DEPARTMENT PROFILE

CMS

Planning

3 ranked lawyersBand 2ScotlandUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Offers a wide range of expertise in both contentious and non-contentious planning matters. Acts for public and private sector clients on major renewable energy, retail and housing developments. Also has significant strength in mining and minerals, as well as transport schemes. Notable for its work on student accommodation and hotels, managing major portfolios and development proposals.

Strengths

One clients says: "CMS are approachable and friendly while maintaining a professional service, with the great strength of being adaptable to the client's requirements."

A client remarks: "They are always pragmatic, commercially aware and easily accessible. The team has a good depth of resource and knowledge across the planning sector."

An interviewee says: "The team uses strategy and knowledge to steer their clients through challenges, mitigating risk and developing or adapting their approach to the requirements of the client and the project at hand."

Work highlights

Advised Red Rock Power on securing planning permission for a new onshore substation at Cockenzie after a public inquiry concerning the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.

Notable practitioners

June Gilles specialises in the full span of non-contentious planning matters. She acts for clients in the rural affairs, renewable energy and development sectors.
"Very efficient and always available, she goes above and beyond for her clients on a regular basis."

Mark McMurray is well versed in representing property developers, local authorities and energy companies in major regeneration developments as well as infrastructure and energy projects. He is also well regarded for his understanding of compulsory purchase and compensation matters.
"He is thorough, has a good way with clients and he gets things done." "Mark is particularly helpful and knowledgeable on roads issues." "I find him to be practical as well as strong technically."

Robin Hutchison is noted for his experience handling a range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters, with particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sector.
"A very impressive individual who instils trust and confidence. He is easy to work with while providing crisp and clear advice." "Robin's strengths are his extremely detailed specialist knowledge base and his excellent analytical approach. He always seeks out positive solutions and outcomes for his clients." "I have been impressed with his clarity of thought, as well as his commercial approach."

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Scotland

Planning


June Gilles
Band 3
Mark McMurray
Up and Coming
Robin Hutchison
Band 3