Rising Stars

Construction in Scotland

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP is the first port of call for numerous blue chips, investors, developers and contractors in large-scale projects and associated disputes. Practice co-head Louise Shiels specialises in contentious mandates, many of which have recently encompassed the healthcare and energy sectors, and is supported by Manus Quigg, an expert in construction insurance, as well as David Arnott and Christopher Duff, whose experience spans fire protection and cladding disputes. Fellow co-head Alistair Mclean heads up the firm’s non-contentious offering and has recently been involved in residential, mixed-use and regeneration projects, meanwhile Jane McMonagle's workload ranges from demolition and decommissioning projects to commercial office and social housing developments.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McLean; Louise Shiels

Other key lawyers:

David Arnott; Manus Quigg; Christopher Duff; Jane McMonagle; Kirsteen Milne; Erica Johnston


‘The team are responsive and supportive when we are working to tight timescales, which is crucial to our business and marks Brodies out from other firms.’

‘Kirsteen Milne is great at getting into the detail of what we are really looking to achieve in a commercial agreement and finding a practical way of getting us what we need.’

‘Christopher Duff brings a calm and measured perspective to complex disputes and navigates a clear path through to achieving a cost-effective resolution.’

‘I value the industry-specific knowledge and expertise which Brodies provide as well as their highly focused and strategic perspective in helping to resolve commercial and contractual challenges.’

‘David Arnott has stood out for us over many years in his ability to quickly cut through the noise and get to the heart of the key issues which materially affect outcomes.’

‘Brodies have expert knowledge of both Scots and England and Wales law. I find that they are all very approachable and provide clear and concise advice and are responsive to our needs in both contentious and non-contentious matters, North and South of the border.’

‘David Arnott is our go-to lawyer on contentious matters – a very knowledgeable and experienced individual.’

‘Erica Johnston is knowledgeable, hardworking and always available when needed.’

Key clients

Drum Property Group

McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd


Robertson Construction Group

Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd

Amey Power Services Ltd

Balfour Beatty

John Graham Construction

Kier Construction Limited



EQT Exeter

Am Trust Europe Limited

Beck Interiors Limited

Cruden Building (Scotland) Limited

Apache Capital Partners

Ediston Real Estate


KSL Capital Partners

Last Mile Asset Management

Whyte & Mackay

Work highlights

  • Advising Multiplex on the delivery and completion of the £490m construction of the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow; on contentious disputes arising out of the delivery and on the completion of the £150m construction of the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
  • Advising Bruntwood Met Tower Limited on the construction aspects of the redevelopment of the Met Tower (Glasgow) into a digital and tech hub.
  • Advising EQT Exeter on the mixed-use development of industrial floorspace and residential apartments in Bermondsey (London).

Pinsent Masons LLP

Under the leadership of Louise Forster and Michael Allan, Pinsent Masons LLP is well equipped to handle contentious and non-contentious matters, many of which pertain to large-scale infrastructure and energy sector projects. Forster anchors the team’s contentious offering, leading on high-profile disputes such as public inquiries, while Allan is the main contact in the non-contentious arena; his recent work has involved a number of residential projects. Other recommended individuals include Colin Fraser, an expert in UK-wide infrastructure contracts, Nicholas Carlin, a go-to in the renewable energy space for his expertise in supply chain arrangements, and Fiona Rossetter, who was promoted to legal director in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Louise Forster; Michael Allan

Other key lawyers:

Colin Fraser; Nicholas Carlin; Scott Johnston; Craig Morrison; Simona Williamson


‘Excellent advice that does not sit on the fence. It is worth a lot more towards making key business decisions as to the next step in dealing with a contractual or commercial issue.’

‘Top level individuals across a range of relevant expertise. The practice works well as a team and is quick to identify who is best to lead a given situation.’

‘Scott Johnston is a standout in the industry – he has the impressive ability to grasp complex and often technical matters very quickly.’

