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Aberdein Considine


Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine's clients range from private clients and SMEs, through to large corporations and numerous FTSE 100 firms. In the corporate and business advisory space, our team advises businesses all over Scotland from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow. The team's key areas are M&A - both buy and sell side - equity fundraising as well as general corporate, company law and corporate governance support.

Practice head(s):Ritchie Whyte

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Law; Anthony Quin

Testimonials

'The team at Aberdein Considine provide a real hands on and personal approach to all projects and deliver to an extemely high standard on a consistent basis.'

'The team takes a balanced approach and gives practical advice to clients aimed at helping to achieve the best possible outcome, focusing on what is in the clien's best interests.'

'Great cross-disciplinary communications. Extremely responsive, attentive and resourceful.'

'The individuals at Aberdein Considine are very approachable and have the ability to adapt to any situation and deal with difficult clients. Their ability to make a commercial decision and give an informed opinion is what makes them stand out from many of their competitors.'

'Ritchie Whyte is one of the best lawyers at handling difficult situations and communicating effectively with clients.'

'Ritchie Whyte has a highly responsive, can-do approach.'

Key Clients

The Trump Organisation

Air Control Entech

Mackie Ramsay Taylor

Baird’s Pharmacy Limited

STATS Group

Investing Women Angels

Dark Matter Rum

Porter’s Gin

Jasmine Group

Venesky-Brown Recruitment Ltd

Indigo Sun

Work highlights

  • Advising the selling shareholders of Spark Ecommerce Group, a call centre and fulfilment business based near Gateshead.
  • Advised One Dental Care on the acquisition of business and assets of Breeze Dental.
  • Advising technology start-up Air Control Entech Limited on time-sensitive equity fundraising.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Aberdein Considine

The 'very business oriented' Euan McSherry now heads the team at Aberdein Considine following his arrival from DWF in November 2018 and former practice head Leonie Donald's departure in July 2018. The team is well placed to assist clients with various disputes concerning commercial contracts, insolvency disputes and litigation concerning the operation of corporate entities and shareholder rights.

Practice head(s):Euan McSherry

Other key lawyers:Ross Webb

Key Clients

Pfizer

Marine Harvest

Tiso

Solenis

EnerQuip

PMAC Scientific

The A & S Leisure Group

Shepherd Chartered Surveyors

Griffins Chartered  Accountants

Food and Drink Hub

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Mark Coulter

DASH Properties

Work highlights

  • Defending Pfizer in a Court of Session litigation case alleging that one of its heart drugs caused heart attacks and strokes.
  • Defended PMAC Scientific in a dispute over a share purchase agreement; the action was raised by the vendor.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine's extensive roster of lender clients is testimony for the team's 'strength in banking sector work', which includes secured mortgage litigation, asset recovery and mortgage fraud matters alongside other types of residential and commercial banking litigation. Myra Scott heads the team. Leonie Donald left private practice in July 2018 while lender services expert Laura Browne was appointed consultant January 2019.

Practice head(s):Myra Scott

Other key lawyers:Laura Browne; Ross Webb

Testimonials

'The firm has managed to find the perfect balance between corporate governance, first-class service and client management.'

'They continue to look for innovative ways to enhance a customer experience whilst maintaining a high standard of quality.'

'No matter who you deal with at Aberdein Considine, you are always treated as an individual and not a number.'

'Offers a wide range of debt recovery services all to a high standard.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Yorkshire Building Society (YBS)

TSB Bank

Nationwide

Just Retirement

Pepper (UK)

Virgin Money

Computershare

West Bromwich Building Society

Atom Bank

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Aberdein Considine

The 'very competent mid-sized firm' Aberdein Considine is particularly experienced in handling employment tribunal work for employers as well as executives, including whistleblowing investigations, but also advises on GDPR, TUPE transfers and general HR matters. 'Fine employment lawyer' Sally-Anne Anderson heads the 'highly responsive' team.

Practice head(s):Sally-Anne Anderson

Other key lawyers:David Burnside; Jennifer Gardner

Testimonials

'Provides very practical and commercial advice.'

'The firm is keen to develop its skills and practice and takes the training of its junior members seriously.'

'David Burnside's wisdom and practical advice are invaluable.'

'Takes its preparations seriously.'

'Sally-Anne Anderson is very sensible and hard working and always does her best for the client.'

'Sally-Anne Anderson has great local knowledge of the tribunal court and judges.'

