Jamie Whittle

Jamie Whittle is a Partner at R & R Urquhart LLP Solicitors, based in Forres in the North of Scotland. His work includes advising clients on a broad range of environmental and rural land related matters, including renewable energy, judicial reviews and alternative dispute resolution.

He was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA where he received BA (Hons) in modern languages, before completing his LLB in Scots law at the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc (Distinction) in human ecology at the Centre for Human Ecology. Since 2008 he has taught the legal diploma elective on environmental and renewable energy law at the University of Edinburgh School of Law. He is presently the chairman of two environmental charities relating to conservation and environmental education.

Contributed to


Flooding issues in property transactions—Scotland
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the law and policy surrounding flooding in Scotland. It comments on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and explains the roles of different statutory bodies (including SEPA and Scottish Water). It explores flood risk management, and provides guidance for developers where flood impacts need to be assessed as part of due diligence. The Practice Note also covers potential mitigation strategies for flooding.

Habitats, wildlife and landscape issues for developers and landowners in Scotland
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers controls and regulatory issues protecting wildlife, habitats and landscapes in Scotland, and their potential impact and effect for developers and landowners. It explores the legal and regulatory context over protected sites including special areas of conservation (SACs) and special protection areas (SPAs), sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs), Ramsar sites, marine protected areas (MPAs), national scenic areas (NSAs) and wild land areas (WLAs). Protected species and plants, hedges and trees, invasive non-native species (INNS) as well as engineering works in the water environment and the various responsible agencies responsible for regulating controlled activities and permits are also considered.

Practice areas


  • Writer to the Signet (WS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA)


  • Scottish Panel


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ' BA (Hons) modern languages
  • University of Edinburgh ' LLB Scots law
  • Centre for Human Ecology/Open University ' MSC (Distinction) human ecology

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