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Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 2

Leveraging its online commercial brand Calio Claims, which is generating increased levels of referrals, Lindsays places an emphasis on claims concerning birth injuries, misdiagnosis and surgical errors. The ‘assiduous, conscientious and thorough’ department is led by David Armstrong, described as ‘a credit to his profession’, who specialises in complex misdiagnosis claims and increasingly in high-value loss of society claims. Other practitioners of note are Lauren Pasi - who made partner in April 2020 - and Jonathan Cornwell, who has experience in hospital-acquired infection and eye injury claims.

Practice head(s):

David Armstrong

Other key lawyers:


‘An easy and flawless process. I was talked through every stage of the case, any questions I had were answered in great depth and great knowledge was displayed from start to finish. Complete transparency is another huge positive.’

‘I have dealt primarily with David Armstrong, who is a credit to his profession. His knowledge is absolutely superb, and he answers any questions I have there and then. On top of this he is an incredibly approachable person.’

‘This is a resourceful and respectful team with strong leadership. Communication from them was clear at all times.’ 

‘David Armstrong and Jonathan Cornwell both stand out as excellent solicitors. They communicate with clients in a way that is appropriate to the clients’ understanding and grasp of a case.’ 

‘I have worked with the medical negligence team and have found them to be assiduous, conscientious and thorough.’

‘I have worked with David Armstrong, who has been thorough, efficient, responsive, highly technical and approachable.’

‘They know what product they have and are experts in providing advice and investigating a client’s claim, whether these are low or high-value claims.’

Key clients

Calio Claims

First Central Insurance Company Limited

Lindsays Alliance

Scotland Claims Limited

Knights Solicitors

RGB Associates Limited

The Society of Radiographers

Ward Haddaway

Ageas Legal

The Law Society of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client at very short notice in a claim for £2.5m.
  • Acting for a number of family members in relation to Court of Session proceedings seeking damages of £790,000 as a result of negligence on the part of the treating medical team.
  • Handling an extensive investigation in relation to a claim arising out of errors made during a bladder reconstruction operation.

Insurance > Personal injury: pursuer Tier 2

Lindsays concentrates on road traffic, employer's liability, industrial disease, child abuse and loss of society claims, for which it leverages its online commercial brand Calio Claims, which generates over 60% of the personal injury cases undertaken by the team. The department, which is spearheaded by David Armstrong, counts among its ranks Jonathan Cornwell, who has experience defending insurers against actions raised against their policyholders. A 'clear and effective communicator', Lauren Pasi - who made partner in April 2020 and was involved in the development of Calio Claims - also deals with a variety of cases in both the Sheriff Court and Court of Session.

Practice head(s):

David Armstrong

Other key lawyers:


‘I have always found that all members of the Lindsays team are good to work with. Their communication is clear and timely and the staff are friendly.’

‘The team works well together and has high standards in case preparation.’

‘I felt as though Lindsays genuinely took the time to thoroughly consider matters, and to give the case (which was tricky) the time it deserved.’

‘Lauren Pasi is a partner who is not afraid to get heavily involved, and give the case a good amount of her time. She is someone who quickly grasps the legal issues, and is always happy to discuss matters personally, adding to the more personal nature of a type of litigation that can sometimes feel somewhat impersonal.’

‘A cohort of well-qualified and dedicated team members. In higher value or complicated cases, stratifying team responsibility ensures appropriate communication and input.’

‘Jonathan Cornwell is experienced in dealing with a wide variety of PI disputes. Lauren Pasi has an excellent client manner and is personable but also very well organised behind the scenes.’

‘Very efficient and effective team. Responded to every request promptly and dealt with all matters thoroughly and to my satisfaction. The team all appeared polished and well-trained and were very receptive to the client’s needs and wishes.’

‘Lauren Pasi is a clear and effective communicator who managed to get a lot of things done which many other solicitors would have struggled to do.’

Key clients

Calio Claims

First Central Insurance Company Limited

Aegis Legal

Autoclaims Assist

Scotland Claims Limited.

