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.

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.

Past 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.

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

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.

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

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