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Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Index of tables

  1. Energy (excluding oil and gas)
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

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CMS' renewable energy team fields a cross-departmental group, which includes real estate, projects, finance, corporate, planning, construction, and dispute resolution practitioners. The group's client base primarily encompasses developers and funders, which instruct the practice to handle electricity transmission upgrades, onshore and offshore wind projects, large biomass and biogas schemes, solar power projects and public sector energy efficiency initiatives. Donald Cumming is a key name in the renewables projects team, Christine Worthington focuses on construction issues, and Chris McGarvey recently joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP to bolster its capabilities in the new technology and engineering process space.

Practice head(s):Donald Cumming; Gordon Hay; Robin Hutchison; David McGowan; Timothy Pitt; Rob Wilson; Christine Worthington

Other key lawyers:Jan Burgess; Mark Kirke; Jenny Allan; Chris McGarvey


'CMS has a broad client base in the project and energy sector, which gives it excellent insight into current trends. Its advice is accurate and comprehensive, and its knowledge of renewables projects and infrastructure construction is unbeatable. Members of other teams are drawn in to assist and bring extra expertise as required. They always work well together.'

'Mark Kirke is first class. There are no prima donnas across the firm, and the individuals are very good at supporting each other and forming project delivery teams. Clients are particularly impressed by the quietly efficient Claire Wallis for renewables projects.'

Key Clients

Aviva Investors GlobalServices Limited

NoBell Geospace Limited

Hargreaves Land Limited

Hargreaves Services

Inch Cape Offshore Limited

Interserve Construction

Kincardine Offshore Wind Limited

Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited

SSE Generation Limited

Scottish Water Horizons and Bandwidth Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised EDF Energy Renewables on the development of the Dorenell wind farm project.
  • Acting on the development of the Moray East Offshore Windfarm.
  • Advised Inch Cape Offshore on the development of a 110 turbine offshore wind farm including handling the construction and operation applications, the offshore met mast installation contracts, the planning permission for an onshore substation and cables, and a judicial review of the RSPB consents.
  • Instructed by Scottish Water Horizons to assist with the power purchase agreements and construction and property matters arising from its Sharc heat recovery system.
  • Representing Interserve Construction in a series of high-profile Scottish construction disputes relating to the delayed construction of the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre.

Energy and projects work are cornerstones of Pinsent Masons LLP's Scottish practice. On the corporate front, the team acts for purchasers and vendors of renewable energy assets under the leadership of practice head Ian McCarlie, while the team's finance specialists regularly advise sponsors and banks on UK wind farm and solar refinancings. Legal director Kate Turner is a key name for low carbon, energy efficient schemes, decentralised energy projects and ESCO project structures for district heating projects. Also notable is the group's expertise in the dispute resolution space and regulatory matters. Chris McGarvey recently departed to CMS.

Practice head(s):Ian McCarlie

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Harris; Jennifer Ballantyne; Kate Turner;


'The team at Pinsent Masons is very knowledgeable and experienced in the energy sector. Its practitioners are highly responsive and willing to go that extra mile to meet very pressing deadlines.'

'Pinsent Masons is an exceptionally professional firm with a lot of experience in property and planning matters in the renewable energy sector.'

'Kate Turner is refreshingly pragmatic and provides original thinking whilst maintaining the legal due diligence required.'

Key Clients







InfraRed / TRIG

Blue Energy

Star Renewables

Ross Developments / HALO Kilmarnock


Element Power

Belltown Power



Work highlights

  • Acted for EDF Energy Renewables on its acquisition of the Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm from Mainstream Renewable Power.
  • Advised KfW IPEX-Bank on the refinancing of the Calder Water, Millour Hill and Millour Hill Extension wind farm projects, owned by Community Wind Power.
  • Assisted NTR with its first investment into the UK solar market.
  • Instructed by Belltown Power to handle the sale of Discovery's UK-based asset portfolio comprising four onshore wind farms and five ground-mounted solar projects to Foresight.
  • Advising RWE Markinch on its development of an energy centre and associated district heating project to supply heat across Glenrothes.

The energy team at Shepherd and Wedderburn focuses on its key sub-sectors of offshore wind, onshore storage, floating wind and tidal, low carbon and transmission. Practice head Clare Foster specialises in project finance work and leads the firm's multi-disciplinary practice, which includes experts from the regulatory, corporate, construction, real estate and disputes groups. Moray Thomson and Anthony McEwan joined the firm from DWF to strengthen the planning and commercial real estate teams; and James Saunders retired.

Practice head(s):Clare Foster

Other key lawyers:Scott McCallum; Colin Innes; Patricia Hawthorn

Key Clients

Neart na GaoitheOffshore Wind Ltd


Auchrobert Wind Energy Ltd

Green Investment Group

Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd

Moray Offshore Windfarm (West) Ltd

Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd


Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Ltd


Innogy Renewables UK Ltd

Forsa Energy Ltd

Banks Renewables

Brookfield Wind Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising EDP Renewables on the onshore and offshore consent applications including full environmental impact assessment for an offshore wind development in the Moray Firth.
  • Acting for Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) on the property, consenting and aviation aspects of the offshore wind farm, and the subsequent £2.6bn project financing.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders on a portfolio financing package of £680m provided to Ventient Energy (which is owned by JP Morgan Asset Management).
  • Advised Scottish Power Renewables on the property, planning and construction aspects of its onshore wind farm portfolio.
  • Advised Neart Na Gaoithe Offshore Wind on its sale to EDF Energy Renewables and also handled property matters and applications for new Section 36 consent and marine licences for the wind farm.

Brodies LLP is noted for its advice on first-of-a-kind projects including private electricity networks, tidal stream power, greenfield district heating networks, construction portfolio finance structures and biomethane gas network projects. The team also handles power purchasing agreements, CfD projects and rural property rights issues. Jointly led by Keith Patterson and Kirsty Macpherson, the group is comprised of experts from a wide range of practice areas including real estate, finance and corporate. Sarah-Jane McArthur focuses on low carbon energy projects, and managing associate Claire Reid has expertise in the wind, hydro and anaerobic sectors.

Practice head(s):Keith Patterson; Kirsty Macpherson

Other key lawyers:Sarah-Jane McArthur; Claire Reid


'The punctual, creative, constructive and pro- active legal approach delivered by Brodies is what makes it stand out from its competitors.'

'The team is always knowledgeable, helpful and quick to respond. The practitioners at Brodies are also happy to tell you when work is not required and to avoid unnecessary fees.'

'Sarah-Jane McArthur consistently shows great dexterity when it comes to guiding clients through legal challenges faced along the procurement process. She is easy to work with, always constructive and pro- active!'

