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Shepherd and Wedderburn

1 EXCHANGE CRESCENT, CONFERENCE SQUARE, EDINBURGH, EH3 8UL, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 228 9900
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Fax 0131 228 1222
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551970 EDINBURGH 53
Web:
www.shepwedd.co.uk
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London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

Scotland

Top-tier recommendations

Recommendations

  • Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing
  • Scotland: Overview >
  • Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
  • Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn is praised for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge' and ‘excellent service'. The firm recently advised new client Miller Group on its group reorganisation. The firm also recently acted for iomart Group in its £23m purchase of Backup Technology Holdings. Danny Lee is ‘quick thinking' and ‘flexible'. Andrew Blain heads the team.

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Within Corporate tax, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises firm-wide clients such as Cairn Energy, the Miller Group and BAE Systems on tax matters. Stephen Miller’s expertise includes capital gains, corporation tax, VAT and stamp duty. Rodger Cairns is also a key name.

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Within EU and competition, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides ‘fantastic support and input' and ‘exceptional advice on regulatory matters'. The team advises clients across the private and public sectors, and is noted for its energy sector expertise. It continues to advise the Water Industry Commission for Scotland on all economic regulatory matters. It also acts as sole adviser to the Single Electricity Market (SEM) Committee. Gordon Downie ‘has a deep understanding of his clients ’ needs and interests'.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Licensing, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a third tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for The Balmoral Hotel, Crerar Hotels and SLC Turnberry Limited. Hugh Smith heads the department.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn has considerable energy sector contentious knowledge, a strong showing in IP, and finance and insolvency expertise. Colin Archibald provides ‘a quick and efficient service'. Solicitor advocate John MacKenzie heads the team.

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Within Debt recovery Debt recovery

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Scotland: Finance

Within Banking and finance, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn has complemented its impressive corporate borrower-side practice by attracting a number of project and property finance instructions. Recent highlights include acting for Lloyds Bank and HSBC in connection with the provision of a £105m loan facilities refinancing. Paul Hally heads the team.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

The ‘commercial' team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is noted for its ‘strong technical ability' and ‘strength in depth'. Notable clients include Ernst & Young and Deloitte. Fiona Paterson is ‘extremely bright' with ‘excellent communication and client handling skills'. Gillian Carty has ‘very sound judgement' and is ‘highly experienced'. Practice head Paul Hally is ‘an outstanding adviser'.

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Within Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

The ‘prompt and efficient' team at Shepherd and Wedderburn provides ‘good value for money'. The firm has recently been advising on the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The Nuclear Liabilities Fund is a key client. Practice head Michael Wylie ‘offers a learned ear, and gives pragmatic advice'.

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Scotland: Human resources

Within Employment, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a third tier firm,

Response times in the team at Shepherd and Wedderburn are ‘exceptional'. The firm continues to act for the University of Edinburgh, and additional clients wins in the last year include Beam Global and Genius Foods Limited.

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Within Pensions, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn is known for being ‘fast, responsive and proactive, with no waffle', and for possessing ‘great business acumen as well as empathy with people'. The firm is advising the trustees of the billion-pound Scottish Widows Retirement Benefits Scheme, and has acquired the University of St Andrews Pension Scheme and the University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme as new clients in the last year. Andrew Holehouse, Louisa Knox and Edwin Mustard are all recommended.

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Scotland: Insurance

Within Professional negligence, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Stuart Kelly joined Shepherd and Wedderburn from Harper Macleod LLP in 2013. Alastair Frood is the practice head.

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Scotland: Overview

Within Regional review Regional heavyweights

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Scotland: Private client

Within Charities and not-for-profit, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Response times and knowledge levels at Shepherd and Wedderburn are ‘exceptional'. The firm advises South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Limited and Barnardo’s, and a recent new client is the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges. Practice head Malcolm Rust is ‘very approachable and explains things in very easy terms'.

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Within Contentious trusts and probate, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn demonstrates a ‘very strong commitment to this practice area'.

