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Environmental law

Our team delivers expert counsel on nature conservation, water course and contamination issues.

We have an expert team with the experience to handle the legal processes of the natural environment.

For decades, we have worked with both public and private sector organisations.

Trust our team led by partner Jim Drysdale and David Scott to provide advice on nature conservation, water course and contamination issues.

Services include drafting and reviewing due diligence warranties, licensing for waste management and operation agreements for landfill sites, pollution control and representation.

Our specialist team has led a case for Scottish Coal, which has led the development of case law by examining the impact of insolvency on environmental liabilities.

Our expertise in renewable energy law has led to significant involvement in onshore renewable projects, particularly wind and hydropower, from a landowner and developer perspective.

We have delivered expert counsel in environmental liabilities, flooding, landslip, water and drainage.

We can also call on our firm’s network of legal and sector specialists to meet your objectives.

Our authoritative support services include commercial property, planning and consents, construction law, warranties, recycling, waste transfer and management.  We also have specialist experience of oil and gas allocation of risk, carbon capture and storage, and carbon sequestration.

What our clients and peers say

Worldwide research publication Legal 500 commends our environmental work:

Ledingham Chalmers LLP advises public and private sector clients located across Scotland on a full range of environmental issues, including contaminated land issues, matters related to salmon and freshwater fisheries, water and drainage, and nature conservation. Jim Drysdale, who has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental law arena, heads the practice, which includes David Scott, who is singled out for his combined expertise in planning and environmental matters. Solicitor advocate John Chalmers, who has 26 years of experience of Sheriff Court and Court of Session litigation, undertakes a significant amount of work for local authorities, including judicial reviews of planning decisions (which involve environmental issues). Other names to note are Sarah Stuart, John Smart and Peter Murray.

Jennifer Young

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