Firm Profile > Lindsays > Glasgow, Scotland

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Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The practice at Lindsays stands out for its expertise in feudal dignities and Heraldic law - team head Michael Yellowlees is described as 'uniquely qualified' to advise on such matters, and the team's client roster includes an impressive array of dignitaries from across the country. Yellowlees is supported by Susan Law, who recently moved over from the firm's commercial property team to focus on rural matters; she has recently handled work for Scottish Water. Other work of note has included demergers of farming partnerships and significant sales and purchases of farms and estates.

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‘We have a very longstanding relationship with Lindsays. This continues to work well as we have clear and open lines of communications at all times. With a longer-term relationship, there can be positives and well as potential negatives. In our relationship, due to the way we communicate and both sides feel able to speak openly and candidly, we have ensured that only the positive elements of the relationship thrive.’

‘Excellent quality partners provide a “white shoe” corporate level of service to individuals. Exceptional expertise in the area.’

‘Michael Yellowlees and Susan Law have together been a very straightforward team to work with. Advice is clear and given the very wide range of topics required to be covered by the range of our business, they have always had someone with the skills required to address the matters in hand.’

‘Michael Yellowlees is an outstanding lawyer who is uniquely qualified to represent clients in the sale and purchase of Scottish feudal titles. He is impressively intellectual and has a Ph.D. in history which positions him well to understand his client’s non-economic motivations concerning purchases of feudal titles and dealings on heraldic matters.’

‘Exceptional expertise in the area, very responsive. Michael Yellowlees particularly exemplifies these qualities and is a pleasure to work with on an interpersonal level.’

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

The Christie Family, Lochdochart Estate, Crianlarich, Perthshire

Fothringham Estate Company Limited, Fothringham Estate

Thomas Steuart Fothringham, Baron Murthly, Murthly and Strathbraan Estates

CWL Energy Limited

Scottish Water

The Pairc Trust, Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis

Lord Godfrey Macdonald of Macdonald, Chief of Clan Macdonald

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The charities team at Lindsays advises on governance issues, amendments to charters and constitutions and assists with regulatory compliance. One core focus of the team is employment; the firm handles a range of sensitive employment disputes, concerning dismissals of both employees and management figures. Alastair Keatinge, who is regarded as 'eminent in his field', leads the team. Consultant David Dunsire counts the Bank of Scotland Foundation and St Columba’s Hospice among his clients. Ben Doherty and Kate Wyatt specialise in employment matters for clients in the sector, while Kenneth Gray handles property transactions. Lynsey Kerr, who is prominent in the firm’s tax, trusts and probate team, advises donors on charitable giving.

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‘The charities team at Lindsays are approachable and seem to always be available whenever you need them. I’ve always found Lindsays to be an easy firm to work with, more so than other firms I’ve dealt with over the years.’

‘Alastair Keatinge is exceptional in his knowledge and expertise. I cannot fault the advice received.’

‘Expertise is important, but experience counts for a lot too, and Alastair Keatinge has proven, time and again, to be eminent in his field. I always recommend Alastair for higher profile and complex issues.’

‘Kenny Gray, Scott Geekie and Alastair Keatinge stand out for the way in which they go the extra mile to get to know your organisation and deliver important advice in a timely manner with clarity and vision.’

Key clients

Sense Scotland

Sealladh Na Bennie Moire

Carnegie UK Trust

St Columba’s Hospice

Strathcarron Hospice

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust

The Clark Foundation for Legal Education

Bank of Scotland Foundation

Say Women

Carr Gomm

Family Tier 2

Lindsays handle cases concerning complex financial provision, child residency, cohabitation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and Hague convention child abduction matters, using alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve tricky cases. Alison McKee heads up the practice from Glasgow, and in addition to her primary practice in divorce and residency cases, has practical experience of surrogacy disputes. Nina Taylor has a record of work on cases involving allegations of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and child abuse. Jennifer Gallagher, who is chair of the Family Law Association, and Duncan Mackinnon focus on safeguarding issues and cases involving vulnerable children.

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‘Jennifer Gallagher is the outstanding family lawyer at Lindsays. She has a quiet authority that her clients respect and admire.’

‘Alison McKee is pragmatic, sensible plus kind and considerate at a very difficult time.’

‘Duncan Mackinnon is an extremely knowledgeable and very experienced family law practitioner. He is very highly regarded by his peers. He is very approachable and has easy to talk to. He is committed to his clients and takes a pragmatic approach to solving legal problems. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 2

Lindsays operates under the leadership of David Armstong who, according to some, is ‘the best litigator in Scotland’ and the ‘excellent‘ Jonathan Cornwell. Major cases the firm has handled involve birth injuries and surgical defects, among others, and the team is well-regarded for its 'use of technology to good effect'. The 'dedicated' and 'unflappable' Lauren Pasi is also recommended.


