Louise Cockburn:  Principal

Louise is a solicitor who, for more than a decade, has specialised in planning and environmental law.  Before forming DC2 Planning she was Head of Planning in Scotland of a large multi-national law firm.   Prior to that she was a partner in a prominent Edinburgh law firm.


Louise advises on a wide range of projects including those relating to housing, leisure and retail and the waste and extractive industries. She is heavily involved in the renewables industry and advises on and appears at many inquiries and hearings including those relative to wind energy proposals.  She is an expert in ecological considerations, particularly relative to sites and species afforded special protection under domestic and European legislation.   She has acted in a number of high-profile inquiries across the UK including an electricity inter-connector scheme, a major proposal for a container terminal under the Harbours Act and in a variety of Development Consent Orders.


Louise’s work covers application procedures, reviews of environmental and supporting statements, appeals by the various methods of disposal, enforcement procedures and appeals, planning obligations and compulsory purchase. She also deals with statutory and non-statutory appeals to the courts and recently headed up a team that persuaded the Inner House of the Court of Session to set aside a local plan, paving the way to a grant of planning permission for a mixed use development.


Louise is described in the 2014 edition of Chambers and Partners as “an impressive practitioner with proven expertise in the renewable energy sector” and is praised by clients for being “very capable and clear in her advice.”  In previous editions Louise is noted for her “extensive experience of the development process.”  She is regarded as “a sharp, strong advocate” who “commands real respect and is a very hard act to follow.”  Praised for “knowing her stuff inside out” “a tough fighter; you want her on your side.” 

David Cockburn:  Consultant

David is a former solicitor, having retired as the senior partner of an Edinburgh law firm.   He maintains an interest in Planning and Environmental Law in which for many years he was a specialist accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.


He provides a research function for DC2 Planning and has particular knowledge of projects with the capacity to affect sites designated for their nature conservation value. 


A recognised expert in commercial property, David is the principal author of Commercial Leases, Bloomsbury Professional, 2011.

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