Key Clients


Grangemouth Renewable Energy Limited

Banks Renewables Limited

Murex Energy Limited

MeyGen Limited

Forsa Energy Limited

Enercon GmbH

Orbital Marine Power Limited

GFG Alliance including SIMEC and SIMEC Atlantis Energy

FIM Gresham

Guinness Asset Management

Hub East Central Limited

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Goldman Sachs

Shawbrook Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Simec Group on its purchase of 22 hydro projects developed by Green Highland Renewables from Ancala Partners.
  • Advised ERG on its acquisition of Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Limited, the Scottish company which owns rights to build a 22 turbine wind farm in Sutherland.
  • Handled the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Element Power UK and Ireland for Statkraft UK. This involved the purchase of operational assets in Ireland and several development assets in Scotland.
  • Advised Orbital Marine Power on the development and finance of the Orbital O2 floating tidal stream project.
  • Assisted Energy Isles with the development of a new onshore wind farm on Shetland.

Burness Paull LLP's full-service energy practice consists of dedicated renewable energy experts, who handle all aspects of the renewables sector including planning and consenting issues, the development and construction of projects, operation and maintenance work, financings, sales and disposals, community aspects and energy regulatory and advisory work. Peter Ward has a strong track record in the regulatory space while newly promoted managing partner Tamar Tammes heads up the real estate sub-group. Chris Gotts leads the group.

Practice head(s):Chris Gotts

Other key lawyers:Peter Ward; Tamar Tammes;


'Burness Paull doesn't rest on its laurels. The team works hard to give clients a truly responsive service at good rates.'

'This is a very joined-up team ,which is aware and takes advantage of its breadth of skills. Its practitioners are very approachable, knowledgeable and commercial.'

'Both Peter Ward and Neil Bruce are excellent members of the team; they are very efficient, knowledgeable and keen to help. This, combined with its overall commercial approach, makes Burness Paull a go-to for sensible advice.'

Key Clients

Scottish Power Renewables

EDF Energy Renewables


Statkraft UK

Ventient Energy

Invenergy Wind Europe

Close Brothers

Fred Olsen Renewables

BayWa r.e. UK

York Green Renewables

Kincardine Offshore Wind

European Marine Energy Centre

Work highlights

  • Acted for BayWa re UK on the due diligence, acquisition and subsequent development of the 18.8MW Tralorg wind farm.
  • Instructed by Scottish Power Energy Retail to advise on several industrial and commercial and supply contracts with key customers in the UK.
  • Advised EDF Energy Renewables on the sale of a 49% minority stake in 24 UK wind farms to Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure Platform.
  • Advising a syndicate of 16 commercial banks including Santander Corporate and Investment Banking and Japan Bank for International Cooperation on all Scottish law onshore and offshore property and consenting aspects of the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm project.
  • Assisted Kincardine Offshore Windfarm with the onshore cable route for the Kincardine offshore wind farm, expected to be the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm.

The energy practice at Harper Macleod LLP has recently grown its expertise in the UK secondary and investment markets, alongside its knowledge of the smart city and lighting project sector. Led by  David Bone, the group has enhanced its strong position in the community energy space and is a key name for corporate transactional work. Omar Ali counts developers landowners and funders as clients. Steven Brown recently retired.

Practice head(s):David Bone

Other key lawyers:Pamela Todd; Omar Ali;


'The service delivered by Harper Macleod is very partner based, and there is a commercial ethos and a desire to shield the client from the stresses and strains of the M&A arena.'

'Omar Ali is very calm and a problem solver. He provides an excellent service on property issues.'

'David Bone is a consummate senior partner.'

Key Clients

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred Olsen Renewables Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Abundance Investment Limited

Scottish Renewables Forum Limited

Natural Power Consultants

Glasgow City Council


Horgabost Wind

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fred Olsen Renewables on a sale to Aviva Investors of 49% of the shares in companies, which own two wind farms in the south of Scotland – Brockloch Rig and Crystal Rig 3.
  • Handled the sale of the completed Afton wind farm to Red Rock Power, a subsidiary of the Chinese stateowned company SDIC, for InfraRed Capital Partners.
  • Advised Aberdeen Standard Investments' infrastructure debt team on a £43m loan to finance six operational hydroelectric schemes, all of which are situated on rivers in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Advised Abundance Investments on the launch of Orbital Marine Power's campaign to raise £7m to fund the construction of a 2MW tidal stream turbine off Orkney.
  • Assisting with the Fair Isle Generation and Storage Project  for the developer and the electricity supplier.

Addleshaw Goddard's group is recognised in Scotland for its work in the onshore wind sector, where it  advises a range of established developers, funders, contractors, and new market entrants. While the team is notably strong in corporate and financing matters, the planning consent and dispute resolution teams are increasingly active in the space. Alan Shanks heads up the practice, and Paul Minto advises on energy and climate change regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):Alan Shanks

Other key lawyers:Paul Minto; Sarah Baillie; Alison Horner; Murray Jack

Key Clients

Red Rock Power Limited


Kilmac Energy

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm



Certas Energy

Scotia Gas Networks

Burcote Wind

Gravis Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Red Rock Power, a subsidiary of SDIC Power, on its acquisition of Afton Wind Farm, a 50MW asset in East Ayrshire, Scotland.
  • Instructed by SSE to handle its proposed application to the Secretary of State for a Development Consent Order to develop a new gas-fired power station near the Ferrybridge Power Station.
  • Advising SGN on consenting matters relating to its gas transmission asset portfolio.
  • Acting for GreenPower International on its acquisition of Drumduff wind farm.

Anderson Strathern has a strong track record acting for landowners on onshore renewable energy projects, and has also recently been notably active assisting its landowner clients with renewable projects as part of land diversification strategies. The practice, led by Bruce Farquhar, also handles offshore matters, notably for the Crown Estate, and counts several operators and developers of gas-to-grid projects as clients. Martin Whiteford is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):Bruce Farquhar

Other key lawyers:Simon Brown; Neil Farrell; Martin Whiteford


'The team is known for its top skills, good experience and partner-led work.'

'The Anderson Strathern team is efficient and commercial with a desire to get a deal done, all while ensuring that the client's position is protected at all times.'

'Neil Farrell is one of the best property lawyers in Scotland.'

'Bruce Farquhar leads the practice with great knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity.'

'Bruce Farquhar and his team deliver exceptional service and thorough knowledge of both wind and solar projects. They take the client all the way; from agreeing the initial option agreement to the delivery of a bankable project.'

