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DWF

110 QUEEN STREET, GLASGOW, GLASGOW CITY, G1 3HD, SCOTLAND
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Work 0141 228 8000
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Fax 0141 228 8310
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GW9 GLASGOW
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www.dwf.law

Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF¬†is noted for ‚Äėgreat transport industry knowledge‚Äô, which is complimented by ‚Äėgood response times and appropriate advice‚Äô. ‚ÄėAn excellent advisor‚Äô, team leader Martin Gallaher¬†has extensive expertise in procurement, where he has assisted local authority clients with Wi-Fi and advertising concessions. He also led the team which advised Transport Scotland on the procurement and mobilisation of the ¬£7.7bn ScotRail franchise and the ¬£462m Caledonian Sleeper franchise. Suzanne Moir¬†leads the projects team and handles transport matters for a variety of domestic and international clients. The group continues to act as the sole legal advisor to Loganair, and advises the airline on all operational matters including aircraft purchases and leases.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3

DWF

Led by Wayne Lawrence, DWF‚Äės team undertakes the gamut of domestic and cross-border corporate transactions for Scottish, UK and international clients. The firm, which is active across many sectors, particularly stands out for its work in industries such as hospitality and leisure, retail, energy and utilities, sports, and food and drink.¬†Its first-rate reputation sees it generate work from notable clients such as Custodian REIT Plc, Scottish Power and Exova. In 2017, Glasgow executive partner Paul Pignatelli, director Tom Maxwell¬†and¬†Colin Miller¬†were among the team which acted for Capita Plc in the restructuring and subsequent disposal of CER Staffing Solutions (and its subsidiaries)¬†to Endless Fund IV. Another highlight involved advising Edwin James Holdings Limited on its ¬£24m acquisition of WT Parker Holdings Limited. Damien Bechelli, Gary MacDonald, and senior associates Kirsty Smith¬†and Rachel Gervaise, are other active practitioners in the team.

Leading individuals

Paul Pignatelli - DWF

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

DWF

At DWF, director Caroline Colliston (who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and chartered tax adviser) covers a broad spread of matters, including transactional support on M&A and private equity deals, as well as share schemes, HMRC inquiries and investigations, and LBTT advice. Colliston was part of a cross-practice team which advised Edwin James Holdings Limited on its £24m acquisition of WT Parker Holdings Limited, and she also assisted Dundee City Council with the sale of Dundee Energy Recycling Limited to MVV Environment. In addition to supporting members of other departments (such as corporate and real estate) in Scotland, Colliston also works closely with Leeds-based UK commercial tax head John Toon.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF has a number of practitioners located in Scotland with expertise in EU/UK competition law and regulatory matters. Colin Miller assists clients with CMA cartel investigations, merger control, and EU public procurement challenges and processes. Martin Gallaher is knowledgeable about EU public procurement rules and state aid. Another key figure is Euan McSherry, who represented Serco in its challenge of the decision by Glasgow City Council to award a £400m contract to CGI UK under the Public Contracts legislation. Miller was the lead adviser to global rum producer Angostura on competition issues associated with its distribution strategy in the EU, China, Hong Kong and Macau, among other territories.  The firm is also a leading adviser to the Scottish Government on the competition aspects of major projects; Gallaher and others advised the client on the roll-out of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme in 2017. Howard Cartlidge, who is the firm's London-based head of EU competition, has experience of handling competition law matters in Scotland.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF's team is 'a pleasure to work with'; 'it shows a conscientious approach to dealing with its clients, an understanding of their needs, good communication and an ability to work out a clear strategy'. Led by solicitor advocate and RICS accredited mediator Euan McSherry, the group handles a varied workload for Scottish, UK and international clients. Its expertise in contentious matters spans areas such as IP, procurement and insolvency, as well as general commercial and contractual disputes. The recent arrival of Ricky Cannon from Brodies LLP expanded the firm's finance litigation offering. McSherry, and senior associates Kenneth Campbell and Emma Forrester, were part of a multidisciplinary team which acted for Serco in its Court of Session procurement challenge of Glasgow City Council's award of a £400m contract to CGI UK under the Public Contracts legislation. In another notable matter, McSherry and Forrester are currently defending Pfizer in two test cases at the Inner House of the Court of Session relating to one of its heart drugs, which claimants allege cause heart attacks and strokes; the matter involves circa 80 litigants and claims currently stand at £30m in value. The group has also recently handled high-stakes matters for clients such as Braid Group (Holdings) Limited (and a subsidiary company), C&C Group Plc and Continental Quattro Stagioni. 