‘David Armstrong is one of the best litigators in Scotland and has built an incredible business platform since bringing his team over from Brodies. ‘

‘They really are a strong and flexible team.’

‘Well experienced in every area, with particular strengths in medical negligence and more complex injury cases. Good attention to detail.’

‘They have a good grasp of the key issues in cases – they seek optimum realistic outcomes for clients.’

‘David Armstrong has a very good rapport with clients, expert witnesses and counsel. He knows well the role he plays in the legal team presenting a case and performs it well such that others can perform their role well too.’

‘Very professional – communication was extremely efficient and timely. Worked diligently to achieve the best outcome.’

‘David Armstrong provided an exceptional service and achieved a satisfactory outcome. David was very understanding given the circumstances and always made himself available to speak over the phone when required, he was very reassuring when explaining legal terms to give me an understanding.’

‘I have been impressed by their use of technology to good effect in marshalling paperwork in a paper-free environment. ‘

‘Client care seems to be at the top of their agenda, as is pressing for the maximum amount possible in compensation. The legal knowledge and competence of the firm should place them at the forefront of the market.’

Personal injury: pursuer Tier 2

The team at Lindsays operates under the leadership of David Armstrong - who is regarded as having 'built an incredible business platform' since joining from Brodies LLP in 2017 - and the 'excellentJonathan Cornwell. The team's workload includes claims involving road and work accidents, alongside other cases that involve child abuse and neglect, as well as sexual harassment at work. The team works alongside its commercial brand, Calio Claims.


‘David Armstrong is one of the best litigators in Scotland and has built an incredible business platform since bringing his team over from Brodies. ‘

‘They really are a strong and flexible team. If I was injured, I would instruct them.’

‘Lauren Pasi is dedicated and unflappable.’

‘Well experienced in every area of personal injury with particular strength in complex injury cases.’

‘David Armstrong heads up a strong and dedicated team.’

‘David Armstrong has a very good rapport with clients, expert witnesses, and counsel. He knows well the role he plays in the legal team presenting a case and performs it well such that others can perform their role well too.’

‘David Armstrong provided an exceptional service and achieved a satisfactory outcome. David was very understanding given the circumstances and always made himself available to speak over the phone when required – he was very reassuring when explaining legal terms to give me an understanding.’

‘Communication was always responded to promptly. I have been impressed by their use of technology to good effect in marshalling paperwork in a paper-free environment. ‘

‘Client care seems to be at the top of their agenda, as is pressing for the maximum amount possible in compensation. The legal knowledge and competence of the firm should place them at the forefront of the market.’

Key clients

Simply Legal Solutions

Scotland Claims

RGB Associates Limited

33 Legal Limited

Calio Claims Limited

Freedom Management Group Limited

First Accident Assist Limited

Knights Solicitors

Legal 2020 Limited

Ward Haddaway

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Lindsays' team is well regarded for its investment and property finance expertise, and is particularly experienced in the retail, healthcare, charity and corporate occupier sectors. The practice often receives instructions from London-based companies and law firms. Group head Derek Nash is known for his experience of investment transactions, development and corporate occupier work. Stuart Rowson left the firm.

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‘Lindsays deal with matters efficiently and professionally’. 

‘Lindsays are particularly impressive in that they take the time to find out what is important to their clients and understand their business fully which enables them to provide a very tailored service’.

‘Derek Nash is always professional, knowledgeable and supportive’.     

‘Lindsays are responsive and committed and are able to sync into being part of a wider team well’.

‘They always adequately resource our work with them and we value their input’.

‘Derek Nash is a good team leader and organiser’.

‘Knowledgeable Edinburgh-based team providing a breadth of experience across all disciplines’.   

‘Kenny Gray is always on-hand to contact and happy to take calls at any time; he is excellent at explaining everything and highly recommended.

Key clients

Waterstones Booksellers Limited

Telegraph Media Group Limited

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Grafton Group plc

The University of Edinburgh

Octopus Real Estate

Community Windpower Limited

Aldermore Bank plc


Scottish Water

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

The corporate team at Lindsays is well regarded for its advice on M&A, private equity investments and employee ownership issues, working for clients in the hospitality, retail, healthcare, engineering, education and fintech industries. Practice head David Wood has over 30 years’ experience in commercial, corporate and transactional work, and has strong knowledge of IP commercialisation, IT law and data protection. Douglas Roberts is also recommended.

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‘David Wood is not only excellent in his knowledge, but just as importantly to me, easy to get on with’.

‘Their advice over the years has helped me grow a small business into one very successful company’.

‘They always deal with you promptly and efficiently and are a joy to work with’.

