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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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The corporate team at Brodies LLP is spread across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and advises its stellar client base on domestic and international transactions across a wide range of industry sectors. Already recognised as an established staple in the Scottish corporate space, the Brodies offering recently expanded its senior ranks through the promotion to partner of David Lightbody in Edinburgh. Shuna Stirling leads the team, which also includes Julian Voge and William Mcintosh.

Practice head(s):Shuna Stirling

Other key lawyers:Julian Voge; Neil Burgess; William McIntosh; Derek Stroud; Eric Galbraith; David Lightbody; Liz Bruce

Testimonials

'Brodies is extremely efficient in ensuring that acquisitions are completed in a timely manner.'

'At Brodies, lawyers always go the extra mile for clients.'

'Brodies is not only a law firm but also works with a commercial and flexible approach, providing expert advice. The corporate team provides first-class direct access and expertise in a number of disciplines; it definitely delivers on its tier one status.'

'The individuals at Brodies provide and deliver a first-class level of service and advice, not to mention their speed of response. The confidence and expertise provided is of the calibre expected and required. They understand clients' individual needs and this is what sets them apart from their competitors. Their ability to react and manage expectations, as well as the depth and width of expertise is the reason for the firm's success.'

'Euan Tripp is concise and clear in his correspondence making it easier for foreign investors to understand the legal process undertaken. Additionally, he has a certain level of patience which inspires confidence.'

'Shuna Stirling is a thoroughly experienced lawyer and has fantastic people skills. She explains the process in plain English and is always available if the clients have any questions.'

'David Lightbody has always been quick to advise, and is an indispensable asset in dealing with investor relations and general corporate management.'

Key Clients

Chivas Brothers / Pernod Ricard

Danfoss

INEOS Upstream / INEOS Commercial

Netflix

Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd

Abellio Group

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Subsea 7

Clyde Blowers Capital IM LLP

Azinor Catalyst Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead advisers on the sale of the Episerver group to Insight Venture Partners.
  • Acted for the selling shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of FIM Services to Gresham House.
  • Acted for Danfoss on its majority acquisition of Artemis Intelligent Power Limited from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
  • Advised Kongsberg Maritime Limited on the sale of its worldwide subsea and harsh environment camera business.
  • Acted for the Brickability Group on the simultaneous acquisition of the entire issued share capital of five separate target entities, including Towelrads and Crest.

The corporate team at Burness Paull LLP has recently handled a number of matters concerning private equity, equity capital and owner-managed businesses. It has a strong mix of domestic and international clients, frequently acting for international corporations and private equity funds entering the Scottish market, as well as acting for domestic clients on cross-border work. Mark Ellis leads the team, which also includes Peter Lawson.

Practice head(s):Mark Ellis

Other key lawyers:Peter Lawson; Robert Burns; Chris Gotts; Grant Stevenson; Walter Clark; Catriona Llanwarne

Testimonials

'The culture of the firm, including that of the corporate and commercial team, is the stand out feature. Not only does the firm demonstrate legal excellence across each of the departments but it does so in an approachable, customer-focused manner. The firm also ensures that additional areas of need are recognised and match those requirements to team members not only by capability and capacity but by personality, helping to create a positive working partnership. In terms of individual deals, the team quickly understands the rationale, execution strategy and guides clients proactively through to completion.'

'Mark Ellis is the key contact and has demonstrated excellence in several transactions. He has become a trusted adviser not only on corporate work but in terms of advising the company on other areas of its growth strategy. Mark has also managed the relationship extremely well when the company requires advice outside the corporate team. The ability to look beyond the myopic view of an individual partner to the overarching requirements of clients, will enable the firm to continue taking market share.'

'Down to earth and easy to deal with. The team is available at all times and works hard to see deals complete.'

Key Clients

Standard Life Aberdeen

James Fisher and Sons

Scottish Power

A-Plan Insurance

Well-Sense Technology Limited

BlueGem Capital Partners

Walker Precision Engineering Group

i3 Energy

Kings Park Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised on the placing of new ordinary shares on AIM to raise £2.57m, together with the conversion of US$2.5m of loan notes into ordinary shares in the capital of the company.
  • Acted as sole legal adviser on the client's acquisitions of Crewe-based financial adviser firm Jones Sheridan Holdings Limited, and London-based financial adviser firm Cumberland Place Financial Management Limited.
  • Acted for family-owned Walker Precision Engineering Group on a further investment by Business Growth Fund.
  • Advised Chinese company Zhuoli Imaging Technology on its first investment into the UK in the form of its acquisition of the assets of Pelikan Hardcopy Scotland.
  • Acted on the high-profile sale of the STV 2 channel to That’s Media Limited.

CMS' practice includes specialist outsourcing and funds specialists, as well as energy and private equity experts, who have been involved in high-profile oil and gas sector M&A and private equity transactions. The group has continued to expand with the addition of new clients to its already stellar roster. It also welcomed new partner Laura McIntosh from Dickson Minto WS in the Edinburgh office. Frank Fowlie leads the team, which also includes Graeme Bruce, David Davidson and Jack Letson.

