What we do

UKELA Scotland operates as a joint Devolved Administration committee and Working Party.  The committee organises a Scottish conference annually, which updates delegates on the big issues across Scotland in the year, whilst looking forward to what's on the horizon.


Meet the team 
  • Joanna Waddell, CMS (convenor)
  • Richard Leslie, Shepperd & Wedderburn (convenor)
  • Jamie Whittle, R & R Urquhart, Secretary
  • Prof Colin Reid, University of Dundee
  • Jeremy Warner, SEPA
  • Laura Tainsh, Davidson Chalmers Stewart
  • Robert Sutherland, Terra Firma Chambers
  • Ian Cowan, Highland Environmental Law



Joanna Waddell
Senior Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna
Nabarro Olswang LLP in Edinburgh
Richard Leslie
A partner at law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn
in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London

Recent responses to consultation papers 


Response to the Scottish Parliament on REULB

Posted on 24/11/2022
UKELA submissions to the Scottish Parliament on the legislative consent memorandum for the retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill


Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Posted on 18/10/2022
UKELA's response to the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee on proposals for environmental outcomes report


Environmental Standards Scotland strategy consultation UKELA response

Posted on 16/08/2022
UKELA has submitted its response on 16 August 2022, welcoming the publication of the draft strategy. We also welcomed that ESS recognises that the environmental challenges facing Scotland are urgent and serious.


Response to Scotland's biodiversity strategy

Posted on 30/06/2022
UKELA's response to the Scottish Government’s Biodiversity Strategy consultation, led by the Governance and Devolution Group (June 2022)


Scottish Government statutory guidance

Posted on 03/03/2022
UKELA's response to the Scottish Government: 'Guiding principles: consultation on statutory guidance