LIM – Legal Expenses Insurers

Lindsays Alliance

First Accident Assistance

Nationwide Claims Management Limited

Total Claims Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a £1m claim for serious physical and subsequent psychological injuries sustained by a three-year-old child in a road traffic accident.
  • Acted for a client in a £1.5m child abuse claim involving complex psychiatric and educational psychologist evidence.
  • Represented a client in a claim following a 70mph head-on collision which led to severe physical and psychological injuries, with a projected value of £2.5m.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Assisting a wide-ranging client roster, Lindsays concentrates its efforts on rural property matters, handling mandates related to large landed estates, the acquisition and sale of agricultural land, and agricultural tenancy and farming transactions. Viewed by some as ‘Scotland’s top practitioner in Barony purchases and sales’, practice head Michael Yellowlees also distinguishes the group by dint of his niche expertise in feudal dignities, Heraldic law and Clan law. Elsewhere in the group, Susan Law has a focus on renewable energy projects for both landowner and developer clients, especially onshore windfarms, while associate Tim Macdonald advises on agricultural tenancies and partnership issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Yellowlees

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has strong agricultural estates knowledge and insight and has been invaluable to us in handling the legal affairs of a small rural estate.’

‘Their strength in this area of the law, their responsiveness and their collaborative approach are much appreciated. ’

‘The Rural and Agriculture team at Lindsays are all strong technically, covering a wide range of issues. What sets them apart from some other firms is that they are all just really nice, normal people who are able to engage with their clients in a professional but personable manner, giving the client confidence that they are in good hands.’

‘Susan Law is very approachable and easy to talk to. She is always available when needed which is refreshing at partner level. She is committed to her clients and takes a pragmatic approach to solving legal problems.’

‘Lindsays advise us on complex historical legal matters and their expertise has resulted in significant added value being derived from their research on our behalf. Their knowledge of property records in Scotland has been combined with a commercial ability to great effect and this could not have been achieved without their wide range of experience. ’

‘Our main point of contact is Michael Yellowlees, who is always available to assist us and ensure that the optimum outcome is delivered for each case. He utilises many years of valuable experience to the benefit of clients like ourselves, aligned with a commercial approach that delivers beneficial financial results. ’

‘Michael Yellowlees is the gold standard in the market for Scottish Baronies and representation before the Court of the Lord Lyon. In addition to being especially well connected, his background as a historian positions him well beyond the competition. He s also extremely responsive and is willing to take the time to explain complicated aspects of Scottish property law.’

‘Mike Yellowlees is Scotland’s top practitioner in Barony purchases and sales. ’

Key clients

His Grace, Torquhil Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell – Argyll Estates

William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor – Tarbert Estate

Donald Cameron of Lochiel, Lord of Lochaber, Chief of the Clan Cameron – Achnacarry and Lochiel Estates

British Wool Marketing Board

Alex Howard, 5th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal – Colonsay Estate

Robin Maclean of Ardgour, 18th Laird and Chief of Clan Maclean – Ardgour Estate

Lt Colonel Titus Brown, retired US Army

Fothringham Estate Company Limited – Fothringham Estate

Thomas Steuart Fothringham, Baron of Murthly – Murthly and Strathbraan Estates

CWL Energy Limited/Community Windpower Limited

Scottish Water

The Pairc Trust – Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis

Lord Godfrey Macdonald of Macdonald, Chief of Clan Macdonald

R Whiteford & Son/Robin Whiteford – farmer and entrepreneur

Work highlights

  • Assisted Aikengall IIA Community Wind Company Limited with the completion of three leases for the extension of the Aikengall Windfarm in East Lothian.
  • Assisted Argyll Estates with the complex voluntary registration of the various estates comprising His Grace, the Duke of Argyll’s various mainland and island estates.
  • Acted for co-owners of a family farm in contentious tenancy termination and Land Court litigation.  

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Led by Alastair Keatinge, Lindsays acts for a wide range of prominent charities, including service providers, grant-making foundations and campaigning organisations. Its work covers advice on governance, OSCR compliance, constitutional reviews and reorganisations and restructuring matters. The department - particularly employment specialists Ben Doherty and Kate Wyatt- also frequently offers charity clients employment advice on staff negligence issues, executive removals, settlement agreements and TUPE guidance following mergers. Other core areas of focus for the group include charity law contracts, funding, commercial property matters and litigation. Consultant David Dunsire also provides key support in this space.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Keatinge

Other key lawyers:


‘Lindsays has provided a range of expertise across some very complex matters including charities law (including OSCR requirements), contractual law and intricacies, TUPE transfer and HR issues.’

‘The partner I dealt with made things simple and achievable.’

