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Stuart Duncan

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Davidson Chalmers Stewart

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Chairman of Davidson Chalmers and head of the corporate department. Extensive experience from many years of dealing with commercial clients and advising on a wide range of business law-related matters, such as the purchase and sale of companies, corporate restructuring, joint venture arrangements and partnership matters. Also provides opinions and consultancy advice, principally to other solicitors, on a variety of corporate and commercial issues.


Partner Bennett & Robertson 1981-1995; partner Davidson Chalmers LLP 1995 to date; senior tutor in company law Edinburgh University.


Institute of Directors; International Bar Association; Globalaw; Her Majesty’s Writers to the Signet.


Aberdeen Grammar School; University of Aberdeen (1977).


Swimming, tennis, reading financial/current affairs.

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

At Davidson Chalmers Stewart, ‚Äėthe level of service is excellent, as is the quality and commerciality of advice‚Äė. In the corporate real estate sphere, team head Craig Stirling¬†advised Palm Capital and Guernsey-based CL Selby Holdings Limited on the latter‚Äôs ¬£16.1m acquisition of DV4 Properties Orchard Brae Company Limited (a special purpose vehicle owning a substantial office premises in Edinburgh) from a vendor based in the British Virgin Islands. Stirling also acted for Sapphire Energy Limited (a subsidiary of Guinness Asset Management) in the acquisition of the business and assets of the Glassburn hydroelectric scheme. Elsewhere, and in addition to handling renewable energy sector transactions, Stirling has a particularly strong track record of handling M&A deals in the healthcare industry, including those involving medical practices, care homes, opticians and pharmacists. Stuart Duncan¬†is particularly experienced in acting for family-owned businesses.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Davidson Chalmers Stewart’s practice is particularly recommended for matters pertaining to renewables and waste management. Andy Drane leads the team and is particularly experienced in advising rural businesses on farm diversification, family disputes, energy projects and the disposal of land for development. Drane is currently assisting RJ Tyser Overseas Settlement with its disposal of a housing development site of around 250 units to Barratt Homes, in the first phase of a larger development. Laura Tainsh and Stuart Duncan are advising the Dunrobin Highland Distillery on developing distillery facilities and a visitor centre within the Dunrobin Castle estate, in a deal that includes complex lease agreements that meet the specific land-use needs of the client. Sheila Webster is acting for a group of several tenant farmers in a high profile judicial review, which seeks compensation from the Scottish Government following the introduction of legislation that has affected property rights in farming partnerships.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Davidson Chalmers Stewart has established itself as a credible player in the renewable energy sector, since it handled its first project in 1998. Its 'very knowledgeable team' now undertakes a wide range of matters for clients such as community bodies, developers, landowners, investors, funders and suppliers of renewable energy fuel stocks. Its workload spans schemes involving onshore wind, biomass, solar PV, battery storage and community renewables, among others. The group provides 'strong, value-for-money advice, which is reflective of leading industry standards and expertise'. Team head Andy Drane and Stuart Duncan are acting for Gala Water and Mill Lades Society Limited in a community-led project, which involves the regeneration of the historic mill lade infrastructure in Galashiels and installation of several hydroelectric installations on the mill lade. 'Very experienced' Laura Tainsh works with  Louise Jones, Andrew McDonald and Jenny Anfield to assist clients such as Germany-based wind developer ABO Wind and Peel Energy with their Scottish renewable energy projects. June Gilles joined CMS in January 2018.

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