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Transport - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP advises procurers, bidders and lenders on transport and infrastructure projects including transactional matters. Major projects specialist Michael Allan, shipping expert Gavin Farquhar and corporate lawyer Kevin Devanny are the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:Michael Allan; Gavin Farquhar; Kevin Devanny

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has considerable strength in sectors including energy and infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and technology, healthcare and life sciences, retail and consumer, real estate and financial services. It also has a notable private equity and capital markets offering. Barry McCaig heads the team, which also include Rosalie Chadwick, Alan Diamond and Kevin Beattie.

Practice head(s):Barry McCaig

Other key lawyers:Rosalie Chadwick; Alan Diamond; Kenny Devanny; Jonathan Kirkwood; Brian Thumath; Jennifer Malcolm; Kevin Beattie


'The high-quality team provides clear and concise advice, and is not afraid to give an opinion.'

'Barry McCaig is good at seeing the situation from the client's perspective. He provides the legal view but translates it into a commercial view too.'

'Knowledge is backed by strong practical advice that understands that businesses have decisions to make and don't want lawyers who just try and tell you what you can't do.'

'Excellent knowledge of AIM regulations and working with listed companies.'

'Jonathan Kirkwood (legal director) is extremely thorough and very easy to deal with.'

Key Clients


Blue Water Energy LLP

Belltown Power Limited

Cenkos Securities

Petro Matad Limited

Range Resources Limited

Springfield Properties


iomart Group

Energy Assets Limited

Scottish Equity Partners LLP


JZ Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Blue Water Energy LLP on its joint venture with Blackstone and the management in the Norwegian-focused exploration and production company, Mime Petroleum.
  • Acting for Cenkos Securities as nominated adviser and broker on the £100m AIM IPO of RA International, a global logistics business.
  • Advising AIM-quoted Petro Matad on two institutional private placings of $34m in the UK and US to fund drilling activities in Mongolia.
  • Advised ASX-listed oil and gas exploration and production company Range Resources on its acquisition of oil and gas interests in Indonesia and acquisition of a drilling services business in Trinidad and related AIM IPO.
  • Advised Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties on its acquisition of Dawn Homes for up to £20.1m, funded partly out of existing cash and partly out of a £15m share placing.
Leading individuals

Alan Diamond - Pinsent Masons LLP

Barry McCaig - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rosalie Chadwick - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Kevin Beattie - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Aberdeen-based corporate team leads on complex, high-value transactions in Scotland and overseas. The firm has recently continued to focus on its strategy of internationalisation and its specific sector strengths, namely in infrastructure, energy manufacturing, technology, real estate and financial services. Martin Ewan - whose 'ability to quickly cut through any noise and get to the root of an issue is second to none' - is the practice's key lawyer, leading the firm's oilfield technology practice. David McEwing left to join Addleshaw Goddard in early 2019.

Practice head(s):Martin Ewan

Other key lawyers:David Millar; Fiona Kindness


'Martin Ewan's ability to quickly cut through any noise and get to the root of an issue is second to none. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable and commercially aware, Martin has made a particular effort to network both internally in the firm and externally. As a consequence, he is able to signpost the requirement to the correct people quickly and easily and do a personal handover, whilst maintaining overall involvement. To be honest, we'd move if he did and I've recommended him to other clients of mine.'

Key Clients

Ithaca Energy Limited

Isle of Man Government

Bahari Holding Company Limited

Pryme Group Holdings Limited

Three60 Energy Limited

McCaul Haulage Limited

Trifast Overseas Holdings Limited

Swire Oilfield Services Limited

Briggs Equipment UK Limited

Work highlights

  • A cross-departmental team acted for McCaul Haulage Limited on the sale of part of its business and assets to ARR Craib Transport Limited.
  • The firm advised the shareholders of Precision Technology Supplies Limited in their sale of the entire issued share capital of Precision Technology Supplies Limited to Trifast Overseas Holdings Limited,a subsidiary of Trifast.
  • Advised Swire Oilfield Services Limited on the sale and purchase of the entire issued share capital of Gordon Engineering Services Aberdeen Ltd from Philip and Nicola Gordon.
  • Advising Ithaca Energy in relation to the acquisition of the Greater Stella Area oil and gas licences and associated infrastructure interests of Dyas UK Limited and Petrofac Limited.
Leading individuals

Martin Ewan - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's corporate tax team distinguishes itself through the wide-ranging corporate transactional and advisory work it handles for its enviable client roster. While maintaining its firmwide strength in the energy, real estate and private equity sectors, the firm has also been involved in significant mandates pertaining to share plans and incentives. Much of the practice's key recent work is made up of tax advice on multimillion-pound transactions, led by Christine Yuill.

Practice head(s):Christine Yuill

Other key lawyers:Margaret Rankin


'The lawyers at Pinsent Masons get on with the job and deal with issues rather than treating them as obstacles.'

'The team manage to distill very complicated subject areas into targeted pragmatic advice.'

