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DWF

NO 2 LOCHRIN SQUARE, 96 FOUNTAINBRIDGE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9QA, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 226 5541
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Fax 0131 226 2278
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ED15 EDINBURGH
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www.dwf.law

Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

DWF advises on rail, road, aviation and shipping procurement matters. Suzanne Moir advised Transport Scotland on rolling stock contracts relating to the new ScotRail franchise, while David Gilchrist’s expertise includes aircraft acquisitions.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Edinburgh)

DWF’s workload spans corporate restructurings, M&A, joint ventures and investments across a wide range of sectors. The team, which is led by Wayne Lawrence, advised Capita plc on its £37m acquisition of Electra-Net Holdings in 2015. Other key individuals in the group include Paul Pignatelli, Tom Maxwell and Damien Bechelli.

Leading individuals

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Glasgow)

At DWF, Colin Miller is experienced in CMA cartel investigations, while other strengths of the firm’s practice are EU public procurement and state aid. In 2015, the firm advised Transport Scotland on matters arising from the award of the franchise for railway passenger services, including public procurement and state aid issues. Wayne Lawrence, Martin Gallaher and Euan McSherry are names to note.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

DWF (Edinburgh)

DWF handles contentious matters in areas such as food and drink, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and energy. Euan McSherry and others are defending Pfizer in a product liability case originally involving 80 litigants. Brent Haywood and Jennifer Jack departed for Lindsays and Harper Macleod LLP, respectively.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Edinburgh)

In addition to general corporate banking matters, Grant Docherty’s team at DWF is experienced in real estate finance, which includes loan mortgage portfolio acquisitions and sales, and advising non-Scottish real estate funds on financing their investments in the Scottish real estate sector. Renewable energy financing mandates are also on the increase. Docherty and Alan Glen acted for Royal Bank of Scotland on its £8.4m of financing to Globus (Shetland) to fund the acquisition of Alpha Solway. Chris McLauchlan* and Geoff Stansfield are also recommended. *Since publication Chris McLauchlan has joined Eversheds Sutherland.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

DWF (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

DWF (Glasgow)

DWF is noted for its ‘commercial awareness and understanding of business’. Practice head Michael McLaughlin advised Capita on an acquisition. Other work includes disputed executive departures and tribunal litigation.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Glasgow)

DWF stands out for its ‘real understanding of the client’s issues and requirements’. The practice’s expertise covers a range of issues including scheme management changes, restructurings and day-to-day management of plans. The ‘personable and professionalJune Crombie heads the practice, which includes Colin Greig, who advised Transport Scotland on the pensions aspects of the ScotRail refranchising.

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Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Glasgow)

DWF’s Andrew Lothian – a lateral hire from Anderson Strathern – represents well-known insurers, with a focus on employers’ liability. Clients include Equity Red Star and Zurich.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Glasgow)

DWF’s Alison Grant defends accountants, tax planners, solicitors and surveyors in high-stakes cases.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

DWF (Edinburgh)

DWF’s energy practice was bolstered in 2015 by the hires of Moray Thomson from MacRoberts LLP and Ben Powell, who moved from Tods Murray. In 2015, Wayne Lawrence’s team was appointed by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on a £120m energy-from-waste development. Martin Sales departed for MacRoberts LLP.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

DWF (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

DWF’s practice head Suzanne Moir is leading the advice to Dundee City Council and Angus Council on their joint procurement for residual waste management services. Elsewhere, the firm’s transport sector work included handling the re-lets of the Caledonian Sleeper and ScotRail franchises for Transport Scotland. David Gilchrist is recommended for energy sector projects, and Martin Gallaher is another key name. Neil Amner, Martin Sales and Robin Corbett joined MacRoberts LLP in 2015.

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Scotland: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

DWF’s local government practice advises local authorities, developers and ALEOs on planning, procurement and project matters. Colin Miller advised InTechnologyWiFi on the provision of Wi-Fi in public places, while Suzanne Moir advised Dundee City Council on the procurement of waste management services.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Edinburgh)

Commercial property: retail occupiers - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Edinburgh)

Providing UK-wide coverage, DWF undertakes a significant amount of work for clients in sectors such as retail, energy/infrastructure, tourism/leisure and education. In 2015, David Ratter’s team assisted Marks and Spencer with various real estate matters, including three department store acquisitions. Moray Thomson joined from MacRoberts LLP, while Vivienne Stuart retired.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

DWF (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Glasgow)

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Moray Thomson, who joined DWF from MacRoberts LLP in 2015, heads the firm’s planning practice, which undertakes a significant amount of work related to energy and energy infrastructure. Thomson advised ScottishPower Renewables (UK) on the extension to a wind farm at Hare Hill. Martin Sales moved to MacRoberts LLP.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Edinburgh)

DWF’s particularly strong retailer client base, which includes Arcadia and Next, is complemented by the firm’s strengths in landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidations and nuisance cases, among other matters. The firm also acts for investors and developers. Solicitor advocate Euan McSherry recently qualified as a RICS accredited mediator, and he also handles expert determinations and arbitrations. Brent Haywood and Jennifer Jack left for Lindsays and Harper Macleod LLP respectively.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Glasgow)

DWF’s practice is led by Colin Miller and attracts praise for its ‘high degree of expertise’. It handles a range of trade mark, software copyright and passing-off disputes for clients including Kwik Fit, which the firm advised on the creation of an Italian franchise.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

DWF regularly acts in arbitrated disputes between sports entities, and advises on employment issues and event hosting contracts. Paul Pignatelli advised Partick Thistle Football Club on its restructuring. Alasdair Peacock is advising EventScotland on hosting the 2019 Solheim Cup.

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