Projects in Scotland

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's construction and projects team has notable structures expertise through the experience of Stephen Phillips and Gillian Harkness, including handling drafting and project structures, and funding structures. The projects practice is led by Chris MacKay and has recently acted on a number of high-profile mandates including several disputes; the group is also regularly appointed to advise on issues arising from the Scottish hub initiative. Senior associate Chris Horsley is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Chris Mackay


The firm’s broad construction expertise, its understanding of the practicalities and risk profile of the construction sector, and its NEC contract experience distinguishs it from its competitors.

This is a high-class firm with strength in depth across a range of sectors. The range of knowledge the firm can bring to assist clients is exceptional!

Chris Mackay’s understanding of practical contract issues is excellent. He is also good at keeping teams on good terms in contentious disputes, and keeping everyone going until the point of resolution.

Chris Mackay and Andrew Little are standout individuals and are able to bring a depth of experience and pragmatism to assist clients.

Burness Paull is able to sit by clients as they navigate complex deals and give sound pragmatic advice on risk and market position.

Key clients

NHS Lothian

Falkirk Council

Perth & Kinross Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

hub West Scotland Limited

Hub Community Foundation

3 No

Scottish Futures Trust Limited

Scot Roads Partnership Project Limited

Amey Belfast Schools Partnership PFI Limited

University of St Andrews

Scrabster Harbour Trust

Galliford Try Construction (UK) Limited

John Graham Construction Limited

Ancala Water Services

Hampden Park Limited

Highland Spring

Work highlights

  • Advising hub West Scotland on the financing, design, construction and provision of services at the new Greenock and Clydebank Health & Care Centres, and additional ward buildings at Stobhill Hospital.
  • Acting for NHS Lothian as the procuring authority on the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (Phase 2) project via the hub initiative.
  • Instructed by the Scottish Futures Trust to assist with the development of new standard form templates.
  • Acted for Hub Community Foundation on its investment in a series of public sector infrastructure projects in each of the five Hub regions of Scotland.
  • Advised Hampden Park on the development of Hampden Park Stadium, which will accommodate the Euro 2020 football tournament.


CMS advises its high-profile client roster, which includes the Scottish government and Scottish Water, on all project delivery models with notable expertise in hub projects. Glasgow-based practice head Ailsa Ritchie has substantial experience in social infrastructure projects including urban rejuvenation, education and healthcare schemes, while Amanda Methven is a specialist in the delivery of hub projects. The team also has construction expertise thanks to Christine Worthington, particularly in the energy and infrastructure space.

Practice head(s):

Ailsa Ritchie

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Methven; Michael McAuley; Christine Worthington

Key clients

Scottish Water

Hub East Central Scotland Limited

Nord LB

Glasgow City Council

Northern Ireland Water


Infrastructure Managers Limited/3i Infrastructure Fund

Argyll & Bute Council


The Moray Council

Galliford Try Investments

Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeen City Council

The Highland Council

Scottish Borders Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Renfrewshire Council

Laing O’Rourke

South Lanarkshire Council

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Work highlights

  • Advising Glasgow City Council on its £250m residential-led regeneration programme.
  • Advised Scottish Water on its acquisition of the Project Grampian PFI from Kelda Group, the owners of Yorkshire Water.
  • Advising Dumfries & Galloway Council on the negotiated termination of a waste PFI contract.
  • Instructed by NordLB as senior funder to advise on the design, build, financing and maintenance of a new high school in South Queensferry.
  • Acting for Renfrewshire Council on its Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside projects.

MacRoberts LLP

The projects team at MacRoberts LLP advises a varied client base, which includes procuring local and governmental bodies, developers, equity investors, banks, construction contractors and facilities managers, on a wide range of projects. With substantial expertise in construction and procurement law, the group also handles significant disputes arising from projects. Practice head Rod Munro has notable experience across a range of industry sectors including the hospitality, transport, social infrastructure and energy industries.