'Christine Yuill consistently provides quality pragmatic advice - she is clearly up to date on not just the legislation but market practice, she can respond quickly and concisely to queries - often answering questions you didn't even know you needed to ask.'

Key Clients

Skyscanner Holdings Limited

Taylor Hopkinson/SeaFox Apollo 1 Limited

Nevis Capital LLP

CALA Group

Energy Assets Group Limited

Siccar Point Energy Limited

Total SA

Balfour Beatty

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of Linnaeus Group to Mars Petcare’s Veterinary Health Group, a part of Mars Incorporated.
  • Advised tesa SE on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of FormFormForm Ltd from individual sellers.
  • Advised investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners which, along with company management, acquired 100% ownership of Kelling Group Limited from Elysian Capital in a secondary buyout.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Praised for its full-service corporate crime and white-collar crime offering, Pinsent Masons LLP is a respected player in the market and as such receives regular instructions from corporate clients to assist with compliance matters, investigations, self-reporting and remediation as well as criminal proceedings. 'Superb white-collar crime guru' Tom Stocker heads up the 'extremely responsive' team; clients describe him as 'smart, dynamic and hugely experienced'.

Practice head(s):Tom Stocker


'Tom Stocker is a fantastic operator. He is strategic, sharp and tough and Scotland's go-to lawyer for any white-collar crime issues.'

'Pre-eminent in Scotland for white-collar crime and contentious regulatory work.'

'Takes the time to understand the client's business.'

'Tom Stocker knows the area in depth.'

Leading individuals

Tom Stocker - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's broad licensing offering includes assistance with liquor, gambling and civic government licensing matters and attracts clients from various industries such as hospitality, leisure and tourism. As well as its advisory capacities, the team also benefits from its strong litigation background when representing clients at licensing board and court hearings, while it is able to call on colleagues from its real estate, restructuring and corporate departments when advising on matters at this interface. 'Highly regarded' legal director Audrey Ferrie heads the team.

Practice head(s):Audrey Ferrie

Key Clients


Taco Time

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

Royal Yacht Enterprises

YO! Sushi


Azzurri Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Acted for Royal Yacht Enterprises in a highly contentious application for a new premises licence for a luxury boutique hotel in Leith.
  • Assisted Edinburgh International Conference Centre with the application of a major variation of its premises licence to allow it to serve alcohol until 3am.
  • Advised Byron Hamburgers on the transfer of liquor licences for sites in Aberdeen and Glasgow to incoming operators following the client entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement and the subsequent closure of several stores.
  • Advised Clydeside Restaurants on various contentious and non-contentious licensing matters pertaining to the acquisition of restaurant premises in the city centre of Glasgow.
  • Acted for Alderforce in an application for a late hours catering licence for a new KFC Restaurant in Glasgow.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is a respected player in the market and utilises its strong cross-border capabilities to act for clients across a wide range of industries. Recently, the team led by 'impressive operator' Jim Cormack QC, a solicitor advocate since September 2018, has been handling high-profile banking litigation, IP and IT disputes and product liability claims as well as commercial disputes arising from energy projects. Craig Connal QC, who also sits as arbitrator, and commercial litigator Jacqueline Harris are other key individuals of the team. Contentious IP expert David Woods made partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Jim Cormack QC

Other key lawyers:Craig Connal QC; Jacqueline Harris; Bruce Craig; Joanne Gillies; David Woods


'Jim Cormack is very bright and highly regarded and if that wasn't enough, he is also very pleasant to deal with.'

'David Woods is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.'

'Genuine customer service ethos.'

'The team has an excellent understanding of the commercial issues facing complex negotiations and of the contractual problems businesses have in today's marketplace.'

'Able to explain a complex legal issue in a clear and concise manner.'

Key Clients

News Corp


Balfour Beatty Group

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

William Grant & Sons

Imperial Tobacco

Galliford Try Group

Legal & General


KCA Deutag Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for David MacBrayne in an action for breach of contract against ATOS IT Services UK; the contract concerned ATOS' provision of a new ticketing and reservation IT system for the Calmac ferry network.
  • The team continues to act for the IT solutions provider Agilisys in a large-scale IT dispute with CGI IT.
  • Acting for Oricom (insured by Hiscox Underwriting) pursuing a circa £1.1m claim against NHS Lanarkshire arising from the termination of Oricom's contract to provide telecommunications infrastructure and managed technical services support to NHS Lanarkshire.
Leading individuals

Craig Connal QC - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jacqueline Harris - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jim Cormack QC - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP covers the full gamut of finance work and also has specialist expertise in bank structural reforms, ring-fencings, loan sales and purchases, loan-on-loan financings, derivatives, ship finance work, asset-based lending and oil & gas reserve-based lending. The department, led by John MacIver, fields a specialist reserve-based lending sub-team and also has capabilities in debt capital markets. Michael Watson focuses on project finance work, Iain Macaulay handles project finance matters and Gillian Frew is a specialist in energy and infrastructure finance. Richard Scott is the main Aberdeen contact and was recently promoted to office head.

