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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

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John Smart

Work 01463 667400
Ledingham Chalmers LLP

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Commercial property.


Partner and head of commercial property division, Inverness. Main focus is development work and leasing, urban and rural. Particular expertise in land reform and certain sectors within highlands and islands (tourism, renewables, forestry and fish farms). Acts for a range of public bodies, businesses, investors and funding institutions.


Trained Macleod and MacCullum, Inverness; qualified 1996; assistant 1996-97; assistant Brodies, Edinburgh 1997-99; assistant and then associate Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Aberdeen and Inverness 1999 to date; partner 2005.


Law Society of Scotland; Inverness Chamber of Commerce


Perth Academy; Edinburgh University (LLB Hons; Dip LP).


Past President of Dalcross Curling Club.

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland

Within: Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland

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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Within: Environment

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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