UKELA Scotland operates as a joint Regional Group and Working Party. The convenor is Richard Leslie and there is a committee to support him. There is also a Scots Law Working Party, led by Gordon McCreath. Scotland held a well-attended AGM on 14 January 2016, including welcome input from Georgette Herd by video link from Orkney. The sub-committee reformed with Richard Leslie remaining as convenor. Anne Johnstone, Jamie Whittle, Joanna Waddell and Bridget Marshall all agreed to stand on the sub-committee.
Events Coming Up
Next event: UKELA Seminar on the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008
UKELA Scotland are hosting a seminar on the evening of 7 February at the offices of CMS, Saltire Court, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh at 6 pm (drinks from 5.30 pm) presented by Dr Thomas Muinzer of Stirling University. For more information and booking details, please see our events page
Future events: UKELA Scotland Annual Conference, 5th October - Edinburgh
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.
UKELA Scotland Annual conference
Scotland's annual conference for 2017 will be planned as part of the overall programme for 2017. The conference is generally held in October.
Jamie Whittle of R & R Urquhart, Secretary
Prof Colin Reid of Dundee University
Bridget Marshall of SEPA
Andrew Walters of Enviros
Richard Leslie of Shepperd & Wedderburn
Peter Gray QC.