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Malcolm Gunnyeon

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Work 0330 222 1774
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Dispute Resolution

Position

Malcolm is a partner in the Dispute Resolution practice in Aberdeen. His principal areas of focus are corporate and contractual disputes in the oil and gas sector, insolvency proceedings and contentious health and safety matters. Malcolm has particular experience in the offshore, food and drink and transportation sectors. In the health and safety field Malcolm's experience lies in handling prosecutions involving serious injuries, major workplace fires and fatalities both on- and offshore.
Malcolm is also a trained mediator.

Career

Qualified 2002; Dentons: solicitor 2002; associate 2007; established the Aberdeen CDR department 2007; partner 2010.

Leisure

Mountaineering; golf; skiing; travel; cycling.


London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Stephen Shergold and Malcolm Gunnyeon jointly lead the national team at Dentons; clients praise Shergold as 'one of the best lawyers you will find, with an astute commercial mind'. Other key individuals include Helen Bowdren, who is a 'clever and committed lawyer', and consultant Sam Boileau, who 'has a keen brain and an excellent eye for detail. The group is active in the oil and gas, waste, food, technology and rail sectors and regularly handles the health and safety elements of corporate transactions; Bowdren and Gunnyeon recently advised PwC and the official receiver of Carillion's insolvency on the related health and safety issues, and Bowdren assisted Group One Automotive with the health and safety due diligence related to its acquisition of Beadles Group.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Dentons entered the Scottish market by merging with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. In addition to having a sizeable reach in Scotland, the Scottish group operates as part of a wider UK team of dispute resolution specialists. Tim Edward , Douglas Blyth and Malcolm Gunnyeon jointly head up the practice out of the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices respectively. Edward is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence matters, while Gunnyeon assists clients with oil and gas litigation, contentious health and safety and insolvency-related cases. Blyth, who has a particularly first-rate reputation in insolvency litigation, and recently promoted director Craig Kennedy acted for Hooley Limited in the landmark Court of Session case of Hooley Limited v The Victoria Jute Company Limited, which confirmed that the principle of modified universalism should be recognised by Scottish law. Edward is representing Highlands and Islands Enterprise as the defender in Court of Session proceedings brought by LC Services over an alleged breach of state aid rules. Gareth Hale focuses on property litigation, while legal director Susan Snedden heads up the contentious IP and TMT practice. The firm is also active in cases involving media law, corporate crime and public law. Ewan Easton has retired from private practice.

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Scotland: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Dentons’ team possesses ‘first class industry knowledge and great attention to detail’. Malcolm Gunnyeon leads the practice and, alongside senior associate James McMillan, is noted as ‘very sharp’. The group’s main areas of expertise are the food and drink, oil and gas and rail transportation sectors, and the firm has a mixture of high-profile public and private industry clients. Recent highlights included representing the Educational Institute of Scotland in police and HSE investigations and a subsequent fatal accident inquiry, into the collapse of a changing room wall at an Edinburgh school, which killed a student – leading to no adverse comment in relation to any of the teachers involved. It also provided detailed and wide-ranging advice to Menzies Distribution on its health and safety obligations pertaining to contract workers it engages to supplement its existing team.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Dentons, which merged with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017, added the latter firm's historically strong supply chain offering to its own pre-existing capability acting for operators/licence holders. Bill Fowler leads the team, which is a key part of a larger UK-wide group, and is particularly strong in decommissioning and drilling projects, and also in oil and gas disputes. Fowler and others recently assisted Peel Gas & Oil Limited with the negotiations over a lease with a participant in the onshore UK oil and gas industry; the lease involved bespoke provisions to cater for industry-specific regulatory requirements and the allocation of risks/liabilities associated with an onshore shale/fracking project. Kirsti Olson is the chair of Oil & Gas UK's Decommissioning Work Group, which is in the final stages of producing the first LOGIC standard form contract to be used for decommissioning projects in the North Sea. On the contentious side, Malcolm Gunnyeon and senior associate Florinda Soldani are acting for Completion Products Limited (a manufacturer of downhole cable and control line protection systems) in a cross-border dispute with an Omani company; court proceedings are currently pending at the Omani Supreme Court. Gunnyeon also has experience of handling commercial and contractual disputes for clients such as Stork Technical Services (RBG) Limited and Weatherford. Nicola Rae is also recommended. Decom North Sea (the UK decommissioning industry body), KCA Deutag Drilling Limited, Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc and DOF Subsea are other clients of the team. Jill Reid has left the firm to set up her own consultancy.

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