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Brodies LLP

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Richard Smith

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Brodies LLP

Work Department

Real estate.


Partner in the real estate department. An experienced, practical and versatile transactional lawyer whose UK client portfolio stems from spending part of his career working for a London law firm and spans development, acquisition and disposal, leasing, portfolio management and disposal, property finance, construction finance, retail, and cross-border interpretation and implementation and developing and forward funding multi-let development sites. Recent experience in property aspects of wind farm projects, BPRA finance schemes for development and student accomodation developments.


Articled at Leslie Wolfson & Co; qualified 1994; Biggart Baillie and Gifford 1994-97; Charles Russell, London 1997-99; qualified as solicitor in England and Wales 1998; associate Biggart Baillie and Gifford 1999-2001; partner Biggart Baillie and Gifford 2001-2011; partner Brodies LLP 2011 to date.


Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of England and Wales (since 1998); Commercial Real Estate Legal Association (committee).


The Glasgow Academy; University of Dundee (LLB); University of Dundee (Diploma in Legal Practice).


Cycling, skiing, golf (Glasgow Golf Club and Law Society of Scotland golf club), family and friends.

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Noted for its 'strength in depth', Brodies LLP fields a team of 'industry-leading professionals, who are absolutely dedicated to their job and their clients'. It operates at the very top end of the investment and development market across a number of sectors, such as leisure, retail, offices and student accommodation. It also excels in commercial lettings, real estate finance and tax. Associate Elaine Petterson has extensive experience of the acquisition, disposal and management of multiple large-scale real estate assets. Richard Whyte and Elizabeth Ward are 'both technically superb, commercially astute and very easy to work with'. Johane Murray is 'able to see the full picture' and has 'a huge amount of personal charm and charisma'. Nick Scott, senior solicitor David Bales and others recently acted for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in the £71m sale of Saltire Court in Edinburgh to the private office of the Al Rasheed family. Another highlight saw Scott and associate Clare Dewar advise Swiss fund manager AFIAA on the circa £28m sale of Quartmermile Two in Edinburgh to UBS. James Roscoe focuses on property investment and property finance, and acts for clients such as Blackstone, Citigroup and TPG Capital. Chris McDaid is assisting Brookfield with growing its student accommodation sector portfolio. Helen Abrams, Richard Smith, Michael Stephen and Colin Morrison (who heads up the retail sector, and hotels and leisure practices) are also recommended.

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  • Scottish planning obligations: modification and discharge – the story so far

    Planning obligations 1 (formerly agreements), which restrict or regulate the use or development of land, perform a crucial function within the planning system. In Scotland in particular, where the community infrastructure levy has not been adopted, the planning obligation continues to be the primary mechanism for the delivery of much needed local and regional infrastructure through developer contributions, often involving very significant sums. 

    - Brodies LLP

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