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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's 'collaborative and well connected' practice has particular expertise acting for clients in land transactions in the farming sector, where the team acts on both on the seller and buyer side of deals and has notable skill negotiating clawback agreements and clarifying titles to land in complex transactions. On the lender side, the team acts in commercial security transactions concerning agricultural land. Partner Jim Drysdale, an accredited specialist in agricultural law, has a strong knowledge of crofting and environmental law and carries out mediation for family businesses in disputes arising from the division of company shares.

Practice head(s):

Hazel Moir; Linda Tinson

Other key lawyers:

Jim Dysdale


“The team have a breadth of experience and knowledge of their legal area but are willing to think out of the box.” 

“Linda Tinson, Jim Drysdale and Catherine Bury are all standout individuals.” 

“Linda Tinson is solution-orientated and typically has already researched a solution before presenting a problem.” 

“Linda Tinson and Jim Drysdale both make a point of keeping abreast of current legislation and both have a very good understanding of all aspects of agriculture.”

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 2

The main strengths of Ledingham Chalmers LLP's Aberdeen-based real estate team include development work, commercial leasings, residential development acquisitions and disposals, and secured funding issues. The housebuilding sub-group is led by Alan Michie, while Alasdair Maclure leads the commercial leasing unit. Also notable are practice head Stephen Morrice and John Mitchell, who acts for landlords and tenants on the letting of office, retail and industrial premises.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Morrice

Key clients

Kirkwood Homes Limited


Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP

Gilcomston Investments Limited

Bancon Homes Limited

Veitchi Homes Limited

Carlton Rock Limited

Skene Group Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is best known for its work in the oil and gas sector, and routinely advises oil service companies on their international supply and joint venture contracts. In the past few years, the firm's expertise has evolved to envelop work pertaining to decommissioning and energy-related projects such as carbon capture and storage.

Practice head(s):

Peter Murray

Other key lawyers:

Rod Hutchison; Jody Mitchell; Laura Petrie;


The firm’s corporate lawyers have an excellent understanding of what is a complex and interwoven business development, which gives them the ability to provide straightforward and impactful advice that maintains continuity throughout.

Jennifer Cham and Peter Murray are truly outstanding.

Key clients

EGroup Services


Total E&P





Albyn Medical

Shareholders of Equalizer International Limited and Equalizer Flange Integrity Systems Limited

Pale Blue Dot Energy

Environment Tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is best known for its expertise in the oil and gas, renewable energy, forestry, fisheries and farming sectors but the team also handles instructions involving other industries. Recent work includes oil leak, water supply and flooding issues alongside matters arising from renewable energy projects. The 'trustworthyJim Drysdale heads the team from Stirling.

Practice head(s):

Jim Drysdale

Other key lawyers:

David Scott


Good level of knowledge.

Personal injury: defender Tier 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is one of the go-to defender firms for local authorities in Scotland. The team, which comprises six accredited specialists and three solicitor-advocates with extended rights of audience, handles a wide ambit of claims for councils, including fatalities, catastrophic injuries, road traffic accidents, stress at work and breach of contract. The 'reliable and approachable' Sarah Morris regularly conducts proofs, appeals and debates in the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session for public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

John Chalmers; Graeme Edward; Victoria Leslie

Other key lawyers:


‘The team have a geographical coverage which other major players in the market don’t, and that is very important to some clients. Even more importantly, they are just full of good people.’

‘Ledingham Chalmers provide top class advice in relation to defender personal injury. Their client care is excellent and they represent very good value for money.’

‘As a team, they are dynamic and reactive and are always on hand when you need them.’

‘Sarah Morris provides outstanding legal advice and has a very good understanding of her client’s needs.’

‘Graeme Edward is extremely impressive and can be trusted to get the right result on any case.’

Key clients

Gallagher Bassett International

Zenith Insurance

Tradex Insurance

Markerstudy Insurance

North Lanarkshire Council

Zurich Insurance

Police Scotland

Highland Council

East Lothian Council

Banking and finance Tier 4

Ledingham Chalmers LLP's Aberdeen office specialises in acting for lenders in the oil and gas sector, particularly on financing transactions. The firm also regularly acts in the marine industry and its Inverness office fields significant expertise in the public sector. The main names to note are Jody MitchellJohn Mitchell and Tim Thomas, who are all based in Aberdeen.

Construction Tier 4

With a strong presence in the Scottish Highlands and Islands region, Ledingham Chalmers LLP's 'friendly and welcoming' team frequently assists funders, housebuilders and contractors with contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering law matters, including those at the interface with procurement law. The 'down-to-earthJennnifer Young heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Young

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Stuart


The team has a genuine desire to secure good outcomes for the client.

They are quick to respond, even at short notice and within challenging timescales.

Extremely good advice.

The practice is well resourced with experienced staff to deal with all aspects of our legal requirements.

Key clients

WGC (Scotland)

Bancon Construction

Gordon Mitchell Contractors

Malthus UK

GF Job

Ark Estates (Scotland)

Heidi Beers

Tulloch Homes

Kirkwood Homes

Colin Armstrong Associates

Employment Tier 4

With strong presence in the Highlands and Islands region, the 'friendly, knowledgeable and flexible' team at Ledingham Chalmers LLP is noted for its 'practical and professional approach'. The practice acts for a number of large companies, family-owned business, SMEs and individuals within the region, most notably from the oil and gas sectors, but it also strengthened its presence in the Central Belt region with the arrival of John Lee from Lindsays in February 2019; he joined the firm's Edinburgh office and is well versed in discrimination law. The team handles a wide range of employment law matters, including corporate support work, but it has particular strength in representing claimants and respondents in disputes. The 'professional, calm and outcome-focusedKirk Tudhope heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Kirk Tudhope

Other key lawyers:


Always tells the client where they stand.

Extremely commercially aware.

Very quick response times to queries.

Key clients

LifeScan Scotland

Highland Fuels

Baxters Food Group

Orion Engineering Services

John Gordon & Son

SGL Carbon Fiber

Green Team Christmas Trees

Moray Leisure

Hawco & Sons

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

With a strong focus acting for local insolvency practitioners, Ledingham Chalmers LLP also assists large corporates across Scotland with debt recovery and insolvency matters. The team is led by specialist litigator Tim Thomas from Aberdeen who has considerable experience in mediation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Tim Thomas

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 5

At Ledingham Chalmers LLP, the energy practice spans the firm's corporate, litigation, construction, agriculture and commercial property departments. The group has also strengthened its position in the renewables market and recently acted for several landowners on onshore renewable projects. Corporate partner Peter Murray and agriculture specialist Jim Drysdale jointly lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Peter Murray; Jim Drysdale

Other key lawyers:

Neil Anderson

Key clients

Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers 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
Chairman Jennifer Young
Chief executive Brian Hay
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jim Drysdale  photo Jim Drysdale Partner in rural unit specialising in all aspects of agricultural and rural…
 Linda Tinson  photo Linda Tinson Partner
Number of UK partners : 32
Number of other UK fee-earners : 69