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 for 2019 will be on Thursday 10 October at the Apex Waterloo Hotel in Edinburgh. Watch out for more information and booking details coming later in the year.
Events Coming Up
Half day conference on the current consultation from the Scottish Government on Environmental Principles and Governance. Hosted by the University of Edinburgh, this event should not be missed! Taking place on the afternoon of Thursday 2 May 2019, we have an impressive speaker line up from academia, legal practice, government and the third sector. More details including how to book via the link below.
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.
Plans for the 2019 Conference will be shared when ready.
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.
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.
Jamie Whittle, R & R Urquhart, Secretary
Bridget Marshall. SEPA
Laura Tainsh, Davidson Chalmers
Robert Sutherland, Terra Firma Chambers
Ian Cowan, Highland Environmental Law