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UKELA Scotland operates as a joint Regional Group 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 2019 was held on Thursday 10 October at the Apex Waterloo Hotel in Edinburgh. 

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Videolink of the Annual Garner lecture on 14 November 2019 at Hollis Global in Edinburgh.

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Recent Events

Scottish Government consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance - half day seminar. 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 organised a sold out conference which sought to update delegates on the big issues of the year and looked forward to what's on the horizon. Taking place on 27 September in Edinburgh, delegates heard from professionals across the environmental law field on a wide range of topics from Brexit to transforming vacant and derelict land in Scotland, via the EIA regime and windfarms.

UKELA Scotland 21st Century Environmental Regulation in Scotland and One Planet Prosperity - Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation

On 19 January UKELA Scotland were pleased to welcome Terry A'Hearn, Chief Executive, SEPA and Morag Garden, Head of Sustainability & Innovation, Scotch Whisky Association to speak at the above event. Terry discussed how SEPA’s regulatory strategy focuses on the global challenge of reducing over-use of the planet’s natural resources and Morag covered the Scotch Whisky sector’s environmental strategy and how the partnership approach with SEPA will help deliver the One Planet Prosperity ambition for Scotland. Many thanks to both of our speakers, and to CMS for hosting on the night.

Previous events

In the run up to the EU referendum, Scottish members met to consider what environmental law – and in particular climate change law – might be like in Scotland in the event of a vote to leave the EU. Our speaker was Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, Senior Lecturer in Climate Law at Edinburgh Law School at the University of Edinburgh.

Members also met in Edinburgh on 28 June for a lunchtime seminar on Enforcement Undertakings. Speakers from SEPA, Ramboll Environ and Weightmans LLP gave an update on the latest position.

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

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
0131 473 5436

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

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