Mineral Resources

Led by one of Scotland’s foremost authorities on the law relating to extraction industries, our team has developed its reputation on the back of exceptional standards of service delivery and the wealth and diversity of its experience.

Our work has covered all stages in the process, from initial design issues, scoping, environmental assessment, applications for consent, authorisations and planning permissions, through to the more contentious aspects of inquiries and hearings into objections made.

We can advise you on a wide range of legal matters including planning, environmental, real estate, dispute resolution and mergers and acquisitions. Despite the complexity of the issues you may face, you will find us straightforward and down-to-earth in our approach as we advise you on the appropriate course of action to produce the best outcomes for your business.

We have wide-ranging experience and our recent work includes:

  • Independent Aggregates
    • Acting for the largest independent aggregates business in the UK in relation to all of its legal requirements in Scotland, including real estate, planning, and environmental and other regulatory work.
  • Real Estate
    • Acting for the developer in relation to all real estate and planning work on a deep mine project in Perthshire for extraction of barytes. Real estate work has included negotiating contracts for an option to take the lease of the minerals and options for leases for the haul road associated with the mine.
  • Proprietors
    • Acting for the proprietors of a disused stone quarry near Airdrie, including advice on public and property owners’ liability, and advice in connection with the planning and contracting aspects of the infilling of the quarry.
  • Oil and Gas
    • Advising a major oil and gas company, as a pipeline operator, on the impact on minerals extraction projects of the presence in their vicinity of major hazard high pressure pipelines. The advice is mainly in connection with the application of the Minerals Code, derived from the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1923 and associated legislation.
  • Public Inquiry
    • Acting for the applicant during the eight-month public inquiry into an application to develop a hard rock coastal super-quarry in the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area, Western Isles, acting in two appeals to the Court of Session for the same development and in the public inquiry into an Old Minerals Permission and subsequent appeal to the Court of Session.
  • Scottish Waste Management
    • Acting for a large Scottish waste management company in one of the largest mineral ownership litigations in Scotland relating to a claim by mineral owners that one of our clients’ landfill operations at was an actionable trespass on their mineral ownership.
  • Mining and Quarrying Sector
    • Advising many of our clients in the mining and quarrying sector on the terms of bonds and guarantees offered as security in respect of restoration and aftercare obligations covering both bonds provided by banks and bonding the guarantee scheme operated by the Quarry Products Association.
  • "The team have advised us on a variety of matters including complex acquisition projects, commercial contracts and employment law."

    Legal 500
  • "We were given access to MacRoberts' bid support team who helped us win a key contract, which has been transformational to our business."

    Legal 500
  • "Being given not only legal support, but also business support, really sets MacRoberts apart from other lawyers with whom we have worked in the past."

    Legal 500
  • "They have a high level of experience on land agreements for wind farms in Scotland. We value their expertise in this area."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "They have been outstanding. The approach is very business-oriented, making us aware of risks and how to tackle them."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "They have become real partners providing valuable input."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Victoria McMurray is a really intelligent and unflappable young lawyer."

    Paul Richards, Together Energy
  • “Innovative, collaborative, pioneering and approachable, MacRoberts’ Energy & Natural Resources team has in-depth knowledge of both the challenges and opportunities facing clients in this sector – and the practical know-how to meet them.”

    Nick Jones, Head of Energy & Natural Resources
  • "Gillian Campbell is pragmatic, knowledgeable and patient throughout challenging transactions."

    Legal 500
  • "Michael Kelly and his team at MacRoberts have been brilliant. Michael is the most insightful and commercial advisor I have ever encountered and he is supported by a superb team. They were absolutely first class, and much more than I could have expected from my law firm."

    Paul Richards, Together Energy

Renewable Energy

Our lawyers assist clients with onshore wind projects, hydro and solar energy, and biomass, providing advice and insight into insider knowledge and practical know-how.

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