Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard operates at the apex of the Scottish corporate and commercial market, regularly advising on the most significant and high-value transactions throughout the UK and internationally, with broad sector expertise spanning technology, real estate, energy, and healthcare and life sciences. David Anderson has recently been elevated to head of the corporate team in Scotland, overseeing a practice which is particularly well known for its capabilities regarding private equity, M&A, and corporate real estate matters. Private equity specialist David Kirchin is a key contact, while Murray Jack also regularly advises on mid-market PE transactions in the UK, especially in the healthcare and life science sectors. Having joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2022, Kevin Beattie continues to strengthen his reputation for complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Anderson

Other key lawyers:

David Kirchin; Murray Jack; Kevin Beattie


‘Fantastic team who are very commercially focussed and genuinely look to make the legal aspects of transactions as smooth and efficient as possible by positively engaging with lawyers on the other side of deals.’

‘David Kirchin is an outstanding partner, who stands out in the corporate and commercial sector.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate division provides invaluable advice, support and guidance to clients.’

‘The strength in depth at both partner and associate level has really stood out, along with their ability to explain and resolve complex challenges in the simplest way possible. Collectively, they also have an enviable network across the financial services industry and beyond.’

‘Each member of the team has significant experience and operates with real dynamism.’

‘They truly understand the needs of in-house legal teams and the requirement to be risk and outcome focussed.’

‘Together as a team they are great to work with, and individually they each take the time to build strong relationships. These strong relationships and the warmth in which they operate really do help make the difference when needing to deftly navigate the challenging issues in complex and strategically important matters.’

Key clients

Orkla ASA

Housing Growth Partnership III LP

Barclays Bank UK plc, HSBC UK Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest Group, Northern Bank Limited (trading as Danske Bank), Santander UK plc, TSB Bank plc and Virgin Money and Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

Pioneer Bidco Limited (holding company of AAB)

GENinCode plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Orkla ASA in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Healthspan Group Limited, a leading manufacturer and supplier of dietary supplements based in Guernsey.
  • Advising HGP on its joint venture with Kier Property which commits £80m on a 50:50 basis over a five-year period and targets the building of 2,000 new homes for sale and rental in that period.
  • Advising Barclays Bank UK plc, HSBC UK Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest Group, Northern Bank Limited (trading as Danske Bank), Santander UK plc, TSB Bank plc, Virgin Money and Bank of Ireland (UK) plc on the creation and launch of Cash Access UK Limited, a new joint venture between 10 of the UK’s largest high street banking providers to support their customers.

Brodies LLP

With offices in key business hubs including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, the corporate and commercial team at Brodies LLP offers expertise across the full range of corporate matters, advising the most prominent private and public companies and high-net-worth individuals in the market. Noted for a particular strength in cross-border M&A, the team is led by the highly experienced Neil Burgess, who has a phenomenal track record across multiple sectors including manufacturing and engineering, food and drink and renewable energy. Shuna Stirling brings specialist expertise in corporate real estate matters, while William Mcintosh's practice focuses heavily on the US and complex M&A mandates in particular. David Lightbody, is highly sought after for his knowledge of investments, restructurings and company law, senior associate Paul Breen is adept at handling bespoke commercial contracts and company regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Shuna Stirling; William McIntosh; David Lightbody; Paul Breen; Derek Stroud; Alasdair Dunn; Eric Galbraith


‘Eric Galbraith is excellent in the negotiation process – his team is always very responsive and drafting spot on from discussions.’

‘Neil Burgess is a real details person. He is always composed and calm, even amidst the heat of tense corporate deal discussions. He misses nothing, and his high level of intellect is clear when dealing with complex legal or contractual points.’

‘Paul Breen is a great performer – he’s clever, organised and provides clients with confidence that he is covering all bases. He also helps steer clients around the points that might be worth conceding to help focus on the key issues of contention, which helps to get deals over the line.’

We worked closely with Derek Stroud and Alasdair Dunn on a complex and intense sales process. They were excellent to work with, provided clear and concise guidance and worked incredibly hard under tight deadlines to get our transaction over the line.’

‘A strong team that provides responsive and clear advice together with a quick understanding of the challenges the client has.’

‘The team are very thorough and have a great eye for detail.’

‘Brodies have a depth of resource, with expert advisors with sector-specific market, commercial and legal expertise across the partner level, ably supported by proactive associates with strong work ethics and good, polished client relationship and organisational skills.’

‘David Lightbody is the epitome of calm, cool and collected in all dealings and matters of legal advice, regardless of the intensity of external pressures or commercial consequences of any given situation.’

Key clients


Scottish Enterprise



ACS Clothing Limited

Last Mile Infrastructure Group

Scottish Equity Partners

Old College Capital

Flag Communication Limited

Katjes Greenfood

Borderlink Broadband

Mirador Analytics

Orbital Marine Power

Rewards4 Group

DC Thomson

Scottish National Investment Bank

Exscientia Limited

AGS Airports Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Katjes Greenfood on its acquisition of Genius Foods, the UK market leader in gluten-free ready-to-eat bakery products.
  • Advised Accel-KKR in a significant capital investment acquiring the entire share capital of Singletrack Systems Limited, the capital markets client engagement and analytics expert.
  • Advised Orbital Marine Power on its public offer and issue of secured debentures. Orbital is a renewable energy company focussed on the development and global deployment of the world’s most powerful tidal turbine. The fundraise was supported by a £4m facility provided by the Scottish National Investment Bank.

Burness Paull LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Burness Paull LLP are ‘experts in their field’, boasting an impressive range of the most innovative companies in Scotland and beyond, including family businesses, private equity houses, venture capital firms, start-ups and PLCs. The team is particularly active across the technology, financial services and capital markets sectors, with team head Mark Ellis having a stellar reputation both nationally and internationally, especially for his stand-out private equity expertise. David Davidson specialises in M&A, PE transactions and corporate advisory work, with Peter Lawson also handling a steady stream of sophisticated public and private M&A matters. Chris Gotts brings specialist expertise of the energy, renewables and technology sectors, while Catriona Macallan is vastly knowledgeable regarding the Chinese market. Edward Hunter was promoted to partner in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ellis

Other key lawyers:

David Davidson; Peter Lawson; Chris Gotts; Catriona Macallan; Edward Hunter


‘Burness Paull are an exceptional law firm.’

