Mhairi specialises in planning law and real estate litigation.
In particular, she advises clients on contentious and non-contentious planning matters. She is experienced in acting for local authorities; government and public sector clients; and commercial and individual developers. Morton Fraser's planning team are ranked band 1 for that area of practice in the Legal 500.
Mhairi's experience further includes providing advice in relation to compulsory purchase orders and preparing cases for presentation at public local inquiry under Roads legislation.
She also provides advice in relation to the interpretation of title conditions and seeking variation of title conditions at the Lands Tribunal for Scotland.
Mhairi is a key member of Morton Fraser's planning team.
Mhairi advises on planning law. This ranges from strategic advice throughout the planning application process, to assisting clients prepare for a planning inquiry. She has experience in planning appeals, both to a Local Review Body and to the Scottish Ministers; and public local inquiries, and judicial reviews. Her commercial practice includes advising clients on the planning aspects of buying and selling commercial properties, including planning due diligence.
Her practice has had a particular focus on the law associated with planning agreements (including S75 and S69 Agreements). She has negotiated and concluded numerous planning agreements, including those for large-scale developments. She provides advice on a wide range of issues, including the variation or discharge of S75 Agreements. Her experience allows her to provide clear and robust advice; and she works to conclude matters as quickly and efficiently as possible. She also provides advice to local authority clients on the use of planning agreements and conditions.
Mhairi is also experienced in real estate litigation matters, including providing advice in relation to compulsory purchase orders (including acting in public local inquiries).
She has experience conducting litigation in the Sheriff Courts, Court of Session and the Lands Tribunal.
She also provides advice on a wide range of property litigation matters, including applications to the Lands Tribunal and interpretation of title conditions.
Commercial Real Estate expertise
Her practice includes providing commercial advice in relation to the use of S75 and S69 Agreements, the variation or discharge of planning agreements and the variation of planning conditions. She also provides advice in relation to the law associated with Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas; and permitted development legislation.
Public Sector expertise
Individuals and Families expertise
She also advises on a wide range of disputes, including boundary and neighbour disputes.