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Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
  2. Commercial property: leisure and hospitality
  3. Commercial property: retail
  4. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  5. Leading individuals
  6. Next Generation Partners
  7. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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    • Teresa Wong - CMS

The commercial property team at Brodies LLP has recently been active in the emerging build-to-rent sector; it also has notable expertise in the investment, development, hotel, retail, leisure and housebuilding industries. Recent highlights include finance work, private equity investments, hotel management agreements, construction issues and licensing mandates. On the retail side, the group regularly acts for tenants and has expanded its client roster to include Tim Hortons, Waterstones, Pandora and Under Armour; the group has also gained new foreign investor and domestic developer clients. Johane Murray heads up the real estate practice and Colin Morrison leads the hotels and leisure group and the retail team. Managing partner Nick Scott also contributes to the practice, as does James Roscoe, who focuses on investment matters. Elaine Petterson in Glasgow recently made partner.

Practice head(s):Johane Murray (Real estate); Colin Morrison (Hospitality, leisure and retail)

Other key lawyers:Nick Scott; James Roscoe; Elaine Petterson; Laurence Douglas

Testimonials

'The team is sensitive to its clients' specific requirements and strives to achieve all goals while maintaining commercial acumen in securing deals.'

'Johane Murray is solution-focused and has a great understanding of the commercial realities. This, combined with her approachable manner, establishes her as a key part of any development team. She is entirely committed to delivering the highest level of service across her team and the wider firm.'

'Colin Morrison is a class act and a very commercial operator. His team is very responsive, knowledgeable about the sector and always delivers on time and on budget.'

'Robert Foreman is very commercial and always understands the deal.'

'Brodies always provides a first-class service through its stable team.'

'Laurence Douglas is a hugely reliable legal adviser with an excellent understanding of clients' requirements and their need to hit tight schedules in the context of store openings. Work is undertaken diligently but also with good humour.'

Key Clients

Peveril Securities

Royal London

Ediston/Clydebuilt

Drum Property Group

Peel Outlets Management

Moorfield

Orion Capital Partners

Canmoor

Blackstone

Brookfield

Anadna Properties Limited

Vastint

Resolution

Morgan Stanley

Starwood

Zara

Sportsdirect.com

New Look

Skechers

Pandora

Co-op

B&Q

Burger King

B&M

Pret a Manger

Work highlights

  • Acted for Starwood Capital on the Scottish aspects of the £750m sale of the Principal Hayley hotel portfolio.
  • Advised Quartermile Ventures on its exit from the mixed-use Quartermile development in Edinburgh.
  • Assisting Hyatt with the development of Scotland’s first Hyatt Regency hotel, which is due to open at the new Edinburgh Marina Development.
  • Advising Sportsdirect.com on the Scottish aspects of its acquisitions of House of Fraser and Evans Cycle and the ongoing management of its portfolio.
  • Advised Resolution Property on the £60m refinancing of the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Edinburgh.

Burness Paull LLP has recently acted for its client base on high-profile regeneration work and also handled matters involving foreign investment into the Scottish real estate market. Along with leisure and retail occupiers, the firm also regularly assists corporate tenants. The group's development work includes matters in the build-to-rent sector relating to social housing projects and also private-rented sector initiatives; the team also has notable expertise in real estate financing work and residential, commercial and student accommodation mandates. John Strachan leads the practice and Graeme Bradshaw is the key contact for retail, leisure and hospitality clients; other key individuals include managing partner Tamar Tammes, Nick Naddell, who specialises in high-end investment deals, funding packages and landlord and tenant work; and Richard Rennie, who focuses on property investment and development work.

Practice head(s):John Strachan (Property); Graeme Bradshaw (Retail, leisure and hospitality)

Other key lawyers:Richard Rennie; Tamar Tammes; Nicholas Naddell; Mark Patterson; Scott Peterkin; Peter Chambers

Testimonials

'Clients always receive a very personal service from the real estate team at Burness Paull. Its lawyers pay particular attention to detail and are happy to assist in whatever way they can.'

'Working with Graeme Bradshaw is always a positive experience. He is approachable, listens to exactly what clients require, and does his very best with a perfect combination of professionalism and enthusiasm.'

'This is a very strong, capable and reliable team which is very thorough in its approach with extensive experience in all aspects of residential property law.'

'Nick Naddell and Barbara Mayne both provide a very personal service with nothing being too much trouble. Their attention to detail is excellent.'

'Mark Patterson stands out through his simple approach to dealing with acquisitions and property-related work. He has great in-depth knowledge of the sector and delivers results.'

'Nick Naddell and Graeme Bradshaw are a great team bringing property knowledge together with a commercial approach. Both are very approachable and are ready to think outside the box in order to get the deal done.'

Key Clients

Bupa Care Homes

Deuce Acquisitions Limited

Dobbies

FirstGroup plc

London & Scottish Group

Miller Homes

Queensberry Properties

Scottish Enterprise

Sitel UK Limited

Supermarket Income Reit

Taylor Wimpey

Twenty14Holdings

Westbrook Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deuce Acquisitions on the refinancing of the Scottish portfolio of David Lloyd Leisure clubs.
  • Advised Westbrook Partners on its purchase of the Sterling Industrial portfolio, which comprises 28 assets.
  • Handled the purchase of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh for buyer, Twenty14 Holdings.
  • Acting for London & Scottish Developments on the Cumbernauld retail development project.
  • Assisted international clients of 90N Real Estate Partners with the investment purchases of two student accommodation properties in Edinburgh and Dundee.

CMS advises a varied client base, which includes energy companies, hotels and leisure sector businesses, financial institutions and public sector organisations. The multidisciplinary group handles investment, corporate transaction, financing and dispute resolution mandates; the firm also has strong expertise in the student accommodation space. Managing director Allan Wernham heads up the Scottish real estate team and specialises in retail development and investment work, with a focus on major regeneration projects. Of counsel Roland Smyth leads the hospitality and leisure sub-team; Iain Doran and Stuart Tait are also key names to note alongside associate Teresa Wong.

Practice head(s):Allan Wernham

Other key lawyers:Iain Doran; Stuart Tait; Roland Smyth; Teresa Wong

Testimonials

'CMS is thorough in its approach, which is defined by its senior partner engagement at all times. It has a great understanding of how lenders and banks operate and when they need to cut out the unnecessary.'

'CMS fields a strong multidisciplinary and client-focused team.'

'Darren Craig is excellent when it comes to communication; he makes things simple and smooth.'

Key Clients

Accor

Nuveen Real Estate (formerly known as TH Real Estate)

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Gleneagles Hotel

Oaktree Capital

Hawksmoor

Barclays Bank plc

Santander

Pearkal Property Investments Limited

Info Properties Limited

Fattal Hotels

FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • Assisted Accor with issues relating to nine Scottish hotels and the UK aspects of the €4.6bn demerger of a majority stake in the AccorInvest division of Accor Hotels.
  • Acted for Hawksmoor on the letting of its first Scottish restaurant.
  • Handled the forward funding of the development of a new Malmaison hotel in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh for an FTSE 100 pension fund.
  • Advised on the sale of the Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops for Oaktree Capital.
  • Acted for Fattal Hotels, Israel's largest hospitality organisation, on its acquisition of the 36 hotel operating businesses and brand of the Jurys Inn Group.

Dentons has recently expanded its UK coverage while maintaining its cross-border capabilities and expertise in English law. In recent highlights, the group handled a series of transactions involving shopping centres, UK-wide projects involving cinemas, mixed-use and industrial developments, and the delivery of new PRS housing units across the UK through its specialist housebuilding unit. Also notable is the team's established strength in the retail sector. Gordon Aitken and Simon Etchells jointly lead the department from the Glasgow office; Allan Cairns is a key contact in the Edinburgh office.

Practice head(s):Gordon Aitken; Simon Etchells

Other key lawyers:Allan Cairns

Leveraging the firm's global network, Pinsent Masons LLP is recognised for its cross-border commercial property work, especially in the energy space. The Scottish team, led by Katharine Hardie, has a strong track record in the residential development sector and is also singled out for regeneration mandates; Paul Connolly is the key name for development matters. The group's high-profile client roster also ensures the team regularly handles large-scale asset acquisitions including shopping centres and cross-border portfolio acquisitions; it also assists with cross-border restructuring and refinancing deals. Ewan Alexander, energy property team head Jennifer Ballantyne, and property investment specialist Russell Munro are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Katharine Hardie

Other key lawyers:Paul Connolly; Ewan Alexander; Russell Munro; Jennifer Ballantyne; Martin Devine

Testimonials

'Pinsent Masons delivers a technically robust but commercially aware service across the full property life-cycle including developments, construction matters, property management work and investment issues.'

'Distinguished by a real can-do attitude, the team balances the ultimate need to protect the client's legal position with commercial acumen and a willingness to get the deal done.'

'Paul Connolly has excellent client relationship management skills and can coordinate various and varied instructions.'

Key Clients

Barclays Bank

HFD Group Limited

CALA Management Limited

Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractua lScheme

BAM TCP Atlantic Square Limited

New Uberior House Limited managed by Aerium

Glasgow City Council as administering Authority for Strathclyde Pension Fund

Wheatley Group

Ropemaker Properties Limited (BP Pension fund)

West Coast Captial

Work highlights

  • Assisted Barclays Bank with the development of its new city centre multi-building office campus in Buchanan Wharf, Glasgow.
  • Acted for the Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractual Scheme on its acquisition of Lochrin Quay, Edinburgh.
  • Assisted Winchburgh Developments with its purchase of a mixed-use development site in the Central Belt of Scotland and the creation of a public-private funding structure involving a new joint venture with CALA Homes.
  • Instructed by Strathclyde Pension Fund on the sale of the iconic House of Fraser department store in Glasgow to Sportsdirect.
  • Acting for Investcorp Securities on its purchase of five industrial logistics assets across the Central Belt.

Shepherd and Wedderburn counts housebuilders, funds, banks, investors and retailers as clients, and is noted for its development work, which spans mixed-use and residential developments, retail sector schemes and office developments. Hugh Smith and Jamie Grant jointly head the leisure and hospitality sub-group, which advises a roster of hotel operators, investors, financiers and managers on all aspects of hotel transactions and operations. The property group is jointly led by Andrew Hall and David Mitchell from Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. Other key names include Nick Ryden and development expert James Dobie.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hall (Property); David Mitchell (Property); Jamie Grant (Leisure and hospitality); Hugh Smith (Leisure and hospitality)

Other key lawyers:Nick Ryden; James Dobie; Scott Ritchie; Elaine Todd;

Key Clients

British Land plc

Hermes

BlackRock

Tilstone/Warehouse REIT

CBREGI UK Property Fund

Miller Homes

Trump Turnberry

Dakota Hotels

Balmoral Hotel

Molo Hotel (formerly Polcom Developments)

Fraser Suites

Crerar Hotel Management

BDL Select Hotels Limited

Chardon Trading

Eurohostels

BDL Shetland Limited

HPMC Limited (owners Crowne Plaza London Docklands)

Aberdeen Standard

Sainsbury’s

BAE Systems

Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

  • Advised British Land, Hercules Unit Trust and Fort Kinnaird on the sale of the Crown’s 50% share in Fort Kinnaird to M&G for £167.5m, the disposal of a B&Q in Glasgow and a David Lloyd Club in Hamilton, and the asset management of Fort Kinnaird and Glasgow Fort.
  • Acted for William Pears Group, Capital Land Holdings and Cyan Properties on the sale of the Jury’s Hotel, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh and neighbouring development site to Fattal Group.
  • Advised Baillie Gifford on the pre-let of the newly-developed 20 West Register Street, Edinburgh.
  • Assisting the University of Edinburgh with securing the use of privately owned purpose-built student accommodation for over 1000 students.
  • Acted for Crerar Hotel Group on the sale of the GoGlasgow Urban Hotel.

Addleshaw Goddard has significant capabilities in Scottish and English law matters, and recently strengthened its presence in the hotels and leisure, logistics, offices and portfolios, care homes, regeneration, retail, student accommodation and housing sectors. Practice head Miles Ede specialises in UK-wide portfolio acquisitions, asset management work for large corporate occupiers, investments and development transactions. Alison Newton is a key name for real estate development and investments, and Neil Addis focuses on real estate finance work and alternative properties.

Practice head(s):Miles Ede

Other key lawyers:Alison Newton; Neil Addis; Alastair Cowan; Kirsty Nicholson; Carrie Armstrong

Key Clients

Legal & General

Europa Capital

Aviva

British Telecommunication plc

City Pub Group

Schroders

SSE

EE

Harwood Real Estate

StayCity Apart Hotels

Work highlights

  • Acting for IP Investment Management and Atlas Residential as forward funder of a Private Rented Sector (PRS) development at MediaCity on a development facility from Barings Bank.
  • Assisting Maven Capital Partners and IP Investment Management with the sale of two PBSA schemes, which were the first two acquisitions of eight development sites.
  • Advised The Multifamily Housing Reit on the proposed IPO of a residential REIT on the London Stock Exchange with an initial fund raise of £125m.
  • Acting for Square and Crescent on its acquisition of five properties in Edinburgh to convert or redevelop into residential property.
  • Advising Legal & General on the acquisition and forward funding of student accommodation in Pentland House, Edinburgh.

Anderson Strathern fields a cross-departmental group encompassing commercial real estate, real estate tax, planning work, environment issues, procurements, construction matters and property disputes. The group's sector coverage spans the education, healthcare, energy, education and public sectors; it also handles residential developments. Chris Richardson leads the team with a particular specialism in English law and the retail space; Deborah Lovell focuses on property developments, renewable energy projects and commercial leasings; Anne McGregor handles real estate transactions and Ruth Maclean acts for housebuilders.

Practice head(s):Chris Richardson

Other key lawyers:Deborah Lovell; Anne McGregor; Ruth Maclean

Testimonials

'The practice operates in an effective team capacity.'

'Fiona McKinnon is strategic in her approach, understands projects strategies and works well with external accounts, property agent and developer team.'

'Alasdair Gillies is patient, extremely diligent and understands the commercial business aspects arising from the management of residential transactions.'

Key Clients

Intu Properties plc

Transport Scotland

The Halo Kilmarnock Limited

Almondvale Limited

Firm of Macfarlane Farming

CALA Management Limited

4TH Developments (Johnstone) Limited

Edinburgh Napier University

Work highlights

  • Advised Intu Properties on the management and development of Intu Braehead Shopping Centre, Intu Retail Park and Soar at Intu Braehead.
  • Acting for Transport Scotland on its acquisition of agricultural, commercial and residential land to facilitate the first phase of the £3bn A9 dualling upgrade.
  • Assisted The Halo Kilmarnock with the redevelopment of the former Diageo Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock.
  • Assisting Almondvale with its £30.5m acquisition of Almondvale South Retail Park from Land Securities.
  • Advising CALA Management on its acquisition of Waterfront Plaza, Leith from Forth Ports for £10.3m.

The real estate team at DLA Piper Scotland LLP acts for developers, property funds and corporate occupiers and has particular strength in student accommodation mandates, shopping centre issues and retail matters. The department also benefits from the firm's global network and regularly acts for international clients. Real estate practice head Drew Wallace has a notable track record in the development and investment fields and Steve Edgecombe leads the firm's hospitality and leisure team; clients also praise Sheila Irvine, who focuses on leasings, investment issues and developments.

Practice head(s):Drew Wallace (Real estate); Steve Edgecombe (Hospitality and leisure)

Other key lawyers:Sheila Irvine;

Testimonials

'Known for its good legal knowledge and capabilities, DLA Piper is willing to bring in specialists - be they internal or external - to augment services and deliver results.'

'Sheila Irvine is very well informed and gives a fair and balanced view on most transactions. She will go the extra mile to get critical transactions completed.'

'Scott Ferrier is a senior associate who is very diligent and delivers detailed examination of transactions.'

Key Clients

Admiral Taverns

Aggregate Industries

Catella Parken Europa

The Ambassador Theatre Group

Aprirose

Osborne & Co/Vanguard Limited

Downing

Heineken UK Limited

Artisan Real Estate Investors Limited

Aviva

AXA

British Airways

LaSalle Investment Management

Places for People

Proprium

St Enoch Trustee Company (Blackstone and Sovereign)

Leonardo Hotel Group

Henry Boot Developments

New Waverley

Royal Bank of Scotland

Round Hill Capital UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Heineken on its pub portfolio across the UK including several disposal programmes.
  • Acted for Fattal Group and Jurys Inn on the acquisition of the freehold of the Jurys Inn, Edinburgh for £50m to include a development site for a new hotel.
  • Assisted New Waverley 12 with the £38m sale of its Premier Inn, Premier Inn Hub, Costa and Ronaq Restaurant to Union Investment.
  • Acting for Henry Boot on the development of the  new £360m Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, which includes a new arena, conference halls, a subterranean multipurpose space, energy centre, Hilton and Aloft hotels, car parking and public space.
  • Assisting Downing Students (Meadows) with its acquisition of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children building in Edinburgh for a proposed mixed-use development.

The Scottish branch of DWF's UK-wide real estate practice has notable strength in investment, tourism, leisure and development work. The group also has an established presence in the retail sector, where it represents high-profile retailers and occupiers including Marks and Spencer, Premier Inn and WHSmith, and has recently expanded its client roster in the investment arena. The team, which is jointly led by David Ratter and Chris McLeish in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively, also benefits from the firm's funds expertise in London and Glasgow. Iain McHardy is the key contact for retail work.

Practice head(s):David Ratter; Chris McLeish

Other key lawyers:Geoff Stansfield; Iain McHardy; Iain McLean

Key Clients

Babcock Group

Marks and Spencer p.l.c.

Whitbread

M7 Real Estate/Blackstone

McCarthy & Stone

Ambassador Group

Moda Living

McAleer & Rushe

Squarestone Growth LLP

Goldman Sachs

Next PLC

Arcadia (TopShop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit)

Debenhams

Halfords

Greggs

Costa

Holland & Barrett

Homebase

Karen Millen

Fat Face

Dunelm Mill

Oasis Stores

Warehouse

Nando's

Eurogarages

The White Company

River Island

Swarovski

Work highlights

  • Advised Marks and Spencer on its strategic portfolio realignment in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Acted for Holland Street Property Company on its purchase of the former Strathclyde Police Headquarters at Pitt Street, Glasgow for a PRS development.
  • Advising Arcstaw as one of the landowners on the expansion of St Andrews including new homes, a new secondary school and major infrastructure, retail, educational and research premises.
  • Instructed by LXI REIT on the forward funding of a site for a new Travelodge in South Gyle, Edinburgh.
  • Advised McAleer & Rushe on an agreement for the lease of a major Glasgow City hotel development.

