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Davidson Chalmers delivers a full range of pragmatic and commercially focused legal advice across a number of key sectors in the Scottish economy. Offering exceptional value for money, this approach attracts a wide variety of clients, ranging from entrepreneurs and business start-ups to established owner-managed businesses and SMEs, banks, major national developers and housebuilders, retailers, energy companies, landowners and professional service firms. With a worldwide reach through partners in the Globalaw legal network (, clients can access a range of international advice through known and trusted law firms.

The firm: The firm is well known for its unwavering commitment to client service and advising on a range of legal and commercial issues across a wide variety of market sectors including environment and waste, renewable energy, residential and commercial development, entrepreneurs and business start-ups, retail, leisure, healthcare, family-owned businesses, and rural property and development.

Clients include Chris Stewart Group, The Muir Group, Crosslane, WH Malcolm Ltd, Peel Energy and Pollock (Scotrans) Limited. The firm also acts for a number of multinationals in connection with their Scottish requirements, with current clients including Emerson Electric Co, Jabil Circuit Inc, Sony Europe Ltd, Suez Group, Citibank, ABO Wind AG and Saica Natur.

In a market dominated by a handful of very large firms, Davidson Chalmers offers a different, more client-centric approach with a full partner-led and delivered service. The firm's teams of highly experienced lawyers meet the legal challenges facing any business and focus on finding commercial solutions in a timely, practical and cost-effective way.

Types of work undertaken: The firm advises on commercial real estate; corporate; dispute resolution; employment; construction; special projects; planning; residential development; environment and waste; renewable energy; and healthcare.

Commercial real estate: active across all sectors of the Scottish market, working with investors, landlords, tenants and developers of all sizes. The retail, leisure and hotel sectors are a growing part of the team's practice, along with the purchase, sale and leasing of licensed premises. Recent construction work has ranged from substantial urban regeneration to environmental projects. Complementing the real estate work, the residential development team covers all aspects of land purchase and sale, including planning, and associated environmental and infrastructure issues.

Corporate: a full range of corporate and commercial legal services, including mergers and acquisitions and MBOs/MBIs, equity investments, commercial contracts, IP/IT, partnerships, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, insolvency, R&D tax credits and corporate banking.

Renewable energy: the team advises on all aspects of energy projects from inception to trading of built assets for technologies including wind, solar PV, anaerobic digestion, biomass, hydro power and energy from waste.

Environment and waste: the specialist team provides bespoke advice to clients in a variety of sectors on a range of environmental compliance, consenting, operational and enforcement issues.

Dispute resolution: the firm offers a wide range of commercial litigation and mediation services. The team has a particularly strong reputation for its outstanding service in property litigation.

Employment: advise and represent clients on issues such as performance management, discipline and grievances, redundancy, discrimination and TUPE transfers.

Health: the specialised aspects of the healthcare sector demand singular understanding and the health team can provide exactly that as a result of many years of€™ experience and unrivalled expertise in this demanding and sensitive field. Davidson Chalmers is the only Scottish firm recognised as experts in the highly specialised field of medical partnerships by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession.

Rural business: the team advises landowners, estates, farmers, developers and tenants involved in the acquisition, disposal, use and diversification of rural businesses and landholdings. Particular specialisms include food and drink, energy and leisure.

  • Number of UK partners: 11
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 21

Above material supplied by Davidson Chalmers Stewart.

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