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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 (Aberdeen, Inverness)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s team has a longstanding track record in the oil and gas service sector, where it acts for clients such as Tendeka, Plexus Ocean Systems and Ramco Oil Services. Led by Peter Murray, the team handles a broad spectrum of mandates, including M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings, as well as providing commercial contract advice. Rod Hutchison is advising Total Waste Management Alliance on corporate and contractual issues connected with its global energy services activities. Other names to note are Rod Hutchison, Neil Anderson, Fiona Neilson and Jody Mitchell, as well as senior associate Sarah Londragan.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh)

Although Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s team has a particularly strong track record in energy-related commercial disputes (oil and gas as well as renewable energy), it also handles work involving other industries, including construction and agriculture. The practice handles a wide range of contentious issues, including enforcement of restrictive covenants, shareholder disputes and directors’ duties. The group also has experience of ex-parte applications for orders under section one of the Administration of Justice (Scotland) Act 1972 (dawn raids), where it acts for applicants and also parties defending actions raised under the provision. John Chalmers, who practises in Edinburgh, has nearly 30 years of experience handling litigation before the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, with particular emphasis on acting for local authorities and insurance-sector clients. Team head Sarah Stuart, Timothy Thomas and senior associate Rebecca Walker are the key contacts in Aberdeen. Inverness-based senior associate Karen Cameron qualified as a solicitor advocate in 2016.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen, Inverness)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s presence in the North East of Scotland, allied to its extensive knowledge of the maritime and oil and gas services markets, sees it act for some of the most active lenders in secured and unsecured financing or refinancing transactions. In addition, the firm covers a wide range of general banking matters for corporate borrowers. In Inverness, the team is active in assisting economic development agencies, such as Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with providing financing to private sector businesses. Jody Mitchell was the lead adviser to Grampian Property Group on the provision of financing by Royal Bank of Scotland for property development. Another highlight involved acting for Solstad Offshore UK on the UK-wide aspects of a group refinancing. Aberdeen-based Mitchell and Inverness-based Fiona Neilson head the practice.

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

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP provides assistance with administrations and liquidations, insolvency-related debt recovery, asset realisation, corporate restructuring and refinancing, as well as property-related insolvency work. Practice head Tim Thomas undertakes a significant amount of work for insolvency practitioners in the North East of Scotland and further afield, and has completed the full ICAS course for the JIEB exams. Rebecca Walker recently obtained the Certificate of Competency in Insolvency from the Insolvency Practitioners Association. Jody Mitchell is also recommended.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Inverness, Aberdeen)

Geographically focused on the Highland and Islands area, the ‘professional and friendly’ team at Ledingham Chalmers LLP is experienced in advising businesses - particularly SMEs - and public sector bodies on disciplinary investigations, as well as discrimination and TUPE matters while also having considerable clout in representing clients in employment tribunal cases. The team acts for a range of sectors, including manufacturing and construction, energy, food and drink, life sciences and the third sector. The ‘reliable and discreetKirk Tudhope (who attracts praise for his ‘calm, client-focused approach’) acted alongside senior associate Veli-Matti Raikkonen for Sand Monitoring Services in an unfair dismissal claim. The team also acted for a local authority in judicial review proceedings in the Court of Session following the dismissal of an employee. Stuart Robertson joined Gilson Gray.

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Scotland: Insurance

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

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP specialises in representing public bodies in fraudulent, catastrophic and fatal claims. The firm also acts for insurers. Sarah Morris represented a local authority in a stress-at-work claim brought by an employee and, in a separate matter, represented a different local authority in a fatal mesothelioma claim brought by the deceased’s widow. She also represented a public sector client in a Court of Session action raised by the family of a motorcyclist following his death in a road traffic accident. Litigation team head John Chalmers represented a local authority in a fatality compensation claim arising from a house fire, and acted for another public sector client in a public liability claim. Aberdeen-based Graeme Edward is also recommended.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen, Stirling, Inverness)

The ‘knowledgeable and efficient’ team at Ledingham Chalmers LLPguides its clients through tricky situations’ and is praised for its ‘attention to detail’. Family businesses, banks and lenders regularly instruct the team to advise on transactional, succession planning and leasing matters, including renewable energy leases while also handling contentious work. The team assisted Scottish Enterprise with a number of agricultural leasing matters pertaining to the client’s property portfolio. Jim Drysdale heads the team, which includes Hazel Moir, who was elevated to the partnership and ‘is easy to work with’. Allan Collie retired.

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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 (Aberdeen, Stirling)

Peter Murray and Allan Collie jointly head the team at Ledingham Chalmers LLP, which is experienced in schemes connected with onshore and offshore wind, hydropower and wave projects, as well as CHP schemes. Other areas of strength include carbon capture, transportation and storage projects. In 2016, consultant Malcolm Laing and Craig Wilson acted for Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group on the sale of a 25% interest in Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited to Swedish energy company Vattenfall. Jim Drysdale and Neil Anderson are other notable practitioners in the team, which has a particularly strong track record acting for landowners and developers.

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Scotland: Real estate

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

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen, Inverness)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP has a notable footprint in the North and North East of Scotland and covers a broad range of matters, including residential development, commercial leasing, and acquisitions and disposals of commercial property investments. The firm’s first-rate reputation sees it undertake a significant amount of work for major oil service companies and public sector organisations (such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise), as well as commercial developers and housebuilders. Practice head Stephen Morrice and Malcolm Ferguson acted for Carlton Rock as the landlord on the lease of premises to the Oil & Gas Technology Centre Limited, which was one of the largest office lettings in Aberdeen in 2016. Alan Michie, who heads the firm’s housebuilding unit, led the advice to Kirkwood Homes on acquisitions of residential development sites in Inverness. Alasdair MacLure, John Mitchell and John Smart are also recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen, Inverness)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s team consists of Jennifer Young and Sarah Stuart, who are based in Aberdeen, and senior associates Roddy Cormack and Karen Cameron in Inverness. The group undertakes non-contentious work for contractors, including conducting risk reviews and advising on construction and engineering contracts, as well as providing assistance in construction disputes. The team also advises other public and private sector clients on construction and procurement issues, and regularly acts for banks in the financing of developments. Stuart and Cormack assisted specialist mechanical and electrical engineering contractor Richard Irvin & Sons with negotiating sub-contract terms in relation to a PPP project for the construction of a new school. In another matter, Young and Cormack represented CFF Contractors as the pursuer in a dispute centred on recovering sums due under a contract. Other clients include Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers, Tendeka BV, Svenska Handelsbanken and Kirkwood Homes.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen, Stirling)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP advises public and private sector clients located across Scotland on a full range of environmental issues, including contaminated land issues, matters related to salmon and freshwater fisheries, water and drainage, and nature conservation. Jim Drysdale, who has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental law arena, heads the practice, which includes David Scott, who is singled out for his combined expertise in planning and environmental matters. Solicitor advocate John Chalmers, who has 26 years of experience of Sheriff Court and Court of Session litigation, undertakes a significant amount of work for local authorities, including judicial reviews of planning decisions (which involve environmental issues). Other names to note are Sarah Stuart, John Smart and Peter Murray.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP (Aberdeen)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s work covers development plans, planning agreements and compulsory purchase (and compensation), as well as public inquiries. David Scott is handling a compensation claim for two landowners who were affected by a compulsory purchase order in relation to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. Scott has a particular interest in wind farms and housing developments. Senior associate Rebecca Walker is experienced in planning inquiries and appeals. Other client include Kirkwood Homes, Bancon Developments, John Gordon & Son and Veitchi Homes. Graham Cooper joined Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace.

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