Brodies’ planning and environment teams represent clients involved in Scotland's biggest planning issues. There are many new procedures and grey areas to assess, so expert advice is essential to help clients navigate the sometimes daunting Scottish planning law landscape.

Unlike other firms, Brodies has separate planning and environmental law teams. This ensures that clients benefit from genuine expertise and wide-ranging experience in both sectors. Each team has members who are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland for their specialist knowledge and experience, and two members of our planning team are Legal Associates of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Both teams are ranked highly by the leading independent legal directories, which recognise the enthusiasm and commitment of Brodies solicitors to get positive results for clients, their approachability, focus and incisiveness.

Our planning team was ranked top tier in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories, with the latter commenting: "Widely acknowledged as a market-leading practice in this region, lawyers here attract positive feedback for their 'extremely professional and thorough' style. They are further known as 'very good communicators' who are constantly 'embracing innovative ideas and practices'."

Our commercial solicitors offer full service to both public and private sector clients including expert advice on:

  • Planning issues
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Climate change
  • Contaminated land
  • Pollution controls
  • Waste management

Recent projects have included:

  • Retail development
  • Housing
  • Business parks
  • Fish farms
  • Wind farms
  • Hydro-electric plants
  • District heating systems
  • Railways
  • Motorways
  • A distillery
  • A gold mine

Our PlanningBlog is a great way to keep up to date with and discuss key developments in planning. It has attracted 20,000 hits in the past year and featured guest blogs written by leading figures in the Scottish planning sector, including Jim MacKinnon, the then Chief Planner for Scotland.

"They are very knowledgeable and they've got a good reputation as well. They are willing to work to resolve issues and identify risks where there are risks."

Chambers & Partners 2017