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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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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’s clients value the firm’s ‘deep industry expertise’. Illustrative of its experience of cutting-edge, industry-transformative deals, Stephen Trombala, senior associate Tom Swan, John Morrison and Eilidh Gillanders acted for FanDuel as sole UK counsel in its merger with DraftKings. Swan ‘quietly gets on with the work without any drama’. Trombala and Morrison also handled the sale of Two Big Ears to Facebook. The ‘very commercial and pragmaticDanny Lee acts for clients in a range of sectors, such as energy, food and drink, life sciences and technology. Also recommended is George Boyle, who acted for Albion Water Group Limited in the sale of a 51% stake in Albion Water Limited to Wessex Water. Andrew Blain heads the team, which also includes Paul Hally, George Frier and senior associate Joanna Monaghan. Jack Gardiner moved to Turcan Connell.

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 (Aberdeen)

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 consultants John Rutherford and 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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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles complex tax matters for clients such as start-up enterprises, FTSE 100 companies and charities. It covers all issues arising from corporate transactions, shareholder-related matters (including entrepreneurs’ relief from capital gains tax), advises on all types of real estate taxes, and assists with share schemes and employee benefits, among many other areas. Practice head Stephen Miller, who has 20 years’ experience, led the advice to Comet Solutions Holdings on the tax aspects of its sale to Merkle. Miller and senior associate Douglas Sinclair are handling numerous tax issues for Taylor Wimpey Plc concerning various site acquisitions and disposals in Scotland; recent advice related to VAT and the LBTT. Other clients include BlackRock, Iomart Group Plc and FanDuel. Rodger Cairns heads up the firm’s employee share incentives practice, and is particularly knowledgeable about executive compensation. The firm’s recent acquisition of The Commercial Law Practice LLP has bolstered its reach in Aberdeen and surrounding areas.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

At Shepherd and Wedderburn, ‘work conducted is always very well researched, considered and legally sound’. Led by Gordon Downie, the team handles competition and other regulatory issues for public and private sector clients active in the utilities industry (with a particular focus on the energy and water markets). State aid, public procurement work and market investigations are the other mainstays of the practice. In recent highlights, Downie and senior associate Natasha Durkin acted for ScottishPower in the CMA’s investigation into the British energy market. Other clients include Scottish Enterprise, ORE Catapult and Water Industry Commission Scotland. Also reflecting the firm’s first-rate reputation in the energy sector, it was appointed to act as adviser to the Singapore Energy Markets Authority. Since the UK referendum on EU membership, the team has been particularly active in advice on EU law and trade issues. John Grady is ‘immensely hardworking and will leave no stone unturned to get to the right answer’. The group works closely with the London team, which is led by John Schmidt.

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 deals with contentious and non-contentious licensing matters, including managing and premises licensing, and frequently acts for hotel and restaurant operators alongside leisure and retail industry players. Senior associate Kevin Clancy and associate Lynn Simpson assisted the golf course Trump Turnberry with obtaining a licence to permit the introduction of refreshment buggies, which serve the premises. Hugh Smith advised Dakota Deluxe Hotel Glasgow on the process of obtaining confirmation for the provisional premises licence, and assisted Barburrito with obtaining a new premises licence for its first Scottish restaurant located in Edinburgh. Subsequently, the team dealt with a transfer of an existing provisional premises licence for the client’s restaurant premises in Aberdeen and obtained confirmation of the latter in order to open with a full licence. Similarly, the practice acted for Iberica Food & Culture in obtaining a provisional premises licence for new-build restaurant premises at St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh. Other clients include New Empire Bingo, Sainsbury and leisure company Speratus. Smith assisted Sainsbury’s and Speratus with premises licence issues.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a ‘top-drawer’ commercial litigation practice that covers a broad range of areas, including professional negligence, construction and commercial disputes, as well as niche areas such as pensions litigation. Its heavyweight team features three solicitor advocates: John MacKenzie, Iain Drummond and Kevin Clancy all have a wealth of experience in Court of Session litigation. In 2016, Elaine Brailsford (‘a strong lawyer with good interpersonal skills’) acted for Tor in a $65m damages claim against Chinese state-owned entity China National Star Petroleum for breach of a contract to repair and manage an oil rig. In another key matter, Barbara Bolton (who is ‘particularly good at managing clients and their expectations’) is representing UK Asset Resolution as the pursuer in a number of professional negligence actions against a firm of solicitors and a firm of surveyors in connection with buy-to-let mortgages arranged before the 2008 financial crisis. Gillian Carty leads the team, whose other clients include Ernst & Young, Capital Document Solutions and TROUW (UK).

