Residential property

Colin Hamilton

Partner, Dispute Resolution, Solicitor Advocate

Colin specialises in planning and environmental law, commercial disputes and European law.

His planning and environmental work covers the full spectrum from advice on planning applications, development plans and environmental impact assessments through to planning appeals and judicial reviews. He has developed significant experience of compulsory purchase orders, having acted for both the promotion of and objection to orders together with questions of compensation. 

In addition, Colin manages a property (including agricultural holdings) and commercial dispute resolution practice.  He also advises clients on regulatory/criminal investigations.

In 2018 Colin’s expertise in contentious cases was reflected in him qualifying as a Solicitor Advocate.

As a solicitor Colin has gained significant experience in judicial reviews, particularly those involving the environment, acting for successful parties in Sustainable Shetland v Scottish Ministers [2015] UKSC 4 and RSPB v Scottish Ministers [2017] CSIH 31.

Colin also acted as solicitor to the first party to strike down part of a civil Act of the Scottish Parliament: Salvesen v Riddell [2012] CSIH 26.

Colin is a member of the Law Society of Scotland Planning Law Sub-Committee, the UK Environmental Law Association, the Compulsory Purchase Association and is a Tutor on the Law and Practice of Construction Management LL.M, University of Strathclyde.  He is also a Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet and Notary Public.

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