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Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland in Scotland

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP is home to a number of the market’s most accomplished commercial property lawyers outside of the Central Belt with the team often leveraging the firm’s wider planning, tax, environment, construction and litigation capabilities. In Aberdeen, Tracey Menzies specialises in commercial and residential transactions and developments, with a particular focus on the office, housebuilding and build-to-rent (BTR) sectors. Elsewhere, Inverness-based Karren Smith‘s recent work spans land acquisitions, reorganisations and portfolio management matters. Senior associate Jenna McCosh (Aberdeen) is geared to support on development, leasing, asset management and finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Johane Murray

Other key lawyers:

Tracey Menzies; Karren Smith; Jenna McCosh


‘Depth of knowledge and skill in their sector.’

‘The team is friendly, responsive, and delivers all that we require in terms of quality of advice in a very timely manner.’

‘Tracey Menzies gives excellent support in the preparation of leases and property disposals which we regularly carry out as part of our daily business.’

‘Strength in numbers and the ability to look at a complex deal and help make it happen.’

‘Tracey Menzies is very commercial and to-the-point. She has the ability and experience to focus on the important points and not get bogged down with everything else.’

Key clients

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeenshire Council

Bancon Group

CALA Homes

Cater Property Investment

Cooke Aquaculture

Drum Property Group

GSS Developments

Knight Property Group

Lerwick Port Authority

Mandale Group

Montrose Port Authority


Tulloch Homes

University of Aberdeen

University of Edinburgh

University of West of Scotland

Warehouse 13

Workplace Commercial Estates

Work highlights

  • Acting for Elmford Ltd in the sale of land to Avant Homes for two phases of residential development at Robroyston in Glasgow.
  • Acting for Mandale in the purchase of a site in Edinburgh for residential development.
  • Acting for Knight Property Group in the pre-let and subsequent lease of the first unit at the industrial development at Belgrave Logistics Park, Bellshill, Lanarkshire.

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP has particular accomplishment in development, regeneration, investment, corporate occupier and finance affairs, with the Aberdeen-based team especially active within the energy, BTR, healthcare, housebuilding, retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. The main contacts include head of the firm’s housebuilding group Richard Goodfellow, an expert in residential and commercial development schemes, and John Strachan, a regular advisor to funders and developers on development transactions and affordable housing projects, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Scott Peterkin

Other key lawyers:

Richard Goodfellow; John Strachan; Yvonne Byrne


‘The team is particularly knowledgeable of Scottish property law and helpful in guiding English lawyers through the intricacies of buying property in Scotland.’

‘Yvonne Byrne is pragmatic and a good communicator.’

Key clients

Oceaneering International


John Clark Motor Group

Mains of Taymouth Ltd

Verdant Leisure

Pure Leisure

University of St Andrews

Air Products plc

Forum Energy Technologies (UK) Limited

Highland Fuels Limited

Scanbio Limited

Uppermill Farms


First Endeavour LLP

Levelling Up Real Estate

Bancon Homes


Snowdrop Developments

Henry Boot Developments

TGI Fridays

Work highlights

  • Advising University of St. Andrews and St Andrews West Properties Limited on their joint venture for the development of land for facilities, student accommodation, commercial uses, care homes and residential development known.
  • Advising John Clark Motor Group on various developments, including a new Jaguar Landrover flagship facility in Stirling, a dealership at Baird Avenue (Dundee), the refurbishment of Land Rover Newbridge, and a new Volvo dealership at Newbridge.
  • Acting for CBRE in respect of their 10-year lease of their new Aberdeen HQ within the Marischal Square development.


Active on leasing, investment, finance, asset management and development mandates, CMS‘s Aberdeen practice caters to a broad mixture of clients, including occupational leasers, investment funds and energy sector players thanks to the expertise of team head Carol Nisbet. The team, which also includes senior associate Karla Ritchie, often draws on the firm’s UK-wide funds, finance, construction, planning, environmental and litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Carol Nisbet; Paul Carter

Other key lawyers:

Karla Ritchie

Key clients

Opportunity North East

Storegga Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Knight Frank Investment Management


EnQuest plc Duncan & Todd Group


Hunting plc

Lloyds Register EMEA

Work highlights

  • Acting for Opportunity North East on the SeedPod development (Aberdeen) in excess of £21m.
  • Advising the UK decarbonisation developer, Storegga, on the development of a direct air capture facility in northeast Scotland.
  • Advised Columbia Threadneedle Investments on the £10.25m sale of Aviemore Retail Park.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Among the key strengths of Pinsent Masons LLP‘s practice are commercial and residential development and regeneration schemes. The Aberdeen-based team is led by Rodney Whyte, an expert in housebuilding who often handles planning matters, s75 agreements, large-scale developments, and transactions. Also immersed within the housebuilding sector is senior associate Michael Shepherd, who provides advice in relation to acquisitions, sales and title examinations.

Practice head(s):

Rodney Whyte

Other key lawyers:

Michael Shepherd


‘Excellent engagement from the associates.’

‘A team with fantastic attention to detail alongside the ability to look at the wider objective.’

