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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Work 0131 225 1677
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Fraser Leslie

Work 0131 260 7524
Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Work Department

Land and Rural Business.


Fraser is a Partner in the Firm`s Land and Rural Business Department. His main areas of practice lie in all property aspect of renewable energy projects, commercial property affecting the rural sector and Voluntary First Registration. Fraser is also responsible for the operational running of the Department.


Partner in Burnett & Reid, Iain Smith & Co, Maclay Murray & Spens and Bond Dickinson (all Aberdeen). Joined Gillespie Macandrew in October, 2015 as a Partner.


Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities.

Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Gillespie Macandrew LLP has an extensive track record in island, land and rural business matters, including succession issues, complex estate, farm and forestry transactions, estate restructuring, complex ownership, crofting and renewable energy projects. The practice is led by Robert Scott-Dempster, whose clients include a number of major Scottish estates. Fraser Leslie is routinely called on to advise on option agreements, leases and the related land aspects of onshore renewable projects. Mike Blair has experience in sporting rights, business structures and environmental issues. Alan White handles a broad range of issues particular to Scotland, including crofting rights.

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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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