Key Clients

The Crown Estate Scotland

Emergya Wind Technologies

Locogen Developments Limited

Buccleuch Estates

Bluemerang Capital

Livos Energy

Elgin Energy

Buchan Biogas

Thöni Industriebetriebe Gmbh


Hydro ludens

vento ludens

Longspur Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised the Crown Estate Scotland on granting project rights to Pale Blue Dot Energy and Acorn CCS for large scale carbon capture in the North Sea.
  • Acted for Bluemerang Capital on the sale and financing processes for a wind turbine portfolio to Malaysian energy giant Tenaga Nasional as part of a joint sale with Temporis of assets totalling £170m.
  • Advising Roxburghe Estate - Sunlaws Development Company as landowner on the extension of the Fallago Rig wind farm.
  • Instructed by Greenhags Energy Company to assist with a major biogas to grid project, which has recently obtained planning permission.

Dentons' 2017 merger with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP expanded its presence in the Scottish market and allowed the Scottish offices to leverage the significant resources of the global network. The group has also grown its client base adding several global clients to its well-established domestic client base; it was recently appointed by the Scottish government to advise on the implementation of its energy efficiency programme. David Cruickshank leads the renewables practice and is a member of the firm's international cross-practice energy transition initiative.

Practice head(s):David Cruickshank

Other key lawyers:Allan Cairns; Bill Fowler; Paul Young


'The expertise and in-depth industry knowledge Dentons demonstrates is vital to ensuring a smooth and successful transaction. Clients could not commend them highly enough.'

Key Clients

Aggreko Plc

Blue Transmission

Canadian Solar

Close Brothers

European Energy Efficiency Fund

Green Investment Group

SIMEC Atlantis Energy

Scottish Government

Tenaga Nasional Bhd

Triple Point LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Aggreko on all aspects of its partnership with Gold Fields to introduce solar, battery and conventional gas power generation at the Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia.
  • Instructed by Triple Point to advise on its investment into the UK gas peaking sector, successfully closing on 3 further gas peaking generation projects.
  • Assisting the Scottish government with the options for a national delivery mechanism for Scotland's energy efficiency programme.
  • Acted for the European Energy Efficiency Fund on its first debt financing in the UK.

BTO Solicitors LLP's renewable energy team is jointly led by Nicolas McBride and Jeremy Glen and regularly acts for surveyors, accountants, banks and other legal firms. The group regularly leverages the firm's wider commercial litigation group and represents commercial developers and operators, community renewables groups and projects, and landowners on the diversification of landed estates for wind and hydro developments.

Practice head(s):Nicholas McBride; Jeremy Glen

Other key lawyers:Scott Wyper

Key Clients

Triodos Bank N.V.

CRF Hydro Power Limited

Northern Energy developments Limited

Baldowrie Estate

Ederline Estate

Luss Estates Company

Allt Dearg Wind Farmers LLP

Inver Hydro Limited

Turnalt Hydro Limited

Srondoire Wind Farmers Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Triodos Bank on the refinancing of an operational single-turbine community wind farm from another funder.
  • Instructed by Appin Hydro to advise on the corporate structure of a joint venture project as well as the funding aspects.
  • Assisted Angus Braidwood & Sons with an option and lease agreement relating to the Abbotshaugh Reserve Power Facility.

Davidson Chalmers Stewart's team regularly advises on a range of different renewable technologies and all elements of the related projects including corporate and commercial advice, property and construction contracts, planning work, environmental mandates and specialist rural business issues. The group's client roster includes developers, public sector bodies, investors and suppliers, which it also acts for in disputes. Laura Tainsh heads up the group and regularly acts for renewable energy developers.

Practice head(s):Laura Tainsh

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Cook; Louise Jones; Andy Drane


'The energy practitioners at Davidson Chalmers are very pragmatic and reasonably priced.'

'Laura Tainsh and Stephanie Mackenzie have excellent knowledge of the renewable energy sector and are both very reliable.'

Key Clients


Peel Energy

Ark Hill Wind Farm Ltd

Suez Group

Ripple Energy Ltd

Sapphire Energy Ltd

Gala Water & Mill Lades Society Ltd


ENR (Scotland) Ltd

Leo Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Peel Energy on a number of significant onshore wind projects in the Shetland Islands.
  • Assisting ABO Wind with its Scottish projects, which were recently put out to market; the team handled the due diligence processes and various bespoke aspects.
  • Advised Ark Hill Wind Farm on its £17m sale through an auction process.
  • Successfully acted for Leo Group in an appeal against an Ofgem ruling that infrastructure installed by the company did not merit the award of benefits under the renewable heat incentive scheme.

The energy practice at DWF handles the full spectrum of energy issues spanning corporate, finance, regulatory and commercial advice; real estate, planning and environmental work, and major projects and procurements. Jointly led by corporate expert Wayne Lawrence in Edinburgh and Glasgow-based David Gilchrist, the group is noted for its expertise in the electricity, gas and renewables sectors. Joanna Hamilton joined TLT, and Anthony McEwan and Moray Thomson departed to Shepherd and Wedderburn.

Practice head(s):Wayne Lawrence; David Gilchrist

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Moir


'The team at DWF is very practical and forward-thinking. Its energy specialists are able to give prompt and specialist advice.'

'Suzanne Moir is very good at explaining complex issues and remains undaunted by setbacks. Alasdair Peacock is utterly brilliant at business law, and Wendy Wraight has great attention to detail.'

Key Clients

ScottishPower Group

Yorkshire Gas and Power

Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH

Yingli Namene Solar Limited

Certas Energy UK Limited


Vensys Energy AG

Economy Energy

Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council

Dundee City Council and Angus Council

South Staffordshire plc

Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH

Discovery Park Limited

Farm Energy Partnership LLP


Namene Solar Light Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of a £120m joint energy-from-waste development in Aberdeen.
  • Advising SPT on the Kendoon to Tongland 132kV Reinforcement Project.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP's energy expertise leverages the firm's rural and agricultural knowledge to handle large onshore, island and offshore projects. The practice regularly works with the planning and construction, regulatory, land litigation and judicial review departments. Derek McCullough leads the energy, infrastructure and natural resources group, which also includes Amy McDowell, who handles renewables and strategic land developments.

Practice head(s):Derek McCulloch

Other key lawyers:Amy McDowell; Colin Hamilton


'As a multi-disciplinary firm, Gillespie MacAndrew provides specialist advice across a number of aspects of renewable projects; in particular it provides expert knowledge on agricultural and forestry matters as they relate to commercial renewable energy leases. It also has a collaborative and practical approach to negotiating documentation.'

'Colin Hamilton provides clear and balanced advice on the procedural issues around CPO matters. Derek McCullogh and Amy McDowell also provide direct and well-thought-through advice on renewable energy projects. Across the board, the team is friendly and easy to deal with.'

