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Michael Greig

Legal Director

Michael Greig has almost twenty year's experience in planning law including substantial in-house planning authority experience. He advises public and private sector clients on all aspects of the planning process, including advocacy at inquiries and hearings as well as judicial review.

Michael's practice also includes compulsory purchase and roads law. His knowledge of local authority procedures means that he plays a key role in public sector property transactions.

Professional QualificationsAdmitted as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Scotland
  • University of Dundee, LLB (Hons), 1992
  • University of Dundee, Diploma in Legal Practice, 1993
  • University of Aberdeen, LLM (Environmental Law), 1995


  • Recommended for planning in 2015 edition of Legal 500


  • Contributor to Green's Scottish Planning Factbook in relation to infrastructure, waste and pollution


  • Regular speaker at planning events including annual updates on roads law and planning obligations

Prior Experience

  • Acting for Hallam Land Management on promotion of strategic housing sites including advocacy at local plan inquiry, successful legal challenge to Edinburgh City Local Plan, support for planning applications, appeal advocacy and drafting section 75 agreements
  • Acting for Dawnfresh Farming Limited in relation to marine fish farm developments including application, review of environmental statement, advice on complex regulatory issues, drafting section 75 agreement, successful defence of judicial review challenge and refusal of protected expenses order
  • Advising Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority on supplementary guidance to secure developer contributions to a Strategic Transport Fund including advising on a section 75A application to vary a section 75 agreement for a new settlement
  • Advising Transport Scotland on strategic transport projects including Forth Replacement Crossing and implementation of major road projects
  • Advising on major New Waverley redevelopment project in Central Edinburgh including review of existing consents, strategic advice on implementation existing consents and securing consents for revised development, negotiation of section 75 agreements,  advice on compulsory purchase and local authority land issues (including common good)

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member of the Law Society of Scotland's planning law committee