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Pinsent Masons LLP

PRINCES EXCHANGE, 1 EARL GREY STREET, EDINBURGH, EH3 9AQ, SCOTLAND
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Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP handles major transport and infrastructure projects across Scotland, for procurers, bidders, and lenders. Major highlights include the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project, in relation to which the firm advised the Aberdeen Harbour Board on all construction, projects, finance and environmental matters. The main practitioners are major projects specialist Michael Allan, shipping expert Gavin Farquhar and corporate lawyer Kevin Devanny who has extensive experience in transport-related transactions.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP, whose team is led by Barry McCaig, has ‚Äėstrength throughout the team‚Äė, and is valued by clients for its ‚Äėability to pull in sector experts to fit each deal‚Äė. It provides the full spectrum of advice on high-profile and high-value M&A and joint ventures, debt and equity capital markets transactions, and private equity deals. Its list of blue-chip clients includes Skycanner, Iomart Plc and Lloyds Development Capital. In the oil and gas sector, in 2017,¬†Rosalie Chadwick, senior associate¬†Brian Thumath¬†and others acted for Ithaca Energy in its $1.24bn takeover by Israeli energy and infrastructure conglomerate Delek. In another standout matter, Alan Diamond¬†led a team, which included ‚Äėcompletely unflappable‚Äė¬†Jennifer Malcolm¬†and Chadwick, in the advice to Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties on¬† its ¬£87m AIM IPO. Kevin Devanny¬†acts for clients such as AGS Airports and JZ Capital. Senior associate Kevin Beattie¬†is another key figure.

Leading individuals

Alan Diamond - Pinsent Masons LLP

Barry McCaig - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rosalie Chadwick - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kevin Beattie - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a particularly strong offering in the oil and gas sector, where its team acts for clients such as Zennor Petroleum, KCA Deutag, Superior Energy Group and DNO Norge. The firm’s international reach puts it on a strong footing to assist clients with all aspects of their most significant cross-border matters. In 2017, David McEwing, senior associate David Millar and others advised Delta Energy Limited on a $10m investment into the company by Alchemy Partners, and also the rolling-up of the existing shareholders into a new holding company. Martin Ewan led the advice to Baker Hughes on its acquisition of innovative technology provider Caledyne Limited. Another matter involved acting for Rift Oil (a Repsol group company) in the corporate reorganisation of part of part of Repsol’s UK group. Legal director Jonathan Kirkwood is another name to note in the team, which saw Roger Connon step down as a partner to become head of oil and gas at the firm’s legal resourcing business Vario.

Leading individuals

David McEwing - Pinsent Masons LLP

Martin Ewan - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's main contact in Scotland is Christine Yuill, who made partner in May 2017, and advises on tax, share plans and incentives. Areas of strength for the firm include acting for clients in the energy and real estate sectors, such as Ithaca Energy and CALA Group. A notable highlight involved Yuill advising Abstract Securities Limited on the tax aspects of the sale of the entire share capital of Abstract (Glasgow) Limited, as the owner of the St Vincent Plaza Building in Glasgow, to a company within the Starwood Capital group. Yuill also assisted Baker Hughes with its acquisition of Caledyne Limited. Elsewhere, Yuill also has a strong client following of private equity investors; clients include Lyceum Capital, Sovereign Capital and Nevis Capital.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‚Äôs corporate crime and investigations practice spans international trade sanctions, export controls and modern slavery, in addition to more traditional white collar criminal defence work ‚Äď with a particular focus on advice and representations pertaining to bribery laws. The firm handles compliance procedures, as well as major internal and criminal investigations for a range of national and multinational companies (including financial institutions and several Scottish oil and gas industry corporations) dealing with UK and international criminal authorities and regulators. From the Edinburgh office, Tom Stocker¬†¬†leads the firm‚Äôs Scotland-wide team, which includes Modern Slavery Act expert¬†Neil Carslaw¬†¬†, and Glasgow-based senior associate Stacy Keen¬†, who has expertise in anti-bribery and international sanctions.

