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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 advice, planning appeals, and listed building consent advice.

Rory leads our Local Government team which is praised in the Legal 500 guide 2021 "for its handling of the full scope of local government work. Experienced in acting for local authorities in a range of matters including appeals, judicial reviews and local public inquiries. Additional capabilities instructing on complex monitoring officer investigations and reports".  Uniquely, Rory is individually ranked for both Local Government and Planning Law in the Chambers & Partners Guide 2021 and is "respected for his expertise in representing local authorities on a range of matters", and "adept at advising local authorities, developers and landowners in relation to large scale development projects".  Rory also heads our Environmental & Climate Change Unit.

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
Top Ranked

"He's an extremely capable, experienced litigator who has good relationships with local authority clients." "He's focused on finding solutions to issues."

Chambers and Partners 2021

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."

Chambers and partners 2021

Recent Content by Rory Alexander

24 Jun 2021

How can the planning system tackle environmentally-sensitive developments?

With COP26 taking place in Glasgow later this year, and the latest Scottish National Planning Framework (NPF4) set to focus even more on the...
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Rory Alexander
12 Feb 2021

Electric vehicle infrastructure - Don’t take it for granted

If ever we needed a reminder of the potential for electric vehicle (EV) adoption, news that energy giant EDF is preparing to float one of Britain's...
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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. 
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Rory Alexander

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