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Rory is a Planning and Local Government Partner based in our Edinburgh office and leads our Local Government team. 

Rory is a key member of our Public Sector and leads our Local Government team which is praised in the Legal 500 guide 2020 as having "particular expertise in local government litigation and is frequently instructed to assist with judicial reviews, internal investigations and public inquiries". Rory is also ranked individually in the Chambers & Partners Guide 2020, "department head Rory Alexander regularly acts for local authority clients on a wide range of matters. 

He is singled out in particular by commentators for extensive planning expertise". Rory specialises in planning matters in both the public and private sector with an impressive track record in housing and regeneration projects, including negotiating planning agreements, compulsory purchase advise, planning appeals, and listed building consent advice.

He is also a legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Writer to Her Majesty's Signet.

Commercial Real Estate expertise

Rory is a Partner in the Firm's Planning team and has a strong track record in housing and regeneration projects.  Rory routinely provides advice to Planning Authorities, developers, landowners, funders, and objectors on all aspects of planning law and is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  Experience includes:

  • Advising on a major residential led development at East of Millburn Tower, Edinburgh, the so-called 'Garden District' (value in the region of £1billion, 1,500 residential units).
  • Advising on the planning aspects of the West Craigs 1,400 unit residential and commercial development in West Edinburgh (value in the region of £280m).
  • Advising on the planning aspects of a 1,500 residential development at Musselburgh, East Lothian.  The planning agreement secured in the region of £23 million in planning gain, along with infrastructure delivery. 

Public Sector expertise

Rory previously headed up the in-house legal team at the City of Edinburgh Council providing legal and strategic advice across the varied service areas of the Council.  As a result, Rory has a clear and in-depth understanding of the inner workings of local authorities and both the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Based on his experience, Rory understands the importance of the provisions of clear, concise and legally robust, whilst taking into account the commercial, political and social factors that local authorities face.

Rory has particular expertise in planning matters in both the public and private sector. 

What our clients and peers say: 

"Public Sector expert."

- Legal 500

"Extensive planning expertise."

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Recent Content by Rory Alexander

18 Dec 2019

Morton Fraser Public Sector team reappointed to City of Edinburgh Council legal panel

Morton Fraser, a growing Scottish independent law firm, has been reappointed to provide legal services to the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC).
Press Release
Rory Alexander
1 Oct 2019

Council collaboration to accelerate economic growth in the Borders

On the 1st July, the Borderlands Growth Deal was officially signed and will see £394.5m invested into projects that involve five councils in the...
Press Release
Rory Alexander
4 Jun 2019

Short Term Lets consultation needs to support tourism and renters, but let’s not forget our councils

It’s no secret that Scotland’s tourism industry is booming, and with tourism hotspots developing across the country, homeowners are smart to take...
Rory Alexander