Key Clients

Air Control Entech

Mackie Ramsay Taylor

Work highlights

  • Assisted Air Control Entech with director service agreements.
  • Advised Mackie Ramsay Taylor on the exit of a retiring partner.

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Scotland: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine handles a wide range of claims in court and through mediation often relating to child welfare, including interdicts and exclusion orders, relocation disputes, and court orders to protect vulnerable children domestically and internationally. The team, which is led by the 'exceptionally thorough and hard working' Ruth Aberdein, is instructed in a number of complex cohabitant disputes, divorce proceedings and negotiations concerning prenuptial agreements where one party has significant wealth to protect. The 'diligent and sensitive' Naeema Sajid, who is a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Family Law Sub-committee, has particular experience of acting in child maintenance appeals and applying for guardianship orders.

Practice head(s):Ruth Aberdein

Other key lawyers:Naeema Sajid

Testimonials

'A very responsive and attentive team, regardless of what office you visit.'

'Ruth Aberdein is an exceptionally thorough and hard working solicitor.' 

'Naeema Sajid's sensitivity and demeanour projected calm throughout our dealings with her. She was fair and reasonable and knowledgeable regarding the specific questions and advice that were asked of her. Naeema kept me up to date and dealt with any queries swiftly.'

Work highlights

  • Defending Sheriff Court action involving a cohabitant’s claim in terms of section 28 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006.
  • Sheriff Court action involving a cohabitant’s claim in terms of section 28 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 and a separate action seeking an order for division and sale of heritable property.
  • Defence of Sheriff Court action for Interdicts and Exclusion Order.
  • Defence of highly acrimonious relocation case from one Sheriff Court jurisdiction to another approximately five hours away.
Leading individuals

Naeema Sajid - Aberdein Considine

Ruth Aberdein - Aberdein Considine

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 4

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine leverages its key offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh to act for a high-profile client roster, which includes The Trump Organisation and Greggs. The real estate team focuses on landlord and tenant work, and office, retail and industrial property development matters. Paul Jennings leads the practice from Glasgow, and the firm's Aberdeen office is noted for its oil, gas and marine sector commercial work.

Practice head(s):Paul Jennings

Other key lawyers:David Orr

Testimonials

'The level of intellectual force at Aberdein Considine is absolutely stunning! The property team is always ready to challenge and be challenged in the interests of its clients. The firm's customer service is unbeatable and work is equally meticulous and quick.'

'The team is very inclusive and knows when to engage with other parties involved in the deals it is working on. All members of the team are very strong and have an understanding of their colleagues work.'

'Paul Jennings and David Orr: this duo is unstoppable. They are professional without ego and with a great sense of humour.'

'Paul Jennings and David Orr  are very responsive and knowledgeable. They also take time to learn the client's overall business and not just the parts which relate to them. They continually look for ways to simplify and make things more straightforward for the client.'

Key Clients

Trump International

Ashfield District Council

West Coast Estates

Greggs plc

Currie European Limited

Westerwood

Rentokil plc

Jupiter Hotels

Mack Residential Group

Svenska Handelsbanken

Work highlights

  • Assisting Trump International Golf Club Scotland with a proposed 550 unit village development with additional leisure, commercial and retail premises.
  • Advising Mack Residential on its acquisition of Torbrae House in Glasgow for a proposed asylum seeker accommodation centre.

  • Assisting Greggs with its first drive-thru at The Forge Retail Park, Glasgow including landlord and tenant issues and new-build matters.

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Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine’s commercial property team advises Scottish clients from its key bases in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Aberdeen-based group has a particular strength in the oil and gas and marine industries; the arrival of practice head Paul Jennings in the Glasgow office has also substantially expanded the group's retail expertise. Ritchie Whyte is the key contact in the Aberdeen office and Anthony Quin is based in Stirling.

Practice head(s):Paul Jennings

Other key lawyers:Ritchie Whyte; Anthony Quin

Key Clients

Trump International

Ashfield District Council

West Coast Estates

Greggs plc

Currie European Limited

Westerwood

Rentokil plc

Jupiter Hotels

Mack Residential Group

Svenska Handelsbanken

Work highlights

  • Acting for Trump International Golf Club Scotland on a proposed 550 unit village development with additional leisure, commercial and retail premises.
  • Handling the refinancing of developments across Aberdeenshire and Moray for Svenska Handlesbanken including equity release to assist with purchase and development funding.
  • Handled the sale of an industrial unit at Stoneywood Park, Aberdeen for Caprock.
  • Advising S Lee on the lease of Unit 5 Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen for the expansion of the client's restaurant portfolio.

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