Practice head(s):Frank Fowlie

Other key lawyers:Graeme Bruce; Wendy Colquhoun; David Davidson; Stuart MacLean; Jack Letson; Kenneth Rose; Laura McIntosh

Testimonials

'The team is proactive, supportive, innovative and responsive. The group acts as a hugely supportive partner with top class legal and negotiation skills. It adds particular value around its understanding of industry expectations and standards in relation to funds and investments.'

'Wendy Colquhoun has an exceptional legal mind and is a determined and tenacious negotiator. Her advice is always pragmatic, practical and very astute.'

'CMS has a very proactive approach, with short response times.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Clyde Blowers Capital

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Iqvia

Braid Group

Business Growth Fund

Dunedin LLP

Smart Metering Systems

Baillie Gifford

Scottish Enterprise/HIE

CYBG

Remy Cointreau

Work highlights

  • Advised on IQVIA's acquisition of ClinTec Luxembourg and its 49 subsidiary entities and branches.
  • Acting for sovereign wealth fund Qatari Diar on the re-organisation of five limited liability partnership-structured joint ventures in the UK private rented sector and the establishment of a REIT as an umbrella holding vehicle under the Get Living brand.
  • Advised Johnson & Johnson on the UK aspects of the divestment of its global LifeScan business to Platinum Equity.
  • Acted on Scottish Water’s first material corporate acquisition, which involved the purchase of a group of companies from the Kelda Group that operate four wastewater treatment works that serve the North East of Scotland.
  • Advised Lonsdale Capital Partners on a number of acquisitions, including Simmons Bars, Cassellie, Elite Electronic Systems, Cross Rental Services and Venues and Events.

Dickson Minto WS recently acted on a variety of private equity and strategic corporate transactions, a number of which were cross-border deals involving North American corporates and investors investing in the UK market. Catherine Christie was recently promoted to the partnership within the now eight-partner-strong team. Colin MacNeill, Bruce Minto and Andrew Todd are other key names.

Other key lawyers:Bruce Minto; Andrew Todd; Colin MacNeill; Ewan Gilchrist; John Pentland; Duncan Christison; Andrew Nicolson; Catherine Christie

Testimonials

'Dickson Minto is excellent for UK M&A.'

'Andrew Todd is exceptional.'

Work highlights

  • Advised Dunedin LLP on its investment in Global Processing Services and Incremental Group.
  • Advised Verisk Analytics on the acquisitions of Moore Stephens Consulting, Validus IVC and Business Insight.
  • Advised Growth Capital Partners and the management shareholders on the sale of Venues Group to Gencom, Inc.
  • Acted for Aggreko plc on its investment in Origami Energy.
  • Acted for Wireless Infrastructure Group on its equity deal with 3i Infrastructure.

Shepherd and Wedderburn's corporate team is spread across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and is also able to draw on individuals in its London office. It is particularly well known for its expertise in the energy and natural resources, food and drink and technology sectors. The firm's enviable client roster includes high-profile Scottish and international names. Tom Swan was recently promoted to partner in the Glasgow office and has notable capabilities in the oil and gas and fintech sectors in particular. Practice head Stephen Trombala and George Boyle are other key names.

Practice head(s):Stephen Trombala

Other key lawyers:Andrew Blain; George Frier; Paul Hally; George Boyle; Tom Swan; Joanna Monaghan; John Morrison; Katy Barclay

Key Clients

FanDuel

Cairn Energy

BigBlu Broadband (formerly Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group)

Eider Reserve Power

Chivas Brothers Ltd/Pernod Ricard SA

Nucleus Financial Group plc

iomart

William Grant & Sons Ltd

University of Strathclyde

CYBG

ScottishPower

Work highlights

  • Acted for new client Aminex on its conditional class 1 disposal of interests in oil and gas exploration permits, onshore Tanzania, for $40m to Oman-based Zubair Corporation.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Qdos Holdings Ltd on the pre-deal split of the group into two (creating the Qdos Group and the Vantage Group) and the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to HCC International Insurance Company.
  • Advised Nucleus Financial Group on its IPO on the AIM.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser to Clydesdale Bank on all aspects of its £400m fintech joint venture with Salary Finance.
  • Acted as part of a cross-office team on the simultaneous acquisitions of Sat Internet GmbH and its subsidiaries, and OpenSky SrL.

The corporate department at Addleshaw Goddard has grown significantly following the firm's high-profile merger with HBJ Gateley. It is principally known for leading complex M&A transactions and its growing private equity practice and client base. Practice head David Kirchin is the name to note.

Practice head(s):David Kirchin

Other key lawyers:Anna Brown; Andrew Ley; David Horne; Murray Jack; Andrew Walker; David Anderson; Laura Falls; Claire Colquhoun

Testimonials

'This is a very commercially strong team with an outstanding understanding of the private equity investments marketplace.'

'Addleshaw Goddard's corporate and commercial team provides excellent client-focused advice. Its lawyers are practical, and give sound commercial input alongside a strong grasp of the client's legal position, risks and opportunities.'

