Big wind - consent success rate in Scotland


Consent risk is a key issue for promoters of onshore wind projects in Scotland. Unlike zoning systems operated in many parts of the world, in Scotland (and the rest of the UK), planning permission must be obtained prior to construction. Scottish Government policy supports onshore wind. This report details the success rate for the 50+MW applications (section 36 applications) as decided by Scottish Ministers.


Planning, renewables

Brexit and Trade


Legal insights into the Single Market, the Customs Union and UK-EU Trade explained in this downloadable guide.



The 2017 Charity law update


There are arguably three key legal topics for charities to be thinking about in 2017: their constitution and governance; employment and people; and data protection compliance. This seminar looked at important aspects of each of these topics.


Charity law, Data protection, Fundraising, GDPR, Organisational change, Scio

Charities, fundraising and the legal landscape


There is a new Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland and there has been a high profile focus on charities and compliance with data protection duties. This seminar considered the current issues and what charities should be doing now to ensure their fundraising is compliant and, crucially, effective.


Charities, Data protection, Fundraising, GDPR

HR and employment: your 2017 to-do list


Here is our list of the most important employment law changes for 2017.


brexit, Gender pay gap, Holiday pay, HR, Tax; Employment

Personal taxation, wealth and residence - a guide to Brexit issues


The impact of Brexit upon personal taxation is and will remain unclear for some time, but we have identified areas upon which a watchful eye will be required. The first is the impact upon EU nationals looking to secure their right to live in the UK through acquiring British citizenship, and the impact that may have on their UK tax position. The second is the impact upon UK tax reliefs which are currently extended outwith the UK due to the requirements of EU law. The third is the impact upon UK nationals with property in the EU. 


Brexit; Tax; Personal Law

Brexit: the impact on commercial contracts


The UK’s decision to leave the European Union is likely to impact on many of the commercial contracts that organisations have in place, but until the UK negotiates its exit, there will remain a great deal of uncertainty on what the actual impact will be.

So while for the time being it is business as usual, there are actions you can take now by way of basic planning that will make it easier when the impact becomes clearer:

- Ensure all of your contracts are identified and located so they can be analysed for Brexit       impact.

- Conduct high level Brexit reviews to identify contracts that might be impacted, especially       high risk/priority ones.

- Consider the strategic options for affected contracts and what steps you might take to           mitigate the impact when the time comes.

More information on the possible impacts of Brexit on commercial contracts and the actions you should be taking now are in our guide, link below. 

Expert advice and support

We can help you prepare for Brexit. Our commercial contract specialists can provide expert advice and support, plus our innovative contract management solution, BOrganised can help you identify the contracts you need to review.

For more information on impact of Brexit on commercial contracts, the actions you should be taking now and the advice and support available to you, download our guide below. You can also keep up to date with the latest Brexit developments by visiting our Brexit Hub.

If you have any questions, please get in touch directly with Grant Campbell or Ed McElroy or your Brodies contact.


brexit, borganised, contracts

Energy Storage


The challenge of decarbonising our electricity system at the same time as ensuring secure and affordable electricity is getting harder, not easier. Addressing the so-called ‘trilemma’ of decarbonisation, security of supply and affordability has been the challenge at the heart of Government policy for years. Our new paper describes what conclusions can be drawn from the current circumstances, and suggests approaches for the future.


renewable energy, Energy Storage, economics of storage

Repowering Onshore Wind Sites


In the second of our papers addressing topical issues of the day, Neil Collar and Keith Patterson discuss the key issues about repowering onshore wind farms, including impact on decarbonisation effort, and lease, grid and EIA/ consenting considerations.


renewable energy, Repowering Onshore, Wind Sites

Constrained grid


Constrained grid is an issue for many new renewables developments. In the past, this meant simply waiting. However, there are now a range of emerging tools to help facilitate the connection of renewables projects affected by a congested grid, earlier than would have been possible in the past.

Download our paper exploring grid constraint which considers in detail the advantages and disadvantages for possible long term solutions.


Constrained grid, renewable energy, project development
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