Key clients

HF Developments

Balfour Beatty

BP plc

Port of Aberdeen

Barclays Bank plc

Galliford Try/Morrison

City of Edinburgh Council

AXA Group

Integrated Health Solutions Lothian

Winchburgh Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised HFD Construction Group Limited on the construction, letting and sale of 177 Bothwell Street in one of the largest single Scottish office investment transactions.
  • Advised Integrated Health Solutions Lothian on the public inquiry concerning the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus (Glasgow).
  • Advised Harper Collins Publishers Limited on the construction of a 500,000 sq. ft. industrial distribution centre and offices at Nova Business Park (Glasgow).

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP‘s expertise spans the renewable energy sector, from waste management to wind and solar projects, in addition to housing and commercial developments. Gavin Paton, who handles student accommodation and build-to-rent (BTR) schemes delivered through various procurement routes, and James Forbes, an expert in renewable energy projects, are essential contacts in the non-contentious space. The ports and harbour sector is an area of particular strength for Andrew Little, who was promoted to partner in August 2022.

Other key lawyers:

James Forbes; Gavin Paton; Chris Mackay; Andrew Little; Caroline Maciver; Mark Kirke


‘Collaboration is a key standout for me. Great partnership within the team across a range of projects.’

‘Approachable team that easily translates technical wording for the layman. Always at the end of the phone for any discussions.’

‘Andrew Little is readily available, knows what he’s talking about at all times, and is down-to-earth.’

‘A team of highly respected individuals who are great at getting into the details of a matter whilst still maintaining sight of the bigger picture.’

‘Qualified and dedicated personnel who work well together. Excellent use is made of IT systems for both meetings and distributing documents.’

‘They provide clear and unambiguous instructions as to the requirements of expert reports. Personnel are open to discussion to explore alternative views and respond quickly to requests for information and clarification as to requirements.’

Key clients

hub West

Port of Cromarty Firth

Heimstaden Bostad

Urbanite (Glasgow) Limited

Van Oord UK Limited

Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners

Glen Grant Limited

Galliford Try

Graham Construction


Work highlights

  • Advised hub West Scotland on various infrastructure projects over the past decade.
  • Advised Port of Cromarty Firth on the £31m development of Invergordon Service Base, which involved the design and construction of a new quayside and laydown area.
  • Advised Pencloe Wind Energy Limited on the construction aspects of Pencloe Wind Farm, a proposed development of 19 turbines and associated infrastructure with an anticipated generating capacity of 85.5 MW.


CMS is geared to support on large-scale developments which pertain to the healthcare, education, energy, retail and leisure sectors. Shona Frame specialises in construction dispute resolution, an area in which senior associate Laura West excels, acting on a wealth of construction delays, defects and cost fluctuations, among other issues. Frame co-leads the team alongside Christine Worthington who handles much of the firm’s non-contentious mandates, often working alongside construction contract and procurement expert, Christopher Dickson.

Practice head(s):

Shona Frame; Christine Worthington

Other key lawyers:

Rob Wilson; Christopher Dickson; Laura West


‘Extremely collaborative and able to navigate complex issues on projects, always delivering to demanding timescales.’

‘Christine Worthington is a leader in the sector. Her breadth and diversity is invaluable when seeking innovative solutions to complex challenges.’

‘We have a long-standing relationship so they understand our business. This is invaluable in providing tailored advice.’

Key clients

SSE plc


Scottish Water

Northern Ireland Water

Land Securities

Tilbury Douglas

Balfour Beatty

Galliford Try


Laing O’Rourke

MGroup Services

Aberdeen Standard Investments



Union Investment


City of Edinburgh Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Renfrewshire Council




National Grid


Work highlights

  • Advising Fife College on the new Dunfermline Learning Campus.
  • Advising Arrow Capital Partners on one of the largest single asset warehousing acquisitions in the UK.
  • Advising Gleneagles Hotel on their new Gleneagles Townhouse hotel in Edinburgh.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn  is a regular port of call for developers, contractors, housing associations and investors in non-contentious and contentious construction matters. The former is an area of expertise for team head Euan McLeod, whose recent work has included a number of high-profile redevelopment projects, while consultant Lauren Thomson‘s expertise extends to housing and commercial developments. Solicitor advocate Iain Drummond is the main contact for construction and engineering disputes, including professional negligence claims, with recent work spanning the healthcare, education and energy sectors; he is often supported by private finance expert, Nathaniel Buckingham.