'David Anderson is first class and always puts the client's interests at the heart of the advice. He is energetic and a real pleasure to work with.'

'Legal director Laura Falls has a calm, clear client approach and an effective way of setting out alternatives.'

Key Clients

Red Rock Power

Shareholders of QTS Group

Eli Global

Ecosse Subsea

Cairngorm Capital

YFM Private Equity

Rathbone Brothers

Souter Investments

Dawn Homes

Eastern Western Motor Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Red Rock Power on the acquisition of Afton Wind Farm Holdings, a company that had constructed the 50MW Afton Wind Farm in East Ayrshire.
  • Acted for the shareholders of QTS Group on the sale of a high-profile family-owned independent rail contractor to AIM-listed engineering group Renew Holdings.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Ecosse Subsea on its sale to Oceaneering International, a listed US company.
  • Advised Atlanta Bidco on M&A and legal due diligence and banking-related matters concerning the acquisition of Damoco Holdco Limited.

The corporate and commercial group at Dentons is especially strong in the food and drink, financial services, industrial and retail sectors, where it acts for clients including C&C and KKR. Brian Moore's team is led out of Edinburgh and advises Scottish clients operating internationally on cross-border transactions and investments. Donald Smith was recently promoted to the partnership, while the group also has a strong bench at senior associate level, including Owen McLennan in Edinburgh and Kimberley Goh in Glasgow.

Practice head(s):Brian Moore

Other key lawyers:Iain Sutherland; Derek McCombe; David McGrory; Claire Armstrong; Owen McLennan; Donald Smith; Kimberly Goh

Testimonials

'Dentons' truly diverse team works in a highly collaborative manner to deliver a great client experience.'

'Iain Sutherland provides excellent partner-led personable no-nonsense advice.'

'The team provides commercial, dedicated and sensible advice.'

'Response times are excellent and partner availability is second to none.'

'Donald Smith delivers outstanding service and really sets the bar in terms of proactive client support.'

'The strong team is able to pull on UK-wide Dentons expertise where required.'

Key Clients

Scottish Equity Partners

Clyde Blowers Capital

QUIZ

John Menzies

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP (KKR)

Stagecoach Group

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

FreeAgent Holdings Limited

The Edrington Group Limited

C&C Group

Castle Water

LEBC Holdings

SIMEC Atlantis

Work highlights

  • Advised Environmental Capital Fund LP (ECF) on the sale of Indigo Pipelines Limited to infrastructure asset manager Arjun Infrastructure Partners.
  • Acted for the Edinburgh Woollen Mill group on its acquisition of the Berwin & Berwin brand from the Berwin Group.
  • Advised C&C on its purchase from Conviviality Brands Limited of the entire issued share capital of Matthew Clark Limited and Bibendum PLB Limited together with their subsidiary businesses including Catalyst, Peppermint, Elastic and Walker & Wodehouse.
  • Acted for the majority shareholders of Glasgow-based IoT (internet of things) company Stream Technologies Limited on its sale to Softbank-backed leading global chip-maker ARM Limited.

Harper Macleod LLP is best known for advising family-owned and owner-managed businesses, as well as early-stage and high-growth companies. The group handles the full range of corporate and M&A activity and also has notable expertise handling cross-border transactions, where it acts for foreign investors and Scottish businesses seeking investment or exit opportunities. Donald Munro heads the practice and Paula Skinner is also noted.

Practice head(s):Donald Munro

Other key lawyers:Paula Skinner; Christopher Kerr; James MacGregor; Stephen Chan; Craig McKerracher; Jo Nisbet

Testimonials

'The team at Harper Macleod is very commercially focused and provides commercially valuable as well as technically competent legal advice.'

'The experience with Harper Macleod is nothing but positive. The team stands out for its speed of response, enthusiasm, friendliness, problem-solving approach and its openness to making connections with its extensive network. It is keen to make a difference and prepared to do pro-bono work to help start-up businesses.'

'James MacGregor and Donald Munro co-ordinate advice from the property, employment and commercial advisory teams, which is not as common as one would hope.'

'Paula Skinner genuinely cares about clients and their business. She creates valuable and long-lasting relationships.'

Key Clients

Optical Express

Tchibo Coffee Service

Webhelp

Sea TransportCorporation

Paddle.com

Gael Force Group Limited

Moët Hennessy

Clyde Group

Kent Foods

Epidarex Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Go Beyond Services Limited ("gobeyond") - a UK subsidiary of the KKR-backed Webhelp group - on the acquisition of OEE Consulting Limited and its subsequent merger with the client.
  • Advised the owner-manager shareholders on the sale of Castle Computer Services Ltd to the Kick ICT Group.
  • Assisted Paddle.com with its £6m further investment from existing investors, including Notion, BGF and Kindred Capital.
  • Advised Gael Force Group Limited on the acquisition of 75% of the entire issued share capital of Fusion Marine Limited.
  • Advised Entrepreneurial Spark Limited on all aspects of the sale of the business and assets to NatWest.

