Next Generation Partners

Rising Stars

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland

Brodies LLP

Home to specialist knowledge in ‘an unparalleled range of services and sectors’, Brodies LLP draws together extensive commercial property, planning, property litigation, construction, environmental and tax expertise. Practice head Johane Murray  is active on a wealth of big-ticket development and investment deals meanwhile managing partner Nick Scott  is particularly reputed for his office, retail, industrial, leisure and student accommodation knowhow. Further standout partners include James Roscoe, a lawyer with significant corporate occupier, forward funding and property finance capabilities, and Colin Morrison who is especially active on the cross-border front, catering to international investors, retailers, hotels and leisure operators. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Allan Cairns has garnered extensive exposure to multijurisdictional portfolio transactions.

Practice head(s):

Johane Murray

Other key lawyers:

Nick Scott; James Roscoe; Colin Morrison; Allan Cairns; Richard Whyte; Tanya MacLeod; Chris McDaid; Colin Keenan; Elaine Petterson

Testimonials

‘Brodies manage shopping centres for us. They are the most commercial lawyers we have dealt with and always deliver solutions.’

‘Brodies have always met deadlines and communicate well and concisely which is key to us. Their approach is a calm and considered one and have the team have always been available to deal with any legal queries and matters that we have.’

‘Tanya Macleod and the team have always been exceptional and the service provided by them is unmatched. They keep us updated on matters and always go over and beyond our expectations.’

‘Brodies Real Estate team stand out in the Scottish market because of the depth of their expertise. They have an unrivalled army of specialists capable of being deployed in an instant to resolve any client legal difficulties. They are cost effective, committed and diligent in delivering cogent solutions that add value.’

‘Johane Murray is peerless in Scottish property law, she leads the market in structuring complicated transactions and dealing with complicated legal issues.’

‘Safe option. Know the market very well and usually have had some involvement with most large RE assets.’

‘Chris McDaid is calm and intelligent.’

‘Colin Morrison was available almost 24/7, worked in an incredibly fast pace and was able to push through all our issues and requirements.’

Key clients

Ambassador Group

Drum Property Group

Ediston Real Estate

Frasers Property Group

Garroch Investments Limited

Knight Property Group

Moda Living

Orion Capital Partners

Realty Income

Soller Group

Union Investment Institutional Property

Work highlights

  • Acting for Drum Property Group on the acquisition of a significant equity interest in New Ingliston, the landmark 200 acre regeneration site located adjacent to Edinburgh Airport, to be known as West Town.
  • Leading in the c£80M investment acquisition of New Uberior House/Princes Exchange, Edinburgh for Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH.
  • Sale of Exchange Place One, Edinburgh for Macquarie Asset Management to CBRE Investment Management.

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP, famed for its ‘culture of excellence’, operates across investment, development, regeneration, finance and corporate occupier affairs, demonstrating particular expertise in respect of residential, build-to-rent (BTR), retail, healthcare, leisure, industrial and hospitality assets. Scott Peterkin fronts the practice and hones his focus on property development work within the housebuilding sector; he is supported by Richard Rennie who leverages his dual qualification in England and Scotland to support on the Scottish aspects of national and international deals, as well as Nick Naddell whose workload spans investment deals, funding packages and landlord and tenant work. Graeme Bradshaw is also integral to the offering and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Commercial Leasing Law, a distinction held by less than a handful of active lawyers in the market.

Practice head(s):

Scott Peterkin

Other key lawyers:

Richard Rennie; Nick Naddell; Graeme Bradshaw; Steven McKinlay; Peter Chambers

Testimonials

‘Graham Bradshaw is a straightforward individual who is is able to deal with a broad base of individuals without making them feel uncomfortable in any way. He is competent, diligent, respectful and faithful to clients and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Wide range of expertise within the firm that can be called upon at any time – will always give you as the client the correct balance between legal opinion and common sense view for a particular situation.’

‘Burness Paul have provided us with exceptional support in connection with a material cross border transaction. We were able to rely them to deliver excellent advice within the very challenging deadlines set by the client.’

‘Steven Mckinlay is pragmatic, commercial and good at unravelling complex legal issues.’

‘Mark Patterson manages all our work. He is an astute, no-nonsense, proactive and efficient real estate lawyer, who is always available and always pushes ‘the extra mile’ to achieve a satisfactory conclusion to transactions.’

‘There is a noticeable culture of excellence and client focus which permeates throughout the entire firm and which sets them apart from their competitors. Their knowledge of the market coupled with their industry-leading specialists make them a compelling proposition for any construction-related legal work.’

‘Scott Peterkin is extremely proactive and always seeks solutions to any issues that arise. His personable approach coupled with his knowledge, thoroughness and attention to detail instils confidence in his client and demands respect from his opposition. He offers an insightful view of the market and applies this to good effect. Scott offers a proactive approach to problems and works tirelessly to achieve the desired outcome. He provides expert support, guidance and reassurance during the most difficult negotiations.’

Key clients

LSPIM/ Regional REIT (London & Scottish)

Eagle Street Partners

Miller Homes

Cazoo (new client win in 2021)

Regus

Springfield Properties

CALA Homes

Taylor Wimpey (3 yr panel appointment renewal in 2021)

Realty Income Inc.

Clearbell Property Partners

Cemex UK

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Acted for Regional REIT Limited on their acquisition from Squarestone LLP of 31 multi let assets for a price of £236m. The portfolio is located in across Scotland, England and Wales.
  • Acted for Buccleuch Property and Cruden Homes (East) in relation to their winning bid to City of Edinburgh Council to develop the Council’s major Fountainbridge site.
  • Acted for HIG Capital (a leading global alternative investment firm), alongside Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, on the c.£325m acquisition of the UK plumbing and heating division of Travis Perkins plc involving a portfolio of around 350 properties across the UK and Ireland.

CMS

CMS is acclaimed for its ‘wealth of experience across all property matters’, a forte which sees it support on the full lifecycle of real estate assets. The practice, which is headed by development, funding and investment specialist Paul Carter, is closely integrated with the firm’s wider UK and European property groups and is active across the energy, care, education public sector, student accommodation, care and BTR fields. Iain Doran’s broad practice spans, development deals, rent review disputes and distress portfolio deals, whereas Allan Wernham is a go-to for significant regeneration projects, supporting at all stages from initial acquisition and development agreements through to leasing and disposal. Of counsel Roland Smyth is a standout beyond partner-level and plays an especially pivotal role within the firm’s hospitality and leisure practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Carter

 

Other key lawyers:

Iain Doran; Allan Wernham; Roland Smyth; Margaret McLean; Darina Kerr; Carol Nisbet

Testimonials

‘Highly diligent and organised team with a wealth of experience across all property matters. Well resourced and nimble enough to deal with issues at short notice.’

‘Paul Carter leads the team well and provides exemplary service, drawing on a range of experience and where possible bringing in colleagues from other teams to supplement his own knowledge. Paul takes a commercial perspective on transactions which is rare with modern lawyers.’

‘Partners contribution to reporting outstanding, ability to turn around reporting quickly, reliably and accurately.’

‘An extremely capable, diligent and commercially aware team of solicitors who understand the clients needs and act and react in a prompt and efficient manner. The team structure allows back up to always be in place at an appropriate level. Every aspect of the job is required from low level admin to strategic advice.’

‘The team is home to Allan Wernham, who is highly competent, and fully commercial.’

‘Aside from their professional capabilities, what sets the CMS property team aside from their competitors is that they are all very human, personable individuals who I would happily socialise with outside a working environment. They are good people!’

‘We ask CMS’ advice on a wide variety of areas, some of them are a bit ‘leftfield’ at times. They analyse the situation, ask us some thought provoking questions and base the legal advice on the clients requirements and the individual situation. As a business that had to repurpose itself through the pandemic, the service and advice was always first class, delivered promptly and had the benefit of supporting our already strong client relationships.’