Key clients

Scottish Refugee Council

Cycling Scotland

Melville College Trust

Sense Scotland

Carnegie UK Trust

St Columba’s Hospice

Fife Voluntary Action

The Clark Foundation for Legal Education

Bank of Scotland Foundation

Scottish Hostelling

Carr Gomm

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Crossroads Caring Scotland

LifeCare Edinburgh

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

Social Bite

Work highlights

  • Representing the board of Sense Scotland in an independent review of the governance of partnership arrangements for Scottish charities.
  • Advising Scottish Refugee Council in respect of important reputational and contractual issues.
  • Assisting Carnegie UK Trust Working with the identification of arrangements that might improve and modernise the governance of the charity.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Led by Alison McKee, Lindsays’ team handles a broad range of family issues, with expertise in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Although the department has seen an increase in instructions concerning pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, it also maintains a busy caseload relating to complex financial provision and child cases. Elsewhere, 'formidable opponent' Nina Taylor is frequently brought in for cases where there are allegations of domestic and child sexual abuse, Family Law Association chair Jennifer Gallagher excels in divorce settlements and separation agreements, while Duncan Mackinnon brings expert knowledge of safeguarding issues to bear in complex cases involving vulnerable children.

Practice head(s):

Alison McKee


‘The family law Team in Lindsays is renowned for being partner-driven which brings with it a wealth of experience.’

‘Nina Taylor is a strong practitioner. She tells it as it is, which is of huge benefit and much appreciated, avoiding unnecessary ‘legal speak’. She is a formidable opponent. 

‘Jennifer Gallagher is an impressive partner in the firm’s family law department. She has an extensive client following as a result of her experience and gravitas, with a first-class reputation among her peers. ’

‘Alison McKee has in-depth knowledge of all areas of family law especially Hague Convention Child Abduction work.’

‘A combination of expertise, approachability and pragmatism. ’

‘Nina Taylor has an excellent knowledge of the law and procedures; her people skills are outstanding; she is an excellent litigator. A superb lawyer in her field.’

‘In my view what makes this practice unique is the team’s ability to work together. Each member tends to be aware of their colleagues’ cases which ensures continuity.’

‘Nina Taylor’s work rate is impressive. Alison McKee is very knowledgeable and conducts her cases with impressive confidence and expertise.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 2

Empathetic, professional and totally committed to responding to client needs’, Lindsays’ team has a track record in drafting wills and advising on estate and succession planning matters, as well as the full gamut of tax planning issues, with an emphasis on inheritance tax and capital gains tax mitigation. The team, which is led by Grant Johnson, continues to grow year on year: joining the team in September 2020 from Miller Hendry, Caroline Fraser is best known for her strength in trust law including the formation and termination of private and charitable trusts. Sandy Lamb has extensive experience in the administration of executry estates.

Practice head(s):

Grant Johnson

Other key lawyers:


‘It is reassuring to work alongside Lindsays on a range of private client and corporate matters, where the level of service is exceptional.’

‘I have always found Lindsays to be a professional and approachable firm who are willing to listen and discuss legal matters accordingly in a straightforward and well-presented manner.’

‘Sandy Lamb is technically good, listens well, has a nice “bedside manner”.’

‘The practice has a team that deals with everything in a timely manner and doesn’t leave matters unattended to for any length. They have a local connection with the area as well as having the strength of resources from across the country.’

‘The individuals stand out in that they make time to talk to you when it is convenient for me and are good at responding to requests for information.’

‘I’ve found the team to be empathetic, professional and totally committed to responding to my needs. I’ve also been impressed by the way in which they seamlessly moved from office-based to homeworking and in maintaining client service throughout.’

‘Everyone I have met from the team is very personable and seems to be able to translate what can be daunting legal matters to the client/layperson. Not always a skill with every professional.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

The commercial property team at Lindsays is well versed in investment and acquisitions and disposals, and often handles the Scottish aspects of international deals. It has recently seen an uptick in development work and continues to act for some well-known brands in the retail sector. Healthcare is another area of strength, alongside food and drink, corporate occupier and the charities sectors. Derek Nash heads the practice and handles a fair amount of transactional work. Darren Leahy was promoted to partner in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Derek Nash

Other key lawyers:

Kenny Gray; Susan Law; Darren Leahy


‘Lindsays’ attention to detail is second to none’. 

‘Kenny Gray, with whom I have been working, has every attribute you could ask for in someone working in this field; he is, hard working, thorough, approachable and capable of communicating in non-legalese’.

‘Efficient and knowledgeable’.

‘Kenny Gray makes things happen and draws together the strengths of his team’.

