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Shepherd and Wedderburn

1 EXCHANGE CRESCENT, CONFERENCE SQUARE, EDINBURGH, EH3 8UL, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 228 9900
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Fax 0131 228 1222
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551970 EDINBURGH-53
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Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles work across various sectors, including energy and natural resources, financial services and real estate. In 2015, Stephen Trombala assisted FanDuel with its $275m Series E equity financing. In another highlight, Daniel Lee acted for the shareholders of PNE Wind UK in the company’s £103m sale to Brookfield. Andrew Blain’s team also includes Paul Hally, Tom Swan and Joanna Monaghan.

Leading individuals

George Boyle - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team advises on a range of corporate and personal tax issues, including SDLT, capital gains tax and VAT. It has particularly notable expertise in tax issues arising from corporate and property transactions. Stephen Miller advised iomart Group on the tax aspects of its acquisition of United Communications Limited. Rodger Cairns is also recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Noted for its strength in the utilities sector, particularly energy and water, Shepherd and Wedderburn deals with a range of transactional, behavioural, state aid and public procurement matters. Gordon Downie’s team includes John Grady, who is experienced in competition investigations in the energy industry.

Leading individuals

Gordon Downie - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn secured liquor licences for the R&A and Sainsbury’s. Associate and solicitor-advocate Kevin Clancy handles much of the advocacy; Hugh Smith leads the team, which also advises on taxi licensing.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s John MacKenzie is representing Ernst & Young in a $300m fraud investigation involving three offshore companies. ‘Very focused and determined lawyerElaine Brailsford and accredited commercial litigation specialist Barbara Bolton are also recommended.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Elaine Brailsford heads Shepherd and Wedderburn’s practice, which primarily focuses on debt recovery matters in the financial services and real estate sectors. Clients include Prontoport, Paragon Mortgages and Campbell Dallas.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s workload spans corporate banking, project finance, asset finance, securitisations and cross-border debt capital markets transactions, among other areas. Consultant Graham Burnside advises on Islamic finance matters from a Scottish law standpoint. In 2015, Clare Foster acted for UK Green Investment Bank in its £8.2m financing of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s street lighting replacement programme. Fiona Buchanan’s group includes Andrew Kinnes and Hamish Patrick.

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 (Edinburgh)

Following its expansion in 2014, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s practice was further strengthened in 2016 through the hires of Yvonne Brady, Fiona McKerrell and John Gallacher from HBJ Gateley. Brady heads the team, which handles debt restructurings, workouts, large-scale loan portfolio transactions, litigation and formal insolvencies. Gillian Carty and Paul Hally are other names to note in the team. Notable clients include Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitte.

Leading individuals

Paul Hally - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Yvonne Brady - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts
Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s practice focuses on closed-end listed funds for clients such as Alliance Trust PLC, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust and European Assets Trust. The firm also handles mandates from asset managers, including F&C Asset Management, Baillie Gifford and Blackstone. Paul Hally, Gordon Downie and Patrick Bell are names to note. Former practice head Michael Wylie joined Baillie Gifford in 2015.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsive, with a friendly, down-to-earth approach’. Practice head Neil Maclean, who represents the University of Edinburgh in tribunal cases and on day-to-day employment issues, ‘inspires confidence in his clients’. New partner Katie Russell’s expertise includes executive compensation.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘very responsive’ practice advises plans and businesses on matters such as investment duties, regulation, de-risking, benefit changes and data protection. Edwin Mustard and senior associate Richard Jones are advising the Miller Group Limited Pension Scheme on a secured lending facility. Louisa Knox and team head Andrew Holehouse are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Holehouse - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘able to take on cases that straddle England and Scotland’. The firm handles both pursuer and defendant work regarding alleged negligence on the part of professionals including architects, accountants and solicitors. Practice head Alastair Frood, who specialises in financial services, ‘engenders confidence’.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s workload includes acquisitions, succession planning, renewable developments and fish farming issues. Peter Misselbrook heads the practice, which acts for the Woodland Trust and Eskdalemuir Forestry.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘outstanding’ practice advises on governance issues, relations with the public sector, and restructurings. David Dunsire is ‘first class’ and Malcolm Rustdisplays very good leadership of his team’.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn has ‘an excellent knowledge of the issues’. Work includes advising on the appointment of transnational judicial factories, advising on the ejection of executors and on allegedly defective wills. Elaine Brailsford and the ‘excellentAndrew Holehouse are recommended.

