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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London

John Rutherford

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Corporate Finance


John is a partner in our corporate team and is senior partner in the Aberdeen office. John advises boards, directors, owner managers and shareholders on M&A, investments, disposals and other corporate work and has many years experience in the oil and gas service sector.


Trained and worked with Paull and Williamsons (now Burness Paull) 1980 - 1988; then Partner - Ledingham Chalmers 1988- 2006;
Partner (2006) and Head of Corporate – McGrigors LLP 2010-2012
Partner - Pinsent Masons – 2012 -2016.
Consultant and then Partner - Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP 2016 to date


Law Society of Scotland


LLB (Hons) - University of Edinburgh


Golf, music, guitar, current affairs, walking.

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland

Within: Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland

Shepherd and Wedderburn enhanced its footprint in Aberdeen, and the wider market in North East Scotland, following its recent high-profile acquisition of The Commercial Law Practice LLP; Keir Willox was among the key individuals to move across. In addition, the Aberdeen corporate team includes John Rutherford and consultant Charles Scott, who joined in 2016 from Pinsent Masons LLP and Mackinnons respectively. Rutherford heads the practice, which handles matters such as acquisitions and disposals of SMEs and shareholder investments, among other areas.

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