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David Wood

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Aitken Nairn WS

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Corporate, technology and education.


David is a partner and head of the corporate and technology group. He specialises in corporate sales, mergers and acquisitions, MBO’s, joint ventures, investments, fund raisings and all types of general commercial and contractual arrangements. He regularly gets involved in establishing corporate joint ventures, as well as significant collaborative partnerships, strategic commercial projects and documenting and negotiating shareholder agreements.

David also advises in relation to non-contentious IP and IT matters with an emphasis on IT focused contracts such as software and hardware procurement, software licensing, e-commerce terms and conditions and policies. He also has considerable expertise in matters such as IP licensing, research and development agreements, data protection and freedom of information.

David deals with a number of key clients in the education sector, including the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews.


Trained Paull & Williamsons; qualified 1990; Dundas & Wilson 1992-2004; partner in corporate/technology 2001; partner Lindsays July 2004; head of corporate and technology group.


Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen; University of Aberdeen (LLB; Diploma in Legal Practice).


Golf, football.

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)


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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