water law

Ian was SEPA’s senior legal adviser on water law for 4 years, and played a key role in Scotland's implementation of the European Water Framework Directive, which fundamentally changed the way the nation’s water resources are managed and protected.

He advised the team that successfully defended, at a public inquiry, one of only two ever refusals by SEPA to authorise a hydro-electric proposal, on the River Braan in Perthshire.

Ian was also closely involved in the early implementation of the contaminated land regime under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and of procedures for SEPA's use of directed surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000.

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