Leading individuals

Tom Stocker - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP  leverages its national presences to provide liquor, gambling and civic government licensing advice to companies in Scotland and throughout the UK. The group works closely with the firm’s real estate, restructuring and corporate teams, and its impressive client roster includes a number of major restaurant and hotel chains. The practice is led by Audrey Ferrie, who has an established reputation within licensing law in Scotland. Highlights for Ferrie included advising Rock DCM on licensing matters in relation to its existing premises and a proposed new project in Glasgow; and advising Erindale SC, the owner of a Taco Bell franchise in Scotland, on obtaining a late hours catering license, despite local objections. The group continues to assist YO! Sushi with the licensing aspects of its expansion in Scotland, and is currently advising a major national supermarket chain on the implications and implementation of the new Minimum Unit Pricing legislation.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's heavyweight team has an excellent record in high-stakes disputes in Scotland, the wider UK and further afield internationally. Its first-rate reputation sees the firm handle particularly sensitive cases for clients such as BP, Balfour Beatty Group, KCA Deutag Group and Imperial Tobacco. Legal director David Woods, senior associate Gillian Anderson and others are advising David MacBrayne Limited on a circa £9m breach of contract action against ATOS IT Services UK Limited, which relates to ATOS' provision of a new ticketing and reservation IT system for the Calmac ferry network. Jim Cormack (the lead solicitor advocate) is working with Clive Seddon, senior associate Rob Graham and others to assist Agilisys Limited in a multifaceted dispute with CGI IT, which involves several sets of court proceedings over alleged issues with an IT project. Elsewhere, members of the team are handling contested matters in areas such as banking and financial services, product liability, IP/IT, health and safety and insolvency. Bruce Craig, who leads the litigation team in Aberdeen, has experience of matters involving oil and gas, shipping and maritime risk. Joanne Gillies leads the contentious insolvency team in Scotland. Global risk advisory group head Laura Cameron, Craig Connal QC and Jacqueline Harris are other well-known names in the market.

Leading individuals

Craig Connal QC - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jacqueline Harris - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jim Cormack - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's breadth of expertise makes it a destination firm for banks, private equity houses, opportunity funds and corporate borrowers, among other clients. Its extensive workload spans areas such as leveraged finance, project finance, real estate finance and corporate finance. It also handles bond issuances for issuers and lead managers. In addition, other areas of strength include derivatives, oil and gas reserve-based lending and asset-based lending. Energy finance specialist Gillian Frew was the lead adviser to Faroe Petroleum on the refinancing of its reserve-based and NOK facilities with a lending syndicate including Danske Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and BNP Paribas, among various others. Frew also advised Cairn Energy Plc on entering into a commodity streaming arrangement with FlowStream alongside a reserve-based facility. Also active in the oil and gas financing space are Iain Macaulay and Richard Scott. Outside of oil and gas, Macaulay and associate Kirsty Maclean acted for Wheatley Housing Group in the amendment and restatement of syndicated term and revolving credit facilities with the European Investment Bank, and also in the negotiation of a new revolving credit facility with HSBC. Team head John Maciver is a member of the Law Society's banking law committee and also the High Level Strategy Group at Scottish Financial Enterprise. Michael Watson, Alan Cassels and Stacey Bairner are also recommended.

Leading individuals

John Maciver - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gillian Frew - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is 'a preferred partner' for advice on a wide range of matters among banks and other financial institutions, corporates, directors,  accountants, and real estate and opportunity funds. Department head Claire Massie has more than 20 years of restructuring and insolvency experience, which spans sectors such as financial services, oil and gas, care, travel, leisure and renewable energy, among others. In 2017, Massie's work included acting for BDO LLP in the high-profile insolvency of Ness (Clothing) Limited, and separately, advising First Trust Bank and Deloitte LLP on the administration of Silentpride Limited.  Stacey Bairner and senior associate Jennifer McCormick are particularly knowledgeable about the trading and restructuring of distressed debt. Bairner, in particular, has been instrumental in the growth of the non-performing loan and non-bank lender restructuring practice. The team also has expertise in the acquisition and disposal of distressed businesses, and is also sought-after to advise on cross-border restructurings, among other matters. Ainslie Benzie and Natalie Colaluca are highly regarded senior associates. Michael Thomson departed for Burness Paull LLP.

