Rory is a Planning and Local Government Partner based in our Edinburgh office.
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.
Rory 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 his extensive planning expertise"
He is also a legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Writer to Her Majesty's Signet.
Commercial Real Estate expertise
- 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
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.
"Public Sector expert."
"Extensive planning expertise."
"He's an extremely capable, experienced litigator who has good relationships with local authority clients." "He's focused on finding solutions to issues."
He has a very strong local authority background."Rory is easy to work with, protects his clients' interests and clearly understands the objectives of planning authorities, but he is commercial with it too. "Rory is measured and thinks of pragmatic solutions to issues. He is not someone who would score clever points for the sake of it."