‘Paul Carter has been an enormous asset to our firm in steering us through some difficult areas during the pandemic.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Hammerson plc

Landsec

abrdn (Aberdeen Standard Investments)

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

SSE Renewables

Commercial Estates Group

Pierval Sante

Scottish Enterprise

Hargreaves Land

Castleforge Partners

Kennedy Wilson

Fife College

Industrial Property Investment Fund (a Legal & General fund)

Civitas Investment Management Limited

Henderson Park

KW Aspens Limited (Kennedy Wilson)

Firethorn Glasgow Limited (LXi REIT)

University of Glasgow

Work highlights

  • Advising Nuveen Real Assets on the £1bn retail led city centre regeneration at St James Quarter, Edinburgh.        
  • Advising Hammerson on the £140m sale of the 1.1 million square feet Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow.
  • Advising Kennedy Wilson on the £78m acquisition of iconic Office Building at Waverly Gate, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Pinsent Masons LLP

National firm Pinsent Masons LLP is geared to support on the full spectrum of commercial property matters, from investments and portfolio transactions through to commercial, residential and energy-related developments. Katharine Hardie leads the practice, demonstrating a particular tenacity for commercial and residential projects within the private sector. Elsewhere, Russell Munro  actively supports on portfolio, retail park and shopping centre transactions whereas Paul Connolly brings a distinct combination of development transaction and property finance expertise to the table. A further standout is Martin Devine  whose track record spans a wealth of alternative asset projects, including BTR, hotel and healthcare schemes.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Hardie

Other key lawyers:

Russell Munro; Paul Connolly; Martin Devine; Ewan Alexander; Jennifer Ballantyne; Tom Ferrier

Testimonials

‘Pinsent Masons has a strong regional team with the ability to resource transactions comprehensively while remaining cost-effective for the client.’

‘Martin Devine combines a deep knowledge of both Scots and English property and company law with a robust, commercial approach to getting deals done.’

‘Good balance of commercial acumen and protecting our interests, whilst understanding the other side’s perspective. Excellent industry and sector knowledge.’

‘Paul Connolly and the team are all technically excellent individual lawyers, but are also all very commercial, nice people and work well together as a team. Paul is a very hands-on partner.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

LCN Capital Partners

Investcorp

Legal & General UK Build to Rent Fund

HFD Group Limited

Bricks Capital Limited

Aviva Group

Motor Fuel Limited

Strathclyde Pension Fund

Wheatley Housing Group

City of Edinburgh Council

Winchburgh Developments Limited

PFP Mid Market Rent Fund

University of Edinburgh

Robertson Group

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Sirius Real Estate Limited

CALA Management Limited

Ropemaker Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Lime Property Fund LP (an Aviva Group Fund) in the £22.4m forward funding of 77,188sq feet office at Kildean Business Park, Stirling fully let to M&G Prudential.
  • Acting in the acquisition and finance of 10 industrial and logistic investment properties in England and Scotland with a combined value of £55m.
  • Acting in the development and creation of Winchburgh Village, a new 3,500 settlement encompassing new school provision, motorway junctions, a marina, and infrastructure to create a new village, estimated end value of £1bn.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's practice is headed by Miles Ede, an expert in investment, development, asset management and portfolio transaction matters; he is vastly experienced in the telecoms, corporate occupier, commercial, digital infrastructure and residential sectors with the wider team also famed for its knowledge of energy and hospitality assets.

Practice head(s):

Miles Ede

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Nicholson

Testimonials

‘Cohesive team that are able to draw upon a broad range of skill sets and specialisms, whilst maintaining a joined-up approach.’

‘We have been particularly impressed by the adaptable nature of the individuals who have advised across a diverse range of issues. Kirsty Nicholson is our key point of contact and very capably co-ordinates the Addleshaw Goddard team.’

‘The team I turn to when I want commercially-astute advice.’

‘Miles Ede is excellent in complex negotiations.’

Work highlights

    Dentons

    Home to a UK-wide real estate practice, Dentons’s Scottish team is spearheaded by Brian Hutcheson, a lawyer with extensive student accommodation, BTR, retail and logistics asset expertise; he is supported development, leasing and investment expert, Barry Edgar, in addition to Paul Haniford whose key fields of focus include renewables and leisure. Madeleine Smallwood rounds off the four-partner team and is often engaged on major energy developments as well as transactions pertaining to hotel and leisure assets.

    Practice head(s):

    Brian Hutcheson

    Other key lawyers:

    Barry Edgar; Paul Haniford; Madeleine Smallwood

    Testimonials

    ‘The team really knows our business. They have built up a very good relationship with the individuals within the business over the years and can anticipate our requirements.’

    ‘Barry Edgar – he is personable and provides clear practical advice. He is solutions orientated and is keen to find solutions to issues that crop up.’

     

    Work highlights

    • Advised Glade Capital on the acquisition of a fully let office on North Esplanade West in Aberdeen, funded by AIB. We gave real estate, tax, banking and construction advice.
    • Acting on the real estate aspects of the corporate sale of National Tyres, Autocare, Tyre Shopper and Viking Wholesale Tyres to Halfords. This involved a UK wide real estate portfolio of circa 248 properties and included the requirement to vary a number of the leases.
    • Advising FORE Partnership on the development of their ambitious speculative office development known as CadWorks, Cadogan Street, Glasgow.

    DLA Piper

    A ‘well-resourced team with vast knowledge of the real estate sector’, DLA Piper handles an abundance of developer, investment and leasing mandates, catering to a client roster which includes prominent corporate occupiers, retailers, shopping centres and property funds. Drew Wallace heads the practice and is adept in construction, transaction and development mandates whereas consultant Sheila Irvine is extensively well-versed in all facets of real estate, from both a public and private sector perspective. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Finlay Campbell in November 2021; he joins from Brodies LLP and arrives with leasing and transactional expertise in the office, industrial, leisure and alternative market fields.

    Practice head(s):

    Drew Wallace

    Other key lawyers:

    Steve Edgecombe; Carolyne Hair; Finlay Campbell; Sheila Irvine; Stephen Dick

    Testimonials

    ‘Finlay Campbell is always very diligent and extremely knowledgeable in all commercial property matters and we have always been very impressed with his knowledge and approach to handling our requirements.’

    ‘The have a well-resourced team with vast knowledge of the real estate sector.’

    ‘They have strong communication skills and they are able to turn work around in a very fast manner. This ensures work is driven through which plays a critical role in value. Stephen Dick exemplifies this.’

    Key clients

    Admiral Taverns – UK pub owners (over 2000 pubs)

    Aecom Limited

    Aggregate Industries UK plc

    Alba Group

    Ambassador Theatre Group

    Artisan Real Estate Investors Limited

    AXA

    British Airways

    Caledonian Heritable

    Campus Living

    Government of the United Kingdom

    Greencoat UK Wind Plc

    Hansteen Property Investments Limited

    Harrison Street Real Estate

    Henry Boot Developments

    HGIT Edinburgh Limited (Hines)

    Hines Global

    LaSalle Investment Management

    Ministry of Defence

    Odeon Cinemas

    Osborne & Co/Vanguard Limited

    Places for People

    Proprium

    Structured House Group

    St Enoch Trustee Company (Blackstone and Sovereign)

    Work highlights

    • Following the acquisition of over 1800 pubs from Punch Taverns, DLA Piper Scotland has continued to manage Heineken’s UK property portfolio, including a number of required (by the Regulator) disposal programmes including the Project Tokyo UK wide sale to Admiral Taverns.
    • Advising on the multi-million corporate disposal of the share capital of the entities owning adjoining Edinburgh trophy office buildings Princes Exchange/New Uberior House. Despite COVID-19, Scotland office space continues to be in short supply and demand is high, both in terms of tenant interest and investment
    • Advising the UK Government on the legal framework for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), including negotiation of rights of access and occupation of key Scotland venues.