Leading individuals

Claire Massie - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jen Marshall - Pinsent Masons LLP

Stacey Bairner - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Pinsent Masons LLP¬†has a ‚Äėsuperb practice‚Äô that advises major national and multinational clients on employment law across a range of sectors, including financial services, energy, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, sport and universities. The team has extensive expertise in working time, gender pay gap, diversity and inclusion matters, which are augmented by the firm‚Äôs contentious employment capabilities. Highlights for Stuart Neilson included advising Balfour Beatty Group on holiday pay issues across its workforce, in addition to handling a number of employment tribunal claims for the client. Diane Nicol is respected within the industry, and participated in the British Government commissioned Taylor Review into modern working practices and the gig economy. Susannah Donaldson¬†is¬†noted for her ‚Äėinnovative and pragmatic approach‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Diane Nicol - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a team of ‚Äėexcellent all-rounders‚Äô and ‚Äėa very well-deserved reputation in Aberdeen‚Äô for its oil and gas, shipping construction and energy sector related health and safety work. The practice is led by the ‚Äėthorough and pragmatic‚Äô Laura Cameron, whose highlights included advising joint venture company, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, in relation to a fatal accident that occurred in 2016 ‚Äď leading to the issuance of a determination with no criticism for the client. ‚ÄėAn experienced and clever lawyer, recognised as a specialist in oil and gas cases‚Äô, Bruce Craig is acting for Transocean in an internal and marine accident investigation into the grounding of its oil rig in 2016. Tom Stocker represented the City of Edinburgh Council in an HSE investigation into grounds maintenance employees who developed hand-arm vibration syndrome, leading to a substantially reduce penalty in comparison to a similar instance. Senior associate Katherine Metcalfe, is also recommended for possessing ‚Äėa second to none knowledge of legislation‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Laura Cameron - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s clients include major corporates operating in Scotland and the rest of the UK, including Balfour Beatty, SSE, Celtic and Mitie Group. The group acted for Enquest Britain on its immigration obligations triggered by its acquisition of various interests in oil and gas concessions from BP, which involved the TUPE transfer of a number of Tier 2 migrants to the client. The UK corporate immigration practice is led by legal director Joanne Hennessy, who handles complex immigration issues, such as those applicable to seamen and offshore workers, while Euan Smith has particular experience in advising employer organisations across a variety of sectors on sponsorship matters, in addition to non-EEA senior executive recruitment.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

‚ÄėExcellent across the board‚Äô, Pinsent Masons LLP‚Äôs pensions team is known for its ‚Äėability to seamlessly hook up with other specialisms within the firm‚Äô. In additional to a strong M&A-related pension offering, the firm has particular expertise in DB schemes, as well as pension scheme instalments and funding legal frameworks, investment, governance and reward change projects. The practice is led by Ian Gordon, who is advising the trustee of the Babcock Naval Services Pension Scheme on the transfer of past service pension benefits from the Babcock scheme to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme, in a case that relates to an underlying outsourcing contract with a central government department that was being imposed on the trustee.¬†Ruth Tobias¬†is advising the trustees of the Plumbing Pension Scheme on high profile and complex issues concerning section 75 debt triggers and is also handle administrative aspects of the Forth Ports Group Pension Scheme, which was originated in statute and therefore contains many unusual benefit provisions. The ‚Äėpragmatic and commercial‚Äô¬†Jae Fassam¬†specialises in advising businesses, trustees and funds on all aspects of the legal framework of pension scheme investment and funding. Senior associate Cameron McCulloch¬†is another key practitioner.