Practice head(s):John Maciver

Other key lawyers:Michael Watson; Iain Macauley; Richard Scott; Gillian Frew


'The banking and finance team is highly knowledgeable and experienced. It is extremely responsive, especially when dealing with anything that requires an urgent turnaround, and adopts a pragmatic approach to problems and challenges.'

'At Pinsent Masons, the knowledge of the market and expertise in executing transactions means the banking team exceeds its peers.'

'Pinsent's finance experts work hard to deliver a joint support and to maintain a healthy dialogue on pertinent issues.'

'It is a team built on in-depth corporate banking knowledge, which is applied in a careful and commercial manner to ensure a transaction can be completed successfully within the required timescales.'

'Richard Scott is a skilled and knowledgeable banking lawyer. When discussing new instructions, Richard takes the time to really understand the commercial aspects of the transaction and, as a result, always identifies the optimum legal solution.'

'John Maciver provides excellent leadership to the team and a deep understanding of the range of issues that need to be managed when delivering a complex lending transaction.'

Key Clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland


Santander UK

Clydesdale Bank

Homes England

Wheatley Housing Group Limited

Deutsche Bank

Faroe Petroleum

Cairn Energy

Verus Petroleum UK Limited

Bricks Capital

Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited

Dana Petroleum Limited

Zennor Petroleum Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ithaca Energy (UK) with its refinancing of a $400m reserve-based lending facility and new $300m term loan.
  • Advised Cairn Energy on the amendment and restatement of its reserve-based facility.
  • Advised Verus Petroleum on its first reserve-based facility and the subsequent amendment and restatement of the facility.
  • Acted for Wheatley Group on its £185m new funding from EIB to build and improve affordable homes.
  • Acting for Solarplicity on its banking facilities from NatWest to fund its smart meter rollout.
Leading individuals

John Maciver - Pinsent Masons LLP

Richard Scott - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

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's insolvency and restructuring group is notably strong in the oil and gas, renewables, care homes, retail and financial services sectors, with particular expertise in distressed loan sales and purchases and UK bank ring-fencing projects. Claire Massie leads the practice, which also fields Stacey Bairner, who specialises in the trading and restructuring of distressed debt; and senior associates Jennifer McCormick, Ainslie Benzie and Natalie Colaluca. The group was also recently strengthened by the arrival of senior consultant Colin McIntosh from Brodies LLP.

Practice head(s):Claire Massie

Other key lawyers:Stacey Bairner; Jennifer McCormick; Ainslie Benzie; Natalie Colaluca; Colin McIntosh


'The Pinsent Masons team brings sector knowledge, an arsenal of AI capabilities and the ability to mobilise a much wider team across the UK.'

'The team's breadth of experience in the non-performing loan space (both sell and buy side), the quality of its service and the level of its expertise is what sets Pinsent Masons apart.'

'Senior associate Ainslie Benzie is always happy to help and provide guidance when needed. She has a wealth of support and experience available within Pinsents to support as required.'

'Stacey Bairner and her associates Ross Cooper and Kevin Mulligan are all excellent and build up a relationship of reliance and trust with their clients within a short time.'

'Stacey Bairner is an excellent partner. She is always available, very level-headed, an excellent communicator, knows her stuff and is an absolute pleasure to work with.'

'Natalie Colaluca is a standout senior associate.'

Key Clients

House of Fraser Limited House of Fraser

Tesco Personal Finance Plc

Lone Star Funds

Deloitte LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Ernst & Young


Work highlights

  • Advising on the Scottish law elements of the contingency planning and restructuring steps for House of Fraser.
  • Acting for Deloitte as administrator of Corby Developments and Northants Rockingham Speedway on the sale of Rockingham Motor Speedway and the associated property.
  • Appointed by Tesco Personal Finance as lead counsel to advise on all the Scottish and English law aspects of the sale of Tesco's Irish credit card business.
  • Acting for Ernst & Young as administrators and liquidators of a large international oil and gas group.
  • Instructed by Lowell Group to advise on the review and reporting of its entire portfolio of credit agreements.
Leading individuals

Claire Massie - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Stacey Bairner - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Ainslie Benzie - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jennifer McCormick - Pinsent Masons LLP

Natalie Colaluca - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

'Providing excellent support', Pinsent Masons LLP's 'thorough and pragmatic' team stands out for its expertise in contentious employment law work, representing clients at the Employment Tribunal and in senior employee and board level disputes. On the non-contentious side, much of the group's workload pertains to equal pay and TUPE issues, industrial relations and team moves with many of its instructions stemming from financial services, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sector clients. Euan Smith and the 'extremely experienced and highly regarded' Diane Nicol are among the main contacts in Scotland; both act for an extensive blue-chip and plc client base. Katie Williams formerly based in Aberdeen, relocated to firm's Perth office, Australia, in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Euan Smith

Other key lawyers:Diane Nicol; Stuart Neilson; James Cran


'Diane Nicol is a stand-out partner and drives high standards through the team to ensure that the team acts as true partner to the client.'

'Any issues are faced and solved quickly.'