The commercial property group at Harper Macleod LLP regularly works alongside the firm's planning, construction, banking and corporate departments to handle strategic and high-profile development work, and purchase, sale and lease matters. The team's expertise focuses on the development of land for developers, banks and owners; issues in the housing space, utilities and infrastructure mandates, and work in the healthcare, education, leisure, hospitality and public sectors. John Meehan leads the group, which also includes David Bell and Chris Noble, who are the key contacts for work in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Limor Wolfe was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):John Meehan

Other key lawyers:David Bell; Chris Noble; Limor Wolfe

Testimonials

'The lawyers at Harper Macleod are experts in Scottish property law, and are known for their quick turnaround times and very pragmatic methodology.'

'Limor Wolfe stands out for her quick responses and great pragmatism.'

'David Bell is approachable and responsive to the many queries that clients may raise. David coordinates the multi-disciplinary Harper Macleod team superbly and ensures that everything is synchronised.'

Key Clients

New City Vision Group

Tulloch Homes Group

Hazledene Group

James Keiller Group

Meallmore Limited

Philip C Smith (Commercials) Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

Energetics Group

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Ardent Group

Parkland Developments Limited

City Vale Developments Limited

Halfords

Charles Tyrwhitt

Destiny Scotland Group

Camlin Group

Xafinity

Yorsipp

Tattu Limited

Café Nero

J D Sports

Card Factory

Bon Marche

MRH (GB) Limited

Britannia Hotels Limited

Allied Irish Bank Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

St Andrews University

Wallets Marts Plc

Queensway Group

Café Nero

Work highlights

  • Advised James Keiller Investments on the sale of a portfolio of commercial, industrial and residential properties in Scotland and England.
  • Acting for MCR Property Group on the letting and £2.4m sale of Kingsway Park, Dundee, an industrial shed park.
  • Acted for CBRE Global Investors and one of its property investment funds on purchase of the leased investment of David Lloyd Health Club, Hamilton from British Land.
  • Assisted Britannia Hotels with the £10.3m acquisition of the former Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel, near Aviemore.
  • Advising New City Vision Group on the due diligence and contract negotiation for its acquisition of multiple residential developments.

Douglas Lamb and Gillian Campbell lead the practice at MacRoberts LLP, which excels in development, investment, real estate finance and occupier lease work. The group has also recently built on its presence in the residential development space handling land acquisitions, refurbishments and overage and access arrangements. The firm's retail expertise encompasses retail investments and developments; Kelsey Gibson is the key contact.

Practice head(s):Douglas Lamb; Gillian Campbell

Other key lawyers:Laurence Fraser; Kelsey Gibson; Ian Bowie; Lisa Frost; John McQuillan; David McGuire

Testimonials

'MacRoberts provides a first-class service and really understands the benefits of long-term relationships with clients. This makes the real estate team so much more than just a legal service provider.'

'Laurence Fraser has always been exceptional. His commitment and desire to see projects succeed means he is always contributing constructive can-do advice in a positive and collaborative way.'

Key Clients

BAM Properties Limited

Muse Developments Limited

CALA

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Hamilton Capital Partners (HKIP)

London and Cambridge Property Group

CBRE Global Investors

IBM

ScottishPower

British Waterways Board (Scottish Canals)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Clydeside Regeneration on its £250m development scheme, Queens Quay Regeneration.
  • Advised TCP Atlantic Square on the development, letting and forward funding of an office development at Atlantic Square, Glasgow.
  • Advised a joint venture between Hamcap and Revcap on the acquisition of City Wharf Development in Aberdeen.
  • Assisted The Citizens Theatre with its proposed redevelopment and refurbishment of the theatre, a landmark in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.
  • Instructed by Sheet Anchor Investments to handle the purchase of numerous industrial and retail investments.

The property team at Morton Fraser has particular strengths in the student accommodation and telecoms sectors, where Brian Hutcheson and public sector specialist Amy Entwistle lead the work respectively. Elspeth Carson heads up the retail sub-group. Michael Ramsay recently became head of the real estate group with former team leader Jonathan Seddon focusing on construction work. Other areas of expertise for the team include investment issues, residential housing developments, estate management work and pensions-related matters. Alan Stewart joined the firm from Dentons.

Practice head(s):Michael Ramsay; Elspeth Carson (Retail)

Other key lawyers:Brian Hutcheson; Amy Entwistle; David Stewart; Brian Macfarlane; Alan Stewart

Key Clients

Tesco

Rockspring/Patrizia

Empiric Student Property PLC

Moorgarth Group

Taylor Wimpey

Diageo

Visit Scotland

Hunter UK Retail Trust

BAM Properties Limited

Bloc Hotels

Work highlights

  • Assisting Diageo with its agreement for lease and new lease for the relocation of its Edinburgh headquarters.
  • Advising Patrizia on the sale of its Tanfield multi-let office development.
  • Acting for BAM Properties on the leasing of the top three floors at Capital Square, Edinburgh to Brodies LLP.
  • Assisted Tesco with the re-letting of the former Tesco Distribution Centre at Caputhall Road, Livingston to DHL Supply Chain and the subsequent sale of the property to Rossco Properties.
  • Advised Crucible Alba Group on the acquisition and forward funding of a Travelodge development at South Gyle, Edinburgh, and the subsequent sale of the development to LXI REIT.

The real estate practice at BTO Solicitors LLP covers the full gamut of work for a variety of clients including private overseas investors and developers; the group also assists estates with diversification projects. David Gibson leads the group and is acting for the Scottish Football Association on all property aspects of the selection of the National Stadium. Other key practitioners include Jane Steel, who focuses on the retail sector; Scott Buchan, who has notable expertise in investment and development work; and newly promoted partner Jennifer Whitelaw.

Practice head(s):David Gibson

Other key lawyers:Scott Buchan; Jane Steel; Graeme Kelly; Peter Graham; Karen Brodie; Nicolas McBride

Testimonials

'The legal team at BTO knows and understands its clients and their requirements. Its lawyers are able to pre-empt legal issues, which enables clients to manage the processes in an effective and pro-active manner.'

'Its high level of personal service is a distinguishing mark for BTO. One of the firm's key strengths is its detailed knowledge of the legal requirements surrounding the commercial property market.'

'Karen Brodie understands the pressures and issues affecting voluntary organisations who are reliant on public purse funds and will review contracts ensuring that the level of risk to the organisation is minimised.'

'Jane Steel and Angela Allison both provide excellent service and advice. Jane has great experience in the legal profession and is very ably supported by Angela.'

Key Clients

Boultbee Land plc

Calmont Group

A S Homes (Scotland) Limited

Isle of Arran Distillers Limited

Mactaggart & Mickel Group

Waterhill Property Group Limited

TUI Travel Group

William Morton Limited t/a Inverarity Morton

Wirefox Management/Wirefox Investment Group

Standard Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised the Scottish Football Association on all the property aspects of the selection of the National Stadium.
  • Handled all property work relating to the Mar Hall golf and hotel complex and related disposal negotiations for Mar Estates.
  • Assisted Stena Line Group with all the Scottish property and security issues relating to its ferry and port interests in Scotland including a refinance arrangement.
  • Assisted Standard Real Estate with the purchase of a multi-tenanted investment property from Peel Properties.
  • Advising AS Homes (Scotland) and its subsidiary Briar Homes on the acquisition of six development sites in the Central Belt of Scotland.

Davidson Chalmers Stewart’s real estate team focuses on niche commercial work and regularly acts for large developers. The group is also active in the healthcare and housebuilding sectors, where it counts builders and primary care providers as key clients. Andrew Chalmers heads up the department, which also includes Gavin Maclean, who has notable experience in the retail, leisure and office sectors; and Bruce Lancaster, who handles property developments and forward funding agreements.

Practice head(s):Andrew Chalmers

Other key lawyers:Gavin Maclean; Bruce Lancaster

Testimonials

'The group understands, addresses and resolves any issues promptly without fuss.'

'The real estate team is conscientious, pragmatic and approachable.'

'Andrew Chalmers is very approachable. He has experience of all issues and directs clients to the appropriate specialist for an effortless service delivery.'

'The firm's advice is prompt and competitive.'

'Andrew Chalmers and Lizzy Enayatti both provide an efficient and effective service, meeting timetables and budgets. They give clients the feeling that they actually care about what they are doing.'

Key Clients

Chris Stewart Group

Peveril Securities Limited

Crosslane Group

Muir Group

Suez Group

Peel Group

Highbridge Properties plc

Ministry of Justice

Pizza Hut

Burger King

Work highlights

  • Advised Chris Stewart Group on the forward sale of the Mint Building in Edinburgh to Hines for £50m.
  • Instructed by Muir Homes to act on its £35m acquisition of a development site at Glenboig, near Coatbridge.
  • Acted for Cumbrae Property on the letting and sale of an investment asset at Winchburgh, West Lothian.
  • Assisted Crosslane Student Accommodation Group with the £4.3m sale of a student accommodation site in Edinburgh.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP's real estate team includes a prominent housebuilder sub-group led by Harry Smith. Kenneth Irons heads up the commercial property group generally and has a notable track record acting for corporate clients including international corporates and SMEs. The group also recently handled investment transactions, advised high-profile retail clients, and assisted English law firms with Scottish law issues. Greg Peebles regularly acts for student accommodation and healthcare developers.

Practice head(s):Kenneth Irons; Harry Smith (housebuilding);

Other key lawyers:Greg Peebles

Testimonials

'Gillespie Macandrew offers a very prompt, efficient and reliable service.'

'This is a strong team led by the excellent Kenneth Irons.'

'English clients find Gillespie Macandrew to be a responsive and reasonable partner for real estate legal work referrals north of the border.'

'Greg Peebles is easy to get hold of, quick to act and deals with everything in a very timely manner whilst applying a commercial approach.'

'Kenneth Irons is responsive, pragmatic and commercial. He provides an excellent service.'

Key Clients

Bellway Homes Limited

Westerleigh Group Limited

National PLC housebuilder

Majestic (Belford) Limited

Robertson Partnership Homes Limited

Assetz SME Capital Limited

HR Consultancy (Scotland) Ltd

West Ranga Group Limited

Lindsays' real estate team is singled out for its retail sector strength along with healthcare and charity sector expertise. The group regularly handles healthcare transactions, principally regarding the purchase and sale of dental, pharmacy and veterinary practices, opticians, nursing homes and children’s nurseries. The practice's client roster also includes investors, developers and high-profile corporate occupiers. Practice head Derek Nash is particularly experienced in development and investment transactions, while Kenny Gray specialises in investment work.

Practice head(s):Derek Nash

Other key lawyers:Kenny Gray; Susan Law

Testimonials

'The commercial property team at Lindsays is extremely dedicated, dynamic, forward-thinking, effective and tenacious. The firm's experts provide an exceptional service, are thorough in their work and have great attention to detail. '

'Lindsays' real estate specialists are very knowledgeable in the renewable energy sector. The team works hard to meet client expectations.'

'The team is very keen to get to know its clients well so that its practitioners really understand what is important. It is very much a relationship-led group rather than purely transactional.'

'Susan Law is always available when needed and provides a very personal service. She is a very accomplished and commercially astute lawyer who is always methodical and thoughtful in her approach. She puts things across in simple and straightforward terms and provides quality and well thought through advice and recommendations.'

Key Clients

Fujitsu

Hurricane Energy PLC

Intu (formerly Capital Shopping Centres)

Scottish Water

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Community Windpower

Waterstones Booksellers Limited

Structured House

Tom Howley Limited

Fanduel Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for an Edinburgh private property company on lettings, disposals and other property work.
  • Instructed by Tom Howley to handle the lease for its first store in Scotland.
  • Advised Perivan on the relocation of its office premises.
  • Advised an Irish property investment group on a lease renegotiation and acted for the client in a service charge and dilapidations claimrelating to a property in central Edinburgh.

Retail property work remains a key cornerstone of Shoosmiths' practice; it is particularly noted for its niche expertise in the shopping centre and retail park space and has expanded its work for retail landlords. The team also works closely with the firm's Birmingham and Manchester offices to handle cross-border mandates. Stephen Dougherty leads the group, which also includes retail expert Robin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):Stephen Dougherty

Other key lawyers:Robin Mitchell

Testimonials

'Shoosmiths distinguishes itself through a high level of competency and experience in a number of interrelated fields. The property lawyers work well with other professionals in the best interest of the client and all partners and associates are easily accessible.'

'The team understands the need for pragmatic advice to get the deal done.'

'Shoosmiths not only provides the legal advice clients require but will go the extra mile to find the best solution.'

Key Clients

Leftfield Properties

Boots

Lush

Estee Lauder

MKM

Screwfix

Guess

CineWorld

Euro Garages

Poundland

Deltic Group

One Stop Stores (Tesco)

Footasylum

Krispy Kreme

EWM/Peacocks

Russell & Bromley

DPSK (Dominos Pizza)

Clinton Cards

Oddbins

Revolution Bars

BBs Coffee & Muffins

Bob & Berts

Work highlights

  • Acted for Leftfield Properties Retail II on its acquisition of Caledonian Retail Park, Wishaw.
  • Assisting Euro Garages with its expansion across the UK including the acquisition of development sites and existing businesses in Scotland.
  • Acting for MKM Building Supplies on its development roll out across Scotland.
  • Advised Cine UK on a variation to its existing lease at Queens Links, Aberdeen relating to the construction of an IMAX cinema.
  • Acting as sole supplier of Scottish property legal advice to Boots, including handling issues relating to its portfolio of stores and distribution warehouses.

TLT's Scottish real estate team recently benefitted from its merger with specialist commercial property boutique Leslie Wolfson & Co, which added three partners and a variety of clients to its roster. Nick Shenken also recently joined as a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP and has particular expertise in the clean energy sector. Kenneth Meldrum leads the group, which acts for a range of commercial property developers, investors, leisure operators and retailers.

Practice head(s):Kenneth Meldrum

Other key lawyers:Brian Armour; Howard Beach; Donna Strong; Andrew McCowan; Richard Turnbull; Nick Shenken

Testimonials

'Andrew McCowan is always responsive and efficient.'

'Brian Armour is an exceptionally dedicated person who would never give a client bad advice.'

'Howard Beach has a great track record in ensuring all transactions are completed quickly.As well as providing sound advice, he always makes it easy to understand the most complex issues with his expertise and knowledge and provides real value for money.'

'The team is always easy to deal with and never fails to provide useful counsel.'

Key Clients

Greene King plc

Punch Taverns Limited

WH Smith

Tapi Carpet & Floors Limited

TUI

Q-Park Limited

Oxfam

British Heart Foundation

Town Centre Securities plc

Ecotricity Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Designer Sofas, trading as Natuzzi, on the leasehold acquisition of its first two Scottish retail stores.
  • Acted for Svenska Handelsbanken on a refinancing transaction relating to a portfolio of seven commercial properties in Glasgow.
  • Advised Linthouse Business Park on a major development on the remaining part of a business park in Glasgow.
  • Advised Tapi Carpets and Floors on its acquisition of various Scottish stores as part of its UK store roll out programme.

Aberdein Considine leverages its key offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh to act for a high-profile client roster, which includes The Trump Organisation and Greggs. The real estate team focuses on landlord and tenant work, and office, retail and industrial property development matters. Paul Jennings leads the practice from Glasgow, and the firm's Aberdeen office is noted for its oil, gas and marine sector commercial work.

Practice head(s):Paul Jennings

Other key lawyers:David Orr

Testimonials

'The level of intellectual force at Aberdein Considine is absolutely stunning! The property team is always ready to challenge and be challenged in the interests of its clients. The firm's customer service is unbeatable and work is equally meticulous and quick.'

'The team is very inclusive and knows when to engage with other parties involved in the deals it is working on. All members of the team are very strong and have an understanding of their colleagues work.'

'Paul Jennings and David Orr: this duo is unstoppable. They are professional without ego and with a great sense of humour.'

'Paul Jennings and David Orr  are very responsive and knowledgeable. They also take time to learn the client's overall business and not just the parts which relate to them. They continually look for ways to simplify and make things more straightforward for the client.'

Key Clients

Trump International

Ashfield District Council

West Coast Estates

Greggs plc

Currie European Limited

Westerwood

Rentokil plc

Jupiter Hotels

Mack Residential Group

Svenska Handelsbanken

Work highlights

  • Assisting Trump International Golf Club Scotland with a proposed 550 unit village development with additional leisure, commercial and retail premises.
  • Advising Mack Residential on its acquisition of Torbrae House in Glasgow for a proposed asylum seeker accommodation centre.

  • Assisting Greggs with its first drive-thru at The Forge Retail Park, Glasgow including landlord and tenant issues and new-build matters.

Bellwether Green acts for a significant client roster including landlords and property developers, and provides assistance with development, acquisition, funding and letting issues. The team, led by John Bingham, has strong experience acting for large tenants and advises Virgin Media and Liberty Global on Scottish property work. Bingham is based in Glasgow with Steven Templeton.

Practice head(s):John Bingham

Other key lawyers:Steven Templeton

Testimonials

'John Bingham and Eve Mundell are extremely responsive, practical and effective. They are pleasant to deal with and organised.'

'Bellwether Green adopts a partner-led, commercial approach in providing legal advice on commercial property in Scotland. The real estate experts are quick to pick up the phone and have always been very responsive to ad hoc queries or efficient in dealing with transactional matters or disputes.'

'Bellwether Green stands out through its bespoke service, and understands fully the parameters of any instructions.'

'At Bellwether Green, turnaround time and efficiency are second to none. The real estate team really knows how to get things done and is very good at keeping client updated.'

'Communication skills are vital and these guys are excellent!'.

'John Bingham clearly has an in-depth knowledge of his field, but is also highly personable and commercial in his advice and dealings.'

Key Clients

Liberty Global plc

Virgin Media Limited

Emerson Process Management

Fortune 500 Company.

Brookhouse Group

Vertu Motors plc.

St Brides Managers

AGF Insurance Limited

City Estates

Walbrook (IOM) Nominees (No.4) Limited and Walbrook (IOM) Nominees (No.5) Limited as trustees for The Castlemilk Retail Property Unit Trust.

M8 Portfolio Partners Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising AGF Insurance as lender on the Scottish aspects of a loan facility and assignation of debt and security over the Scottish aspects of a hotel chain.
  • Advised Liberty Global and Virgin Media on the Scottish aspects of an intra-company transfer of a portfolio of 10 sites as part of a wider company restructuring.
  • Appointed by Virgin Media to handle a new lease with the landlord of Mercury House in Strathclyde Business Park including negotiating with the landlord and existing tenant on dilapidations.

The real estate group at Eversheds Sutherland specialises in major institutional and inward investment mandates, development transactions and significant real estate finance deals. The team also has a strong track record in leasing and portfolio management work. Principal associate Steven Dick heads up the real estate finance practice and senior associate Dixcee Fast heads up the core real estate team.