Leading individuals

Ian Gordon - Pinsent Masons LLP

Ruth Tobias - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's impressive spread of work spans areas such as onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar, wind, tidal and low carbon infrastructure projects, among many others. Ian McCarlie, who recently became the firm's global renewable energy and cleantech head, leads on a high number of strategically significant transactions in the sector. In 2017, McCarlie headed up a multidisciplinary team, which acted for a consortium (consisting of WElink Energy, Compton Group and British Solar Renwables) in the procurement and circa £75m sale of Shotwick Solar Park to Foresight Solar Fund Limited. McCarlie also led a group, which advised Element Power on the construction, procurement and sale of its Tynemouth Energy Storage Project to ENEL. On the project finance front, the team has recently acted for sponsors and funders in various transactions; clients included such names as Barclays, Investec and Bayern LB.  The group also draws upon the experience of Scottish planning and environment group head (and also UK energy property team head) Jennifer Ballantyne, who is among the advisers to E.ON on onshore wind projects throughout Scotland, including those at Benbrack, Monquhill and Enoch Hill. Chris McGarvey specialises in handling complex process engineering projects, which involve the use of cutting-edge technologies, including electricity generation and transmission, wastewater and waste to energy projects. Senior associate Ronan Lambe handles a wide variety of energy schemes for sponsors and funders, as well as acquirers and sellers. Legal director Kate Turner is also deeply embedded in the industry, as illustrated by her appointments on the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme board, RenewableUK's Grid Strategy Group and District Heating Loan Fund advisory panel (among others). Gordon McCreath, Gary McGovern, Gillian Frew and senior associate Campbell Hutcheon are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Ian McCarlie - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Chris McGarvey - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP , which is 'very good at getting the deal done', 'scores highly on pragmatism, industry knowledge and experience'. 'Respected industry figure' Bob Ruddiman, who is the global head of oil and gas, 'runs his team intelligently and efficiently'. Shirley Allen, who leads the group based in Aberdeen, is involved in some of the largest transactions in the market; she recently acted as the firm's lead adviser to Shell UK Limited on the $3.8bn sale of UKCS assets to Chrysaor - this was the largest deal by value in the North Sea in 2017. Allen, who also has specialist knowledge of decommissioning, is also leading the firm's oil and gas initiatives in Ireland and Norway. Other names to note in Aberdeen are Martin Ewan and legal director Neil Hehir, who both advised Peterson on a project to decommission the Buchan Alpha Floating Production Unit. Ewan is leading the firm's oilfield technology practice, where he acts for numerous hi-tech oilfield services companies. Rosalie Chadwick acts for international oil and gas companies with assets or listings in countries such as the US, Canada and Georgia. David McEwing has more than 20 years of experience acting for exploration and production companies, and oilfield services companies, and is involved in cross-border transactions involving countries such as Norway, India and Singapore. Bruce Craig focuses on litigation and regulatory issues. Outside of Aberdeen, Edinburgh-based Julia Maguire  is leading a cross-practice group, which is acting for West Africa's largest industrial conglomerate in the procurement of a $12bn petroleum refinery and petrochemicals plant. Gillian Frew is recommended for her expertise in advising borrowers and lenders on oil and gas finance transactions. Roger Connon  has retired from the partnership to focus on heading up the oil and gas offering of the firm's Vario business.

