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Lindsays

100 QUEEN STREET, GLASGOW, G1 3DN, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0141 221 6551
Fax:
Fax 0141 204 0507
DX:
DX GW531
Email:
Web:
www.lindsays.co.uk

Claire McCracken

Tel:
Work 0141 302 8415
Email:
Aitken Nairn WS

Work Department

Corporate and technology group.

Position

Claire is a corporate partner based in the firm’s Glasgow office. She is qualified in Scotland and England and Wales. Her extensive experience includes acting for a large number of companies and organisations advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, from PLCs to small and medium sized enterprises.

In recent years Claire has developed particular expertise in sports law and has acted for a number of major sporting organisations. Claire has worked in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, including M&A, MBO/MBI, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and a variety of commercial agreements.

Claire's credential highlights include; acting for the Scottish Football League in relation to the accession of Rangers FC to SFL Division 3 in 2012, and the sale of related media rights and the 2013 merger of the Scottish Football League and the Scottish Premier League to form the Scottish Professional Football League. Acting for a major provider of student accommodation, advising on all corporate matters, including joint ventures and corporate acquisitions and disposals; Advising on group restructuring for an international telecommunications company. Acting for two Scottish car dealerships advising on acquisitions and disposals.

Career

Walker Morris, Leeds – trainee solicitor/solicitor; DLA Piper – solicitor/associate; Tods Murray LLP – associate/senior associate.

Languages

French.

Member

Member of the British Association of Sports Lawyers.

Education

Stonefield House School, Lincoln. University of Lincoln; College of Law, Guildford; University of Strathclyde (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test).

Leisure

Athletics – previous Scottish national record holder for 2000/3000 steeplechase; member of Bellahouston Harriers Running Club; travel; music.


Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

The team at Lindsays provides ‘real clarity on what are often complex questions‘. Notable individuals in the group, which is led by David Wood, include Douglas Roberts (‘always wholly professional‘) and senior associate Alastair Smith (‘tactically aware to deliver an agreed result in the quickest possible timescale‘). Claire McCracken and Peter Tweedie (who splits his practice between Dundee and Edinburgh) are also recommended. The firm has made a particular name for itself in the healthcare sector where, in 2017, a highlight involved advising University of Glasgow spinout Causeway Therapeutics on a £1m investment round. The firm also recently handled mandates involving veterinary practices, pharmacists and dental practices. In addition to the healthcare sector, it also excels in acting for investors and technology-focused investee companies in venture capital and angel investment transactions involving other industries, such as renewable energy and IT.  The team acted for Archangels as the lead investor in pump technology firm WaveLIFT. In a deal significant to Scotland’s growing video games industry, a highlight involved acting for Leslie Benzies in a six-figure investment in Edinburgh-based audio technology company Krotos. Elsewhere, the team advises family businesses and SMEs on corporate governance, commercial contracts and succession planning (including employee ownership) issues. Consultant David Dunsire joined in January 2018 from Shepherd and Wedderburn, while former David Lindgren recently retired from private practice.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport

Within: Sport

Lindsays predominantly advises Scottish players and athletes in non-contentious mandates, but it also assists sporting clubs with incorporation and corporate governance matters, in addition to event hosting arrangements. The team is co-led by Douglas Roberts and Claire McCracken, both of who are experienced commercial lawyers. Roberts advised the Scottish Building Society on its sponsorship of Scottish Women’s Football; a deal which was a first for the client. David Wood advised the Ladies Golf Union on its reorganisation and subsequent merger with The Royal & Ancient Golf Club. Alastair Keatinge is assisting Carlton Cricket Club with its governance structure and a new constitution.

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