Practice head(s):Steven Dick; Dixcee Fast

Other key lawyers:Hazel Tait

Gilson Gray's real estate expertise spans across all key real estate sectors including office, leisure, industrial, hotels, residential, healthcare, retail, rural and mixed use. Alongside working with English firms as Scottish counsel, the group also represents a wide range of investors, developers, occupiers and corporates. Also notable is the team's work in the restructuring space, where it regularly acts for lenders and insolvency practitioners on distressed real estate assets. Murray Stewart leads the team from Edinburgh.

Practice head(s):Murray Stewart

Key Clients

Global Radio

KPMG

Ondine Restaurant

Vets-Now

SRA Ventures

BrewDog

Binn Group

Tempest Brewing Company

Santander

Lend Invest

Work highlights

  • Advising the Centre for Process Innovation on the development of a £56m medicines manufacturing innovation facility (MMIC) in Inchinnan as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).
  • Assisting The Paint Shed with its plans to expand its foot print and increase the number of units both in and out of central Scotland.
  • Assisting Tempest Brewing Co with the expansion of its operations into a new purpose built brewery at Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders.
  • Acting on SRA Ventures' £18m property investment portfolio including handling the rationalisation and disposal of a £4.3m industrial investment.

Weightmans LLP's real estate group is led from Glasgow by Cassandra Auld and was recently bolstered by the arrival of contentious expert Claire Thornber from Pinsent Masons LLP, and commercial expert Andrew Warren from legacy firm Morisons LLP. The group operates as part of the firm's wider UK real estate practice and regularly advises its clients on issues pertaining to real estate investments, developments, finance matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):Cassandra Auld

Other key lawyers:Claire Thornber; Andrew Warren

Key Clients

Octopus Group/Octopus Property.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Octopus Group as funder on a £10m secured bridging loan to facilitate the acquisition and re-development of Granton Harbour Estate, Edinburgh, a significant multi-use development including harbour, hotels, retirement accommodation and residential housing.

The Scottish real estate team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP sits as part of the firm's national UK practice, which the group leverages to assist with matters in the energy, residential, finance and retail sectors. Michael Spence leads the team and has a strong track record in development work; he recently relocated to Edinburgh from the Aberdeen office. Managing associate Philip Knight leads the real estate litigation team.

Practice head(s):Michael Spence

Other key lawyers:Philip Knight; Paul Kenneth

Key Clients

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Ashfield Land (Glasgow) Limited

Edison Oakapple Limited

ESB Asset Development UK Limited

Element Power Ireland Limited

Bridon International Limited

Airwave

Lloyds Banking Group (Scottish panel)

Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. (Scottish panel)

Salus Developments Limited

Springquote Limited

Brent Infrastructure IBV

Post Office Limited (Scottish real estate)

Fabricom Offshore Services Limited

Smart Sheet UK Limited

Carpetright plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Renewable Energy Systems on its development of onshore wind farm opportunities in Scotland.
  • Assisting Edison Oakapple with its development of a portfolio of solar power facilities and the subsequent disposal of the resulting project.

  • Advising Airwave Solutions on the management its Scottish telecoms sites.

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP is singled out for its sector expertise; the team is experienced in the leisure and licensed trade real estate sector and also handles matters in the agricultural and rural estates industries. Recent mandates include commercial property transactions, development work, landlord and tenant disputes and portfolio management issues. Leisure and hospitality sector specialist Colin Brass leads the group, Joanne Ockrim was recently promoted to partner, and Michael Dewar and Inverness-based John Smart joined from legacy firm CCW Business Lawyers and Ledingham Chalmers LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Colin Brass

Other key lawyers:Iain Dunn; Andrew McFarlane; John Smart; Michael Dewar; Joanne Ockrim

Key Clients

Lotus Group

Dundas Heritable

Cairn Group

Rosemount Taverns

GAP Group

United Real Estate

Colhoun Family

Pagazzi Lighting Limited

Macfarlane Group PLC

JWR Holdings Limited

RGI Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Lotus Group on the acquisition of an investment portfolio in Scotland.
  • Assisting Melness Crofters Estate with the development of the first spaceport in the UK.


Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Rising stars

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Brodies LLP has been notably active in the emerging build-to-rent sector while also maintaining its strong presence in the investment, development, hotel, retail and leisure, housebuilding and alternatives spaces. Glasgow-based practice head Johane Murray has a track record advising the government and industry bodies, while Aberdeen head Tracey Menzies has a particular focus on office developments, housebuilding issues and build-to-rent mandates. Also notable is Clive Phillips, who is an expert in agricultural law and leads the rural property team. Colin MacLaren retired.

Practice head(s):Johane Murray; Tracey Menzies

Other key lawyers:Clive Phillips

Testimonials

'The real estate team is properly focused on what the clients need and expect. Its experts are keen to get to the nub of issues and strive not to get bogged down losing sight of the endgame.'

'Its commercial understanding and nous makes Brodies stand out.'

Key Clients

Knight Property Group

University of Aberdeen

Brookfield

House of Hiranandani

Drum Property Group

Brookfield

Oaktree

APG Asset Management

GSS Investments

Aberdeen City Council

Maven Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised LCN Aksol Aberdeen on its purchase of the Aker Campus at Aberdeen International Business Park.
  • Acted for GSS Investments (Aberdeen) on the lease of the Stratus Building at ABZ Business Park to Noble Drilling.
  • Advised Knight Property Group on the sale of two investment properties at Westhill, Aberdeen to Balfe for £13m.
  • Assisted Ineos FPS with the lease of its office space at Prime View, Prime Four Business Park from Lloyds Register EMEA.

The real estate team at Burness Paull LLP regularly acts for blue chip corporate occupiers on asset management issues and office relocations, and assists occupiers with taking spaces in major shopping centres and high-street locations across Scotland. The firm's housebuilding group, led by Richard Goodfellow, advises housebuilders on projects as well as landowners on major residential developments. Practice head John Strachan has a notable strength in development work, regularly acting for funders on development transactions and for developers focused on delivering affordable housing; senior associate Sarah Stewart also handles development mandates.

Practice head(s):John Strachan

Other key lawyers:Richard Goodfellow; Sarah Stewart

Key Clients

A & J Robertson (Granite) Limited

Aberdeen Football Club PLC

Cats Management Limited (now Kellas Midstream Limited)

Clients of 90N Real Estate Partners LLP

Countesswells Development Ltd

Dandara

Duke of Fife

Esson Properties

GE Oil & Gas

John Clark Motor Group

Manse LLP

Palmer Capital

Rowett Research Institute

Stewart Milne Group

Total E&P UK

University of St Andrews

Uppermill Farms Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Uppermill Farms on the sale of the National Oilwell Varco office and industrial headquarters facility in Kintore, Aberdeenshire.
  • Handled the £28.9m sale of five tranches of residential development land consisting of 328 units for Countesswells Development.
  • Advised Aberdeen Football Club on its acquisition of land for a proposed new stadium and training facility.
  • Advised Manse on the sale of a significant mixed-use development site at Corton, Ayr with permission for 750 houses and retail space.
  • Assisting Cats Management with the lease of the seventh floor of the The Silver Fin Building.

The real estate experts at Pinsent Masons LLP regularly act for high-profile local and national developers operating across Scotland. The team is spread across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and is recognised for its work for major oil and gas companies. Aberdeen-based Rodney Whyte leads the practice, which is also active in residential development projects. The team also handles energy developments, planning work and regenerations.

Practice head(s):Rodney Whyte

Other key lawyers:Mark McCall

Key Clients

CALA Group

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

The Pilkington Trust

Avant Homes (Scotland) Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Persimmon Homes Limited

ABZ Development Limited

GSS Developments(Aberdeen) Limited

Aberdeen Harbour Board

Kier Property Developments

Baker Hughes

Mactaggart & Mickel

Wallace Land

Bellway Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for CALA Management on the implementation of a development agreement for the purchase of a residential development at Craibstone Campus, Aberdeen.
  • Assisted Avant Homes and CALA Management with the acquisition  of a 600 unit development at Mauricewood, Penicuik.
  • Advised Watt Taylor on the sale of a 120 unit development at Kirkton, Fraserburgh.
  • Acted for Aberdeen Harbour Board on the development of a new harbour at Nigg, Aberdeen.

Blackadders LLP's real estate expertise spans sales and purchases, leasing matters, property investments, property finance work, property developments, renewable energy projects and property disputes. Group head Emma Gray handles the full spectrum of commercial property issues with key experience in the retail and leisure sectors. The firm's recent merger with Plenderleath Runcie brought Neil Robb into the team, who has notable expertise acting for developers; Dundee-based Stuart King was also recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Emma Gray

Other key lawyers:Neil Robb; Stuart King

Testimonials

'Blackadders is knowledgeable, approachable and always available to help.'

'The service provided by Blackadders is always professional, highly competent, timely and efficient. Each team member in the commercial property department is very approachable and offers clear and reliable advice, guidance and support which is well communicated and expertly executed.'

'Emma Gray is very knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to dealing with property attractions. She is very good at cutting through issues, identifying key risks and giving guidance where required.'

'Emma Gray is highly professional and knowledgeable. She has excellent awareness and a helpful, friendly and understanding approach. She is extremely pro-active throughout any transaction and I would not hesitate to recommend her and the Blackadders team to both small and large clients alike.'

Key Clients

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Salvation Army Trading Company Limited

Morris Leslie Group

Hotel Management International Limited

A & J Stephen Limited

Tayforth Properties

Salvation Army Trustee Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Tayforth Properties on the redevelopment of a listed building and former warehouse including handling the related head lease, occupational lease and co-working agreements.
  • Assisting with the acquisition of the entire share capital of Redwood Pubs, which owns and leases eight public houses operated in Dundee and a residential property portfolio

The main strengths of Ledingham Chalmers LLP's Aberdeen-based real estate team include development work, commercial leasings, residential development acquisitions and disposals, and secured funding issues. The housebuilding sub-group is led by Alan Michie, while Alasdair Maclure leads the commercial leasing unit. Also notable are practice head Stephen Morrice and John Mitchell, who acts for landlords and tenants on the letting of office, retail and industrial premises.

Practice head(s):Stephen Morrice

Other key lawyers:Alan Michie; Alasdair Maclure; John Mitchell

Key Clients

Kirkwood Homes Limited

Wood

Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP

Gilcomston Investments Limited

Bancon Homes Limited

Veitchi Homes Limited

Carlton Rock Limited

Skene Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Handled the acquisition of a 15 unit development site at Viewhill, Culloden for Kirkwood Homes.
  • Assisted Carlton Rock with the sale of an industrial unit at Blackness Road, Aberdeen to Northwards.

Stronachs LLP acts for a diverse range of clients in the private and public sectors across Scotland including national and international entities, private individuals and partnerships, oil and gas companies, public sector bodies, developers and investors. Practice head Duncan Campbell assists many public sector organisations and also handles the commercial property requirements of multiple oil and gas clients. Ross Linn is the main name to note in Inverness.

Practice head(s):Duncan Campbell

Other key lawyers:Emma Stephen; Liz Stewart; Ross Linn

Testimonials

'The Stronachs commercial team consistently delivers an exceptional level of service. Transactions are carried out in an efficient and diligent manner.'

'Clients rate the team particularly highly for complex land acquisition transactions in which it consistently excels.'

'Emma Stephen is a strong communicator with an expansive knowledge of property and land transactions. Emma is always quick to respond to requests in a timely manner. She consistently delivers solid advice and positive outcomes.'

Key Clients

Global Energy Group

Strathdee Properties Limited

Peterson (United Kingdom) Limited

Spex Services Limited

Xodus Group Limited

Weatherford U.K. Limited

DOF Subsea UK Limited

Aberdein Considine’s commercial property team advises Scottish clients from its key bases in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Aberdeen-based group has a particular strength in the oil and gas and marine industries; the arrival of practice head Paul Jennings in the Glasgow office has also substantially expanded the group's retail expertise. Ritchie Whyte is the key contact in the Aberdeen office and Anthony Quin is based in Stirling.

Practice head(s):Paul Jennings

Other key lawyers:Ritchie Whyte; Anthony Quin

Key Clients

Trump International

Ashfield District Council

West Coast Estates

Greggs plc

Currie European Limited

Westerwood

Rentokil plc

Jupiter Hotels

Mack Residential Group

Svenska Handelsbanken

Work highlights

  • Acting for Trump International Golf Club Scotland on a proposed 550 unit village development with additional leisure, commercial and retail premises.
  • Handling the refinancing of developments across Aberdeenshire and Moray for Svenska Handlesbanken including equity release to assist with purchase and development funding.
  • Handled the sale of an industrial unit at Stoneywood Park, Aberdeen for Caprock.
  • Advising S Lee on the lease of Unit 5 Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen for the expansion of the client's restaurant portfolio.

CMS' Paul Carter has a particularly strong track record in acting for clients including Aberdeen Asset Management, Credit Suisse and Union Investments on investment and development transactions. The team also has significant capabilities in the commercial leasing space, where it represents clients including Lloyds Register, Statoil and Hunting Energy Group.

Practice head(s):Paul Carter

Other key lawyers:Carol Nisbet

The Scottish commercial property team at Dentons fields a dedicated housebuilding unit, which advises major clients on project work, strategic options, consortium agreements, joint ventures and site acquisitions. Also notable is the group's strength in the renewable energy space, where practice head David Rose and members of the banking, corporate and real estate departments assist clients with acquisitions and disposals, leasings and joint venture arrangements.

Practice head(s):David Rose

Testimonials

'Dentons' partners are helpful, professional, proactive and reactive where appropriate and necessary.'

'David Rose is exceptional. He is helpful, patient and diligent in securing a site option agreement, even with a difficult client.'

Key Clients

Persimmon Homes Limited

PAL Trustees Limited

RQ Capital Limited

Agile Energy Recovery Limited

Santander UK plc

Bank of Scotland plc

Hughes Electrical Limited

Muirden Energy LLP

Kilmac Properties Limited

Duncan Farms

Barclays Bank UK plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Persimmon Homes on its purchase of a site at Moodiesburn, Lanarkshire for the development of 62 residential units.
  • Instructed by Speirs Wharf Development and RQ Capital to handle the sale of a development site in the West End of Glasgow.
  • Advised Santander UK on the phased acquisition of a site at Portstown, Inverurie.

Outside of the Central Belt, Harper Macleod LLP operates from its key bases in Inverness, Thurso and Lerwick. The team advises on rural, crofting and agricultural law through Calum MacLeod, who is based in Inverness and is a member of the energy and natural resources group. Other key practitioners include Ross Thomson, who handles property finance work; and department head John Meehan, who sits in the Glasgow office.

Practice head(s):John Meehan

Other key lawyers:Calum MacLeod; Ross Thomson

Testimonials

'Harper MacLeod's real estate team demonstrates a very positive and inclusive culture as well as a desire to do the best for its clients. When compared to many other firms, it demonstrates a high level of capabilities and resources to assist any proposal.'

'Harper Macleod is extremely professional and knowledgeable, and is known for its excellent customer service.'

'Harper MacLeod's partners are very proactive, take commercial decisions and work to tight timelines to ensure any legal tasks are delivered on time.'

Key Clients

G & A Barnie

Tulloch Homes Group

Hazledene Group

James Keiller

Meallmore Limited

Boyd Brothers Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

TW Townsley Properties Ltd

DM PM Services Limited

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Parkland Developments Limited

Cromarty Firth Port Authority

James Evans & Sons Limited

Rural Projects & Developments Limited

Gael Force Engineering Group

Paterson Estates Limited

Rathven Investments Limited

Frankie & Lolas Limited

Independent Vetcare Limited

Britannia Hotels Limited

Handlesbanken

Clydesdale Bank Plc

HSBC Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

St Andrews University

Wallets Marts Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Parklands Developments on its purchase of a development site in Inverness from Tulloch Homes for the development of a new care home.
  • Acting for Jacobite Cruises on its new 50 year lease from Dochfour Estate of Dochgarroch Hall and neighbouring land as part of the proposed development of a new visitor centre and tourist hub.
  • Advising the Cromarty Firth Port Authority on the negotiation of the terms of a proposed lease with Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) regarding the use of quayside, laydown and office facilities at the Port of Cromarty Firth.

MacRoberts LLP fields a real estate team that covers all aspects of commercial property work across Scotland. Practice head David Milne has a particular focus on commercial developments, investment deals and real estate finance work.

Practice head(s):David Milne

Key Clients

Unicorn Properties

Cullross Limited

Braemore Estates

James Hay Pension Trustees

Thomas Johnstone Ltd

Ceres Holographics Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for West Developments on its purchase of listed hotel building located on the boundary of a golf course in Angus.
  • Advising 5SR Property Holdings on the exchange of neighbouring and contiguous commercial plots for the development of 48 commercial units.
  • Assisting Eastacre with the sale of an £8m residential development on the exclusive Scores at St Andrews.

Thorntons Law LLP’s commercial property team includes specialists in construction and project management issues. The group assists clients across the UK from its offices in Tayside, Fife, Angus, Edinburgh and Perth. With a notably strong presence in the education and healthcare sectors, the practice has recently expanded its work in the leisure and hospitality space, handling multiple hotel acquisitions. Housebuilding expert Graham Wilson and practice head Ewan Miller are the key names to note in Dundee.

Practice head(s):Ewan Miller

Other key lawyers:Graham Wilson

Key Clients

Leopard Guernsey RSC Witham Penzance Propco Limited

Lethendy Estates Limited

Schuh Limited

The Firm of Messrs Donald Laird

Robert Adam and Sons

Angus Housing Association

Hillcrest Housing Association Ltd

Caledonia Housing Association Ltd

An East Coast Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Angus Housing Association to handle the purchase of land in three phases with separate building contracts for each phase from a national house builder for 54 new build affordable housing units on a greenfield site in Monifieth.
  • Assisting Hillcrest Housing Association with the purchase of a brownfield site in Aberdeen from a national house builder for the construction of 130 new affordable housing units.
  • Handled lease work for an East coast port authority as landlord to a distribution company.


Construction

Index of tables

  1. Construction
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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Covering a broad field of construction work, Brodies LLP regularly assists blue-chip companies, contractors and sub-contractors with matters arising from large-scale construction developments, including regeneration and student accommodation developments, as well as transactional and contentious issues; Manus Quigg and David Arnott are highly regarded in the contentious space, while Alistair McLean  heads up the non-contentious construction team. Senior associate Christopher Duff is recommended and specialises in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):Alistair McLean; Manus Quigg

Other key lawyers:David Arnott; Louise Shiels; Jane McMonagle; Christopher Duff

Testimonials

'Provides plain-English advice and is very quick to respond.'

'Jane McMonagle is excellent at explaining complex concepts in simple terms and asking relevant questions to understand the client's commercial background.'