Key Clients

Rio Tinto


Viking Energy

Seagreen Wind Energy

SGN (Scotia Gas Networks)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Seagreen Wind Energy on securing the Seagreen corridor for connection to the grid, and also handled the judicial review by RSPB of the Forth and Tay offshore wind farms' combined consent.
  • Advised on all aspects of Viking Energy Wind Farm’s 450MW wind farm development.
  • Advised on a case management protocol and bespoke systems for SSE and SGN, which will assist with over 250 network infrastructure, substation and connection arrangements for electricity and gas supply to key developments.
  • Advised Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission on the connection of the Orkney mainland and islands to the British mainland grid through the installation of an underground land cable from the subsea landing point and the installation of a 132kv transmission connection from the north to the south of the Orkney mainland.

MacRoberts LLP has specialist expertise across a range of disciplines including real estate, construction, planning, IP, power purchase agreements and energy regulation. The energy practice's key clients encompass developers, infrastructure providers and public sector bodies; the team also recently added Together Energy to its client roster. Team head Nick Jones is based in Edinburgh and has particular strength in wind farm developments.

Practice head(s):Nick Jones

Other key lawyers:Mike Barlow; Ian Bowie; David McGuire


'The energy team is pragmatic and experienced.'

'Gillian Campbell is pragmatic, knowledgeable and patient throughout challenging transactions.'

Key Clients

SP Energy Networks

Together Energy Limited

Falk Renewables Wind

Brookfield Renewable UK

Coriolis Energy

GridCodePower Ltd

Orenda Energy Solutions

ENGIE Renewables

Breedon Group/Breedon Northern

Tillicoultry Quarries

Work highlights

  • Assisted Together Energy with the negotiation and completion of a wholesale power trading agreement with BP Gas Marketing to enable the forward trading and hedging of gas and electricity volumes.
  • Handled the real estate arrangements for GridCodePower's portfolio of battery storage sites, including lease options, access rights, title due diligence and the preparation of reports of title prior to the sale of the portfolio.
  • Advising Suez Recycling and Recovery UK on its bid for the Ness Energy Project in Aberdeen.
  • Acted for the National Trust for Scotland on a large renewables project including reviewing and negotiating the main turbine and solar array lease to the Isle of Canna Community Development Trust.

Morton Fraser is recognised for its advice on property matters relating to energy projects. The group is particularly noted for its strong track record handling the specialised crofting and agricultural issues arising from energy developments. The energy team also acts for landowners and developers on consenting, licensing, developing and financing issues, and commercial agreements. Environmental law specialist Nick Atkins heads up the group and is also an expert in nuclear law; and James Rust handles onshore renewables projects for landowners. The firm's agricultural practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Linsey Barclay-Smith from Thorntons Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Nick Atkins

Other key lawyers:James Rust; Linsey Barclay-Smith

Key Clients

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited

Ministry of Defence

Social Investment Scotland

Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park Limited

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Dounreay Site Restoration on nuclear site decommissioning work and the disposal of radioactive waste.
  • Represented the Ministry of Defence in Scotland in its objection to the Hill of Towie II wind farm in Morayshire.
  • Acted for Social Investment Scotland on its business loan lending to the third sector in Scotland.
  • Assisted Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park with the development of two community wind turbines.

Property expert Andy McFarlane heads up Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP's energy practice, which has a focus on development work, particularly in the onshore wind space where it has a strong track record. The group has also been active in private wire and ICP grid connection work, while the planning sub-team has acted in section 36 inquiries and planning appeals relating to onshore wind. The department also leverages the firm's private client, rural and estates, corporate and tax departments.

Practice head(s):Andy McFarlane

Other key lawyers:Fraser Gillies;


'The team tailors its advice and expertise to suit the needs of its clients.'

'The team seems genuinely interested, understanding of, and motivated to help meet the needs of renewable energy developers.'

'It is evident that the practitioners at Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie enjoy their jobs; team morale is high and the individuals have a great ability to simplify what can seem like complex and challenging legal planning issues.'

Key Clients

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Innogy Renewables UK Limited

Forsa Energy Limited

Muirhall Energy Limited

Vento Ludens Limited

Coriolis Energy Limited

SIMEC Wind One Limited

Brookfield Renewable UK Limited

Fred Olsen/Natural Power

Partnership for Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advising Energiekontor UK on a planning appeal relating to its 12 turbine, 39MW Pines Burn wind farm on the Scottish Borders.
  • Assisted Renewable Energy Systems with the property, planning and agricultural elements of the sale of Solwaybank wind farm.

The energy practice at DLA Piper Scotland LLP has expertise to advise on wind projects, photovoltaic power matters and anaerobic digestion plants. The team is notable for its planning and construction knowledge, and, as part of the firm's global network, regularly assists clients with cross-border projects and transactions.

At Ledingham Chalmers LLP, the energy practice spans the firm's corporate, litigation, construction, agriculture and commercial property departments. The group has also strengthened its position in the renewables market and recently acted for several landowners on onshore renewable projects. Corporate partner Peter Murray and agriculture specialist Jim Drysdale jointly lead the group.

Practice head(s):Peter Murray; Jim Drysdale

Other key lawyers:Neil Anderson

Key Clients

Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers Limited

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group

Puffin Energy Limited

Pale Blue Dot Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided Pale Blue Dot Energy with general corporate and contracting advice on carbon capture, transportation and storage projects.

Turcan Connell stands out for its landed estate and agricultural expertise, and fields a multidisciplinary team, which acts on issues arising from renewable energy projects including business law, land, property and tax matters. Recent work highlights include battery storage projects, wind matters, solar issues and energy-from-waste schemes, which it handles for landowners, developers and funders. Jonathan Robertson leads the team as part of the land and property group.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Robertson

Oil and gas

Index of tables

  1. Oil and gas
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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    • Graeme Clubley - CMS
    • Paula Kidd - CMS
    • Rhona McFarlane - Brodies LLP

Rising stars

  1. 1

The oil and gas team at Brodies LLP is led by M&A expert Clare Munro and was recently bolstered by the arrival of Bryan Wilson from an in-house position at Total and Rhona McFarlane's promotion to the partnership. The dedicated group handles the full gamut of work in the sector, but also has expertise in several niche areas including third-party access agreements, FPSO contracts and decommissioning work alongside notable experience in the drilling sector. Sonia Love is also a key name to note for project development work.

Practice head(s):Clare Munro

Other key lawyers:Greg May; Sonia Love; Suzanne Hopkinson; Rhona McFarlane; Bryan Wilson


'Brodies' extensive industry experience has earned it a formidable reputation in the oil and gas sector, not only locally but internationally.'

