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Shepherd and Wedderburn

1 EXCHANGE CRESCENT, CONFERENCE SQUARE, EDINBURGH, EH3 8UL, SCOTLAND
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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äės team, which ‚Äėunderstands the bigger picture in terms of business consequences‚Äė, includes a number of first-rate practitioners, such as food and drink group head George Frier¬†and Joanna Boag-Thomson, who are ‚Äėcommercial, innovative and provide great client service‚Äė. In addition, Danny Lee¬†and John Morrison¬†‚Äėunderstand points easily and their drafting is high quality‚Äė and senior associate¬†Tom Swan¬†is lauded for his ‚Äėattention to detail‚Äė. Stephen Trombala¬†leads the group, which is adept in transactions spanning a wide range of industries, including food and drink, renewable energy, corporate real estate, oil and gas (upstream and services sectors), technology and life sciences. It consistently excels in headline deals; in 2017, highlights included Frier and others acting as the lead legal adviser to Chivas Brothers (part of the Pernot Ricard Group) in the sale to the Glenallachie consortium of its Glenallachie distillery, and certain whisky stock and whisky brands. Frier also led a team in the advice to Collagen Solutions on its ¬£8m placing and open offer, and also on a ¬£4m bond issue. Morrison assisted TVSquared (one of Scotland‚Äôs most successful recent start-up companies) with its $6.5m series A equity financing. Also recommended are¬†George Boyle,¬†Andrew Blain,¬†Paul Hally,¬†Keir Willox,¬†Joanna Monaghan¬† and¬†Ian Mitchell.

Leading individuals

George Boyle - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Stephen Trombala - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äės Aberdeen-led practice has gained momentum since the firm acquired The Commercial Law Partnership in January 2017. With practice head John Rutherford¬†at the helm, the firm has won new work across all the key sectors of the north east economy, including food and drink,¬† financial services, renewable energy, technology and rural business. Rutherford has more than 35 years of experience acting for clients in the oil and gas service sector; his workload in this space covers investments and disposals (acting for private equity investors and management teams), and corporate structuring, among other matters. The team also includes Keir Willox, whose expertise includes company formations, joint venture agreements, MBOs/MBIs and commercial contracts.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's practice is jointly led by Stephen Miller and employee share incentives expert Rodger Cairns. Another notable individual is senior associate Douglas Sinclair who, like Miller, is a chartered tax adviser. The team plays a key role in high-profile and groundbreaking corporate and real estate transactions, as demonstrated by its recent work advising Hermes Investment Management/Britel Fund on the tax issues related to the Capital Square office development in Edinburgh, and assisting Wheatley Housing Group with the LBTT aspects of a joint venture agreement with Glasgow City Council. The team also advises clients on various other issues, such as SDLT, Pay as You Earn and national insurance, among others. Miller Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Scottish high-growth company TVSquared are among the firm's key clients.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a first-rate reputation in the utilities sector, particularly energy and water, where it advises clients on the gamut of UK and EU law competition and regulatory issues. Gordon Downie, senior associate Joanne McDowall, John Grady and Liz McRobb are advising the Single Energy Market Committee on the creation of a new regulatory framework (referred to as I-SEM) to ensure compliance with Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 on capacity allocation and congestion management. Outside of energy and water, in another highlight, the firm provided state aid compliance advice to City of Edinburgh Council in relation to the Edinburgh Homes Project for accelerating housebuilding in the society. Elsewhere, in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the team has become increasingly active in the advice to clients on EU law and trade matters. Senior associate Fiona Parker is another key figure in the team, whose other clients include ScottishPower, ORE Catapult and Capital Document Solutions.