Pinsent Masons LLP has considerable strength in sectors including energy and infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and technology, healthcare and life sciences, retail and consumer, real estate and financial services. It also has a notable private equity and capital markets offering. Barry McCaig heads the team, which also include Rosalie Chadwick, Alan Diamond and Kevin Beattie.

Practice head(s):Barry McCaig

Other key lawyers:Rosalie Chadwick; Alan Diamond; Kenny Devanny; Jonathan Kirkwood; Brian Thumath; Jennifer Malcolm; Kevin Beattie

Testimonials

'The high-quality team provides clear and concise advice, and is not afraid to give an opinion.'

'Barry McCaig is good at seeing the situation from the client's perspective. He provides the legal view but translates it into a commercial view too.'

'Knowledge is backed by strong practical advice that understands that businesses have decisions to make and don't want lawyers who just try and tell you what you can't do.'

'Excellent knowledge of AIM regulations and working with listed companies.'

'Jonathan Kirkwood (legal director) is extremely thorough and very easy to deal with.'

Key Clients

EDF

Blue Water Energy LLP

Belltown Power Limited

Cenkos Securities

Petro Matad Limited

Range Resources Limited

Springfield Properties

Total

iomart Group

Energy Assets Limited

Scottish Equity Partners LLP

Celtic

JZ Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Blue Water Energy LLP on its joint venture with Blackstone and the management in the Norwegian-focused exploration and production company, Mime Petroleum.
  • Acting for Cenkos Securities as nominated adviser and broker on the £100m AIM IPO of RA International, a global logistics business.
  • Advising AIM-quoted Petro Matad on two institutional private placings of $34m in the UK and US to fund drilling activities in Mongolia.
  • Advised ASX-listed oil and gas exploration and production company Range Resources on its acquisition of oil and gas interests in Indonesia and acquisition of a drilling services business in Trinidad and related AIM IPO.
  • Advised Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties on its acquisition of Dawn Homes for up to £20.1m, funded partly out of existing cash and partly out of a £15m share placing.

Anderson Strathern handles the full spectrum of corporate transactional and advisory work for listed companies and international clients. The SME sector is another area of strength and Simon Brown's department has worked with numerous businesses across several generations.

Practice head(s):Simon Brown

Other key lawyers:Colin Young; Bruce Farquhar; Ewan Regan; Nicholas Howie

Testimonials

'Anderson Strathern's wealth of experience and knowledge is invaluable. Clients can always feel safe in the knowledge that the advice they are given is correct.'

'The corporate team at Anderson Strathern is defined by attention to detail, quick responses when required, value for money and terrific knowledge of a wide range of legal requirements.'

'Ewan Regan and Bruce Farquhar are hugely efficient and helpful at all times.'

'Colin Young is invaluable. He is always on hand to offer his advice and ready to look further into any issue no matter how tricky.'

Key Clients

Ineos

Buccleuch Group

Locogen

Rangers International Football Club

Crown Estate Scotland

Livos Group

Yay! Property Maintenance

Gala Coral Group

John Martin Group

Yeungs Chinese Foods

Work highlights

  • Advised Altia Solutions on a funding agreement with US Excelerate Technology Inc, IP licence arrangements and finalising a major corporate group restructure.
  • Acted for Livos Group on general corporate matters, restructuring finance arrangements and the proposed sale of the client’s subsidiary company.
  • Acted for John Martin Group Limited on three strategic disposals of its dealerships throughout 2018.
  • Advised the directors of audio-visual company, Mediascape Limited, on their move to employee ownership, which was by way of a majority of the shareholding transferring to an employee ownership trust.
  • Advised Rangers International Football Club on a range of matters including general corporate work including new share issue and AGM advice; commercial contracts; IP and brand protection; and joint venture arrangements and partnerships.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP's team has recently been kept busy handling deals in the technology and energy sectors. The group also has a strong track record advising multinationals, FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies on global reorganisations and restructurings. Notable individuals include practice head Simon Rae, who is a key name for M&A, private equity and venture capital deals.

Practice head(s):Simon Rae

Other key lawyers:Andrew Wardrop

Testimonials

'The team provides strong support and has extensive international offices.'

'Simon Rae manages the client relationship and his team very well.'

Key Clients

Business Growth Fund

Energy Ventures

Environmental Energy Fund

Energy Growth Investors

First Reserve

Infrared Capital Partners

Investec Investments UK

Proprium Capital

Secure Trust Bank

Scottish Equity Partners

Royal Bank of Scotland

Vespa Capital

BrewDog

Cimpress (Vistaprint)

Danaher Corporation

Element Group

Fortive Corporation

Heineken UK

Link Mobility

John Menzies

Work highlights

  • Acted for TTT Moneycorp on its acquisition of leading specialist broker, FirstRate FX Limited.
  • Advised Fortive Corporation on its $2.7bn acquisition of Advanced Sterilisation Products, a Johnson & Johnson company.
  • Acted for Link Mobility AS on its acquisition of leading business-to-consumer mobile messaging and mobile service provider, Hay Systems Limited.
  • Assisted Energy Ventures with the equity financing of leading Scotland technology manufacturer, Morphpackers Limited.

