Brodies LLP has been ranked the top Scottish firm in an independent planning law survey conducted by Planning magazine.

The survey, published in the current edition of the magazine, asked planning professionals to identify the solicitors, firms and barristers best placed to advise on the legal issues surrounding development projects and plans. The magazine emailed more than 7,000 private planning solicitors, planning consultants, planning officers, developers and local government lawyers to ask them for nominations.

Commenting on the ranking, Neil Collar, Head of Planning at Brodies, said: "We are very pleased that planning professionals rank us as the top Scottish firm for planning law work. This reflects our track record of being involved in high profile projects across a range of development sectors, with a team that has expanded to eight experienced lawyers, all thanks to the continued support of our clients."

In 2013, Neil was the only Scottish lawyer in private practice named in Planning magazine one-off Power 100 list of the most influential names in planning. Brodies' planning team is ranked top tier in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 independent legal directories.

Neil sits on the Law Society of Scotland's planning law committee and is the author of Planning, a highly-influential guide to planning law. He is also a prolific commentator on planning issues and contributor to Brodies' planning blog.