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Stuart Rowson

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Aitken Nairn WS

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Commercial Property


Stuart is a Partner in the Commercial Property team based in Edinburgh. 

He has experience advising on a wide range of commercial property work. He acts for investors, retailers and developers and works closely with London-based financial institutions.


Stuart originally trained and qualified at McGrigor Donald, then worked at Fyfe Ireland becoming Associate.  He left to join Tods Murray where he became Partner in 2005. Tods Murray was acquired by Shepherd and Wedderburn and Stuart left recently to join Lindsays.

Throughout his career he has been a Commercial Property Lawyer, with a large proportion of his deals involving property finance.  Stuart has worked on the Scottish end of many cross-border deals and has acted for several clients over many years. 

Stuart worked briefly in London for Barings Bank before finishing his legal qualifications.


Law Society of Scotland

Notary Public

Member of the Writers to the Signet


Madras College, St Andrews

Edinburgh University (LLB Hons)

Dundee University (Diploma in Legal Practice)

Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Lindsays has a particularly strong offering in the real estate sector, where it acts for borrowers and lenders in investment and development financing transactions, and portfolio refinances, among other matters. The practice was bolstered in 2016 by the additions of Gavin Buchan and Stuart Rowson from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP and Shepherd and Wedderburn respectively. Buchan heads the practice. Other strengths include finance work related to industries such as renewable energy and agriculture, as well as healthcare, angel investment and technology, and charities. A growing area of activity for the practice is in the peer-to-peer bridging finance space, with one highlight involving acting for Glenisla Developments as the borrower in funding provided by The Route – Finance to facilitate the client’s acquisition of a development site in Alyth, Perthshire. Kenneth Gray and David Lindgren are other notable practitioners.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

‘A great firm to know’, Lindsays enhanced its real estate credentials with the recent recruitments of finance experts Gavin Buchan and Stuart Rowson from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP and Shepherd and Wedderburn, respectively; director Stacy Campbell, who joined from Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP; Dawn Anderson, who joined from Anderson Strathern; and professional support director Alison Mackay, who joined from The Law Society of Scotland. The group acts for a range of developers and investors in matters involving sectors such as leisure and hospitality, healthcare, and retail. In 2016, team head Derek Nash led the advice to Glenisla Developments on the acquisition of Glenisla Golf Course for the purpose of redeveloping it into a care centre. In another highlight, Kenneth Gray and Fiona Linklater acted for Edinburgh University as the tenant on the letting of five floors at Argyle House in Edinburgh. Other key figures include Susan Law, Alan McLaren and Alastair Goodman.

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