Elaine advises on all aspects of planning, compulsory purchase and compensation with considerable expertise in housebuilding. She has helped to secure planning permission for thousands of new homes across Scotland and regularly appears as an advocate in planning appeals and reviews.

Elaine regularly advises on high profile, large scale projects, and is widely viewed as a standout planning practitioner in the Aberdeen market.

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Elaine is known for taking a collaborative, strategic view and being constructive with both clients and statutory bodies.

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  • A director of Homes for Scotland which represents 200 organisations which together deliver 95% of new homes for sale each year
  • A director of Aberdeen Inspired, the city centre business improvement district company.
  • Co-author of 'Scottish Planning Law and Procedure and Compulsory Purchase and Compensation: The Law in Scotland.'
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  • Ranked in Band 1 for Planning in Chambers UK 2024.
  • Ranking as a 'Leading Individual' for Planning by Legal 500 UK 2024.
  • Accredited as a specialist in planning law by the Law Society of Scotland for over 20 years.