Practice head(s):

Rod Munro

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Osler; Jennifer McKay;


This is a very experienced, professional and knowledgeable team.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life


Angus Council

Babcock Wilcox Volund

Bank of Ireland (UK)

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Charity Bank

ECG Facilities Services

Edinburgh Council

Glasgow City Council


Infrastructure Managers Limited


M&G Investments

Morgan Sindall Investments Limited

NHS Lothian

NHS Orkney

NHS Tayside

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

NHS Highland

Perth & Kinross Council

Pentland Ferries

Scottish Prisons Service

Scottish Government


Shepherd Engineering

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

SUEZ Recycling Limited

Transport Scotland

Western Ferries (Clyde)

Wm Hamilton & SonsLimited

Wood Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for NHS Lothian on the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary PFI Project and the Royal Edinburgh NPD Project.
  • Advising Suez Recycling and Recovery UK on its bid for the Ness energy-from-waste project in Aberdeen.
  • Instructed by Edinburgh Schools Partnership to handle the defects issues arising from the high-profile collapse of the gable wall at Oxgangs Primary School.
  • Acting for ECG Facilities Management on a joint venture partnership model to supply facilities management services to 35 operational projects across five separate local investment finance trust (LIFT) schemes in England.
  • Advising  Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on its role as the incoming account bank on two operational PFI projects.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's client roster in the projects space includes 3i, Balfour Beatty and Equitix alongside other funders, sponsors and public sector bodies. The team handles a vast variety of projects including hub schemes, new product development, PPP and PFI projects; student accommodation work, oil and gas matters and renewable energy issues. Recent work highlights also include significant matters in the healthcare and transport infrastructure space. The team is led by Edinburgh-based Michael Watson and includes Stuart Barr in the Glasgow office.

Practice head(s):

Michael Watson

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Barr

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP has expertise in public law, finance, and project procurement work in its projects group and advises on the full life cycle of projects, from early stage planning to investor exits. The team is jointly led from Edinburgh by head of infrastructure Drysdale Graham and head of energy and infrastructure finance Michael Stoneham.

Practice head(s):

Drysdale Graham; Michael Stoneham

Other key lawyers:

Roger Cotton; Sarah-Jane McArthur


The team at Brodies is always available at short notice and helpful, provides a client-focused service and is prompt in its responses.

Sarah-Jane McArthur and Alisdair Matheson are exceptional.

Key clients

Hub East Central Limited

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Indaver NV

Cardiff Council

Aberdeen City Council


Banks Renewables Limited

Aberdeen Standard

Orbital Marine Power

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Work highlights

  • The team handled Abellio’s involvement in the re-let of the eight year East Midlands Rail franchise by the Department for Transport.
  • Acted for the vendor shareholders of the Saur Group on a vendor due diligence exercise on its Scottish waste water assets as part of its sale to EQT Infrastructure.
  • Acting for the funders of a consortium involving Aberdeen European Infrastructure Partners as a shortlisted bidder on bundle 2 of an Irish social housing PPP programme.
  • Advising Aberdeen City Council on the development of a new £400m exhibition and conference arena for the City of Aberdeen.


In the primary projects market, Dentons is noted for its involvement in the hub programme, and has also been active in the secondary market, a key area of strength for Edinburgh-based practice head Euan Wilson. The group has recently advised on numerous investments, divestitures, refinancings and restructurings relating to PFI, PPP, New Product Development (NPD), hub, Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and energy sector projects. Andrew Orr is a key name for project finance work.