Leading individuals

Gordon Downie - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs team predominantly handles licensing matters arising out of its real estate and construction practice. Its clients include several major players in the retail and leisure sectors, including major store, hotel and restaurant operators. Highlights for Hugh Smith included successfully advising Sainsbury‚Äôs on problematic licensing issues in relation to planning and building documentation, which impacted its ability to sell alcohol ‚Äď in addition to representing the client against an NHS objection to a planned increase in the capacity of a kiosk in one of its Edinburgh stores. On the transactional side, associate Lynn Simpson supported the real estate team in advising the Richmond Park Hotel on the premises license transfer in conjunction with the hotel‚Äôs sale. Elaine Brailsford¬†successfully achieved a major variation of a Premises License before the Licensing Board for a restaurant owned by MD Milne, despite the premises being located within a designated overprovision area.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's practice is characterised by its size, prominence in complex disputes and breadth of expertise across all forms of dispute resolution. Iain Drummond, a seasoned expert in construction/engineering and projects disputes, appears regularly at the Court of Session as a solicitor advocate, and also has an active adjudication and mediation practice. John MacKenzie and senior associate Kevin Clancy are also solicitor advocates. Alastair Frood leads the banking and finance litigation practice, and also undertakes matters involving professional negligence, insurance litigation and charity-related disputes (among other areas); Frood's experience includes multi-party mediations, expert determination and Sheriff Court/Court of Session proceedings. Also recommended for banking and finance litigation is team head Gillian Carty, who is also a particularly strong choice for insolvency litigation (she is a licensed insolvency practitioner and accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an accredited specialist in insolvency law). Illustrative of the firm's work, in 2017, MacKenzie represented Ernst & Young as the liquidator of three offshore companies in a professional negligence claim over a $300m suspected fraud. Barbara Bolton and others defended Mercer Limited against four separate pension scheme claims, while Patricia Hawthorn was the lead partner acting for Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind in judicial review proceedings brought by the RSPB. Elaine Brailsford and David Anderson are recommended.

Leading individuals

John Mackenzie - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a wide range of matters in the real estate sector, such as debts arising from leases, timeshare management charges and recoveries of service charges, among others. Practice head Elaine Brailsford is particularly knowledgeable about property-related debt claims. Other strengths include financial services and social housing sector matters; the latter is a particular growth area, with the firm assisting social landlords with the recovery of rent and factoring charges. In addition to Brailsford, clients count on the experience of Alistair Frood, Gillian Carty and Stephen Humphrey. In 2017, the firm won the tender to handle debt recovery work for City of Edinburgh Council.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn undertakes high-end, big-ticket banking and finance transactions on a Scotland and UK-wide basis. Rod MacLeod, Hamish Patrick and Andrew Kinnes have an outstanding reputation in the funds finance space, and the latter two individuals are also well-known for their securitisations experience. In addition, the firm assists clients with real estate finance, leveraged finance, asset-based lending and debt capital markets transactions. In 2017, Patrick Bell and senior associate Lucy Hall acted for FairBriar in the £94.7m financing of the development of the 24.5 acre Middlewood Locks mixed-use scheme in Salford, Greater Manchester. Iain Wishart and senior associate Peter Alderdice advised Gatehouse Bank (a wholly Shariah-compliant investment bank) on the Islamic financing aspects of its circa £60m acquisition of Consort House and Bridge View in Aberdeen; this was one of the largest Islamic finance deals in the Scottish market in 2017. Practice head Fiona Buchanan led a team which acted as sole Scottish counsel to Cerberus European Investments as the seller in a £968.5m securitisation of residential mortgage-backed notes issued by Towd Point Mortgage Funding 2017-Auburn 11 Plc. Clare Foster heads up the clean energy and project finance practices. Senior associate Neil Cowan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Kinnes - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's 'strength across the partner base exceeds that of many other firms', and its heavyweight team is led by Yvonne Brady, who 'sets the benchmark for the level of support an adviser can provide'. In addition to Brady, the other highly rated partners in the core restructuring and insolvency team are Fiona McKerrell, Gillian Carty and Hamish Patrick. The group provides advice on a comprehensive range of matters, such as loan portfolio acquisitions and disposals, turnarounds and workouts, administrations and liquidations, and contentious insolvency situations. Real estate partner John Gallacher is knowledgeable about the property-related aspects of insolvencies.  Allana Sweeney and Andrew Scott are notable senior associates in the team. In 2017, Brady, Gallacher and Sweeney acted for FRP Advisory LLP in the pre-pack disposal of Pagan Osborne Limited's business to Thorntons Law LLP. A team led by Patrick advised the holders of US private placement bonds on the Scottish schemes of arrangement relating to Premier Oil Plc and Premier Oil UK Limited. Another highlight involved assisting KPMG LLP with the administration of Arran Aromatics (now known as AAL Realisations Limited).

