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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

JOHNSTONE HOUSE, 52-54 ROSE STREET, ABERDEEN, AB10 1HA, SCOTLAND
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Work 01224 408408
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Fax 01224 408400
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AB15 ABERDEEN
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www.ledinghamchalmers.com

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Peter Murray leads Ledingham Chalmers LLP's practice, which has previously tended to stand out for its work in the oil and gas services sector. The firm recently expanded its offering, however, by launching a new exploration and production practice; this was heralded in January 2018 by the hires of Uisdean Vass and Laura Petrie from Womble Bond Dickinson. Further reflective of the growth of the corporate practice, Natalie Stevenson recently joined as a senior associate from CMS. Elsewhere, in addition to handling corporate and commercial matters connected with oil and gas, the firm’s workload is rounded out by mandates involving sectors such as renewable energy, property, care and leisure. Jody Mitchell, Rod Hutchison and Neil Anderson are other highly regarded practitioners in the group. Malcolm Laing serves as a consultant. Clients in this space include Total E&P UK Limited, Tendeka, Interwell, Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers and University of the Highlands and Islands.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's team is particularly experienced in handling disputes in the oil and gas, renewable energy and marine industries. In addition, it also assists clients with matters connected with other sectors, such as agriculture, property, construction and insurance. Complementing the team's broad industry coverage is its experience of all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, mediation, expert determination and adjudication. Team head Sarah Stuart and Timothy Thomas, who are the main partners in Aberdeen, together have nearly 40 years of litigation experience at the Court of Session and Sheriff Court. Senior associate Rebecca Walker handles a variety of cases, with a particular specialism in insolvency-related matters. John Chalmers in Edinburgh is particularly active in advising insurance and public sector clients on a range of contentious issues. Victoria Leslie, who made partner in 2017, is ably supported in Inverness by senior solicitor Laura Edmunds].

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's Jody Mitchell is a name to note in the Aberdeen office, which assists lenders with oil and gas sector financing transactions involving borrowers that often have group companies across multiple jurisdictions. The firm's practice is broader than oil and gas sector work, with the marine industry being another driver of mandates. Elsewhere, Fiona Neilson in Inverness has experience of public sector (economic development agency) funding of private sector enterprises, among other areas.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP has a varied practice, which covers insolvency litigation, administrations and liquidations, and debt recovery, among various other matters. Experienced litigator Tim Thomas leads the team, which has a particular focus on acting for insolvency practitioners covering the North East of Scotland, Inverness and the wider Highlands and Islands region. It also generates mandates from other clients, including creditors, commercial landlord and company directors. Senior associate Rebecca Walker, who is experienced in both personal and corporate insolvency law matters, holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency Law from the Insolvency Practitioners' Association. In addition, Walker was recently appointed to serve on the committee of R3: The Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP predominantly advises public and private sector employers on HR matters and employment litigation. The practice is led by Kirk Tudhope, who ‚Äėinspires great confidence‚Äô in understanding his clients‚Äô business. Tudhope has extensive expertise in employment tribunals and the handling of disciplinary and grievance hearings ‚Äď with a particular focus on ill health absence, TUPE and data protection matters. Veli-Matti Raikkonen specialises in advising SMEs on the employment aspects of commercial transactions, conducting tribunals and drafting contracts. Recent highlights for the group include successfully representing Highland Fuels in a claimant‚Äôs appeal of a tribunal decision concerning sex discrimination case. The associate, Sine Mackay, is also recommended and has experience in the spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

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Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP¬†has particular expertise in counter-fraud, catastrophic and fatal claims (including employer liability, disease, and RTA cases) in addition to defending claims against local authorities. The group is jointly led by John Chalmers, Graeme Edward (who is ‚Äėextremely pragmatic‚Äô) and the ‚Äėdetermined and tenacious‚Äô Victoria Leslie, who has ‚Äėa strong track record of fantastic results‚Äô. Sarah Morris¬†has extensive public and private sector experience and recently defended Midlothian Council, via TopMark, in connection with two claims emanating from an incident in which teachers assaulted a pupil with special needs, leading to a finding that the client was not liable. Morris is defending a local authority in a stress at work claim brought by an employee.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP¬†is steeped in agricultural law, and maintains a presence at Thainstone Agricultural Centre and Stirling Marts. The firm advises the range of rural businesses on all matters pertaining to land holdings and estates, in addition to more niche areas, such as sporting and fishing rights, equestrian law and crofting. ‚ÄėFriendly and efficient‚Äô Hazel Moir¬†co-leads the practice alongside Jim Drysdale. ‚ÄėKnowledgeable‚Äô¬†Catherine Bury¬†is noted for handling rural transactional work, whilst ‚Äėconsiderably experienced‚Äô Stirling-based legal director Linda Tinson¬†has a particular focus on succession planning, and land purchase, building on a her farming background.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 5