‘Kenny Gray has a can-do attitude which has got some tricky deals over the line’.

‘Derek Nash is very professional and knowledgeable’.

‘Strong team collaboration ensured the deal stayed on track and was completed in a timely manner.’

‘They take ownership of proposals and provide strong communication throughout the legal process’.

Key clients

Tile Giant

EG Group

Well Pharmacies


Telegraph Media Group Limited

Smyths Toys UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Braehead Park Estates Limited in the disposal programme and sale of eight development sites forming part of Braehead Retail Park, Renfrew.
  • Acted for RRH Finance Limited on the purchase of a prestigious, corner building in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town.
  • Acted for Alicydon Limited in relation to the purchase of the historic former Custom House building at Dundee Waterfront for a proposed development of 49 residential flats.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Lindsays' commercial property team was bolstered by the arrival of David Rose in May 2020 from Dentons and the promotion of Darren Leahy to partner in April that year. Rose has brought with him a number of developer clients and is experienced in handling significant transactions for developers, investors, occupiers and lenders. Chris Todd heads the practice and focuses on residential and commercial acquisitions and disposals, and leasing.

Practice head(s):

Chris Todd

Other key lawyers:


‘I have always found that no matter who I have dealt with, within the firm, the response has always been positive and helpful’.

‘Darren Leahy is an extremely competent young man; he is efficient, thorough and is always able to answer any queries easily and in layman’s terms’.

‘Darren Leahy is down to earth and if I had someone like Darren working for me, I would be keen to hang on to him’.

‘David Rose is an excellent lawyer with very specific and highly developed skills and knowledge in the area of property transactions’.

‘David Rose is friendly and approachable at a personal level, with a very apparent desire to be thorough and professional in delivering his services’.

‘David Rose makes us feel that nothing will be missed and that our interests will always be looked after’.

Key clients

Persimmon Homes Limited

Agile Energy Recovery (Inverurie) Limited

Kilmac Properties Limited

Scotia Capital Partners Limited

GL Residential

DJ Laing

Invertay Homes

Glamis Investments Limited

Kinnettles Mansion Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Agile Energy Recovery (Inverurie) Limited in relation to the acquisition of a ground leasehold interest in land at Kirkwood Commercial Park, Inverurie (formerly Inverurie Paper Mill) for the proposed development of a state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility valued at £200m.
  • Acted on behalf of Persimmon Homes Limited in relation to the acquisition of a serviced site for the development of 144 homes at Kingdom Park, Kirkcaldy; and two separate serviced sites for the development of 76 affordable units at Kingdom Park from Murray.
  • Represented GL Residential Limited in connection with the acquisition of former school buildings and adjacent land at Monifieth, the funding for the purchase and separate funding for the developments costs and continue to deal with the disposal of the flats within the converted building and the new build units.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Lindsays' scope spans commercial, rural and residential property sector work and extends to telecoms litigation, where the team exclusively acts for landowners. Other clients include housebuilders, retailers and developers alongside various landlords and tenants, who regularly instruct the team when faced with disputes over tenancy issues, dilapidations, servitude rights and contractual interpretations, among other matters. Paul Harper heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Harper

Other key lawyers:

John Bett


‘They have an appreciation of not just the law but of the practicalities involved in details of a person’s property, and how property disputes emotionally take their toll.’

‘Lindsays’ work encompasses a wide range of property related litigation involving companies and individuals. Their client care is exceptional. They are really willing to go the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Paul Harper is hugely experienced. Uses experience to craft strategy to seek realistic best outcomes for the client early on.’

‘They always have an excellent understanding of the legal and factual issues in the case and what they mean for their clients. Although they are robust in fighting their clients’ corner, they are also practical in their approach.’

‘I would recommend this team unreservedly to anyone stuck with trouble from a difficult tenant.’

‘People make Lindsays stand out – very personable, approachable, engaging – definitely not stuffy! Partner interaction and involvement is encouraging.’

‘John Bett stands out as being commercial, personable and gives clear, intelligent and sensible advice to clients. Does not shirk from informing decisions.’

‘John Bett and his team at Lindsays take the time to understand their clients requirements, and provide advice that is tailored to these requirements but may still be challenging to any client preconceptions. They demonstrate a high degree of commercial acumen. The entire team is readily available throughout the working day, and were effective at communicating developments so that we always felt they and we understood exactly the current position.’