Practice head(s):

Euan McLeod

Other key lawyers:

Iain Drummond; Colin Archibald; Euan Murray; Lauren Thomson; Nathaniel Buckingham

Key clients

Balfour Beatty plc

City of Edinburgh Council

Acciona Industrial S.A.

Wheatley Group

Moray Offshore Wind Farm (West) Limited

Offshore Wind Power Limited

British Land

Mangata Networks

Tilstone Partners Limited

JPMorgan Chase

Work highlights

  • Advising Wheatley Group – a major Scottish social housing provider – on a £500m contractor framework agreement.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council on construction contracts for the redevelopment of Meadowbank in Edinburgh.
  • Advising Acciona Industrial S.A. on the £680m London-based Energy From Waste plant.

Addleshaw Goddard

With construction dispute specialist Anne Struckmeier (Edinburgh) at the helm, Addleshaw Goddard‘s contentious expertise translates into regular instructions arising from delays, defects and payment notices, among other issues, and is bolstered by the expertise of legal director Peter Clyde. Elsewhere, clients, including developers, contractors, energy sector players and funds, often instruct the team to assist with non-contentious mandates. Transactional expert Gordon Anderson is an essential contact in this space and, through his previous experience in London, continues to handle both Scottish and English projects.

Practice head(s):

Anne Struckmeier

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Anderson; Peter Clyde


‘The team have taken the time to really understand the client, such that they are able to act both strategically and tactically on our behalf.’

‘They are a very personable team, including the incredible Gordon Anderson – always attentive and accessible.’

‘Peter Clyde is excellent and can always be relied upon to provide good, commercially driven advice.’

‘Peter Clyde is a standout individual on the team and is my go-to construction disputes lawyer in Scotland.’

Key clients


Caudwell Properties

Maven Capital Partners



BT plc


Maslow Capital

Dominvs Group

Ove Arup

Work highlights

  • Advised Caudwell on the development of super prime residences in Mayfair, London.
  • Advised Bywater Properties on the development of a low-carbon workspace in London.
  • Advised Blackstone on the redevelopment of its logistics portfolio.


With procurement expert Mark Macaulay (Glasgow) heading up Dentons‘ construction practice, the team is well-equipped in the non-contentious arena. Macaulay is a regular port of call for Scottish, UK-wide and international development, infrastructure and energy sector projects and the group also has a strong profile for contentious work in the transport sector, including rail, ports and roads, due not least to the expertise of the Edinburgh-based Kirsti Olson. Also active in the contentious sphere is Linzi Hedalen, who was promoted to partner in May 2022. Paul Young departed for Shepherd and Wedderburn in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mark Macaulay

Other key lawyers:

Kirsti Olson; Linzi Hedalen; Sarah Alexander


‘The people are very proactive and responsive with impressive IT skills.’

‘Mark Macaulay is simply the best construction lawyer in Scotland for his practical and pragmatic guidance.’

‘Kirsti Olsen is a top-class contentious construction lawyer who creates confidence with clients, argues coherently and advises honestly and directly.’

‘Strong in construction law and very communicative with clients.’

‘Excellent work from Linzi Hedalen, Kirsti Olson, Sarah Alexander.’

‘Kirsti Olson and the team are a delight to work with – very reactive and quick to get to the centre of the issue and provide sound practical advice.’

‘Kirsti Olson is a leading construction disputes lawyer – tenacious, astute and practical.’

