Catherine Rattray LLB (Hons)

Founder, Solicitor and Principal

How do you take your hot drinks? Self confessed coffee addict who needs half a cow in the cup.

Sum up your day to day activities:

I much prefer drafting documents and researching various topics on a morning, I touch base with the outside world in the afternoon. Much of my time is spent on files supporting clients and discussing their needs, I also devote a lot of my time to training and mentoring people who work for me.  In the evenings I spend a couple of hours working, if anyone has an urgent problem they generally know they can find me on the end of an email whatever the time of day.

Professional areas of interest:

In the renewable sector I have a large focus on aviation issues and finance, I have also studied financial modelling and carbon offsetting.  I also receive requests to study proposed legislation and ministerial statements, it has been very interesting to see the difference between public perception and what is actually proposed.

I believe that smart grids and virtual power stations will be very much part of our future going forward, and I am committed to being part of that revolution.

In terms of general property, you will find me studying planning applications with a fine toothcomb and looking into the public sector. Recently I have been reading council constitutions and looking in particular at the disparity between planning officers powers in different councils.


I always used to write Equestrianism on my cv, but actually this is a play on words (what else would you expect!) I have a very big hobby breeding sport horses and own two stallions.  I am also a big fan of cars, lorries and trains that’s all I’m going to say!


Laura Rafferty-Trow BSc Hons

Acquisitions Manager

How do you take your hot drinks? Strong tea with half a sugar and lots of milk.

Sum up your day to day activities:

I have a varied role spread between Telecoms and Renewables. In Telecoms most of the communicating is done via email. I deal mostly with negotiating new tenancies so I’m emailing, negotiating and reporting back to the client, with regular conference calls. I have a reputation for being tenacious and clients know that if they have an ‘urgent’ problem, they can contact me and I’m on it straight away. I’m also on hand to give my junior colleagues a ‘quick look’ if they’re unsure.

I am responsible for the grid connection budgets for all of our renewables sites, and the G59’s and connections for sites that make it through to completion. I also help to manage the initial feasibility process, JRC co-ordinations and Aviation issues, and assist my colleagues with research on these.

I also tend to take the lead on marketing activities such as web and leaflet design, copy writing and events.

Professional areas of interest:

Although I am not an engineer I attend the DNO Grid Connection Fora and have a keen interest in issues affecting connecting renewables to the grid. I was invited to attend the DECC working group on smart grids in Whitehall, along with being involved with one of the UK’s leading power electronics professors in the development of a generation side smart grid and storage solution which could revolutionise the industry.

I like to research almost any topic and use GIS systems to support my colleague’s arguments on Aviation/ Radar, Wind Resource Assessment and Planning.


I am a keen horse rider with my own horse George. I compete locally in dressage and jumping. I am also a trained Coloratura Soprano in the Bel Canto style, and regularly perform in operatic and musical theatre concerts.

Laura@specrealestate.com01653 69 22 97

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Alan Burkitt MSc MRICs

Head of Rating

How do you take your hot drinks? Builders strength tea, no sugar or a black coffee again no sugar (tough as nails I am!).

Sum up your day to day activities:

Day to day areas of general work are all aspects of Landlord & Tenant, agency work, property searches and investment acquisitions/disposals. The specialist area of ratings sees me dealing with a variety of business properties, assessing the rateable values and preparing Statements of Case & Proof of Evidence documentation for Rating Tribunals.


Scuba diving, skiing and reading geeky economics books such as Freakonomics.


Rachel Swales AAT Level 3


How do you take your hot drinks? Tea with plenty of milk and sugar.

Sum up your day to day activities:

8:30-1:00 checking, caring for, riding and organising 20 horses. 1:00-5:30 day to day accounting, including sending and receiving client money, raising and paying invoices, VAT returns, PAYE, raising bills, and creating/ updating spreadsheets for any of the current projects i am doing the accounts for.

Professional areas of interest:

I love numbers! Find a great sense of happiness/relief when the numbers balance.


Running and long distance military style obstacle courses (Tough Mudder). 01653 695 967