    DWF

    At DWF, the real estate practice draws from the firm’s wider banking, finance, planning, construction, corporate and tax proficiency to serve as a one-stop shop. David Ratter demonstrates a track record in strategic land development, investment and property outsourcing matters, serving as practice co-head Kevin McGlone, a go-to for a number of hotel operators. The team is also home to Geoff Stansfield, reputed for his asset management and cross-border portfolio expertise, and caters to a mixture of public and private sectors clients, including UK-wide and international entities.

    Practice head(s):

    David Ratter; Kevin McGlone

    Other key lawyers:

    Geoff Stansfield; Ferga McKay; Ashleigh Farrell

    Key clients

    Aberdeen City Council

    Marks & Spencers

    RBS/Natwest

    Swan Real Estate plc

    Lanark Student Living

    Alvarium

    Swan Real Estate

    Hallam Land Management

    M7

    Unity Trust Bank

    Cove Communities

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Aberdeen City Council in its acquisition of the former BHS department store on Union Street and indoor market development to the rear, for the purposes of a major city centre regeneration project to provide a strategic link between the railway station/Union Square development and the George Street/Bon Accord area.
    • Helped LXi REIT to deploy £350m of equity on various acquisitions.
    • Acted for Cove Communities in the coprorate acquisition from KA & R Campbell Holdings Limited consisting of 11 major holiday park assets.

    MacRoberts LLP

    MacRoberts LLP runs a workload spanning development, investment, finance and occupier affairs, demonstrating particular accomplishment in respect of residential, energy, storage and distribution, food and drink, biotech, mine and quarry assets. Gillian Campbell and Kelsey Gibson co-lead the practice, leveraging of 50 years’ of combined commercial property expertise, and are supported by Douglas Lamb, a lawyer with a number of high-profile developments in the West of Scotland under his belt.

    Practice head(s):

    Kelsey Gibson; Gillian Campbell

    Other key lawyers:

    Douglas Lamb

    Testimonials

    ‘Communication, teamwork and consistency of performance across all individuals.’

    ‘Knowledge, experience, calm under pressure, understanding of client’s requirements and focus on achieving the goal.’

    Key clients

    BAM Properties Limited

    MUSE Developments Limited

    Breedon Group

    Menzies Distribution

    Dalata Hotels PLC

    Robertson Property Limited

    Morrisons Supermarket plc

    Scottish Canals

    London and Cambridge Properties Limited/ Sheet Anchor Investments Limited

    CALA Management Limited

    Lovell Partnerships Limited

    Transport Scotland

    Hamcap

    Work highlights

    • Continued to act for Robertson Property Limited on the public procurement development project being promoted and funded by Cardiff City Council to deliver and operate a new 15,000-capacity indoor arena and hotel in Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff Bay.
    • Acted for BIGG Generation Limited BIGG Regeneration as it acquired 10 acres of land from Scottish Canals at Dundashill, which is a key brownfield site in Glasgow, for residential development.
    • Acted for Transport Scotland in relation to grant agreement with The Highland Council for port and harbour improvement works at Uig under section 70 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001.

    Morton Fraser

    At Morton Fraser, the team is well-versed in development, investment, finance, management and property insolvency affairs, operating across an array of retail, leisure, BTR, student accommodation and industrial assets. Practice head Michael Ramsay caters to a client base of developers, funders, investors and corporate occupier and his team is bolstered by the firm’s joint venture, corporate, project, procurement and disputes expertise.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Ramsay

    Other key lawyers:

    Amy Entwistle; Chris McLeish; Suzanne Hardie

    Testimonials

    ‘Morton Fraser provides an excellent service. They can draw upon great experience to tailor their service to our exact needs.’

    ‘The partners are quick to respond. Their advise is detailed and thorough.’

    ‘The team are very efficient on all aspects of work. From taking instructions, to outlining fees, carry out work and closing out matters.’

    ‘We value their honest and frank advice, providing the most straightforward and commercial solutions to instructions faced.’

    ‘The team are a very strong knowledgeable team, and we have worked with a few members.’

    ‘There is high levels of consistency and responsiveness from the team, we know as a firm we can always ask questions and know that the answers are thought through and correct.’

    ‘Morton Fraser provide an excellent client experience on every matter. Their expertise, diligent and problem-solving ethos assist us with managing our complex portfolio and commercial structure. From a simple rent review memorandum to a disposal, Morton Fraser are there with us at every step of every matter.’

    Key clients

    Diageo

    Platform_

    Vastint B.V.

    Merchant Properties LLP (Riverside Capital and Avignon Capital)

    Riverside Capital

    Geek Retreat

    Crucible Developments

    Shareholders of Scotbet

    Deutsche Bank (Singapore)

    Patrizia

    Fordell Estates Limited

    Urban Logistics REIT Plc and various subsidiaries

    John Lynch (Builders) Limited

    Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

    Stewart Milne Group Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Vastint in their mixed use hotel, office and build-to-rent scheme at Fountainbridge / Freer Street, Edinburgh.
    • Acted for the shareholders of Scotland’s largest independent betting company in the sale of their real estate portfolio comprising over 30 properties.
    • Acted for Taylor Wimpey in the purchase of a 500 plus unit development site in Lanarkshire.

    Shepherd and Wedderburn

    Lawyers at Shepherd and Wedderburn have recently been instructed on substantial leasing, acquisition, portfolio, site assembly and redevelopment matters. David Mitchell has garnered significant exposure to office, retail and mixed-use development projects whereas fellow practice co-head Elaine Todd is adept in investment, property finance and letting affairs across a broad variety of assets. A key distinguisher for the practice is its capabilities in the clean energy sector which sees it instructed on the real estate aspects of onshore, offshore, solar and hydro projects, among other schemes.

    Practice head(s):

    Elaine Todd; David Mitchell

    Other key lawyers:

    Scott Ritchie; Paul Donald; Caroline Shand; Judith Stephenson; Andrew Hall

    Testimonials

    ‘Professional, courteous, super-efficient communication and exceptional quality of service. The breadth and depth of the knowledge of the team is always impressive and they always provide excellent advice on a wide variety of issues.’

    ‘Andrew Hall in particular is always available no matter the time or day to provide wise counsel on a wide range of matters. The rapid response and can-do attitude to finding solutions rather than problems is a breath of fresh air.’

    ‘Depth of talent – very good people at all levels. Responsive – act promptly. Understand clients requirements. Pleasant people to work with.’

    ‘Caroline Shand – reliable, responsive, hard working, gives comprehensive advice.’

    ‘The commercial property team at S&W provide a holistic first-class service. They provide logical and commercial advice and never lose sight of what the end game is, which is helpful under the pressure of complex transactions. Communication from both junior and senior members of the team is quick, professional and reliable.’

    ‘David Mitchell has provided our company with commercial property advice for over 10 years and we are thankful for that. His advice is clear and concise advice with always what we set out to achieve at the back of his head. The thing I enjoy most with working with David compared to other solicitors is that he always tell it how it is and he is always willing to give his opinion whether you want to hear it or not.’

    ‘The practice is local to our headquarters; can deal with both Scottish and English Law – we work in both jurisdictions regularly. Fees are lower than larger London-based firms.’

    ‘Elaine Todd and all the team, are fully committed to delivering an excellent service and outcome that exceeded our expectations.’

    Key clients

    British Land plc

    Federated Hermes

    BlackRock

    Tilstone/Warehouse REIT

    CBREGI UK Property Fund

    Miller Homes

    LondonMetric

    Clydeport

    BAE Systems

    Taylor Wimpey

    Work highlights

    • Acted for the CBRE UK Property PAIF in the purchase of Exchange Place One, Edinburgh, a grade A office building comprising circa 115,000 sq ft, fully let, including four floors occupied by Blackrock.
    • Acted on behalf of Miller Homes Limited in most of its acquisitions and strategic land acquisitions in Scotland.
    • Acting for Blue Energy Wind Limited on the development, real estate and planning aspects of the sale of High Constellation wind farm to BayWa r.e.