Key clients

Scottish Water

The Thirteenth Duke of Argyll

Donald Cameron of Lochiel, Lord of Lochaber, Chief of the Clan Cameron, Achnacarry and Lochiel Estates

Thomas Steuart Forthringham, Baron Murthly, Murthly and Strathbaan Estates

Hostelling Scotland

Scottish Association of Mental Health

Parkhead Housing Association

CJ Lang & Son

The University of Glasgow

McGivney Construction

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Baron Murthly and Strathbaan Estate on a telecoms dispute.
  • Advised and represented the Josephine Marshall Trust on three inter-linked residential tenancy disputes.
  • Advised and represented a client on the right to roam legislation and public rights of way.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

Lindsays places an emphasis on incorporation and corporate governance matters, usually carried out on behalf of governing bodies and sports clubs. With capabilities across rugby, golf, cricket, football, horse racing, sailing, tennis, boxing and athletics, the department is led by Douglas Roberts, who is best known for his knowledge of sports contracts. Brent Haywood specialises in contentious issues arising from the sporting sphere.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Roberts

Other key lawyers:


‘Lindsays clearly have a strong in-depth knowledge of the industry, which helps in shaping legal and commercially focused solutions for their clients.’

‘Douglas Roberts clearly understands the sporting landscape through personal interest and previous matters/clients that he has worked upon. He went above and beyond the initial required ask and certainly was generous with his time.’

‘The key USP of the practice is the people and their willingness to go above and beyond to deliver a service, solution and/or advice.’

‘The people at the practice were invested in the best outcome for the company.’

Key clients

Dundee United Football Club

Cove Rangers Football Club

Raith Rovers Football Club

British Boxing Board of Control

Edinburgh Academical Football Club

Heriots Rugby Club

Work highlights

  • Advising three Scottish football clubs, which won their respective leagues and gained promotion, in successfully securing promotions after two other Scottish football clubs raised legal proceedings to annul such promotions.
  • Advising British Boxing Board of Control on the implementation of the recommendations of a Fatal Accident Inquiry following the tragic death of professional boxer Michael Towell.
  • Advising Edinburgh Academical Football Club on the legal aspects of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the first international rugby match.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

The core strengths of Lindsays’ corporate department include M&A, private equity and employee ownership matters. With a focus on owner-managed businesses (OMBs) and SMEs, the firm also advises larger corporate clients on commercial and transactional matters. David Wood, who heads up the team and has over 30 years’ experience in the corporate and commercial spheres, is particularly experienced in the renewables, professional services and healthcare sectors. Douglas Roberts is experienced in the food and drink, and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Wood

Other key lawyers:

Peter Tweedie; Douglas Roberts; Alastair Smith


‘Vast knowledge in the veterinary sales area’.

‘Lindsays always provide a very professional experience’.

‘They have a good cross-section of specialisms that work well together’.

‘Douglas Roberts deals with all of our employee ownership-related matters and he is a consummate professional that can be called on for specific legal assistance or just friendly advice’.

‘Douglas Roberts has an excellent mix of legal expertise and commercial pragmatism and is very good at communicating his advice’.

‘The practice is unique in that there is a broad level of sector specialisation available’.

‘The individuals are very approachable and prompt when it comes to dealing with matters’.

‘David Wood has been extremely proactive in all of our dealings with him’.

Key clients

MHB Consultants

Athanasios Athanassopoulos Ltd

EOS Advisory LLP

Dundee United Football Company Limited

Cove Rangers Football Club Limited

Gill Financial Services Limited

IT-Worx Solutions Limited

Raith Rovers Football Club

Build a Rocket Boy Limited

Mercia Fund Management Limited

SIS Ventures Limited

Ian Forrester and Myra Francis

Great North Lodges

Archangel Investors Limited

The University of St Andrews

Work highlights

  • Advised Dundee United Football Company Limited, Cove Rangers Football Club Limited and Raith Rovers Football Club on the Company Law aspects of a petition affecting the outcome of the Scottish Professional Football League Limited 2020-21 season.
  • Advising EOS Advisory LLP, Mercia Fund Management Limited & SIS Ventures Limited on their respective investments in Clinspec Diagnostic Limited (ClinSpec Dx), as part of a £2.4m investment round.
  • Advising the shareholders of Gill Financial Services Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to an employee ownership trust.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

With a strong rural practice, Lindsays is well placed to handle agricultural and property-related work but the group also acts across a number of other sectors, including increasingly in the sport industry. Its recent contentious commercial and corporate work arose from breaches of warranty, partnership relationships and distribution agreements, among other matters, while the team is also experienced in claims against high street banks. Practice head John Bett routinely acts for SME clients and has a specialism in partnership and director disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Bett

Other key lawyers:

Brent Haywood; Paul Harper; Douglas Millar


‘Excellent service to clients. The team has an astute understanding of the law and always has a firm grasp of the factual detail and what it means for the case. All of that said, it always has an eye on the practicalities of the situation.’

