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Kenny Valentine and Michael Allan lead the team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which advises on complex and high-risk contentious matters, including handling litigation, mediation and arbitration. On the non-contentious side, it manages high-profile and high-value construction projects spanning areas such as energy, infrastructure and real estate; it is project counsel to Aberdeen Harbour Board regarding the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project. Other clients include Galliford Try, Morgan Sindall and Laing O’Rourke. Iain MacPhail leads on transactional work for Balfour Beatty, and Craig Morrison ‘goes the extra mile’ on contentious matters. Colin Fraser and Louise Forster are among other key names.

Brodies LLP provides ‘sound tactical advice’ across all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Manus Quigg’s contentious construction expertise includes professional negligence actions. Alistair McLean, who heads the non-contentious side of the practice, is advising Aberdeen City Council on contractual matters associated with the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre redevelopment project. Louise Shiels has ‘exceptional client communication skills’ and Keith Kilburn also earns praise.

Burness Paull’s team advises on high-profile construction projects across Scotland in areas such as renewable energy, education, retail and housing. James Forbes is leading advice to Scot Roads Partnership Project Ltd on the construction phase of the M8 extension. Renewable energy sector specialist Chris Mackay ‘inspires confidence’. In the contentious arena, Fenella Mason is ‘skilled in steering clients to the appropriate course of action’. Amey plc, Barhale plc and Kier Construction are among its clients.

CMSIan McCann, a key name in the firm’s non-contentious practice, advised Statoil on the design and construction of an offshore wind facility in England. The firm is particularly strong in the contentious arena; Shona Frame has ‘a wealth of experience across a wide range of dispute resolution procedures’. Department head Lindy Patterson QC is leading a team in SSE’s long-running £130m dispute with Hochtief over the Glendoe tunnel collapse. Christine Worthington made partner in 2015.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP undertakes a significant amount of employer-led development work, with particular expertise in the real estate, energy and transport sectors. The group’s strong reputation in construction sees it win high-end work; Mark Macaulay acted for the developer of the new ScottishPower headquarters in Glasgow. Dual-qualified partners Kirsti Olson and David Scott undertake construction disputes. Stewart Maciver joined from CMS.

MacRoberts LLP’s Neil Kelly is representing Dumfries and Galloway Council at the Court of Session in a dispute arising from defects found at the DG One leisure complex, and the facility’s ongoing closure. David Arnott* is acting for Carillion Utility Services at the Edinburgh Trams Inquiry. On the non-contentious front, the group advises on the construction aspects of large PPP projects for clients such as NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Schools Partnership. *David Arnott joined Brodies LLP in July 2016

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles employer and contractor work, as well as advising procurers and suppliers of construction services and other public and private sector organisations. Euan McLeod is advising Britel Fund Trustees on the demolition of existing buildings and the design and construction of a Class A office block in the Exchange District in Edinburgh. Solicitor advocate Iain Drummond and Gareth Parry, who deal with contentious matters, are recommended, as is David Anderson.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP’s Jonathan Gaskell is advising Edinburgh Haymarket Developments on the construction aspects of high-profile development work at Haymarket in central Edinburgh. Other clients include Heineken, Babcock International and Hoskins Architects.

HBJ Gateley attracts work arising from areas such as real estate, housing and regeneration, healthcare and renewable energy. Solicitor-advocate Anne Struckmeier leads the contentious side of the practice, while Frazer Wardhaugh is the firm’s head of non-contentious construction. Notable clients include BAM Construction, Mott MacDonald and Peel Ports. Alison Horner recently joined from MacRoberts LLP.

Noted for its footprint in the Aberdeen and Inverness markets, Ledingham Chalmers LLP draws a significant amount of contentious and non-contentious work from contractors active in the traditional building sector, as well those engaged in the oil and gas supply chain space. The practice also attracts construction-related work from other sectors, such as banking, charities and real estate. Jennifer Young and Roddy Cormack are advising a wholly-owned subsidiary of Highland Hospice on the construction of a new in-patient facility for the hospice.

Morton Fraser’s Jonathan Seddon focuses on non-contentious construction matters, acting for employers, contractors, local authorities and funders, among other clients. Senior associate Lisa Dromgoole is recommended for dispute resolution and avoidance. The firm represented Pure Spa in adjudication proceedings brought by the contractors responsible for the fit out of its flagship store at Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

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