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Ampersand Advocates is well regarded for the complex planning and environmental work undertaken by its advocates. Members of the stable regularly act in judicial reviews and challenges to planning permissions, and frequently act on behalf of developers, objectors, public sector bodies and energy companies. Members are regularly engaged in high-profile matters, including those relating to large renewable energy projects. One source notes that "the depth and breadth of expertise at the stable is first class." Recent instructions include representing the Scottish Ministers in an appeal in the Inner House of the Court of Session in relation to a disputed £22 million compensation claim regarding the compulsory acquisition of agricultural land, and representing Wildland Limited throughout a high-profile judicial review into the Highland Council's decision to grant planning permission for the construction of the UK's first spaceport.
"The clerks are always very helpful."
"They're always happy to help with queries and requests."
"Alan Moffat, head of the clerking team, runs a team that provides excellent service. One of the best stables to work with."
Malcolm Thomson KC
Malcolm Thomson KC is acknowledged as a leading expert across the gamut of planning and environmental law matters. He acts for both developers and objectors, and is especially experienced in tackling cases relating to retail development and renewable energy. He is also knowledgeable about compulsory purchase and local development plans, and frequently appears in judical reviews. "Malcolm Thomson is an outstanding advocate. He has an incredible ability to focus the case and build arguments around that. He is also a masterful cross-examiner." "He is very knowledgeable in planning and gives clients straightforward advice." "Malcolm provided us with strong knowledge and advocacy."
Marcus McKay KC
Marcus McKay KC is noted for his deep planning experience and widely praised for his meticulous attention to detail. His particular focus lies in energy and environment work, and he is especially experienced in renewable energy matters. He has experience advocating in inquiries and at all levels of the court system, including the Supreme Court. "Marcus McKay is one of the leading counsel in planning law and compulsory purchase. He possesses excellent technical legal knowledge, but always has the client's commercial focus in mind."
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen KC
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen KC represents clients in the public and private sectors in planning and environmental law matters. She is particularly knowledgeable about energy-related planning issues, including those involving the Electricity Act 1989. Her capabilities include public inquiries and judicial reviews. "Laura-Anne commands the attention of the court." "She has great technical knowledge. and her advice focusses not only on the legal position, but on finding a commercial solution for the client." "Incredibly hard-working, she puts in the hours."
Ailsa Wilson KC
Ailsa Wilson KC is highly regarded for her work across a whole range of planning matters. She is considered to be one of the leading KCs in terms of energy work, and she regularly represents energy providers. She is also highly experienced in handling cases concerning infrastructure projects, appearing on behalf of local authorities and other public bodies. "Ailsa Wilson has an outstanding experience in electricity matters and is our first choice for complex grid work." "She is a very good orator and always presents a client's case in a clear manner." "A first-class advocate and her knowledge in planning law is second to none."