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Douglas Roberts

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Partner in Lindsays Corporate & Technology department, based in Edinburgh.  Douglas specialises in corporate, IP and commercial contract law and is experienced in advising a broad spectrum of clients, including SMEs, family businesses and start-up companies.  Douglas is dual- qualified to act in Scotland and England and Wales.

He has expertise working with businesses in various sectors including technology, energy supply, finance, retail, engineering and property.  Douglas has particular expertise in the sports sector having acted worked in-house at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and since then for athletes and sports organisations in various contractual matters.


Steedman Ramage WS – trainee then assistant  - 1998 to 2001; Semple Fraser  LLP – assistant then associate - 2001 to 2010; Glasgow 2014 Limited – legal manager, commercial  - 2010 to 2012; MBM Commercial LLP – associate  - 2013 to 2015; Lindsays – partner - 2015 to present


Law Society of Scotland

Law Society (of England and Wales)


University of Aberdeen – LLB Hons and Dip LP

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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