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Burness Paull appoints planning partner 

Written by: Prithvi Pandya
Published on: 15 May 2024

Emma Paton [square]Scottish law firm Burness Paull has appointed Emma Paton as partner in its planning and environment team.

Paton brings considerable experience of contentious and non-contentious planning and environmental work, including consenting advisory, contract negotiation, planning aspects of due diligence, public inquiries and appeals.

Her expertise is cross-sector with a strong focus on the renewable energy industry, having advised extensively on onshore renewable generation technologies and offshore wind developments across the UK. 

Alasdair Sutherland, partner and head of planning at Burness Paull, said: “Planning is a key stage at the outset of all major development projects and is vital to unlocking the much-needed new homes, commercial construction and renewable energy capacity required to grow the economy and meet net zero targets.

“We have seen a sharp increase in demand for planning advice, driven principally by rising investment in grid infrastructure and capacity across the full range of energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage.”

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