Leading individuals

Bob Ruddiman - Pinsent Masons LLP

Shirley Allen - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Neil Hehir - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is a powerhouse for Scottish and UK projects, featuring in a number of the largest and most significant matters in the market, where its clients include funders, sponsors and public sector bodies. It is also active in matters in Europe and further afield. Michael Watson leads the team, which is involved in projects in four out of the five hub territories in Scotland, as well as NPD/PPP/PFI projects, and those connected with student accommodation, oil and gas, and renewable energy, among other areas. Director Wendy Nicolson has particular expertise in the healthcare sector. Gillian Frew specialises in advising lenders and borrowers on energy and infrastructure finance. A cross-practice team led by Michael Allan is acting as the project lawyers to Aberdeen Harbour Board in the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project. Stuart Barr, Stuart Murray, Nicolson, Frew and others recently acted for Robertson Capital Projects in the NHS Orkney NPD hospital project. 3i, Balfour Beatty Plc, and Equitix are among other notable clients.

Leading individuals

Michael Watson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Stuart Barr - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP predominantly advises universities and other HE providers, in addition to companies involved in the EdTech sector on the range of education-related matters, including setting up branch campuses in other jurisdictions, private sector partnering for student accommodation, governance and constitutional projects, IT procurement and IP protection. The group also supports institutions with preparations for Brexit, in terms of employment and other affected areas. Chris Martin leads the practice and is advising EdTech start-up, Jisc, on its strategic and technology procurement projects, including a learning analytics framework through which education institutions can procure learning analytic solutions. He is also advising the University of Edinburgh on the replacement of IT business systems with a cloud-based system, whilst Jonathan Kirkwood  is assisting the client with a proposed joint venture with a Chinese healthcare provider which is investing in the university.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‚Äôs team is ‚Äėhighly intellectually capable, without losing the commerciality of its advice‚Äô. It provides corporate, commercial, procurement, employment, pensions, real estate, governance and IP advice to a range of public and private healthcare sector clients. ‚ÄėExtremely capable‚Äô practice head Stuart Barr¬†‚Äėrevels in challenging negotiations‚Äô and specialises in advising investors, lenders and procuring authorities on PPP projects. He continues to advise Healthcare Centres PPP on a major primary care centre procurement in Ireland. Experienced procurement expert Wendy Nicolson¬†is advising NHS Grampian on its bundled Foresterhill/Inverurie project and NHS Forth Valley on the procurement of Stirling Care Village. Joanne Ellis¬†assisted Embrace Group with various corporate disposals of its care facilities to separate buyers.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

In addition to being embedded in the Scottish market, Pinsent Masons LLP's team leads on some of the most significant, complex and headline matters in the wider UK. Katharine Hardie heads up the group, which is among the market-leaders for commercial and residential development, commercial occupier work, high-end investment acquisitions and disposals, and portfolio transactions. Neil Hogg, who is particularly active in the student accommodation and hotels sectors, led a multidisciplinary team, which advised The Ability Group on the development of a new Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Edinburgh Airport. Jennifer Ballantyne leads the circa 40-strong specialist energy property team across the UK (of which approximately half are based in Scotland). Ballantyne, senior associates Andrea McLellan, Margaret McNeil and others are acting for Nanclach Limited in the development, sale and financing of the 39.1MW Tom Nan Clach onshore wind farm. Another name to note in the team is Alan Cook, who was the lead adviser to Legal & General Pensions Limited on the forward funding of the 190,000 sq ft office development at New Waverley, Edinburgh, which is pre-let to the UK government. Ewan Alexander, Paul Connolly, Richard Linton, Tom Ferrier and legal director Adrienne Quin are among other highly rated practitioners.