‘What sets the corporate practice apart is their outstanding team, characterised by professionalism, dedication, and a genuine passion for their work.’

‘Every team member possesses pragmatism and expertise in equal measure, their attention to detail is remarkable, and their strategic approach sets them apart from other firms.’

‘The team has strong leadership and provides great advice.’ 

‘The Burness Paull team, regardless of the division assisting you, are always proactive and responsive to business needs.’

‘They provide an excellent service and innovative solutions and advice.’

‘Mark Ellis provides outstanding partner support.’

‘Edward Hunter provides direct, frank and pragmatic counsel.’

Key clients


Harris Family Trusts


The Access Group

Cairngorm Capital

Lonsdale Capital Partners

Kings Park Capital

Future Business Partnership

The Inn Collection Group

The senior management shareholders of the Binding Site

Par Equity

Maven Capital Partners


Parkdean Resorts

Revera Asset Management


Phoenix Group

Royal London

Work highlights

  • Advised the Harris Family Trusts on their acquisition of Butlin’s from Bourne Leisure.
  • Advised The Access Group on all elements of its acquisitions of: (i) Rotaready Limited; (ii) Paycircle Limited; (iii) ProspectSoft; (iv) Caboodle Technology; and (v) adamHTT.
  • Advised the senior management team of Binding Site on the sale of their entire interests in Binding Site, alongside Swedish private equity investor, Nordic Capital, to Thermo Fisher Scientific. The total consideration payable by Thermo Fisher Scientific was £2.25bn.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP are renowned as the ‘go-to firm for all corporate and commercial related matters’, consistently handling the most significant transactions, including acquisitions and initial public offerings (IPOs), throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally. The depth of practice is complemented by the breadth of sector expertise, active across a wide range of key industries from financial services and technology to manufacturing and infrastructure. Team head Barry McCaig’s practice focuses on private equity, leading the firm’s relationship with key clients such as Scottish Equity Partners. He is supported by Roasalie Chadwick who specialises in high-value acquisitions and disposals, particularly in the energy sector, while Alan Diamond is a key contact for equity capital markets, M&A and joint venture matters. Senior associate Graeme Stapleton is building a solid reputation, especially regarding the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Barry McCaig

Other key lawyers:

Rosalie Chadwick; Alan Diamond; Graeme Stapleton


‘Rosalie Chadwick is hugely experienced, knowledgeable and extremely user-friendly. Clients have absolute confidence in her legal judgment and this is backed up by a high level of commercial awareness.’

‘Rosalie Chadwick is truly outstanding.’

‘As a team, their collective understanding of the industry and their commercial awareness is clear in their pragmatism and effectiveness. They make complex M&A and reverse takeover (RTO) processes very smooth and enable clients to carry out transactions within a strict timetable.’

Key clients

Ithaca Energy plc

TotalEnergies E&P UK Limited

Derek Pierce and family (J&D Pierce (Contracts) Limited)

Forth Ports Limited

Springfield Properties plc

Iomart Group plc

Scottish Equity Partners

Delek Group

TotalEnergies Offshore Wind Holdings UK

ENI S.p.A.

Scottish Rugby Union

Sciroccco Energy plc

SDC Group

Invesis B.V.


The Buccleuch Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ithaca Energy plc on its $1.5bn acquisition of Siccar Point Energy and its £2.5bn IPO and premium listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Derek Pierce and others on the sale of 80% of the issued share capital of J&D Pierce (Contracts) Limited to Storskogen UK Limited.
  • Advised Springfield Properties plc on its acquisition of Mactaggart & Mickel.


Led by Frank Fowlie, CMS’s corporate and commercial practice is deeply embedded across the UK and internationally, being particularly well regarded for handling big-ticket and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Having always boasted significant expertise in a number of key sectors including energy, technology, and financial services, in recent years especially the practice has been at the forefront of some of the largest oil and gas, and renewables M&A deals in the market. Graeme Bruce brings over 35 years of experience, specialising in public and private company work including takeovers, mergers and public issues. Jack Letson has a great reputation in the market, especially for complex M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, while Helen Gillies is a trusted advisor to a number of major management teams, corporate clients and institutions. Bruce Harvie was promoted to partner in May 2022, bringing a broad range of transactional experience including corporate reorganisations, shareholder and joint venture agreements, and corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Frank Fowlie

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Bruce; Jack Letson; Helen Gillies; Bruce Harvie


‘Helen Gillies understands the needs of clients. She is proactive in tackling issues and always on top of the key problems.’

‘The corporate team are exceptionally client focussed and proactive. Excellent project management and enthusiasm to get the project completed.’

‘The partners very visible and it’s a super team for working and collaboration with clients.’

Key clients

Media Zoo Limited

Flotation Energy plc/Limited

Natwest Group PLC

Infra Balance New Energy

Bruker Corporation

Cornwall Insight Group Limited

Braid Group

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Macfarlane Group plc

Smart Metering Systems plc

CCL Industries Inc

Scottish Enterprise/HIE

OTAQ plc


Peak Scientific


Souter Investments

Murray Capital

Civitas Investment Management

ICR Integrity

Scottish National Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised award winning Inoapps and its shareholders in complex sale to Abry Partners.
  • Advised Flotation Energy and its shareholders in sale to Tepco Japan’s largest utility company.
  • Advised Peel Hunt and Jefferies on Warehouse REIT listing on main market value £621m.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn works with a host of major public and private sector clients on all manner of corporate and commercial engagements, with recent highlights including multi-million-pound cross-border sales and investment transactions in the manufacturing sector. Edinburgh-based practice co-chair Stephen Trombala - 'commercially sharp and legally brilliant' - is noted for his capabilities in the tech and upstream oil and gas sectors, while fellow practice head George Frier - based in Glasgow - is especially recommended for his knowledge of food and drink-driven work, heading up the firm's sector offering. Other key figures include John Morrison, who specialises in corporate clean energy matters, and Tom Swan, praised for his 'clear, timely, and pragmatic advice' in energy and financial services instructions.