Key Clients

Drum Property Group

McLaughlin and Harvey

Interserve Construction

Robertson Construction Group

Multiplex Construction Europe

Amey OW

Ineos Chemicals Grangemouth

ISG

Ediston Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Ineos in two EPC contracts totalling circa £360m for the enhancement of its plant in Grangemouth.
  • Advising the client, as owner, on all construction aspects concerning extensive refurbishment, reinstatement and extension works for the luxurious Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond following the fire in December 2017.
  • Advising the developer on the construction of a new state-of-the art campus headquarters for Barclays at Buchanan Wharf, Glasgow, which is one of Scotland’s largest regeneration projects.
  • Advised the developer Soller One in on the design and construction of a large-scale student accommodation development at Dunblane Street, Glasgow.
  • Acted for Anadna Properties as purchaser in the acquisition of Maxim Park, Eurocentral from Tritax Eurocentral EZ Unit Trust.

With a superb reputation, Pinsent Masons LLP's 'excellent and forward-thinking' team handles the full spectrum of construction law, including transactional projects and disputes, and acts for an impressive public and private client roster across a number of sectors including infrastructure and transport, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Kenny Valentine heads the construction advisory and disputes team and the 'practical and pragmatic' Michael Allan is the main contact for transactional construction law. Brandon Nolan, known for his construction disputes work, and energy projects expert Nicholas Carlin are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Allan; Kenny Valentine

Other key lawyers:Colin Fraser; Brandon Nolan; Nicholas Carlin; Stacey Cassidy

Testimonials

'Kenny Valentine is extremely competent and pretty much always available.'

'Works very hard to understand the client and their commercial position.'

'Colin Fraser provides high-quality, pragmatic advice which is solutions-orientated.'

'You would want to have them on your side.'

'Provides commercially sound advice.'

Key Clients

Balfour Beatty

Aker Solutions

Barclays Bank

HOCHTIEF Solutions

Galliford Try

Morgan Sindall

BP

The City of Edinburgh Council

Lend Lease

Brookfield Multiplex

Work highlights

  • Representing the City of Edinburgh Council in the Edinburgh Trams public inquiry chaired by Lord Hardie.
  • Acting for Barclays in its development of a new state-of-the-art campus facility to be built at Buchanan Wharf in the centre of Glasgow, including negotiating the construction contracts and property deal.
  • Acting for Bilfinger Construction UK in the Edinburgh Trams Public Inquiry, having conducted 13 adjudications for Bilfinger during the duration of the project.
  • Defending a Court of Session action raised by Aggreko against Morgan Sindall as contractor and Struer as designer in relation to alleged defects in Aggreko’s principal manufacturing facility.
  • Instructed by Aker to defend a claim raised by a sub-contractor to Aker concerning the Flyndre Cawdor project; the dispute arose from remuneration changes for  sub-contracted work.

'Working tirelessly to achieve the client's desired goals', Burness Paull LLP is a regular fixture on construction projects and handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters spanning various sectors including ports and harbours, health, public, education, infrastructure and energy. The team, led by the 'tactically very considerate' Fenella Mason, is also noted for its expertise in representing contractors.

Practice head(s):Fenella Mason

Other key lawyers:Gavin Paton; Chris Mackay; James Forbes

Testimonials

'Fenella Mason does not shy away from the truth and delivers client expectations. She has both an eye for the detail and can see the broader picture.'

'James Forbes has good client skills.'

'In-depth knowledge of the industry.'

'Strong in construction adjudication services.'

'Chris Mackay is very competent and switched on.'

Key Clients

Scottish Futures Trust

EDF Energy

Galliford Try Construction (UK)

John Graham Construction

Amey

Morgan Sindall Investments

Ferrovial Lagan

Outotec

Van Oord

Kier Construction

Work highlights

  • Advised hub West Scotland on relevant agreements and documents for various projects, including two health centres at Clydebank and Greenock and new hospital wards at Stobhill under the DBFM hub model for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; the refurbishment of council offices under the DBDA hub model for East Renfrewshire Council; the refurbishment of the town hall in Paisley under the DBDA hub model for Renfrewshire Council and the refurbishment of a learning and cultural hub in Paisley under the DBDA hub model for Renfrewshire Council.
  • Assistance with a suite of contracts for the design and construction of an extension to a fish processing plant in Aberdeen containing highly specialist and industry specific plant and equipment.
  • Acted for POCF in drafting and negotiating contracts for the £30m phase 4 development of the Invergordon Service Base, which involves the design and construction of a new 218 metre long quayside and 9 acres of laydown area for utilisation as a new energy and cruise hub.
  • Acting for SHT in its procurement of a project for the design and construction of the redevelopment of the Ola Pier at Scrabster Harbour.

CMS draws on a wealth of experience in assisting institutional investors, local authorities, contractors, insurers and construction professionals, among others, with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters. Shona Frame and Mark Kirke specialise in construction and engineering dispute resolution, while the 'very experienced' Christine Worthington and Ian McCann are the main contacts for non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):Shona Frame; Mark Kirke; Christine Worthington; Ian McCann

Other key lawyers:Rob Wilson; Harriet Munro

Key Clients

Interserve

Balfour Beatty

Galliford Try

SSE

Land Securities

Scottish Water

University of Glasgow

EDF Energy

Aberdeen Standard Investments

National Museums of Scotland

Aecom

Work highlights

  • Advising on construction contracts, consultant appointments, performance guarantees and associated documents for the demolition of the existing buildings at 25-39 Cadogan Street, Glasgow, and the design and construction of The Grid, Cadogan Street, Glasgow.
  • Acting for Interserve in a construction dispute with its former employer Viridor over allegedly outstanding sums following the client's dismissal from the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre development project.
  • Provided construction advice on two flagship projects in the Aberdeen area, namely  a £40m Bio-therapeutics Hub for Innovation in Aberdeen funded with a £20m grant of capital funding from the UK and Scottish Governments through the Aberdeen City Region Deal, and a £1.5m TechHub at the existing RGU Administration Building on Schoolhill, Aberdeen.
  • Representing the client in adjudications against Edinburgh University concerning the project to restore the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh.
  • Acting for Scottish Water in adjudications against Barhale for defects in works carried out to refurbish a pipeline network.

Noted for its broad offering, Dentons receives regular instructions on various contentious and non-contentious construction matters from developers and building contractors alongside transport, infrastructure and energy sector clients. Mark Macaulay heads the 'very good' team. David Scott retired in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Macaulay

Other key lawyers:Kirsti Olson

Testimonials

'Kirsti Olson is always well prepared and never on the back foot; she is an excellent communicator and fights like a terrier.'

Key Clients

Official Receiver of Carillion

McLaughlin & Harvey Construction

Network Rail Infrastructure

Galliford Try Construction (UK)

Taylor Wimpey UK

Halcrow Group

M&G Real Estate

Hammerson

Helical

Work highlights

  • Acted across the UK throughout 2018 for the Official Receiver of Carillion, assisting with its strategy to resolve Carillion's existing disputes and claims. This included advice on managing construction and infrastructure projects including UK Government projects and transitioning projects to new providers.
  • Acted for the developer FORE Partnership in negotiating the construction documents for the Glasgow city centre office development, known as Cadworks, which is designed to be the most sustainable building in Scotland.
  • Advising McLaughlin & Harvey on its construction contract for the development of the Barclays super campus at Buchanan Wharf, Glasgow.
  • Advising Robertson Properties on its development of two adjacent sites at Abbey Park, St Andrews. One site is to be developed as a 90-bed hotel and the other site is to be developed as a 100-bed student accommodation.
  • Representing Port of Cairnryan (part of the P&O Ferries Group) in proceedings raised in the Court of Session against the engineering company Mouchel (now owned by WSP) arising out of the design and construction of a new floating linkspan.

Acting for contractors, developers and end-users, Shepherd and Wedderburn's team, led by Euan McLeod, is well versed in handling contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering matters pertaining to energy (including renewable energy), real estate and housing regeneration projects, among others. On the non-contentious side, the team is particularly experienced in handling matters at the intersection with procurement law.

Practice head(s):Euan McLeod

Other key lawyers:Iain Drummond; Gareth Parry; David Anderson; Colin Archibald

Key Clients

Wheatley Housing Group

British Land

BriTel Fund Trustees

ScottishPower

Sainsbury’s

BAE Systems

Taylor Wimpey

The City of Edinburgh Council

Amey

Work highlights

  • Provided construction and procurement advice to Wheatley in connection with a £400m framework for housing construction and associated works.
  • Advising West Dunbartonshire Council on a pathfinder project to procure the UK’s first large-scale water source heat pump district heating system at Queen’s Quay regeneration site in Clydebank.
  • Advising the Merchant City (Glasgow) Development Company on the construction aspects of its first site outside of London – a 7.5 acre site in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant city. This mixed-use scheme is intended to include more than 600 homes for rent as well as commercial and retail space.
  • Engaged by the council to advise on construction contracts for the redevelopment of Meadowbank sports centre.
  • Advising the developer on various procurement matters pertaining to the development of a £45m concert hall in the centre of Edinburgh.

Rated for its 'commercial and timely advice', Addleshaw Goddard has been increasingly active in the residential development sector while maintaining its energy and infrastructure-related workflow. Alison Horner is the main contact for non-contentious work, which includes transactional support, and Anne Struckmeier for construction disputes.

Practice head(s):Alison Horner; Anne Struckmeier

Other key lawyers:Alan Shanks; Paul Minto

Testimonials

'Delivers a quality service.'

Key Clients

BAM Construction

Edinburgh Airport

SSE

Scotland Gas Network (SGN)

Moda

Red Rock Power

Engenie

Maven

Caledonian Maritime Assets

Work highlights

  • Advised BAM Construction on the Jedburgh Intergenerational Campus DBFM project procured under the hub South East framework; this included assistance with negotiating the construction contract with particular emphasis on resolving project and site specific issues, the interface agreement with the FM provider along with direct agreements and other ancillary documents.
  • Advised BAM Construction on the Stobhill Hospital and Greenock Health Centre DBFM project procured under the hub west framework; the instruction included negotiating the construction contract together with other project specifics affecting the construction contract as well as the interface agreement with the FM provider along with direct agreements and other ancillary documents.
  • Provided a redraft of the client's in-house NEC3-style suite of construction contracts, introducing new risk profile positions on extensions of time, additional cost, and reporting mechanisms.
  • The firm advised Moda Living on all construction aspects pertaining to the new Strathclyde Police Headquarters development, including the pre-construction services agreement, demolition contract and appointments, the main building contract and other matters.
  • Advised the client on its forward funding and purchase of a new student accommodation (of approximately 359 bed spaces) arising from conversion of an existing six-storey office property in Edinburgh.

With an emphasis on representing private development companies, Davidson Chalmers Stewart handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters and has recently seen an increase in its renewable energy sector work. Typical instructions include development agreements, building and engineering contracts and collateral warranties. The team's contentious capabilities also include arbitration and adjudication proceedings. Director Simone Young is the main contact. Expert in contentious construction work, Greg Flett made partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Simone Young

Other key lawyers:Bruce Lancaster; Greg Flett

Key Clients

Chris Stewart Group

Muir Group

Whiteburn Group

Tartan Leisure

Scarborough Hermiston

Cumbrae Property

Kilmac

Hermiston Securities

Kingsford Developments

Edinburgh Castle

Work highlights

  • Advising Tartan Leisure on various matters pertaining to the design and construction of an inland, artificial surf wavegarden with associated leisure and accommodation facilities in a disused quarry in West Lothian, Scotland; this includes a number of corporate, property, planning, environmental and construction issues.
  • Advising on the procurement of a mixed-use development comprising 61,000 sq ft of Class A office accommodation with restaurant and bar space on the ground and basement floors.
  • Advising the contractor on the building contract, sub-contracts, collateral warranties and other related construction documentation required for the refurbishment and extension of car showroom in Dundee.
  • Advised the Chris Stewart Group on the refinancing of its investment portfolio with Laxfield involving the negotiation of the construction elements of a complex facility agreement.
  • Advising Cumbrae Property on its development, lease and sale of a town centre retail development at Winchburgh, West Lothian.

Known for its experience in representing public sector clients, the 'proactive, knowledgeable and straightforward' team at Harper Macleod LLP is also well versed in providing private-sector developers with advice on various contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to construction and engineering projects. Team head Michael Conroy is frequently instructed to draft and negotiate building and engineering contracts.

Practice head(s):Michael Conroy

Other key lawyers:Euan Pirie

Testimonials

'Takes the time to understand the client's project.'

'Euan Pirie is personable and provides great support. He understands the key drivers for projects and how these can be managed appropriately.'

'Very detailed working knowledge of contracts and excellent ability to advise on suitable strategies to resolve technical issues.'

Key Clients

Sportscotland

Glasgow City Council

North Ayrshire Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Sanctuary Housing Association

hub North Scotland

Robertson Construction Group

Shetland Islands Council

Everwarm

FCC Construcción

Roadbridge UK

Work highlights

  • Advised CEC on the procurement of its Energy Efficient Street Lighting Programme. The project is procured under the NEC 3 engineering and construction contract option C; the team provided advice on Z clause amendments to address project specific issues.
  • Preparation of terms and conditions for various contracts for the provision of broadcast lighting and water infrastructure, among others, to venues for the Glasgow 2018 European Athletics Championships.
  • Advised the client on the negotiation of design and build development agreements with the Highland and Moray councils concerning the replacement Alness Academy and Lossiemouth Learning Centre respectively.
  • Advising the client on two separate hub south west projects: firstly, the development, refurbishment and extension of the former red cross building located on Tarryholme Drive, Irvine to provide health and social care facilities, and secondly, the development of a new indoor and outdoor sports facility at Quarry Road, Irvine.
  • Acted for MCR Property Group in the acquisition of the former office property Chesser House, Edinburgh, for development into 163 residential apartments with ground floor commercial space, and prepared the construction contract package.

Led by 'excellent communicator' and specialist in contentious construction work Neil Kelly, the 'pragmatic, approachable and knowledgeable' team at MacRoberts LLP has a strong profile for construction disputes, which frequently pertain to alleged construction and design defects and also include adjudications. In the non-contentious space, the team handles a wide range of issues spanning various sectors and acts for contractors and sub-contractors, employers and public sector bodies.

Practice head(s):Neil Kelly

Other key lawyers:Mike Barlow; Craig Bradshaw; Gavin Thomson; David Wilson

Testimonials

'This firm has developed formidable experience in construction.'

'Neil Kelly rarely needs to check things. The knowledge he possesses is outstanding.'

'Gavin Thomson is a first-class communicator and knows his stuff.'

'They have a wide breadth of expertise and provide a high level of service.'

'Never makes a drama out of a crisis. The team remains calm during tough negotiations and can really focus on the desired outcome.'

'Makes the client feel valued and listened to.'

'They make things very easy with minimal fuss.'

Key Clients

Balfour Beatty

Wates Group

Wood Group

Jacobs

The Scottish Government  (including Transport Scotland and Scottish Prison Service)

NHS Lothian

The Edinburgh Schools Partnership

Engie Services

Vascutek Limited trading as Terumo Aortic

Souness & Boyne Interior Contracts

Work highlights

  • Advising Terumo Aortic on the building contracts and associated contract documentation for multiple phases of works at Terumo Aortic’s manufacturing facility at Inchinnan, near Glasgow Airport.
  • Acting for Claymore Roads in multiple defects disputes pertaining to the A92 trunk road with the design and build contractor.
  • Advising Edinburgh Schools Partnership on all issues arising from the collapse of the gable wall at Oxgangs Primary School.
  • Defending Aecom in Court of Session proceedings, which had been raised against the client and others in relation to alleged defects in the design and construction of ground consolidation works undertaken at a site in Leithlands in Glasgow.
  •   Advising the Wood Group on Court of Session proceedings, in defence of a multi-million pound claim concerning alleged defects to a waste water treatment plant.

The team at Morton Fraser is led by Jonathan Seddon and is best known for its involvement in large-scale development projects such as office developments, student accommodations and commercial properties. As well as advising developers on various construction matters, the team is also well versed in handling transactional work. Its contentious workload includes various disputes arising from alleged construction defects and breaches of construction contracts.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Seddon

Other key lawyers:Kenneth Carruthers; Sandra Cassels

Key Clients

PATRIZIA

Diageo

Tesco Stores/ Tesco Personal Finance

Crucible St Andrews

Curo Property Funds

Walkerweld Engineering

Heartlands Greentown

Locate Developments

The Scottish Government

Empiric Student Property

Squarestone Growth

Transport Scotland

Work highlights

  • Representing Diageo in its redevelopment of the former House of Fraser store on Princes Street, Edinburgh, to create a Johnnie Walker visitor centre. This includes drafting the construction contracts for the professional team and the main contractor.
  • Providing advice on the forward funded development at Capital Square, Edinburgh, an eight-floor purpose-built development, which includes various planning and land use, development and construction, banking and finance as well as property issues.
  • Acted for the borrower in a refinance deal to fund the development of two student accommodation blocks at Willowbank, Glasgow, and St Peter's Street, Aberdeen.
  • Advising Diageo on all its construction contracts for its new HQ building in Edinburgh, including collateral warranty agreements.
  • Advising Diageo on the redevelopment and refurbishment of various distillery visitor centres throughout Scotland, which includes assistance with procurement and building contract issues, among others.

Anderson Strathern's 'very approachable' team has experience in construction and tender matters pertaining to infrastructure, urban regeneration and housing projects, including associated disputes, while also handling construction financing work. Its client portfolio includes various public sector bodies and education institutions alongside contractors and developers. Karyn Watt is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Karyn Watt

Other key lawyers:Alistair Dean; Pat Loftus; Martin Whiteford; Gillian Anderson; Douglas McLachlan

Testimonials

'The team works incredibly well under tight timescales and at the same time is able to evaluate and assess large volumes of information.'

'The wishes of the client are fully considered at all points.'

'Alistair Dean is a first-class operator in a fast moving and constantly changing environment.'

'They are very approachable and always make time to explain things and keep clients fully informed.'

'You get a lot of partner time.'

'Alistair Dean is an excellent lawyer and always tries to get problems resolved.'

Key Clients

The Scottish Government/ Transport Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland

University of the Highlands and Islands

Victoria Square Woking

Thöni Industriebetriebe

Apex Hotels

HALO Kilmarnock

Stewart Milne Group

Ground Engineering

Route Finance

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Work highlights

  • Advising the new client Thöni on the engineering and procurement contract for the development of a new biogas power centre located at the site of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre.
  • Advising on various matters pertaining to the redevelopment of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock to create a major new district for the town.
  • Advising the client on various matters pertaining to the residential development on a site adjacent to the Leith Harbour Quay Wall.
  • Advising the client on two primary school projects, consisting of the demolition of the existing school and the design and build of new schools with sporting facilities; this included assistance with tender matters, construction contracts, professional team appointments, performance bonds and parent company guarantees.