Leading individuals

Fiona McKerrell - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Gillian Carty - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Yvonne Brady - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Next generation lawyers

Allana Sweeney - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†advises a variety of blue-chip corporates and university sector clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. The group has been appointed as the employment adviser to the University of Glasgow, and is on the University of Edinburgh‚Äôs panel. The practice is led by the ‚Äėhighly valued‚Äô Neil Maclean¬†, who clients rate as ‚Äėan expert in his field and adept at guiding clients robustly but supportively‚Äô. Katie Russell¬†is¬†representing BMI Regional in various disputes with former employees, defending claims brought in the Aberdeen and Nottingham employment tribunals. The group advised FRP Advisory on a number of matters, including the employment aspects of the pre-pack administration and sale of the defunct law firm, Pagan Osborne, to Thorntons LLP. ¬†'The professional, approachable and extremely competent‚Äô¬†Andrew Holehouse¬†is also recommended.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs highly experienced team is ‚Äėexcellent in all areas‚Äô, handling pensions work including scheme documentation, employment matters related to the scheme, benefit changes, in addition to pensions advice on M&A transactions. The ‚Äėcommercially astute and pragmatic‚Äô¬†Louisa Knox advises the trustees of the Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme on all aspects of pensions law, including the implications of proposed corporate activity. The ‚Äėprofessional, approachable and extremely competent‚Äô¬†Andrew Holehouse¬†assists the Universal Music Group Pension Scheme with all pensions matters, including the appointment of Legal and General as fiduciary investment managers to the scheme and in connection with a trustee-led enhanced transfer value exercise for the scheme‚Äôs deferred members.¬†Ed Mustard¬†advised the trustees of the Miller Group Pension Scheme, in connection with the acquisition of Miller homes by Bridgepoint. Senior associate Richard Jones¬†is also recommended, and has a particular focus on investment issues.

Leading individuals

Andrew Holehouse - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is active in the full range of professional negligence matters for defenders and pursuers, with particular expertise in professional indemnity matters pertaining to accountancy. John MacKenzie¬†represented Ernst & Young as the pursuer against KPMG, the auditor responsible for signing off the accounts of three offshore companies of which the client was the liquidator, in relation to a major suspected fraud in the Isle of Man ‚Äď a claim that was settled at mediation. The team is led by Alastair Frood, who is an experienced commercial litigator.¬†Iain Drummond¬†specialises in professional indemnity matters arising out of the construction and engineering sectors, and has extensive experience as a mediator. Barbara Bolton¬†is qualified in Scotland, England and New York, and handles a number of complex, cross-border professional negligence claims.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs team stands out for its ability to ‚Äėspeak a language that agricultural clients understand‚Äô in its advice on a variety of complex rural matters that includes transactional work, in addition to business support and renewable energy projects. Peter Misselbrook¬†leads the practice and acts for a number of large estate owners and farmers, with a particular expertise on hunting matters. Misselbrook advised the Invercauld Estates on the sale of one of its grouse moors, in a transaction that involved an amendment and re-grant of the client‚Äôs sporting agreement and issues regarding access and overlapping historic estate titles. ‚ÄėKnowledgeable‚Äô Richard Leslie¬†advised the Lothian Family Trust on the sale of agricultural land in the Scottish Borders, which required contractual arrangements to safeguard a Roman road on the estate. Hugh Smith¬†is assisting Brookfield Renewable with securing Option Agreements over potential compensatory planting areas in order to comply with Scottish Forestry Commission obligations. The team expanded in April 2017 with the recruitment of¬†Hamish Lean¬†from Stronachs LLP, who is recommended for his ‚Äėstrength in finding practical solutions‚Äô.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides a full service to charity clients, most notably in the education sector, including a number of universities and independent schools, which it advises on employment and pensions matters, in addition to more traditional corporate charity work. Constitution and governance expert¬†Malcolm Rust¬†and Christopher McGill¬†(who is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô in the area of estates and legacies) lead the practice. Rust‚Äôs highlights included advising the founders on the establishment of the Chaffinch Trust and the trustees of a major educational trust on the creation of a new charitable entity, which included a new and less restrictive constitution, to allow for the transfer of assets and an easier amendment process. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Neil Maclean¬†often advises charities on employment law.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn offers ‚Äėan outstanding level of service‚Äô to clients engaged in trust and probate disputes. ‚ÄėIncisive‚Äô Christopher McGill¬†‚Äėclearly has a strong breadth of knowledge and an impressive level of professionalism‚Äô and co-leads the practice alongside the head of commercial disputes, Guy Harvey. The group acts for private individuals and trustees, as well as institutional clients in a wide range of disputes and associated professional negligence actions and contentious private tax matters. Alastair Frood¬†is advising siblings on the interpretation of a clause in their late father‚Äôs will, in relation to the wishes of another sibling, the eldest son who inherited the estate, to sell the property for development. Elaine Brailsford¬†is acting on behalf of a partner in a farming business in a complex family dispute.