The corporate team at DWF is well known in the Scottish market for handling complex M&A transactions and is a popular choice for private equity investors. Also notable is the group's expertise in UK-wide acquisitions and disposals, equity and debt restructurings, joint ventures and general corporate compliance matters. Wayne Lawrence is the practice head and Paul Pignatelli is another key name.

Practice head(s):Wayne Lawrence

Other key lawyers:Paul Pignatelli; Gary MacDonald; Tom Maxwell; Gemma Gallagher; Orla Kerr

Testimonials

'DWF has excellent corporate and commercial teams in Glasgow and Edinburgh.'

'The firm's corporate lawyers are personable, down-to-earth and know and understand the local business worlds of Glasgow and Edinburgh (and across Scotland). They provide their clients with sound, practical and effective advice.'

'DWF has the strengths and capabilities to resource and advise on every eventuality in the most professional and approachable way possible.'

Key Clients

Capita

Aliter Capital LLP

Scottish Power

Scottish Golf Limited

Custodian REIT

Element (formerly Exova)

Ambassador Group

Pernod Ricard/ChivasBrothers

Graham's The Family Dairy Group

Intelligent Land Investments Group

Stage Capital

Marine Harvest Scotland

Visit Scotland

PastaKing

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Enertrag AG

Zonal Retail Data Systems

Work highlights

  • Advising Aliter Capital LP (through its Ipsum Group investment platform) on the acquisition of Specialist Power Engineering Contracts Limited.
  • Advised Capita on the £160m disposal of Constructionline, its construction procurement and supply chain services division, to Warburg Pincus.
  • Advised the founder and managing director of Scottish outdoor advertising company, Forrest Media, on the £32m cross-border sale of the business to London-based Ocean Outdoor.
  • Assisted Enertrag AG and DISS Investments Limited with the sale of all rights, title and interests in North Pickenham Windfarm LLP, which included a wind farm located in Norwich.

Lindsays' corporate team stands out for the depth of its experience and partner-led service and is able to advise clients across a range of sectors. David Wood and his group provide tailored advice to family businesses and SMEs, including transaction advice, corporate governance and assistance with shareholder arrangements and joint ventures and a broad range of contractual issues. The arrival of Ian Mitchell in the Glasgow office from Shepherd and Wedderburn significantly strengthened the firm's offering in the investment space. Douglas Roberts is another key name.

Practice head(s):David Wood

Other key lawyers:Peter Tweedie; Douglas Roberts; Alastair Smith;

Testimonials

'The ability to focus on each individual case and deal quickly and efficiently with any issues that might arise is what sets the team apart.'

'The proactive team identifies new ideas in the market and actively markets them to clients.'

'The team is always going above and beyond and clients can truly trust it to get the work done on time, and accurately. The corporate experts at Lindsays give sage advice when difficult choices present themselves and always communicate technical details in easy-to-understand terms, while also having a great understanding of specific industries.'

'David Wood is very professional in his dealings. He is great at not wasting time on minor issues but at the same time doesn't allow them to become large issues.'

'Douglas Roberts is enthusiastic and creates opportunities for partners and clients.'

'Douglas Roberts and Nimarta Cheema are exceptional in their approach. They understand the personal stress created by the nature of deals and what needs to be done for each individual client.'

'Alastair Smith is a real pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

Par Equity

Palimpsest Book Production Company Limited

60 North Recycling Limited

Bruce Stevenson Limited

DIR Veterinary Services Limited

John Yorkston

Spence and Spence (Scotland) Limited

Edith Butler

Edinburgh Endodontics Limited

Archangels

University of St Andrews

Leslie Benzies

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sellers on the sale of Blinkbonny Quarry to Breedon Northern Limited.
  • Advised Par Equity on an investment round in Novosound, a company that has developed and patented a groundbreaking technique to mass manufacture printable ultrasound sensors.
  • Advised Palimpsest Book Production Company Limited on a share purchase agreement, revised articles of association, employee trust deed and all necessary ancillary documents concerning the establishment of an employee ownership trust.
  • Advised Bruce Stevenson Limited on the acquisition of A Youngson (Turriff) Limited, based in Aberdeenshire.

MacRoberts LLP acts for a variety of mid-market companies, SMEs and owner-managed businesses, alongside larger clients including domestic PLCs and international buyers. The group is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional transactions, acting for international investors and UK companies during overseas expansion. Alan Kelly, Michael Kelly, Louise Mahon and David Wylie head the practice.

Practice head(s):Alan Kelly; Michael Kelly; Louise Mahon; David Wylie

Other key lawyers:Neil Kennedy; Gary Baines;

Testimonials

'The group stands out for its straight-talking plain English explanation and ability to get the job done.'

'The team is very aligned with clients. It has a great understanding of clients' requirements and constantly checks back to see if the client is on track with what it is trying to achieve.'

'Michael Kelly is clear, concise, intelligent and always available.'

