The Legal 500

Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London

Scotland

Regional review
Regional heavyweights - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn Edinburgh, Glasgow

Shepherd and Wedderburn advised Genius Foods on its £21m acquisition of Livwell and United Central Bakeries from Finsbury Food Group. Danny Lee and associate Joanna Monaghan, who both played key roles on the matter, are praised for their ‘excellent industry knowledge’, ‘commercial pragmatism’ and ‘personable and confident approach’. Practice head Andrew Blaininspires confidence’.

Leading individuals

George Boyle - Shepherd and Wedderburn

James Will - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Stephen Miller has a broad practice and advises firm-wide clients on issues including corporation tax, VAT and capital allowances. Rodger Cairns is also a key name.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is recommended for its ‘proficiency in both private litigation and in dealing with Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) inquiries’. The practice represented a utility company in a major CMA investigation into the energy sector. Gordon Downieis on top of his area’, while London and Edinburgh-based John Schmidt is ‘experienced and determined’. 2014 saw John Grady promoted to partner, and Gordon Moir join the firm’s London and Edinburgh offices from Webb Henderson.

Leading individuals

Gordon Downie - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s October 2014 merger with Tods Murray LLP saw an expansion of its licensing practice and client roster, with Elaine Brailsford joining the team.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises on high-profile disputes across a range of specialist areas. The team was bolstered in 2014 by the arrival of former Tods Murray litigators Barbara Bolton, Elaine Brailsford and Stephen Humphreys, and the promotion of John Grady to partner. Gordon Moir also joined from Webb Henderson. Practice head John MacKenzie is ‘an excellent strategist’.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

The 2014 arrival of the former Tods Murray team significantly expanded Shepherd and Wedderburn’s group, bringing the niche Islamic-finance expertise of consultant Graham Burnside, and augmenting Andrew Kinnes’ standout securitisation practice with the addition of leading experts Hamish Patrick and Fiona Buchanan. The team is also notable for its impressive energy and natural resources, real estate and infrastructure financing offerings. Practice head Paul Hally and new joiner Iain Wishart are 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 (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s impressive offering expanded in 2014 with the arrival from Tods Murray of restructuring specialist Hamish Patrick, and contentious insolvency expert Stephen Humphreys. The team advised the liquidator of Heather Capital on various contentious matters. Co-practice heads and licensed insolvency practitioners Gillian Carty and Paul Hally are recommended.

Leading individuals

Paul Hally - 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 is ‘a strong choice for closed-end funds’. Clients include Nuclear Liabilities Fund, Aberdeen Asset Management and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust. Practice head Michael Wylie is ‘hands on and delivers an excellent service’.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a strong international client base, and advises Scottish Enterprise on employee relations across 25 jurisdictions.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘both sound and pragmatic’, and has a ‘proactive and responsive’ approach. Practice head Andrew Holehouse advised a prestigious client on a longevity swap, and is recommended alongside Louisa Knox. Edwin Mustard is recognised for providing trustees with ‘concise, valuable, first-class information.

Leading individuals

Andrew Holehouse - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Alastair Frood heads the department at Shepherd and Wedderburn, specialising in financial services and fraud matters.

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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 acquisition of Tods Murray LLP has really boosted its practice in relation to rural properties and businesses. Standout engagements for the group included advising the Cistercian Monks of Santa Maria Abbey on the sale, for £2.5m, of the 16th century Nunraw Tower; associate Stuart Greenwood led. Richard Leslie heads the practice.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn delivers ‘clearly considered and well-reasoned responses’. Practice head Malcolm Rustpresents a course of action convincingly’. Highlights include representing the Scottish SPCA on a range of matters covering employment, health and safety, governance and compliance.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is recommended for ‘peace of mind and a first-class service’. The team expanded as a result of its merger with Tods Murray LLP.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

At Shepherd and Wedderburn, ‘the service is excellent on all counts’. Practice head Brian Robertson has ‘a very good team, which has a strong practical streak’. Malcolm Rust and Chris McGill are recommended.

