The Strategic Land & Infrastructure sector is a key aspect of our work and we focus on issues important to the Scottish and UK economies and to utilities, landowners, businesses, communities and individuals.
We deliver stand alone and complex projects in a responsive and effective manner. We take the time to understand your objectives and sector interests. We have the breadth of specialist skills to meet your particular needs but you will always have a primary contact person throughout the project. Our team delivers a UK-wide approach without the requirement of involving lawyers in another UK jurisdiction.
We can provide you with advice on:
- Land & tenure issues
- Environmental impact
- Corporate structures
- Tax implications
- Project disputes
- Judicial reviews
Complex mixed use Investment & Development
We’ve led a number of pre-project due diligence reviews of strategic land interests, both in mixed developments and energy portfolios. We also have vast experience of strategic land development projects and coordinate skill sets across our firm as appropriate to the particular needs of a project.
New Towns & Settlements
We provide legal advice and project manage legal and other professional inputs on new settlement projects of up to 5000 dwellinghouses. We provide advice relating to strategic and mixed use land developments and diversification including special planning status and charitable constitutions to enable quality control of build out. We field Rural, Planning and Strategic Land expertise that includes dealing with key road and utility pipeline issues that are affecting a project.
Planning and Infrastructure
We’re high level, detailed regulatory and practical advisors on all aspects of the planning regime as it applies to strategic land, energy and infrastructure projects.
With contentious and non-contentious expertise we provide you with advice on all aspects of development and infrastructure, including industry standard contracts.
If you need advice relating to local and major infrastructure developments including ports and harbours, we draw together the best project team to suit your needs.
If you’re affected by a development on neighbouring or nearby land, we’ll advise you on your legal position, rights and the courses of action available to you.
Development on Rural & Brownfield Land
We have a strong track record of successful deals involving contaminated land, its remediation as well as sale and lease. We act for industrial users, strategic land and brownfield investors as well as infrastructure providers and advise on minerals extraction, option agreements and the impact of these rights on proposed developments and investments.
Land Reform, Rights to Buy & Voluntary Registration
We’ve led on a number of land reform issues including voluntary registration projects for single properties and estates, right through to a 150,000 acre holding of several estates for a major divestment.
If you’re an investor, funder or strategic land developer, we’ll provide advice and updates on all aspects relating to community and rural tenure rights to buy. We’ve also advised island communities in buy outs from landowners and also major land energy and mixed use developments in crofting and rural tenure.