Practice head(s):

Euan Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Orr; Stewart MacIver

Key clients


Dalmore Capital

Sir Robert McAlpine

Aviva Public Private Finance

Network Rail

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Robertson Capital Projects

Green Investment Bank /GIG

Morgan Sindall Investments


Blue Transmission

Envac UK

ISS Mediclean

Lloyds Bank

Transport for London

UPM Kymmene UK

Triple Point

Alpha Real Capital



Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Choice Housing

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

HM Govt/Official Receiver

Work highlights

  • Acting for Semperian on its £136m refinancing of the Thameside Prison Project.
  • Appointed by Network Rail to advise on the Crewe Area Works project, an infrastructure project facilitating the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line.
  • Assisted Envac UK with its involvement in the Barking Riverside London Development.
  • Advising Amey on a £400m strategic 10-year partnership contract with the Education Authority in Belfast to service, manage and modernise the entire education estate under the Authority’s control.
  • Acting for Choice Housing, as part of a consortium with Macquarie and John Sisk and Son, on a €300m Irish social housing PPP programme.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn stands out for its ability to advise on all aspects of a project including acting across all five of the Scottish hub territories. Under the leadership of Stephen Colliston, the team handles hub projects for public sector and funder clients, and also assists with operational projects, particularly those requiring secondary market, variation and disputes advice.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Colliston

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Sievwright

Key clients

City of Edinburgh Council

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

South Ayrshire Council

States of Jersey

Acciona Industrial S.A

West Dunbartonshire Council

West Lothian Council

Ayr Environmental Services Limited

Caledonian Environmental Services Plc

Wheatley Housing Group

North Ayrshire Council

Balfour Beatty Investments Limited

Dexia Credit Local

Bank of New York Mellon

North Lanarkshire Council

Consort Healthcare (various SPVs)

Transform Schools (various SPVs)

Work highlights

  • The team is advising this German bank on the development of a DBFM hub Project in the north east of Scotland.
  • The firm is acting for the City of Edinburgh Council in one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects at St James Quarter which is based on the Growth Accelerator Model (GAM).
  • West Dunbartonshire Council appointed the firm to assist with the UK’s first large-scale water source heat pump district heating system
  • Shepherd Wedderburn is providing counsel to States of Jersey on the procurement of its £466m Future Hospital Project.
  • Colliston is leading the advice to West Lothian Council in relation to its City Region Deal Project.

Anderson Strathern

The projects team at Anderson Strathern is best known for its work in public sector regeneration, public procurement, construction and the education sector. The group notably acts for the Scottish government, mainly on road infrastructure projects, and regularly collaborates with the firm's transport sub-team. Practice head Karyn Watt specialises in construction law and the Glasgow-based Audrey Cameron leads the public sector group.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Watt

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Cameron; Pat Loftus; Martin Whiteford

Key clients

Woking Borough Council

Midlothian Council

Scottish Government / Transport Scotland

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

South East Scotland Transport Partnership

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Highland Council


Edinburgh Napier University

Fife Council

Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport Scotland on the Scottish trunk roads network and associated roads projects, including the A9 dualling project.
  • Advising the University of Highlands and Islands on the proposed development of a life sciences research centre.
  • Assisting Midlothian Council with the construction of two primary schools, nurseries and sports facilities.
  • Acting for Victoria Square Woking, a joint venture between Woking Borough Council and Moyallen Woking, on the redevelopment of Woking town centre.

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper Scotland LLPLillian Mackenzie was recently appointed as head of finance, projects and restructuring in Scotland. The group acts for international clients alongside a notable domestic client base including local authorities, which it advises on procurement models; the Welsh government is a key example. The team is also active in the education sector, and recently gained several new clients in the space.

Practice head(s):

Lillian Mackenzie

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Fitzgerald


‘The diversified work in different legal sectors with qualified experts distinguishes DLA Piper’s projects experts.’

‘DLA Piper provides considerable experience in infrastructure procurement, particularly PPP.’

‘For an international practice, the personal interest taken by the partners is exceptional and allows them to comment sensibly at any given moment. The team’s genuine credibility in the market draws on many years of delivering successful projects in a practical, non-confrontational way.’

‘The projects team makes a real effort to support clients in their own business requirements beyond just the provision of legal services.’