Leading individuals

John Mackenzie - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s debt and asset recovery group, which is drawn from the firm’s wider litigation practice, is primarily active in matters related to the financial services, real estate and housing sectors. Work for social landlords includes the recovery of rent and factoring charges, as well as property repossessions. Other clients include fund managers, institutional investors, liquidators and administrators, banks and building societies. Elaine Brailsford, who has more than two decades of experience in this space, leads the team, which includes Gillian Carty, Alastair Frood and John MacKenzie.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘flexible and client-focused’ group ‘really knows its stuff’ in infrastructure finance, property finance, asset finance and receivables finance. The diverse practice also covers debt restructurings, fund finance, debt capital markets financings and loan portfolio transactions, addressing the needs of a broad client base, which includes corporate borrowers, commercial and investment banks, and investment funds. Fiona Buchanan’s team includes Andrew Kinnes and Hamish Patrick, who have a first-rate reputation in securitisations, and Clare Foster and Patrick Bell, who have vast experience of project finance transactions. Bell and Paul Hally led separate teams which acted for Bank of Scotland and HM Treasury respectively in the £86m financing to Countesswells Development Limited (a subsidiary of Stewart Milne Group) of an infrastructure and housing project on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Another highlight for the firm involved acting as Scottish law counsel to HSBC as arranger of Greene King Finance’s £340m issuance of commercial mortgage-backed notes. Consultant Graham Burnside is a renowned Islamic finance expert. Roderick MacLeod, Iain Wishart, Peter Alderdice and Neil Cowan are 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 (Edinburgh)

At the very top end in Scotland’, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s practice covers a wide ambit of matters, such as distressed debt portfolio transactions, administrations and liquidations, workouts, and disposals of distressed commercial and residential property portfolios and strategic advice to distressed businesses. The heavyweight team includes Gillian Carty, the ‘commercial and dedicatedFiona McKerrell and Paul Hally, who are all licensed insolvency practitioners. John Gallacher is knowledgeable about property-related issues in insolvencies. Yvonne Brady, who is ‘highly respected in the Scottish market’, is ‘able to cut through complexity and manage a variety of demanding stakeholders’; ‘under her leadership of the practice, the firm is well placed to command the market by leveraging on her experience and renowned reputation’. In 2016, McKerrell, Gallacher and ‘extremely bright’ senior associate Allana Sweeney acted for Ernst and Young in the administration of Galloway Group and its subsidiary Ductmate (Europe) Limited. Wells Fargo, Deloitte and Johnston Carmichael are also clients. Hamish Patrick has been consulted by the Scottish and UK governments on changes to receivership, floating charge, charge registration and financial collateral legislation. Senior associate Andrew Scott specialises in contentious insolvency matters and associated litigation.

