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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The practice at Ledingham Chalmers LLP handles farming business restructurings, agricultural tenancy matters, farm and estate sales, while also acting for lenders on high-value security transactions. Key members of the team include Hazel Moir, who has decades of transactional experience; Linda Tinson, who draws on her experience as a partner in a farming business; and Jim Drysdale, a Law Society accredited specialist in agricultural law.

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‘Extremely knowledgeable team with a friendly and professional approach.’

‘A very strong team of agricultural law specialists with in-depth knowledge and bags of experience.’

‘Friendly and approachable. Strength in depth so it is always possible to get advice when needed.’

‘Expanding rural team with a good mix of youthful energy and more experienced practitioners. Good core of fundamental rural solicitors familiar with rural legal issues rather than more general practitioners who can be unfamiliar with the uniqueness of rural clients and their issues in some other firms.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, passionate and care about the agriculture sector and their clients.’

‘Hazel Moir is approachable and efficient and ably assisted by Catherine Bury and Lois Craig.’

‘Hazel Moir and associate Lois Craig are both friendly and approachable working well as a team.’

‘Linda Tinson has a natural understanding of our interests and is adept at bringing perspectives that often emotions can obfuscate. She is engaged and empathetic; she is good at proactively identifying support we might need and facilitating any connections.’

‘Very passionate, responsive and caring about clients.’

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 2

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is well regarded for its development and commercial leasing work. Its team also handles residential site acquisitions, refinancings and secured funding transactions, where it acts for mainstream lenders. Department head Stephen Morrice works with Alan Michie, who heads up the firm’s housebuilding unit, and Alasdair Maclure, who leads the commercial leasing unit. John Smart departed for Harper Macleod LLP.

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Kirkwood Homes Limited


Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP

Gilcomston Investments Limited

Bancon Homes Limited

Veitchi Homes Limited

Carlton Rock Limited

Skene Group Limited

AW Creative Papers Group Limited

Redco (Slackbuie) Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s corporate team has a focus on servicing the oil and gas market; it specialises in transactional, general counsel work, and international supply and joint venture contracts. The firm is well positioned to advise businesses in the growing area of decommissioning, and related energy projects such as carbon capture and storage. Peter Murray heads the group and leads on M&A transactions.

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‘The corporate department works very closely with the oil and gas department to provide a seamless service’.       

‘Having dealt with many legal organisations across Scotland I can confidently recommend the Ledingham Chalmers Inverness team’.

‘The team has an understanding of how crucial it is to deeply understand the clients business and objectives in order to provide meaningful and reliable advice’.

‘They demonstrate effective communication and understand that not everyone has a deep knowledge of law or legal phrasing’.

 ‘Key qualities include; communication of complex ideas/concepts/solutions into readily understandable terms’.

‘Creativity and obviously comprehensive knowledge of legal issues facing our company and wider stakeholders’.

‘The team at Ledingham Chalmers are very experienced, hands on and extremely responsive’

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Arjowiggins Group

Total E&P




Pale Blue Dot Energy


Speedwell Energy

Personal injury: defender Tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP represents local authorities across Scotland in a variety of claims including employers’ liability, industrial disease and public liability matters. The group is particularly active in historic abuse issues, frequently defending local councils in the court of session, and also advises insurers on fatal motor accidents. Graeme Edward, Victoria Leslie and Sarah Morris are based in Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh respectively.

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The team does extensive work for local authorities and has done so for several years. They are very experienced and able.’

Ledingham Chalmers are an excellent Scottish firm who have maintained a strong position in the local market despite the influx of UK firms into the market in recent years. They have a regional presence across Scotland which is very valuable as it allows them to service customers in all areas, and that has been key to their continued success.

Graeme Edward has for many years now been one of the best solicitors in the Scottish insurance market. He can turn his hand to any type of case and always delivers. He is extremely popular with our clients, has a very relaxed manner, and has built a very strong team around him. Victoria Leslie is also a leading figure in the local market and has delivered countless successes over the years for our customer base.’

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Gallagher Bassett

Zenith Insurance

Tradex Insurance



North Lanarkshire Council

Zurich Insurance

Highland Council

East Lothian Council

Employment Tier 4

Led by Inverness-based Kirk TudhopeLedingham Chalmers LLP is well placed to act for employers, and to a lesser extent employees, in the Highland and Island region but the team also has a presence in Edinburgh. Much of its work is in the contentious space and frequently pertains to discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

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The team is always friendly and responsive and makes you feel whatever issue you bring to them is important. The response is always considered and with practical solutions not a purely legal perspective. They understand the challenges of running a business and this is evident in their responses.

We really value Kirk Tudhope’s experience and knowledge. He always brings that extra something which adds to the debate and solution. We know we are in safe hands. Kirk is always mindful of the challenges we face as a business and our timescales.

