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NO 2 LOCHRIN SQUARE, 96 FOUNTAINBRIDGE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9QA, SCOTLAND
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Work 0333 320 2220
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Fax 0333 320 4440
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ED15 EDINBURGH
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Paul Mason

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Work +44 (0)131 474 2401
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DWF

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I am a Senior Associate in the Real Estate team based in the Edinburgh office.

Position

Senior Associate

Career

I have significant experience in all areas of Real Estate law.


Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

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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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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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