‘John Bett – excellent at his job.’

‘There is also good internal structure to the team so that responses to enquiries are very rapid at all levels of the firm.’

‘Cultivate a very close relationship between with clients. This is attested to by the fact that team members have total mastery of the details of both the client’s businesses and legal objectives.’

‘Hugely helpful, approachable, knowledgeable.’

‘Lindsays is a firm with distinct skills in addressing controversial and high-profile issues with both common sense and resolution. They have been at the forefront of litigation in some of the coronavirus litigations and have dealt with these in a manner that commands respect.’

‘I am best acquainted with Brent Haywood, who has shown considerable skill in managing difficult client groups with calm and courtesy. He also command the respect of the court and colleagues.’

Key clients

Dundee United Football Company Limited

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Scottish Water

British Boxing Board of Control

C J Lang & Son

David King, chairman of Rangers International Football Club plc.

The University of Glasgow

The University of Edinburgh

Lamond & Murray

McGivney Construction

Destiny Ministries

Raith Rovers Football Club Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a petition served on Dundee United Football Company Limited, Raith Rovers Football Club Limited and Cove Rangers Football Club Limited in a challenge to the outcome of the 2019/20 Scottish football season. The dispute involved proceedings at the Court of Session and, separately, at arbitration.
  • Acted for Mayfly GWR Offshore Industria E Comercio Ltd in a Court of Session action following the client suing a multinational conglomerate regarding its obligations under a distribution agreement.
  • Raised court proceedings on behalf of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) claiming unlawful discriminations on the grounds of belief under the Equality Act.

Employment Tier 4

Lindsays has particular expertise in the third sector but also advises SMEs on a wide range of employment law matters, including transactional issues and TUPE, restructuring exercises, collective redundancies and individual employee dismissals including prior internal investigations and disciplinary hearings as well as subsequent employment tribunal claims. Ben Doherty heads up the team and is particularly well versed in TUPE regulations but also handles various other employment law and HR matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Doherty

Other key lawyers:

Kate Wyatt


‘The employment law team provide more than advise they explain and provide clear guidance around the complex areas of employment law and respond quickly to all requests for help.’

‘One of the most helpful things we find is that the engagement partner, Ben Doherty provides clear concise advice that is focused on the impact for our organisation and not simply generic response.’

‘Very experienced team of employment law advisors and employment law partner. The provided first class advice and assistance during a very difficult episode. They have also introduced fixed fee employment law solutions which have been very valuable to us.’

‘Ben Doherty is responsive, straight-talking and pragmatic.’

‘The main attribute I value is their friendly, approachable and considerate demeanour that is very different from other legal firms we have encountered. Their communication is always in plain English, concise and practical. Their interpersonal style is very open and engaging. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Ben Doherty was available to us throughout a very difficult employment situation and provided pragmatic, experienced and ’on point’ advice, all helpful in drawing the matter to a successful close.’

They are incredibly responsive and provide comprehensive legal advice at very short notice.’

‘They are very honest and up front in saying when taking specialist legal advise or legal action is not the best course of action and provide advice on alternative courses of action that may get the desired result.’

Key clients

Norbulk Shipping Limited

Network ROI Limited

Red Wing Medical Practice

McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Limited

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Sense Scotland

Carr Gomm

Hostelling Scotland

Build a Rocket Boy Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Aulds the Bakers in dismissing a long-serving senior manager, and in the successful defence of a subsequent tribunal claim.
  • Advised Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home on a restructuring following a significant turnover reduction due to Covid-19, including collective consultation, redundancies and changes of roles.
  • Advising Stirling District Tourism on the TUPE transfer on resumption of management of the National Wallace Monument by Stirling Council.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

Lindsays handles referral work from UK and international firms, acting for both lenders and borrowers on a range of transactional matters. It has recently been dealing with Covid-19-related banking matters and is also experienced in development finance, corporate banking and cross-border mandates. Practice head Gavin Buchan specialises in property finance work.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Buchan


‘Very committed and quality people across the board with whom various of our senior people have good and trusted relationships’.

