions and infrastructure projects. Also advises on contaminated land.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They have delivered on time and they have offered good advice."

Notable practitioners 

Jamie Grant handles environment and planning work for his clients. Clients praise his proactivity, with one noting: "He is keen to push things forward in ways we hadn't thought of ourselves."

Significant clients WRG, Shanks Group, BDL Management, Oil Services and Supplies, Northerburn Industrial Services. 

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Basic facts about the department
-Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Handles environmental issues surrounding offshore power generation and the waste sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "When we were encountering issues they focused on delivering the best way around the problem."

Work highlights Advised SMart Wind on environment issues related to offshore power generation.

Advised Moray Offshore Renewables on environment issues.  

Notable practitioners 

Sources praise Patricia Hawthorn's forward-looking approach: "She has the ability to really anticipate where the future issues are going to be." Her practice covers renewable energy and waste issues.

Significant clients Waste Resources Fund, Xylem, UK Mainstream Renewable Power, ScottishPower Renewables, Aqua Resources Fund.  

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Basic facts about the department
-Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Advises on contentious and non-contentious environment matters. Regularly engaged on transactions, dealing with regulatory enforcement and environmental litigation.

What's new? The team has gained new clients Volkswagen, Minerals Products Association (Scotland), Green Breeze Energy and M&G Investments.

Work highlights Advised Breedon Aggregates Scotland on its acquisition of Speyside Sand & Gravel Quarries.

Advised Dundee Energy Recycling on a potential SEPA enforcement matter.

Notable practitioners 

Associate Kishwar Sarwar focuses on environment and planning issues. Sources say: "She does a good job of getting on with things," and is "quick on the uptake."

Significant clients SEPA, Scotts Company, Dundee Energy Recycling, Breedon Aggregates, Balfour Beatty. 

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Frances McCartney of Patrick Campbell & Co is an "innovative" lawyer with a practice that focuses on representing claimants in environmental matters. Sources say: "She is highly approachable, very efficient and intellectually of a very high standard." 

Vincent Brown of Vincent Brown Associates has set up his own practice following the demise of Semple Fraser. His reputation in the market remains impressive, with peers describing him as a "true expert in the field," and a "doughty fighter." He is particularly noted for his knowledge of EU regulations and his expertise in sectors such as waste and contaminated land. He advised JBMI Group in relation to EU and UK law issues related to by-products and the definition of waste.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.