Passionately client-focussed

Striving every day to deliver the best possible professional service

Development Project Evaluation and Strategic Direction

Often the most important and valuable advice you will receive, Simon will appraise the regulatory requirements, tactics and approach best required to achieve your development aims as quickly and efficiently as possible, mapping-out the approach and timetable to success.

Planning Applications, Appeals and Enforcement

As a former Head of Planning at one of Scotland’s largest authorities, and with over 25 years experience, Simon can provide a level of expertise and insight rarely available to those seeking planning permission, whether by application or appeal, or following enforcement action.

Land and Property Purchase and Sale

As a Development Surveyor, Simon can appraise development viability, provide valuation advice and take you through the process of purchasing and/or selling land and property assets and investments, either with planning permission or with development potential.

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

One of the few practitioners with extensive experience in the process of compulsory acquisition, Simon can advice you as the acquiring authority or as the party in receipt of a Compulsory Purchase Order.

Inquiry and Court Witness

Simon has extensive experience in producing and presenting evidence and advocating planning arguments and cases at public inquiries, planning appeal and development plan hearings, and at Court Proceedings including at the Lands Tribunal.
Simon is an accredited Expert Witness and is called upon by Solicitors to provide evidence to the Courts in disputes concerning the development of land and property.

Business Management

Simon can add an experienced member to your business Board, bringing experience at Director and Senior Partner level, and from an executive and non-executive perspective.

Brown Tourist Signage

Tourist-based facilities and developments benefit from good signage to help to give directions to tourists to enable them to find your premises in a safe and efficient manner. Simon is a specialist in obtaining the necessary consents for the placement of Brown Tourist Visitor Signs, involving as it does a number of agencies and public authorities. He can also arrange for the placement of the signs, leaving the business owner to do what they do best and increase profitability from the subsequent increase in visitor numbers.

I am delighted to recommend Simon's excellence as a planner and analyst. His attention to detail, clear grasp of all the issues, client care and persistence are second to none. He is an excellent asset to any case, and I unhesitatingly recommend him.

John Campbell, QC, Faculty of Advocates, Scotland

A complimentary blend of 'planning' and 'surveying' has helped Simon excel at ensuring outputs of planning consents are deliverable and maximise value. A knowledgeable individual with great attention to detail, yet ability to focus on the key objectives.

Derek Lawson MRTPI, Strategic Land Director at CALA Homes (East) Ltd

I have worked with Simon on a number of development projects. I particularly appreciate his clear, no nonsense, approach to advise and deal making.

Gordon King, MRICS, Partner, Baird Lumsden, Chartered Surveyors

I have known Simon professionally for 15 years and employed him on several occasions as an advisor and expert witness at the Lands Tribunal and found him to be highly skilled and a thoroughly professional advisor/advocate. I would have no hesitation in employing him again.

David Rogers MRTPI MRICS, HIE Senior Development Manager and former Property Development Manager at City of Edinburgh Council

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