'The team is very experienced and can easily draw on expertise from Brodies as a whole to provide a full-service legal offering including corporate and financing, employment, dispute resolution and litigation advice.'

'Brodies stands out through its efficient and flexible organisation, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and practical guidance through a thoroughly proactive approach.'

'Clare Munro is very good to work with. She is pragmatic, commercial and solutions-driven.'

'Greg May is exceptional and a real go-to partner for any oil and gas work. His in-house experience is invaluable and helps him deliver an exceptional service to his clients.'

'Greg May is an expert in the oil and gas contracting arena and is on-call 24/7.'

'Her deep intellect, experience and calmness make Clare Munro an invaluable ally in the oil and gas world.'

Key Clients

Chevron Corporation

Total E&P UK Limited

Spirit Energy

Ithaca Energy

Premier Oil UK Ltd

Dana Petroleum

INEOS Upstream



Shelf Drilling

Awilco Drilling Plc

Northern Offshore Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Premier Oil UK on the drafting and negotiation of a suite of agreements relating to the Tolmount Field development.
  • Instructed to act for Maersk Oil, which was acquired by Total E&P 2018, on a suite of commercial agreements supporting the Ballindalloch oil field development.
  • Acted for Chevron North Sea on the sale of its interest in Rosebank to Equinor.

Burness Paull LLP is recognised for handling the acquisition and disposal of oil and gas licence interests, as well as advising on the negotiation of the agreements required for the development of oil and gas fields through facilities owned by third parties. The group has notable strength in domestic matters and also has significant cross-border capabilities. Brian Hemming heads up the team, which also includes Bruce McLeod, who has experience in M&A and field development agreements.

Practice head(s):Brian Hemming

Other key lawyers:Bruce McLeod


'The Burness Paull team is very customer-focused with a very broad experience base, which enables all issues to be dealt with efficiently and effectively. Documents are reviewed pragmatically and turned around quickly.'

'Brian Hemming is very personable, making it easy to discuss and deal with issues. He is very client-focused and always delivers documents on time.'

Key Clients

Tailwind Energy

CATS and Humber Gathering System Limited (both owned by private equity Antin Infrastructure Partners)

Spirit Energy (formerly Centrica)

Savannah Petroleum

Premier Oil


i3 Energy


Parkmead Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tailwind Energy on its acquisition from Shell and Esso of interests in the Bittern, Gannet E, Guillemot West, Guillemot North West and Belinda and Evelyn Fields and associated interest in the Triton FPSO.
  • Assisted Humber Gathering System with the negotiation of a suite of agreements required to develop the Tolmount gas field.
  • Advised Spirit Energy on its deal with Hurricane Energy to fund the cost of three exploration wells in the Greater Warwick Area in exchange for 50% of Hurricane Energy’s oil project near Shetland.
  • Instructed by Savannah Petroleum to handle its proposed acquisition of Seven Energy and its Nigerian operations.
  • Acted for i3 Energy on the negotiations to grant a period of exclusivity to a potential purchaser of part of the Liberator field and the related funding mechanisms for the field's development and appraisal of Liberator West.

CMS handles a variety of complex deals across all areas of the oil and gas sector, and advises on upstream and downstream matters for a high-profile client list. The Aberdeen-based team assists with issues at a national and international level and fields group head Norman Wisely, Judith Aldersey-Williams, who specialises in regulatory and antitrust issues; Graeme Clubley, newly promoted partner Paula Kidd, Frank Fowlie, who is a corporate expert; and senior associate Frances Reilly. The group also leverages the firm's Edinburgh and Glasgow teams; Edinburgh-based Rob Wilson is a key name for energy disputes.

Practice head(s):Norman Wisely

Other key lawyers:Judith Aldersey-Williams; Graeme Clubley; Paula Kidd; Frank Fowlie; Frances Reilly Rob Wilson


'CMS' practitioners are very nice and professional and their availability for questions and comments is exceptional.'

'CMS has tremendous strength in depth in Aberdeen as seasoned upstream advisors and covers the whole spectrum of M&A and asset transactions, regulatory work and supply chain. It has an excellent handle on market practice.'

'Expert advice, best-in-class knowledge and guidance, and strong market understanding distinguishs CMS from its competition.'

Key Clients



Equinor (was Statoil)

Repsol Sinopec

Premier Oil


Siccar Point



CNOOC (was Nexen)



Work highlights

  • Advising BP on the sale of its operated interests in the Bruce, Keith and Rhum fields in the North Sea.
  • Advised Equinor on its acquisition of Chevron’s 40% operated interest in the Rosebank field development project.
  • Assisted BP with its tie-in of the Vorlich Field to Ithaca's Stella FPSO.

  • Acted for ConocoPhillips on its hive down and corporate sale of a 16.5% interest in the Clair field to BP.
  • Advised Humber Gathering System on a project related to the development of the Tolmount field.

Pinsent Masons LLP covers the full range of oil industry issues including decommissioning work, M&A, competition matters, procurements, tax mandates, disputes, financings and regulatory advice; the team also has a strong track record in corruption and anti-bribery cases. Aberdeen-based Bob Ruddiman is the firm's global head of oil and gas, while corporate expert Shirley Allen leads the Aberdeen group, which also includes legal director Neil Hehir and utilises the firm's experienced litigation department. In Glasgow, Rosalie Chadwick heads up the global corporate finance group and is a key name to note. David McEwing departed to Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):Bob Ruddiman

Other key lawyers:Rosalie Chadwick; Shirley Allen; Neil Hehir;


'Martin Ewan has an ability to quickly cut through any noise and get to the root of an issue, which is second to none. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable and commercially aware, Martin makes a particular effort to network both internally in the firm and externally. As a consequence, he is able to sign post the requirement to the correct people quickly and easily and do a personal handover, whilst maintaining overall involvement.'

Key Clients


Shell UK Limited

Total E&P UK Limited

Ithaca Energy

Siccar Point Energy

Faroe Petroleum

Suncor Energy Services Inc

Talisman Energy

Aker AS

John Wood Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Ithaca Energy on its acquisition of the Greater Stella Area oil & gas licences and associated infrastructure interests from Dyas UK and Petrofac.
  • Advised Total E&P UK on the sale of its entire interests in the Bruce Field and the Keith Field in the UK continental shelf to Serica Energy (UK).
  • Instructed by Faroe Petroleum to handle its acquisition of an interest in the Plantain and Agar wells from Azinor Catalyst.
  • Acted for Blue Water Energy on its joint venture with Blackstone and Mime Petroleum, a Norwegian-focused exploration and production company.

