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UKELA Scotland operates as a joint Devolved Administration committee and Working Party. The convenors are Richard Leslie and Joanna Waddell, with a committee to support them. See the bottom of the page for details.

UKELA Scotland Annual conference

Scotland's annual conference 2020 will be held on Thursday 24th September. It will be held online.  We are currently pulling together an exciting programme of speakers and presentations. Bookings will open shortly.  The conference will be free for UKELA members. Non-members will be asked to pay a modest fee, which will include free annual membership for the remainder of 2020. 

Events Coming Up


Recent Events

Scottish Government consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance - half day seminar in January 2019. Hosted by the University of Edinburgh, this event brought together an impressive speaker line up from academia, legal practice, government and the third sector to discuss the government consultation and UKELA's response to it.

Annual Conference

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.

Other events have included a seminar on 21st Century Environmental Regulation in Scotland and One Planet Prosperity - Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation.  In the run up to the EU referendum, members discussed what environmental law – and in particular climate change law – might be like in Scotland.


Consultation Responses

>UKELA’s Scottish Working Party response to the consultation paper published by the Scottish Government: Consultation on environmental principles and governance in Scotland May 2019

>Consultation Response to the Scottish Parliament’s ECCLR Committee on EU Environmental and Animal Welfare Principles

>Response to SEPA consultation on: Sector approach to regulation (Scotch Whisky, Landfill and Metals Sector Plans), April 2018


Scottish Committee

Joanna Waddell, CMS, Co-Convenor

Richard Leslie, Shepperd & Wedderburn, Co-Convenor

Jamie Whittle, R & R Urquhart, Secretary

Bridget Marshall. SEPA

Laura Tainsh, Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Robert Sutherland, Terra Firma Chambers

Ian Cowan, Highland Environmental Law



A partner at law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Richard jointly heads the Rural Property and Renewables team.

Email Richard Leslie


Joanna is a Senior Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP in Edinburgh.

Email Joanna Waddell

NOW BOOKING March9 Brownfield Summit 2021 - Ground Gas 12am
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