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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.

Scottish Law Working Party

Events Coming Up

Next event: Scottish Annual Conference - 27 September 2018, bookings now open!

Join us in Edinburgh for our annual conference. As we near Brexit, and with the Environment being a devolved subject in Scotland, are we ready for a brave new world of standing on our own, or will we follow the rest of the United Kingdom in forging common policy dictated by trade deals and harsh realities. Our Conference looks back at the preceding year; addresses topical issues ; and looks ahead to what might lie around the corner.

A great networking opportunity for all those involved in environmental law in Scotland with 6 hours CPD.

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Recent Events

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

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

UKELA Scotland Annual conference

Scotland's annual conference for 2018 is on Thursday 27 September. It will once again be at the Apex Hotel Waterloo in Edinburgh. Watch out for more information and booking details coming soon.

Scottish Committee

Jamie Whittle, R & R Urquhart, Secretary

Bridget Marshall. SEPA

Laura Tainsh, Davidson Chalmers

Robert Sutherland, Terra Firma Chambers

Ian Cowan, Highland Environmental Law



Richard Leslie

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

0131 473 5436

Joanna Waddell

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

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