Next generation lawyers

Euan McSherry - DWF

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF's team is highly active in real estate finance, which is an area where the firm has a particularly strong profile UK-wide (most notably in its work for lenders); clients in this space include Unity Trust Bank, Close Property Finance, Lloyds Banking Group and Santander. In 2017, practice head Grant Docherty and senior associate Alan Glen acted for NM Rothschild in the provision of £5.5m financing to a UK property fund for the acquisition of an office park in Midlothian. The firm also acts for borrowers; Glen and Docherty recently advised Ambassador LB Holdings LP on the £60m financing needed for the acquisition of a number of commercial real estate assets, and they also handled a similar mandate for Squarestone Growth LLP. Other practitioners with a specialism in real estate finance are Geoff Stansfield, Robin Watt and Paul Mason. Mason also handles renewable energy finance transactions, which is an area of growth for the firm, particularly in relation to onshore wind and CHP biomass plant projects; a highlight involved assisting the Glennon Brothers group of companies with obtaining financing for the development of a CHP biomass plant. General corporate banking work is another mainstay of the practice for the firm, whose other areas of sector activity include hotels and leisure, education, social housing and healthcare.

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Scotland: Human resources

Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF‚Äôs accomplished Scotland-based pension team was appointed to the Pension Protection Fund's panel in January 2018. The practice, which handles high-profile matters for major corporates in addition to trustees, is headed by June Crombie, who possess an ‚Äėincisive knowledge of her field‚Äô and¬†‚Äėinspires the utmost confidence‚Äô. Crombie and Maureen Burns¬†lead the advice to¬†VisitScotland on all pension matters, including its participation in an industry scheme and Local Government Pension Scheme, in addition to conducting an auto-enrolment review. The ‚Äėtechnically able‚Äô¬†Colin Greig¬†specialises in the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and pension litigation. He is advising Transport Scotland on the refranchise of ScotRail, in which the sleeper service was spun out as its own franchise at the same time.

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Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF‚Äôs ‚Äėhighly regarded, competent and professional team of solicitors‚Äô provides insurers and insured businesses with ‚Äėincisive analysis, full and thorough advice‚Äô. The full-service defendant personal injury practice spans catastrophic injury, large loss, occupational health, industrial disease and abuse claims, in addition to a substantial counter-fraud offering. Andrew Lothian¬†('a safe pair of hands') leads¬†the insurance practice, and is noted for his ‚Äėtremendous depth of both knowledge and experience‚Äô, which he applies ‚Äėeffectively and communicates well‚Äô. ‚ÄėA clear leader in insurance litigation‚Äô, Jill Sinclair¬†heads the firm‚Äôs counter-fraud offering. Amongst a variety of major counter-fraud operations, the group successfully represented LV= in a case following a ‚Äėcash for crash‚Äô scheme involving three fictitious car crashes, leading to the conviction of nine fraudulent claimants. The senior associate and ‚Äėgreat counsel‚Äô, Caroline Coyne¬†is another key practitioner, with extensive experience in high value catastrophic injury claims.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

DWF

In addition to coverage of a wide spectrum of professions, DWF has particular expertise in solicitor negligence claims, and represents both insurers and insured firms via the Law Society of Scotland‚Äôs professional indemnity master policy panel. ‚ÄėSimply one of the best solicitors working in this field in Scotland‚Äô, Alison Grant¬†leads the practice and handles a number of high value and complex professional negligence claims against solicitors and advocates. Legal director¬†Lindsay Ogunyemi¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive and happy to go the extra mile‚Äô, and represents a variety of insurers in connection with claims involving professionals including surveyors, architects, insurance brokers and accountants and regularly advises on complicated coverage issues.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF's sizeable UK presence and strengths across multiple disciplines enables it to assist domestic and international clients with every aspect of their most important gas, electricity and renewable energy projects. Its work covers corporate and finance transactions, commercial and regulatory advice, and also assistance with real estate, planning and environment aspects of projects. Procurement work is another facet of the practice. The firm's first-rate reputation is reflected by its client roster, which includes Scottish Power Group, Babcock International Group and Gildemeister Energy Solutions. Real estate partner Paul Mason led a cross-office team, which advised Farm Energy Partnership LLP on the sale to a fund (set up by Albion Community Power Plc) of a portfolio of special purpose vehicles, which owned three onshore wind turbine developments in Scotland. Moray Thomson is currently acting for SP Transmission Plc in planning matters associated with upgrading the substation at Crystal Rig. Suzanne Moir and others recently advised Dundee City Council and Angus City Council on the £100m joint procurement of residual waste management services as part of the Dundee and Angus Residual Waste Project. Wayne Lawrence is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, as is David Gilchrist (the firm's UK head of utilities). Gary Macdonald is another notable corporate partner. Anthony McEwan's experience includes advising clients on grid connections for Scottish wind farms, electricity distribution and transmission, and gas transportation.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