'Very approachable and knowledgeable about the Employment Tribunal process in Scotland and how it differs from England and Wales.'

'James Cran suggests innovative solutions and explains technical points clearly.'

Key Clients


The Royal Bank of Scotland

Balfour Beatty Group


P&O Ferries

Standard Life Aberdeen



Royal BAM Group

Thomas Tunnock

David MacBrayne Group

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise a major infrastructure client on holiday pay arrangements.
  • Acted for Liberata in Employment Tribunal and Supreme Court proceedings pertaining to the issue of whether an employer should have known about an employee's disability.
  • Advising Motor Fuel Group, the largest independent petrol station forecourt operator in the UK, following its £1.2bn acquisition of Malthurst Retail, on HR issues arising from the integration of the two businesses, which included collective redundancy processes and TUPE issues.
  • Represented Parity Professionals, a key supplier of temporary contractor labour in the Scottish public sector, in a discrimination claim brought by the personal service company of one of those contractors and successfully defended the claim through to dismissal.
Leading individuals

Diane Nicol - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Noted for its broad health and safety practice, Pinsent Masons LLP's 'extremely professional and knowledgeable' team receives frequent instructions from high hazard industry players, including construction, waste, manufacturing and energy sector clients. As well as its expertise in handling investigations and prosecutions, the team led by the 'very good' Laura Cameron also provides regular compliance advice.

Practice head(s):Laura Cameron

Other key lawyers:Bruce Craig; Tom Stocker


'Extremely friendly, courteous and professional service.'

Key Clients

BP Exploration Operating Company

Shell UK

Balfour Beatty

BAM Nuttall

Peel Ports

DONG Energy (Power) UK

Galliford Try

The University of Edinburgh



Work highlights

  • Advised Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, a joint venture between American Bridge, Dragados, Hochtief and Galliford Try, on a serious lifting incident during the construction of the new Queensferry Crossing Bridge.
Leading individuals

Laura Cameron - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'very approachable and remarkably responsive' immigration group is part of the firm's employment law practice and puts significant emphasis on corporate immigration work, most notably in the energy, higher education, retail, infrastructure, sport and financial services sectors. Euan Smith and 'pragmatic and calm' legal director Joanne Hennessy are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):Euan Smith; Joanne Hennessy


'The team has detailed knowledge and experience of immigration law as well as the process and approach usually taken by the Home Office.'

'Provides tailored and practical advice.'

'Nothing is too much work for the team.'

Key Clients


Thales UK

Hymans Robertson

MOL Energy




Work highlights

  • Advised Thales UK on the sponsor licence structure for its company set-up.
  • Advising SSE on all aspects of corporate immigration law, including the right to work, Tier 5 and the Tier 2 sponsorship processes.
  • Continued advice to GfK on all aspects of corporate immigration law, including right to work, Tier 5 and Tier 2 sponsorship processes and indefinite leave to remain.
  • Advising MOL Energy on all aspects of corporate immigration law, including EEA applications, Tier 2 applications and Brexit-related matters.
  • Continued advice to Elutions on all aspects of corporate immigration law including Tier 2 applications and sponsor licence compliance duties.

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

'Providing professional, seamless service', Pinsent Masons LLP has impressive strength in the pensions sector which translates into a steady flow of contentious and non-contentious mandates from employers, trustees and funds. The 'knowledgeable and pragmatic' team led by the 'highly experienced' Ian Gordon stands out for advising trustees of various defined benefit schemes on pension scheme funding agreements and security packages alongside buy-in and buy-out insurance contracts, among other issues. In the transactional space, where the team benefits from its strong co-operation with its corporate team, the group is well versed in handling pensions aspects of M&A transactions including pensions issues arising from solvent and insolvent corporate restructurings. The 'deeply knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient' Ruth Tobias is 'highly recommended' for defined pension schemes.

Practice head(s):Ian Gordon

Other key lawyers:Ruth Tobias; Jae Fassam; Mairi Carlin


'The team has real bench strength.'

'Ruth Tobias is meticulous in her legal advice. She has a no-nonsense approach and gives clear and decisive opinions.'

'Provides straight-forward and solution-oriented advice.'

'Excellent communication.'

'The team is not afraid to offer advice that may not suit the client.'

'Like a good musical quartet, each individual works within a seamless approach while at the same time delivering individual excellence.'

'Jae Fassam is very knowledgeable and provides pragmatic and measured advice.'