Leading individuals

Chris McGill - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises high-net-worth clients on cross-border succession planning, often with business and blended family aspects. Key individuals include Malcolm Rust, who is ‘responsive and excellent at interrogating a situation and the documentation’, and Chris McGill.

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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 (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘efficient and perceptive’ team handles all aspects of major energy projects, including financing, planning and environment, construction, regulatory, and corporate and M&A matters. James Saunders and John Grady are advising CalaChem on a new waste to energy CHP plant to be constructed by Standardkessel at CalaChem’s industrial site at Grangemouth, Scotland. Gordon Downie, Patricia Hawthorn and Liz McRobb are among other key names.

Leading individuals

James Saunders - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Paul Hally and Stephen Trombala are names to note in a team that has a particularly strong track record acting for independent British exploration and production companies in M&A and capital markets transactions in the UK and worldwide. Trombala was lead adviser to Bowleven on its $250m sale of an aggregate 50% operated interest in the Etinde permit (offshore Cameroon) to Lukoil and New Age. John Rutherford joined the Aberdeen office from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn assists clients with every step of a project, from initial procurement and financial close to the operational stage. It undertakes matters on a UK-wide basis across a wide range of sectors for clients such as sponsors, funders and local authorities. Rhona Harper acted for NHS Dumfries and Galloway on the completion of its NPD project, which will deliver a new hospital to replace the existing Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Leading individuals

Rhona Harper - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides ‘a diligent service’ to clients including The University of Edinburgh, which it advises on employment matters. Neil Maclean leads the practice.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s work includes corporate, M&A and real estate matters within the care home, hospital care and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as handling professional discipline and intellectual property matters. John Elder is ‘accurate and timely’.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises local authorities and ALEOs on issues including planning agreements, procurement, licensing and employment. Rhona Harper advised five local authorities on procuring twelve new schools and Renfrewshire Leisure Limited on a transfer of responsibilities from the council.

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Scotland: Real estate

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Commercial property: retail occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Rated as ‘one of the best in Scotland’ for commercial property work, Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for investors, developers, retailers and banks. In 2015, David Mitchell led advice to City of Edinburgh Council on the £100m sale of the Atria Edinburgh office development. Elsewhere, Andrew Hall is acting for clients such as Taylor Wimpey and Miller Homes in various strategic land sales and acquisitions.

Leading individuals

Nick Ryden - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles employer and contractor work, as well as advising procurers and suppliers of construction services and other public and private sector organisations. Euan McLeod is advising Britel Fund Trustees on the demolition of existing buildings and the design and construction of a Class A office block in the Exchange District in Edinburgh. Solicitor advocate Iain Drummond and Gareth Parry, who deal with contentious matters, are recommended, as is David Anderson.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

Noted for its contentious and non-contentious capabilities, Shepherd and Wedderburn has expertise in areas such as contaminated land, waste, water resources and abstraction, and environmental permitting. Scott McCallum and Patricia Hawthorn are leading advice to DONG Energy on environmental issues connected with the proposed 1.8GW Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm Project Two.

Leading individuals

Patricia Hawthorn - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn undertakes a significant amount of work in the residential development arena; Ewan MacLeod is advising EWP Investments on its 1,000-house development at Armadale, West Lothian. The firm’s energy and retail sector capabilities see it act for clients such as ScottishPower, RWE and Sainsbury’s. Scott McCallum and Fraser Mitchell are recommended.

Leading individuals

Colin Innes - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s practice covers a wide range of matters, including dilapidation cases, contractual disputes and professional negligence. A highlight for Colin Archibald’s ‘thorough and responsive’ team involved advising Lunar Greenock on claims arising from flooding to the Oak Mall Shopping Centre, Greenock. Elaine Brailsford and Daniel Bain are other key names.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Stephen Humphreys specialises in contentious matters, and has particular experience in landlord and tenant issues. Senior associate Siobhan Connelly regularly represents registered social landlords in court litigation, with notable expertise in antisocial behaviour. Elaine Hunter and Rhona Harper are other key names in the team, which acts for City of Edinburgh Council, Wheatley Group and Southside Housing Association, among other clients.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn attracts praise for its ‘solid telecoms know-how’. John MacKenzie and practice head Gordon Moir advised the European Competitive Telecoms Association on the Orange Polska EU competition law case. Other mandates relate to IT procurements and disputes. Clients also include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and well-known telecoms companies.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Paul Carlyle has ‘wide knowledge and a good network of contacts worldwide’; he advised The R&A on its rebrand of The Open. Joanna Boag-Thomson is advising Winduna on licensing a television adaptation of the Winnie the Witch books.

Leading individuals

Joanna Boag-Thomson - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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