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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Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts
Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a strong closed-ended listed funds practice, which acts for clients such as Alliance Trust and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust. The team also has expertise in Scottish limited partnerships, which have been a notable area of growth for the practice recently. Paul Hally leads the practice, which covers every stage of the lifecycle of a fund.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s client roster includes large corporations and university sector clients, which the team regularly advises on international employment matters, TUPE issues, senior executive exits and termination remuneration. The team also handles employment tribunal work and corporate employment support. ‘Good’ practice head Neil Maclean advised the University of Edinburgh on a wide range of employment law matters, including trade union and immigration issues, fixed term contracts and holiday pay. ‘Solid and effective litigatorKatie Russellinspires confidence’; she advised Scottish Enterprise on international employment arrangements, and assisted Vallourec Oil & Gas with collective redundancy issues prompted by a production line closure and business downturn. In another highlight, Maclean advised Kyowa Kirin on the employment law aspects pertaining to the pharmaceutical company’s proposal to convert its Luxembourg registered subsidiary to a Societas Europaea, and on a subsequent transfer of its registered office to Scotland.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

The ‘first-class and pragmatic’ team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘very client focused and demonstrates high levels of knowledge’. The team frequently acts for pension trustees but also has a strong corporate client base, with particular expertise in the financial services, energy and education sectors. ‘Very knowledgable’ co-head Louisa Knox advised the trustees of the Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme on a range of pension law matters, including the implementation of the closure of the scheme’s final salary section to future accruals and the introduction of a new defined contribution section for future benefit provision. Highly regarded co-head Andrew Holehouse assisted the trustees of the AG Barr Pension and Life Assurance Scheme with a pension risk transfer deal with Canada Life to cover over 50% of the scheme’s total pensioner liabilities. As another highlight, Knox led advice to manufacturing company Danaher on all UK pension issues and assisted five of the company’s business units on the concurrent closure of their final salary pension schemes to future accrual. She also assisted the trustee of the Scottish Amicable Staff Pension Scheme with governance matters and with issues arising from pension tax changes effective from April 2016. Edwin Mustard is another key member of the team.

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)

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for defenders and pursuers across a wide range of sectors. The team defended the global engineering consultancy company Atkins against professional negligence claims arising from the multimillion-pound contract for the refurbishment of office premises in Glasgow and defects on the building that have been identified following its completion. The team also represented consulting firm Mercer against alleged professional negligence claims for the failure to equalise pension schemes in the 1990s. On the claimant side, Elaine Brailsford acted for UK Asset Resolution in a series of professional negligence claims against a firm of solicitors with regards to a number of buy-to-let mortgages arranged before the 2008 financial crash and a potential breach of contract. Practice head Alastair Frood, who specialises in financial services, is also recommended.

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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 ‘very professional and proficient’ team frequently handles rural property leasing matters as well as advising on renewable energy, land reform and crofting issues. Richard Leslie advised the Woodland Trust on the purchase of two forests at Loch Arkaig from the Forestry Commission, and assisted Silvertide – a family-owned rural development and renewable energy investment business – with the sale of forests in Dumfriesshire. In another highlight, he advised a relocating English farmer on the purchase of Press Mains Farm, which comprises 1000 acres of arable land, an operational wind turbine and biomass boiler, and several holiday cottages. Team head Peter Misselbrook advised Invercauld Estate on the termination of an agricultural tenancy and the sale of five estate houses, while Hugh Smith assisted Sutherland Estates with voluntary land registration and crofting matters. Hamish Lean joined from Stronachs LLP.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘very professional’ and particularly active in advising its clients – often educational, sports and arts charities – on governance and corporate matters. The ‘very knowledgeable and supportiveMalcolm Rust, who co-heads the team with Christopher McGill, advised the trustees of a charity on governance issues. As another highlight, the team assisted a charity with an acquisition, which included the preparation of the funding documentation. Among the clients are Foundation Scotland, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Woodland Trust.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for private individuals, as well as trustees and institutional clients such as high street banks, on a wide range of trust and executry disputes, including associated professional negligence actions and contentious private tax matters. Known for its cross-border work with a particular focus on matters under English Law, the team regularly advises on the removal of trustees from office, will interpretations and will validity matters. Other areas of expertise include negotiating the resolution of disputes between competing groups of beneficiaries and handling cases of potential negligence by executors. Elaine Brailsford advised executors on the distribution of an estate where the wishes of the deceased have been challenged, and assisted a residual beneficiary with a dispute over alleged debt. Alastair Frood handled a contentious will interpretation case. Practice head Christopher McGill attracts praise for his ‘high ethical standards’.