‘Rodney Whyte is an absolute expert in his field – a consummate and knowledgeable professional able to deal with the contractual intricacies of development deals.’

Key clients

CALA Group

BDW Trading Limited

Avant Homes (Scotland) Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

GSS Developments (Aberdeen) Limited


Taqa Bratani

Aberdeen Harbour Board

Mactaggart & Mickel

Bellway Homes Limited

Bancon Homes

Watt Taylor Limited

Robertson Homes Limited

John Dick (Farming) Limited

Almond Valley Limited

TLW Trading Properties Limited

Cruden Homes



Oakridge Properties Limited

China Triumph Engineering Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cala in their 900-unit development at Builyeon Road (South Queensferry) including the acquisition and site assembly of the development, all planning and utilities advice, and the sale of 2 phases of the development to Lovell Partnerships.
  • Advised Almond Valley Limited on development of land at Almond Valley Village (Perth) including the acquisition and site assembly of the development, as well as all planning and utilities advice.
  • Advised Ropemaker Properties Limited on numerous transactions across Scotland, involving hotel premises, distribution warehouses, and student accommodation.

Aberdein Considine

At Aberdein Considine, the workload is spread across acquisitions, disposals, development, finance and leasing affairs. The main point of contact is Gemma Perfect in Aberdeen, whose recent work spans the oil and gas, construction, financial services and healthcare sectors; she is supported by Lindsey McDiarmid, who routinely handles residential and rural sites.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jennings

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Perfect; Lindsey McDiarmid


‘Very approachable and easy to deal with. A robust, professional team that really takes the time to understand you.’

‘Very personable – they deal with you and treat you like a person, not a number or a means of making money out of.’

Key clients

Handelsbanken plc

A & L Porter Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Greggs Plc

Faro Group

Santander UK plc

SIPP (Pension Trustees) Limited

James F Donald (Aberdeen Cinemas) Limited

City Restoration Project Ltd

Indigo Sun Retail Limited

Web Pharmacy Limited

G.S. Brown Construction Limited

Ayres Wynd Developments Limited

Concept Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Handelsbanken plc with a number of finance transactions across a mix of industrial and residential developments across Scotland.
  • Advised Greggs Plc on new flagship drive-thru units across Scotland.
  • Advised Porter Pharmacy Group on the acquisition of two pharmacies from a leading national pharmacy group.

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP is equipped to support on the full remit of development, investment, landlord and tenant, acquisition and disposal matters. Dundee-based team head Emma Gray has particular accomplishment in the self-invested personal pension (SIPP) and affordable housing sectors; she is a regular advisor to housebuilders and developers on site acquisitions, assembly matters, and option agreements. Other recommended individuals include Stuart King (Dundee) and Neil Robb (Aberdeen).

Practice head(s):

Emma Gray

Other key lawyers:

Stuart King; Neil Robb

Key clients

Scape Homes Limited

Salvation Army Trading

AG Restaurants Ltd

DS Group

A & J Stephen

Morris Leslie Group

BMI Healthcare

Hays Travel

Curtis Banks

James Hay Pension Trustees


Work highlights

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Ledingham Chalmers LLP counts commercial leasing, development, investment, licensing and transactional support among its core strengths, and is a regular advisor to housebuilders, energy and hospitality entities. The practice is co-led from Aberdeen by David Scott, an expert in planning who often handles the lease, sale and purchase of hotels and licensed premises, and John Mitchell, regarded for his knowledge of office, retail and industrial assets in leasing and development matters.

Practice head(s):

John Mitchell; David Scott

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Morrice; Graeme Myles


‘An excellent team who support our housebuilding business through a range of aspects from land purchase, property lettingthrough to house sales completions. The integrated nature of the support and the focus on our business requirements is excellent.’

‘Stand out partners include John Mitchell and David Scott.’

‘Reliable, responsive, timely and efficient in taking forward transactions.’

Key clients

Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP

Plexus Ocean Systems Limited

Streamline Shipping Agencies Limited

Storegga Limited

John Codona Pleasure Fairs Limited

Carlton Rock Limited

AROS (Isle of Skye) Limited

Kirkwood Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Kirkwood Homes Limited on the acquisition of multiple development sites.
  • Advised Streamline Shipping Group, a freight and logistics operator, on a number of leasing and restructuring matters.
  • Acted for Storegga Limited in the lease of new office in Westhill to account for an expansion in the workforce.

Thorntons Law LLP

Active on transactional, landlord and tenant, development, investment and finance matters, Thorntons Law LLP is noted for its expertise across the education, social housing, retail, healthcare and energy sectors. Practice co-head Ewan Miller‘s transactional experience attracts a number of Scottish universities, colleges, pharmacies and dental chains, while fellow co-head Janet McIntyre is reputed for her cross-border capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Ewan Miller; Janet McIntyre

Other key lawyers:

David Milne; Nicola McCafferty; Kyle Moir


‘I find that they have a very knowledgeable and helpful team. Importantly they are able to identify and deal with key issues giving practical advice in a way that is easy to understand.’