‘Lindsays handle all aspects of our property development business very well, including property transactions, corporate banking and taxation work planning’.

‘Gavin Buchan is professional, knowledgeable and fully satisfactory’.

‘They move quickly when there is urgent legal work/transactions to be undertaken’.

‘They are a great team – always prepared to go the extra mile’.

‘Gavin Buchan is extremely able and nice to work with’.

Key clients


Unbranded Finance

OakNorth Bank plc

Assetz Capital

Aldermore Bank

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Clydesdale Bank plc

Redwood Bank Limited

Hampden & Co

Social Investment Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised OakNorth Bank plc in relation to the Scottish elements of a £30m facility provided to the Staycity Group.
  • Advised Assetz Capital in relation to a loan to provide development finance for a development in Perthshire, Scotland.
  • Acted for Redwood Bank in respect of a loan to refinance a large portfolio of residential and commercial properties throughout Scotland.

Lindsays is a Scottish firm of experienced lawyers for people and businesses. The firm is owned and run in Scotland, covering the country from their offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.

The firm: As a full-service firm, Lindsays has specialists in different areas working closely together to deliver seamless, multiple services. Whatever the scale of your business, they can provide tailored, specialist advice.

Types of work undertaken: The firm offers services in the following areas:

Corporate and commercial services: Lindsays advises on all aspects of corporate and business law. The firm guides start-ups and spin-outs from creation to sale, helping prepare shareholder and partnership agreements, negotiating contracts and protecting intellectual property. It helps companies to refinance, raise venture capital, restructure (mergers, acquisitions and MBOs) and sell or acquire businesses. Lindsays is known for work within the education sector to commercialise research projects and handles correspondent work for English practices.

Employment: The firm advises on all aspects of employment law including employment contracts, policies and procedures, redundancies and restructuring, discrimination law and TUPE. It represents clients at employment tribunals and court and can help with alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation. To provide employers with cost certainty, Lindsays offer a range of fixed price employment law solutions, Prism.

Rural services: Lindsays advises agricultural and landed estate clients and has recognised expertise in crofting, feudal dignities and renewable energy schemes. Specialist advice includes agricultural holding issues, Land Court applications and single farm payment entitlements. The firm represents clients who have owned their estates for centuries and advises farmers, crofters, renewable energy developers, rural charities and hostelling bodies.

Commercial property and construction: Lindsays handles property transactions including acquisition and sale of property, commercial leasing, investment and finance and the development process. The firm acts for institutional investors, developers, landlords and tenants. It offers construction advice from procurement to completion including complex court disputes, adjudications and arbitrations.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Lindsays offers representation in areas such as commercial and contract disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency, debt recovery and repossessions, personal injury claims, arbitration and landlord and tenant law. The firm works with corporate and institutional clients as well as individuals.

Charities: The firm advises on charity law issues such as constitutional reviews and reorganisations, governance, formation and incorporation, trust deeds and constitutions, company law, charity trustee responsibilities and joint working and mergers.

Private client services: The firms services to private clients include advising in relation to trusts, wills and executries, powers of attorney and guardianships and personal tax advice. Their award-winning residential property team offers a complete estate agency and conveyancing service.

Family law: The team covers all aspects of family law including divorce law, separation rights, cohabitation and child issues such as maintenance, access, adoption and educational rights. The team regularly receives referrals from peers covering child law issues, amongst other areas.

Chairman Peter Tweedie
Managing partner Alasdair Cummings
Charities Alastair Keatinge
Corporate and Technology David Wood
Commercial Property and Construction Derek Nash
Education David Wood
Employment Ben Doherty
Family Alison McKee
Litigation John Bett
Private client Grant Johnson
Residential Property Andrew Diamond
Rural Property Michael Yellowlees
John Bett  photo John Bett Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team, John is…
Ben Doherty  photo Ben Doherty Ben is Partner and heads up Lindsays Employment Law team. He has…
Alastair Goodman  photo Alastair Goodman Alastair has over 20 years’ experience advising on a wide range of…
Alexander Lamb  photo Alexander Lamb Partner in the Private Client team in Glasgow. Sandy helps clients plan…
Alison McKee  photo Alison McKee Alison is a Partner and Head of the Family Law Team, which…
Number of UK partners : 40
Number of other UK fee-earners : 116