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Paul Harper

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Litigation and dispute resolution.


Partner specialising in real estate litigation and contentious housing law acting for commercial landlords and registered social landlords. Providing comprehensive advice in all types of property related disputes including irritancy, boundary disputes, break options and dilapidations.


Trained Biggart Baillie; qualified 1991; partner Aitken Nairn 1995; partner Lindsays 2005.


Law Society of Scotland.


Wallace High School; University of Edinburgh.


Golf, travel, rugby and cycling.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

According to its clients, Lindsays has an 'outstanding' commercial litigation practice, with its team reaping particular praise for its 'industry knowledge and accessibility'. The core team that focuses on commercial dispute resolution is led by Douglas Millar, who has more than 30 years of experience in this area. Another well-known name is Brent Haywood, who is acting for David King (the former chairman of Rangers International Football Club Plc) in a case brought by The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers over King's failure to make a mandatory offer to purchase all shares of the club (in accordance with the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) when acquiring certain shares. Among his other highlights, John Bett acted for McGivney Construction in a matter concerning a former director's breach of fiduciary duties, and handled a circa £3m landlord and tenant dispute for Healthcare Environmental Services Limited. Paul Harper is recommended for his property litigation expertise.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Lindsays has a strong capability in personal and corporate insolvencies, with its team handling all aspects of administrations, liquidations and sequestrations. Partners Douglas Millar, Brent Haywood, Paul Harper and John Bett all have expertise in undertaking contentious insolvency matters at the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. Another notable individual is director Iain Penman, whose experience includes actions involving issues of gratuitious alienation and unfairly preferential transactions, and wrongful sequestrations, among others. The firm also provides assistance with non-contentious matters by providing day to day advice on directors' duties, debt and company restructurings, and trust deeds. It also leverages its dedicated residential property and estate agency departments to assist clients with the disposal of residential properties in insolvency cases. Clients include individual debtors and companies, directors and insolvency practitioners.

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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Lindsays' recent work included John Bett acting for Healthcare Environmental Services Limited as the defender in a widely-reported circa £3m landlord and tenant case at the Court of Session; the matter involved significant dilapidations issues, among others. Paul Harper heads up the team, which has expertise in acting for housing associations and letting agents; the scope of the advice covers debt recovery, repossessions, antisocial behaviour and tenancy deposit claims. Other clients include commercial developers, rural/highland estates, universities and charities.

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