Practice head(s):

Stephen Trombala; George Frier

Other key lawyers:

John Morrison; Tom Swan


‘Their ability to make a client feel like their only client is quite exceptional. They are prompt in their replies, they have deep knowledge of their practice area and there is trust in their team at all levels of experience.’

‘All is can say is, I wouldn’t consider any other Corporate team in Scotland.’

‘It is amazing how they cover so many different aspects of a client’s business.’

Key clients

Capricorn Energy plc

Reporter to the Court of Session N

Epic Games

Scottish Power PLC

Mangata Edge Limited

Scottish National Investment Bank

Omega Diagnostics Group plc

Gap Group Limited

Scottish Sea Farms Limited

Chivas Regal

Work highlights

  • Acted for Capricorn Energy plc in connection with the proposed return of up to US$700 million to shareholders by way of tender offer for ordinary shares and a share repurchase programme.
  • Acting as UK counsel for TV Squared on the sale of the company to NYSE listed Innovid in return for $100m in cash + 12.5m stock.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Granfit Holdings Limited in the up to £92 million sale of Granfit Holdings Limited and group members to Norcros Group (Holdings) Limited.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP continues to handle a steady stream of national and international acquisitions, high-value private equity transactions, and complex joint ventures; with particular strength in the energy, technology, life sciences and biotech sectors. The team is led by Danny Lee, who specialises in M&A and brings ‘first-rate’ experience of the renewables sector in particular. Corporate director Joanna Monaghan is also instrumental, who as well as transactional work, offers significant experience in corporate governance and company law. Malcolm Donald joined from Stronachs LLP in November 2022, bringing extensive experience in the energy sector, especially relating to the energy transition and renewables.

Practice head(s):

Danny Lee

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Monaghan; Malcolm Donald


‘They are very receptive to investing the time to get to know their client’s business and introduce their multidisciplinary team to cover all future needs across company law, investments, employment, IP, property etc.’

‘Great team that give fantastic advice. Clients feel in very safe hands at every point of the process.’


Key clients

Progressive Energy

BSW Timber

Shareholders of C.P. Hart & Sons

Circularity Capital

CNG Fuels

Eider Vertical Farming



Renesola Power

Cumulus Oncology Ltd

Atlas Hotels


The Electric Car Scheme


Farmison Group Limited


Nodus Oncology Limited

Cytomos Limited

Albert Health


Fitzwalter Capital


Panoramic Growth Fund

Global Energy Group

Octopus Investments Ltd

Dick Brothers Forestry Limited

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd

Ooni Limited

Milne & Hackney


Infinis Energy


William Grant & Sons

Climate Transition Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Progressive Energy in connection with the £1bn project to build and operate a low carbon hydrogen production facility.
  • Advised private equity firm, Circularity Capital, on its £10m investment into circular fashion business, Advanced Clothing Solutions.
  • Advised private equity firm, Inverleith, on its acquisition and investment in the company behind Eden Mill Gin, St Andrews Brewers.


Offering ‘an exceptional range of specialist skills’, the corporate and commercial practice at Dentons advises many of Scotland’s leading businesses, fund managers, investors and lenders, as well as a number of international corporates and funders across a broad range of sectors, from food and drink and financial services to energy and retail. Brian Moore oversees the practice, renowned for his expertise regarding public and private M&A, and equity capital markets transactions. Iain Sutherland is a key member of the team and brings significant experience in the utilities and IT sectors in the UK and internationally, while retail specialist Derek McCombe is adept at handling financings, debt fund raisings and restructurings. Owen McLennan was promoted to partner in May 2022, having built a strong practice around private funds and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Brian Moore; Iain Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Derek McCombe; Owen McLennan


‘Excellent commercial awareness and ability to balance legal risks with business needs.’

‘They provide clear communication and management of expectations.’

‘Brian Moore acted on a recent M&A deal where he outperformed the other sides lawyers a number of times and the result was a significant uplift in shareholder valuation.’

‘Brian Moore can really be trusted to get it right, it is so valuable being able to work with a team of lawyers that you can rely on.’

‘Very commercial and adaptable. Good understanding of the law.’

‘The team’s excellent client management, clarity of thought, excellent humour and collaborative approach make them a joy to work with.’

‘Absolutely excellent – practical, brilliant knowledge and very timely advice.’

‘The team of Brian Moore deliver a seamless service in walking a novice through a capital reduction process with a minimum of fuss.’

Key clients

Scottish National Investment Bank plc

QUIZ plc

Scottish Equity Partners

The Edrington Group Limited

AccountancyManager (AM) Limited

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Browns Food Group

Zhejiang Orient Gene Biotech

Stagecoach Group

DT Global

Work highlights

  • Advising on the recommended takeover of Lamprell plc, a £160m cross-border Takeover Code deal.
  • Advising Scottish Equity Partners on its significant growth equity investment in Pelion IoT Limited.
  • Acting for Stagecoach, in back-to-back business and asset transactions, in their strategic acquisition of London bus routes from two existing service providers.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper regularly represents a diverse range of major corporates and investors across the gamut of corporate and commercial matters, from M&A and joint ventures, to private equity and venture capital. Simon Rae leads the practice, with a proven track record across Scotland, the UK and internationally regarding complex domestic and cross-border transactions, with a particular strength in private equity. Legal director Andrew Wardrop’s practice focuses on corporate reorganisations and restructurings for large multinationals, while senior associate Callum Swanson specialises in private M&A work.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rae

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Wardrop; Callum Swanson

Key clients

Aquila Capital

Energy Ventures

Energy Growth Investors

First Reserve

Infrared Capital Partners

Investec Investments UK

JP Morgan Asset Management International

Lloyds Banking Group

NatWest (formerly Royal Bank of Scotland)

Proprium Capital

Scottish Equity Partners

SCP Group

Secure Trust Bank

Vespa Capital

Ancala Partners

Magnesium Capital


BrewDog PLC

Danaher Corporation

Element Materials Technology Group

Evotec SE

Fortive Corporation

Heineken UK

James Jones & Sons

Menzies Aviation

Link Mobility

Lumi Global

Marsh & McLennan



Moody’s Corporation

Motive Offshore Group

Pharmaq AS

Raeburn Brick

Reata Pharmaceuticals

Sawafi Al Jazeera Oilfield Products and Services Company

Simply UK

Syneos Health Inc

TGS Nopec

Vontier Corporation

Westwood Global Energy

WeWork Companies Inc

Wm Grant & Sons

Crocs Inc

Ashtead Technology

TSH Development


Compass Group

Work highlights

  • Advising BrewDog on its joint venture with Budweiser China, in a strategic move for a major expansion in the country.


