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Douglas Milne


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Douglas is a Litigation Partner based in our Edinburgh Office and heads several key teams within the firm.

Douglas heads our planning law team and acts on behalf of commercial clients as well as public sector bodies.  Douglas also leads our fraud and commercial crime practice, and has a particular specialism in Proceeds of Crime legislation.

Business expertise

Douglas also leads our Fraud and Financial Crime Team. Morton Fraser are market leaders in this niche area of practice, with a particular specialism in Proceeds of Crime legislation.

He is also the Scottish Member of the International Chamber of Commerce's Fraudnet, a global network of leading fraud and asset recovery lawyers.  

Commercial Real Estate expertise

Douglas is the Head of our Planning Law Team and advises public sector, commercial and private clients on all aspects of planning law. He can draw particular benefit from having worked not only in private practice but also for the Scottish Government.

Our planning team benefits clients by providing sound legal advice from the outset of a proposal, thereby making any grant of planning permission as free from challenge as possible. Douglas is therefore frequently involved in major planning projects, whether they be for commercial bodies or public sector clients who are undertaking development.

Public Sector expertise

Douglas is the Head of our Planning Law Team.  His practice has a particular focus on the public sector.  Douglas can draw benefit from having worked not only in private practice but also for the Scottish Government.

Douglas acts for local and central government.  Recently, he has spent much time appearing at inquiry for public bodies, on behalf of planning authorities, roads authorities (including Transport Scotland) and on behalf of statutory consultees.  Douglas has a particular interest in compulsory purchase and compensation.

What our clients and peers say: 

Clients describe him as "very available and quick with his assistance," adding: "He is sensible and pragmatic."

- Chambers and Partners 2019

'Douglas Milne, Partner has an impressive understanding of planning law, and ability to manage his team'.

Legal 500 2019/20
UK leading Individual 2020

Douglas Milne has cultivated a strong reputation for his planning law practice. He frequently acts for public bodies in public inquiries and in relation to CPOs. Sources comment: "He is very hard-working and diligent."

Chambers and Partners 2020
Chamber 2020

"Douglas is an impressive planning lawyer and great to deal with.""His ability to handle clients is fantastic." "What impresses me is that he is able to deal with various sections of inquiries while keeping all of the information at his fingertips."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Recent Content by Douglas Milne

17 Feb 2021

When is the permission of the court required to challenge a planning decision?

There are two procedures available to a party who seeks to challenge a planning decision in Scotland by way of an application to the Court.  Both...
Douglas Milne
13 Nov 2020

Scottish Ministers and UK Government Appoint Morton Fraser to Support Transport Infrastructure Planning

Morton Fraser, one of the largest independent law firms in Scotland, has been appointed by Scottish Ministers and UK Government to provide legal...
Press Release
Douglas Milne, Maggie Moodie
22 Jun 2018

Financial Sanctions

Financial sanctions are restrictions put in place by the UN, EU or UK to achieve a specific foreign policy or national security objective. All...
Douglas Milne