Key Clients

The Plumbing and Mechanical Services(UK) Industry Pension Scheme

Babcock Naval Services Pension Scheme

Forth Ports Group Pension Scheme

Lothian Pension Fund

Trustees of the Scottish Solicitors Staff Pension Fund

RBS Ulster Bank

Marine Harvest Pension Scheme

The R&A

Trustees of Global Santa Fe North Sea Final Salary Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustee of this £2bn non-associated multi-employer fund on the method, calculation and recovery of statutory debts going back over 10 years.
  • Advised the client on the transfer of past service pension benefits from the Babcock scheme to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme.
  • Advising the £6bn Lothian Pension Fund on all aspects of pensions, litigation, funds and governance work.
  • Involved in a number of issues on an on-going basis relating to pensions and reward work for RBS and Ulster Bank.
  • Advising the trustees on their duties in relation to a proposal by the company to close the defined benefits section of the scheme to future accrual and on a transfer of the DC Section of the scheme to a master trust.
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

Energy and projects work are cornerstones of Pinsent Masons LLP's Scottish practice. On the corporate front, the team acts for purchasers and vendors of renewable energy assets under the leadership of practice head Ian McCarlie, while the team's finance specialists regularly advise sponsors and banks on UK wind farm and solar refinancings. Legal director Kate Turner is a key name for low carbon, energy efficient schemes, decentralised energy projects and ESCO project structures for district heating projects. Also notable is the group's expertise in the dispute resolution space and regulatory matters. Chris McGarvey recently departed to CMS.

Practice head(s):Ian McCarlie

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Harris; Jennifer Ballantyne; Kate Turner;


'The team at Pinsent Masons is very knowledgeable and experienced in the energy sector. Its practitioners are highly responsive and willing to go that extra mile to meet very pressing deadlines.'

'Pinsent Masons is an exceptionally professional firm with a lot of experience in property and planning matters in the renewable energy sector.'

'Kate Turner is refreshingly pragmatic and provides original thinking whilst maintaining the legal due diligence required.'

Key Clients







InfraRed / TRIG

Blue Energy

Star Renewables

Ross Developments / HALO Kilmarnock


Element Power

Belltown Power



Work highlights

  • Acted for EDF Energy Renewables on its acquisition of the Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm from Mainstream Renewable Power.
  • Advised KfW IPEX-Bank on the refinancing of the Calder Water, Millour Hill and Millour Hill Extension wind farm projects, owned by Community Wind Power.
  • Assisted NTR with its first investment into the UK solar market.
  • Instructed by Belltown Power to handle the sale of Discovery's UK-based asset portfolio comprising four onshore wind farms and five ground-mounted solar projects to Foresight.
  • Advising RWE Markinch on its development of an energy centre and associated district heating project to supply heat across Glenrothes.
Leading individuals

Ian McCarlie - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Kate Turner - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP covers the full range of oil industry issues including decommissioning work, M&A, competition matters, procurements, tax mandates, disputes, financings and regulatory advice; the team also has a strong track record in corruption and anti-bribery cases. Aberdeen-based Bob Ruddiman is the firm's global head of oil and gas, while corporate expert Shirley Allen leads the Aberdeen group, which also includes legal director Neil Hehir and utilises the firm's experienced litigation department. In Glasgow, Rosalie Chadwick heads up the global corporate finance group and is a key name to note. David McEwing departed to Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):Bob Ruddiman

Other key lawyers:Rosalie Chadwick; Shirley Allen; Neil Hehir;


'Martin Ewan has an ability to quickly cut through any noise and get to the root of an issue, which is second to none. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable and commercially aware, Martin makes a particular effort to network both internally in the firm and externally. As a consequence, he is able to sign post the requirement to the correct people quickly and easily and do a personal handover, whilst maintaining overall involvement.'

Key Clients


Shell UK Limited

Total E&P UK Limited

Ithaca Energy

Siccar Point Energy

Faroe Petroleum

Suncor Energy Services Inc

Talisman Energy

Aker AS

John Wood Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Ithaca Energy on its acquisition of the Greater Stella Area oil & gas licences and associated infrastructure interests from Dyas UK and Petrofac.
  • Advised Total E&P UK on the sale of its entire interests in the Bruce Field and the Keith Field in the UK continental shelf to Serica Energy (UK).
  • Instructed by Faroe Petroleum to handle its acquisition of an interest in the Plantain and Agar wells from Azinor Catalyst.
  • Acted for Blue Water Energy on its joint venture with Blackstone and Mime Petroleum, a Norwegian-focused exploration and production company.
Leading individuals

Bob Ruddiman - Pinsent Masons LLP

Shirley Allen - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Neil Hehir - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Projects - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's client roster in the projects space includes 3i, Balfour Beatty and Equitix alongside other funders, sponsors and public sector bodies. The team handles a vast variety of projects including hub schemes, new product development, PPP and PFI projects; student accommodation work, oil and gas matters and renewable energy issues. Recent work highlights also include significant matters in the healthcare and transport infrastructure space. The team is led by Edinburgh-based Michael Watson and includes Stuart Barr in the Glasgow office.

Practice head(s):Michael Watson

Other key lawyers:Stuart Barr

Leading individuals

Michael Watson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Stuart Barr - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Providing full-service advice, Pinsent Masons LLP is a respected player in the market, which leads to regular instructions from universities and higher education sector bodies on sector specific governance and regulatory matters, IP and IT issues, alongside procurement, corporate, employment law and campus estate property matters. The 'strong and well-regarded' team led by the 'excellent' Chris Martin has also been increasingly active in university accommodation project-related tax work and litigation arising out of regulatory frameworks.

