Marcus E. McKay K.C.

Year of Call: 2000

Year of Silk: 2016


LL.B (Hons) University of Dundee

Dip.L.P. University of Dundee

Special interests

Planning and Environmental


Marcus McKay QC has a specialist interest in planning and environmental law.

He is regularly involved in all aspects of the consents process for major energy projects from initial advice on the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (including Environmental Statement review work), to appearances at public inquiries and judicial review hearings in the Court of Session. Marcus has appeared at a wind farm inquiry in England and has experience of national infrastructure projects. He also acts for planning authorities and has successfully resisted applications for judicial review of planning decisions.


Marcus is listed as silk in leading independent legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Bar Guide, for Planning and Environmental Law.


Public Inquiry into Thurso – Gills Bay power line Public inquiry into application under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 for power line between Thurso and Gills Bay. Senior Counsel for power company (with Brian Gill, Advocate). Consent granted July 2019.

Public Inquiry into proposed Golf Course at Coul Links, Embo - Senior Counsel for Scottish Natural Heritage

Public Inquiry into proposed hotel at Royal High School, Edinburgh - Senior Counsel for Historic Environment Scotland

Patton v East Renfrewshire Council [2017] CSOH 158 - Senior Counsel for respondent in challenge to legality of planning permission on basis that inadequate consideration given to complex flooding issues

RSPB v Scottish Ministers [2016] CSOH 103 - Challenge by RSPB to consent for four offshore wind farms due to impact on bird species and draft Special Protection Area. Important issues of European wildlife law