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In 2015, Brodies LLP’s Rod Lambert and Roger Cotton successfully assisted Abellio with obtaining European Commission merger clearance in connection with the ScotRail franchise award. In her capacity as a solicitor advocate, Christine O’Neill regularly represents the Scottish government in public procurement and EU law cases. Charles Livingstone made partner.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s practice operates across the UK and beyond, and Dublin-based C&C Group plc is a notable client. Michael Dean and Catriona Munro are advising Kenman Holdings on possible state aid and public procurement issues arising from the award of the contract to operate Lews Castle as hotel accommodation.

Burness Paull LLP’s David Goodbrand assisted Healthcare Environmental Group with a CMA investigation into its acquisition of GW Butler. Goodbrand’s team also advises on potential merger control issues with prospective deals, and handles state aid and public procurement matters for public and private sector clients.

CMS’ Graeme Young, who splits his time between Edinburgh and London, advises on a wide range of UK and EU competition law matters, including state aid and public procurement. Young’s main sector strengths are in financial services, energy and utilities. The firm’s clients include SSE plc, Scottish Water and National Grid. Aberdeen-based Judith Aldersey-Williams is recommended.

Noted for its strength in the utilities sector, particularly energy and water, Shepherd and Wedderburn deals with a range of transactional, behavioural, state aid and public procurement matters. Gordon Downie’s team includes John Grady, who is experienced in competition investigations in the energy industry.

At DWF, Colin Miller is experienced in CMA cartel investigations, while other strengths of the firm’s practice are EU public procurement and state aid. In 2015, the firm advised Transport Scotland on matters arising from the award of the franchise for railway passenger services, including public procurement and state aid issues. Wayne Lawrence, Martin Gallaher and Euan McSherry are names to note.

Harper Macleod LLP’s James McMorrow acts for public and private sector clients in various matters, including public procurement, state aid and abuse of dominance. In 2015, McMorrow advised Shetland Islands Council on state aid compliance issues associated with its sale of two shipping vessels.

David Flint’s team at MacRoberts LLP advises on competition law compliance and investigations for clients in industries such as construction, food and drink, and transport. John Reid is recommended for cartel investigations and state aid cases.

Pinsent Masons LLP handles state aid cases, as well as contentious and non-contentious public procurement matters. Notable clients include CalMac Ferries Limited, Glasgow City Council and National Library of Scotland. Caroline Ramsay has expertise in state aid and public procurement aspects of major regeneration projects.

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