Kenneth Irons > Gillespie Macandrew LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Work Department

Commercial Property


Commercial property and property finance advice, acting for multinationals and large corporate clients, SMEs and family businesses in the finance, investment, retail, development, energy and waste management sectors. Advising clients in the development of an anaerobic digestion facility; acting for clients in a complex sale of land for a supermarket redevelopment and advising a fund management business on its lease of prestigious Edinburgh offices; acting for a multinational manufacturer in the Scottish aspects of a £125m refinance transaction; providing advice to a major multinational retailer in connection with its Scottish operations; advising a FTSE 250 company on its lease of new Aberdeen offices.


Trained Dundas & Wilson CS; qualified 1993; assistant Dundas & Wilson CS 1991-95; assistant McGrigor Donald 1995-2002; associate McClure Naismith 2002-06; associate Archibald Campbell & Harley 2006; partner Archibald Campbell & Harley 2007-10; partner Gillespie Macandrew 2011. Contributor to ‘Greens Scottish Surveyors Factbook’ 2010 to date.


Director of Inch Park Community Sports Club, 2008 to date.


George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh; Dundee University (1990, LLB Hons; 1991, Diploma in Legal Practice).


Rugby and other sports, cooking and music.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

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

Scotland > Finance > Banking and finance

The banking team at Gillespie Macandrew LLP has particular expertise in peer-to-peer debt funding and acts for a significant number of the peer-to-peer agents and lenders operating in Scotland. Also notable is the firm’s substantial track record in the agriculture and estates, real estate and energy sectors, and in the SME bridging market, where the practice continues to handle a significant volume of deals. The group is jointly led by Kenneth IronsChristopher Smith and Gregor Peebles; Irons and Peebles handle property finance work.