    Anderson Strathern

    Anderson Strathern’s commercial property is active in both the public and private sectors and is spearheaded by Anne McGregor, a development and investment project specialist who also routinely carries out work for institutional landlords; she is supported by Ruth Maclean, who often acts on residential developments on brownfield and greenfield sites, as well as Deborah Lovell whose expertise includes the sale and purchase of land for development.

    Practice head(s):

    Anne McGregor

    Other key lawyers:

    Ruth Maclean; Deborah Lovell

    Testimonials

    ‘The Glasgow team at Anderson Strathern that I deal with have a very comprehensive understanding of client needs in that at any point in time, matters are covered even if the lead partner is off on holiday. They have a good spread of knowledge & secretarial support which is a sound point of contact for me.’

    ‘Anne McGregor has a superb in-depth knowledge of the scheme.’

    ‘Well-established, trusted team who know our business and our operating style very well.’

    ‘Anne McGregor is always a pleasure to deal with and has a pragmatic approach to matters. Always value her advice.’

    ‘The working relationship with Ruth Maclean dates back to just over 20 years and we trust her implicitly. Very sharp commercially and provides confidence when matters are complex.’

    ‘The team are very professional but listen to clients and their needs. They have a wide and diverse knowledge of the market and factors that may influence decisions to ensure that clients needs come first.’

    ‘Anne McGregor and the team stand out for their willingness to assist and give sound reliable advice when required.’

    Key clients

    Crown Estate Scotland

    Braehead Glasgow Limited and Braehead Park Investments Limited

    Halo Kilmarnock Limited

    Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

    Gordon Ramsay Restaurants Limited

    Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Limited

    Shetland Islands Council and University of the Highlands and Islands

    Work highlights

    • Advising on multi billion pound investment opportunities in offshore wind leasing
    • Multiple significant deals in 2021 including lettings to Frasers Group of annual rent in excess of £1.35m per annum
    • Continuing to advise Halo on all aspects of the £63m brownfield development site

    Burges Salmon LLP

    National firm Burges Salmon LLP is active across a wealth of real estate assets, including hospitality, leisure and energy sites. Robert Forman, co-founder of the Edinburgh office, leads the practice and handles a mixture of disposal, leasing, acquisition, secured lending and leasing mandates. Director Claire MacLean is the other key lawyer in the practice, brining over 15 years of experience in investment transactions and landlord and tenant agreements to the table.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Forman

    Other key lawyers:

    Claire MacLean

    Testimonials

    ‘Very proficient, professional and willing to help. A broad knowledge of all aspects of the law that relates to our work.’

    ‘Innovative billing for complex matters which is tracked and monitored very well by the firm. The firm is are able to provide accurate information and statistics showing adherence to complex budgets.’

    ‘A knowledgeable and approachable team where partners and directors are actively involved. Great understanding of the businesses’ priorities and how the company operates. We get a real feel they want to be a partner to the business and not just an external lawyer.’

    ‘Approachable and available when needed. Flexible to meet our demanding requirements.’

    ‘Claire MacLean – an all-round fantastic lawyer. Pragmatic, approachable and very knowledgeable. Nothing is too much trouble. Claire is available and responsive and instils confidence that the matter is in hand and under control.’

    Key clients

    Pandox Thistle Limited

    LR Hack Pyramids Limited

    265 Strand Sarl

    Atlas Hotels Limited

    Baywa-re

    A&O Hostels

    LRC Group

    London and Regional Group Hotels Limited

    Zetland Capital Partners

    West Ranga Property Group Limited

    Titan Investment Atlas Limited

    EDP Renovaveis, S.A.

    Tunstall Real Estate Credit

    Global Energy Group

    Inverleith LLP

    Work highlights

    • Advised Pandox Thistle Limited on the purchase of an Adagio Aparthotel and adjacent public square (comprising five retail units) at 231 Canongate, Edinburgh.  
    • Advised LR Hack Pyramids Limited (a London & Regional entity) on the purchase of Pyramids Business park in Bathgate, a multi-let business park consisting of film studios and offices.
    • Advised LRC Group on the sale of a portfolio of 12 high-end hotels across the UK and Ireland, including in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.

    Davidson Chalmers Stewart

    Davidson Chalmers Stewart is geared to support on development, investment and commercial leasing mandates in sectors including healthcare, housebuilding, student and commercial. Practice head Andrew Chalmers caters to developers and family office investment funds, among other clients, meanwhile Gavin Maclean  is a go-to for several retail and leisure entities. Elsewhere, Bruce Lancaster  provides the team with notable forward funding agreement knowhow.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Chalmers

    Other key lawyers:

    Gavin Maclean; Bruce Lancaster; Nicola Scott; Lizzy Enayati

    Testimonials

    ‘Great support and advice. Understand the way I work and what we need to do to get transactions to a close at pace.’

    ‘Lizzy Enayati, is great to work with. She gives me the right advice and is always professional too.’

    ‘The team at DCS are incredibly knowledgeable on all aspects of property including acquisition , leasing , purchase , funding , trust / shareholder options inc tax implications – so give great comfort to the client that everything relating to the property is being thoroughly covered’

    ‘Andrew Chalmers is very knowledgeable and directs you to the right expertise in the company. Lizzy Enayati is thorough and dependable.’

     

    Key clients

    Chris Stewart Group

    Scarborough Muir Group

    Muir Group

    Peel Group

    Suez Group

    Computacenter plc

    Thermo Fisher Inc.

    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

    Smiths Group plc

    Black Sheep Coffee

    Work highlights

    • Advised Tartan Leisure Limited on the Forward sale and leaseback to BAE Pension Fund Trustees of the freehold interest of the Wavegarden development at Ratho near Edinburgh in a deal value of c£27m.
    • Advised Stamford Property Limited on acquisition of Elgin House, Haymarket, Edinburgh, with a deal value in excess of £20m, to facilitate a mixed-use development with an end value of in excess of £120m.
    • Advised Chris Stewart Group on sale of Marriott hotel scheme at Baxter’s Place, Edinburgh for in excess of £40m.

    Gillespie Macandrew LLP

    At Gillespie Macandrew LLP, the commercial property team serves as client roster of retailers, leisure outfits, lenders, occupiers, developers, housebuilders, landowners and communities. Kenny Irons serves as team head and is particularly well-versed in cross-border deals; he is supported by Greg Peebles, an all-rounder who acts on development, investment and project finance endeavours, as well as Harry Smith who fronts the dedicated housebuilding group.

    Practice head(s):

    Kenny Irons

    Other key lawyers:

    Greg Peebles; Harry Smith; Nikki Dundas; Andrew Leslie

    Testimonials

    ‘Experienced individuals and problem solvers. Proactive advice given in a manner that’s easily understood and managed.’

    ‘Harry Smith is approachable and makes time to intervene where required to prioritise and manage our account.’

    ‘Appropriate resourcing with fixed-fee quotes for transactions – Very adaptable/practical approach to curveball situations with strong focus on client’s best interests.’

    ‘Excellent people skills, client engagement and problem solving – Very high standards of professionalism – Always easy to contact for updates.’

    ‘Gillespie Macandrew are one of the firms at the forefront of the housebuilding industry with excellent sector knowledge and practical understanding from land acquisition through to plot sales. They have in place a very efficient and experienced team of paralegals using a plot sale case management system which operates well.’

    ‘Very good additional support in place for planning and construction law matters.’

    ‘We work principally with partner and head of housebuilding Harry Smith who is ably assisted by associate Andrew Leslie who has responsibility for plot sale supervision.’

    ‘Greg Peebles is an excellent partner – very knowledgeable, provides fantastic advice and helps ensure our position has been protected throughout negotiations and when entering contract. He has always looked after out position and has kept us up to speed at all times with developments.’