With the Scottish offering acting as a key part of the firm’s UK and international corporate practice, the team at DWF adopts a sector-specific approach to offer clients in-depth knowledge, with key areas of focus including technology, financial services, consumer, and sport. Practice head Paul Pignatelli, an expert in the latter, has a strong reputation for his ability to handle complex M&A, disposals, private equity and investment work. Gary MacDonald has driven considerable growth in the firm’s Scotland corporate financing and M&A offering, while Alasdair Peacock has a particular interest in the food, retail and tourism sectors.

Practice head(s):

Paul Pignatelli

Other key lawyers:

Gary Macdonald; Alasdair Peacock

Key clients

Scottish Investments Limited

Spectre Bidco Limited

Vesper Bidco Limited

Apleona UK PPP Limited

Ambassador LB Holdings LLP

Mowi Scotland Limited

Forrest Securities Limited

Tennis Scotland

Zonal Retail Data Systems Limited

C&C Holdings (NI) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised C&C Group plc (the owner of Tennents Lager, Magners and Bulmers) on the £55m disposal of its’ entire minority interest in Admiral Taverns (which has a portfolio of over 1,600 pubs) to Proprium Capital Partners and entry into a new long-term supply agreement with Admiral.
  • Advised Christopher Trainer on the sale of Forrest Securities Holdings Limited (the parent company of Forrest Securities Limited which owns a significant portfolio of high-quality advertising sites throughout the UK) to Wildstone Capital.
  • Advised Apleona UK PPP Limited on the acquisition of the majority shareholding in Combined Technical Solutions Limited.

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP is recongised as a major player in Scotland’s corporate market, advising a wide array of top clients from national and internationally recongised corporate groups and investors to high-growth businesses, owner-managers, entrepreneurs and scale-ups. The team, led from Glasgow by Donnie Munro, is best known for its skill handling complex M&A, equity investments, and high-growth business deals, with a particular focus on the technology sector. Heading the entrepreneurial team is Paula Skinner, a trusted advisor to businesses, high-growth scale-ups and investors across a broad range of sectors, with an emphasis on the technology and renewable energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Donnie Munro

Other key lawyers:

Paula Skinner


‘Extremely capable and approachable team that are a pleasure to work with. No matter what is thrown at them and at what notice (from IP, property, share options, fundraising, contractual…) they never let you down.’

‘Capable, flexible, and responsive.’

‘The way in which they complete transactions at pace, this is what makes Harper MacLeod unique.’

‘The team are exceptional.’

‘The Harper Macleod partnership provides a full-service offering, with specialist partners in all areas needed.’

‘The lead partner is always available and takes the trouble to explain in detail the intricacies of the contract negotiation.’

‘We are usually working on multiple transactions together, which are all at different stages, but we always deliver and work as a team to do this.’

‘The team are exceptional.’

Key clients

Webhelp Group

Clyde Dental Practice Limited (part of the Clyde Munro Dental Group)

Optical Express

Halfords Autocentres Limited

Kent Foods Limited

Morrison Community Care Holdco Limited

Fred Olsen Renewables Limited

Caribou Property Ltd

MacDonald Group

Statkraft UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the MacDonald Group, one of Scotland’s largest independent insurance brokers, on its sale to the private equity backed Partners & Group. The MacDonald Group brand has been retained, and now has access to a UK-wide broker offering a wider range of services, enabling the business to significantly enhance their client proposition.
  • Advising the Clyde Munro Dental Group on their Scotland-wide acquisition programme. This entailed 12 successful acquisitions throughout 2022.
  • Advised Kingdom Technologies, one of the fastest growing technology startups in Scotland, on an investment from Scottish Enterprise and European VC’s including Metaplanet, Ironwolf, Superangel and Specialist VC.


The corporate offering at Shoosmiths LLP has a strong reputation for high-quality and commercial advice across a broad spectrum of areas from M&A and investment work, to private equity and venture capital transactions, with particular growth in recent years coming in specialist areas such as green technology and life sciences. ‘SuperstarAlison Gilson leads the team, with considerable experience of both high-value Scottish and UK transactions, she is building a stellar reputation for complex international M&A deals. Calum Stacey joined in January 2022 and fronts the commercial offering, bringing a strong background in the energy sector and advising on commercial contracts and project and JV-specific arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Alison Gilson

Other key lawyers:

Calum Stacey


‘The Shoosmiths team are highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable in handling the variety of tasks presented, from the relatively straight forward lease and purchase arrangements to those more complicated formations, or dissolution, of Shareholding Agreements.’

‘There is a sense of care and sensitivity applied by each Shoosmiths representative to those difficult tasks and decisions being experienced by their client.’

‘You just know what is being advised and/or produced is a thorough and honest appraisal, based on what is the best course of action for the customer.’

‘Shoosmiths have the people, diversity of skillset and network.’

‘The team possess good commercial and technical experience and knowledge.’

‘Alison Gilson shows great commercial awareness and responsiveness.’

‘Calum Stacey gets start-ups. We value his opinion, his friendly approach, but most importantly, we value his brain. He has been a rock within our business, guiding us through the twists and turns of scaling a climate tech company with industrial and agricultural clients.’

‘The team really understands our business, meaning they hit the ground running on any new matters. Their value for money is excellent.’