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Within Personal tax, trusts and executries, tier 4

Andrew Paterson, formerly of Shepherd and Wedderburn, joined Murray Beith Murray in December 2013, and is a senior associate in the Edinburgh office. John Scott Moncrieff heads the personal tax practice.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Energy (excluding oil and gas), Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘responsible' and ‘always delivers'. The firm is noted for its ‘top-quality regulatory advice'. Notable clients include Infinis, Mainstream Renewable Power and Bord Gáis. Head of department, and ‘top-rate lawyer', Gordon Downie ‘understands his clients ’ needs and interests'. Liz McRobb is ‘diligent' and ‘a very safe pair of hands'. James Saunders, Colin Innes, Karen Shaw and Patricia Hawthorn are also recommended.

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Within Oil and gas, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a third tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn is praised for its ‘responsiveness', ‘business acumen', and ‘value for money'. The team recently advised Cairn Energy on the $45.8m sale of its interest in the Mariner field to Dyas UK. Stephen Trombala heads the team.

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Within Projects, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

The ‘responsive' team at Shepherd and Wedderburn provides ‘a very good level of service' and ‘sound and tailored advice'. The firm recently advised Glasgow Learning Quarter, a private sector consortium, on its successful bid for City of Glasgow College’s new campus NPD project. Practice head Rhona Harper provides ‘practical solutions' and ‘builds strong relationships'. Associate Euan Murray is also recommended.

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Scotland: Public sector

Within Education, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn successfully defended an unfair dismissal claim for Dundee and Angus College, and acts as general counsel to the TJac Group. Other clients include the trustees of the University of Stirling pension scheme, and Boston University.

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Within Local government, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn advised East Renfrewshire Council on the acquisition of a site for a new Barrhead High School, and East Dunbartonshire Council on a number of significant development projects. Rhona Harper is recommended.

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Scotland: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

The ‘professional, responsive and knowledgeable team' at Shepherd and Wedderburn provides ‘an excellent service'. Key clients of the firm include BlackRock, Sainsbury’s and Miller Group. Practice head Nick Ryden is ‘highly commercial' and ‘knowledgeable', and ‘pushes the deal through no matter what'. James Dobie has ‘a tenacious and unflappable ability to deliver effective and innovative solutions'. Associate Gillian Wood ‘stands out as a rising junior lawyer with superb relationship-building skills and a strong technical ability to deliver in tough negotiations'.

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Within Construction, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn has ‘a good understanding of the construction industry' and provides ‘concise and easily understood advice'. Key clients include Scottish Power, Taylor Wimpey and British Land. Ewan MacLeod and solicitor Lauren Thomson are both recommended. Associate Kirsteen Milne joined from Semple Fraser in 2013.

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Within Environment, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn ‘provides good legal insights' and is noted for its ‘practical industry knowledge of the energy and renewables, and marine sectors'. The firm recently advised Bredero Shaw on the environmental liabilities arising from its lease of the Forth Ports facility. Head of practice Patricia Hawthorn is a ‘strong team player' and has ‘excellent knowledge and experience'.

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Within Planning, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

The ‘excellent' Shepherd and Wedderburn is praised for its knowledge of the renewables sector. Recent clients include Fauch Hill Sustainable Energy, SMart Wind and Taylor Wimpey. Practice head Colin Innes provides ‘a good commercial overview of developments'. Patricia Hawthorn is praised for her ‘excellent knowledge and experience of the planning issues facing the energy sector'.

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Within Property litigation, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides ‘consistent and reliable advice'. Key clients include Taylor Wimpey, Miller Group and EE. The ‘diligent, technical and engaging' Colin Archibald is ‘hugely valuable'.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Intellectual property, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a first tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team has a ‘very practical and sensible manner'. Key clients include Scottish Enterprise, the Medical Research Council and the City of Edinburgh Council. Over the last year the firm has advised a manufacturer of coffee capsules on a new TV advert, and wine merchant Bordeaux Index on its international trade mark portfolio. Joanna Boag-Thomson ‘cuts through very quickly to what really matters'.

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Within IT and telecoms, Shepherd and Wedderburn is a second tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn received a number of significant instructions in the financial services sector throughout 2013, notably from Sainsbury’s Bank. Skills Development Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council also feature on its client list.

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