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Mark McMurray


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Mark McMurray is a Planning partner experienced in advising on major development and infrastructure projects. Mark advises developers, landowners, investors and public sector bodies on the delivery of the wide range of consents and permissions required for major projects.

Major projects can often involve inquiries and hearings and Mark has been involved in some of Scotland’s highest profile and most contentious inquiries, as instructing solicitor and conducting advocacy. He has also been involved in a number of complex judicial reviews and statutory appeals in the Court of Session. Mark is therefore experienced on the contentious and non-contentious elements of major projects.

He is also regularly called upon to provide specialist advice on roads law issues for roads and traffic authorities as well as developers and landowners.

Mark has particular expertise in the area of compulsory purchase and compensation having advised on the use of compulsory purchase powers to deliver land required for major regeneration, transport and energy projects. He has also advised a number of parties affected by the use of compulsory purchase powers.

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"Mark is helpful, knowledgeable and professional, as well as being responsive to requests for assistance."

Chambers, 2023

"He is able to translate statutory process and legal implications associated with complex matters into an easy to digest summary to inform decisions."

Chambers, 2023

"The high standards set by Ann Faulds (now retired from the practice) and Trudi Craggs (now a DPEA reporter) are ably carried on by Mark McMurray and his team."

Legal 500, 2023

"A 'very knowledgeable lawyer with a level head and an excellent communication style'."


“Mark McMurray has a deep knowledge and strong track record of handling sophisticated infrastructure and commercial development work”.


"He provides first-class, well-researched advice and goes out of his way to ensure clients are kept well informed on matters”.


Relevant experience

  • Nuveen Real Estate on compulsory purchase, planning and roads matters for the GBP 1bn Edinburgh St James redevelopment.
  • Calton Hill Hotel LP on the planning appeals for the proposed luxury hotel development at the former Royal High School in Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s most important listed buildings, including acting as instructing solicitor at the 51/2 week inquiry.
  • Renfrewshire Council on the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside and Glasgow Airport Investment Area projects under the Glasgow City Region City Deal.
  • City of Edinburgh Council on the exercise of various powers under Private Acts for the Edinburgh Tram extension project.
  • Inch Cape Offshore Limited on consenting the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm and transmission works, including defending a Judicial Review challenge by RSPB.
  • Stirling Council on a number of inquiries and hearings, including the inquiry into the proposed tennis and golf centre with housing at Park of Keir.
  • Hargreaves on the new town development at Blindwells, East Lothian.
  • City of Edinburgh Council on various roads matters including the move to map-based traffic regulation orders and the proposed City Centre West to East Link cycling infrastructure project.
  • Trump International on their golf resort developments in Scotland.
  • National Grid on compulsory purchase orders required for the GBP 1bn Western Link electricity transmission infrastructure upgrade.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Law Society of Scotland Planning Law Subcommittee
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  • 2009 – Dip.LP, Glasgow Graduate School of Law, Glasgow
  • 2008 – LLB (Hons), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow 
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Hill­side and NPF4: An Event­ful Week for Plan­ning in Scot­land
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Hill­side Re­vis­ited 4: Phys­ic­al dif­fer­ences must be ma­ter­i­al?
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Hill­side Re­vis­ited 3 – Sage Ad­vice – De­vel­op­ment pur­su­ant to a plan­ning...
In the third in our series of Law-Nows look­ing at the Su­preme Court’s judg­ment in Hill­side[1], we con­sider how the Su­preme Court has cla­ri­fied the ap­plic­ab­il­ity of the Sage[2] prin­ciple. The Su­preme...
Hill­side re­vis­ited 2 - Con­flict­ing plan­ning per­mis­sions: Re­con­cil­ing “phys­ic­al...
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Hill­side Re­vis­ited- Su­preme Court gives judg­ment on (in)com­pat­ib­il­ity of...
Two years less a day since the Court of Ap­peal’s judg­ment in Hill­side, the Su­preme Court has now ruled on wheth­er it is pos­sible to have the be­ne­fit of mul­tiple over­lap­ping plan­ning per­mis­sions. ...
En­ergy policy in con­sent­ing de­cisions: a mat­ter of plan­ning judge­ment?
The Court of Ses­sion has up­held the Scot­tish Min­is­ters’ de­cision to re­fuse to grant con­sent for the de­vel­op­ment of a wind farm on the Queens­berry Es­tate near San­quhar. In June 2017, North Lowth­er En­ergy...
The fu­ture man­age­ment and reg­u­la­tion of roads in Scot­land
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Loc­a­tion Loc­a­tion Loc­a­tion – Bid­ding con­tin­ues for Scot­land’s Green Free­port...
Back­ground The UK Gov­ern­ment has been design­ing a new and be­spoke Free­port mod­el for the UK over the last few years. It has de­scribed its Free­port pro­gramme in the fol­low­ing terms: “Free­ports are a...
Amend­ing a ‘Core Paths Plan’: Court of Ses­sion dis­misses ju­di­cial re­view
In­tro­duc­tion The Court of Ses­sion has re­fused a pe­ti­tion to Ju­di­cially Re­view a de­cision of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tion­al Park Au­thor­ity to ad­opt an amended Core Paths Plan (the “Plan”)...
Plan­ning En­force­ment No­tice Chal­lenge Dis­missed
In­tro­duc­tion The In­ner House of the Court of Ses­sion re­cently dis­missed an ap­peal in re­la­tion to an en­force­ment no­tice served by An­gus Coun­cil. The en­force­ment no­tice was served as a res­ult of the Coun­cil...
Changes to Scot­tish Plan­ning Policy quashed
Brief Back­ground There has been a fur­ther twist in the long run­ning saga of Scot­tish Plan­ning Policy (“SPP”) and how it ap­plies to hous­ing de­vel­op­ments. The Out­er House of the Court of Ses­sion has...
Free­ports: New per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights
The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced an ex­ten­sion of the per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights (“PD rights”) avail­able to sea ports in Eng­land, mean­ing in­creased flex­ib­il­ity and align­ment between the rights of air­ports...