Key clients

Arjowiggins Scotland Limited

Highland Fuels Limited

Last Mile Infrastructure Limited (formerly Energetics Design & Build Limited)

Orion Engineering (Services) Limited

John Gordon & Son Limited

SGL Carbon Fibers Limited

Green Team Christmas Trees Limited

Moray Leisure Limited

Hawco & Sons Limited

Green Team Christmas Trees Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

The team at Ledingham Chalmers LLP is experienced in restructuring, insolvency and litigation work. Led by Aberdeen-based partners Tim Thomas and Jody Mitchell, it is sought out by regional insolvency practitioners, as well as liquidators, administrators and trustees located nationally.

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Construction Tier 5

Ledingham Chalmers LLP has a strong presence in the Scottish Highlands and Islands region and regularly provides contractors and developers with contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering law advice, including on associated procurement and funding matters. Jennifer Young, who specialises in construction dispute management and resolution, and Sarah Stuart, who handles various contentious and non-contentious construction matters with a particular focus on the energy sector, jointly head the team.

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The team we deal with in this practice are always friendly and efficient, responding quickly to enquiries when contacted. The practice is well resourced with experienced staff to deal with all aspects of our legal requirements.

They understand our business and the issues which are most important to us as a business. They have experience in all aspects of real estate/ construction which enables us to utilise their team for many different tasks, but ensures that they are aware of the inter-connections between these issues, and take a global overview.

Individually, the members of the team, who have served us, treat us as important clients, always have time to discuss any matters, which arise at short notice, and guide us towards the correct expertise within Ledingham Chalmers if they are not the appropriate department. All tasks are treated with the urgency required, which is often at very short notice. Dealing with the same individuals also builds a strong relationship, and allows them to understand our business, and our key operational challenges.

Jennifer Young in particular has given down-to-earth practical advice and shown legal expertise when guiding myself and members through construction disputes. Jennifer has proven to be invaluable when helping to develop strategies to deal with the problems discussed and where necessary appointed the right people for the specific task.

Key clients


Bancon Construction Ltd

Gordon Mitchell (Contractors) Ltd

Malthus UK Ltd

Ark Estates (Scotland) Ltd

Heidi Beers Ltd

Tulloch Homes Limited

Kirkwood Homes Ltd

CHAP Group (Aberdeen) Ltd

Deeside Timberframe Limited


Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 5

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's team has particular experience of onshore wind farms, where it generally acts for landowners. It also acts for landowners and developers on hydro schemes. Peter Murray and Jim Drysdale are the joint heads of the practice.

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Arjowiggins Group  Limited

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group

Puffin Energy Limited

Pale Blue Dot Energy Limited


Ledingham Chalmers LLP is a Scottish law firm with offices in Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and Stirling.

The firm: Ledingham Chalmers has played an important role in the Scottish legal scene for many years. With its origins in North East Scotland, it is not surprising that the firm’s development has followed Aberdeen’s emergence as the capital of the European oil and gas exploration and production sector, and as a centre of excellence for professional services.

Key features of the firm are its emphasis on long-term client relationships and a high level of partner delivery. While other firms have abandoned the full-service model, Ledingham Chalmers continues to match its broad offering to the changing requirements of its client base. This has involved a renewed commitment to rural and agricultural law, family law and private client services alongside its strong offering to the business, insurance and public sectors.

Ledingham Chalmers has a strong focus on the business sectors that drive the Scottish regional economy, such as agriculture/food/fisheries, energy (both oil and gas and renewables), construction, leisure and tourism, and education. The firm has an international outlook that reflects its involvement in the international energy sector.

The firm houses a team of experts in advising insurance companies, local authorities and other public bodies on a wide range of issues including employer liability, public liability, disease, property damage and motor claims, with particular expertise in fraudulent, catastrophic injury and fatal claims.

The firm is the Scottish member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide, a network that has members in over 100 jurisdictions and major commercial centres. Additional international exposure comes through client work in the oil and gas and oil services sectors.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s commitment to providing a broad service has not been made at the expense of specialisation. Ledingham Chalmers recognises that clients across the length and breadth of the country, and internationally, have increasingly sophisticated requirements for specialist skills. The firm has accredited specialists in several areas, including agriculture, construction, personal injury, family law and employment law, as well as four solicitor advocates.

The areas in which Ledingham Chalmers has particular skills and expertise include: agriculture and rural affairs; banking and finance; commercial contracts; commercial property and construction; companies and partnerships; dispute resolution and litigation; employment; energy; family law; health and safety; intellectual property; insolvency; planning and environmental; private client services; public sector procurement; and residential property.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Jennifer Young
Chief operating officer Chris Mackenzie
Photo Name Position Profile
 John Chalmers  photo John Chalmers John obtained extended rights of audience (solicitor advocate) in 2008 and is…
 Sarah Morris  photo Sarah Morris Sarah is a partner in the firm’s Edinburgh office, which undertakes exclusively…
Number of UK partners : 28
Number of other UK fee-earners : 69