Leading individuals

Christopher McGill - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‚Äėgood on all accounts‚Äô and its team is able to offer ‚Äėa high level of personal service‚Äô. The team advises clients on high-end domestic matters such as complex wills, trusts and estate planning, and more complex matters, including multi-jurisdictional tax planning and compliance. Consultant Charles Scott¬†joined the Aberdeen office in January 2017 alongside rural law expert Hamish Lean¬†, greatly boosting the firm‚Äôs coverage in northeast Scotland. The ‚Äėcalm and authoritative‚Äô Malcolm Rust¬†leads the team, and is noted for his ‚Äėin-depth‚Äô understanding of private client work. Dual Scots and English law qualified Christopher McGill¬†stands out for his work in executry matters, and regularly handles cross-border and international issues, pertaining to various Crown Dependencies, Dubai, France and Spain. ‚ÄėSound, reliable and a pleasure to deal with‚Äô, senior associate Douglas Sinclair¬†has particular expertise in complex UK and offshore tax matters, in addition to trust and partnership issues.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†Edinburgh, which is active in high-profile¬†renewable and alternative energy projects across Scotland and the UK, has practitioners with specialist knowledge of areas such as real estate, planning and environment, M&A/private equity and project finance.¬†Patricia Hawthorn¬†recently led a team which successfully represented Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind (NNG) in judicial review proceedings brought by the RSPB, following the decision by the Scottish Ministers to grant consent to four offshore wind farms in the Forth and Tay including the 450MW NNG project. The group is currently assisting the same client with other issues connected with the project, including a new consent application, the acquisition of land rights and banking-related matters. Scott McCallum, Stephen Hubner, Liz McRobb¬†and others are advising¬†√ėrsted on the planning, environmental, property and commercial aspects of the 1.8MW Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm. In 2017, clean energy head¬†Clare Foster¬†(who is also the head of project finance) led a cross-practice team, which acted for AOE Windfarm in the¬†¬£16.6m¬†refinancing of a newly-acquired operational 11.5MW onshore wind farm. Gordon Downie¬†is an expert in¬†UK/EU competition law and regulatory issues. Colin Robertson, Colin Innes, Daniel Lee¬†and senior associate¬†Nicky Pascoe¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

James Saunders - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's group advises on all aspects of the initial procurement of projects, to design and construction, and then operation and maintenance. PPP, PFI, NPD and hub projects are among the cornerstones of the practice. In a particularly large-scale project in the social housing sector, Rhona Harper, Euan McLeod, and associates Lauren Thompson and associate Stephen Maughan, are acting for Wheatley Housing Group in the procurement and construction aspects of the £250m Transformational Regeneration Area project at Sighthill in Glasgow. Harper is also the lead adviser to States of Jersey on the procurement of its circa £250m Future Hospital Project. In 2017, team head Stephen Colliston (who has acted for funders in a number of projects recently) worked with director Nigel Sievwright and others to advise Nord/LB on DBFM schools projects at Carntyne & Blairdardie and West Calder, and also a DBFM health centres project at Gorbals and Woodside. Another notable area of activity for the firm, among others, is in renewable energy sector projects; Harper, Patricia Hawthorn and Colliston are part of the team which is advising the Acciona Industrial-led consortium on its bid for a 25-year contract to design, build and operate an energy-from-waste plant in Aberdeen. Senior associate Euan Murray and associate Sarah Channin are recommended.