‘They handled a very difficult and frustrating case with superb professionalism’.

‘Always felt they were going above and beyond and we could truly trust them to get the work done on time, and accurately’.

‘They gave sage advice when difficult options presented themselves and always communicated technical details in easy to understand terms’.

‘Douglas Roberts understood the personal stress created by the nature of our deal and what needed to be done for us’.

‘They seemed to work very well as a team, each knowing the bigger picture, but making sure every detail was covered and liaising with others in the firm when required’.

Key clients

P/F Bakkafrost

Castle Hotels Windermere Limited

Pacific Building Limited

Limpet Technology Limited / Pict Offshore Limited

Aitken Dott Limited

The IDCo Limited

Quorum Network Resources Limited

Mercia Fund Management Limited

Buzzbase Ltd

SIS Ventures Limited

Anderson Bell Christie Limited

Chapman Angling Limited


University of St Andrews

Shot Scope Technologies Limited

Ian Hitchins and Sian Hitchins

Eric Campbell and Jennifer Campbell

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 3

'Strong technically and covering a wide range of private client issues', the team at Lindsays is highly experienced in drafting wills and advising on estate and succession planning, including estates with international assets. The team also has extensive expertise in tax planning, covering inheritance tax and capital gains tax mitigation; trust creation and administration; and executries. Practice head Grant Johnson is experienced in advising on asset protection, inheritance tax planning and trusts, and the 'sharp, focused and genuinely caring' Sandy Lamb is also recommended.

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‘The team are all strong technically, covering a wide range of private client 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.’

‘I find the individuals I deal with, particularly Grant Johnson, very strong technically and easy to work with. He exudes a calm confidence that resonates with clients.’

‘The team has a very rounded knowledge that covers all the aspects for trusts and executries required. The team works very smoothly in that there is always someone to acknowledge an email or phone message, which gives peace of mind.’

‘The team are easy to contact and work in a collaborative manner. They are experts in their area of work.’

‘It has a more caring, family-friendly business offering. They have a down-to-earth, approachable attitude and appear sympathetic to their clients’ needs. I have dealt with Lindsays on both a professional and personal level. In my profession, I am often asked if I can recommend a solicitor and Lindsays are always at the top of my list of recommendations.’

‘With Grant Johnson, I felt comfortable that I would receive the correct advice and service.’

‘A mid-size full-service firm with a good private client team. We have been working with them for a number of years and can vouch for their quality of service.’

‘Sandy Lamb is a good listener, has youth on his side, does a good, effective job and gets on well with clients.’

‘My dealings with the firm were very efficiently and courteously attended to throughout by all staff, from reception onwards.’

‘Friendly and approachable with clients’

‘Grant Johnson is very approachable by nature and offers clear and practical advice on client issues.’

‘Highly personalised service, which is particularly empathetic to clients’ needs.’

‘Sandy Lamb seems a very safe pair of hands – sharp, focused and a genuinely caring person.’

Sport Tier 3

Lindsays has a track record of acting for rugby, cricket, golf and bowling clubs on incorporation and corporate governance mandates. Douglas Roberts, an expert in sporting-related contracts, leads the practice, which includes Brent Haywood, a sports disputes specialist. The team is also well-versed in sponsorship matters and also supports governing bodies, coaches and famous athletes on a range of issues. The team has also recently by instructed by a number of football supporters clubs.

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David King

British Boxing Board of Control,

Raith Rovers Football Club Limited

Port Edgar Yacht Club Limited

Perth Hunt

Banking and finance Tier 4

Lindsays generates mandates from Scottish borrowers and lenders, and is also instructed by clients and law firms outside of Scotland. Areas of focus include real estate finance, development finance, cross-border transactions, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding. Team head Gavin Buchan is noted for his experience of property finance.

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‘The team is large enough in numbers and skill set terms to cover a range of technical and legal needs’.

‘Practical guidance, and most importantly solutions, are provided which are invaluable to me as a customer and ultimately to my direct customers (who are principally in the SME market)’.

‘Most of my transactions with Lindsays have been for residential development finance and I have been able to rely on their knowledge and good guidance to deliver transactions efficiently and in a cost-effective manner’.

‘They understand my business needs and are an invaluable part of the extended team delivering great results’.             

‘Excellent service from start to finish with no drop off post-engagement’. 

‘Always available and willing to support’. 

‘Helpful, concise and commercial’.

‘Lindsays set themselves apart from many of the Scottish offices which have merged with large London outfits in the last decade to provide a more personal service’

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Rothschild & Co Wealth Management UK Limited –

OakNorth Bank

Canada Life

Aldermore Bank

C.J. Lang & Son Limited

Close Brothers Property Finance

Clydesdale Bank plc

Assetz Capital

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Octopus Real Estate

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Lindsays handles a wide range of commercial disputes pertaining to contractual and payment obligations, breach of contract and share acquisitions alongside property and agricultural-related matters and professional negligence. It also assists clients with claims against high street banks. In April 2020, John Bett, who acts for a large SME client base, took over the lead from commercial litigator Douglas Millar, whose particular strength lies in professional negligence.