'Dealing with matters in a very prompt and timely manner', BTO Solicitors LLP is routinely called upon to act for clients in construction and engineering disputes involving insurance, liability and quantum matters alongside alleged defective designs, cost overruns and construction delays. The practice, led by the 'very helpful' Jilly Petrie, also handles adjudications and acts for developers, contractors and industry bodies.

Practice head(s):Jilly Petrie

Other key lawyers:Ann O'Connell; Mark Morton

Testimonials

'Gets to the heart of the matter very quickly and identifies the key issues that are of particular significance.'

'Very good communicators.'

'Jilly Petrie is always available to take a call to discuss matters.'

Key Clients

SRB Civil Engineering Limited (UK)

Turner Group

Partick Housing Association

Oberlanders Architects

Akela Construction

Hunter & Morrisons

Hadden Construction

AECOM

Federation of Master Builders

Reigart Contracts

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Hunter & Morrisons, in defending a Court of Session action raised at the instance of Shetland Islands Council involving a high-profile design and build office accommodation project in Lerwick, Shetland.

Working in close co-operation with its England-based offices, DLA Piper Scotland LLP handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues arising from retail, commercial and mixed-use developments, hotels and leisure sector projects as well as student accommodations. Frequently handling contentious construction work, Alastair Drummond is the main contact for Scotland. Legal director Ross Campbell joined the team from Eversheds Sutherland in August 2018 and is experienced in energy, infrastructure and development projects.

Practice head(s):Alistair Drummond

Other key lawyers:Ross Campbell

Key Clients

Consort Healthcare (Fife)

Lothian Amusements

New Waverley 12

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

St Enoch Trustee Company

Ambassador Theatre Group

Jury’s Inn

Leonardo Hotels

Osborne+Co

Heineken UK

Work highlights

  • Advising RBS (as site owner) on the construction aspects of the development of the IMPACT Centre concert hall and arts venue by its tenant, International Music & Performing Arts Charitable Trust Scotland, at a site lying immediately behind RBS’s historic Dundas House HQ at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
  • Advised St Enoch Trustee Company (owner of the St Enoch Centre, Glasgow) on all contract documentation for the design and construction of a cinema development within the St Enoch Centre.
  • Advised New Waverley 12 on the construction aspects of the sale of two new hotel buildings at East Market Street, Edinburgh, to Union Investments, and on additional works carried out at the Premier Inn Hub hotel.
  • Advising Lothian Amusements on the enforcement of a complex package of contractual arrangements the client entered into in relation to a development site in Portobello, Edinburgh.
  • Advised Artisan Canonmills (as owner and developer) on all contract documentation for the design and construction of circa 200 residential units at Warriston Road, Edinburgh, together with associated car parking and services.

With a strong presence in the housebuilder market, Gillespie Macandrew LLP has residential development work at its core. The 'knowledgeable' team jointly led by Harry Smith and Isobell Reid provides regular assistance with site acquisitions but also handles commercial property work, building restoration projects and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Harry Smith; Isobell Reid

Testimonials

'Isobell Reid has a good understanding of both the law and the players in the market.'

'Easy to work with.'

Key Clients

Bellway Homes

Avant Homes (Scotland)

Buchanan House Trust

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Tornagrain

Merchant Homes Partnerships

Robertson Partnership Homes

Turnberry Homes

Moray Estates Development Company

With a strong presence in the Scottish Highlands and Islands region, Ledingham Chalmers LLP's 'friendly and welcoming' team frequently assists funders, housebuilders and contractors with contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering law matters, including those at the interface with procurement law. The 'down-to-earth' Jennnifer Young heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Young

Other key lawyers:Sarah Stuart

Testimonials

'The team has a genuine desire to secure good outcomes for the client.'

'They are quick to respond, even at short notice and within challenging timescales.'

'Extremely good advice.'

'The practice is well resourced with experienced staff to deal with all aspects of our legal requirements.'

Key Clients

WGC (Scotland)

Bancon Construction

Gordon Mitchell Contractors

Malthus UK

GF Job

Ark Estates (Scotland)

Heidi Beers

Tulloch Homes

Kirkwood Homes

Colin Armstrong Associates

Work highlights

  • Carried out construction due diligence required for the provision of finance for a port facility extension project.
  • Instructed to review existing procurement procedures and subsequently revise contract documents in respect of the appointment of contractors and consultants.
  • Advised on the provision of finance for a project involving the construction of three industrial sheds together with significant ground and infrastructure works.
  • Conducted an adjudication on behalf of a sub-sub-contractor in connection with a financial claim against its sub-contractor employer; the claim concerned electrical engineering works on a major new build distillery project.
  • Represented this contractor in two separate actions in the Commercial Court, defending the client against a claim of alleged defects in a new-build house project.


Environment

Index of tables

  1. Environment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Covering a broad field of contentious and non-contentious environmental law work, Brodies LLP's 'attentive, knowledgeable and practical' team handles frequent contaminated land-related instructions alongside energy, mineral, chemicals and waste sector matters, including various regulatory issues, environmental impact assessments and risk management. Philip Hunter is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Philip Hunter

Other key lawyers:Paul Marshall; Neil Collar; Sarah-Jane McArthur

Testimonials

'Always looks at practicalities and the various ways of resolving a situation.'

'Paul Marshall has a positive, realistic approach and genuinely cares about the matters referred to him.'

'The team has in-depth knowledge and knows how to use it to get results.'

Key Clients

Clyde Gateway Developments

Indaver N.V.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Falkirk Council

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Petroineos

Spirit Energy

Marine Harvest

Lerwick Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic advice to Clyde Gateway on the environmental remediation of contaminated land.
  • Advising Indaver N.V. on the procurement and development of a new energy-from-waste plant in Aberdeen.
  • Advising Falkirk Council on restoration works at a former open-case coal mine.
  • Worked with Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland on the Environmental Impact Assessment Handbook.
  • Defending a class action of more than 35 claims from tenants and former tenants, who allege a variety of neurological and psychological symptoms arising from contaminated land.

Jennifer Ballantyne leads the 'proactive' Scottish environment team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which is a respected player in the market, handling a broad spectrum of environment law work in the energy, infrastructure, housing and manufacturing sectors. This includes, among other matters, regulatory advice and permitting assistance for energy and industrial installations, advice on projects and transactions, as well as litigation and regulatory enforcement support. Gordon McCreath and legal director Ross McDowall are recommended; both handle a wide range of sector-specific work.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Ballantyne

Other key lawyers:Gordon McCreath; Ross McDowall

Testimonials

'Efficiently deals with the client's requirements.'

Key Clients

BP

E.ON

DCC

Enva

Uniper

Kier Infrastructure and Overseas

Harworth Estates

SSE

Keepmoat Homes

Environment Agency

Work highlights

  • The team acts as sole environmental legal advisor for E.ON; in 2018, it advised the client on environmental incident response matters and a number of EIA submissions for various renewable energy projects, among other issues.
  • Provided assistance with the vendor due diligence report and title certification for Arcus European Infrastructure in respect of the sale of its majority stake in Forth Ports.
  • Provided environmental advice to Enva in the £15m acquisition of GP Properties (Scotland) and subsidiaries, including GP Green Recycling, which is one of Scotland's largest recoverers of organic waste.
  • Providing ongoing advice in support of Enva's application to SEPA for End of Waste status for processed air pollution control residues to be used in concrete products.
  • Providing strategic contaminated land-related advice to Keepmoat Homes.

Working in close co-operation with its planning team, Shepherd and Wedderburn has carved out a strong practice handling environmental law issues arising from energy sector projects, including impact assessments, various regulatory issues and permitting and planning-related matters. The team is also experienced in environmental noise-related work. Patricia Hawthorn and Colin Innes jointly head the team, which includes planning expert Moray Thomson, who joined the firm from DWF in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Patricia Hawthorn; Colin Innes

Other key lawyers:Jamie Grant; Scott McCallum; Ewan Macleod; Richard Leslie; Moray Thomson

Key Clients

ACCIONA Industrial

Coul Links

Mainstream Renewable Power

Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind

Moray Offshore Windfarm (West)

Moray Offshore Windfarm (East)

SP Transmission

Cogen

SIMEC Atlantis Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Acciona Industrial on contaminated land risks pertaining to the development of an energy-from-waste facility on a former gasworks site south of Aberdeen.
  • Advising Coul Links on matters pertaining to its planning application for the construction of an 18-hole golf course with club house and ancillary development near Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands, which is opposed by a number of conservation groups.
  • Advising Mainstream Renewable Power on consenting and property aspects of its sale of Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm to EDF Energy Renewables.
  • Ongoing advice to Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind on applications for Section 36 consents and marine licences.
  • Advising EDP Renewables on onshore and offshore consent applications, including full environmental impact assessment.

Anderson Strathern's client base includes funders and commercial developers alongside public bodies and landowning clients, who regularly instruct the team with various contentious and non-contentious matters. This includes regulatory and permitting issues, energy project-related work, sector-specific transactions and water matters, such as flooding and drainage. The 'very good' Alastair McKie and Neil Amner jointly head the 'knowledgeable, experienced and well organised' team, which includes consultant and renewable energy expert Alan Simpson, who joined the firm from Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Alastair McKie; Neil Amner

Other key lawyers:Martin Whiteford; Alan Simpson

Testimonials

'Always on top of issues.'

'Very good legal knowledge and the ability to use it to get results in practice.'

Key Clients

Buccleuch Estates

Dundas Estates

INEOS

The City of Edinburgh Council

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Livos Energy

Buchan Biogas

Ross Estates Company

Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners

Crown Estate Scotland

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

Edinburgh Airport

Work highlights

  • Assisting INEOS with a £450m investment programme in the Grangemouth site, which includes a new storage facility and gas terminal providing for shale gas ethane import from the USA.
  • Advising the client, producer of energetic products for the civilian and defence market, on various matters, including product testing, pertaining to its Ardeer site.
  • Represented Crown Estate Scotland in granting project rights to Pale Blue Dot Energy and Acorn CCS for large-scale carbon capture infrastructure in the North Sea.
  • Support in securing statutory powers through a Private Bill in the Scottish Parliament to repair and improve a 13 mile drainage ditch in Perthshire.
  • Acting for Ross Estates Company, which owns Balnagown Estate, in opposing a proposed waste-to-energy CHP plant in Invergordon.

Burness Paull LLP's contentious and non-contentious environmental practice works in close conjunction with its planning and health and safety teams and is best known for its corporate work. As a result, it frequently advises energy sector clients on environmental law aspects pertaining to transactions and project funding. Advising on regulatory and planning-related issues complements this offering.

Key Clients

Bell Rock Workplace Management

Kettle Produce

Moray East Offshore Wind Farm project

Total E&P UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bell Rock in its acquisition of FME Property Solutions, which included  environmental due diligence and advice on environmental aspects of the purchase.
  • Acted for Kettle in the acquisition of Barrowcliffe, a vegetable processing company, and provided assistance with the planning and environmental due diligence and planning and environmental aspects of the purchase.
  • Advised on environmental and consenting matters pertaining to the £2.6bn funding of the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm project, the largest offshore project in Scotland to reach financial close.
  • Acting as Total’s sole Scottish external legal advisor and currently advising the client on an application to vary its hazardous substances consent in relation to the storage of hazardous substances at the Sullom Voe Shetland Gas Plant.

With specialist expertise in the waste management, energy and chemicals sectors, CMS is well equipped to guide clients through environmental permitting, regulatory and enforcement issues alongside corporate transactions, SEPA investigations and planning matters arising from the development of energy projects. The 'highly experienced' Robin Hutchison heads the 'knowledgeable' team, which includes 'very experienced' senior associate and environment specialist Joanna Waddell.

Practice head(s):Robin Hutchison

Other key lawyers:Joanna Waddell

Testimonials

'Effective coordination across departments which provides easy access to related but different areas of expertise, when needed.'

Key Clients

Brockwell Energy

Curlew Properties

EDF Renewables

Equinor

Green Investment Group

KPMG

National Grid

Orkney Islands Council

Scottish Water

The Scottish Salmon Company

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on various environmental matters, including impact assessments.
  • Represented Scottish Water in its first major corporate acquisition of four wastewater treatment works, which included assistance with environmental due diligence and negotiating environmental warranties and indemnities.
  • Advising the client on the proposed designation of a large area of Orkney’s waters as a Special Protection Area under the Wild Birds Directive.
  • Instructed to prepare an application for Hazardous Substances Consent for the National Grid gas terminal at St Fergus, Aberdeenshire.
  • Advising on the development of an energy-from-waste plant at Earls Gate Road in Grangemouth.

With a strong profile for recycling and waste management work, Davidson Chalmers Stewart routinely assists waste companies and landfill operators with various environmental law and regulatory issues. The team is also well versed in handling environmental impact assessments and environmental matters arising from quarries. The 'fantastic' Laura Tainsh heads the team, which includes key contact for contentious regulatory matters Laura Irvine (who joined the firm from BTO Solicitors LLP in November 2018). Director and planning law expert Jacqueline Cook joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Laura Tainsh

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Cook; Laura Irvine

Testimonials

'Laura Tainsh is superb. She is exceptionally helpful, forthcoming, communicative at all times and available any time the client needs her.'

Key Clients

SAICA Natur UK

W. H. Malcolm

Suez Group

Armstrong Waste Management

Straid Farms

The British Millerain Company

Brewster Bros

C&M Property Management

Robertson Construction

Tartan Leisure

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on  environmental matters pertaining to the development of an inland, artificial surf wavegarden with associated leisure and accommodation facilities in an old quarry in West Lothian, the first of its kind in Scotland.
  • Providing assistance with permitting, compliance and enforcement issues arising from its waste management sites in Scotland, and providing general regulatory advice on environmental, waste, health and safety and landfill tax matters.
  • Provided a strategic audit and review of the environmental impact assessment forming part of the client’s planning application for a large onshore wind farm in Shetland.
  • Advising this new client on various environmental and regulatory issues relating to its business operations; this includes advice on existing permits and various disputes with customers regarding contaminated materials.
  • Ongoing advice on permitting, compliance and enforcement issues arising from a landfill site.

Senior associate Pamela Coulthard heads the Scottish environment practice at Dentons, which is experienced in providing regulatory and compliance advice alongside transactional support.

Practice head(s):Pamela Coulthard

Key Clients

Avis Budget Group

Total

European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF)

Nynas UK

The Edrington Group

Ho Bee Land

Peel Gas and Oil

Hugh King & Co

Jinmyung FricTech

Work highlights

  • Advising Network Rail on potential environmental liabilities associated with a fire which occurred trackside on Network Rail land.
  • Advising the client on environmental compliance and fire safety matters.
  • Advised Nynas UK on potential environmental liabilities associated with its ongoing operations at a refinery in Dundee.
  • Advised the shareholders of Hugh King & Co, producer of dried mortar and render products and a supplier of sports sand, on the sale of the company to Scottish quarry firm Tillicoultry Quarries.

MacRoberts LLP has particular expertise in the waste management, minerals, water, energy and food production sectors and handles a wide range of environment work, most notably in relation to contaminated land, waste and operational permits. Senior associate Louise Gibson is the key contact; she regularly handles transactional and advisory work while the team also has notable contentious capabilities.

Practice head(s):Louise Gibson

Other key lawyers:Martin Sales; John McGovern

Key Clients

Tillicoultry Quarries

Breedon Northern/ Breedon Group

The Scottish Salmon Company

Scottish Canals

The Scottish Government

GP Green Recycling

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of GP Properties (Scotland) on the environmental aspects pertaining to the sale of GP Green Recycling, a waste recycling business based in Lanark, to GWE UK Opco.
  • Advising Scottish Canals on historic surface water and waste water discharges into canals across its Scottish canal network.
  • Acted for the client in land contamination proceedings in the Court of Session following the inadequate disposal of waste products on farm land.
  • Acted in the public inquiry into the application for the Drum Hollistan wind farm, Caithness.
  • Acted in an application for periodic review of a minerals planning permission at Murrayshall Quarry in Stirlingshire, including various environmental matters.

The team at Environmental Law Chambers Ltd is led by 'true specialist' Barry Love and handles the full remit of environment work. Typical instructions involve contaminated land, water pollution and waste management matters, industrial permits, green taxes as well as issues pertaining to dangerous substances and environmental planning.

Practice head(s):Barry Love

Harper Macleod LLP's strength lies in dealing with matters at the intersection of environmental and planning law. Based on this, the practice frequently advises clients - many of which are from the public sector - on contentious and non-contentious issues arising from development work and planning appeal proceedings. Peter Ferguson is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Peter Ferguson

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Jack

Testimonials

'Jennifer Jack has good knowledge and experience of environmental matters.'

Key Clients

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

West Lothian Council

The Highland Council

Glasgow City Council

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred. Olsen Renewables

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the client in an appeal against its service of an enforcement notice under the Environmental Impact Assessment Forestry Regulations; this concerned the deforestation of an area of woodland near Monikie, Angus.
  • Represented HES at a public local inquiry concerning the Whitesands Flood Prevention Scheme promoted by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
  • Advising the client on its objection to a planning application for a proposed residential development adjacent to Edinburgh Zoo, which was considered likely to affect the zoo's two giant pandas adversely.
  • Acted for the clients in negotiating planning agreements with quarry operators to secure the restoration and aftercare of a number of quarry sites.

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is best known for its expertise in the oil and gas, renewable energy, forestry, fisheries and farming sectors but the team also handles instructions involving other industries. Recent work includes oil leak, water supply and flooding issues alongside matters arising from renewable energy projects. The 'trustworthy' Jim Drysdale heads the team from Stirling.

Practice head(s):Jim Drysdale

Other key lawyers:David Scott

Testimonials

'Good level of knowledge.'


Planning

Index of tables

  1. Planning
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

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Providing full-service advice, the 'highly professional, knowledgeable and experienced' team at Brodies LLP has gained a reputation as a leading planning specialist involved in various key planning projects across Scotland, and was recently joined by former Burness Paull LLP planning head Elaine Farquharson-Black. The team has seen an increase in instructions pertaining to offshore energy, student accommodation and build-to-rent projects while onshore oil and gas and aquaculture projects are other key areas of expertise alongside infrastructure project-related compulsory purchase matters. 'Very knowledgeable' team head Neil Collar is highly regarded in the market.

Practice head(s):Neil Collar

Other key lawyers:Karen Hamilton; Elaine Farquharson-Black

Testimonials

'Very good communication with the client.'

'Has a clear understanding of the subject area and provides very good advice.'

'Quick, comprehensive and professional service.'

Key Clients

Park of Keir Partnership

Artisan Real Estate

Spirit Energy

Ravenscraig

Moda Living

Marine Harvest

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

Persimmon Homes

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB)

Scottish Natural Heritage

Work highlights

  • Advising on the Murray Legacy project in Dunblane, to provide Scotland’s first purpose-built tennis and golf facility.
  • Provided advice on the Custom House hotel development in a Grade A listed building; this included assistance with the planning process and legal audit of the planning application, among other matters.
  • Instructed by Spirit Energy to object to the Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm due to its proximity to Spirit’s operational infrastructure and licensed areas for future exploration.
  • Advised on the amendments of the existing section 75 agreements for the Ravenscraig redevelopment.
  • Advising Moda on the implementation of one of Scotland’s largest build-to-rent projects in Scotland.