‘Sharon Fitzgerald is a very open and cooperative person. She has very strong networking skills.’

‘Sharon has immense global experience and is a great communicator, but what makes her stand out is how personable she is and her behavourial ethics. She is someone who clients trust implicitly for impeccable and timely advice.’

‘Lillian Mackenzie is exceptionally capable and experienced, gaining her experience through the evolution of the PPP model throughout the UK. She offers practical solutions in a positive way and ensures that the client is fully informed before taking a decision – a true positive addition to any team.’

‘Sharon Fitzgerald and Peter Dornan both deserve a mention for high-quality advice and support and a very practical approach to supporting their clients with the delivery of projects.’

Key clients

City of Glasgow Council

Welsh Government


Galliford Try


Green Africa Power

Velindre NHS Trust

Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Government of Ghana

Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe

National Grid


GE (General Electric)

Lloyds Banking Group

Nord LB

Work highlights

  • Advising Welsh Government on the development of the Mutual Investment Model.
  • Advising the Velindre University NHS Trust on the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new cancer centre.
  • Assisted Kelda Water with the sale of various Scottish subsidiaries involved in the regulated water sector, the operation and maintenance of various ministry of defence sites, and the release of security and the reorganisation of funding.
  • Advising Investec on the Cardiff Parkway, St. Mellons park-and-ride railway station joint venture.

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has a strong presence in the hub initiative space, demonstrated by the firm's client roster, which includes hub North Scotland. The team, led from Edinburgh by Euan Pirie, also has substantial experience in student accommodation projects, and fields a specialist contentious PPP group. Senior associate Catriona Kemp handles project financing agreements and the corporate aspects of projects.

Practice head(s):

Euan Pirie

Other key lawyers:

Catriona Kemp


Through many years of experience of working in the sector, Harper Macleod’s project attorneys have developed a detailed understanding of the commercial drivers which are important to their clients. They use this knowledge to establish terms of contract that clients know in advance will meet their internal approvals process.’

Euan Pirie has a broad knowledge of the market-specific terms that clients should be able to negotiate with. He is assisted by associate Catriona Kemp, who is particularly skilled in the corporate governance side of complicated deal structures.’

Key clients

Hub North Scotland Limited

Dragados SA/Dragados UK Limited

University of St Andrews

City of Edinburgh Council

North Ayrshire Council

Lanarkshire Health Board

Kingdom Initiatives

Derwent Housing Association Limited/Derwent FM (Derwent Living)

FCC Construccion S.A.

Roadbridge UK Limited

Inverclyde Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Hub North Scotland (Inverurie Campus) on the £60m Inverurie Community Campus hub design, build, finance and maintenance project.
  • Advising an FCC Construction and Roadbridge UK  construction joint venture on its bid for the A465 Heads of the Valleys Mutual Investment Model roads project, the first MIM (PPP) project to be procured in Wales.
  • Acted for City of Edinburgh Council on its energy efficient street lighting programme.


DWF's energy practice assists with the corporate, finance, regulatory and commercial, real estate, planning and environmental aspects of major projects and procurements, and has also built on its reputation in the electricity, gas and renewables sectors. Corporate experts David Gilchrist and Wayne Lawrence jointly lead the department from Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Lawrence; David Gilchrist

Key clients

ScottishPower Group

Yorkshire Gas and Power

Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH

Yingli Namene Solar Limited

Certas Energy UK Limited


Vensys Energy AG

Economy Energy

Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council

Dundee City Council and Angus Council

South Staffordshire plc

Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH

Discovery Park Limited

Farm Energy Partnership LLP


Namene Solar Light Company

Work highlights

  • Advising SP Transmission on the Kendoon to Tongland 132kV Reinforcement Project, a development which is included in Scotland’s National Planning Framework 3.
  • Advising Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of their £120m joint energy-from-waste development in Aberdeen.