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Lindsays is an excellent firm offering a very wide selection of specialities. In my experience, Lindsays provides an excellent, reliable service, which is cost-effective. As a company Lindsays has a wide and varied talent pool allowing them to meet the needs of most clients regardless of their requirements or situation. This has not been my experience with other firms.

This could be called a boutique practice and its great merit compared to the larger firms in this field is that individual attention is genuinely given by the responsible solicitor – work isn’t just farmed out to whoever is available or who the firm wants to get more practice.

This is a well-established firm with a depth of legal expertise.

The level of service and commitment from John Bett and his team has always and continues to be first class, their levels of communication when dealing with our issues is excellent and always keep us well informed of progress.

John Bett the partner who we would normally deal with is always courteous and extremely helpful, he always makes it clear that he is available for discussion and updates at any time night or day even outwith normal office hours. This we have found extremely helpful and we thank Mr Bett very much for his unwavering support for our business.

Brent Haywood was the partner in charge of my case. He is an exceptional individual and a fantastic solicitor advocate. In my experience, Brent is very knowledgeable in his field. He is a kind and compassionate gentleman. One generally seeks legal advice during those difficult times in life, Brent Haywood is the man you want in your corner.

In the field of dispute resolution my best contact is Brent Haywood. I trust his judgment in resolving difficult issues without turning them into crisis.

Brent Haywood is a subtle and intelligent litigator who can see further round corners than most.

Key clients

Scottish Water

British Boxing Board of Control

CJ Lang & Son Ltd

Starryshaw Consultants Ltd

David King, chairman of Rangers International Football Club plc

University of Glasgow

The University of Edinburgh

Lamond & Murray

McGivney Construction Limited

Rangers Football Club Limited

Employment Tier 4

Lindsays provides SMEs across various sectors such as construction, manufacturing, software and hospitality, alongside social care providers and other charity sector clients with strategic employment law advice, including executive level terminations, industrial and trade union issues and TUPE matters. Ben Doherty and his team also defend clients against various employment tribunal claims such as unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

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The team is extremely responsive and very much partner-led. It provides far more accessibility to partners than others of its competitors. It is sensible about pricing and there are no surprises on costing. They have a good all-round knowledge in all areas of law relevant to employment law, including data protection, and are excellent at cross-jurisdictional issues. They are very collaborative with other law firms and are solution-led and non-confrontational.

Ben Doherty is an excellent leader of the team. He provides clear, concise advice and is extremely responsive. He adopts a no-nonsense, non-confrontational approach to his work, seeking solutions wherever he can.

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I. & H. Brown Limited

AMG Group Limited

Down Syndrome Scotland

Scottish Autism

Sense Scotland

Harley Haddow

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Mclaughlin & Harvey Construction Limited

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

St Columba’s Hospice

Industrial Floor Treatments Limited

Kelso Races

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

Avesta Scotland Limited

The Brothers of Charity Services

Property litigation Tier 4

Lindsays has notable expertise in the residential, commercial and rural sectors, which is complemented by telecoms sector work capabilities. This skill set is regularly called upon by commercial property owners, major highland estates, private individuals, tenants in the private rent sector and developers, who require assistance with various landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidation claims and lease disputes, alongside disputes over development land, land registrations and servitudes of access. Commercial disputes expert Paul Harper heads the practice and covers contentious property matters across various sectors.

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Efficient, personable and thorough.

My experience straddles the Edinburgh and Glasgow teams. Both are good and both teams are small enough to ensure whoever you deal with will possess a solid knowledge base in relation to the case in question. Both straddle SME/ individual litigation and therefore possess breadth of practical knowledge applicable to most litigation scenarios.

Experienced, focused and driven solicitors.

Paul Harper is so seasoned in this area that he can be relied upon to identify a pragmatic course early on.

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

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

Thomas Steuart Fothringham, Baron Murthly, Murthly & Strathbraan Estates

Houston Acquisitions

Hostelling Scotland

M.A.D. Creative Solutions Limited

Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH)

Parkhead Housing Association

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.

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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
Photo Name Position Profile
 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…
 Lynsey Kerr photo Lynsey Kerr Lynsey is a Partner within Lindsays’ Private Client team based in the Edinburgh…
 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…
 Alan Mclaren  photo Alan Mclaren Partner in Lindsays Commercial Property department and has some 25 years’ experience…
Number of UK partners : 40
Number of other UK fee-earners : 116