Firm Profile > TLT > Edinburgh , Scotland


Licensing Tier 1

TLT is 'very well known in the Scottish licensing market' and demonstrates particular expertise in the alcohol, taxi and gambling licensing sectors. The team acts for national operators and local enterprises and is led by Stephen McGowan, who is a frequently recommended specialist in liquor licensing. Other key members include the 'highly regardedCaroline Loudon, who is particularly well versed in handling gambling and contentious licensing applications, and 'very good all-rounder' and legal director Niall Hassard.

Debt recovery Tier 2

TLT has a fine reputation for secured and unsecured lending recovery work alongside asset based recovery matters and is most active in the finance, food and drink, retail and energy sectors. Litigators John Paul Sheridan and Tom McEntegart are the main contacts.

Professional negligence Tier 2

TLT 's practice has notable expertise in the financial services sector, acting for a string of big-name banks and other lenders. Practice head John Paul Sheridan leads on all matters concerning solicitor and surveyor negligence and carries out his own advocacy in the Court of Session; he also has expert knowledge of prescription issues, having previously provided evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the matter. The practice also pursues claims for individuals against their former solicitors and acts for claimants in construction disputes.

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

TLT's Scottish real estate team recently benefitted from its merger with specialist commercial property boutique Leslie Wolfson & Co, which added three partners and a variety of clients to its roster. Nick Shenken also recently joined as a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP and has particular expertise in the clean energy sector. Kenneth Meldrum leads the group, which acts for a range of commercial property developers, investors, leisure operators and retailers.

Employment Tier 4

The 'hugely knowledgeable, approachable and non-judgemental' team at TLT has been particularly active defending corporate clients, most notably from the construction and infrastructure sectors, against various claims such as discrimination, unfair dismissal and holiday pay but it also handles TUPE matters arising from business acquisitions, restructuring and redundancy scenarios as well as collective bargaining and whistleblowing matters. Employment litigator Jonathan Rennie heads the team.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

TLT's client roster encompasses liquidators,insolvency practitioners and creditors, and the team also has experience representing companies and directors in liquidation proceedings. The practice specialises in contentious work, pursuing directors for misfeasance, recovering unlawful payments made from company funds and recovering debtors' assets in personal insolvency cases. Alan Munro leads the group.

Intellectual property Tier 4

TLT's Glasgow-based group sits as part of the firm's national network and has particular strength in IP enforcement work, and brand and reputation management issues including substantial experience in prosecuting trade mark applications, dealing with oppositions and cancellations and handling exploitation issues. John Paul Sheridan leads the Scottish IP disputes team, which also includes litigator Tom McEntegart.

TLT uses its experience and expertise to help clients grow their business and deliver their products and services effectively and without risk. The firm is recognised for its focus on client service and its collaborative and flexible approach to delivering legal services.

The firm: The firm advises across the three UK legal jurisdictions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Its experience is primarily in the clean energy; digital; financial services; leisure, food and drink; public sector; real estate; and retail and consumer goods sectors.

The firm has a number of long-standing relationships with a range of UK and international clients from major household names to high-growth businesses and private individuals. Clients include RBS, Triodos, Santander, Sainsbury’s, WHSmith, Greene King, BT, BBC, CCS, Ecotricity, Savills and Persimmon.

Types of work undertaken: The firm works with clients on high-value strategic work and major projects. The firm also supports clients on day-to-day legal requirements, using its infrastructure, systems and resources to deliver and drive an efficient and consistent service.

Banking and finance: advising on all types of finance transactions, both domestic and cross border.

Commercial: advising across the whole spectrum of business and trading arrangements.

Competition and EU law: advising on all aspects of competition law from merger notifications to cartel and market investigations.

Construction, infrastructure and projects: advising on the full spectrum of construction matters and disputes for private and public sector projects of any size.

Corporate: advising on the buy and sell side of mergers and acquisitions, advising management teams and investors on management buyouts, private equity and venture capital investments, advising on joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and associated agreements.

Disputes: advising on matters involving litigation, arbitration, mediation and debt recovery.

Employment and incentives: advising on employment law and incentives including dealing with disputes, mediations, complex tribunal claims and litigation.

Franchising: advising businesses looking to expand by granting or taking a franchise including the establishment of UK and international franchises, master licensing, development agreements and issues arising in the operation of a franchise such as re-sales and dispute resolution.

Intellectual property: advising on patents, copyright, design rights, trade marks, passing off and unfair competition, database rights, rights in confidential information and related competition issues.

Licensing: advising on all aspects of premises licensing.

Maritime: advising on the full range of finance and commercial issues involving a diverse range of vessels traded worldwide.

Mortgage litigation and recoveries: providing recovery services to banks, building societies and other secured lenders across the UK, handling mortgage litigation and repossession conveyancing and advising on fixed charge receiverships.

Outsourcing: advising on outsourcing various business functions to deliver cost savings, service improvements and to take advantage of the latest technologies.

Pensions: advising on all pensions-related work, including pensions change and restructuring projects, the implications of corporate transactions and liability management exercises, including buyouts and buy-ins.

Planning: providing a complete planning advice service and a unique multi-faceted perspective on planning issues.

Private client: private client expertise across family and personal tax, trusts and probate law.

Real estate: advising across property development, investment, asset management, dispute resolution, construction, planning, environmental, tax and more.

Regulatory: advising on all aspects of regulatory law, from compliance advice to protecting the interests of companies or individuals facing a regulatory investigation or prosecution.

Restructuring and insolvency: advising on restructuring and insolvency law and practice.

Tax: helping clients manage their tax risks in context and across all UK taxes.

Technology and communications: advising on technology development and licensing including OEM/VAR and similar distribution arrangements, ICT procurement, outsourcing, managed service and cloud-based solutions, e-commerce, social media and data privacy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner David Pester
Senior partner Andrew Glynn
Practice director Steve Willson
Banking and lender services Jonathan Hoey
Commercial services Bill Hull
Corporate John Wood
Disputes Chris Owen
Employment, pensions and incentives Stuart McBride
Real estate Maria Connolly
Private client Patrick Wooddisse
Clean energy Maria Connolly
Financial services Andrew Lyon
Housing Katherine Evans
Leisure, food and drink Julia Lucas
Public sector Andrew Glynn
Public sector Bill Hull
Retail and consumer goods Perran Jervis
Digital James Touzel
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 400+
Total staff : 1,000+