Burness Paull LLP's 'strong and very experienced' planning practice is regularly engaged on key construction, development and regeneration projects in the house-building, energy and infrastructure sectors. It is well versed in assisting clients with contentious and non-contentious planning permission proceedings, judicial reviews, planning inquiries and infrastructure-related compulsory purchase matters. The team includes the 'very competent and diligent' Theresa Hunt, who made partner in March 2019 and covers a wide spectrum of planning matters.

Other key lawyers:Theresa Hunt

Testimonials

'Approaches legal, commercial and property complexities with clear thinking, solutions and excellent negotiation.'

'Excellent depth and range of experience.'

'Committed to client requirements.'

'Provides considered and measured advice.'

'Great communication and great speed of response.'

Key Clients

The City of Edinburgh Council

Aberdeen Football Club

Scotia Homes

Dandara

Stewart Milne Group

Queensberry Properties

Rivertree Residential

Mactaggart & Mickel

Work highlights

  • Acted for the planning authority, the City of Edinburgh Council, at the inquiry held into planning and listed building consent appeals against the council’s decision to refuse two sets of proposals to redevelop the Category A listed former Royal High School in Edinburgh into a luxury hotel.
  • Providing assistance in obtaining planning consent for the client's £50m new community stadium and training facilities at Kingsford, Aberdeen.
  • Acted in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the demolition of an existing office building and development of 51 apartments at 33 Pinkhill, Edinburgh.
  • Acted in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the erection of 142 dwelling houses with associated infrastructure at Carron Den, Dunnottar Park, Stonehaven.
  • Advice on promoting a scheme for regeneration of a long-term brownfield site in Linlithgow following the counsel's refusal and subsequent assistance with appeal proceedings.

With particular strength in public sector work, Morton Fraser acts for a number of local planning authorities but the team, led by Douglas Milne, also undertakes private sector development work where it assists large organisations and private developers with residential and commercial development projects. As well as providing assistance with planning permission matters, the team (including associate and recommended contentious planning expert Ursula Currie) is also experienced in handling planning litigation, including compulsory purchase claims, and public local inquiries.

Practice head(s):Douglas Milne

Other key lawyers:Kenneth Carruthers; Rory Alexander; Ursula Currie

Key Clients

Tesco Stores

Vastint

Ministry of Defence

Transport Scotland

Diageo

Parabola Property

Aberdeen City Council

Stewart Milne Group

The City of Edinburgh Council

New Ingliston

Work highlights

  • Representing Transport Scotland at public local inquiries for the dualling of the A9 and A96 trunk roads.
  • Assistance in securing consent for eight new office blocks in Edinburgh.
  • Providing strategic planning advice in relation to a major brownfield development at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh to include a 70,000sq ft office development, a 270 bed hotel and 300 residential units.
  • Advising on three major development projects: a 70,000sq ft office development in Semple Street, Edinburgh; the successful appeal against the refusal by Aberdeenshire Council to grant consent for a major business development at Thainstone, Inverurie; and a housing development in Elgin Morayshire.
  • Advising the council as planning authority on a major residential led development at West Craigs valued at approximately  £280m.

Shepherd and Wedderburn has carved out a strong practice acting in residential, energy and retail development projects, providing assistance with contentious and non-contentious issues including compulsory purchase and environmental law matters. Colin Innes and Ewan Macleod jointly head the team, which includes planning lawyer Moray Thomson, who joined from DWF in October 2018, together with two associates.

Practice head(s):Colin Innes; Ewan MacLeod

Other key lawyers:Moray Thomson

Key Clients

Murray Estates

Taylor Wimpey

ScottishPower

Sainsbury’s

The Miller Group

British Land

Hallam Land Management

Gladman Developments

CALA Group

innogy

Ørsted

Work highlights

  • Advising Cosmopolitan Hotels in an appeal against Renfrewshire Council’s refusal of its application for a Certificate of Lawfulness.
  • Acting for DF Concerts in respect of its judicial review of Glasgow City Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a housing development adjacent to King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, which is owned by the client.
  • Advice on the construction of an 18-hole golf course near Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands, which is opposed by a number of conservation groups.
  • Acting for Moda in securing planning permission for a build-to-rent development in Glasgow City Centre.
  • Advising NewRiver, owner of the Cuckoo Bridge Retail Park in Dumfries, on the relaxation of a planning condition that restricted the sale of goods at the retail park to bulky goods only.

Acting for public and private-sector clients, CMS handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious planning work in the energy, infrastructure, CPO-led regeneration and commercial residential sectors. The highly regarded Ann Faulds heads up the team, which includes recommended senior associate Mark McMurray, who is regularly involved in major infrastructure and commercial development projects.

Practice head(s):Ann Faulds

Other key lawyers:Robin Hutchison; Mark McMurray

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Boralex

Brockwell Energy

Calton Hill Hotel

The City of Edinburgh Council

Close Leasing

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

EDF Renewables

Glasgow City Council

The Glasgow School of Art

National Grid

Scottish Water

Work highlights

  • Advising EDF Renewables on a number of matters, most significantly the development of the 177MW Dorenell Wind Farm in Moray which will be one of the UK’s, and Europe's, largest onshore wind farms.
  • Advice on the appeals for two hotel proposals by the client including representation in an associated inquiry with nine opposing parties.
  • Represented Scottish Water in its first major corporate acquisition of four wastewater treatment works.
  • Advising Red Rock Power, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned SDIC, on all offshore and onshore planning elements of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Advised Glasgow School of Art on its participation in evidence sessions conducted by the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee following the Mackintosh Building fires.

Acting for objectors, appellants and other parties, DLA Piper Scotland LLP has substantial expertise in contentious planning matters, including judicial review challenges. The practice led by Sandy Telfer is also well versed in providing planning advice on housing developments alongside infrastructure and energy sector development projects, including those in a multi-jurisdictional setting.

Practice head(s):Sandy Telfer

Other key lawyers:Michael Greig

Key Clients

INEOS Upstream

Perth and Kinross Council

Hallam Land Management

New Waverley Advisers

Royal Bank of Scotland

Places for People

Henry Boot Developments

Dawnfresh Farming

Highways England

Hansteen Land

Work highlights

  • Advised Hallam Land Management on a possible legal challenge to the West Lothian Local Development Plan in relation to a site at Bathgate, Scotland.
  • Representing Hallam Land Management and CEG Land Promotions in the complex negotiation of a section 75 planning obligation following a previous successful planning appeal.
  • Advising Highways England on the promotion of multiple development consent orders for the upgrade of the sections of the A1 trunk road between Gateshead and the Scottish border.
  • Advising Places for People on the negotiation of developer contributions and the drafting of a section 75 agreement for a housing development forming Phase 3 of its Granton development in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Represented Ineos in a Court of Session judicial review challenge pertaining to onshore shale gas developments.

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'strong' planning team is led by its Birmingham and London offices with Jennifer Ballantyne being the main contact in Scotland. The team's strength lies in advising clients on energy, infrastructure and residential development projects, including contentious work such as planning appeal proceedings. The recommended Gary McGovern is another key member of the team and handles a wide range of planning and environmental law work.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Ballantyne

Other key lawyers:Gordon McCreath; Jacqueline Harris; Gary McGovern

Testimonials

'Provides the breadth and depth of expertise the client requires.'

'Provides tailored advice.'

'Gordon McCreath is strategic, tactical and commercial.'

Key Clients

E.ON

Seagreen Wind Energy

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Barratt Homes / David Wilson Homes

CALA Group

Aberdeen Harbour Board

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

Orsted

Work highlights

  • Advising Dumfries and Galloway Council on the promotion of the Whitesands Flood Protection and Regeneration Scheme under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 including representation at an inquiry.
  • Advising on all consenting and offshore property matters of this 3.5GW offshore wind project.
  • Acted for the client in an appeal against a decision of South Lanarkshire Council to refuse planning permission for a sand and gravel quarry at Overburns Farm, Biggar.
  • Advising WDL on the next phases of its major urban regeneration project at Winchburgh, West Lothian, including the remediation of Auldcathie landfill site, the construction of the next phases of residential development and supporting infrastructure.
  • Advising CALA West on contentious planning matters, including a planning appeal against the decision by East Dunbartonshire Council to refuse planning permission for 135 residential units at Jellyhill, Bishopbriggs.

Led by Alastair McKie, the team at Anderson Strathern has notable expertise in advising public and private sector clients, including developers, utility providers and private clients, on contentious and non-contentious planning law matters pertaining to residential, commercial and leisure development projects. Handling energy, waste and transport sector work constitutes another key area of expertise.

Practice head(s):Alastair McKie

Other key lawyers:Audrey Cameron; Fiona Stephen; Neil Amner

Key Clients

Victoria Square Woking

Buccleuch Estates

Livos Energy

The City of Edinburgh Council

INEOS

Ross Estates

Edinburgh Airport

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners

Chemring Energetics

Dundas Estates

Work highlights

  • Providing advice on a multi-million pound re-development in Woking town centre to transform it into a modern retail, residential and commercial centre.
  • Provided strategic advice on the presentation of the grounds of appeal following the refusal by North Lanarkshire Council of a planning application for the Mossend International Railfreight Park; permission has now been granted.
  • Acting on behalf of Ross Estates Company in opposition to a proposed Waste to Energy Combined Heat and Power Plant in Invergordon being promoted by Combined Power and Heat (Highlands).
  • Providing planning law advice on a range of large scale developments.
  • Advising Livos Energy on its major wind farm development at Howpark in the Scottish Borders which was granted planning permission on appeal.

Handling contentious planning applications and compulsory purchase matters is MacRoberts LLP's area of particular strength, leading to regular instructions from private developers and public sector clients, but the team, led by senior associate Keith Campbell , also provides assistance with non-contentious planning matters, most notably those pertaining to energy,  renewables, minerals and residential housing developments.

Practice head(s):Keith Campbell

Other key lawyers:Martin Sales

Key Clients

The Scottish Government

Breedon Northern

Wood Group

M-I Drilling Fluids/ Schlumberger

Muirden Energy

Tillicoultry Quarries

Community Windpower

The Scottish Salmon Company

Dundas Estates & Development

Partnerships for Renewables

Work highlights

  • Acting for Schiehallion in objecting to a compulsory purchase order promoted by the Scottish Government to facilitate dualling of the A9 trunk road.
  • Acted in the public inquiry into the application for the Drum Hollistan wind farm, Caithness.
  • Advising Schlumberger on the planning and road aspects of the development of a deep barite mine in the Loch Tummel National Scenic Area of Perthshire.
  • Advised the client on planning matters concerning the establishment of a large portfolio of battery storage and electricity peaking plants of several hundred MWs.

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP's team, led by onshore wind planning expert Fraser Gillies, has substantial expertise in the renewable energy sector and handles a wide range of planning matters, including public inquiries and planning appeals.

Practice head(s):Fraser Gillies

Key Clients

Fred. Olsen Renewables

RES

innogy Renewables UK

Muirhall Energ

Infinergy

Forsa Energy

Brookfield Renewable UK

Energiekontor UK

Coriolis Energy

vento ludens

Work highlights

  • Represented Fred Olsen Renewables at the public inquiry into its proposed Windy Standard III Wind Farm.
  • Advised Coriolis Energy on its proposed Dell wind farm in the Highlands.
  • Represented RES at the public inquiry into the proposed Killean Wind Farm in Argyll and Bute.
  • Providing advice on the proposed Harryburn Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire, including representation at the public inquiry into the s36 application.
  • Advising Forsa on its proposed Gilston Wind Farm in the Scottish Borders.

'Extremely knowledgeable and diligent' planning team head Sarah Baillie at Addleshaw Goddard is an accredited specialist in planning law by the Law Society of Scotland and is also a chartered town planner with corporate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. This expertise leads to a steady flow of mandates on various development projects across Scotland, including housing and regeneration, infrastructure and transport as well as energy and retail. The 'strong' team also provides assistance with appeals and legal challenges to planning and other statutory consents.

Practice head(s):Sarah Baillie

Testimonials

'Sarah Baillie brings unique breadth of experience and knowledge and is easy to work with.'

'Provides practical guidance through the planning process, knows the associated risks and how to mitigate them.'

'The team has a pragmatic and solution-finding ethos.'

'Sound, reliable advice delivered in a timely fashion, always on scope and in accordance with agreed terms.'

Key Clients

Aviva

Aldi Stores

SSE

Scotland Gas Networks (SGN)

Red Rock Power

Dandara

Pentland Studios

British Telecommunications

Legal & General

Highlands and Islands Airports

Work highlights

  • Advising SGN on consenting matters relating to its gas transmission asset portfolio which distributes gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses.
  • The team continues to be the sole planning advisor to Aldi for its store acquisition and development programme for Aldi's Scottish region.
  • Advising the developer for Scotland's first film studio complex, covering contentious and non-contentious planning matters; this includes the development plan promotion and examination, the planning appeal following its call-in by Scottish Ministers together with negotiating the planning agreement.  
  • Advising Burcote on its onshore wind portfolio across Scotland along with JV Partner ERG (Italy's largest wind farm operator). Recently, this included advice on a 50MW wind farm application, a public local inquiry, planning appeals and a 48MW wind farm development.
  • The team continues to advise on the £500m+development and master planning of a new town at Stratton, near Inverness. This involves the development of 2,750 houses, an 80 bed hotel, a new town centre, church, school, community building, major supermarket, retail, commercial and office space.

Davidson Chalmers Stewart is adept at handling planning law aspects of residential and commercial development projects, alongside energy and leisure sector matters, and regularly acts for developers and landowners. Director Jacqueline Cook, who joined the firm in May 2018 from Pinsent Masons LLP, heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jacqueline Cook

Other key lawyers:Caroline Court; Stephanie Mackenzie

Key Clients

Tartan Leisure

Peveril Securities (KSR) Edinburgh

Portobello Sands

J W Muir Group

Peel Group

RT Overseas Settlement

Story Homes

Ark Hill Wind Farm

Ury Estate

Guinness Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advising on the development of the first inland, artificial surf lagoon in Scotland at the former Ratho Quarry, Edinburgh; this includes a number of corporate, property, planning, environmental and construction issues.
  • Advising Peel Energy on all its renewable energy projects in Scotland, including its planning application for the Mossy Hill wind farm on Shetland, a 12 wind turbine proposal with a total capacity of up to 50MW.
  • Advising on various non-contentious planning issues pertaining to the client’s property activities.
  • Acted for the landowners affected by a planning application to the Scottish Ministers for the 499MW Red John Pumped Storage Hydro facility near Loch Ness.
  • Advising on all property and planning aspects of a 165 ha site outside Inverness.

Primarily acting for developers as well as commercial and housebuilder clients, Dentons is regularly instructed to assist with planning agreements, compulsory purchase issues and judicial reviews, and provide strategic development advice. Stephen Ashworth and Roy Pinnock co-head the team from London following Gillian Simpson's retirement in March 2019.

Practice head(s):Stephen Ashworth; Roy Pinnock

Other key lawyers:Fiona Gordon

Key Clients

Avant (Homes) Scotland

Robertson Regeneration

Union Square Developments

The Prudential/ M&G Real Estate

Persimmon Homes

Barratt Homes

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Peel Retail Developments

CALA Homes/ Lynch Homes

JD Wetherspoon

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of developers on policy and planning procedure issues pertaining to the development of the East Kilbride Community Growth Area.
  • Represented the landowner and developer of an existing mixed-use development on its extension proposals.
  • Representing The Prudential Assurance Company on planning matters relating to the development of The Haymarket site, Edinburgh.
  • Advising J D Wetherspoon on a judicial review challenge affecting its hotel development site in Jamaica Street, Glasgow.
  • Assisting the client with negotiating a section 75 agreement for a new housing development at Philipshill, South Lanarkshire.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP is experienced in handling contentious planning matters, including judicial reviews, but the team also provides advice on planning permissions and related matters to landowners, housebuilders and developers alongside energy and public sector clients. Colin Hamilton heads the team.

Practice head(s):Colin Hamilton

Other key lawyers:Isobell Reid

Key Clients

Seagreen Wind Energy

No Kingsford Stadium

Teddy Morgan Ltd t/a The Sub Club

Dalmore Capital

Viking Energy Windfarm

SSE

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client with various matters including a judicial review concerning the Forth and Tay offshore wind farms and planning permission issues pertaining to the Seagreen onshore corridor.
  • Advice on challenging the decision to grant planning permission for a proposed stadium development by Aberdeen Football Club.
  • Provided advice on an application for planning permission for a proposed hotel development by J D Wetherspoons which the client, the proprietor of nearby nightclub premises, objected to. When permission was granted, the team acted for the client in challenging the decision.
  • Advising on all aspects of the client’s 450MW wind farm development.

The team at Harper Macleod LLP is co-led by Peter Ferguson, who handles advisory and transactional work, and 'highly experienced' main contact for planning litigation Jennifer Jack. Acting for a large third- and public-sector client roster, typical instructions include assistance with judicial reviews, public inquiries, appeal proceedings against refusal of planning permission, objections to planning applications and transactional support work.

Practice head(s):Peter Ferguson; Jennifer Jack

Testimonials

'Provides a good and consistent service.'

'Peter Ferguson has great skill and attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

West Lothian Council

The Highland Council

Glasgow City Council

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred. Olsen Renewables

Work highlights

  • Representing Historic Environment Scotland in a public inquiry arising from a planning appeal on the proposed re-development of the former Royal High School of Edinburgh (RHS).
  • Advising RZSS on the planning application for a proposed residential development adjacent to Edinburgh Zoo, which was considered likely to adversely affect the Zoo's giant pandas.
  • Representing SNH in a public inquiry regarding an application for a planning permission for a proposed golf course at Coul Links, near Dornoch, which has been called in by the Scottish Government.
  • Successfully defending an action for judicial review raised by Wm Grant & Sons pertaining to the proposed Dorenell wind farm.
  • Represented the council in an appeal brought by the operator of a holiday park who had been refused planning permission for the installation of hot tubs, decking and ancillary development at its holiday lodge park.


Property litigation

Index of tables

  1. Property litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Rising stars

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'Instilling a sense of confidence when resolving legal matters', Brodies LLP has impressive strength in the property litigation space. The 'professional, concise and commercial' practice represents real estate funds and property companies alongside local authorities, house builders, retailers and property developers in a wide range of commercial landlord and tenant disputes, high-value commercial development litigation and dilapidation claims. Stephen Goldie heads the practice, which also offers alternative dispute resolution strategies, and includes the 'extremely good, professional and commercially minded' Matthew Farrell; he is particularly experienced in commercial lease disputes and dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):Stephen Goldie

Other key lawyers:Matthew Farrell; Ken MacDonald

Testimonials

'They are market leaders and assert their client's position in a professional manner.'