    Key clients

    Assetz Capital

    Binn Group Limited

    Bellway Homes Limited

    Westerleigh Group Limited

    Majestic (Belford) Limited

    Robertson Partnership Homes Limited

    Aesop

    Avignon Capital

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Majestic (Belford) Limited in their refinance of a key development asset in central Edinburgh.
    • Acted for Tornagrain Limited in connection with the development of the Tornagrain New Town, located between Inverness and Nairn with outline planning permission for circa 5,000 units.

    Lindsays

    At Lindsays, the workload is spread across investment, occupier, development and project finance work, in addition to the real estate aspects of corporate transactions. The practice, which boasts a number of prominent retailers among its client list, is headed by Derek Nash, a lawyer with extensive connection to both the Scottish and London markets. Kenny Gray is another name of prominence, specifically in relation to office, healthcare and hotel-related transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Derek Nash

    Other key lawyers:

    Kenny Gray

    Testimonials

    ‘Close attention to detail. Making sure all the boxes are ticked and potential pitfalls for the client are avoided.’

    ‘Kenny Gray has been thorough and always available. He has been patient and clear in explaining points of law when asked.’

    ‘I have found Lindsays to be an extremely friendly, professional and expert firm to deal with. They have advised on a wide range of complex commercial property matters and have strength in depth.’

    ‘Kenny Gray and his team have excellent knowledge on the NHS and Private dental sector. This is a highly complex and specialist type of business with many nuances. Lindsays demonstrate great knowledge.’

    ‘Friendly service which is very efficient. People are very personable. Good service generally and know their stuff.’

    ‘Derek Nash is outstanding in terms of relationship management and also at understanding what needs to be done and how. Swift and effortless.’

    ‘Approachable and pragmatic in their dealings and willing to explain the difference of Scots law relative to English law.’

    ‘Lindsays are extremely approachable, knowledgeable and helpful. They provided me support 100% at all times, through the process of securing new office space for our company. They would also give guidance on what to expect in relation to costs, and gave us support in negotiating the fees. They always responded back to me in a timely manner and their professionalism was impeccable.’

    Key clients

    Persimmon Homes Limited

    Waterstones Booksellers Limited

    Smyths Toys UK Limited

    Grafton Group

    EG Group

    LF UK Office SCI

    Nova of London Limited

    RRH Finance Limited

    Well Pharmacies

    Royal National Institute of Blind People

    Work highlights

    • Acted on behalf of LF UK Office SCI, a major French investment fund who are part of La Francaise Group, in relation to the off market private purchase of a significant newly developed multi-let prime Edinburgh office building with associated ancillary retail and leisure units.
    • Acted on behalf of RRH Finance Limited in the off market private purchase of a prestigious multi story A listed building in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. The property which is let to Bank of Scotland extends to 7876 square feet.
    • Acted on behalf of International Investment Gate, an Israeli real estate investment company, in relation to the Scottish property aspects of the acquisition of 158-160 West Regent Street, Glasgow.

    Shoosmiths

    Shoosmiths, a UK-wide firm, counts a number of living sector, retail and leisure clients among its roster, among others, and is geared to support across a breadth of development, occupier, finance and investment mandates. Practice head Janette Speed is proficient in both residential and commercial development projects meanwhile Barry McKeown recently oversaw the opening of the firm’s Glasgow office and counts Islamic financing, BTR and renewable energy matters among his core strengths.

    Practice head(s):

    Janette Speed

    Other key lawyers:

    Barry McKeown; Robin Mitchell; Sheelagh Cooley; Lauren Miller; Gillian Wood

    Testimonials

    ‘Hands-on solid professional advice from an experienced team of individuals who make it their task to know and understand our business.’

    ‘Strong commercial team led by Janette Speed who takes time to offer individual advice and innovative solutions.’

    ‘Shoosmiths LLP are always highly professional in the work they undertake on our behalf. Similarly they have an understanding of the requirements of our business at all times in the process, working proactively in the work that they do.’

    ‘Excellent team who understand and are therefore able to provide sound legal advice with regards to the particularly niche (and often very misunderstood) area of telecommunications and the Digital Economy Act. There are very few such solicitors across the UK and the substantial level of experience together with the open, honest and transparent nature of the team means that I would have no hesitation in recommending Shoosmiths to any number of our clients (and have done on numerous occasions).’

    ‘My main contact at Shoosmiths is Gillian Wood. I find Gillian to be extremely approachable, very professional and she has an unparalleled knowledge of the Electronic Communications Code having led a team working for two of the main code operators in a previous role (and now representing landlords). I have introduced Gillian to numerous clients who have all been very happy with her approach, explanation and with the professional advice given and subsequently (and most importantly) with the result.’

    ‘Key strength is the ability to balance legal advice with a commercial hat on. Shoosmiths are excellent at steering you through contracts and making you fully aware of commercial risks involved such that it aids decision making on what can be complicated matters. In my experience this strength is way above any of their competitors that I have been involved in.’

    ‘For the same reasons as above plus their ability to provide their advice in a very understandable way. Gillian Wood is particularly strong on this under the stewardship of Janette Speed.’

    ‘Shoosmiths is a modern practice that is forwarding thinking and innovative but still values traditional methods of building, maintaining and developing personal business relationships, which is the corner stone of understanding a client and their business well.’

    ‘Sheelagh Cooley is an established solicitor who is well versed in all commercial Landlord and Tenant property matters. She understands the commercial reality of what businesses need from a lease to operate efficiently and effectively, thus ensuring unnecessary burdens and bureaucracy and not within the lease that serve no benefit to the Landlord or Tenant.’

    ‘Shoosmiths have office in Glasgow and Edinburgh so are well placed to advise on those NATS facilities and installations located in Scotland and the highlands and islands.’

    Key clients

    Arrow Global

    Micota Capital

    Housing Growth Partnership

    Taylor Wimpey UK

    Lovell Partnerships

    Hallam Land Management

    City Property (Glasgow) LLP

    AAG Capital Management and others

    Glasgow City Council

    Various – St James Centre Occupiers

    Screwfix Direct Limited

    Bensons For Beds Retails Limited (Alteri)