Practice head(s):Chris Martin


'Committed to its clients.'

'Understands the needs of its clients.'

'Its obvious to see how the team has developed its reputation in the sector.'

'Provides first-class service.'

Key Clients

The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Business School

Robert Gordon's University

University of Aberdeen

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Higher Education Statistics Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Edinburgh on the procurement of a multi-million-pound high-performance computer system from Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • Advising the university on two major technology procurements; firstly, the replacement of its core local area network with a new campus-wide network and, secondly, the replacement of the university's legacy core business systems with an integrated and cloud-based solution.
  • Assisted Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh with the review of its student residence arrangements.
  • Advising the University of Edinburgh on its participation in a €64m grant-funded clinical trial project relating to the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia.
  • The team has been appointed as exclusive legal advisor to the University of Edinburgh on the £1.1bn Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal including technology procurement, funding arrangements and GDPR compliance.

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Health - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Stuart Barr leads the healthcare team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which receives regular instructions from private equity houses, property funds, banks and corporates as well as public-sector players to advise on public infrastructure projects in the healthcare sector as well as transactional healthcare property portfolio matters.

Practice head(s):Stuart Barr

Other key lawyers:Alan Cook; Martin Devine; Victoria Miller

Key Clients

NHS Grampian

NHS Highland

hub South East Scotland

hub South West Scotland

Healthcare Centres PPP

Work highlights

  • Advising public sector participants on a range of DBFM projects in the North and East Central territories; this includes operational advice on NHS Grampian’s Aberdeen Community Health Care Village, the bundled Forres, Woodside and Tain and bundled Foresterhill/ Inverurie projects and the Stirling Care Village.
  • Advised Serco on the acquisition of a large portfolio of acute healthcare private finance initiative facilities management contracts from Carillion (originally) and subsequently from Carillion's special managers following liquidation.

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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

Leveraging the firm's global network, Pinsent Masons LLP is recognised for its cross-border commercial property work, especially in the energy space. The Scottish team, led by Katharine Hardie, has a strong track record in the residential development sector and is also singled out for regeneration mandates; Paul Connolly is the key name for development matters. The group's high-profile client roster also ensures the team regularly handles large-scale asset acquisitions including shopping centres and cross-border portfolio acquisitions; it also assists with cross-border restructuring and refinancing deals. Ewan Alexander, energy property team head Jennifer Ballantyne, and property investment specialist Russell Munro are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Katharine Hardie

Other key lawyers:Paul Connolly; Ewan Alexander; Russell Munro; Jennifer Ballantyne; Martin Devine


'Pinsent Masons delivers a technically robust but commercially aware service across the full property life-cycle including developments, construction matters, property management work and investment issues.'

'Distinguished by a real can-do attitude, the team balances the ultimate need to protect the client's legal position with commercial acumen and a willingness to get the deal done.'

'Paul Connolly has excellent client relationship management skills and can coordinate various and varied instructions.'

Key Clients

Barclays Bank

HFD Group Limited

CALA Management Limited

Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractua lScheme

BAM TCP Atlantic Square Limited

New Uberior House Limited managed by Aerium

Glasgow City Council as administering Authority for Strathclyde Pension Fund

Wheatley Group

Ropemaker Properties Limited (BP Pension fund)

West Coast Captial

Work highlights

  • Assisted Barclays Bank with the development of its new city centre multi-building office campus in Buchanan Wharf, Glasgow.
  • Acted for the Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractual Scheme on its acquisition of Lochrin Quay, Edinburgh.
  • Assisted Winchburgh Developments with its purchase of a mixed-use development site in the Central Belt of Scotland and the creation of a public-private funding structure involving a new joint venture with CALA Homes.
  • Instructed by Strathclyde Pension Fund on the sale of the iconic House of Fraser department store in Glasgow to Sportsdirect.
  • Acting for Investcorp Securities on its purchase of five industrial logistics assets across the Central Belt.
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

The real estate experts at Pinsent Masons LLP regularly act for high-profile local and national developers operating across Scotland. The team is spread across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and is recognised for its work for major oil and gas companies. Aberdeen-based Rodney Whyte leads the practice, which is also active in residential development projects. The team also handles energy developments, planning work and regenerations.

Practice head(s):Rodney Whyte

Other key lawyers:Mark McCall

Key Clients

CALA Group

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

The Pilkington Trust

Avant Homes (Scotland) Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Persimmon Homes Limited

ABZ Development Limited

GSS Developments(Aberdeen) Limited

Aberdeen Harbour Board

Kier Property Developments

Baker Hughes

Mactaggart & Mickel

Wallace Land

Bellway Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for CALA Management on the implementation of a development agreement for the purchase of a residential development at Craibstone Campus, Aberdeen.
  • Assisted Avant Homes and CALA Management with the acquisition  of a 600 unit development at Mauricewood, Penicuik.
  • Advised Watt Taylor on the sale of a 120 unit development at Kirkton, Fraserburgh.
  • Acted for Aberdeen Harbour Board on the development of a new harbour at Nigg, Aberdeen.
Leading individuals