Key clients


P & O Ferries

Energy Vault

Jacobs Engineering Group

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Prudential Assurance Company

Clyde Gateway URC

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Ruskhim LLC


Work highlights

  • Advising Britishvolt on the £2.5bn development of a landmark 30GWh electric vehicle battery production manufacturing facility in Blyth, Northumberland.
  • Advising The Prudential Assurance Company Limited on all construction aspects of the prestigious, mixed-use development at Haymarket, Edinburgh.
  • Assisted Capita Property & Infrastructure Limited with an action raised in the Court of Session by Greater Glasgow Health Board.

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has particular expertise in the drafting and management of construction and engineering contracts, such as those concerned with the provision of affordable housing, in addition to procurement law matters and contract disputes. In Edinburgh, infrastructure and projects head Euan Pirie is a key contact for non-contentious work, while Laura McCorquodale is a go-to for construction and engineering disputes, including professional negligence claims. Michael Conroy (Glasgow) handles a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work. Clients include contractors, public sector bodies and housing associations.

Practice head(s):

Michael Conroy; Euan Pirie; Laura McCorquodale

Other key lawyers:

John McHugh; Sandy Hastie


‘They have established an excellent reputation in a short amount of time. Their IT systems and platforms are excellent at handling the volume of papers involved in such large construction disputes.’

‘Laura McCorquodale is a standout in this area. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in construction disputes. She has been proactive in developing the team into the force it is.’

‘Laura McCorquodale’s strength lies in her communication skills – she gives incredibly user-friendly and clear advice.’

‘Sandy Hastie is a star and one of the best litigation partners in Scotland. He is knowledgeable about all areas of law and has the eye for detail that is essential in construction disputes.’

‘An increasingly prominent player in the contentious construction sector.’

‘Sandy Hastie, John McHugh, and Laura McCorquodale are all very impressive.’

‘Laura McCorquodale has considerable experience of adjudication and has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s presence in the market.’

Key clients

Providence Gate Group Holdings Limited/Providence Gate Saulmore Bay Limited

Orbital Express Launch Limited

hub North Scotland Limited

Oaknorth Bank plc

Marketgait Developments Limited

Fife Council

PRA Group (UK) Limited

Forest & Land Scotland

North Ayrshire Council



Historic Environment Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised Providence Gate Group Holdings Limited/Providence Gate Saulmore Bay Limited on a proposed golf, leisure and residential development which is set to rival the Trump Golf Development at Menie, Aberdeenshire.
  • Advising North Ayrshire Council on the development of a new community campus on the disused former Shell site at the North Shore in Ardrossan.
  • Advising Orbital Express Launch Limited on the contract negotiation and management of the design and construction of a vertical launch site named Space Hub Sutherland.

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern is a regular advisor to public and private sector clients in contentious and non-contentious matters. Much of its work pertains to infrastructure and education sector projects though the practice also handles renewable energy, hotel and regeneration projects, with Martin Whiteford serving as the go-to contact in the latter space; he co-heads the practice with Alistair Dean, Karyn Watt and Pat Loftus, all of whom possess expertise on the contentious front.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Dean; Karyn Watt; Martin Whiteford; Pat Loftus


‘Forming part of a large, respected and historic firm, the construction team lives up to high standards of results-driven and client-focused work.’

‘Karyn Watt is a dynamic team leader who inspires loyalty and affection with her proactive but light-touch style.’

‘Karyn Watt leads a team which in my experience is very able and hardworking. They respond quickly and flexibly to client demands.’

Key clients

Scottish Government/Transport Scotland

Ove Arup

University of the Highlands and Islands

Wills Bros Civil Engineering

Iceland Foods Limited

Eurowind Energy

Victoria Square Woking Limited/Woking Borough Council

Midlothian Council

S1 Developments Limited

Axcel Hospitality

Infinite Renewables Group Limited

Effective Project Solutions Limited

Vento Ludens

O’Hare and McGovern Ltd

CCG Scotland Limited

J. Smart & Co

Caber House Limited

Haven Health Care Limited

Falkirk Council

Pitmain and Glenbanchor Ltd

Ripple Energy Limited

Greenforty Development Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the developers of the Victoria Square Woking project on all construction matters. This project includes 125,000 sq ft of commercial space, two thirty storey residential towers and a hotel.
  • Advising the Buccleuch Group on the construction of a £25m low-carbon innovation centre at Shawfair Business park, Midlothian.
  • Advising Ripple Energy on the development of the 18mw Kirk Hill Wind Farm.

