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Ledingham Chalmers LLP

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Partner.  Providing practical legal and commercial advice to public and private sector organisations on a range of corporate and commercial matters allowing clients to establish risk aware relationships.  Dealing with a range of commercial activities, including sale, supply, procurement, marketing, e-commerce, agency, distribution, franchising, outsourcing, IT projects, software contracts, intellectual property, partnerships, joint ventures, “supply alliance” agreements and affinity relationships.  Neil has significant experience with energy, water and telecom utility contracts and over the last 20 years has advised clients on the interpretation of statutory and regulatory regimes across the UK - particularly gas supply, transportation and shipping and electricity supply, generation and distribution.  He advises on metering matters, energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects and provides commercial and technical support to renewable energy projects.  Advising on renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon capture, transport and storage projects.  Advising oil and gas service businesses in relation to contracts for oil and gas industry activities and opportunities to move into the supply chain for the renewable energy industry both onshore and offshore


Trained Fyfe Ireland WS, Edinburgh; qualified 1996; assistant Biggart Baillie LLP, Edinburgh and Glasgow 1996-99; associate 1999-2002; partner 2003-2008; partner Ledingham Chalmers LLP 2008 to date. Author of the UK chapter for ‘Getting the Deal Through’ – Gas Regulation 2008-10, Global Competition Review, April 2008-10.


Dalkeith High School, Midlothian; University of Aberdeen (1993 LLB Hons; 1994 Dip LP).


Travel and orchid cultivation.

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland

Peter Murray leads Ledingham Chalmers LLP's practice, which has previously tended to stand out for its work in the oil and gas services sector. The firm recently expanded its offering, however, by launching a new exploration and production practice; this was heralded in January 2018 by the hires of Uisdean Vass  and Laura Petrie  from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Further reflective of the growth of the corporate practice, Natalie Stevenson recently joined as a senior associate from CMS. Elsewhere, in addition to handling corporate and commercial matters connected with oil and gas, the firm’s workload is rounded out by mandates involving sectors such as renewable energy, property, care and leisure. Jody Mitchell, Rod Hutchison and Neil Anderson are other highly regarded practitioners in the group. Malcolm Laing serves as a consultant. Clients in this space include Total E&P UK Limited, Tendeka, Interwell, Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers and University of the Highlands and Islands.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Ledingham Chalmers LLP is regularly involved in CHP and onshore renewable energy projects, with particular experience of advising landowners on wind, and acting for landowners and developers in hydro schemes. Noted for its historical strengths in the oil and gas sector, the firm is also being increasingly sought-after to assist oil and gas industry clients with opportunities in offshore wind. In addition, the practice is rounded out by projects spanning areas such as wave and tidal, carbon capture, transportation and storage. Clients include Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and Puffin Energy Limited. Peter Murray and Jim Drysdale co-head the practice. Neil Anderson and consultant Allan Collie are other notable individuals.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Environment

Ledingham Chalmers LLP garners a significant amount of environmental work from throughout Scotland, owing to its involvement in a number of sectors, such as forestry and fisheries, farming, renewable energy and oil and gas. Practice head Jim Drysdale is knowledgeable about a wide variety of matters, such as nature conservation, waste, contaminated land and fluvial/pluvial/diffuse pollution. Solicitor advocate John Chalmers has 26 years of Sheriff Court and Court of Session litigation experience, and represents insurance companies and local authorities in litigation involving environmental issues and in judicial review cases. Other key figures include planning head David Scott, commercial lawyer Peter Murray and commercial property partner John Smart. Sarah Stuart and Neil Anderson are also recommended.

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