Colin specialises in planning and environmental law and European law, including Convention Rights.
His planning and environmental work covers the full spectrum from advice on planning applications, development plans and environmental impact assessments through to planning appeals and judicial reviews. He has developed significant experience of compulsory purchase orders, having acted for both the promotion and objection of orders together with questions of compensation.
In addition, Colin manages a property (including agricultural holdings) and commercial dispute resolution practice. He also advises clients on regulatory/criminal investigations.
Colin represented the successful party in a landmark case which saw the first civil Act of the Scottish Parliament partially struck down because it exceeded the Parliament’s competence.
Colin represented the successful party in a Supreme Court case on whether the correct legal basis had been followed by Scottish Ministers in consenting an energy development.
Colin represented the successful party in a notable case which explored the meaning of obligations to act reasonably within a commercial contract.
Memberships and accreditations
- LL.B (Hons.), Dip.L.P, Solicitor, Notary Public
- Writer to H.M. Signet
- Member of the Law Society of Scotland Planning Law Sub-Committee
- Member of the UK Environmental Law Association
- Tutor on Law and Practice of Construction Management LL.M, University of Strathclyde