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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

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Harry Smith

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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

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Partner specialising in land acquisition and disposals for housebuilders, site assembly, plot disposal, planning, funding and development agreements.


Trained Alex Morison & Co; qualified 1988; partner Alex Morison & Co, Morison Bishop, Morisons LLP and Gillespie Macandrew LLP.


Marr College, Troon; Edinburgh University (1986 LLB (Hons), Dip LP).


Football, golf, gardening and wine.

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Gillespie Macandrew LLP's team has had an upswing in commercial property activity.. The housebuilding side of the practice has gained momentum, with the firm adding to its client roster names such as Robertson Partnership Homes, Merchant Homes and Turnberry Homes. Harry Smith, who heads up a dedicated housebuilder team, recently worked with senior solicitor Andrew Leslie and Isobell Reid to advise Bellway Homes on the £10m+ acquisition of a development site at Bishopton in Renfrewshire. They also acted for Avant Homes (Scotland) Limited in the £9.5m acquisition of a development site at Shott Farm in High Blantyre. Commercial development work is another area of strength; clients include Newland Assets, Worthington Property Maintenance and Midtown Capital. Elsewhere, there has been a notable uptick in real estate finance mandates, with the firm generating work from UK and international banks, and alternative lenders; Kenneth Irons, Greg Peebles and others recently acted for Assetz SME Capital in a number of loan finance transactions. Another pillar of the practice is in investment transactions, which span sub-sectors such as retail, office and industrial. David Milne heads up the commercial property team.

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Within: Construction

At Gillespie Macandrew LLP, residential development is one of the bedrocks of the firm's construction work. Harry Smith, who heads up a dedicated housebuilder team, has more than 30 years of experience of residential development. The firm is on the legal panels of major housebuilders such as Bellway Homes, Taylor Wimpey, CALA Management and Avant Homes (Scotland) Limited. It also acts for a number of large estates that have development companies, which construct new housing developments and renewable energy projects. The firm also plays an active role in building restoration projects, and also represents private individuals in construction disputes related to them. Smith works with Isobell Reid, who made partner in 2017, and is 'thoroughly professional in dealings with clients, experts and counsel'. Robertson Partnership Homes Limited, Turnberry Homes Limited and Merchant Homes Partnerships Limited are recent client wins. Murray Shaw has retired.

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