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Shoosmiths

SALTIRE COURT, 20 CASTLE TERRACE, EDINBURGH, EH1 2EN, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 868 000
Fax:
Fax 03700 868 008
DX:
553051 EDINBURGH 18
Email:
Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk

Stuart Murray

Tel:
Work 03700 868095
Email:
Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Corporate/commercial.

Position

Stuart is a partner specialising in company law, commercial contracts in a wide range of sectors, business acquisitions, start-ups, reorganisations, investments/fundraising and joint ventures and cross border banking work. Stuart also works for a number of Scottish registered social landlords advising on corporate and regulatory matters.

Career

Trained Brodies LLP; qualified 1993; joined Archibald Campbell & Harley before leaving to join Fyfe Ireland as a partner and later Lindsays. He returned to AC&H in 2007 (now merged with Shoosmiths). Current directorships: Almond Housing Association Limited, Cre8te Opportunities Limited.

Languages

Spanish.

Member

WS Society.

Education

The Edinburgh Academy; Aberdeen University; Edinburgh University (1991 LLB, DipLP).

Leisure

Surfing and skiing.


Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Shoosmiths¬†has ‚Äėscaled up to form a competitive offering in the marketplace‚Äė, making it a strong choice for Scottish and cross-border transactions. Its team works equally effectively on a standalone basis and as part of a wider UK group. Practice head Alison Gilson¬†is ‚Äėalways client-focused and has a knack of not over-complicating the issues‚Äė, while associate¬†Jen Paton¬†is ‚Äėvery proactive‚Äė and ‚Äėgets the job done with a minimum of fuss‚Äė. Stuart Murray¬†has more than 20 years of experience advising on business acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and MBOs, among other matters. In 2017, Gilson and Paton acted for Bob & Berts Group Limited in a ¬£2m investment into the company by the Business Growth Fund. Paton and Gilson also advised Murray Hennessy (the former CEO of trainline.com) on an investment ‚Äď alongside Mayfair Equity Partners ‚Äď in Talon Outdoor, and also on his appointment as non-executive chairman.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Rod Macphail leads Shoosmiths' insolvency sector recoveries unit, which covers all stages of the debt recovery process, from pre-litigation to post-litigation and enforcement. The firm also counts on the experience of practitioners in other areas to advise on insolvency issues, particularly those in real estate and corporate. Stuart Clubb, Stuart Murray, Andrew Foyle and associate Peter McGladrigan acted for the liquidators in the winding-up of Yolo For Men Limited in 2017. In an ongoing case, Foyle and McGladrigan are representing a retail bank in a circa £100,000 claim brought by a company over money deposited into a bank account, which was allegedly held on trust for the client by a (now insolvent) customer. In addition to acting for insolvency practitioners and lenders, other clients include distressed businesses and individuals.  Real estate partner Janette Speed is another key figure.

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Scotland: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

A core area of strength at Shoosmiths is its advice to RSLs on real estate development projects (including the associated site acquisitions and sales) in Edinburgh, Fife and Glasgow. Janette Speed and senior associate Gillian Wood are acting for Port of Leith Housing Association in its acquisition of development sites at Granton Harbour and Brunswick Road (both in Edinburgh). Kingdom Housing Association, Dunedin Canmore and Wheatley Group are other notable clients on development matters. Elsewhere, the firm also advises RSLs on other matters; Karen Harvie has expertise in employment and governance issues. Solicitor advocate Andrew Foyle undertakes recoveries work and is also knowledgeable about insolvency-related issues. Commercial litigator Stuart Clubb and corporate partner Stuart Murray are also recommended. Laura Bloxham departed for Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2017.

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