Galbraith amplifies Aberdeen energy team with director appointment

Galbraith amplifies Aberdeen energy team with director appointment

Larry Irwin and Ian Thornton-Kemsley

Galbraith has welcomed a new director, Larry Irwin, to advise on energy, utility and rural business issues from its Aberdeen office.

With a strong background in rural valuation, Mr Irwin specialises in areas like telecoms, compulsory purchase, and renewable energy. His role will encompass negotiations on telecommunications code agreements, compulsory purchase and compensation, and managing renewable energy projects. Moreover, his responsibilities will extend to the management of farms, estates, agricultural holdings, and contract farming agreements.

A seasoned adviser to financial institutions and private and corporate clients, Mr Irwin has built a reputation for his expertise in projects ranging from significant renewable energy schemes and cable routes to negotiating terms for development of land. He is experienced in dealing with the electronic communications code and negotiations with telecommunication operators, addressing proposed code agreements, and is an expert witness in associated legal proceedings.

Mr Irwin advises on compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and on matters ranging from strategic development sites to road schemes. He provides counsel on processes, attending to necessary preparation and submission of reports and collation of wider input where necessary from other specialist advisers such as planners, solicitors and accountants.

Mr Irwin, who is also a Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association Council member and fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, said: “I am excited to join the Galbraith team as I know them well from work over the years and have seen how effective they are in creating value.

“I’ll work alongside my colleagues to achieve the best results for clients.”

Mr Irwin has been involved in several Scottish Lands Tribunal cases, preparing preliminary and final reports in anticipation of disputes and providing evidence to the Tribunal over the years.

His appointment at Galbraith follows that of his former colleague Ian Thornton-Kemsley, a senior property and telecoms expert, with whom he will now work again.

Mike Reid, head of Galbraith’s energy division and a specialist adviser on renewable developments and telecoms, said: “We are building an expert team at Galbraith to ensure owners, managers, companies and institutions receive the best advice and support in negotiating the property, rural, energy, environmental and communication issues that are part of our evolving economy.”

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