Leading individuals

Katharine Hardie - Pinsent Masons LLP

Paul Connolly - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is dominant in large-scale residential projects, which is reflected in its work for major players such as Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes and Kier Property Developments.  It also added Mactaggart and Mickel as a client in 2017. Department head Rodney Whyte has focused almost exclusively on the housebuilding sector for more than 10 years (acting for developers/investors and landowners). Whyte and associate Stuart Fraser recently assisted CALA Group and BDW Trading (Barratt) with successfully acquiring the highly sought-after Cammo Fields development in Edinburgh for a proposed residential development of circa 600 units. Whyte also worked with associate Michael Shepherd to advise CALA on acquiring a 50 unit multi-phase development at Meldrum Golf Club in Aberdeenshire. The firm is equally as capable in big-ticket commercial and mixed-use projects, where it generates mandates from funders, investors, developers and occupiers. Legal director Mark McCall recently led on the property aspects of Aberdeen Harbour Board's development of an extension of Aberdeen Harbour. Elsewhere, the firm's standout reputation in the oil and gas sector makes it a strong choice for property-related work arising from the industry; McCall acts for clients such as Baker Hughes, KCA Deutag and Taqa. Complementing its coverage of investments, developments and commercial leasing, the firm adds value in related areas, such as real estate finance, planning and environment, tax and construction.

Leading individuals

Rodney Whyte - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP, which is 'one of the best firms for construction in the UK', has a team that is 'very aware of how construction companies operate and the pressures they work under in the current economic climate'. Fielding a group that is spread between the firm's Aberdeen and Central Belt offices, it stands out in the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the largest and most high-profile construction projects in Scotland. It is also active in UK and international matters of significant scale. Kenny Valentine and Michael Allan head up the group, whose experience spans sectors such as civil infrastructure/transport, manufacturing and real estate. Nicholas Carlin has supported clients in projects in the renewable energy and oil and gas markets (in the UK and beyond) for more than 10 years. Allan, Scott Johnston and others are acting as the project lawyers to Aberdeen Harbour Board in the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project.  In 2017, Valentine, legal director Gillian Woodward and Julia Maguire represented Lend Lease in two Court of Session litigations arising from the construction of the Hydro; this is a £90m 12,000 seat arena, which was built next to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. Louise Forster is representing Bilfinger Construction UK Limited in a high-profile public inquiry into the Edinburgh Trams Project. Brandon Nolan undertakes advisory and disputes work in the construction and engineering, and oil and gas sectors. Colin Fraser is another key individual.

Leading individuals

Brandon Nolan - Pinsent Masons LLP

Kenny Valentine - Pinsent Masons LLP

Michael Allan - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nicholas Carlin - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Jennifer Ballantyne leads Pinsent Masons LLP's specialist team in Scotland, which is 'among the best in the field', and covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious environment law for clients UK-wide. Ballantyne, who has more than 20 years of experience in this area, is knowledgeable about contaminated land, waste management and permitting, among other matters. Another key figure is 'class act' Gordon McCreath, who acts for a wide range of clients, such as waste operators, water companies and developers. The group has particularly notable experience of advising major players in areas such as renewable energy, oil and gas, residential development, infrastructure and manufacturing. McCreath, Gary McGovern, legal director Ross McDowall and others recently advised E.ON on a number of matters, including its environmental incident response, a First Tier tribunal appeal concerning an information notice under the Environmental Information Regulations and environmental liability allocation in relation to new energy projects. McCreath is also providing ongoing assistance to Beatrice Offshore Wind Limited with environmental issues associated with the construction of the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth in the north east of Scotland. McDowall and Ian McCarlie advised Element Power on the environmental aspects of the sale of its 25MW battery-storage project in Newcastle to Italian electricity utility Enel. The firm's contentious work includes environmental litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings.