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 (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a specialism in providing tax planning and compliance advice to high-net-worth individuals and trusts, as well as advising on wills and estate planning matters. Malcolm Rust heads the private client and charities team, which includes Christopher McGill and Greig Honeyman. Recent work includes advising a client on inheritance planning measures and assisting a client with the creation of a trust. Brian Robertson retired, while consultant Charles Scott joined from Mackinnons and Hamish Lean arrived from Stronachs LLP.

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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 team is singled out for its depth of expertise; ‘it really understands the issues they face’, according to one client. Its wide-ranging knowledge encompasses areas such as competition and regulatory (including advice on non-contentious matters and assistance with investigations), planning and consenting, property, corporate and construction across the whoe renewable/alternative energy spectrum, including onshore and offshore wind, biomass, energy from waste, hydro, and small-scale renewables. A team including Scott McCallum and Liz McRobb is acting for DONG Energy on the 1.8GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm project in the Southern North Sea, which involves advising on associated planning and environment, property and commercial issues. In another matter, Gordon Downie and senior associate Natasha Durkin are handling a UK Competition and Market Authority investigation into the energy supply market in Great Britain for ScottishPower, while Clare Foster acted for UK Green Investment Bank on the £6.8m financing to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for the replacement of 14,790 streetlights with energy-efficient LED alternatives. James Saunders, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish Law, has been advising on the restructuring of the UK energy sector since the late 1980s. Corporate specialist Daniel Lee, planning expert Colin Innes and Patricia Hawthorn are other highly regarded partners. Key senior associates include Fiona Parker and Joanne McDowall. Jamie Grant joined from MacRoberts LLP.

Leading individuals

James Saunders - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a range of projects for public sector bodies, private sector bidders and funders. Projects involving district heating schemes are a notable growth area of the practice; Gareth Parry and practice head Rhona Harper are acting for West Dunbartonshire Council on the procurement of a water source heat pump district heating system at Queen’s Quay regeneration site in Glasgow. In another standout matter, Harper and Euan McLeod led a cross-practice team assisting City of Edinburgh Council with all legal aspects of the St James’ Quarter Growth Accelerator Model project; the team provided support on multiple issues, including state aid, construction, corporate and procurement. Stephen Colliston led the advice to Nord/LB on the £75m funding of the new East Lothian Community Hospital project. The team is also increasing its exposure to secondary market transactions and disputes associated with projects. Other key figures include Nigel Sievwright, who particularly specialises in health and education projects and handles operational issues such as latent defects. In 2016, John Gallacher joined from HBJ Gateley and Jamie Grant joined from MacRoberts LLP. Senior associate Euan Murray and associate Sarah Channin are also recommended.

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 Wedderburn’s ‘very professional’ team is best known for providing education sector clients with employment, pensions, property and procurement advice, as well as assisting with governance, construction and corporate matters. Main contact Neil Maclean advised Skills Development Scotland on the TUPE and employment implications of taking over responsibility for various employability services from the Scottish government. Similarly, the University of Edinburgh instructed the team to assist with employment and HR-related issues, as well as property transactions, including recently advising on entering into a nominations agreement for student residential accommodation at St Leonards in Edinburgh. In a separate matter, Rhona Harper advised South Ayrshire Council on the procurement of a number of new schools, including Dailly Primary School, Tarbolton Community Campus and Ayr Academy.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn is particularly active in advising care home operators and healthcare investment funds on corporate transactions, project development and banking and finance matters. Team head and director John Elder assisted Four Seasons Health Care – the UK’s largest care home provider – with a number of transactions, including its sale of Whitecraigs Care Home in Glasgow and the sale of Guthrie Court in Edinburgh.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