DWF

DWF has a particularly first-rate reputation in Scottish and UK waste and transport sector projects, and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in areas such as telecommunications, education and health. Recent highlights included department head Suzanne Moir and others acting for Dundee City Council and Angus Council in their joint procurement for residual waste management services. In addition, Moir and associate Wendy Wraight advised Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of their £120m joint energy from waste development in Aberdeen. Martin Gallaher, who has 17 years of experience of high-profile infrastructure projects, is leading a team which is acting for the Scottish government in the rollout of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. Robert Gordon University, Serco Plc and Emovis are among other clients. Consultant and special adviser David Nash joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Scotland: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF has particular clout in IT infrastructure projects, in addition to advising on the establishment of NPDs, including ALEOs for the delivery of leisure and culture services. Martin Gallaher, who is ‚Äėan excellent‚Äô commercial lawyer, ‚Äėcombines an eye for detail with extensive experience in public procurement‚Äô. ‚ÄėGood at seeing the bigger picture‚Äô, Suzanne Moir¬†provides ‚Äėpragmatic and very commercial advice‚Äô. The group continues to advise Dundee City Council and Angus Council on their joint procurement for residual waste management services, which is currently at the dialogue phase. It has also supported Dundee City Council in connection with the sale of Dundee Energy Recycling, which involved a complex restructuring of the company and extensive tax advice. It is also advising the Scottish Government on the delivery of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme (DSSB) in connection with the investment of capital contributions from multiple Scottish local authorities. In another highlight, the group advised Angus Council on two school design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) projects.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

DWF

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

DWF

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

DWF

DWF, whose Scottish real estate team working closely with the other offices in the UK network, is particularly well-placed to serve the Scottish market, as it is active in all the key sectors of the economy. Reflective of its reputation in the retail sector, the firm acts as the exclusive adviser to Marks & Spencer on Scottish real estate matters; David Ratter and others assisted the client with the rollout of its expansion programme in 2017. Iain McLean and Iain McHardy are other individuals who are active in retail-related property work. McHardy is also the firm's lead contact for real estate work in the tourism/leisure industry; clients in this space include Whitbread, Marriott and De Vere Hotels. The firm also has a strong offering in the energy sector, as is evidenced by the firm's work for key client Scottish Power; Anthony McEwan is leading a team, which includes Joanna Hamilton  and Andrew Martin, in the advice to the client on the real estate aspects of a nationally-significant grid expansion project (this includes the grid connection to the Neart na Gaoithe wind farm). The firm also undertakes a significant amount of work for education/third sector clients, including Marie Curie, RNLI and The Robert Gordon University. Further illustrative of the firm's high quality real estate mandates, Ratter and Amy Watson acted for Aegon UK Property Fund in the sale of Silvan House in Edinburgh to a consortium of Far East-based investors. Another notable individual is Chris McLeish, who was the lead adviser to Bouwfonds Investment Management on its acquisition of the NCP Cark Park in Mitchell Street, Glasgow.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

DWF

At DWF, Moray Thomson leads a team, which serves clients across a number of sectors on planning and consenting matters. Energy is one of the firm's core sector strengths in this space, with clients benefiting from the experience of associates Magdalena MacLean and Steven Stewart, who worked in-house on secondment at ScottishPower Renewables and SP Energy Networks respectively. Thomson and MacLean are acting for SP Transmission Plc in the planning aspects of the Crystal Rig substation extension. Elsewhere, Thomson and MacLean recently advised Loudoun Woods Homes Limited on a 'called-in' application for planning permission in principle for leisure and tourism development within the grounds of the Loudoun Castle Estate. Another highlight involved acting for Moda Living in the consenting strategy for a 17 storey PRS development at the former Strathclyde Police headquarters at Holland Street in Glasgow. Other clients include New River Retail, Jaguar Land Rover and Skene Group.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF has a strong profile inside and outside of Scotland for property litigation. It has historically been well-known for its work in the retail sector, where clients include Arcadia and JD Sports. In 2017, Euan McSherry and senior associate Kenneth Campbell successfully represented Marks & Spencer at the Inner House of the Court of Session in a long-running dispute with landlord Gyle Shopping Centre General Partners Limited over the interpretation of a commercial lease, and the rights of the landlord to build a new Primark store in and adjacent to the Gyle shopping centre. Beyond retail, the practice also generates mandates from clients in various other industries, such as energy, real estate, and hospitality and leisure. In addition, the firm is increasingly active in the telecommunications sector; McSherry recently defended Virgin Media in Sheriff Court litigation brought by a landlord over the laying of cabling on its land. Ricky Cannon, who recently joined the firm from Brodies LLP, is experienced in property repossession actions.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF is noted for its expertise in jurisdictional patent, trade mark and copyright portfolio protection and management, with particular strength in the food and drink, pharmaceutical, transport and energy sectors. Its client base includes a number of HE and FE establishments, for which it handles the range of IP work. Practice head Colin Miller advised Whitbread and Morrisons on separate brand protection matters relating to procurement contracts for water and waste services. He also advised Angostura on the protection of its product recipes and proposed distribution agreements in China. Martin Gallaher is advising the Scottish Government on the identification and protection of underlying intellectual property rights created by contractors working on the R100 broadband project. Paul Mason assisted Monsoon Accessorize with trade mark and copyright registrations following the appointment of the client as a concessionaire in both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

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