Dentons' practice has particular expertise handling decommissioning work through the expertise of Edinburgh-based Kirsti Olson, drilling matters, and contentious mandates. Corporate expert Gordon Hobkirk also contributes to the practice with litigator Malcolm Gunnyeon; both are based in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen team also recently hired senior oil and gas specialist counsel Kenny Paton from Webber Wentzel; he has substantial experience in the North Sea and internationally.

Practice head(s):Kenny Paton

Other key lawyers:Malcolm Gunnyeon; Gordon Hobkirk; Kirsti Olson

Key Clients

Completion Products

Decom North Sea

DOF Subsea Limited

KCA Deutag Drilling

Safetec UK Limited

Stork TS UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Completion Products to recover sums due from an Omani customer relating to the supply of down-hole equipment.
  • Assisted Safetec UK with recovering $250,000 owed by a Chinese company relating to the development of a safety system for an offshore support vessel.
  • Acting for Stork TS UK in a £6m tax covenant and tax warranty claim arising from its purchase of RBG (Holdings).
  • Advising O&G UK on its decommission work including producing the first Logic standard form contract to be used for decommissioning projects in the North Sea.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is recognised for its work acting for British independent exploration and production companies on worldwide M&A and capital markets transactions. The team also has a strong record in the upstream space, where it represents banks and sponsors, and assisting City firms with the Scottish law aspects of cross-border transactions. Corporate expert Stephen Trombala leads the team from the Edinburgh office.

Practice head(s):Stephen Trombola

Other key lawyers:Paul Hally; Tom Swan

Key Clients

Cairn Energy plc

IGas Energy

Delonex Energy

Gulf Marine Services

Celtique Energie


OMV Petrom

North Sea Midstream Partners

ERVIA (Formerly called Bord Gais Eireann)

Cluff Natural Resources plc


TDE Services Kft.


SOCO plc

Marin Subsea Ltd

Petroineos Trading Ltd

Delphian Ballistics Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aminex on its $40m farm out of a 50% interest in the Ruvuma Petroleum Sharing Agreement in Tanzania.
  • Collaborating with the firm's London office to advise SOCO on the sale of its upstream Angolan interests to Quill Trading Corporation and WMLC Resources.
  • Advising Celtique Energie Holdings on its divestment of a 30% interest in the Wressle oil field.
  • Acted for HSBC Bank as agent to a syndicate of lending banks including Bank of Montreal, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING and Lloyds Bank on the Scottish law issues relating to a significant increase to a reserve base loan facility provided to Ineos UK E&P Holding and its subsidiaries following the acquisition of the Forties Pipeline system in the North Sea from BP.

Stronachs LLP regularly acts on upstream M&A in the UK and overseas, oil field developments, decommissioning projects, and matters arising from new energy sector technologies. Ewan Neilson leads the department and regularly acts for oil, energy and technology companies; James Downie is also a key name for decommissioning work and James Muir focuses on transactional work and energy projects.

Practice head(s):Ewan Neilson

Other key lawyers:James Downie; James Muir


'The energy team at Stronachs has an enlightened approach to the challenges facing the oil and gas sector. This is particularly valuable in the current economic downturn in the sector when funding availability is severely constrained.'

'The group's approach includes an attitude encompassing 'blue sky' thinking and actively supporting emerging businesses, which are developing novel patentable technology on the back of limited internal financial resources.'

'Ewan Neilson is passionate about making a difference in the oil and gas sector. He goes out of his way to support businesses developing technology that lower the costs of operators.'

Key Clients

Dana Petroleum UK Limited

Marathon Oil U.K. LLC

Petrofac Limited


Premier Oil

Black Sea Oil & Gas

Enpro Subsea Limited

Carbon Capture Machine Limited

Rampart Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Petrofac on the sale of its interest in the Stella Field and the FPF 1 vessel to Ithaca.
  • Assisting Black Sea Oil & Gas with its offshore Midia Gas Development project in Romania.
  • Instructed by Azinor Catalyst on its farm-in to Faroe Petroleum of a 25 % interest in the Agar Plantain well.
  • Advised Carbon Capture Machine on its spin out from Aberdeen University.


Index of tables

  1. Projects
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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    • Christine Worthington - CMS

Rising stars

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Burness Paull LLP's construction and projects team has notable structures expertise through the experience of Stephen Phillips and Gillian Harkness, including handling drafting and project structures, and funding structures. The projects practice is led by Chris MacKay and has recently acted on a number of high-profile mandates including several disputes; the group is also regularly appointed to advise on issues arising from the Scottish hub initiative. Senior associate Chris Horsley is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):Chris Mackay

Other key lawyers:Stephen Phillips; Gillian Harkness; Chris Horsley


'The firm's broad construction expertise, its understanding of the practicalities and risk profile of the construction sector, and its NEC contract experience distinguishs it from its competitors.'

'This is a high-class firm with strength in depth across a range of sectors. The range of knowledge the firm can bring to assist clients is exceptional!'

'Chris Mackay's understanding of practical contract issues is excellent. He is also good at keeping teams on good terms in contentious disputes, and keeping everyone going until the point of resolution.'

'Chris Mackay and Andrew Little are standout individuals and are able to bring a depth of experience and pragmatism to assist clients.'

'Burness Paull is able to sit by clients as they navigate complex deals and give sound pragmatic advice on risk and market position.'

Key Clients

NHS Lothian

Falkirk Council

Perth & Kinross Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

hub West Scotland Limited

Hub Community Foundation

3 No

Scottish Futures Trust Limited

Scot Roads Partnership Project Limited

Amey Belfast Schools Partnership PFI Limited

University of St Andrews

Scrabster Harbour Trust

Galliford Try Construction (UK) Limited

John Graham Construction Limited

Ancala Water Services

Hampden Park Limited

Highland Spring

Work highlights

  • Advising hub West Scotland on the financing, design, construction and provision of services at the new Greenock and Clydebank Health & Care Centres, and additional ward buildings at Stobhill Hospital.
  • Acting for NHS Lothian as the procuring authority on the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (Phase 2) project via the hub initiative.
  • Instructed by the Scottish Futures Trust to assist with the development of new standard form templates.
  • Acted for Hub Community Foundation on its investment in a series of public sector infrastructure projects in each of the five Hub regions of Scotland.
  • Advised Hampden Park on the development of Hampden Park Stadium, which will accommodate the Euro 2020 football tournament.