‘I have generally dealt with David Milne who I find to be excellent. He takes ownership of transactions and provides practical and relevant advice. I find him to be approachable, helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Calm, confident and approachable. Always happy to help.’

Key clients

Members of Castle Stuart Golf LLP

University of Stirling

GM Ventures Limited


Eddy’s Food Station

Scotch Whisky Investments Limited

Bank of Scotland Plc

Cullross Ltd

Teamcard Limited

Bauer Radio Limited

Playfair Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Scotch Whisky investments on the acquisition of a marque site for their proposed global headquarters in Fife.
  • Advising a social housing developer, Cullross Ltd, on the acquisition and subsequent sale of a brownfield development site close to Dundee City Centre.
  • Advised members of Castle Stuart Golf LLP in the sale of members’ interests.

Harper Macleod LLP

Ross Thomson leads the Inverness-based practice at Harper Macleod LLP and is praised for his purchase and sale, leasing, finance and corporate support; he and the team have particular accomplishment in deals encompassing the healthcare, leisure and hospitality sectors, many of which involve a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):

Ross Thomson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Kerr; Euan Bowie


‘My main contacts are Andrew Kerr, Euan Bowie and Ross Thomson. Their guidance and advice is excellent and they always keep me updated even during difficult transactions where we are having limited feedback from the other side. I always learn something when I’m working with them.’

‘Andrew Kerr, Euan Bowie and Ross Thomson are all incredibly supportive. They help to take the stress out of the difficult aspects of property sales and also offer up ambiguity-free advice.’

‘They respond quickly and deal efficiently with our requests.’

‘Able to respond quickly with reasoned advice.’

Key clients

Scotia Homes Group

MacDonald & Muir Limited

Orion Engineering Services Retirement Benefit Scheme

Morrison Community Care (CCG) Holdco Limited

L Williamson Limited

QA Fish Limited

Portman Healthcare (Properties) Limited

Forsyths Limited

Nairn Golf Club

Cairngorms Taverns Ltd

Medivet Group

Scottish Natural Heritage

Moray Council

MacKenzie Harris Ltd

Ardersier Port Ltd

Orbital Express Launch Ltd

GDF Commercial Limited

Caley Timber & Construction Services Limited

Shetland Recreational Trust

Shetland Amenity Trust

Wester Ross Fisheries Group

Whiterow Properties Limited

Saltire Business Parks Limited

Inceptum2 Solutions Limited

Myrekirk Developments Limited

G & A Barnie Group

Tulloch Homes Group

Upland Group

James Keiller Property Group

Hazledene Group

Meallmore Limited

Boyd Brothers Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Parkland Developments Limited

James Evans & Sons Limited

Gael Force Group

Rathven Investments Limited

Independent Vetcare Limited


Clydesdale Bank Plc


Bank of Scotland Plc

Ocean Kinetics Limited

Compass Building & Construction Services Limited

James Evans & Sons Limited

Whinhurst Properties Limited

Ardent Property Group

Loch Ness Homes Limited

Clyde Munro Dental Group

GF Job Limited

Craigton Foods Limited

Morrison Community Care Group

St Giles Shopping Centre Holdings Limited

Tulloch Developments Limited

Highland Home Carers Limited

Craigton Foods Limited

Angus Council

Louisville Properties Limited

Charlestown Holdings SSAS

KW1 (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised James Keiller Group on the acquisition of a new retail park comprising in excess of 70,000 square feet.
  • Advised Clydesdale Bank plc on the refinancing of the Glen Mhor Hotel Group and the funding of their new Brewstillery development.
  • Advised GDF Commercial on an Inverness-based property investment deal with tenants including Halfords.


Lindsays‘ Dundee office is fronted by David Rose, an expert in acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters, renewable energy projects, developments, investments and financings. The team is especially well-regarded within the leisure, hospitality and housebuilding sectors; Darren Leahy is an essential contact within the latter space.

Practice head(s):

David Rose

Other key lawyers:

Darren Leahy


‘We have a long-standing relationship with the practice – a friendly, approachable and pragmatic team.’

‘Darren Leahy is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Nothing is ever a problem or a challenge. He is diligent and always professional.’

Key clients

Persimmon Homes Limited

DJ Laing Limited

Scotia Capital Partners Limited

Kilmac Properties Limited

GL Residential Limited

Greystone Estates (Scotland) Limited

Ground Developments Limited

Agile Energy Recovery (Inverurie) Limited

Invertay Homes

Stork Technical Services UK Limited

Work highlights

Stronachs LLP

Stronachs LLP runs a workload spanning acquisitions, disposals, leasing, finance, development and investment endeavours. The Aberdeen-based team includes Liz Stewart, an expert in development-related land purchases, renewable energy projects and option agreements, and Emma Stephen, who handles title and development transactions for residential property developers, compulsory purchase matters and environmentally contaminated sites.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Liz Stewart; Emma Stephen

Key clients

Global Energy Group

Strathdee Properties Limited

Peterson (UK) Limited

Spex Services Limited

Xodus Group Limited

DOF Subsea UK Limited

Morlich Homes Limited

Work highlights