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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 is an ‘excellent choice for energy regulation and competition matters’. Highlights include advising Viridor Waste Management on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contact for a new £177m energy-from-waste project at Oxwellmains, Dunbar. Gordon Downie is ‘on top of his subject area’ and ‘attentive to client needs’. John Grady, who was promoted to partner in 2014, is also recommended. The team saw growth with the hire of Gareth Parry from DLA Piper Scotland LLP, and the arrival of former Tods Murray lawyer Richard Leslie -

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 is ‘extremely responsive’ and attracts praise for its ‘excellent technical expertise and commercial awareness’. The team advised key client Cairn Energy on its $182m farm-out of a 10% interest in the Catcher oilfield to Dyas UK. Practice head Stephen Trombala provides ‘excellent solutions to commercial problems’ that ‘go beyond what would be expected of external legal counsel’. Paul Hally and associate Tom Swan are also recommended.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn added former Tods Murray projects specialists Stephen Colliston and Nigel Sievwright to its team in 2014. Practice head Rhona Harper advised NHS Dumfries and Galloway on the provision of a new infirmary. Other clients include Viridor Waste Management and Ayrshire College.

Leading individuals

Rhona Harper - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburnfollows up in an appropriate timeframe with clearly considered and well-reasoned responses’. The practice has extensive experience assisting international institutions, including Boston University, which it advised on a number of lease extensions for properties in London, Sydney and Geneva.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a new addition to the table thanks in part to its merger with Tods Murray LLP. The intake of health sector specialists includes counsel John Elder, who carries over his position as practice head. Elder brings with him several longstanding clients, including Four Seasons Health Care and Primary Health Properties.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s group strengthened with the Tods Murray merger, attracting a range of new clients, including City of Edinburgh and West Lothian and North Lanarkshire Council. Rhona Harper is recommended.

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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)

Noted for its impressively broad client base and frequent instructions from investors, banks, retailers and developers, Shepherd and Wedderburn boosted its offering with the arrival of the former Tods Murray team. Highlights include advising RREEF Investment on the forward purchase and funding of an office development site at 110 Queens Street, Glasgow. Andrew Hall is ‘very commercial’ and ‘understands how to get deals done’. James Dobie and Paul Donald are ‘solution focused’, and Nick Ryden and David Mitchell are ‘impressive’.

Leading individuals

Nick Ryden - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn advised British Airways Pension Trustees on the demolition of the existing, and design and construction of a new office in Aberdeen City Centre. Practice head Euan McLeod led on the matter. The team expanded its energy sector construction offering with the 2014 hire of former DLA Piper Scotland LLP lawyer Gareth Parry. It was further strengthened by the arrival of former Tods Murray projects specialists Nigel Sievwright and Stephen Colliston.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn consolidated its position as a market leader with the 2014 arrival of Richard Leslie, Elaine Brailsford and associate Kishwar Sarwar, all formerly of Tods Murray. The team excels in advising clients in heavily regulated sectors such as energy and minerals, with notable examples including Lafarge, Mainstream Renewable Power and Breedon Aggregates. Practice head Patricia Hawthorn is an expert in environmental issues relating to offshore renewable projects. Scott McCallum is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Patricia Hawthorn - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises an enviable roster of housebuilder clients, including Taylor Wimpey, Barratt David Wilson Homes and Miller Homes. It also has an impressive presence in the energy and retail sectors; practice head Colin Innes led advice to British Land regarding an important planning appeal. Ewan MacLeod is a key name.

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 is noted for its ‘well-grounded public sector experience’ and ‘background knowledge of PPP contracts’. Practice head Colin Archibald is recommended. The team’s offering was bolstered by the 2014 arrival of Stephen Humphreys, Elaine Brailsford and Barbara Bolton from Tods Murray.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises Wheatley Group on significant construction and property transactions. Former Tods Murray lawyer Stephen Humphreys now heads the team. Associate Siobhan Connelly has expertise in antisocial behaviour matters.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Excellent across the board’, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s client list includes Sainsbury’s Bank, Scottish Enterprise and Fotech Oil and Gas Solutions. John MacKenzie leads on contentious matters, and Joanna Boag-Thomson is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Joanna Boag-Thomson - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn gives ‘sensible, straightforward, business-savvy advice at a reasonable cost’. Highlights included advising Scottish Enterprise and ITI Scotland on a range of IP licenses involving IP securitisation, and acting for the same client on a negotiation regarding the assignation of IP assets. Joanna Boag-Thomson provides ‘good common sense advice, guiding clients through strategic decisions’. Other key clients include R&A Group Services, Genius Foods and Collagen Solutions.

Leading individuals

Joanna Boag-Thomson - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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