CMS advises its high-profile client roster, which includes the Scottish government and Scottish Water, on all project delivery models with notable expertise in hub projects. Glasgow-based practice head Ailsa Ritchie has substantial experience in social infrastructure projects including urban rejuvenation, education and healthcare schemes, while Amanda Methven is a specialist in the delivery of hub projects. The team also has construction expertise thanks to Christine Worthington, particularly in the energy and infrastructure space.

Practice head(s):Ailsa Ritchie

Other key lawyers:Amanda Methven; Michael McAuley; Christine Worthington

Key Clients

Scottish Water

Hub East Central Scotland Limited

Nord LB

Glasgow City Council

Northern Ireland Water


Infrastructure Managers Limited/3i Infrastructure Fund

Argyll & Bute Council


The Moray Council

Galliford Try Investments

Aberdeenshire Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Glasgow City Council on its £250m residential-led regeneration programme.
  • Advised Scottish Water on its acquisition of the Project Grampian PFI from Kelda Group, the owners of Yorkshire Water.
  • Advising Dumfries & Galloway Council on the negotiated termination of a waste PFI contract.
  • Instructed by NordLB as senior funder to advise on the design, build, financing and maintenance of a new high school in South Queensferry.
  • Acting for Renfrewshire Council on its Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside projects.

The projects team at MacRoberts LLP advises a varied client base, which includes procuring local and governmental bodies, developers, equity investors, banks, construction contractors and facilities managers, on a wide range of projects. With substantial expertise in construction and procurement law, the group also handles significant disputes arising from projects. Practice head Rod Munro has notable experience across a range of industry sectors including the hospitality, transport, social infrastructure and energy industries.

Practice head(s):Rod Munro

Other key lawyers:Duncan Osler; Jennifer McKay;


'This is a very experienced, professional and knowledgeable team.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Life


Angus Council

Babcock Wilcox Volund

Bank of Ireland (UK)

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Charity Bank

ECG Facilities Services

Edinburgh Council

Glasgow City Council


Infrastructure Managers Limited


M&G Investments

Morgan Sindall Investments Limited

NHS Lothian

NHS Orkney

NHS Tayside

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

NHS Highland

Perth & Kinross Council

Pentland Ferries

Scottish Prisons Service

Scottish Government


Shepherd Engineering

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

SUEZ Recycling Limited

Transport Scotland

Western Ferries (Clyde)

Wm Hamilton & SonsLimited

Wood Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for NHS Lothian on the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary PFI Project and the Royal Edinburgh NPD Project.
  • Advising Suez Recycling and Recovery UK on its bid for the Ness energy-from-waste project in Aberdeen.
  • Instructed by Edinburgh Schools Partnership to handle the defects issues arising from the high-profile collapse of the gable wall at Oxgangs Primary School.
  • Acting for ECG Facilities Management on a joint venture partnership model to supply facilities management services to 35 operational projects across five separate local investment finance trust (LIFT) schemes in England.
  • Advising  Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on its role as the incoming account bank on two operational PFI projects.

Pinsent Masons LLP's client roster in the projects space includes 3i, Balfour Beatty and Equitix alongside other funders, sponsors and public sector bodies. The team handles a vast variety of projects including hub schemes, new product development, PPP and PFI projects; student accommodation work, oil and gas matters and renewable energy issues. Recent work highlights also include significant matters in the healthcare and transport infrastructure space. The team is led by Edinburgh-based Michael Watson and includes Stuart Barr in the Glasgow office.

Practice head(s):Michael Watson

Other key lawyers:Stuart Barr

Brodies LLP has expertise in public law, finance, and project procurement work in its projects group and advises on the full life cycle of projects, from early stage planning to investor exits. The team is jointly led from Edinburgh by head of infrastructure Drysdale Graham and head of energy and infrastructure finance Michael Stoneham.

Practice head(s):Drysdale Graham; Michael Stoneham

Other key lawyers:Roger Cotton; Sarah-Jane McArthur


'The team at Brodies is always available at short notice and helpful, provides a client-focused service and is prompt in its responses.'

'Sarah-Jane McArthur and Alisdair Matheson are exceptional.'

Key Clients

Hub East Central Limited

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Indaver NV

Cardiff Council

Aberdeen City Council


Banks Renewables Limited

Aberdeen Standard

Orbital Marine Power

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Work highlights

  • The team handled Abellio's involvement in the re-let of the eight year East Midlands Rail franchise by the Department for Transport.
  • Acted for the vendor shareholders of the Saur Group on a vendor due diligence exercise on its Scottish waste water assets as part of its sale to EQT Infrastructure.
  • Acting for the funders of a consortium involving Aberdeen European Infrastructure Partners as a shortlisted bidder on bundle 2 of an Irish social housing PPP programme.
  • Advising Aberdeen City Council on the development of a new £400m exhibition and conference arena for the City of Aberdeen.

In the primary projects market, Dentons is noted for its involvement in the hub programme, and has also been active in the secondary market, a key area of strength for Edinburgh-based practice head Euan Wilson. The group has recently advised on numerous investments, divestitures, refinancings and restructurings relating to PFI, PPP, New Product Development (NPD), hub, Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and energy sector projects. Andrew Orr is a key name for project finance work.

Practice head(s):Euan Wilson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Orr; Stewart MacIver

Key Clients


Dalmore Capital

Sir Robert McAlpine

Aviva Public Private Finance

Network Rail

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Robertson Capital Projects

Green Investment Bank /GIG

Morgan Sindall Investments


Blue Transmission

Envac UK

ISS Mediclean

Lloyds Bank

Transport for London

UPM Kymmene UK

Triple Point

Alpha Real Capital



Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Choice Housing

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

HM Govt/Official Receiver

Work highlights

  • Acting for Semperian on its £136m refinancing of the Thameside Prison Project.
  • Appointed by Network Rail to advise on the Crewe Area Works project, an infrastructure project facilitating the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line.
  • Assisted Envac UK with its involvement in the Barking Riverside London Development.
  • Advising Amey on a £400m strategic 10-year partnership contract with the Education Authority in Belfast to service, manage and modernise the entire education estate under the Authority's control.
  • Acting for Choice Housing, as part of a consortium with Macquarie and John Sisk and Son, on a €300m Irish social housing PPP programme.

Shepherd and Wedderburn stands out for its ability to advise on all aspects of a project including acting across all five of the Scottish hub territories. Under the leadership of Stephen Colliston, the team handles hub projects for public sector and funder clients, and also assists with operational projects, particularly those requiring secondary market, variation and disputes advice.

