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Gillespie Macandrew LLP

5 ATHOLL CRESCENT, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 225 1677
Fax:
Fax 0131 225 4519
DX:
113 EDINBURGH-1
Email:
Web:
www.gillespiemacandrew.co.uk

John B Stirling

Tel:
Work 0131 240 0774
Email:
Web:
www.gillespiemacandrew.co.uk/
Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Position

Partner and Solicitor-Advocate specialising in property litigation; (Danish Forestry Ltd v Scottish Coal Ltd, Sustainable Shetland v The Scottish Ministers), RSPB v Scottish Ministers, corporate reconstructions (Sportech plc Petitioner), Premier Oil plc, construction (Maxi Construction v Mortons Rolls; Holt v Colt), constitutional law (Clancy v Caird; Salvesen v Riddle), and charities (clerk to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Clerk to the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh).

Career

Trained W&J Burness WS; qualified 1992; WS 1998; WS council 2001-2003; partner Gillespie Macandrew 2001; WS clerk 2003-2008; solicitor advocate 2004; clerk RCPE 2004; Clerk to the incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh 2015; Linlithgow Pursuivant 2016.

Member

John is a WS, SSC and Notary Public. 
Also a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Education

The Glasgow Academy; Edinburgh University (1990 LLB (Hons); Dip LP).

Leisure

Fishing.


Scotland: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Gillespie Macandrew LLP’s contentious private client practice works closely with the firm’s dispute resolution team, and has a niche in land and rural business disputes concerning tax, estates and trusts. The group is also experienced in the removal of executors, proving the tenor of a will, legal rights and breach of duty claims. Agnes Mallon heads the practice, drawing on specialist knowledge of judicial factories and dealing with contentious executry administration, sometimes with a cross-border element. John Stirling handled a claim by the former wife of a high profile individual under an English Court settlement against the estate of her former husband. John McArthur is another key contact, with a focus on tax and succession disputes.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Gillespie Macandrew LLP has an excellent record in energy, water and waste projects. It has seen its portfolio of high quality work grow; recent matters have included hydrogen electrolysis projects, storage projects and solar projects. In addition, the firm undertakes projects in Scotland and England, and it benefits from the expertise of legal director Simon Williams, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law. The firm's first-rate reputation in the agricultural and rural sector puts it on a strong footing to advise on the associated complexities arising from onshore, offshore and island projects. In a big-ticket transaction, in 2017, Derek McCulloch and others advised Rio Tinto on the $410m sale of its UK assets, and power and smelting business at Lochaber and Blyth, to SIMEC. Another standout highlight saw John Stirling, Murray Shaw and Colin Hamilton act for Seagreen Wind Energy in the RSPB's high-profile judicial review of the combined consent of the Forth and Tay offshore wind farms. Hamilton made partner in 2017. Amy McDowell, Alan White, Fraser Leslie and legal director Susan Day are recommended. The firm has also won work from a number of new clients, including REG Power, Environmental Energy Investments Scotland Limited and Steelwind Nordenham. Senior solicitor Stewart Crosbie joined from Morton Fraser in 2017.

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Scotland: Real estate

Planning

Within: Planning

Gillespie Macandrew LLP's planning team is going from strength to strength, following the promotion to partner of Isobell Reid. In addition, Colin Hamilton also made partner, and then became the head of the practice. Active in both contentious and non-contentious matters, the firm's core focus is in its work for landowners, housebuilders, developers, market participants in the energy industry and public sector entities. Hamilton, solicitor advocate John Stirling and Fiona Cameron recently acted for Seagreen Wind Energy in a high-profile judicial review challenge brought by the RSPB over the development of the Forth and Tay offshore wind farms. In another matter, Cameron and Hamilton advised No Kingsford Stadium Limited on a potential judicial review of the decision to grant planning consent for Aberdeen FC's new stadium, which is to be built on greenbelt land.

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Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Gillespie Macandrew LLP is particularly active in land and rural sector sector property disputes, where it acts for clients such as housebuilders, estate owners and public sector organisations. Led by Fiona Cameron, its team provides advice on the full range of issues, such as tenancy disputes, nuisance, boundaries, encroachment and dilapidations. It also handles contentious issues arising from strategic development projects, including residential developments and renewable energy projects. Colin Hamilton and solicitor advocate John Stirling represented Seagreen Wind Energy Limited in RSPB's judicial review challenge of the Forth and Tay offshore wind farms combined consent. Isobell Reid is another notable individual in the team. Murray Shaw has retired from private practice.

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