    Euro Garages

    Telereal Trillium

    Mapeley STEPS Limited

    Sigma Capital Group PRS Fund Scotland

    Robertson Living Limited

    Watkin Jones Group Limited

    Bellway Homes

    PFP Capital Fund

    Tarmac

    Cemex

    Intelligent Land Solutions limited

    Whiteburn Projects Limited

    Ediston Land Limited

    Travelodge

    Wireless and Infrastructure Group

    Rocco Forte

    Civil Nuclear Constabulary

    NATS Limited

    Carriden Developments Limited

    Balloch Farm Limited

    Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

    Bellway Scotland East Division

    Perseus Land Limited

    Marstons Developments

    Bank of Scotland /Lloyds

    PfP Capital Fund

    Clinton Cards

    Fulcrum

    Oddbins

    Leonardo MW Limited

    Straiton Park Limited

    Euro Car Parks

    Fitzwilliam

    Coleby Investments Limited

    Highland Properties Limited

    Bellway Homes Scotland

    Watkin Jones Group

    Frontier Estates

    Vita

    Paladin Ventures Limited

    North Berwick Golf Club

    Dunbar Golf Club

    Port of Leith Housing Association

    CLSA

    British Car Auctions

    Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

    Edinburgh Woollen Mill/Peacocks

    Robertson Living Limited

    Robertson Homes Limited

    Robertson Property Limited

    Sigma Capital Group plc

    Fortus Properties limited

    ARP Properties limited

    Johnstone House Properties Limited

    Dyers House Properties Limited

    HRP Properties Limited

    Robertson Group Limited

    Balfour Beatty Group Limited

    Keepmoat Homes Limited

    Sancus (Gibraltar) Limited

    Urbanite (Glasgow) Limited

    Entserv UK Limited (t/a DXC Communications

    Euro Garages Limited/Monte Blackburn Limited

    Telereal Trillium

    LumiraDX UK Limited

    Aprirose acting through the SPV, Edinburgh Sainsbury Property Limited

    PFP Capital Fund

    Watkin Jones Group

    Robertson Partnership Homes Limited

    Moorfield

    McCarthy & Stone

    Mapeley STEPS Limited

    Bellway Homes Limited

    Callanish Homes Limited

    Callanish Developments Limited

    Astir Living Limited

    Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Bensons for Beds

    Waterstones

    Cineworld

    Arbuthnot Specialist Finance Limited

    Urbanite (Glasgow) Limited

    Fortus Investments Limited

    Santander

    Ultimate Bridging Finance

    Ultimate Finance

    Roomzz

    Handelsbanken

    Dunkeld House Hotel LLP

    ETEL Group of companies

    Sports Direct

    Space and time Media Limited

    Hale Investments Limited

    Robertson Residential Managed Properties Limited

    Robertson Construction Central Limited

    Aberdein Considine

    Aberdein Considine is particularly active on the investment front, notably acting for a number of English local authorities of late, and is also reputed for its insolvency and hospitality-related activities. Paul Jennings leads the team, running a broad personal practice, which often sees him engaged on sales, acquisitions and lettings at commercial offices. David Orr is the other key partner in the group and excels on the transactional and finance fronts, demonstrating a particularly intimate knowledge of retail and industrial assets.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Jennings

    Other key lawyers:

    David Orr

    Testimonials

    ‘The team cut through all the legal jargon and keep everything simple. As a client we were felt like we were treated like the most important client they had and not just another account or another number.’

    ‘Paul Jennings treats the relationship as a partnership and not as a billable client.’

    ‘We took great comfort from the partner-led approach and at no point did we feel the deal was even slightly off-track. This deal was the biggest once for our business to date, but was probably the least stressful thanks to Paul Jennings and his diligent team.’

    ‘Paul Jennings is a leader in his field. He could sit around the top table at any firm in the UK and his commercial real estate knowledge, and acumen, are second to none.’

    ‘I deal with a number of different solicitors and the over-riding benefit of using AC is their commercial attitude to getting deals done. Too many solicitors play the game of scoring points off each other and worrying about issues that have no real commercial gravitas, AC make sure that the I’s are dotted and T’s crossed, but not to the detriment of commercial realisation.’

    ‘Paul Jennings is the anchor to our legal work. Paul is fully immersed and appraised of the situation as the transactions progress and I have confidence that he will engage when it is appropriate to expedite matters.’

    Key clients

    Westerwood Group

    Greggs Plc

    Capricorn North Sea Limited

    Jupiter Hotels Limited

    Kiko Milano

    Haus Holdings Limited/Food Brands International inc.

    Sovereign Grooming

    Ashfield District Council

    Tony Singh MBE

    Charnwood Borough Council

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Ashfield District Council on the acquisition of 1 Central Park, Larbert.
    • Acted for Charnwood Borough Council Purchase of Site E7, Gateway Business Park, Aberdeen, the client’s first acquisition in Scotland.
    • Acted for Greggs PLC on its new flagship store at Great Western Retail Park, Glasgow Importance, the first Scottish drive-thru store for the company.

    BTO Solicitors LLP

    At BTO Solicitors LLP, the team is adept in development, investment, estate management and diversification and finance affairs, chiefly operating in relation to retail, charity, housebuilder, leisure, renewables and social housing assets. Practice head Jane Steel represents a number of renowned high-street brands meanwhile firm chairman David Gibson is also active in this space, often acting on matters which intersect corporate and real estate.

    Practice head(s):

    Jane Steel

    Other key lawyers:

    David Gibson; Scott Buchan; Graeme Kelly; Nicolas McBride; Peter Graham; Jennifer Whitelaw

    Testimonials

    ‘Sector knowledge, quality and consistency of advice, response times and value for money.’

    ‘The BTO team has strength in depth in diverse areas of real estate and property.’

    ‘All associates and supporting staff are very responsible to client requests and thorough in their approach with client care and for striving towards giving the best possible advise and legal approach.’

    ‘For innovations I would rank BTO alongside other leading legal practices I have worked with.’

    ‘Scott Buchan and the team are highly capable and client-focused lawyers striving to give their best possible advice and with all care and due diligence in their approach. The response time is first class.’

    ‘We are a long-standing client of the firm and have always found them very commercial in their approach, putting clients needs first.’

    ‘David Gibson is highly approachable, always available and provides timely, clear and concise advice He has a great understanding of our business and our needs.’

    Key clients

    The Scottish Football Association

    M7 Real Estate Limited

    Calmont Limited

    OCO West End Limited and Burton & Speke Limited

    Standard Real Estate Ltd

    Wirefox Management Limited

    SSH Property Investments Limited

    Bullet Express Limited

    Scores Hospitality Limited

    Panacea (Scotland) Limited

    A.S. Homes (Scotland) Limited

    Briar Homes Limited

    Peter Vardy Group

    Davaar Property Group

    Mar Estates

    Work highlights

    • Advising major property investor M7 Real Estate Limited in the purchase of two office investments in Glasgow for circa £6m with relevant input from construction team.
    • Acting for established clients Bullet Express Limited in the purchase of its flagship storage and distribution warehouse at London Road, Glasgow involving also temporary occupation license and acquisition funding all within a tight timescale.
    • Advising Standard Real Estate Limited on a lease extension to HSBC and then subsequent sale of the investment in Union Street, Aberdeen.

    gunnercooke LLP

    gunnercooke LLP entered the Scottish market in May 2021, opening offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. As part of the process, Simon Etchells, a lawyer with 35 years worth of experience in developments and investments, was recruited from Dentons to front the practice; he arrived with a track record in handling shopping centre, retail, leisure, office, restaurant and student accommodation assets and is supported by the firm’s wider construction, corporate, finance and litigation capabilities.

    Other key lawyers:

    Simon Etchells

    Testimonials

    ‘The GunnerCooke approach to the service needed is to find the best suited person to deal with instruction and then agree a sensible fee basis, which in my 45 years of experience is a breath of fresh air having suffered at the hands of the large firms where you pay so much to feed the partners unquenchable thirst for cash.’

    ‘I have dealt with Simon Etchells who is attentive and accurate with advice and actions.’

    Key clients

    Ambassador Group Limited

    Malin Group Limited

    Edinburgh Rail Limited

    Sigma Sports Limited/Bradshaw Taylor Limited – linked

    Barry Callebaut Manufacturing UK Limited

    Laing the Jeweller Glasgow Limited

    Nu Space Homes Group Limited/ Expresso Property Limited – linked

    Score Group Limited

    Keills Property Trust

    LFR Leisure Limited

    Ambassador Group Limited

    Malin Group Limited

    Edinburgh Rail Limited

    Sigma Sports Limited/Bradshaw Taylor Limited – linked

    Barry Callebaut Manufacturing UK Limited

    Laing the Jeweller Glasgow Limited

    Nu Space Homes Group Limited/ Expresso Property Limited – linked

    Score Group Limited

    Keills Property Trust

    LFR Leisure Limited

    Work highlights

    • Leading the sale of 9 investment assets across England, Wales and Scotland.
    • Advising on the exchange and completion of the acquisition and development of an NHS campus to convert to accommodation.
    • Advised on the roll out of a major restaurant chain.

    Harper Macleod LLP

    Harper Macleod LLP demonstrates a track record in the full array of commercial property matters; examples include residential and commercial development, distressed property, real estate finance, lease re-gears and portfolio transactions. John Meehan fronts the practice which is knowledgeable of an equally broad spectrum of asset classes, namely residential, retail, healthcare, telecoms, utilities, hospitality and leisure.