The ‘highly responsive’ team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘willing to go the extra mile for clients’ and ‘is particularly strong at project development and procurement work’, as demonstrated by its advice to the City of Edinburgh Council on the St James’ Quarter Growth Accelerator Model (GAM) project. This role included assisting with the documentation for council funding provision alongside planning and property matters. In other work, the team provided procurement support to the council pertaining to a housing project development at North Sighthill, Edinburgh. ‘Experienced and determined’ practice head Rhona Harper (who ‘demonstrates inherent understanding of the aims and needs of her public sector clients’) advised South Ayrshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council – participants of hub South West Scotland – on the procurement of a number of new schools through the hub initiative. This includes the procurement of Dumfries Learning Town for Dumfries and Galloway Council and the procurement of Greenfaulds High School for North Lanarkshire Council. Other key figures include planning specialist Ewan MacLeod and construction law expert Euan McLeod.

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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 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a first-rate reputation and an extensive track record in commercial and residential development, leasing, property investments and acquisitions, real estate finance and regeneration projects. Its diverse client roster includes names such as John Lewis, Investec, the University of Edinburgh and Hermes. In 2016, the firm acted for City of Edinburgh Council on the £105m sale of Atria One to a German investment company, and also advised Cirrus Logic on the letting of Quartermile 4. Elsewhere, David Mitchell, senior associate Rhona McGregor and associate Hannah Swinton handled a number of mandates for British Land and Hercules Unit Trust, including the sale of Cuckoo Bridge Retail Park in Dumfries to NewRiver Retail, and various retail lettings at Glasgow Fort, Inverness Shopping Park and Fort Kinnaird. Mitchell and Nick Ryden jointly head the practice, which includes distressed property expert John Gallacher, who is experienced in real estate asset recovery and reconstruction assignments; and Caroline Shand, who is recommended for her expertise handling the Scottish aspects of cross-border portfolio investment and finance transactions. Andrew Hall, James Dobie and Scott Ritchie are also recommended. The team was joined in 2016 by Jamie Grant from MacRoberts LLP and Michael Anderson from The Commercial Law Practice LLP, which was acquired by the firm. Stuart Rowson departed for Lindsays.

Leading individuals

David Mitchell - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

According to clients, Shepherd and Wedderburnstands out from the crowd’ in the construction arena, thanks to its track record in high-value and strategically important Scottish and UK projects involving sectors such as housing, defence, offices and retail. It also handles public sector projects delivered through the Scottish Futures Trust’s hub programme. Euan McLeod, who has 20 years of construction experience, is acting alongside Lauren Thomson for BAE Systems on the £250m redevelopment of the Govan and Scotstoun shipyards. In another matter, MacLeod is leading a team acting for Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of a large-scale residential regeneration project at Sighthill. The firm’s other clients include British Land, Lend Lease and the Ministry of Defence. Gareth Parry is experienced in energy and infrastructure projects, as well as matters involving the education and healthcare sectors. Solicitor advocate Iain Drummond has an outstanding reputation in construction, engineering and PFI disputes, as well as professional negligence cases. David Anderson, Colin Archibald and senior associate Kirsteen Milne are recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles a wide range of matters, including the environmental aspects of planning and consenting, compliance and regulatory work, as well as investigations into and prosecutions of alleged breaches of environmental law. A significant proportion of the work is connected to the renewable energy sector; Patricia Hawthorn, John MacKenzie and others are representing Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind in judicial review proceedings brought by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), challenging the decision by the Scottish Ministers to grant consent for the development of four offshore wind farms located in the Forth and Tay. In another matter, Colin Innes is leading the advice to ScottishPower Renewables UK on the development of numerous onshore wind projects, which includes handling associated wildlife, habitats legislation and roads matters. Real estate partner Jamie Grant, who joined from MacRoberts LLP, is particularly well known for his expertise in soil contamination amtters. Scott McCallum, who handles contentious and non-contentious matters UK-wide, acted for DONG Energy in a six-month investigation into the recently-consented 1.8GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, which included a review of its potential impacts on environmentally protected sites and species. Richard Leslie is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Patricia Hawthorn - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘collegiate, responsive, thoughtful’ team is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. Jointly led by Colin Innes and Ewan MacLeod, the group handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in high-profile projects in Scotland and across the UK, with particularly strong specialisms in the residential development, retail and energy sectors, making it a go-to firm for clients such as Taylor Wimpey, City of Edinburgh Council and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. MacLeod is currently acting for Murray Estates in its planning application for consent to build 1300 houses in West Edinburgh, representing the largest-ever proposed housing development in the Edinburgh green belt. In another matter, MacLeod is representing Hallam Land Management in its appeal against the refusal by East Dunbartonshire Council to grant permission for 140 homes to be built in Torrance. Innes and Emma Paton recently acted for Engie in its section 36 application for the construction and operation of a wind farm at Crossburns in Perth and Kinross. Dual-qualified partner Scott McCallum, who splits his time between the Glasgow and London offices, acted for DONG Energy in a six-month examination of the environmental issues associated with the 1.8GW Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm. Senior associate Fraser Mitchell manages housing and retail developments, compulsory purchase, planning appeals and development policy.

