National legal business DWF continues to invest in its Scottish team with the appointment of real estate partner Moray Thomson to its planning team in Glasgow. Joining from MacRoberts, where he was Head of Planning, Moray will be based in DWF’s Glasgow office and will use his extensive experience in planning, environmental and roads law and energy infrastructure to increase the scale and visibility of DWF’s planning capability in Scotland and nationally.
Moray is experienced in a number of consenting regimes including planning, marine, compulsory purchase and roads law, as well as a detailed knowledge of the EIA regime. His practice is also enhanced by his 10 years’ experience as a planner and therefore extensive knowledge of local government decision making. He has successfully acted for high-profile companies across a range of sectors including energy infrastructure, thermal and renewable electricity generation, minerals, retail and transportation, and has worked on a large number of infrastructure projects including the CPO for the Scottish land based elements of the HVDC Western Link and Hunterston Kintyre Connection and the Roads Order for the M80 extension.
Moray also has extensive experience in onshore wind and grid connections and reinforcements, which will allow DWF’s real estate team to increase its contentious planning and consenting capability with a particular focus in the energy infrastructure sector. His recent work in this area includes the consent for the various parts of the South West Scotland Renewables Connection project and the re-powering of the Cockenzie Power Station.
Moray commented on his appointment: “I’m looking forward to joining DWF’s planning team and using my knowledge of the energy sector to help expand the team’s capability and deliver quality results for clients in Scotland with the support of the national real estate team.”
Toby Askin, national head of real estate at DWF, added: “We look forward to welcoming Moray into the team, as his practice demonstrates impressive quality and breadth across several of DWF’s key practice areas that will allow us to further strengthen our planning capability as we continue to invest in the team in Scotland. His knowledge of the energy field in particular will be an asset to our team and clients as we strengthen and expand our capability in this evolving sector.”
Moray’s appointment follows a several recent high-profile partner appointments to DWF’s Scottish offices, including Chris McLauchlan and Gary MacDonald in the corporate and banking team and Ben Powell in the construction, infrastructure and projects team.