    Practice head(s):

    John Meehan

    Other key lawyers:

    David Bell; Limor Wolfe; Caroline Summers; Chris Noble

    Testimonials

    ‘Harper Macleod are client focused, responsive and provide comprehensive collaborative client advice between their commercial departments. I can rely on them to guide me through transactions and report timeously. Their fees are good value and transparent. Very happy with the service provided.’

    ‘Caroline Summers works on a number of our projects and has a detailed knowledge of all areas of property law. She is responsive (usually within the hour!), helpful and efficient and is an informed problem solver with a focus on getting the deal done. She provides valued advice throughout transactions and has a practical commercial outlook.’

    ‘Very client focused and responsive. Very clear advice when dealing with complex situations.’

    ‘Caroline Summers has always provided excellent service and advice when dealing with some tricky situations. Makes you feel that you are her main priority.’

    ‘Not aware of any innovations but they have been dealing with a complex transaction and always willing to provide solutions.’

    ‘Dealing with John Meehan who is very experienced within the property sector and he has been a safe, guiding pair of hands through the legal process.’

    ‘Limor Wolfe and the team are our go-to support for real estate finance matters that require Scots input. We find them reliable, cost-effective and easy to work with.’

    Key clients

    BNP Paribas

    City Property Glasgow (Investments) LLP

    ICG Longbow

    Scotia Homes

    Aberdeen Standard Investments

    CBRE Global Investors

    James Keiller Property Holdings

    JD Sports Fashion Plc

    Halfords Plc

    Caffé Nero

    Card Factory

    Clyde Munro Dental

    Queensway Group (Point A Hotels)

    Persimmon Homes Plc

    Jacobite Cruises Limited

    Cityfibre Limited

    Independent Vet Care Limited

    M&Co

    OakNorth Bank Plc

    Springfield Real Estate Management Ltd

    Ardersier Port Ltd

    Morrison Community Care (CCG) HoldCo Limited

    Orbital Express Launch Ltd (t/a Orbex

    Medivet Group Ltd

    Teneo Financial Advisory Limited (formerly Deliotte)

    Hazledene Group

    Upland Group

    Chigwell Estates Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Halfords Autocentres on the Scottish property elements of their £62m corporate acquisition of the National Tyres business and the strategic assessment of the leased portfolio with a view to its future management, now being implemented.
    • Advised Upland Properties Limited and Rathven Investments Ltd in relation to the sale of a portfolio of commercial properties in the region including the two central shopping centres in Aviemore, other retail premises, and office, leisure and professional services properties as one of the biggest deals of the year in the Highlands Region.
    • Advised City Facilities Management Group in the purchase and development appraisal of Craighead Properties Limited for its two development sites for a 356 residential unit build to rent scheme at Crown Street Glasgow and a further 300+ unit residential build to rent development at Craighead Retreat, Bothwell.

    TLT

    Routinely engaged on development, corporate real estate, acquisitions, and financings, national firm TLT is headed by Brian Armour; his transactional and projects expertise encompasses retail units, factories, offices and owner-occupied commercial premises, whereas Howard Beach serves as a key contact for commercial letting affairs. Donna Strong is also a standout name, especially in respect of portfolio management, leisure and lease acquisition matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Brian Armour

    Other key lawyers:

    Howard Beach; Donna Strong; Andrew McCowan; Nick Shenken

    Testimonials

    ‘‘TLT Scotland make deals happen. Their can-do attitude and commercial viewpoint allows transactions to complete quickly.’

    ‘I found Brian Amour to be excellent. His experience and calm manner put us to ease very quickly on a transaction which had a tight deadline and dealt with the lender’s solicitors with ease.’

    ‘Consistently excellent communication and efficiency. Extremely responsive with good attention to detail.’

    ‘Sincere interest in my business as a client, Howard Beach especially’

    ‘In terms of what differentiates TLT from other law firms I have dealt with is a combination of expertise and client management. Whenever I have dealt with TLT it has felt like I have been informed about an issue, been given some advice and some options and then worked a way forward. Other Law firms I have dealt with have wanted to instruct the client rather than take instruction. TLT also are proactive in their communication meaning issues are always brought to a conclusion.’

    ‘I have mainly dealt with Howard Beach who I have found to be excellent. His communication skills and general property knowledge are always great and in terms of client relationships he is always focused on achieving the right outcome for us as a client. His great skill is in ‘educating’ us as a client without ever feeling we are being talked down to and I am never worried about asking a ‘stupid question.’’

    ‘The team at TLT are always on hand to offer advice and are quick to respond.’

    ‘Donna Strong and her team are excellent and always give a timeous service.’

    Key clients

    Ashfield Land Limited

    M&S Investments (Glassford) LLP

    Tapi Carpets and Floors Ltd

    Greene King

    Town Centre Securities plc

    City Site Jersey Limited/City Site Life Limited

    Mr and Mrs Isaac Bamberger, CTL Estates

    Danobe Securities Ltd

    Arbuthnot Latham, Private Bank

    NQ64

    Work highlights

    • Appointed to advise Danobe Securities Limited on an exclusive basis to undertake all real estate acquisitions, disposals and asset management of its Scottish portfolio.
    • Acted for Mott MacDonald on their Edinburgh office relocation with related advice on construction aspects.
    • Acted for NQ64, an ambitious and expanding leisure operator in connection with their first leasehold property in Scotland.

    Weightmans LLP

    At national firm Weightmans LLP, Cassandra Auld is a development and investment specialist who often handles acquisitions, disposals and lettings within the hotels and leisure space; she leads the practice, receiving finance expertise from Andrew Warren and disputes capabilities from Claire Thornber. Other fields of activity include healthcare, higher education, energy, infrastructure and retail.

    Practice head(s):

    Cassandra Auld

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Warren; Claire Thornber

    Testimonials

    ‘Cassandra Auld is an expert in her field, and can apply that extensive legal knowledge to very bespoke client commercial property needs and briefs, leading her team to deliver above and beyond client expectations.’

    Key clients

    Thorntons Limited

    Magell Limited

    Santander

    Regent Capital plc

    House of Hearing Limited

    Bannatyne Fitness Limited

    Smith Brothers Stores

    Dentex Healthcare Group Limited

    Building Design Partnership

    Freyssinet Limited

    Investec Bank plc

    Shawbrook Bank

    My Dentist

    Dickson Chemists

    Octopus Finance

    Real Life Options

    Viridor

    S Norton

    Safety-Kleen

    British Transport Police

    Build a Bear Workshop

    Work highlights

    • Advised Investec Bank plc on the financing of a large portfolio of medical practices across the UK with a value of c £20m.
    • Advising Magell on the sale of a retail investment in Glasgow for a price of c £15m.
    • Advising a Regent Capital Syndicate on a major recladding project of a large city centre hotel and further advising the same Syndicate on the proposed sale of the hotel for c £30m.

    Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

    Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP directs particular emphasis towards renewables, healthcare, hospitality and leisure assets. Practice head Michael Dewar is also active in the office and industrial fields, leveraging a track record of representing OMBs and family businesses. Found among the workload are property portfolio, development, acquisition, sale, leasing and title matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Dewar

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Adams; Andy McFarlane

    Testimonials

    ‘Strenths are the extremely strong relationships and the involvement/accessibility of partners. Truly teams where partners are involved in transactions and workstreams which is a real strength. Excel in managing complex transactions and issues. Extremely reliable and lots of value added services. Great value for money.’

    ‘Andy McFarlane – very bright and experienced individual. Skilled at managing difficult projects with complex legal issues. Very accessible and involved in work streams.’