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is regularly involved in CHP and onshore renewable energy projects, with particular experience of advising landowners on wind, and acting for landowners and developers in hydro schemes. Noted for its historical strengths in the oil and gas sector, the firm is also being increasingly sought-after to assist oil and gas industry clients with opportunities in offshore wind. In addition, the practice is rounded out by projects spanning areas such as wave and tidal, carbon capture, transportation and storage. Clients include Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and Puffin Energy Limited. Peter Murray and Jim Drysdale co-head the practice. Neil Anderson and consultant Allan Collie are other notable individuals.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 2

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's practice is spread between its Aberdeen and Inverness offices, giving it excellent coverage of the market in the north and north east of Scotland. Led by Stephen Morrice, the firm provides a broad scope of services to public and private sector clients. In Aberdeen, Alasdair MacLure, heads up the firm's commercial leasing unit, while Alan Michie leads the firm's housebuilding practice. Michie recently worked with senior associate Lesley Currie to advise Kirkwood Homes Limited on its £4.75m acquisition of a 57 unit site at Countesswells in Aberdeen. In another matter, Michie, Currie and John Mitchell are assisting the same client with concluding missives for a five-phased residential development of 250 units at Linlathen in Dundee. In what was one of the largest office lettings in Aberdeen in 2017, planning lawyer David Scott and senior solicitor Rachael Mackay assisted Total Waste Management Alliance Limited as the tenant with negotiating and concluding a sub-lease of 7000 square feet of office space at Broadfold House. John Smart in Inverness has more than 20 years of experience of commercial property transactions, and handles a mix of sales and purchases, leases and development agreements. On the secured lending side, the firm handles property-related financing and refinancing matters for a number of mainstream lenders, including The Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank and Santander.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's practice captures a sizeable proportion of the Scottish market - particularly the north east of Scotland and Highlands and Islands region. Its team is spread between the Aberdeen and Inverness offices. In Aberdeen, managing partner Jennifer Young, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a construction law specialist, works alongside Sarah Stuart. The main contacts in Inverness are senior associates Roddy Cormack and Karen Cameron. Cormack (like Young) is also a Law Society accredited construction law specialist. The team is particularly well-known for acting for construction contractors (particularly those in the traditional building and oil and gas services sectors), for whom the non-contentious work encompasses risk reviews, analysis and negotiations of construction contracts. Other elements of the firm's non-contentious work include assisting private and public sector organisations with procurement and other construction issues, and advising banks on funding arrangements. The group also has expertise in matters that arise during the construction process itself (such as conflicts over instructions, health and safety, and financial disputes) and other-construction matters, including those concerning defective works, insolvency and late completion. Young and Stuart have litigation backgrounds, as does Cameron, who is a solicitor advocate. Gordon Mitchell Contractors, Bancon Construction, CFF Contractors and Svenska Handelsbanken are among the firm's many clients.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP garners a significant amount of environmental work from throughout Scotland, owing to its involvement in a number of sectors, such as forestry and fisheries, farming, renewable energy and oil and gas. Practice head Jim Drysdale is knowledgeable about a wide variety of matters, such as nature conservation, waste, contaminated land and fluvial/pluvial/diffuse pollution. Solicitor advocate John Chalmers has 26 years of Sheriff Court and Court of Session litigation experience, and represents insurance companies and local authorities in litigation involving environmental issues and in judicial review cases. Other key figures include planning head David Scott, commercial lawyer Peter Murray and commercial property partner John Smart. Sarah Stuart and Neil Anderson are also recommended.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP, which is noted for its strengths in the planning aspects of wind farm and housing developments, acts for multiple stakeholders in contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including landowners, developers, objectors and planning authorities. Planning practice head David Scott works alongside partner Stephen Morrice (among other members of the commercial property team) and senior associate Rebecca Walker, who has significant experience of contentious planning work, particularly wind farm inquiries. Scott and others are advising clients such as Kirkwood Homes Limited and Claymore Homes Limited as the landowner and/or application on multiple section 75 agreements across various development sites. Dandara Group, Bancon Developments Limited and Cornerstone Community Care are among other clients.

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