Leading individuals

Rhona Harper - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs education practice includes ‚Äėvery pragmatic‚Äô employment practice head Neil Maclean, who has vast experience advising Scottish universities, colleges and independent schools on employment matters and business support. He is providing ongoing HR and employment support for Skills Development Scotland, in relation to its organisational restructure, and the TUPE and employment implications of the client‚Äôs assumption of responsibility for various employability services for the Scottish government.¬† Project specialist Rhona Harper¬†is currently advising South Ayrshire Council on its ¬£23m Queen Margaret Academy procurement project, which is structured under a Design, Build, Finance and Maintain contract over a 25-year period. Ed Mustard¬†advised the trustees of the University of Edinburgh on its ¬£420m staff benefits scheme on all aspects of pension law, in addition to other projects relating to GDPR compliance.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles capital projects and finance work for major care home operators and healthcare investment funds. It also acts for public bodies, including Councils and NHS Trusts, in relation to major NPD, hub and PPP transactions. Practice head John Elder is advising care home operator, Four Seasons Health Care Group, on Scottish aspects its restructuring and refinancing project, including a new facility agreement and the preparation of restructuring proposals for its third party landlords. Clare Foster and Stephen Colliston are advising NORD/LB on all aspects of the DBFM project for two health and care centres at Gorbals Health and Care Centre and Woodside Health and Care Centre; a mandate that includes assistance with project management, property, procurement, construction, facilities maintenance and finance. Daniel Lee is advising US-based MedSource on its acquisition of data trial services business, Datatrial, and post-transaction integration, which involved complex data protection issues.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises local councils across Scotland on a variety of matters, including major capital infrastructure projects, hub programmes, ALEOs and the Scottish Government’s low carbon initiative. Rhona Harper leads the firm’s Government and Public Sector group and has vast experience in advising public sector bodies on a variety of projects involving infrastructure procurement and outsourcing, particularly specialist accommodation projects in the education and health sectors and equipment procurement in the defence sector. Projects practice head Stephen Colliston is noted for his expertise in public finance initiative (PFI), public private partnership (PPP) and non-profit distribution (NPD) structures. Highlights included advising North Lanarkshire Council on the complex sale of its shares in a facilities management joint venture between the council and ALH 86. The group is currently advising West Dunbartonshire Council on the procurement of a major water source heat pump system, and assisted the client with securing Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) funding from the Scottish Government. Ewan McLeod and Euan McLeod are also key practitioners.

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Scotland: Real estate

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's position at the premium end of the market sees it act for some of the largest and most active housebuilders, funds, banks, investors and retailers. In the retail sector, it advises British Land Plc on the asset management of Fort Kinnaird retail park in Edinburgh and Glasgow Fort, which are owned by Gibraltar Limited Partners and Hercules Unit Trust respectively.  Another area of strength is in the hotels and leisure sector; Jamie Grant and Hugh Smith head up the firm's offering in this space. Recent highlights in this area included advising BDL Select Operations Limited on the £5.4m sale of the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Dundee, and acting for BlackRock in the Scottish aspects of its £23m acquisition of the Stonegate pub portfolio. The firm's development work spans mixed-use and residential developments, retail sector schemes and offices, among others. Scott Ritchie recently acted for large-scale residential investor Get Living in its acquisition of a 7.5 acre site in Glasgow's Merchant City; this is one of the largest Build to Rent schemes in Scotland to date. Elaine Todd and others are advising Hermes Investment Management on the largest current speculative office development in Edinburgh, to be known as Capital Square. Mitchell co-heads the practice with Nick Ryden. James Dobie, Andrew Hall and Caroline Shand are among many other notable individuals.