Practice head(s):Stephen Colliston

Other key lawyers:Nigel Sievwright

Key Clients

City of Edinburgh Council

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

South Ayrshire Council

States of Jersey

Acciona Industrial S.A

West Dunbartonshire Council

West Lothian Council

Ayr Environmental Services Limited

Caledonian Environmental Services Plc

Wheatley Housing Group

North Ayrshire Council

Balfour Beatty Investments Limited

Dexia Credit Local

Bank of New York Mellon

North Lanarkshire Council

Consort Healthcare (various SPVs)

Transform Schools (various SPVs)

Work highlights

  • The team is advising this German bank on the development of a DBFM hub Project in the north east of Scotland.
  • The firm is acting for the City of Edinburgh Council in one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects at St James Quarter which is based on the Growth Accelerator Model (GAM).
  • West Dunbartonshire Council appointed the firm to assist with the UK’s first large-scale water source heat pump district heating system
  • Shepherd Wedderburn is providing counsel to States of Jersey on the procurement of its £466m Future Hospital Project.
  • Colliston is leading the advice to West Lothian Council in relation to its City Region Deal Project.

The projects team at Anderson Strathern is best known for its work in public sector regeneration, public procurement, construction and the education sector. The group notably acts for the Scottish government, mainly on road infrastructure projects, and regularly collaborates with the firm's transport sub-team. Practice head Karyn Watt specialises in construction law and the Glasgow-based Audrey Cameron leads the public sector group.

Practice head(s):Karyn Watt

Other key lawyers:Audrey Cameron; Pat Loftus; Martin Whiteford

Key Clients

Woking Borough Council

Midlothian Council

Scottish Government / Transport Scotland

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

South East Scotland Transport Partnership

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Highland Council


Edinburgh Napier University

Fife Council

Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport Scotland on the Scottish trunk roads network and associated roads projects, including the A9 dualling project.
  • Advising the University of Highlands and Islands on the proposed development of a life sciences research centre.
  • Assisting Midlothian Council with the construction of two primary schools, nurseries and sports facilities.
  • Acting for Victoria Square Woking, a joint venture between Woking Borough Council and Moyallen Woking, on the redevelopment of Woking town centre.

At DLA Piper Scotland LLP, Lillian Mackenzie was recently appointed as head of finance, projects and restructuring in Scotland. The group acts for international clients alongside a notable domestic client base including local authorities, which it advises on procurement models; the Welsh government is a key example. The team is also active in the education sector, and recently gained several new clients in the space.

Practice head(s):Lillian Mackenzie

Other key lawyers:Sharon Fitzgerald


'The diversified work in different legal sectors with qualified experts distinguishes DLA Piper's projects experts.'

'DLA Piper provides considerable experience in infrastructure procurement, particularly PPP.'

'For an international practice, the personal interest taken by the partners is exceptional and allows them to comment sensibly at any given moment. The team's genuine credibility in the market draws on many years of delivering successful projects in a practical, non-confrontational way.'

'The projects team makes a real effort to support clients in their own business requirements beyond just the provision of legal services.'

'Sharon Fitzgerald is a very open and cooperative person. She has very strong networking skills.'

'Sharon has immense global experience and is a great communicator, but what makes her stand out is how personable she is and her behavourial ethics. She is someone who clients trust implicitly for impeccable and timely advice.'

'Lillian Mackenzie is exceptionally capable and experienced, gaining her experience through the evolution of the PPP model throughout the UK. She offers practical solutions in a positive way and ensures that the client is fully informed before taking a decision - a true positive addition to any team.'

'Sharon Fitzgerald and Peter Dornan both deserve a mention for high-quality advice and support and a very practical approach to supporting their clients with the delivery of projects.'

Key Clients

City of Glasgow Council

Welsh Government


Galliford Try


Green Africa Power

Velindre NHS Trust

Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Government of Ghana

Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe

National Grid


GE (General Electric)

Lloyds Banking Group

Nord LB

Work highlights

  • Advising Welsh Government on the development of the Mutual Investment Model.
  • Advising the Velindre University NHS Trust on the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new cancer centre.
  • Assisted Kelda Water with the sale of various Scottish subsidiaries involved in the regulated water sector, the operation and maintenance of various ministry of defence sites, and the release of security and the reorganisation of funding.
  • Advising Investec on the Cardiff Parkway, St. Mellons park-and-ride railway station joint venture.

Harper Macleod LLP has a strong presence in the hub initiative space, demonstrated by the firm's client roster, which includes hub North Scotland. The team, led from Edinburgh by Euan Pirie, also has substantial experience in student accommodation projects, and fields a specialist contentious PPP group. Senior associate Catriona Kemp handles project financing agreements and the corporate aspects of projects.

Practice head(s):Euan Pirie

Other key lawyers:Catriona Kemp


'Through many years of experience of working in the sector, Harper Macleod's project attorneys have developed a detailed understanding of the commercial drivers which are important to their clients. They use this knowledge to establish terms of contract that clients know in advance will meet their internal approvals process.'

'Euan Pirie has a broad knowledge of the market-specific terms that clients should be able to negotiate with. He is assisted by associate Catriona Kemp, who is particularly skilled in the corporate governance side of complicated deal structures.'

Key Clients

Hub North Scotland Limited

Dragados SA/Dragados UK Limited

University of St Andrews

City of Edinburgh Council

North Ayrshire Council

Lanarkshire Health Board

Kingdom Initiatives

Derwent Housing Association Limited/Derwent FM (Derwent Living)

FCC Construccion S.A.

Roadbridge UK Limited

Inverclyde Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Hub North Scotland (Inverurie Campus) on the £60m Inverurie Community Campus hub design, build, finance and maintenance project.
  • Advising an FCC Construction and Roadbridge UK  construction joint venture on its bid for the A465 Heads of the Valleys Mutual Investment Model roads project, the first MIM (PPP) project to be procured in Wales.
  • Acted for City of Edinburgh Council on its energy efficient street lighting programme.

DWF's energy practice assists with the corporate, finance, regulatory and commercial, real estate, planning and environmental aspects of major projects and procurements, and has also built on its reputation in the electricity, gas and renewables sectors. Corporate experts David Gilchrist and Wayne Lawrence jointly lead the department from Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.

Practice head(s):Wayne Lawrence; David Gilchrist

Key Clients

ScottishPower Group

Yorkshire Gas and Power

Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH

Yingli Namene Solar Limited

Certas Energy UK Limited


Vensys Energy AG

Economy Energy

Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council

Dundee City Council and Angus Council

South Staffordshire plc

Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH

Discovery Park Limited

Farm Energy Partnership LLP


Namene Solar Light Company

Work highlights

  • Advising SP Transmission on the Kendoon to Tongland 132kV Reinforcement Project, a development which is included in Scotland's National Planning Framework 3.
  • Advising Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of their £120m joint energy-from-waste development in Aberdeen.

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