'Matthew Farrell's knowledge and ability to convey that knowledge is unparalleled.'

'Ken MacDonald is approachable, knowledgeable and grasps issues quickly.'

'Matthew Farrell's ability to analyse a situation and present a range of solutions evokes trust.'

'Exceptional quality of work.'

'Very good level of communication.'

'Matthew Farrell provides hands-on advice, always looks for a solution to problems as they arise and shows out-of-the-box thinking.'

Key Clients

Drum Property Group

Co-op

Orion Capital Partners

PGIM

Capreon

Canmoor

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM)

Hansteen

Moorfield

LXB

Work highlights

  • Acting for Drum Property Group in a range of high-value and sensitive matters across its real estate assets and extensive development portfolio, which includes contentious site assembly and contractual interpretation issues.
  • Acting for JCAM Renfrew GP in servicing any contentious tenancy issues following the acquisition of Westway Park, Renfrew.
  • Advising Abellio on the issues associated with a property in disrepair adjoining an operational railway station.
  • Acting for the client in a claim against the builder of a retail park in Inverurie for defective drainage in the car park.
  • Acted for the client in a dilapidations dispute.

Alan McMillan heads the team at Burness Paull LLP, which is best known for assisting clients with landlord and tenant disputes, development-related proceedings, commercial leasing disputes and dilapidation claims. It is also well versed in mediation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):Alan McMillan

Other key lawyers:Steven Guild

Key Clients

Dana Petroleum

Britannia Invest A/S

Mars

Auquhirie Land Company

Baxters

Elsick Development Company

PizzaExpress

NFU Mutual

Work highlights

  • Defending the client against a court action raised by M7 pertaining to alleged wants of repair at Grampian House in Aberdeen.
  • Acting for the client in a dispute over repairing obligations and demolition rights.
  • Acting for a wind farm developer in a compensation claim following Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHET) obtaining a statutory wayleave from the government, allowing SHET to have pylons through the client’s land; as a result the client was only able to construct three turbines instead of five.
  • Acted for Britannia Invest, the landlord and owner of a large Edinburgh City Centre Development, in a dispute with NHS Education for Scotland concerning the payment of service charges for the leased premises.
  • Acting for the client in an action brought by Shahzaf Anwar and Sheriff Aisha Anwar pertaining to misrepresentation and contractual interpretation of the Standard Clauses for Scottish Solicitors for use in residential sales.

Known for its national and international reach, Pinsent Masons LLP remains a popular choice for developers, landlords, occupiers, investors and operators requiring assistance with landlord and tenant-related disputes, breach of contract claims, development-related litigation and dilapidation claims. Craig Connal QC heads the 'knowledgeable' team, which includes 'utterly meticulous and intelligent' senior associate Fiona MacGregor; her areas of expertise include rent reviews, title and planning disputes alongside disputes over development agreements, among others.

Practice head(s):Craig Connal QC

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Harris; Fiona MacGregor

Testimonials

'Senior associate Fiona MacGregor fights her client's corner and is pleasant to work with.'

'Jacqueline Harris demonstrates great understanding of the law and procedural aspects in conducting big-ticket litigation.'

'The strength in depth and experience is unparalleled.'

Key Clients

HFD Group

BP

Legal & General

K/S Meadow Way

The Centre, Livingston

Moor Row

McColls Retail Group

Essel

Work highlights

  • Representing the client in a contested application under s19A of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 to the Scottish Land Court for permission to use common grazings/croft land for a wind farm.  
  • Acted for the tenant in a Court of Session Commercial Court action in which the tenant's ability to assign a long lease is being challenged by the landlord.
  • Represented the client in a dispute with their former tenant of retail space in the centre of Edinburgh to recover the losses arising from the breach of certain repairing conditions at the end of the lease.
  • Acting for the landlord Moor Row in a high-value dilapidations dispute against the law firm DWF following the termination of the lease of its Glasgow office.
  • The case concerned the client's objection to an application to the Lands Tribunal to rectify the Land Register to remove the client's title and subsequent appeal to the Court of Session.

Anderson Strathern demonstrates experience in a wide range of property litigation in the commercial, housing and agricultural sectors and acts for a number of local authorities and commercial organisations. Recent work includes lease, title and access disputes as well as tenancy, eviction and dilapidation matters. The 'strong' team is led by the 'very knowledgeable, measured and unflappable' Fiona Stephen and includes litigator Gillian Jamieson, who was promoted to partner in September 2018 and has notable experience in debt recovery.

Practice head(s):Fiona Stephen

Other key lawyers:Fraser Geddes; Alistair Dean; Gillian Jamieson

Testimonials

'The team can cover any aspect of property litigation and works well together to ensure the client is well cared for.'

'Fiona Stephen is one of the leading lights in Scottish property litigation and a pleasure to deal with.'

'Stands out for its big picture thinking and pragmatic approach.'

Key Clients

Buccleuch Group

Midlothian Council

Edinburgh Napier University

Clyde Gateway

Scottish Midland Co-operative Society

Intu Properties

Fife Council

Transport Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acted for Midlothian Council in upholding its right to require removal of a barrier blocking the public’s right to access land.
  • Represented CDS in its successful appeal to the Lands Valuation Appeal Court pertaining to the rateable value for its The Range, Queen’s Links Leisure Park, Aberdeen.
  • Successfully represented MHA in an eviction case where the tenant’s continued occupation presented a fire risk to others.
  • Acting for one of three parties sued for a sum of circa £20m in relation to defects in a number of buildings in the same estate.

CMS' property litigation experience is brought to bear in landlord and tenant and service charge disputes, dilapidation claims, contentious access matters and insolvency-related real estate litigation work, among other issues. The team is led by Alison Gow and handles regular instructions from energy sector players and property investors.

Practice head(s):Alison Gow

Other key lawyers:Colin Hutton; Harriet Munro

Key Clients

SSE

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

EDF Energy Renewables

Inch Cape Offshore

Land Securities Properties

Aberdeen Standard Investments

TH Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Defended a judicial review brought by Wm Grant & Sons Distillers pertaining to a major 59-turbine wind farm development.
  • Advising the client on challenges made by the tenants of an office building in Edinburgh to extensive service charge works, and to the recovery of the associated costs under the service charge reconciliation.
  • Defending a claim by a former landlord against a company within the Aberdeen Standard portfolio for service charge and dilapidations.
  • Acting for the client in a number of disputes over land access rights.

The 'strong' team led by the 'exceptional' Sheila Webster at Davidson Chalmers Stewart is well equipped to guide clients, such as property developers, retail and leisure sector players as well as individuals, through landlord and tenant disputes and dilapidation claims in addition to title, boundary and property contract disputes. The 'very good' Greg Flett is also recommended; he handles all forms of property litigation.

Practice head(s):Sheila Webster

Other key lawyers:Greg Flett

Testimonials

'Sheila Webster is a solid and able litigator. She is very experienced and keeps a cool head even in urgent situations.'

'Greg Flett is unfailingly upbeat which makes him a delight to work with.'

'Sheila Webster is one of the finest property litigation solicitors in Scotland.'

'Sheila Webster is a litigator who understands that the client doesn't want a PhD on the law but straightforward advice that tells the client what the law means for their business.'

'Gets to the nub of the issue quickly and outlines the options clearly.'

Key Clients

Kier Property and FORE Partnership joint venture: 50 Bothwell Street

William Grant & Sons Distillers

Knight Frank

Mothercare

Dandara/ Stoneywood Developments

Scottish Borders Council

Alba Energy

Tweed Homes

Ury Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising the landlord on the recovery of sums paid under service-charge obligations in a lease where Ignis (now Aberdeen Standard) has failed to pay sums certified as being due.
  • Acting for a number of tenant farmers in a judicial review which ultimately seeks compensation from the Scottish Government following introduction of legislation affecting property rights in farming partnerships.
  • Acted for Scottish Borders Council in defending an action for declarator brought by Ramoyle Developments; the claim arose out of the council’s decision to resile from a contract for the purchase of a property which was subject to a planning application being submitted.
  • Acted for the executors in a claim which concerned the remediation of quarry land which had been leased to Tarmac Trading.

Dentons handles various contentious matters for institutional landlords and corporate tenants, including contractual and property transaction-related matters, dilapidation and damages claims as well as rent review and lease termination disputes. Team head Gareth Hale is also an accredited mediator.

Practice head(s):Gareth Hale

Key Clients

Hammerson

Aviva Investors

Sainsbury's

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Network Rail Infrastructure

Persimmon

TSB Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for JH&W Lamont in Inner House proceedings concerning the operation of option agreements over land.  
  • Acted for Hammerson in a lease dispute with the cinema tenant Cine-UK at Union Square Shopping Centre Aberdeen.
  • Acting for the Officer Receiver in all property litigation issues arising out of the liquidation of the Carillion group of companies.
  • Successfully defended Persimmon Homes in a contractual dispute with a plot purchaser before the Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
  • Acted for the purchasers of a residential property in a dispute in which the client sought to reduce the transaction (and recover the sale price and damages) owing to a misrepresentations of the seller as to the flooding history of the property.

Morton Fraser acts for a broad private and public sector client base, including various blue-chip property investors and developers and a number of Scottish public authorities. Regular instructions include landlord and tenant disputes, eviction matters, and title and lease disputes. Kenneth Carruthers heads the team, which includes associate Ursula Currie; she frequently handles real estate and development-related disputes.

Practice head(s):Kenneth Carruthers

Other key lawyers:Douglas Milne; Richard McMeeken; Susan Leslie; Ursula Currie

Key Clients

Wheatley Group

The Scottish Government

The City of Edinburgh Council

Tesco Stores

Mewspark Properties

Cornthwaite

Stewart Milne Group

Rockspring

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended interdict proceedings raised against BAM by BT to prevent commencement of a £150m office development.
  • Successfully defended the Council in interdict proceedings concerning the status of a public road in Edinburgh. Seeking recovery of damages incurred by the council to a major landslip caused by an adjoining land-owner.  
  • Advising the fund managers, Rockspring, on all property litigation matters in respect of their property investments in Scotland, which include properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
  • Acted for the property developer, Parabola, in the removal of an unauthorised tenant from the insolvent House of Fraser's flagship Scottish premises.
  • Challenge raised for the housebuilder Stewart Milne against the intention by Scottish Water to run a major water main though the client's proposed golf course extension area.

Colin Archibald's team at Shepherd and Wedderburn handles a wide range of landlord and tenant disputes, contentious property sale and purchase issues, nuisance matters and property contract litigation, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Colin Archibald

Other key lawyers:Elaine Brailsford; Stephen Humphreys

Testimonials

'Elaine Brailsford has a very impressive range of clients and an excellent reputation which is most well deserved.'

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey

Miller Homes

Tarmac Trading

EE

Thomas Cook Group

NHBC

Clydeport Operations

BlackRock UK Property Fund

Trinity Mirror (now Reach)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tarmac in two counterpart litigations concerning the interpretation of the client's lease termination obligations.
  • Acting for D F Concerts in its judicial review of Glasgow City Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a residential development adjacent to King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, which is owned by the client.
  • Acting for Tarmac in a claim for compensation arising from the compulsory acquisition of land from the client by Network Rail at Blairhill Quarry, Lanarkshire, under the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Act 2007, and in relation to a claim for damages against Network Rail relating to issues arising from works carried out by Network Rail.
  • Acted for the housebuilder TWDL in a dispute with West Lothian Council relating to an alleged statutory nuisance near a TWDL development in Winchburgh, West Lothian.
  • Acting for Persimmon Homes in a legal challenge by way of statutory appeal against the Scottish Ministers, challenging the refusal by a reporter appointed by the Scottish Ministers to grant planning permission to Persimmon Homes for the development of 62 residential units at the former Kingspark School, Dundee.

Jointly led by Simon Catto and Joan Devine, the 'experienced' team at Addleshaw Goddard handles a wide range of contentious property issues for companies and high-net-worth individuals such as the recovery of rent arrears, dilapidation claims, and claims for compensation arising from compulsory purchases as well as eviction, lease, title and access matters. Managing associate and real estate litigator Edward Gratwick is recommended.

Practice head(s):Simon Catto; Joan Devine

Other key lawyers:Edward Gratwick

Testimonials

'Joan Devine is a safe pair of hands and very knowledgeable.'

'Demonstrates strong professionalism and high ethical standards.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Pharmacy

Virgin Media

Gerald and Deborah Hilferty

Link Group

Link Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Handling all property litigation issues which arise in Scotland, which includes assistance with the recovery of rent arrears from sub-tenants, preparing and serving notices to quit or break notices, and various dilapidations cases.
  • Acting for high-net-worth private client owners of a category-A-listed mansion house and country estate in a dispute with various neighbours over the use and maintenance of private access roads at the estate.
  • Acted for the clients in claims for compensation arising from a compulsory purchase of property required in connection with the construction of the Queensferry Crossing.
  • Providing ongoing advice on various contentious matters; this includes unlawful eviction proceedings  against the client's sub-tenant, the recovery of overpaid rent and related lease provisions, among other issues.
  • Instructed by the Link Housing Association, seeking eviction of a tenant under a Short Scottish Secure Tenancy.

Working in conjunction with its real estate, construction and projects team, DLA Piper Scotland LLP regularly assists developers and property investors as well as manufacturing, finance and energy sector clients with contractual disputes, contentious landlord and tenant matters, as well as lease, dilapidation and boundary issues. The 'excellent' Alastair Drummond heads the team, which lost director Jonathan Gaskell to DWF in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Alistair Drummond

Key Clients

Broad Sands

Computacenter (UK)

Heineken

Lothian Amusements

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The Coal Authority

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Consort Healthcare (Fife)

Work highlights

  • Instructed to represent Mr and Mrs Jones in a servitude dispute concerning the erection of an extension on the boundary of two residential properties in Elie, Fife.
  • Advising Lothian Amusements on the enforcement of a complex package of contractual arrangements the client entered into in relation to a development site in Portobello, Edinburgh.
  • Acting for The Coal Authority in an action for declarator raised in the Court of Session, Edinburgh relating to subsidence damage caused by mine workings in Kirkcaldy, Fife, which has required the demolition of a number of residential properties and caused considerable damage to other properties in the surrounding area.
  • Defending an action raised against the client relating to alleged dilapidations and wants of repair to a commercial unit previously let by the client in Edinburgh.

Harper Macleod LLP's 'friendly' property litigation team, jointly led by Carolyn Morgan and Sandy Hastie, sits within the firm's dispute resolution practice and puts particular emphasis on commercial and private rented sector work, which leads to regular instructions from private and public sector clients, including registered social landlords, and private individuals on disputes arising from commercial lease interests and development contracts. Other areas of expertise include title boundaries, agricultural property, property factoring and conveyancing. The team frequently represents clients at the Lands Tribunal and also offers alternative dispute resolution strategies.

Practice head(s):Carolyn Morgan; Sandy Hastie

Other key lawyers:John McHugh

Testimonials

'Does not subscribe to the constantly very aggressive approach which is so common of their competitors. They are very robust when needed but there is no over-the-top aggression which is very often counterproductive.'

Key Clients

Loch Lomond & theTrossachs National Park Authority

Telecom Service CentresProperty Limited T/a Webhelp

Optical Express Group

AIB Group

William Hill Organization

retailTRUST

Work highlights

  • Represented Moray Council in its defence of a £1.4m claim for compensation in the Lands Tribunal for Scotland brought by one of Moray's hotels for damage alleged to have been caused to the applicant's hotel business by the Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme.
  • Advised the client on a dispute arising from the Right to Roam legislation; this concerned the Drumlean Estate in Argyll, where the landowner had erected fencing, gates and signage which prevented or deterred members of the public from exercising their statutory access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
  • Representing various homeowners of a housing development in Peebles, in their pursuit against Taylor Wimpy and NHBC for claims arising from various construction defects to their new build homes.
  • Advised IHA on its successful defence of an application to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland, and subsequent appeal to the First Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session, brought by its secure tenant asserting a Right to Buy.
  • Advised and represented the the client in a dispute with the estate of an agricultural tenant regarding entitlement to succeed to the lease.

Working in close co-operation with its planning and construction teams, MacRoberts LLP acts for a diverse client base consisting of local authorities, utilities, listed companies, high street retailers, portfolio landlords and developers. The 'very approachable and switched-on' Gillian Craig heads the 'very friendly and efficient' team, which is best known for its expertise in judicial reviews, dilapidation claims, way leave and lease matters.

Practice head(s):Gillian Craig

Testimonials

'All round great standard.'

Key Clients

KPMG

The Scottish Government

All Saints Retail

Surface Technology UK

Hamcap

Renewi

Scottish Property Group

Chivas Brothers

Work highlights

  • Advised on a judicial review that was raised against the Scottish Ministers by the owners of the Oak Mall Shopping Centre in Greenock and concerned a notice served on them by Transport Scotland in terms of section 87 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.
  • Acted for the client in dilapidations claims concerning four neighbouring industrial units occupied by the client.
  • Instructed to act on behalf of William Wright and Robert Croxen of KPMG in their capacity as the supervisors in the Company Voluntary Arrangement of House of Fraser and House of Fraser Stores. It concerned a challenge by a number of landlords to the CVA on the grounds that it was unfairly prejudicial and suffered from material irregularities.
  • Acted for a college in contentious landlord and tenant matters.
  • Acted for the client, the owner of an industrial park, in a dispute with a tenant over waste disposal and associated licensing issues.

Experienced in the agricultural, commercial and residential property sectors, Blackadders LLP is experienced in assisting clients with lease enforcements, dilapidation claims and agricultural disputes. With the latter constituting an increasingly significant portion of the practice's workload, the team frequently acts for farming clients in disputes involving servitude rights, way leaves and third-party property rights. In other work, the team led by 'excellent litigator' Ryan McKay also handles property disputes arising from insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):Ryan McKay

Other key lawyers:Stephanie Carr; Richard Godden

Testimonials

'Ability to address complex matters at a reasonable price-point.'

'Ryan McKay's attention to detail on niche legal matters sets him out from his peers.'

BTO Solicitors LLP's client base consists of insurers, housebuilders, estate owners and property developers, who regularly retain the 'sharp' team led by Mark Morton to assist with contentious property contract matters, eviction and various damage claims, including those arising from compulsory purchase orders. David Young is recommended for various commercial property disputes.

Practice head(s):Mark Morton

Other key lawyers:Grant Hunter; David Young; Angus Crawford; Robin Macpherson

Testimonials

'The team always has a clear explanation of the options and associated risks to ensure that clients are clear on what happens.'

'Clear and concise communications.'

'They know how to listen to their clients and adapt their advice and recommendations to suit the client's business, not themselves.'