     

    Key clients

    The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd

    Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd (t/a Gordon & MacPhail)

    Lovat Highland Estates Ltd

    RWE Renewables UK Swindon

    S. M. Bayne & Company Ltd

    Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre Ltd

    GAP Group Ltd

    Lotus Group Ltd

    Mellness Crofters Estate Ltd

    Renewable Energy Systems Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Representing and advising the landowners (Advised Melness Crofters Estate Limited) in the legal negotiation of commercial leases and other agreements for the United Kingdom’s first spaceport.
    • Advised Gordon and MacPhail in relation to the site acquisition, planning and construction process for a multi-million pound new distillery. The first major development in the Cairngorm National Park not to have attracted any objections.
    • Advised GAP Group Properties Limited in the purchase of a prominent pre-let 38,836 square foot office building in Glasgow city centre. GAP Group Properties Limited acquired Citypoint 2 where it will relocate its head office after outgrowing its current base.

    Bellwether Green

    Key strengths of Bellwether Green include investment, landlord and tenant, development, finance, portfolio management and fund work. John Bingham leads the practice with support from the ‘exemplarySteven Templeton.

    Practice head(s):

    John Bingham

    Other key lawyers:

    Steven Templeton

    Testimonials

    ‘Great people, all who really seems to understand our business needs, this seems to run from the top and throughout the business.’

    ‘They speak with directness and without fear even when delivering news that we sometimes do not want to hear. That sense of integrity and freedom to speak out seems to mark out the practice amongst its peers.’

    ‘Broad range of services but with specialist knowledge seemingly in all areas.’

    ‘John Bingham – thorough and professional. Provides confidence in the quality of the advice given.’

    ‘Stephen Templeton – approachable and calm manner and gets the job done seemingly with no fuss.’

    ‘They are an excellent firm with excellent individuals who understand and anticipate what we want to achieve and deliver that effectively, efficiently and without fuss.’

    ‘Good quality of advice from both partner and juniors.’

    ‘Steven Templeton is exemplary. The instructions are dealt with to an agreed timescale and Steven is highly professional and understands how my company works.’

    Key clients

    Pears Partnership Capital

    Creative Scotland Scottish Governments

    Belgate Group

    AmerisourceBergen Corporation

    Hachette UK Limited

    Liberty Global plc

    Virgin Media Limited

    Royal Bank of Canada

    Emerson Process Management

    Brookhouse Group Millions

    RSK Group Limited

    Vertu Motors plc

    Rothschild & Co Wealth Management UK Limited

    Briggs Equipment UK Limited

    The Homeless World Cup Foundation

    AGF Insurance Limited Part of Catalina Holdings

    St Brides Managers Global Real Estate Investment Managers.

    Dow Group Limited

    Silk (Maxwell Street) Limited

    Powar Developments Limited (Part of Leo Group)

    Work highlights

    • Advised on all Scots law matters in respect of the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Verdant Leisure Group Limited by the William Pears Group.
    • Advising on the Scots law aspects of the refinancing with North West Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust with Baker McKenzie advising on the English property and finance aspects.
    • Purchase of the long lease interest in Mercat Shopping Centre, Kirkcaldy from Mars Pensions Trustees Limited with subsequent new lettings to the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, Lloyds TSB, Peacocks, Clinton Cards, Claire’s Accessories and The Card Factory.

    Blackadders LLP

    Blackadders LLP is engaged on a mixture of local and Scots law referral work, acting on cross-border and portfolio deal, acquisitions, disposals, sale-leasebacks, landlord and tenant, development and investment deals. Fraser Hardie is the contact at partner-level and is particularly well-connected within the healthcare space.

    Practice head(s):

    Emma Gray

    Other key lawyers:

    Fraser Hardie; Azeem Arshad

    Key clients

    Hays Travel Limited

    Connection Flooring Limited

    BMI Healthcare Limited

    Highlander (Scotland) Properties Limited

    Tornado Wire Group

    ACASA Health Care Limited

    Drinkchain Limited

    Saphire Technologies Limited

    Chatham Properties (Scotland) Limited

    Fairstone Financial Management Limited

    Yaron Spector Real Estate

    Premier Housewares

    AG Restaurants Ltd (t/a McDonalds)

    DS Group (t/a Dominos and German Doner Kebab)

    MSG Group (t/a Dominos)

    Coffeepots (t/a Costa)

    Ancol International

    Arc Hospitality

    Aviat Networks

    Quadscot Engineering

    Zenta Engineering

    Land Sea Developments Limited

    Little Runway Records Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised DS Group t/a German Doner Kebab on its expansion program throughout Scotland.  
    • Advising Hays Travel on its portfolio of Scottish stores and new acquisitions.
    • Acting for Yarron Spector real estate in two investment acquisitions.

    Gilson Gray

    Under the leadership of Murray Stewart, Gilson Gray is active across hotel, leisure, office, industrial, residential, healthcare, rural, retail and mixed-use sites. The practice, which caters to investors, occupiers and developers, runs a broad workload and is adept in portfolio management, sales, acquisitions, leasehold transactions, headquarter developments and renewable energy projects, among other matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Murray Stewart

    Testimonials

    ‘The Gilson Gray property team are well-established. They have a broad range of clients and cover all aspects of property transactions. We have been a satisfied client for many years.’

    ‘Murray Stewart is the lead partner and provides significant value add. In addition to being a capable lawyer he always brings a deep commercial understanding to the situation and proactively suggests solutions to transactional sticking points/ or to identify risk areas and provide mitigations to those risks.’

    ‘We use Gilson Gray for all our commercial and residential property transactions. They are very diligent and more responsive than most solicitors we have dealt with in the past.’

     

    Key clients

    Brewdog plc

    GTC

    Albany Street Developments

    Granite City Developments

    Optimal Student Housing

    SRA Ventures Ltd

    Osso Limited

    Ivanhoe Printing Company Limited

    Interpath Advisory (formerly KPMG restructuring)

    Begbies Traynor

    Global Radio

    Eros Retail Limited

    Sharp Electronics

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Brewdog plc on lease of £1m flagship leisure offering within Waterloo Eurostar Terminal, London.
    • Advising Albany Street Developments on £3m residential townhouse development in Musselburgh.
    • Advising Optimal Student Housing (Aberdeen City) LLP in connection with the £3m purchase of a former Hilton Garden Inn.

    Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

    Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP fields a real estate team across Scotland, Newcastle, London and Bristol, among other locations. The team is particularly accomplished in respect of energy, office and retail assets, acting across leasing, finance, transactional and development matters. Paul Mason co-heads the practice alongside John Ralph.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Mason; John Ralph

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Kenneth

    Testimonials

    ‘Produce good quality work on projects and work as a team to solve complex problems. Good relationships formed with key individuals. Very willing and able to collaborate with our teams.’

    ‘Paul Mason – very approachable and skilled. Paul Kenneth – very diligent and skilled, friendly.’

    Key clients

    Renewable Energy Systems Limited

    Ashfield Land (Glasgow) Limited

    Statkraft UK Limited

    Airwave Solutions Limited

    Lloyds Banking Group (Scottish panel)

    Ministry of Justice (Scottish real estate)

    Brent Infrastructure IBV

    Post Office Limited (Scottish real estate)

    Smartsheet UK Limited

    Carpetright plc

    Superdrug Stores plc

    Savers Health and Beauty

    A large multi brand high street retailer

    The Perfume Shop

    Greggs plc

    Holland & Barrett Retail Limited

    Kans and Kandy Investments

    Caretech / Spark of Genius (education)

    Relendex Security Trustees Limited

    Augean PLC (Scottish real estate)

    Shell UK

    Hilltop Credit Partners

    Noriker Power

    Oche UK

    Tuli Group

    Black Sheep Coffee

    Triodos Bank

    Beer 52

    Bird & Blend Tea

    Hermes

    Tower Pension Trustees

    Hilltop Credit Partners Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Renewable Energy Systems Limited in their continuing development of onshore wind farm opportunities in Scotland.    
    • Acted for Cynergy Bank Limited in connection with a cross-border financing transaction involving a Scottish property in Glasgow.
    • Acted for Statkraft in the site assembly of a development site in Keith, next to the Scottish Hydro Electric power station.