Leading individuals

Colin Innes - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh)

Shepherd and Wedderburnstands out in Scotland’ for providing ‘an excellent service combined with a commercial focus’. Led by Colin Archibald, the group covers a full range of contentious property cases for commercial landlords and tenants, housebuilders, funders, developers and retailers. Archibald worked with associate Daniel Bain for Atkins in high-value landlord and tenant litigation with Friends Provident Life Assurance Limited and Friends Life Limited, which concerned the validity of break notices in relation to office premises occupied by the client in Glasgow. In another matter, Ewan MacLeod is representing Taylor Wimpey UK in a Court of Session action concerning the status of a grass verge located between a public footpath and a proposed development site owned by the client. Elaine Brailsford has more than 25 years of property litigation experience.

Leading individuals

Colin Archibald - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters for RSLs and housing associations, drawing upon the expertise of practitioners in disciplines such as projects, litigation, real estate, construction and employment. Stephen Humphreys, who has more than 25 years of experience of the social housing sector, has a particular specialism in litigation (particularly contentious landlord and tenant matters). He acted alongside senior associate Siobhan Connelly for Kingdom Housing Association on obtaining a decree for recovery of possession against an anti-social tenant. In another contentious highlight, Colin Archibald and associate Kate Gillies are representing Wheatley Housing Group and Loretto Housing Association in a structural defects dispute with the contractor and structural engineer behind a redevelopment project in the early 2000s. Rhona Harper acts for RSLs and public sector bodies in the procurement and outsourcing aspects of social housing projects. Accredited employment law specialist Neil Maclean and real estate director Elaine Hunter are also recommended.

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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 acts across a range of sectors and is well versed in advising on data retention and data protection matters alongside cloud-computing and procurement matters. Paul Carlyle advised Sainsbury’s Bank on its internal policies and standards for procuring and implementing cloud-based services. Other clients include Spartan Solutions – a supplier of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and tracking solutions – and Skills Development Scotland.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘very knowledgeable and reliable’ team ‘goes the extra mile for clients’ and is ‘pleasant to work with’. The team is experienced in handling licensing, copyright and commercial IP transactions while also acting in trade mark and patent infringement matters. The recommended Joanna Boag-Thomson advised Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on IP licence negotiations with Silent Herdsman. In other work, John MacKenzie represented Brand IP Licensing in an oral hearing before the General Court (EGC) with regards to Facebook’s opposition to the client’s EU trade mark application to register the word mark ‘Lovebook’ over particular classes of goods and services for online dating. Paul Carlyle is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Joanna Boag-Thomson - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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