Leading individuals

Gordon McCreath - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jennifer Ballantyne - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has 'a very proactive, constructive and practical focus on the service and advice that it provides'. Led by Jennifer Ballantyne, the team assists clients from Scotland and throughout the UK with the entire ambit of contentious and non-contentious planning matters. The firm has a particularly first-rate reputation in the consenting of large energy and infrastructure projects, as evidenced by the fact that Gordon McCreath is advising Beatrice Offshore Wind Limited on the consenting aspects of its £2.6bn 750MW Beatrice offshore wind farm. In the residential development sector, the group is experienced in the planning aspects of large-scale developments; Jacqueline Harris, Rodney Whyte and senior associate Fiona MacGregor recently assisted The Pilkington Trust (in conjunction with Stewart Milne Group) with obtaining planning permission for the development of Almond Valley Village, which will consist of 1500 new homes, and various school, leisure and retail facilities. Ballantyne's team also advises clients such as CALA, Barratt Homes and Ashfield Land on planning appeals and planning agreements. The minerals sector is another generator of planning work for the group; clients in this area include Aggregate Industries and Patersons Quarries. In the transport sector, McCreath is part of a cross-office team, which is advising Highways England on a highways project to upgrade the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down. Gary McGovern is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Gary McGovern - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP provides 'a dependably high level of service' to its diverse client base, which includes developers, investors, funders and insolvency practitioners. Its heavyweight team, which is led by Craig Connal QC, has a strong track record in widely-reported, groundbreaking cases. Connal QC and senior associate Fiona MacGregor are representing Diageo Scotland in a high-value group of claims involving circa 1000 homeowners (whose properties neighbour the client's maturation facilities), who allege that a fungus was created by the client's whisky maturation process, and caused damage to their properties. In 2017, Joanne Gillies and associate David Crossan acted for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, as the joint administrators of several companies that were part of the property empire of Scottish businessman Thomas Coakley, in irritancy proceedings. BP, Peel Group and Realis Estates are other notable clients. Senior associate Claire Thornber 'can be relied upon to get to the heart of a dispute quickly, and advises clients competently and comprehensively'. Solicitor advocate Jacqueline Harris, who has more than 25 years of litigation experience, is another well-known name in the team.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‚Äėa market leader in Scotland‚Äô for IT procurement and outsourcing in the financial services, education and energy sectors both in Scotland and throughout the UK. In addition to a strong transactional offering, the group also has a significant contentious practice. Legal director David Woods¬†is acting for David MacBrayne in an action for breach of contract against ATOS IT Services UK in relation to the provision, by ATOS, of a new ticketing system and reservation IT system for the Calmac ferry network. Mhairi Mival¬†leads on all IT contracts entered into by Westfield Europe in the UK. Joanne McIntosh¬†advised the University of Edinburgh on the procurement of high-end animal scanning technology from Siemens. ‚ÄėStar lawyer‚Äô Chris Martin¬†is recommended for his expertise in the energy and education sectors. An expert in IT outsourcing work in the financial services sector, Yvonne Dunn¬†leads the practice.

Leading individuals

Yvonne Dunn - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP work for national and international clients. The group‚Äôs expertise covers a variety of key Scottish industries, including energy, food and drink, life sciences, technology and financial services. ‚ÄėStar lawyer‚Äô Chris Martin¬†gives ‚Äėconsistently good advice‚Äô and specialises in advising HE institutions on IP matters. He is currently assisting Edinburgh Business School with a range of issues, including historic IP arrangements with academic staff, the preparation and implementation of a new IP policy and a new IP model for commissioning course content from third-party providers. Jim Cormack¬†is defending the Falkland Islands government against a claim brought in the Supreme Court by Geophysical Service in relation to an allegation of copyright infringement in seismic data. He is also representing Teva UK in a dispute with AstraZeneca in relation to the validity of three of the defendant‚Äôs patents. Legal director David Woods¬†advises RSA on strategic and clearance matters in relation to proposed new brands, domain name dispute recovery and trade mark infringement issues. Legal director George Campbell¬†heads the non-contentious IP practice.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP acts for a client roster that includes production companies and investors with advice on media and entertainment matters across film, television, music games and print media. Its strong contentious team has expertise in regulatory, criminal and investigation issues that are faced by media organisations. Yvonne Dunn leads on non-contentious matters, and specialises in film and television development, production and financing. Contentious practice head Jim Cormack is dual Scots and English law qualified, and has particular expertise in data protection and criminal law. He also has a niche in reputation protection, privacy and confidentiality matters. Legal director Joanne McIntosh is recommended for film and television investments. Notable clients include Creative Scotland, News Corp and News UK.

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