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  UKSC 4 and RSPB v Scottish Ministers  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  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 Her Majesty’s Signet and Notary Public.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
- 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
Recent News & Insights by Colin
25 March 2022 | Time to read: 1 min
Consultation on draft National Planning Framework 4 ending
The Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) ends on 31 March 2022.
17 August 2021 | Time to read: 2 mins
Warning regarding temporary extension of planning permissions
The Scottish Government introduces emergency legislation which includes temporary changes to the planning system.