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Planning Lawyer - Edinburgh

Environmental/ Planning - Private Practice
Ref: 354 Date Posted: Friday 03 Jul 2020
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Excellent new and niche role for a Planning lawyer at Associate level to join a top-tier UK & International practice, based in their offices in Edinburgh.

Role Profile:

  • This top rated Planning and Public Law team has been involved in some of the most exciting and high-profile projects of recent times- The work includes new settlements and urban extensions, major regeneration and town centre redevelopment projects, mixed use, retail and residential led schemes, promotion of, and objections to, compulsory purchase orders. Our lawyers advise on a huge variety of both contentious and non-contentious planning matters.
  • The client base is impressive and diverse, covering central and local government, leading developers, retailers, investors, corporate vehicles, national representative bodies and local community organisations. 

The role is widely varied, with a particular focus on Scottish planning law. You will advise landowners, developers and local planning authorities on all aspects of planning law, including:

  • Complex planning applications and environmental assessment processes.
  • Planning agreements/undertakings, highways / roads agreements, stopping up orders and infrastructure agreements.
  • Advising on local development plans, local plans, neighbourhood plans and local development orders.
  • Review, assessment and drafting of planning policy.
  • Garden cities and urban extensions.
  • Affordable housing and viability.
  • Complex issues presented by major infrastructure and transport projects, and urban development and regeneration schemes.
  • Public inquiry and examination work.
  • Judicial review.
  • Listed buildings and conservation areas.
  • Compulsory purchase promotion and objection.
  • Development Consent Orders and Transport & Works Act Orders.
  • Community infrastructure levy issues / land value capture.
  • Planning due diligence on commercial and corporate transactions.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Ideally, the firm is looking for a Planning lawyer with circa 1-3 year PQE lawyer, however they will consider candidates at NQ level, with an interest and experience in planning law.
  • The firm are seeking a candidate qualified in Scotland, but with the opportunity and desire to gain dual qualification in English law.
  • There will be the opportunity (and occasional need) to work from other offices – London and Glasgow in particular.
  • Knowledge/strong interest of legal planning and ideally some public law experience.
  • Scottish real estate experience would be desirable.
  • Good drafting skills and legal research ability.
  • Able to communicate complex legal advice to clients effectively.
  • Experience advising landowners, developers and local planning authorities on a breath of planning legislation.​

On Offer:


  • Joining a top rated team with high profile clients and mix of exciting projects and quality work.
  • Working closely and being mentored by a friendly and experienced (13 Year PQE) Senior Associate.
  • Exposure to contentious and non-contentious matters.
  • The support, guidance and funding to Dual Qualify.
  • We're happy to discuss flexible working options.
  • Competitive salary and customisable benefits packages.

For a confidential discussion about this position or to apply, please contact:

David Thomson, Director

Edinburgh: 0131 450 7164

Email: david@thomsonlrc.com