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Rory Alexander


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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

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."

Chambers & Partners
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Recent Content by Rory Alexander

29 May 2020

Governance concerns growing around Scottish city deals

Link: Local Government Lawyer Leadership and governance failures have been well-worn pitfalls of major public sector projects over the years. 
Press Release
Rory Alexander
27 Apr 2020

What’s next for Scottish Council powers on short term lets?

In Scotland, opinions on short term lets have become increasingly divided as the industry has grown at pace. 
Press Release
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