Key clients

Sandbox International Holdings Limited

Extreme E Limited

Electric Sea Racing Limited

Big Green Smile Limited

LeapFrog Investments

Engine B Limited

MV Commercial Limited

St Andrews Pharmaceuticals Technology Limited

Housing Growth Partnership

Foresight Group LLP


Central England Co-operative Limited

Black Bull Biochar Limited

Engage Consulting Limited

Hyper9 Ltd

The Wise Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Sandbox International on its acquisition of PlayKids, One of the Leading Children’s Edutainment Platforms in Brazil, to Cement Its Place in the Global Online Learning Space.
  • Advised Electric Sea Racing on its investment from Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund to enable it to launch the world’s first electric boat racing championship.
  • Advised TotalEnergies on its framework agreements as part of the expansion of its public EV network following its acquisition of Source London.


TLT are highly active across Scotland, the UK and internationally, regularly handling high-value and complex M&A transactions. The team is headed from Glasgow by Damien Bechelli, whose practice particularly focuses on M&A, disposals, restructurings, and joint ventures. He is supported by Kirsty Smith, who has a solid track record across both transactional and advisory matters, especially private equity finance and investment. The team was strengthened when the highly experienced Douglas Roberts joined from Lindsays in February 2023, advising a diverse range of clients which spans SMEs, family businesses and start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Damien Bechelli

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Smith; Douglas Roberts


‘They know the market and are able to outline the issues clearly.’

‘Kirsty Smith and Damien Bechelli are extremely knowledgeable, readily available and do all they can to get the deal done.’

‘The team are very joined up, and you do not feel that the client is left to navigate the various specialisms.’

‘They always go the extra mile.’

‘Strong team of corporate lawyers who understand the commercial world and the importance of time.’

‘Damien Bechelli is the most honest and diligent corporate lawyer to work with.’

‘Good team interaction when multidisciplinary advice is required.’

‘Damien Bechelli is pro-active, measured and efficient.’

Key clients

Intelligent Land Investments Group PLC

ILI Energy Storage plc

Yoo Energy

Abbey Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Intelligent Land Investments Group plc on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Clayfords Energy Storage Limited to the Foresight Solar Fund.
  • Advising greatly experienced renewables investor, Intelligent Land Investments Group plc, on the sale of Pitkevey Battery Storage Limited to global clean energy investor TagEnergy.
  • Advised three very experienced renewables investors and operators – Yoo Energy, Abbey Group and Intelligent Land (Battery Storage) Ltd – on the sale of Cathkin Battery Storage Limited, a company they jointly owned.

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern’s corporate team offers a ‘solid depth of knowledge over a broad and diverse number of sectors’, with particular expertise in healthcare, hotels and tourism, food and drink, and energy and renewables. Simon Brown leads the team, a vastly experienced corporate and commercial practitioner who advises private, public and third sector clients on a wide range of issues including business structures, governance, M&A, joint ventures, and commercial contracts. Bruce Farquhar is a leading authority on employee ownership transactions, while Euan Tripp leads both the corporate investments and corporate tourism and hotels offerings.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brown

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Farquhar; Euan Tripp


‘Provide a first-class service to their clients and are prepared to invest in, and value, the relationships which they have with funders.’

‘Euan Tripp has a great interest in, and understanding of, growing, disruptive technology businesses and is therefore able to offer a service tailored to their needs.’

‘Bruce Farquhar is unique in that he goes the extra mile to deliver what the clients want.

Key clients

Foresight Group LLP

Maven Capital Partners LLP

Par Fund Management Limited

Kelvin Capital Limited

TriCapital Syndicate LLP

Aveni Limited

Eurowind Energy (A/S)

Ripple Wind Coop 2 Limited

Locogen Solar Developments

Apex Hotels Limited

Lothian Advanced Investments

Shareholders of My On-line Schooling Ltd

Oak & Green Group Limited / Livos Renewables Limited

Locogen/ Livos Renewables

Fieldsports Press Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Oak & Green Group Limited / Livos Renewables Limited, consortium of developers, on the sale of multiple project special purpose vehicles to Aukera UK Ltd in relation to energy projects.
  • Advised shareholders of My On-line Schooling Ltd on the Sale of the entire issued share capital of My On-line Schooling Ltd (“MOS”) to Inspired Education Group, the leading global group of premium schools educating over 70,000 students on five continents.
  • Acting for TriCapital Syndicate LLP, the lead investor in this two-tranche investment alongside co-investment partner, Scottish Enterprise, as well as other investors including initial seed round leader Gabriel Investments, Eos Advisory, SIS Ventures, Gabriel and Alba Equity.

BTO Solicitors LLP

Acting for a diverse range of national and international clients, BTO Solicitors LLP’s corporate offering regularly handles complex multi-million pound transactions concerning M&A, shareholder and director disputes, corporate restructuring and governance, as well as general commercial advice. The team is active across a wide array of sectors including hospitality, banking, and food and drink, with practice head Scott Wyper offering particular expertise in renewable energy. Emma Barclay is forging an impressive reputation in the market, advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial law from commercial contracts and re-organisations to investments and joint ventures

Practice head(s):

Scott Wyper

Other key lawyers:

Emma Barclay


‘Excellent ability to form part of the project team and drive it to completion.’

‘More than capable of taking on the big boys and winning. Always willing to go the extra mile to make things happen.’

‘Emma Barclay and Scott Wyper assist on some large M&A deals in Scotland.’

‘The team like to have a more personal touch where possible.’

‘Their expertise covers a wide range which suits a client’s business.’

‘The individuals are always very professional, polite and more importantly, very capable.’

‘The team take matters in their stride, are calm and hit the required deadlines.’

Key clients

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited

Scottish Hydro Investment Limited

Hallam Land

Peter Vardy Group

Scott Group Limited

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

CRF Hydro Power Limited

Scottish Football Association

Angus Dundee Distillers plc

Allied Vehicles Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited in connection with the sale of its housebuilding and timber frame businesses to Springfield Properties Plc.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Scott Group Investments Limited to BSW Timber Limited, part of the Binderholz Group, a global saw milling group with operations in Austria, Germany, Finland and the USA, and headquartered in Earlston, Scotland. Scott Group Investments Limited has over 30 subsidiaries, as well as several joint venture interests (including one in Latvia).
  • Acted for the shareholders of Resource Data Management Group Limited on their sale of shares to a Swedish investment company which specialises in the acquisition of innovative technology companies.

Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Offering clients ‘commercially aware and completely genuine’ corporate advice, the team at Davidson Chalmers Stewart has an excellent reputation in the Scottish and UK market, particularly for M&A work in the healthcare and renewables sectors. Practice head Craig Stirling’s practice focuses primarily on complex M&A and private equity transactions. Stephen Smith departed to set up private practice, Harty & Smith, in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Craig Stirling


‘DCS’s corporate team are the most talented group of lawyers you can work with. They bring a combination of technical capability, experience, interpersonal skills and work ethic that which adds value to every situation in which you work with them.’

‘Quite simply, DCS delivers a fantastic quality product.’

‘This team always put a client’s needs first, are happy to lead or take instruction where appropriate, and seamlessly become part of the team. They collectively have a level of understanding of business and commercial reality that is unparalleled.’

‘The multidisciplinary team at Davidson Chalmers Stewart provide complete legal support tailored specifically to a client’s needs.’

‘DCS are approachable, straightforward and frank in their dealings.’

‘My key point of contact is Craig Stirling, who has been my go-to person for over a decade, and I very much like the fact that he remains accessible and receptive no matter the nature of our enquiry.’

‘DCS is a “family” firm and that reflects in their service delivery – something many aspire to but often fail to achieve.’

Key clients


Tartan Leisure

Palm Capital

Kelvin Capital

Castlelake LP

The Green Tribe Fund

Clyde Munro Group

Emerson Electric

Chris Stewart Group

Muir Homes

Work highlights

  • Acted for AcalisCare (an international care home operator) on its funding and acquisition of the Balhousie Care Group (Scotland’s largest care home group with almost 1,000 residents in 26 care facilities).
  • Acted for Tartan Leisure on all aspects of Scotland’s first, inland, artificial surf park, with associated leisure and accommodation facilities.
  • Acted for Palm Capital and Castlelake Limited Partners in connection with the sale of a BVI registered company owning a large office block in Edinburgh to a buyer registered in the Bahamas.


Lindsays corporate group has a strong track record across a wide array of corporate advisory and transactional work including shareholder disputes, share buybacks, and joint ventures. Team head David Wood has extensive experience advising clients on M&A transactions over a multitude of sectors, with recent emphasis in the healthcare sector. Ian Mitchell brings over two decades of corporate and commercial experience, and also a strong background in advising on private equity transactions. Douglas Roberts left to join TLT in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Wood

Other key lawyers:

Ian Mitchell


‘Lindsays are invaluable with their clear advice, from the start they provide various options and advise accordingly.’

‘They advised, patiently, with different possibilities/outcomes along the way.’

‘High levels of capability, and a no-nonsense solution approach to issues.’

‘David Wood kept in touch with myself and my accountant and made himself available, often at the last minute, for online meetings to advise me.’

‘Knowing that someone so knowledgeable was looking after matters for me and advising me, gave me reassurance that I would have the best outcome possible.’

‘As a family, we have used Lindsays many times before, and I will continue to use them – or recommend them to others.’

‘They are professional, responsive and highly committed.’

Key clients

Physiomedics Limited

Archangel Investors Limited – NCTECH

Archangel Investors Limited – Earthblox

Causeway Therapeutics Limited

Farnborough Tool Hire (FTH)

SIS Ventures Limited and certain private individuals

SIS Ventures Limited

Joint instruction: Eos Advisory LLP, Mercia Investors, Norcliffe Capital and SIS Ventures Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising PhysioMedics Limited in a £1.5m funding round to scale up its operations internationally and cover the European and Indian markets.
  • Advised Farnborough Tool Hire on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Arvill Ltd.
  • Advised Eos Advisory, Mercia, Norcliffe Capital and SIS Ventures on a £7.5m Series A funding round into DxCover Limited.

Macdonald Henderson

The ‘outstanding’ corporate practice at Macdonald Henderson offers considerable breadth and depth of expertise, advising clients across a broad range of areas including management buyouts, domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity, and banking finance issues. The ‘commercially astuteDavid Beveridge co-heads the team, bringing vast experience across all aspects of mergers, investments, acquisitions and disposals. Laura McKnight also leads the offering, having specialist knowledge regarding the employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Beveridge; Laura McKnight


‘The practice offers expertise in most areas of business. In effect, a one stop shop. They are quick to respond and the MD offers a personal touch.’

‘They are quick to respond and provide important information and direction to keep a relatively small company moving forward.’

‘Macdonald Henderson have an excellent team of experienced corporate lawyers.’

‘David Beveridge and Laura McKnight are excellent and provide a fantastic service to their clients.’

‘The Macdonald Henderson team are great at their area of strategic focus: experienced and good quality corporate advice on SME M&A and investment deals.’

‘David Beveridge is a great all rounder with 25 years of experience in the Scottish corporate market behind him. Commercial with good attention to detail, he knows how to get a deal done with no messing around. There are plenty of corporate lawyers at larger firms in Scotland who could take a leaf out of his book.’

‘All services provided by Macdonald Henderson are partner led, which is important in the OMB marketplace. The Partners are well supported by their team, and it is clear that communication within their business is excellent.’

‘David Beveridge and Laura McKnight both display a positive and “can-do” attitude and always strive to find solutions and ways to make things happen.’

Key clients

3 x 1

Aesthetic Doctor

Amedeo Adjusting

Argyle Consulting

Argyll Pharmacies Limited

Arvill Plant & Tool Hire

Boss Door Controls

Branding Boutique

Bruce Coaches

Campbell Thomson (Insurance Services) Limited

Capital Payroll Service

Cuthbertson & Laird Group


Gordon Ferguson Accountants

Greenwood Northern

Henderson Stone


HR Consultancy

INEX Works Group

Inspire Scotland


John Dennis & Company

JP Mackie

JWF Process Solutions

Keane Premier Group

KJ Tait

Morrisons Food Services

Mosaic Architecture

N4 Investments


Opulus Financial

Personal Wealth Management


RB Safety Consultants

Scope Bathrooms

SCW Technologies

SPG Fire & Security

The Big Partnership

The Electric Heating Company

Turnkey Global

Wallace White Accountants

Weee Solutions

Westside Distribution Limited

Wholesale Domestic

Wm Brown & Co

Work highlights

  • Acting for the shareholders of Ping Network Solutions on a £10m disposal to the Luxembourg-based Sword Group, the Euronext-listed IT and digital transformation group.
  • Acting for Opulus Financial, the financial solutions provider headquartered in Glasgow on the raising of acquisition finance £5.5m (term) loan from SME Lending Limited (SME’s first Scottish transaction) and the (aggregate £12m) acquisition of four Scottish accountancy practices).
  • Acting for the shareholders of The Electric Heating Company, one of the foremost suppliers of electric heating and hot water products in the UK in the disposal (enterprise value £8m) of the EHC business to Foresight Group.