Key Clients

RSA

Pendragon

Mactaggart and Mickel Group

AG Barr

Barony Universal Products

Stena Line Ports

Clyde Valley Group

Greenbelt Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client with contentious maintenance obligations matters.
  • Acting for the client in a Lands Tribunal appeal for compensation arising out of a compulsory purchase order by Glasgow City Council to build a link road through commercial premises operated by the client.
  • Obtained a decree of eviction for the client against a tenant convicted of drug dealing, possession of drugs and offences in breach of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act.
  • Instructed in the defence of commercial proceedings brought by a company against the client company seeking payment of substantial sums said to have arisen in respect of management and facilities services to a hotel.

DWF regularly acts for retail occupiers, commercial landlords and commercial lenders in disputes involving landlords and tenants and dilapidation claims. The team also has experience in eviction and way leave matters, as well as rent review arbitration. Recently, the 'very experienced' team went through several internal changes: The 'incredibly hard-working' Naomi Pryde, who joined the firm from Dentons in January 2019, now heads the team after previous main contact Euan McSherry left for Aberdein Considine in November 2018. Director and construction law expert Jonathan Gaskell joined from  DLA Piper Scotland LLP in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Naomi Pryde

Other key lawyers:Ricky Cannon; Jonathan Gaskell

Testimonials

'Naomi Pryde is impressive, absurdly driven and fantastically smart. She combines deep knowledge of the law with a bubbly infectious personality.'

Key Clients

Marble Acquisitions

Virgin Media

Grahams the Family Dairy and Mactaggart & Mickel

Greggs

Fresh Student Living

Epic Financial Risks

Royal Sun Alliance

Work highlights

  • Successfully progressed a statutory appeal in the Inner House of the Court of Session against a decision of the Scottish Ministers to refuse planning permission in principle for the redevelopment of land at Kerse Dairy Farm, Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan.
  • Ongoing provision of asset management advice across Greggs' property portfolio in Scotland. This includes assistance with the recovery of service charge arrears and various lease matters.
  • Providing assistance with the management of the client's portfolio. Recently, this has included various disputes with tenants over failed payments and the failure to carry out dilapidation works at the end of the lease.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP has a strong profile for land and rural sector property disputes, which frequently pertain to energy, infrastructure and other construction projects. The team's workload also includes contentious commercial lease and right of way matters. Fiona Cameron heads the practice, which acts for land and estate owners, house builders and public sector bodies.

Practice head(s):Fiona Cameron

Other key lawyers:John Stirling; Colin Hamilton

Testimonials

'Provides good all-round advice.'

'Colin Hamilton has first class knowledge on property, planning and environmental matters and a good track record of running contentious cases in court.'

'John Stirling has a very canny approach.'

Key Clients

No Kingsford Stadium

Crofters having rights in Stornoway Wind Farm Sites

Work highlights

  • Advised the clients on their objection to an application to the Land Court for a developer to gain rights to carry out a wind farm development on Common Grazings that the clients have rights in under the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993.
  • Provided assistance with challenging the decision to gran planning permission for a proposed stadium development by Aberdeen Football Club and with subsequent proceedings for judicial review.

Lindsays' 'personable, calm and efficient' practice is particularly active in various landlord and tenant disputes, including commercial lease and dilapidation matters, and demonstrates notable expertise in the agricultural, commercial and residential property sectors. Its client base, which includes a number of landed estates, also benefits from the team's mediation and arbitration capabilities. Paul Harper is the key contact.

Practice head(s):Paul Harper

Other key lawyers:John Bett

Testimonials

'Good knowledge of the law coupled with a pragmatic and collaborative approach.'

Key Clients

Scottish Water

Arnold Clark Automobiles

The University of Edinburgh

Healthcare Environmental Services

Torquhil Ian Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell, Argyll Estates

Scottish Youth Hostel Association

Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH)

Donald Cameron of Lochiel, Lord of Lochaber, Chief of the Clan Cameron, Achnacarry and Lochiel Estates

Robin Maclean of Ardgour, 18th Laird and Chief of Clan Maclean, Ardgour Estate

Thomas Steuart Forthringham, Baron Murthly, Murthly and Strathbaan Estates

Work highlights

  • Acting for the defenders in a high-value landlord and tenant dispute involving dilapidations claims.
  • Acting tor the client, the owner of a commercial property development in Dundee, in its dilapidations claim against a former tenant worth approximately £350,000.
  • The team has raised Land Tribunal and compensation claim proceedings against the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland following the incorrect registration of the client's roadway.


Social housing

Index of tables

  1. Social housing
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Alastair McKendrick - T C Young

Rising stars

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Acting for more than half of Scotland's registered social landlords, Harper Macleod LLP is recognised as one of the key legal advisors in the sector. The team provides full-service advice and also attracts various other players including local authorities, urban regeneration companies, lenders, private sector developers and joint venture bodies. 'Very experienced, practical and considered' public sector and housing team head Derek Hogg is the main contact for governance, regulatory and constitutional advice and the 'very experienced and knowledgeable' James McMorrow is best known for assisting clients with corporate, commercial, regulatory and public procurement issues. Partner Collette Miller is 'extremely knowledgeable' and 'can always be relied upon to meet even the tightest of deadlines'; she frequently assists with large-scale projects and transactions.

Practice head(s):James McMorrow; Derek Hogg

Other key lawyers:David McIndoe; Collette Miller

Testimonials

'Practical and efficient service.'

'The team has considerable and extensive experience of the social housing sector, covering all aspects from regulation and governance through to project assembly to advising on complex financing structures.'

'Derek Hogg is an excellent communicator and always provides clear, well grounded and sensible advice.'

'Brings solutions, not problems.'

'Provides the client with a simplified easily absorbed summary of issues, responsibilities and consequences.'

'Friendly team, easy to work with, and helpfully has the ability to look at the bigger picture.'

Key Clients

The Scottish Government – More Homes Division

Wheatley Housing Group

Link Group

Sanctuary Housing Association

Cairn Housing Association

Abertay Housing Association

Kingdom Housing Association

Caledonia Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted various housing associations with private placement deals. This included the lending and security transactions for Kingdom and Cairn Housing Associations with UK, Canadian and US-based investors, and acting for Clyde Valley and Hillcrest Housing Associations, each borrowing £70m from international investors, among others.
  • Providing advice to the government's More Homes team on its affordable home ownership schemes, including Help to Buy (Scotland), Help to Buy (Scotland) Small Developers, Help to Buy (Scotland) Affordable Home Ownership and the Low-cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT).
  • Advised Wheatley on a range of governance and property matters.
  • Advised the client on preparations for the introduction of GDPR.
  • Acted for Cairn Housing Association in relation to Ayrshire-based RSL, ANCHO, becoming a subsidiary within Cairn's group structure, advising on all governance, constitutional, regulatory and diligence related matters.

With a superb reputation in the social housing sector, T C Young's 'exceptional' team remains a popular choice for registered social landlords, who frequently instruct the team led by Alison Brynes to advise on stock transfers, factoring, property management and development issues alongside procurement and governance matters; on the contentious side, the team is also well versed in conducting court cases relating to anti-social behaviour. Managing partner Andrew Cowan and 'analytical' consultant Len Freedman are highly regarded. Litigator Alastair McKendrick and procurement expert Lauren Little made partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Alison Brynes

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cowan; Len Freedman; Alastair McKendrick; Lauren Little; Jim Bauld; Mark Ewing; Christine Stuart; Douglas Collingham

Testimonials

'Jim Bauld is an outstanding professional. He really is one of a kind and always has the answer or solution to any issue raised with him.'

'They are proactive, engaging and adapt to the needs and specific requirements of their clients.'

'Douglas Collingham's patience and attention to detail are superb.'

Key Clients

Castle Rock Edinvar

Govan Housing Association

Govanhill Housing Association

Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association

Home in Scotland

Maryhill Housing Association

New Gorbals Housing Association

ng homes

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in an acquisition fundamental to its strategic regeneration objectives.
  •   Providing advice to Govan on its proposed acquisition and regeneration of a substantial Clydeside site which will involve mixed tenure and outright sale properties.
  • Acted in the negotiation of a new £21m loan facility from RBS which was essential for the client to fulfil the objectives in its business plan including new build development.
  • Instructed by SFHA to prepare updated model rules to reflect the requirements of the new regulatory framework introduced in spring 2019, with an intended implementation for RSLs in August/September 2019.  
  • Instructed to undertake a substantial asset review of all properties owned by HiS in Dundee.

Addleshaw Goddard has been increasingly active in advising funders and RSLs in social housing funding transactions. The team, led by Heather Pearson, also handles various other contentious and non-contentious issues, including those pertaining to housing management, tenancy, debt recovery and data management as well as development projects, group structures and constitutional partnerships.

Practice head(s):Heather Pearson

Other key lawyers:Susan McDonald

Key Clients

Ayrshire Housing

Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association

Grampian Housing Association

HSBC Bank

Kingdom Housing Association

Link Group

Linstone Housing Association

Paragon Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Assistance in drafting a new bilateral facility agreement between Nationwide Building Society and River Clyde Homes.
  • Assistance with seeking eviction of a tenant under a Short Scottish Secure Tenancy.  
  • Advising Ayrshire Housing on the acquisition of a stand-alone site in Ayr from CCG (Scotland) for the development of 39 social rented flatted homes.
  • Advising Kingdom Housing Association on the acquisition of 25 affordable homes in Cairneyhill from Avant Homes.
  • Advising Grampian Housing Association on its factoring role, particularly in relation to substantial landscaping works.

BTO Solicitors LLP's wide-ranging social housing expertise leads to regular instructions from RSLs on group structure, governance, data protection, employment and construction issues alongside funding agreements, site acquisitions and contentious matters. 'Outstanding' team head Patrice Fabien is a highly regarded figure in the market.

Practice head(s):Patrice Fabien

Other key lawyers:Karen Brodie; David Young; Caroline Carr; Grant Hunter

Testimonials

'Exceptionally professional practice that communicates well with clients on all levels.'

'The team fully understands the needs of the client and goes above and beyond what is required.'

'Very down to earth whilst remaining completely professional at all times.'

'Always alert to the client's interests.'

Key Clients

Argyll Community Housing Association

Clyde Valley Housing Association

Thistle Housing Association

Grampian Housing Association

Partick Housing Association

Berwickshire Housing Association

Spire View Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Providing regular advice to Grampian Housing Association on shared ownership properties and group structure matters.
  • Acting as the client's sole legal advisors, the team provides regular advice on private finance placements, governance and data protection matters as well as construction contracts and disputes, among other issues.
  • Assisting the Partick Housing Group with a major regeneration development project, as well as a review of all the clients’ titles.  
  • Completed 13 site acquisitions throughout the Central Belt with an overall development value of several million pounds.
  • Concluded four site acquisitions for Loreburn Housing Association and addressed all ancillary matters, including deeds of servitude and planning agreements.

'Providing a first-class service', Burness Paull LLP has a strong profile for planning, construction and transactional social housing work and acts for a large number of social housing and affordable housing providers across Scotland. Advising on private financing matters constitutes another key area of expertise. The 'very experienced' Peter Chambers is the main contact alongside property development and property finance expert Scott Peterkin.

Practice head(s):Peter Chambers; Scott Peterkin

Other key lawyers:Stephen Phillips

Testimonials

'The team has a wealth of experience in the sector and has considerable expertise in complex projects.'

'Inspires confidence with their immediate grasp of the client's requirements and communicates their understanding clearly and concisely.'

'Peter Chambers always displays a calm and confident manner and is an excellent communicator.'

Key Clients

Sanctuary Housing Association

Scottish Futures Trust Investment

Cruden Group

Springfield Properties

Hillcrest Housing Association

Link Group

Miller Homes

Castlehill Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Bertha Park, a joint venture between the Ritchie family and Springfield Properties, on the development of the Bertha Park community development, which will create a new settlement on the outskirts of Perth of c.3,000 new homes, including affordable housing, private housing, commercial units, educational facilities and new infrastructure.
  • Involved in the negotiation of missives with associated design and building contracts in relation to multiple deals for the provision of social housing for Cruden Homes.  
  • Advising Link Group on the acquisition and development of circa 300 units at Dunbeg, Oban.
  • Assisted the Sanctuary Group with the acquisition, development and onward disposal of the redevelopment of the former Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow.
  • Advising Castlehill, the leading provider of affordable housing in the North East of Scotland, on all of its site acquisitions, which, in 2018, included the acquisition of a site for 36 units at Maidencraig, Aberdeen, from Bancon Homes and of a site for 24 units at Portstown, Inverurie, from Malcolm Allan Housebuilders.

Acting for local authorities and registered housing associations, Anderson Strathern handles a wide range of matters. Senior associate Shirley Evans, who heads the team following David Hunter's appointment as consultant in August 2018, focuses on housing management and litigation. Other key areas of expertise include commercial, corporate, finance, construction, regulatory and employment-related work.

Practice head(s):Shirley Evans

Other key lawyers:Ruth Maclean; Fiona Killen; Drew Morris; David Hunter; Victoria Simpson

Testimonials

'Drew Morris is very pragmatic.'

Key Clients

East Lothian Housing Association (ELHA)

Castlerock Edinvar Housing Association

Castlehill Housing Association

Melville Housing Association

Blackwood Homes and Care

Hillcrest Housing Association

Midlothian Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the housing association on the eviction of a vulnerable tenant, who posed a risk to other housing association tenants and properties.
  • Advised the client on the terms of several pioneering discounted rental schemes, which had been introduced by ELHA following the changes made to universal credit.
  • Assisting Places for People with plot sales at its multi-phase housing development at Twechar, East Dunbartonshire, which is a regeneration project that the client has been working on with Dunbartonshire Council since 2006.
  • Advising Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association on the purchase of a development site for over 150 properties at Rowett South, Aberdeen as part of a large-scale housing development on land being acquired from the Rowett Institute.
  • Advised ELHA on the public procurement procedure for a Managed IT Services and ICT Infrastructure Refresh Agreement for all of ELHA’s IT requirements.

The team at Shepherd and Wedderburn led by litigator Stephen Humphreys is well versed in handling social housing litigation, large-scale residential regeneration projects and housing defect claims for housing associations and local authorities. In August 2018, public sector procurement expert Rhona Harper left the firm to work in-house.

Practice head(s):Stephen Humphreys

Other key lawyers:Elaine Hunter; Andrew Hall; Euan McLeod; Colin Archibald

Key Clients

Glasgow Housing Association

The City of Edinburgh Council

Tollcross Housing Association

Southside Housing Association

Shettleston Housing Association

Molendinar Park Housing Association

Dunedin Canmore Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising Wheatley on  construction and procurement matters pertaining to one £400m construction framework.
  • Has been advising Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project in Glasgow.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its 21st Century Homes project, which will deliver 1,300 homes across Edinburgh, including regeneration projects at North Sighthill (320 homes) and Pennywell (700-plus homes). This included advice on procurement, construction, development and real estate matters for each project.
  • Advising Wheatley on  construction and procurement matters pertaining to one £400m construction framework.
  • Has been advising Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project in Glasgow.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its 21st Century Homes project, which will deliver 1,300 homes across Edinburgh, including regeneration projects at North Sighthill (320 homes) and Pennywell (700-plus homes). This included advice on procurement, construction, development and real estate matters for each project.

The team at Shepherd and Wedderburn led by litigator Stephen Humphreys is well versed in handling social housing litigation, large-scale residential regeneration projects and housing defect claims for housing associations and local authorities. In August 2018, public sector procurement expert Rhona Harper left the firm to work in-house.

Practice head(s):Stephen Humphreys

Other key lawyers:Elaine Hunter; Andrew Hall; Euan McLeod; Colin Archibald

Key Clients

Glasgow Housing Association

The City of Edinburgh Council

Tollcross Housing Association

Southside Housing Association

Shettleston Housing Association

Molendinar Park Housing Association

Dunedin Canmore Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising Wheatley on  construction and procurement matters pertaining to one £400m construction framework.
  • Has been advising Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project in Glasgow.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its 21st Century Homes project, which will deliver 1,300 homes across Edinburgh, including regeneration projects at North Sighthill (320 homes) and Pennywell (700-plus homes). This included advice on procurement, construction, development and real estate matters for each project.
  • Advising Wheatley on  construction and procurement matters pertaining to one £400m construction framework.
  • Has been advising Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project in Glasgow.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its 21st Century Homes project, which will deliver 1,300 homes across Edinburgh, including regeneration projects at North Sighthill (320 homes) and Pennywell (700-plus homes). This included advice on procurement, construction, development and real estate matters for each project.

Led by Janette Speed, the 'proactive and commercially very savvy' team at Shoosmiths is best known for advising RSLs and government-backed property funds on residential and commercial development work including associated site acquisitions and sales across Scotland.

Practice head(s):Janette Speed

Testimonials

'Good at anticipating hurdles and allowing time for key legal issues to be addressed.'

'Janette Speed is able to provide detailed documentation at very short notice when required.'

Key Clients

Port of Leith Housing Association

Kingdom Housing Association

Persevere Developments

Manor Estates Housing Association

PfP Capital Fund

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association

Bellway Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised government-backed fund on the property aspects of its remit to secure at least 20 sites across Scotland for the provision of mid-market rent units.
  • Advised the RSL client on the acquisition of a residential development site at West Bowling Green Street Leith from Housebuilder Teague.
  • Assistance with the conclusion of missives for the sale of affordable housing by Bellway at Gartcosh to North Lanarkshire Council, in a turnkey deal in implementation of the developer’s obligations under the Section 75 Agreement.
  • The team was instructed post-acquisition to review the Deed of Conditions applying to the site at Plot S Granton, which arose due to a service charge dispute over the interpretation of badly drafted Deed of Conditions and the implications of the 2012 Act on the registration and preservation and effectiveness of a number of servitudes for services.
  • Regular assistance with mid-market lease structures between Port of Leith Housing Association and its subsidiary Persevere Developments to facilitate and manage the mid-market rent portfolio comprising properties at Brunswick Road, Abbey Lane and Baileyfield, Edinburgh.

The team at Thorntons Law LLP is led by Graham Wilson and has a strong focus on assisting registered social landlords with site acquisitions and funding arrangements.

Practice head(s):Graham Wilson

Other key lawyers:Chris Allan

Key Clients

Hillcrest Housing Association

Caledonia Housing Association

Angus Housing Association

Abertay Housing Association

Kingdom Housing Association

Ore Valley Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in its £12.5m investment in 80 new affordable homes in Dundee.  
  • Advised the client on its acquisition of the land required for 130 new affordable homes in Aberdeen with an overall development value of £18m.
  • Advised the client on its project to deliver ten new affordable homes in Arbroath, involving an overall spend of £1.35m.
  • Represented the client in its £7.5m investment in 58 new affordable homes in Dundee.
  • Represented the client in its purchase of six new affordable homes in Carnoustie from a local developer.


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