Leading individuals

David Mitchell - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides 'tailored and pragmatic advice at the first time of asking' on construction law issues to public and private sector clients, and its team demonstrates 'a strong understanding of business requirements and the pressures clients face'. Reflective of the breadth of the practice, the group is equally active in assisting employers and contractors with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Led by Euan McLeod, it has made a name for itself in high-value and complex construction projects across the UK, with its work spanning areas such as renewable energy, social housing and real estate. McLeod, senior associate Lauren Thomson and others are acting for Wheatley Housing Group in the procurement and construction aspects of the £250m Transformational Regeneration Area project at Sighthill in Glasgow, which involves the construction of 650 new homes. In another significant mandate, McLeod and senior associate Kirsteen Milne are part of the team which is acting as the lead construction adviser to the UK government on an innovative new Framework Agreement and underlying contracts for the provision of £500m to £1bn over 10 years in order to deliver critical pieces of UK infrastructure. Gareth Parry advised a UK/Republic of Ireland joint venture company on the construction of a waster water treatment works project in Essex. The firm's recent contentious work included Iain Drummond and solicitor Nathaniel Buckingham representing Amey, as FM contractor for 21 primary and secondary schools in the Edinburgh Schools PPP project, in an independent inquiry and two adjudication proceedings over the collapse of a school wall. David Anderson and Colin Archibald also undertake contentious construction work.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn, whose team operates on a cross-departmental basis, has a particularly strong capability in advising national and international developers on environmental law issues arising from energy sector projects, such as those related to onshore and offshore wind, wave, tidal, energy from waste and coal-fired power. In 2017, Ewan MacLeod and Chris Devlin advised Brown & Mason Limited on the planning and environmental issues associated with the demolition of Scottish Power's power station at Longannet in Fife; this was Scotland's last coal-fired power station. Colin Innes, Colin Robertson, Scott McCallum and others are acting for Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited in the planning, property and environmental aspects of the 1,116MW Moray East offshore wind development in the Moray Firth. With the firm having successfully represented Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Limited in high-profile judicial review proceedings against the RSPB, Patricia Hawthorn and others are assisting the client with a new consent application for the Neart na Gaoithe project. Hawthorn jointly leads the environment practice with Innes. In addition to acting for energy sector clients, Jamie Grant advises those from infrastructure, ports and harbours, and hotels and leisure. Richard Leslie is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Patricia Hawthorn - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's market-leading reputation is underscored by its portfolio of high-end work, with particular strengths in industries such as energy, residential development and retail. The team, which is equally strong in high-profile contentious and non-contentious planning matters, is jointly led by Ewan MacLeod and Colin Innes (who chairs the Law Society of Scotland Planning Accreditation Committee). MacLeod and senior associate Fraser Mitchell recently assisted Taylor Wimpey and CALA Homes with obtaining planning permission, and successfully represented the clients at a related judicial review, over the development of sites at Maidenhill in Newton Mearns. MacLeod and Mitchell also defended CALA Homes at a judicial review challenge raised by Jordanhill Community Council over the proposed redevelopment of the former Jordanhill College Campus. In the renewable energy sector, Innes and Scott McCallum are acting for Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited in the planning aspects of the 1,116MW Moray East offshore wind development in the Moray Firth. In another matter, MacLeod advised Brown & Mason on a consenting strategy, which was agreed with Fife Council, to faciliate the demolition of Scottish Power's coal-fired Longannet power station. Elsewhere, clients such as British Land and Sainsbury's instruct the firm on all of their Scottish projects.