Rodney Whyte - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

With a superb reputation, Pinsent Masons LLP's 'excellent and forward-thinking' team handles the full spectrum of construction law, including transactional projects and disputes, and acts for an impressive public and private client roster across a number of sectors including infrastructure and transport, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Kenny Valentine heads the construction advisory and disputes team and the 'practical and pragmatic' Michael Allan is the main contact for transactional construction law. Brandon Nolan, known for his construction disputes work, and energy projects expert Nicholas Carlin are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Allan; Kenny Valentine

Other key lawyers:Colin Fraser; Brandon Nolan; Nicholas Carlin; Stacey Cassidy


'Kenny Valentine is extremely competent and pretty much always available.'

'Works very hard to understand the client and their commercial position.'

'Colin Fraser provides high-quality, pragmatic advice which is solutions-orientated.'

'You would want to have them on your side.'

'Provides commercially sound advice.'

Key Clients

Balfour Beatty

Aker Solutions

Barclays Bank

HOCHTIEF Solutions

Galliford Try

Morgan Sindall


The City of Edinburgh Council

Lend Lease

Brookfield Multiplex

Work highlights

  • Representing the City of Edinburgh Council in the Edinburgh Trams public inquiry chaired by Lord Hardie.
  • Acting for Barclays in its development of a new state-of-the-art campus facility to be built at Buchanan Wharf in the centre of Glasgow, including negotiating the construction contracts and property deal.
  • Acting for Bilfinger Construction UK in the Edinburgh Trams Public Inquiry, having conducted 13 adjudications for Bilfinger during the duration of the project.
  • Defending a Court of Session action raised by Aggreko against Morgan Sindall as contractor and Struer as designer in relation to alleged defects in Aggreko’s principal manufacturing facility.
  • Instructed by Aker to defend a claim raised by a sub-contractor to Aker concerning the Flyndre Cawdor project; the dispute arose from remuneration changes for  sub-contracted work.
Leading individuals

Brandon Nolan - Pinsent Masons LLP

Kenny Valentine - Pinsent Masons LLP

Michael Allan - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Nicholas Carlin - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Jennifer Ballantyne leads the 'proactive' Scottish environment team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which is a respected player in the market, handling a broad spectrum of environment law work in the energy, infrastructure, housing and manufacturing sectors. This includes, among other matters, regulatory advice and permitting assistance for energy and industrial installations, advice on projects and transactions, as well as litigation and regulatory enforcement support. Gordon McCreath and legal director Ross McDowall are recommended; both handle a wide range of sector-specific work.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Ballantyne

Other key lawyers:Gordon McCreath; Ross McDowall


'Efficiently deals with the client's requirements.'

Key Clients






Kier Infrastructure and Overseas

Harworth Estates


Keepmoat Homes

Environment Agency

Work highlights

  • The team acts as sole environmental legal advisor for E.ON; in 2018, it advised the client on environmental incident response matters and a number of EIA submissions for various renewable energy projects, among other issues.
  • Provided assistance with the vendor due diligence report and title certification for Arcus European Infrastructure in respect of the sale of its majority stake in Forth Ports.
  • Provided environmental advice to Enva in the £15m acquisition of GP Properties (Scotland) and subsidiaries, including GP Green Recycling, which is one of Scotland's largest recoverers of organic waste.
  • Providing ongoing advice in support of Enva's application to SEPA for End of Waste status for processed air pollution control residues to be used in concrete products.
  • Providing strategic contaminated land-related advice to Keepmoat Homes.
Leading individuals

Gordon McCeath - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jennifer Ballantyne - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Ross McDowall - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Planning - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'strong' planning team is led by its Birmingham and London offices with Jennifer Ballantyne being the main contact in Scotland. The team's strength lies in advising clients on energy, infrastructure and residential development projects, including contentious work such as planning appeal proceedings. The recommended Gary McGovern is another key member of the team and handles a wide range of planning and environmental law work.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Ballantyne

Other key lawyers:Gordon McCreath; Jacqueline Harris; Gary McGovern


'Provides the breadth and depth of expertise the client requires.'

'Provides tailored advice.'

'Gordon McCreath is strategic, tactical and commercial.'

Key Clients


Seagreen Wind Energy

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Barratt Homes / David Wilson Homes

CALA Group

Aberdeen Harbour Board

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm


Work highlights

  • Advising Dumfries and Galloway Council on the promotion of the Whitesands Flood Protection and Regeneration Scheme under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 including representation at an inquiry.
  • Advising on all consenting and offshore property matters of this 3.5GW offshore wind project.
  • Acted for the client in an appeal against a decision of South Lanarkshire Council to refuse planning permission for a sand and gravel quarry at Overburns Farm, Biggar.
  • Advising WDL on the next phases of its major urban regeneration project at Winchburgh, West Lothian, including the remediation of Auldcathie landfill site, the construction of the next phases of residential development and supporting infrastructure.
  • Advising CALA West on contentious planning matters, including a planning appeal against the decision by East Dunbartonshire Council to refuse planning permission for 135 residential units at Jellyhill, Bishopbriggs.
Next Generation Partners

Gary McGovern - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Known for its national and international reach, Pinsent Masons LLP remains a popular choice for developers, landlords, occupiers, investors and operators requiring assistance with landlord and tenant-related disputes, breach of contract claims, development-related litigation and dilapidation claims. Craig Connal QC heads the 'knowledgeable' team, which includes 'utterly meticulous and intelligent' senior associate Fiona MacGregor; her areas of expertise include rent reviews, title and planning disputes alongside disputes over development agreements, among others.