'Gary Baines (associate) powers through the work and is always available.'

Key Clients

Idox

Johnston Press (now JPI Media Limited)

Dow Investments

The Scottish Salmon Company

Spring Grove Clinic (Scotland) Limited

McTear Contracts

Black and Lizars Limited

Marine Procurement Limited

Speech Graphics

Work highlights

  • Acted for German-headquartered Moelle GmbH on a restructure involving its Scottish subsidiary, Moelle Interlok Packaging Limited.
  • Advised Edinburgh-based Speech Graphics on a £2m private equity fundraising.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of Bathing Mobility Advisory Service Limited, an Edinburgh-based bathing mobility specialist, on the disposal of the entire issued share capital to Mobility Group.
  • Acted for the sole shareholder of Unick Holdings Limited on a management buyout of the company.

Morton Fraser acts for SME and family businesses on a wide range of matters, but also has a strong presence in the public sector. The group also has substantial experience acting for investors and regularly supports universities and other higher education institutions in Scotland with developing spin-out businesses. Austin Flynn heads the team, which was recently supplemented by the arrival of Alan Meek from MacRoberts LLP.

Practice head(s):Austin Flynn

Other key lawyers:Adrian Bell; Iain Young; Paul Geoghegan; Melanie Schwindt; Julie Nixon

Testimonials

'Morton Fraser LLP appears to pride itself on providing the most risk-averse advice in Scotland: no "i" left undotted, no "t" uncrossed. This means their products may be more robust, but also more expensive, than average'.

'The practice (asset finance and Corporate) is very well regarded. Morton Fraser is a large but independent Scottish firm with a very hands-on approach which helps to drive matters forward effectively. Very good and in-depth knowledge of the law together with a strong appreciation of the commercial backdrop/reality.'

'Extremely quick and dedicated service. Great academic insight into the legal issues but tailored to deliver the right commercial result. Very solid and dependable service'

'Strong partner leadership. Real interest in getting to understand your business. Advice born of relevant experience'.

'Iain Young is an outstanding partner - unflashy but very sound. He works hard to understand the brief and engages with the other side, without irritating them'.

Key Clients

NES Global Talent

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

The Scotch Whisky Association

CBRE Global Investment Partners

Scottish Mines Restoration Trust

Mercia Technologies

Schuh Limited

Diageo

TerraProtein Equity Partners Limited

Carrick Asset Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of A.B. 2000 Ltd on the sale of the company to UK plant hire group Quatro.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Provista Technology Services Limited, a provider of specialist networking and communications solutions, on the sale of the company to PCM Technology Solutions UK Ltd.
  • Acted for The National Piping Centre on its acquisition of the charitable and commercial activities and assets of The College of Piping.
  • Advised MGB Biopharma Limited on a £2.7m grant from Innovate UK and a £1.3m equity investment from the Archangel Investors Ltd, Barwell, Tri Capital Ltd, the Scottish Investment Bank and Syndicate Room.

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP's team grew with the addition of three new partners following the firm's recent merger with CCW, which also bolstered the group's client base in the SME space. The team has longstanding relationships with clients including Macfarlane Group and The NWH Group and has also continued to expand its technology capabilities and regularly acts on company and investor-side private equity transactions in the start-up sector for clients such as Equity Gap. Also notable is the promotion to partner of Martin O’Neill. Colin Millar leads the team.

Practice head(s):Colin Millar

Other key lawyers:Ken Long; Angus Macleod; Susan Hoyle; Graham Bell; Martin O'Neill; Stephen Grant

Testimonials

'The team is very responsive and commercially oriented.'

'Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP fields a team of client-focused and results-orientated lawyers.'

'The team is very committed to meeting clients' needs and timescales.'

Key Clients

Crocodile (Dundee) Partnership No.6 LLP

Outreach Limited

Macfarlane Group

Carbon Black (Systems) Limited

Whyte & Mackay Limited

Equity Gap Limited

The NWH Group Ltd

Beam Suntory UK Limited

Golden Charter Limited

Hermitage Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding Northern Ireland-based client Lotus Group Bridgeban Investments Limited on its acquisition of a portfolio of 17 properties from Bruce Linton/The James Keiller Group.
  • Acted for Outreach Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Outreach Truck Limited to TH White Limited.
  • Acted for Newmake Limited (trading as The Holyrood Distillery), a company set up to build, operate and run a new malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh, on its £5.9m equity fundraising.

Bellwether Green's practice is best known for its work in the healthcare, education, technology and financial services sectors. New clients include Gerber Landa & Gee and Hjalli Model. Recent work includes advising on the implementation of a tax-driven re-structuring, de-mergers, share option schemes and reductions of share capital. April Bingham heads the practice.

Practice head(s):April Bingham

Testimonials

'The team is approachable and quick to respond to client needs. The corporate experts are very service focused and have the ability to convey technical concepts in ways which clients understand.'

'April Bingham and Stephanie Farrell (senior associate) are helpful, reactive and extremely personable. Nothing is too much of a hassle for them.

