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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

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Derek Ashley James Mcculloch

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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

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Energy, Natural Resources & Strategic Land


Derek is dual qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and England & Wales and is head of the firm's Energy Natural Resource & Strategic Land team. Derek has over 20 years of experience advising and counselling global and domestic businesses on their major corporate, land and energy projects.

As well as leading on some of the UK’s largest energy projects, he has been advising business sector organisations on developing legal and regulatory requirements and implications of climate change and the low carbon economy. He also has a track record in advising on natural resource regulation, university commercialisation and spin out projects, as well as complex joint venture and consortium deals.

Derek co-ordinates international cross border projects and trade and is a chairman of the firm's global legal network, Lexwork International, founding their cross-border energy forum.

Clients comment that he provides a real understanding of all sides of every issue, as well as possessing great business acumen and an innate appreciation of project risk.


Solicitor; qualified Scotland 1981; qualified England and Wales 1997; partner 1983; Writer to the Signet, Notary Public.


Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Scotland. Chair (Europe and Asia) of Lexwork International Independent Law Firms; IBA. director Marketing Edinburgh Limited.


Leeds Grammar School; Edinburgh University (1979 LLB Hons).


Golf, travel.

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Gillespie Macandrew LLP provides the full spectrum of corporate law advice to public and private sector clients (of a range of sizes) from a variety of sectors; associate Chris Gibson is particularly active in acting for start-up and early stage technology sector companies in all areas of their lifecycle. The firm particularly stands out in the renewable energy sector, where it assists start-up and emerging companies with negotiating inward investments, joint ventures for renewables projects and other land-based development transactions. In 2017, energy and strategic land group head Derek Mcculloch, Amy McDowell and Michael Cox were among the advisers to Rio Tinto on the £330m sale of its Alcan Aluminium business to SIMEC. Food and drink and retail are among other industries where the team generates work. Gibson, McCulloch and team head Christopher Smith are dual-qualified in Scottish and English law. Senior solicitor Jennie Elliot is another key figure.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Gillespie Macandrew LLP has an excellent record in energy, water and waste projects. It has seen its portfolio of high quality work grow; recent matters have included hydrogen electrolysis projects, storage projects and solar projects. In addition, the firm undertakes projects in Scotland and England, and it benefits from the expertise of legal director Simon Williams, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law. The firm's first-rate reputation in the agricultural and rural sector puts it on a strong footing to advise on the associated complexities arising from onshore, offshore and island projects. In a big-ticket transaction, in 2017, Derek McCulloch and others advised Rio Tinto on the $410m sale of its UK assets, and power and smelting business at Lochaber and Blyth, to SIMEC. Another standout highlight saw John Stirling, Murray Shaw and Colin Hamilton act for Seagreen Wind Energy in the RSPB's high-profile judicial review of the combined consent of the Forth and Tay offshore wind farms. Hamilton made partner in 2017. Amy McDowell, Alan White, Fraser Leslie and legal director Susan Day are recommended. The firm has also won work from a number of new clients, including REG Power, Environmental Energy Investments Scotland Limited and Steelwind Nordenham. Senior solicitor Stewart Crosbie joined from Morton Fraser in 2017.

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