MBM Commercial

Heavily focused on acting for leading technology companies and their investors, the corporate group at MBM Commercial is highly regarded for its capability to handle complex transactions including business sales, acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity. With former practice head Kenny Mumford departing to go in-house at Seraphim Space, Tracey Ginn was appointed head of corporate in September 2022 and utilises her specialist knowledge of the US market especially to advise clients on cross-border expansion and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Ginn


‘MBM has a strong sense of urgency and provides practical advice that is easy to work with.’

‘The team work cohesively across various legal areas including corporate, IP, and employment, which makes them an ideal choice for clients who need a full service.’

‘Tracey Ginn stands out for both her experience and her strong presence during M&A processes. Both her performance in negotiations for terms with acquirers, as well as the solid advice to shareholders in navigating a transaction process, is outstanding.’

Key clients

Scottish National Investment Bank


Origo Services

Amati Global Investors


Quorum Cyber Security

Muckle Brig

Oakwood Cooperage

Moray Group

Global Surface Intelligence

Kick ICT


Container Solutions


Work highlights

  • Acting for Squint/Opera on its sale to digital agency Journey.
  • Advising Origo Services on its acquisition and investment by Vespa Capital.
  • Advising Scottish National Investment Bank with legal support on an equity investment round of £40m into Orbital Express Launch Limited.

Morton Fraser MacRoberts

Morton Fraser MacRoberts (the result of the late-2023 merger between Morton Fraser and MacRoberts LLP) provides a full-service corporate and commercial offering, from broader matters such as family business succession planning and shareholder disputes, to more bespoke matters concerning corporate governance, management structures, and commercial contracts. Former practice head Austin Flynn departed in April 2022 and was replaced by Andrew Walker, whose practice primarily involves advising SMEs and owner managed businesses on transactions including acquisitions, disposals, buyouts and equity investments. Following the merger, Alan Kelly and healthcare specialist David Wylie are now also key names in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Alan Kelly; David Wylie


‘There is strength in depth in the practice such that they are able to tap into expertise in the various different specialisms that can arise in the course of working through a transaction.’

‘They are able to provide a seamless service.’

‘They were accessible to us and communicated with each other.’

Key clients

Topsource Worldwide Group Limited

Parabis Scotland Limited (trading as Friends Legal)

Glasgow Credit Union




Archangel Informal Investment

ESM Investments Limited

Kelvin Capital Limited

Eos Advisory

Work highlights

  • Advised Topsource Worldwide, a leading provider of employer services with entities in over 60 countries, on its purchase of Capital Payroll Systems Limited.
  • Advised on the purchase by Parabis Scotland Limited of GSB Limited, a fellow law firm, from its shareholders.

Bellwether Green

Bellwether Green handles a consistent flow of complex corporate and commercial work, spanning shareholder matters, corporate reorganisations, refinances and tax planning implementation. The ‘superb and highly commercialApril Bingham oversees a team which has considerable expertise in the food and drink, energy and renewables, and financial services sectors especially.

Practice head(s):

April Bingham


‘The team are straightforward, approachable and responsive. They are good at cutting through technical jargon to explain the key commercial issues and working through the consequences of the various options in a pragmatic and understandable manner.

‘April Bingham leads the service and is hands-on where required. She offers straightforward, commercially focussed advice and is someone you can speak openly to throughout a transaction to ensure you are working through all the options for the optimal outcome.

‘April Bingham’s team ably assists her and are efficient and responsive at turning around work they are engaged in.’

‘Bellwether Green has an excellent and responsive team.’

‘April Bingham is a strong performer in the Glasgow market.’

‘The team are extremely professional and have expertise to deal with complex business sales. They are also able to help with other advisers, who all work together as a team.’

‘Most importantly (in the context of legal matters) they always show great attention to detail regardless of the complexity.’

‘April Bingham shows attention to deal, explaining the various outcomes from different strategies. She has an excellent ability to make the complex understandable.’

Key clients

Mellex Group Limited

Clyde Property Limited

Macs Adventure Group

Vertu Motors plc

DSL Business Finance Ltd

DTS International

Martin Precision Limited

Castlebay Investment Partners LLP

Next Fifteen Communication Group Plc

Scotts Holdco Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on sale of the entire issued share capital of Strategic Asset Managers Limited to Kingswood Holdings Limited. Acted for the Sellers, long standing clients of the firm.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Protech Heating Group Limited to Flogas Britain Limited. Acted for the Sellers, long standing clients of the firm.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of DB Group (Europe) Limited to Zenergi Group Limited. Acted for the Sellers.

Blackadders LLP

The corporate and commercial practice at Blackadders LLP continues to improve its reputation in the Scottish market across a number of key sectors including technology, life sciences, video games, healthcare, and energy. Kirk Dailly leads the corporate offering from Dundee, regularly advising clients in relation to business sales and purchases, share buybacks, and commercial contracts. Healthcare specialist Peter Duff leads the Glasgow offering and handles a number of high-value M&A transactions with the support of associate Dario Demarco.

Practice head(s):

Kirk Dailly

Other key lawyers:

Peter Duff; Dario Demarco


‘The team are experts in pharmacy transactions.’

‘Pharmacy businesses should seek Peter Duff and Dario Demarco due to their extensive experience in handling pharmacy transactions, both asset sales and share sales.’

‘Blackadders understand the journey of a start-up and offer the support when needed through every challenge faced.’

‘Peter Duff acts as hungry as an associate.

‘Dario Demarco is the work horse in the team who moves fast with fantastic advice along the way.’

‘Full-service solicitors with rapid response time.’

‘They help shape a deal rather than passively following client instruction.’

