The Legal 500

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
DX:
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 first tier firm,

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a longstanding reputation and a high-quality list of clients that includes Seven Energy and Heineken. Its recent work for Cairn Energy on its takeover of Nautical Petroleum is indicative of the group’s ‘excellent grasp of the upstream oil and gas industry’. Other highlights included advising on the public-to-private recommended takeover of Lees Foods plc. Andrew Blain heads the ‘extremely likeable and friendly’ department, which includes Stephen Trombala, George Boyle and James Will .

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Stephen Miller has expertise in areas such as VAT, stamp duty, land tax and capital gains, and Rodger Cairns handles employee share schemes and related matters. The team advises insititutional clients such as Cairn Energy, Sainsbury’s and Heineken.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s well-respected team includes lead partner Gordon Downie, who is ‘a hugely experienced and pragmatic lawyer, with excellent client-handling skills’. It acts for a number of energy-sector clients; recent highlights include defending Ireland’s Single Electricity Market Committee in a judicial review over its decision to prevent the passing through of carbon levy costs by generators. Associate Natasha Durkin is also recommended.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for J Sainsbury on various licensing matters.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a ‘good option for big-ticket cases’, particularly in energy, finance and IP. Practice head Gillian Carty is ‘always to be highly rated’, and Iain Drummond is ‘thorough and helpful, and inspires confidence’. John MacKenzie is also recommended.

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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,

Paul Hally heads the well-respected team at Shepherd and Wedderburn, which benefits from strong relationships on both the borrower and lender sides. Key partner Andrew Kinnes is a ‘sponge of legal information, and a joy to work with’.

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

At Shepherd and Wedderburn, Paul Hallyruns one of the strongest restructuring teams in Scotland’, which acts for the Big Four accounting firms and a number of major banks and corporates. Advising Ernst & Young on the liquidation of hedge fund Heather Capital was a recent highlight. Gillian Carty’s ‘approach instils a high level of trust’, and Fiona Paterson has ‘amazing technical knowledge, and a lively and insightful mind’. Associate Andrew Scott ‘stands out among his peers in Scotland for his grounded and sensible advice’.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s investment funds department is led by Michael Wylie, who divides his time between Edinburgh and London. The Scotland practice also includes Gordon Downie and chairman James Will . The firm has an extensive client portfolio of listed funds and asset managers.

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Scotland: Human resources

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for the University of Edinburgh, which it advises on a range of matters including employee grievance and disciplinary procedures, employee relations, and misconduct allegations. Other clients include Sainsbury’s Bank and Cairn Energy. Practice head Neil Maclean provides ‘pragmatic, user-friendly advice’.

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

The team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is noted for its ‘timely, robust and understandable’ advice. Clients include the Scottish Widows retirement benefits scheme, the ScottishPower pension scheme and The Co-operative Group. Andrew Holehouse, Louisa Knox and Edwin Mustard are all ‘pragmatic and technically excellent’.

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Scotland: Insurance

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

The ‘knowledgeableAlastair Frood heads the professional negligence team at Shepherd and Wedderburn, which acts for claimants, defendants and insurers.

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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,

Shepherd and Wedderburn continues to advise the Scottish SPCA and Barnardo’s, among other high-profile clients. The team is headed by Malcolm Rust, who gained accreditation in 2012 along with senior associate Chris McGill .

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises on all types of probate and trust disputes.

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Within Personal tax, trusts and executries, tier 4

The ‘extremely prompt, helpful and knowledgeableBrian Robertson heads Shepherd and Wedderburn’s practice. The team has particular expertise in tax planning advice to landowners and developers in connection with renewables projects. Malcolm Rust is also recommended.

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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 draws praise for its ability to ‘provide pragmatic, quality and client-focused advice’. Key clients include Mainstream Renewable Power, ScottishPower and Infinis. Edinburgh-based Gordon Downiedemonstrates a strong grasp of complex technical, economic and policy-based electricity issues’. James Saunders is also recommended.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Edinburgh-based practice is led by Stephen Trombala, who has extensive M&A experience in the sector. The firm recently advised Bowleven on its $500m strategic alliance with Petrofac.

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

Led by Rhona Harper, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s practice ‘provides appropriate advice and maintains a high level of service while ensuring value for money’. The firm is currently advising Kilmarnock College on the procurement of its new campus in the town centre.

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Scotland: Public sector

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

The ‘pragmaticNeil Maclean heads the ‘excellent’ group at Shepherd and Wedderburn, which is singled out for its ‘sound knowledge of sector issues and challenges’. Clients include the Medical Research Council, Kilmarnock College and the University of Edinburgh.

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

The team at Shepherd and Wedderburn has ‘a high degree of technical expertise’, and is also noted for its ability to ‘build strong and effective relationships’. Highlights included advised the Hub Initiative on the appointment of private sector development partners to two of its five hub territories. Rhona Harper, Euan McLeod and Iain Drummond are recommended.

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Scotland: Real estate

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn has ‘one of the best-quality real estate teams in Scotland’. Headed by the ‘very good and straightforwardNick Ryden in Edinburgh, the team also includes David Mitchell, who ‘brings a calm sense of authority’; James Dobie, who ‘thinks logically and covers the “what if” scenario very well’; and Scott Ritchie, who has ‘an excellent understanding of the commercial drivers of a transaction’. Glasgow-based Andrew Hall is also recommended. Key clients include British Land and Sainsbury’s.

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Within Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland Commercial property: leisure and hospitality

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s recent highlights include advising BAE Systems (Property Investments) on the regeneration and sale of a former royal ordnance factory. Euan McLeod provides ‘unflappable leadership within the construction team, keeping a firm grip on detail while remaining pragmatic to the reality of transactions’, Iain Drummond is ‘thorough and helpful’, and newly promoted partner Colin Archibald is ‘a good all-rounder’. Kevin Taylor heads the group.

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

Patricia Hawthorn is the key contact at Shepherd and Wedderburn, and divides her time between Glasgow and London. The firm is pre-eminent for energy and waste, and recently acted for SMart Wind on applications for offshore wind farm projects.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team ‘provides a high degree of technical expertise, while building strong and effective relationships with the client’. The firm acted for Forth Energy in its application to construct a biomass renewable energy plant at the port of Grangemouth. Colin Innes and Ewan MacLeod are singled out for praise.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team is singled out for its ‘excellent understanding of housebuilding disputes’. Gillian Carty heads the group, and newly promoted partner Colin Archibaldbrings a calm efficiency to bear’. Key clients include Taylor Wimpey and Miller Group.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn represented Chivas Brothers in its settlement of a trade mark infringement claim by Glencairn Scotch Whisky. Other clients include MedImmune Limited and Scottish Enterprise. Joanna Boag-Thomson is recommended.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises on large-scale projects in the financial services sector. Clients include HSBC, Fidelity, Scottish Enterprise and Sainsbury’s Bank. Paul Carlyle heads the practice.

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