Key Clients

Protech Heating Group

DSL Business Finance Ltd

Traveltek Group

Gerber, Landa & Gee

Hjalli Model

DTS International

Timber Frameworks

Poddar Group

Craigalan Controls Limited

Dow Waste

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kids Connecting on its purchase of the entire issued share capital of Big Bird Nursery Ltd, which operates a children’s day care nursery.
  • Advised on the establishment of an SPV for The Airdrie Diamonds consortium and acted on its purchase of 307,020 ordinary shares in the capital of Airdrie Football Club Limited from M&H Logistics Limited.
  • Acted for longstanding client RAM 231 Limited on its purchase, via a special purchase vehicle, of the entire issued share capital of Roin Limited, which operates Jennyswell Nursery and an after-school club.

The corporate group at BTO Solicitors LLP acts for clients in a range of sectors including leisure and licensing, property development and house building and renewable energy. The team, which is led by Jeremy Glen, has substantial experience handling complex disputes between directors, shareholders and partners, as well as complex high-value transactions.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Glen

Other key lawyers:Andrew Sleigh; Alistair Dunn; Patrice Fabien; Gary Booth; Scott Wyper

Key Clients

Mactaggart and Mickel

Crieff Hydro

Hallam Land

Peter Vardy

Barony Universal Products

Johnston Carmichael LLP

Intelligent Capital Holdings Limited

Scottish Football Association

Angus Dundee Distillers

Betsold Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on the re-organisation of Intelligent Capital Holdings Limited, part of which required the purchase of shares within the group from an existing shareholder which enabled terms to be agreed for the buyout of the principal shareholder by the management.
  • Advised the shareholders of Fusion Marine Limited on the sale of 75% of its company shares to Gael Force Group.
  • Acting for the Scottish FA ion the acquisition of title to Hampden Park from Queen's Park Football Club.

Davidson Chalmers Stewart routinely works with English and international law firms on a range of corporate and commercial matters requiring Scottish expertise. The firm's corporate offering was recently enhanced by the firm's merger with boutique firm Kergan Stewart, which added David Allan, Catherine Feechan, Fiona Piper, Stephen Smith, Elizabeth Kennedy and chairman Alan Stewart to its roster of corporate partners. Craig Stirling, who specialises in private equity and M&A, leads the practice. Stuart Duncan is the other name to note.

Practice head(s):Craig Stirling

Other key lawyers:Stuart Duncan; David Allan; Catherine Feechan; Fiona Piper; Stephen Smith; Elizabeth Kennedy; Alan Stewart

Key Clients

Emerson Electric Corporation

Jabil Circuit Corporation

Murray Capital

Hercules Capital

Muir Homes

Guinness Asset Management

Suez Group

Shin-etsu

Natural Assets Investments Limited/Natural Retreats

Palm Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ark Hill Wind Farm Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Sedgwick Wind 2 Limited.
  • Advised Livingston Mechanical Services Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to competitor Morris & Spottiswood.
  • Assisted Edinburgh Computer Services Limited, a technology support company, with the sale of the entire issued share capital to Commsworld Holdings Limited.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP provides the full spectrum of corporate law advice to public and private sector clients from a variety of sectors. The firm particularly stands out in the renewable energy space, where it assists start-up and emerging companies with negotiating inward investments, joint ventures for renewables projects and other land-based development transactions. Other key areas of expertise include the food and drink and retail industries. Practice head David Christopher Smith is based in Edinburgh and - along with several other team members - is dual-qualified in Scottish and English law.

Practice head(s):David Christopher Smith

Macdonald Henderson's team is led by David Beveridge. The group has a strong track record advising on management buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and banking and finance deals domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):David Beveridge

Other key lawyers:Fraser Morrison; Laura McKnight; Michelle Rae

Key Clients

Donside Safety LLP

John Paton & Son

GMB Portfolio Services Limited

UK Polythene Recycling Limited

Renfrewshire Electronics Limited

WD Factors Limited

Bridge Motor Factors Limited

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Kilrevin Holdings Limited

Kained Holdings Group

HR Consultancy

Welch Chemists

Strachan & Others

J P Mackie & Co

Viking Mead

Halo Scotland

Coneworx Limited

Old College Capital LP

University of Strathclyde

Scotia Double Glazing

Cuthbertson & Laird Group

Turnkey Solutions

ACA Print Group

Rox

Work highlights

  • Acting for Donside Safety LLP on the sale of the Orka Safety clothing and equipment division of its business to Hazchem Safety.
  • Advised John Paton & Son Limited on the £2.1m acquisition of 75% of the issued share capital in Countrywide Vehicle Liverpool Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Countrywide Vehicle Rentals Limited.
  • Assisted GMB Portfolio Services Limited with the acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital in GM Mortgage Brokers Ltd.

MBM Commercial's corporate team has a strong focus on acting for high-growth technology companies and their investors at all stages of their development. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of directors Zara Diloo and Tara Walsh from Dentons and CMS respectively, alongside two new associates. Kenny Mumford heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Kenny Mumford

Other key lawyers:Stuart Hendry; Tracey Ginn

Testimonials

'MBM Commercial's team is cool and calm in a crisis.'