Leading individuals

Colin Innes - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's Colin Archibald and Elaine Brailsford jointly have more than 50 years of experience handling the full spectrum of complex property disputes, a number of which have been among the most significant in Scotland. Archibald and Brailsford work alongside other notable individuals in the group, such as associates Daniel Bain and Stephanie Hepburn  A recent highlight involved Archibald and Bain acting for Tarmac in two interrelated litigations arising from a leasing dispute between the client and the executor of its former landlord of quarry subjects in the Scottish Borders. In another matter, Archibald, Bain and associate Fraser Mitchell are advising Taylor Wimpey Developments Limited on a dispute with West Lothian Council over an alleged statutory nuisance near a development site at Winchburgh in West Lothian. Elsewhere, market conditions have led to other growth areas of work, such as 'keep open' disputes between commercial landlords and tenants, and also dilapidations cases. In addition, telecoms sector property work is an emerging area of the practice, particularly in cases involving issues under the Electronic Communications Code. 

Leading individuals

Colin Archibald - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for local authority and housing association clients in a wide range of matters by drawing upon its strengths across a number of disciplines, including projects, construction, litigation and pensions. Its first-rate reputation in real estate sees it regularly advise RSLs on related social housing matters; Elaine Hunter recently assisted Southside Housing Association with a number of matters, including the acquisition of a development site at Paisley Road West in the south of Glasgow. On the contentious front, practice head Stephen Humphreys (who has more than 25 years of experience of the social housing sector) is representing Kingdom Housing Association in ongoing actions to recover heritable property, while Colin Archibald and others are acting for Loretto Housing Association (which is part of the Wheatley Housing Group) in a structural defects claim against Cruden (the contractor) and Cameron & Ross (the structural engineer) over a building which was converted from a hospital to create 17 flats and a day centre facility. Neil Maclean advises social housing clients on employment law issues, while Rhona Harper is an expert on procurement.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†‚Äėcompares favourably with City firms‚Äô and is noted for its ‚Äėstrong commercial acumen‚Äô in relation to IT and outsourcing mandates. The practice is co-led by Gordon Moir, who specialises in regulatory support in the TMT sector, and Paul Carlyle, whose focus is IT investment in the financial service industry. Moir is acting for European Competitive Telecoms Association (on behalf of the European Commission) in relation to an appeal brought by Orange Polska against the Commission‚Äôs decision to fine the company for abuse of its dominant position. Joanna Boag-Thomson¬†advised Water Plus on a major IT infrastructure procurement project. She is also advising Satellite Solutions Worldwide on the negotiation of its distributor arrangements with Euro Broadband Retail in relation to its expansion into markets in Sweden, Norway, Poland, France, Ireland and the UK. John MacKenzie¬†represented Calsoft in relation to a claim raised by Bayonette in the Technology and Construction Court in London concerning alleged breaches of a contract to provide residential virtual consumer premise equipment and router software to the claimant; an action that was settled by negotiation. Associates Alison Rochester¬†and Ashley McLean¬†are noted for their ‚Äėclear communication skills‚Äô.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is noted for ‚Äėsensible, efficient advice‚Äô, which is provided by individuals who demonstrate that they ‚Äėknow the practical realities of business as well as the legal necessities‚Äô. Joanna Boag-Thomson, who leads on patent and technology licensing, media and brand activation, is advising the Pernod Ricard group subsidiary, Chivas Brothers, on a number of matters, including the development of the La Distillerie Generale brand in France, which required distribution and co-branding agreements. She is also assisting Winduna on licensing agreements with Oxford University Press in relation to its production of an animated series based on the Winnie the Witch books. Paul Carlyle¬†leads the media and technology team and assists the National Trust for Scotland with the protection of its trade mark portfolio. John MacKenzie¬†is representing RSVP Design in trade mark infringement proceedings that the client raised against Future Factory, in the Court of Session, relating to its colourblind trade mark. ‚ÄėExtremely professional‚Äô associate Ashley McLean¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Joanna Boag-Thomson - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Noted for ‚Äėgood legal advice‚Äô, Shepherd and Wedderburn's practice is led by Paul Carlyle, who specialises in IP, branding, sponsorship, commercial partnerships and media rights in the sports industry. He drafted, negotiated and advised The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews on a variety of commercial contracts for the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in 2017. He also advised Walton Heath Golf Club on the providsions of an agreement with the PGA European Tour to host the British Masters tournament in October 2018. Associate Alison Rochester¬†is another key practitioner, with extensive commercial experience in sport.

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