Davidson Chalmers Stewart

With director Simone Young, a transactional expert, heading up Davidson Chalmers Stewart‘s construction practice, the team is well-equipped to handle non-contentious matters. Clients, including developers and commercial tenants, instruct the team to assist with residential, mixed-use and refurbishment projects, as well as associated transactions, leases and loan facilities. It further draws on the firm’s wider dispute resolution group to provide a contentious offering.

Practice head(s):

Simone Young

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Lancaster

Key clients

Tartan Leisure Limited

Lateral City Limited

Chris Stewart Group

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Peveril Securities Limited

Scarborough Hermiston Limited

Artfarm Property Limited

Pegasus Fire Protection Company Limited

AC Whillans Racing

Black Sheep Coffee Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Tartan Leisure Limited in connection with the design and construction of an inland, artificial surf wavegarden with associated leisure and accommodation facilities in a disused quarry in West Lothian.
  • Advised Peveril Securities Limited on the design and construction of a mixed-use development at Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
  • Advised Artfarm Property Limited in connection with the extensive refurbishment of an existing category B listed hotel, mews and dairy buildings at Braemar, to include the construction of a new build leisure complex and restaurant.

Morton Fraser MacRoberts

Morton Fraser MacRoberts‘s Edinburgh-based construction team (the result of the late-2023 merger between Morton Fraser and MacRoberts LLP) is geared to support on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Jonathan Seddon is the main contact in the latter space, where he is often supported by legal director Mimi Stewart, acting for developers and funders in commercial projects spanning a broad range of real estate assets. Following the merger, the practice now also fields Neil Kelly, Jennifer McKay, David Wilson, Gavin Thomson and Mike Barlow.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Seddon

Other key lawyers:

Mimi Stewart; Julie Scott-Gilroy; Neil Kelly; Jennifer McKay; David Wilson; Gavin Thomson; Mike Barlow; Rebecca Barrass


‘Experienced construction team who are tuned in to their clients’ requirements. They provide sound advice and effectively manage what can often be challenging situations.’

‘The team are very proactive, providing clients with sound commercial advice based on solutions to situations rather than just reporting on the issues.’

‘Mimi Stewart is a very skilled lawyer who quickly grasps the key issues in any situation and provides advice based on sound commercial as well as legal considerations.’

Key clients

Diageo Scotland Limited

BAM Properties Limited



Phoenix Capital

WG Propco

City of Edinburgh Council

Transport Scotland

Aberdeen City Council

HAUS Architects

Oberlanders Architects

Work highlights

  • Advising BAM Properties on the letting of the eight-storey office development at Capital Square, Edinburgh.
  • Advising 6AQ in the letting of the refurbished office development at Atlantic Quay, Glasgow.
  • Advising Diageo on the lease and refurbishment of new office space at the Onyx Building, Glasgow.

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP‘s contentious expertise attracts a mixture of insurers, housing associations, contractors and developers and translates into regular instructions arising from design and construction defects, contract terminations and insurance-related issues. Practice head and construction dispute expert Fraser Hopkins is an essential contact in this space. Senior associate Michael Kitson anchors the team’s non-contentious work, which is often embedded in a transactional context.

Practice head(s):

Fraser Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Mark Morton; Alan Eadie; Michael Kitson


‘Very detailed review of the case and good communication with clients.’

‘Fraser Hopkins stands out as enthusiastic and knowledgeable.’

‘Fraser Hopkins and Michael Kitson were proactive and constructive at all times.’

‘A wide and diverse range of capability meaning almost all types of disputes can be properly represented in-house.’

‘A personable approach to our business and the individuals within our business – they take the time to understand our business’ philosophy and overall strategy, offering up alternative views and angles.’