Practice head(s):Craig Connal QC

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Harris; Fiona MacGregor


'Senior associate Fiona MacGregor fights her client's corner and is pleasant to work with.'

'Jacqueline Harris demonstrates great understanding of the law and procedural aspects in conducting big-ticket litigation.'

'The strength in depth and experience is unparalleled.'

Key Clients

HFD Group


Legal & General

K/S Meadow Way

The Centre, Livingston

Moor Row

McColls Retail Group


Work highlights

  • Representing the client in a contested application under s19A of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 to the Scottish Land Court for permission to use common grazings/croft land for a wind farm.  
  • Acted for the tenant in a Court of Session Commercial Court action in which the tenant's ability to assign a long lease is being challenged by the landlord.
  • Represented the client in a dispute with their former tenant of retail space in the centre of Edinburgh to recover the losses arising from the breach of certain repairing conditions at the end of the lease.
  • Acting for the landlord Moor Row in a high-value dilapidations dispute against the law firm DWF following the termination of the lease of its Glasgow office.
  • The case concerned the client's objection to an application to the Lands Tribunal to rectify the Land Register to remove the client's title and subsequent appeal to the Court of Session.
Rising stars

Fiona MacGregor - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

The IT practice at Pinsent Masons LLP is singled out for its sector-focused approach, notably in the financial services, public and energy industries, where it is particularly recognised for its outsourcing and procurement work. Also noted is the firm's dedicated TMT litigation team, and its digital and IT work for universities in Scotland and abroad. Yvonne Dunn leads the TMT group and also heads up the TMT financial services and fintech practice.

Practice head(s):Yvonne Dunn

Other key lawyers:Matthew Godfrey-Faussett; Chris Martin; David Woods; Kathryn Wynn


'Pinsent Masons has true expertise and market-leading insight on how technology is impacting business. It is the leading European firm for all aspects of fintech.'

'The individuals at Pinsent Masons stand out through their inter-personal relationship skills, attention to detail, constructive approach and thorough understanding of the needs of their clients' business.'

Key Clients

Smart DCC

Calmac Ferries / David Mac Brayne


University of Edinburgh


Allied Irish Bank

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Edinburgh Airport

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted the University of Edinburgh with several strategic IT transformation projects including the procurement of a suite of cloud-based core back office systems and a new campus wide local area network and cable management solution.
  • Advised Legal & General Investment Management on its procurement of the Sonata platform from Bravura.
  • Acted for David MacBrayne in a breach of contract action against Atos IT Services relating to the provision of a new ticketing and reservation IT system for the Calmac ferry network.
  • Represented Oricom, a company insured by Hiscox Underwriting, in a claim against NHS Lanarkshire regarding the termination of a contract to provide telecoms infrastructure.
  • Assisting a top UK supermarket chain with its contracts with Microsoft relating to an enterprise resource planning tool.
Leading individuals

Yvonne Dunn - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP provides end-to-end advice to its client roster of energy, food and drink, life sciences and technology companies on advisory and contentious IP matters in the UK and abroad. The team regularly handles portfolio management, brand strategy, market exclusivity and access issues, as well as strategic contracts. Jim Cormack QC leads the contentious IP team while legal director George Campbell heads up the non-contentious practice. Litigator David Woods is a key name for clients in the financial services, retail, energy and university sectors; and Chris Martin focuses on higher education work; senior associate Gillian Anderson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jim Cormack QC; George Campbell

Other key lawyers:Chris Martin; David Woods' Gillian Anderson


'The team has an excellent level of knowledge and it deals very promptly with all enquiries.'

'George Campbell is great to work with and deals very efficiently with all work sent to him.'

Key Clients

William Grant & Sons Limited

Thomas Tunnock Limited

Falkland Islands Government

University of Edinburgh

Pertemps Limited


Jacobs and Turner Limited t/a Trespass

Celtic plc

Kier Limited


Work highlights

  • Defended the Falklands Island Government in the Supreme Court of the Falkland Islands against an allegation of copyright infringement brought by Geophysical Service relating to seismic data.
  • Represented Teva in three separate proceedings challenging the validity of life sciences patents owned by AstraZeneca.
  • Defending Jacobs and Turner in trade mark infringement proceedings raised by a Hong Kong-based company in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court.
Next Generation Partners

George Campbell - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Gillian Anderson - Pinsent Masons LLP

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