‘Peter Duff is highly experienced in the healthcare sector and always happy to discuss topical market issues from a client perspective.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of an award-winning kids class booking and management software provider on the sale of the company to The Access Group.
  • Advised spherical display company Pufferfish Limited on its latest fundraising round and convertible loan note conversion, led by Par Equity and Scottish Enterprise.
  • Advised Woodrow Timber & Supplies on the sale of the entire business to MKM Building Supplies as part of the expansion of their branch network.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Gillespie Macandrew LLP is regularly sought after for its corporate and commercial expertise by clients in a diverse range of sectors from retail and leisure to lenders and housebuilders. Commercial property and property finance specialist Kenneth Irons heads the team, offering extensive knowledge of property issues for multinationals and large corporates, SMEs and family businesses.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Irons

Key clients

Assetz Capital

Binn Group Limited

Bellway Homes Limited

Westerleigh Group Limited

Majestic (Belford) Limited

Robertson Partnership Homes Limited

Likewise Group PLC

Valen Veil UK Limited

Watches of Switzerland PLC

Work highlights

Gilson Gray

Gilson Gray is well known in the Scottish market for its skill advising a diverse range of clients, with particular expertise advising family businesses on the gamut of corporate and commercial issues, from the provision of secondees through to bespoke advice on personal tax issues arising from complex corporate transactions. Derek Hamill heads the practice and has over 25 years of corporate experience, with specialist knowledge regarding equity structures and new-style employee ownership trusts.

Practice head(s):

Derek Hamill


‘Gilson Gray provide a top level of service within the corporate and commercial department.’

‘They can be relied upon to contribute creatively to innovative contractual thinking and deal structuring.’

Key clients

Applus RTD

Cater Group Limited

Storage Innovation Limited

Media Players (UK) Limited

Turnkey Software Group

HC Skills International

Filshill Ltd

First Subsea Limited

Randolph Renewables Limited

Limetree (Ecosse) Investments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised First Subsea Limited on global supply arrangements, including international finance issues and arbitration arrangements.
  • Advised Filshill Limited on its acquisition of Iain Hill Limited.
  • Advised Turnkey Group on its shift to cloud contracts and connected issues with the global insolvency market.

Weightmans LLP

Working closely with offices located throughout the UK, the corporate and commercial team at Weightmans LLP services a broad range of clients including quoted and private companies, public sector organisations, start-ups, and investment funds. Claire McCracken and Nicola Gonnella head the team from Glasgow, which is primarily known for M&A work for SMEs and owner managed businesses, as well as a strong presence in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Claire McCracken; Nicola Gonnella


‘The team are very easy to deal with, from the support staff through to the partners, they have a can-do attitude, which helps in managing the complexity of deals.’

‘Claire McCracken is extremely impressive with how she handles transactions.’

‘They get up to speed extremely quickly, have solid knowledge of their craft and a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to getting things over the line on time and in good shape.’

‘We always feel like a really valued client, and they tailor their approach to meet my particular work/communication styles.’

‘Their commercial/pragmatic approach is exactly what our business needs.’

‘They combine a friendly, personal approach with solid legal advice taking into account pragmatic commercial concerns.’

‘It very much feels like we are all on the same team.’

‘I have been extremely impressed with how the team have handled our recent transactions.’

Key clients

Open University

Apadmi Limited

Mercarto Limited and Mercarto Enterprise



Studio Messa PTY Limited

Westlab Limited

International Medical Press Limited

Chiesi Ltd

PIB Insurance Brokers

Archers Toolbox

Street Systems Limited

Surrey & Sussex Police

British Transport Police

Metropolitan Police

Luxfer Mel Technologies

Valiant Sport Horses

Nucleus Holdings Limited

ExposePro Limited

Rutland County Council

University of Newcastle

British Swimming

Real Life Options

McGill’s Bus Services Limited

Environmental Air Conditioning (Scotland) Limited

National Autograss Sports Association Limited

Mearns After School Care Service Limited

Simian Risk Management Limited

SB Drug Discovery Limited

Hold Fast Entertainment Limited

Greenlight Digital Limited

MethaMeasure Limited

Axius Homes Limited

Magell Limited

Higgs & Co Solicitors

Twinflower Limited

Photonic Solutions Limited

Awaze Vacation Rentals Limited

Let The Wood Times Roll

TAC Holding Limited

Dentex Healthcare Group Limited

FGHJ Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed on 18 dental practice acquisitions by Dentex Healthcare Limited. The acquisitions are of both private and NHS dental practices, which involve a different approach due to the key differences between NHS practices in Scotland and England and other regulatory differences.
  • Instructed by Photonic Solutions Limited to act on the employee buyout of equity funder Panoramic Growth Equity and the financing of the Group with Beechbrook Capital.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser for the acquisitive TAC Holding (through its brand House of Hearing) as they continue their buy and build strategy in Scotland and England.

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP is most notable for its expertise regarding M&A in the healthcare sector, as well as a thriving technology offering which handles numerous private equity investments involving start-ups and spin-out companies in Scotland. Team head Colin Millar, who also has considerable experience of the healthcare sector, adds particular expertise in food and drink and handles a considerable number of acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Colin Millar


‘Very responsive.’

‘Despite being relatively small, WJM have a full panoply of skills to successfully conclude deals.’

‘The manner in which the individuals deal with you, and negotiate on your behalf is smooth and seamless, they always manage to conclude deals within a reasonable time, on budget and with the minimum of fuss.’

Key clients

Beam Suntory Group

Equity Gap Limited

Macfarlane Group plc

Eastwood Pharmacy Group

Aureum Diagnostics Limited

Vector Photonics Limited

Shareholders of St Vincent Street (446) Limited

Smile Clinic Center Limited

Fraser & Fraser Vets Limited

Shareholders of Weld Tech Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Equity Gap in their busiest and most successful year to date across 30 investments in their portfolio amounting to approximately £7m in total.
  • Acting for Eastwood Pharmacy Group on a pharmacy acquisition in 2022.
  • Acting for the shareholders of St Vincent Street (446) Limited on the sale of its company and key distribution and bottling facility to Whyte and Mackay Limited.