‘I have always found BTO to be responsive to requests, providing solid and timely advice in difficult circumstances for our business.’

‘Fraser Hopkins is an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner whose advice is provided in a succinct manner.’

Key clients


AXA XL/Chubb

New College Lanarkshire

Bearsden Golf Club

Trelleborg Offshore & Construction AB

Partick Housing Association Limited

Gilbert-Ash Limited

Argyll Community Housing Association Limited

Bell Building Projects Limited

Calma Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting through multiple successive insurers for a global technical services provider in connection with multiple claims at litigation and core participant involvement in a public inquiry concerning alleged design and construction defects, and resulting public health risks, arising out of the construction and commissioning of both the Edinburgh RHCYP/DCN and Glasgow QEUH hospitals.
  • Advising a main contractor prior to and throughout a £4m dispute in relation to the construction of a new hotel in the south of England.
  • Advising a national housebuilder on the construction aspects of the sale of its housebuilding and timber frame manufacturing business to a UK plc.


DWF’s Scottish construction team has recently been bolstered with Edinburgh-based Jonathan Gaskell joining from MacRoberts LLP in October 2022, and director Katherine Doran (Glasgow) joining from HFW in April 2022. Gaskell anchors the non-contentious offering and is active on commercial, regeneration and infrastructure projects, while Doran is the main contact for contentious work, such as renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

David McNeice

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Gaskell; Katherine Doran


‘They are professional, knowledgeable and experienced. They ensure a collaborative approach from the beginning.’

‘Their unique and free-of-charge training was very useful for a foreign company as a newcomer to the UK construction market.’

‘I personally appreciated their knowledge, experience and professionalism.’

Key clients


Ocean Winds



Severn Trent Water

Innocent Drinks


Aberdeen City Council

Whitbread / Premier Inn


Work highlights

  • Acting for Gülermak, a leading Turkish engineering and construction company, tendering for the Washwood Heath depot and NCC as part of the HS2 project.
  • Assisting Aberdeen City Council with the preparation of construction documents for use in the Aberdeen City Council City Vision Programme.
  • Successfully acting for Severn Trent Water in an adjudication commenced by a local council.


With the addition of Ian McCann (Edinburgh) from CMS in April 2022, the construction and engineering team at Shoosmiths is well-equipped to guide clients through various non-contentious matters. Much of McCann's recent work pertains to the provision of affordable housing and developments in the retail and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Garner; Ian McCann

Other key lawyers:

Nina Oliver

Key clients

Sigma Capital Property Limited

Housing Growth Partnership

PfP Capital Fund

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Lush Retail Limited

Screwfix Direct Limited

New Age

Sigma Capital Property Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Sigma Capital Property on purchase and construction contracts for a site at South Queensferry for the development of 185 PRS units.
  • Advised Housing Growth Partnership on their investment in Scotia Homes Limited.
  • Advised PFP Capital Fund on a variation to the existing development funding agreement for a residential development consisting of 151 flats for mid-market rent at Newhall Street, Glasgow.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is retained to assist with non-contentious matters, which are often transactional in nature, for a mixture of retailers, developers, housebuilders, banks and energy sector players. The main contact is Lisa Dromgoole (Edinburgh), who was promoted to partner in May 2022; her expertise further spans contentious mandates, including public inquiries, fire protection and cladding disputes, among others.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Dromgoole

Other key lawyers:

Rosie Gollan

Key clients

Adston UK Limited


Hargreaves Services plc

Bowmer & Kirkland Limited

Robertson Group

Ashfield Land Retail Developers Limited

Bouygues Energy & Services Limited

Greggs plc

Triodos Bank UK plc

Shell UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Triodos Bank UK plc with multiple projects, including a refinancing and a separate funding to a national care home provider.
  • Advising Shell UK Limited on the relocation and fit out of its new headquarters in Aberdeen.
  • Assisted Hutchison 3G UK Limited with the design, construction and completion (including contractual matters) of fit-out works to the first floor offices at 123 St Vincent Road, Glasgow.