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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: 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 regarded' Caroline Loudon, who is particularly well versed in handling gambling and contentious licensing applications, and 'very good all-rounder' and legal director Niall Hassard.

Practice head(s):Stephen McGowan

Other key lawyers:Caroline Loudon; Niall Hassard


'Has a unique understanding of licensing board policy and personnel across the Scottish market.'

'Caroline Loudon's knowledge of the subject matter and relationships with influences across the sector is unparalleled.'

'Industry-leading team of licensing law specialists. They have a strong voice in the industry, with great connections to decision-makers and stakeholders at all levels.'

'Market leaders, exceptionally knowledgeable and well respected.'

'Collaborative, open and straightforward. Clear and responsive communication throughout the licence application process, including where last minute changes were required.'

'They remain approachable at all times and fully understand the commercial reality of operating a licensed business. They continue to help find ways to maximise commercial opportunities.'

'Niall Hassard is on top of his brief, offers excellent advice and delivers well for his clients.'

'Caroline Loudon has strong industry knowledge and provided us with confidence that our application would be handled sensibly and with a pragmatic commercially relevant approach.'

Key Clients

Celtic FC

Signature Pub Group


SSE Hydro

Iceland Foods

Rangers FC

Greene King

Elior UK

CJ Lang


Work highlights

  • Assisted Celtic FC and Rangers FC with the licensing of fan zones.
  • Assisted jazz club The Blue Arrow with the application to vary its licence to extend its trading hours to 3am.
  • Assisted Edinburgh Woollen Mill with multiple licence applications following the restrictive nature of existing premises licences.
  • Represented MMM Retail in a hearing for a provisional premises licence concerning a convenience store with a large alcohol display operating under the Nisa Local brand.
  • Supported John Codona in negotiations with the Gambling Commission concerning the operation of a betting shop.
Leading individuals

Caroline Loudon - TLT

Stephen McGowan - TLT

Next Generation Partners

Niall Hassard - TLT

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):John Paul Sheridan; Tom McEntegart

Other key lawyers:Alan Munro; Tony Reynolds


'TLT provide us with the expertise and knowledge in Scotland that know that very few firms in England can provide. The firm and those whom we deal with are always trying to think outside the box, offering different angles on the Scottish legal system which is often perceived as outdated. This differs with other firms who will just verbatim recite the law and adhere to age-old traditions of recovery.'

'We've worked with John Paul Sheridan for many years. His advice over the years has been spot on and invaluable. The individuals whom I deal with are invariably available to take your call or will call back as soon as they can, if they are not available they will arrange for other just as qualified to discuss the matter or issue.'

'Tom McEntegart and Louise Chopra are the go-to people for me in TLT.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

UK Asset Resolution





Target Group

Virgin Money

Landmark Mortgages

Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acted for NRAM in a contested repossession proceeding to recover a substantial country house in Aberdeenshire.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Alan Munro


'Alan Munro is a go-to solicitor when it comes to technical insolvency advice with a common sense commercial understanding of what an insolvency practitioner needs. He is very knowledgeable and commercially astute and clearly has a strong interest in this area of law.'

'The insolvency and corporate recovery team at TLT are in my view one of the key legal teams operating in this area in Scotland. They show a consistently professional, practical and commercial approach to all the cases in which we are involved with them. They are also a pleasure to deal with. I would also consider them to be very reasonable from a cost perspective and the level of senior staff involvement.'

'Alan Munro and his team are solution focused and never too busy to help.'

'Alan Munro is always extremely approachable and shows an extremely good understanding of the position of the Trustee/Liquidator/Administrators in insolvency scenarios.'

'Stephen McGowan is the stand out individual in the market on all property licencing matters.'

'Alan Munro is always happy to provide an informed view on any litigation matter and displays a high technical knowledge at all times.'

'Alan Munro is a diligent and very skilled litigator with a non confrontational style which disguises his incisive lines of questioning.'

Key Clients

Greene King Brewing & Retailing

Johnston Carmichael

Scott Moncrieff

Wylie & Bisset

Work highlights

  • Acting for a national accountancy firm on the sequestration of an individual relating to a claim regarding the sale of a Glasgow hotel.
  • Advising a high street bank on an LPA Receiver style product following the sequestration of the borrower, where the bank is the principal secured lender in a substantial buy-to-let property portfolio.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Rennie


'Apart from him being a very approachable individual, I perceive Jonathan Rennie's strengths to be in his knowledge and in his practical application of that to real life situations i.e. applied employment legislation. Lawyers can be very well versed in the legal aspects and case law but not always well versed in how it is applied.'

'Jonathan Rennie is a considerable strength in the litigation team. I have essentially followed him from another practice as he possesses the attitude and skill I value and offers realistic advice.'

'The team instils great confidence in the client.'

'Explains things in an understandable way.'

Key Clients

BEAR Scotland

Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical

Breedon Aggregates

Glasgow Taxis


Antibody Analytics

TBR Global


Sterling Furniture

R.J. Blasting

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Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):John Paul Sheridan


'A hard-hitting and committed team with a depth of experience in professional negligence and liability disputes.'


Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group


BT plc

EON plc



Target Group

Virgin Money

Landmark Mortgages


Work highlights

  • Acting in two parallel claims against electrical engineers and a construction company following a fire at a food processing factory.
  • Pursuing a claim on behalf of one partner in a separation action, where their former solicitors failed to raise proceedings within the time limit for an unequal split of assets, causing loss of opportunity for the client.
Leading individuals

John Paul Sheridan - TLT

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):Kenneth Meldrum

Other key lawyers:Brian Armour; Howard Beach; Donna Strong; Andrew McCowan; Richard Turnbull; Nick Shenken


'Andrew McCowan is always responsive and efficient.'

'Brian Armour is an exceptionally dedicated person who would never give a client bad advice.'

'Howard Beach has a great track record in ensuring all transactions are completed quickly.As well as providing sound advice, he always makes it easy to understand the most complex issues with his expertise and knowledge and provides real value for money.'

'The team is always easy to deal with and never fails to provide useful counsel.'

Key Clients

Greene King plc

Punch Taverns Limited

WH Smith

Tapi Carpet & Floors Limited


Q-Park Limited


British Heart Foundation

Town Centre Securities plc

Ecotricity Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Designer Sofas, trading as Natuzzi, on the leasehold acquisition of its first two Scottish retail stores.
  • Acted for Svenska Handelsbanken on a refinancing transaction relating to a portfolio of seven commercial properties in Glasgow.
  • Advised Linthouse Business Park on a major development on the remaining part of a business park in Glasgow.
  • Advised Tapi Carpets and Floors on its acquisition of various Scottish stores as part of its UK store roll out programme.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: 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.

Practice head(s):John Paul Sheridan

Other key lawyers:Tom McEntegart


'The team is very friendly and approachable, and offers a breadth of knowledge to support a range of enquiries.'

Key Clients

BT Sport

Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

KD Media Ltd

Punch Taverns

Tempest Brew Co

Montpeliers (Edinburgh)

Work highlights

  • Advising BT on the infringement of BT Sport's copyrights across the UK by various pub license holders and premises managers who allegedly showed the client's broadcast without the proper commercial subscriptions.

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