'The team provides good, solid advice based on experience gained over years of acting for clients.'

'The group understands the issues and how to get around them effectively.'

Key Clients

Archangel Investments

Seraphim Space

TravelNest

Newable Limited

Dawnfresh Seafoods

Big Data For Humans

Mallzee

Kangaroo Self Storage

Optoscribe Limited

QuikServe Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hutchinson Networks Ltd on a £2.2m funding from Yorkshire Fund Managers.
  • Advised Novosound Ltd on its spin-out from the University of West of Scotland (UWS) as well as a £1.5m funding from Par Equity, Kelvin Capital, SIB and others.
  • Assisting Archangel Investors Ltd with its £3.15m syndicated funding round into Calcivis Ltd alongside SIB and Julz LLC.

Shoosmiths's corporate and commercial team, which is led by Alison Gilson, is known for its advice on mergers and acquisitions. It is also experienced in assisting with private equity investments, fundraising deals and wider corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):Alison Gilson

Other key lawyers:Jen Paton

Testimonials

'The corporate lawyers at Shoosmiths are experienced, collegiate in their thinking, friendly, proactive and practical in their counsel.'

'The team is responsive and commercial and keeps things simple and effective. The drafting is always clear and easy to understand.'

'At Shoosmiths there is a very level and professional approach to getting the transaction done, but with a finely judged sense of when to push and when to move on.'

'Alison Gilson is a very impressive , measured and practical lawyer. She doesn't panic under pressure and has a sharp mind.'

'Alison Gilson and Jen Paton (senior associate) both try to identify potential issues early on in any deal and explain them to the client and the adviser in straightforward terms to see if it is worth progressing or stopping straight away.'

Key Clients

Carewatch Care Services Limited

MV Commercial Limited

M-Squared Lasers Limited

LeapFrog Investments Group Limited

John Smith & Sons Group Limited

August Equity

Progress to Excellence Holdings Limited

Kortext Limited

Bob & Berts Group Limited

Sea-Cargo Aberdeen Limited

Barter & Trade International BTI

Twenty7tec Group Limited

Quorum Network Resources Limited

Webrecruit Holdings Limited

Entrotec Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for John Smith & Son Group Limited on the sale of the Hammicks business to Wildy’s & Sons Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of MV Trench Support Limited on the sale of the company to GAP Group Limited.

The team at Turcan Connell is best known for advising entrepreneurs and family businesses on exits by way of trade sales, management buyouts or employee buyouts. It has focused on developing its expertise in investment matters, recently acting for Par Equity Limited. Mike Kane heads the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Callum Murray from Morton Fraser.

Practice head(s):Mike Kane

Other key lawyers:Jack Gardiner

Testimonials

'Turcan Connell stands out for its breadth of skills under one roof and unique knowledge of certain buyout techniques.'

'Mike Kane is fantastic. He is calm in all storms, with a great mind for insights that are really useful and save lots of time and money.'

Key Clients

Grant Asset Management

Par Equity

The Wee Hotel Company

SV Realty Limited

Dayforce Europe (Ceridian)

Lyon and Turnbull Ltd

Smith Anderson Group

Macphie of Glenbervie Ltd

Headon Developments Ltd

Tidewater Inc

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead adviser to the shareholders of Sanquhar Tile Services Limited, a rural manufacturing business, on its disposal to a portfolio company owned by Warren Buffett.
  • Advised Shetland Charitable Trust on its £17.5m disposal of an investment company, Shetland Leasing and Property Developments Limited, to Shetland Islands Council.
  • Advised new client Par Equity LLP as lead investor on a significant fundraising for its portfolio company, co-investing with other institutions.
  • Advised SV Realty Limited, the UK arm of an Indian Family office investment company, on its first property investment in Scotland.

Gilson Gray advises start ups and new businesses on acquiring corporate finance while also acting for multinational manufacturing and engineering companies. The corporate team also has a particular expertise in the medical devices and regulatory space where it handles the legal issues surrounding medical trials and commercial agreement negotiations. Derek Hamill leads the group from Glasgow while Andrew Fleetwood is the main name to note in Edinburgh.

Practice head(s):Derek Hamill

Other key lawyers:Andrew Fleetwood

Testimonials

'At Gilson Gray, people are instantly brought in providing a wealth of knowledge and experience on demand.'

'The corporate lawyers at Gilson Gray always have a clear focus of where the client's business is going and have an in-depth knowledge of how they operate.'

'Derek Hamill's knowledge of international contract law and business is exceptional.'

Key Clients

BrewDog plc

Wilson Imports Limited

Delete Limited

Apex Training & Development Limited

Ay Dee Kay

Mackies of Taypack Limited

Bray Controls (UK) Limited

Hunter Hayes Limited

Watt Brothers

Udrafter

Work highlights

  • Advised Capbal on the acquisition of project rights for around 300MW of large-scale battery projects throughout the UK.
  • Assisted BrewDog plc with the acquisition of Hawkes Brewing Company.

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