Law firm appoints public law and net zero specialist as partner

Richard Lockhart

A public law and net zero policy development specialist has joined law firm Burness Paull.

Richard Lockhart was previously general counsel of national infrastructure centre of expertise, Scottish Futures Trust. He was also legal and commercial lead in its net zero team.

Burness Paull revealed he brings ‘significant expertise’ advising on the interface between the public and private sectors in complex commercial contracts – particularly in the area of originating, developing and delivering infrastructure models, programmes and projects.

The appointment underlines the firm’s focus on the growth of its public law & regulatory division, which was launched in 2020.

Burness Paull chair Peter Lawson said, “The United Kingdom and Scotland have been through a period of significant constitutional development in recent years. There will continue to be a need for unprecedented government and state intervention in industry and private business as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic for some time; and many areas of law are under major review including procurement, subsidy control and GDPR.

“We need to ensure we have the best legal talent in place to support clients through business-critical public law issues in the face of major political, economic and environmental change. Richard’s deep experience and expertise in advising decision-makers across key sectors including energy and environment; health; education; urban regeneration and transport perfectly complements the existing skills within the Burness Paull public law & regulatory division and the wider firm.

“In addition, the combination of talent and experience we have of advising on devolution and the Scottish independence and Brexit referendums allows us to offer a unique skillset to clients requiring legal and strategic advice on changes in legislation and policies.”

The public law & regulatory division advises clients in areas such as judicial reviews and public inquiries, procurement and subsidy control, corporate governance and regulatory law, education law, charity law and statutory interpretation and legislative drafting.