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Immigration changes – The impact on rural businesses

Fraser Vandal discusses changes to the UK's work visa rules and how these changes will impact rural businesses.

Long awaited Housing Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament

The long- awaited Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024.

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced March 2024

An overview of the content in Part 1 & 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament on 13 March 2024.

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13 May 2024 | Time to read: 5 mins

Immigration changes – The impact on rural businesses

By Fraser Vandal

Fraser Vandal discusses changes to the UK's work visa rules and how these changes will impact rural businesses.

13 May 2024 | Time to read: 5 mins

Long awaited Housing Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament

By Stephen Gamba

The long- awaited Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024.

05 April 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced March 2024

By Robert Scott-Dempster

An overview of the content in Part 1 & 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament on 13 March 2024.

05 April 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Gillespie Macandrew announced as Great Glen 2024 sponsor

By Lois Newton

Gillespie Macandrew is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2024.

Colin Hamilton

Partner, Dispute Resolution and Solicitor Advocate

Colin’s 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 of and objection to 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.

In 2018 Colin’s expertise in contentious cases was reflected in him qualifying as a Solicitor Advocate.

As a solicitor Colin has gained significant experience in judicial reviews, particularly those involving the environment, acting for successful parties in Sustainable Shetland v Scottish Ministers [2015] UKSC 4 and RSPB v Scottish Ministers [2017] CSIH 31.

Colin also acted as solicitor to the first party to strike down part of a civil Act of the Scottish Parliament: Salvesen v Riddell [2012] CSIH 26.

Colin is a member of the Law Society of Scotland Planning Law Sub-Committee, the UK Environmental Law Association, the Compulsory Purchase Association and is a Tutor on the Law and Practice of Construction Management LL.M, University of Strathclyde.  He is also a Writer to His Majesty’s Signet and Notary Public.

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EXPERIENCE:

  • Advised Wire Oast Limited, an SPV established by Avignon Capital, on the acquisition of the portfolio of two supermarkets in the West Retail Park in Milngavie and on Byres Road in the west end of Glasgow. Learn more

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Colin Hamilton provided excellent commercial advice and was backed up by an efficient team.

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Recent News & Insights by Colin

02 February 2023 | Time to read: 2 mins

Scottish Parliament votes to approve revised draft Fourth National Planning Framework

By Colin Hamilton

The Scottish Parliament voted to approve the revised draft of NPF4 marking significant changes to planning system in Scotland.

28 September 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Important changes to planning applications and permissions brought into force

By Colin Hamilton, Sandy Telfer

The Scottish Government has continued its implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, with two instruments that have effect from 1 October 2022.

16 May 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Viking Energy | Wind Farm Development

By Amy McDowell, Derek McCulloch, Colin Hamilton, Alan White

We act for Viking Energy Wind Farm LLP in respect of the major wind farm development on mainland Shetland.

25 March 2022 | Time to read: 1 min

Consultation on draft National Planning Framework 4 ending

By Colin Hamilton

The Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) ends on 31 March 2022. 

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