Lindsays > Edinburgh, Scotland > Firm Profile
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Lindsays > The Legal 500 RankingsLindsays‘ clinical negligence practice is regularly instructed to assist with matters concerning misdiagnosis, dental negligence and loss of society claims. David Armstrong heads the team and specialises in cases involving failures to diagnose or treat conditions, while Jonathan Cornwell acts on claims relating to surgical error and hospital-acquired infections, and Lauren Pasi is experienced in cases concerning misdiagnosis and informed consent issues. Associate Rachel Holt is another key member of the team.
‘The team communicates well with counsel, clients, opponents and the court. They are proactive.’
‘David Armstrong is personable, knowledgeable and efficient. Jonathan Cornwell is easy to deal with, knowledgeable and practical. Rachel Holt is well organised, has a sharp mind and is a good team player.’
‘It is absolutely appropriate to mention Lauren Pasi as a standout partner. She is always in control of her cases. Her clients are always advised of the progress of their litigation. She always has helpful insight into the problems, litigations can encounter. Rachel Holt is an exceptional associate.’
‘One issue that makes this team stand out is their quality and speed of delivery. Many solicitors take months or years to undertake full investigations. Lindsays hit the ground running and leave no stones unturned. The papers and filing systems make everything user-friendly and are immaculately presented.’
‘Lauren Pasi is a very experienced practitioner. She has not only a wealth of knowledge but an enviable bank of experts to assist in all types of clinical negligence.’
‘We deal with all team members from partners to paralegals. We have found the team to be knowledgeable with all aspects of the claim.’
The Society of Radiographers
‘The best thing was that the team believed me and was on my side. They kept me well informed. They were professional, fair and friendly. They treated me with dignity and respect throughout my conversations with them.’
‘The two contacts I had were very good. They both kept me updated with the progress of my case, and they were very friendly over the phone. They advised me accordingly but gave me the right to make the final decision without pressure.’
‘All the team members involved in my case were amazing! They were knowledgeable and asked all the correct questions leaving no stone unturned. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lindsays, and I already have to a friend.’
‘I received the most excellent service possible. Rachel Holt’s communication, legal knowledge and dedication is unparalleled. I am truly grateful for all of her efforts in my case and for reaching the best outcome possible. Rachel is a highly knowledgeable professional, who practices with integrity and diligence. I would wholeheartedly recommend Rachel to anyone seeking a legal representative for personal injury matters.’
‘Great teamwork. Knowledgeable. Personable to deal with.’
‘David Armstrong is knowledgeable, efficient and a good communicator. Jonathan Cornwell is efficient and knows the area of practice well. Rachel Holt is well organised with a sharp mind.’
‘Rachel Holt is a rising star. She is very competent and easy to work with.’
‘Lauren Pasi is outstanding. Very considered, thoughtful, excellent with clients, highly efficient, organised and effective.’
First Central Insurance Management
Society of Radiographers
Law Society of Scotland
The Legal Advice Group
Coplus Insurance Services
The Scottish Vaccine Injury Group
‘I had a lot to do with the team of Michael Yellowlees. All were very professional in their work. I felt very comfortable with them. I experienced them as a well established team.’
‘They are thoughtful. Very thorough and direct. Lindsays is first class and is one of the best and most collaborative law firms I’ve worked with over the past 25 years. Their attention to detail is second to none.’
‘Lindsays has an excellent team culture. They are very approachable. Susan Law has been instrumental in guiding a client through stages of property transactions ahead of a sale on to another purchaser. Susan is responsive and experienced. She gets things done, which enables clients and projects to move forward. Michael Yellowlees is like no other I know. Calm, measured and one of the most knowledgeable rural lawyers I know. In general, they are definitely a “go-to” practice for any advice.’
‘Michael Yellowlees and Susan Law are always accessible, friendly, positive, realistic and helpful.’
‘The Lindsays team provides a wide range of experience and expertise covering all legal aspects of residential property ownership. Michael Yellowlees is our main point of contact. His knowledge and commercial focus has delivered successful results in numerous complex legal transactions.’
‘Michael Yellowlees is helpful and professional. Eilidh Robertson is a credit to Lindsays, she is professional, knowledgeable and provides sound advice. Our organisation holds Eilidh in high regard.’
‘I have been extremely pleased with Lindsays and would seek to use them for my own legal work in the future. They have worked well as a team, with more junior associates taking point when my more senior point of contact was unavailable. The directors communicate well with each other. They also handled external communication well.’
‘Great team, collaborating with all parties efficiently and within agreed timescales.’
Achnacarry and Lochiel Estates
British Wool Marketing Board
Fothringham Estate Company Limited – Fothringham Estate
Murthly and Strathbraan Estates
CWL Energy Limited/Community Windpower Limited
The Pairc Trust – Pairc Estate
Impala Estates Limited
Josephine Marshall Trust, Barguillean Estate
- Assisted a private client with the sale of the Feudal Earldom of Arran and Lochranza and Lochranza Castle.
- Assisted Evison Farmers with the £8m sale of Monachyle Wood, a 621-hectare commercial forestry plantation.
‘Helen Kidd was a pleasure to work with and super efficient and knowledgeable. She understood the trust and always gave good and clear advice.’
‘Helen Kidd deserves a mention, very approachable, helpful and so easy to work with.’
‘Helen Kidd sat on our governing board. Her openness, helpfulness, professionalism and dedication made her an exceptional member of the team.’
‘The team is very accessible with a “can-do” approach.’
‘Supportive. Honest. Pragmatic.’
‘There is a breadth of knowledge across the team giving access to many different aspects of charities’ needs, e.g. employment, contract, company law.’
‘Helen Kidd is exceptional and really knows the issues when it comes to dealing with charities. She is proactive, pragmatic and very responsive.’
SAMH – Scottish Association for Mental Health
Chest Heart and Stroke (Scotland)
Volunteer Development Scotland
- Advised Sense Scotland in relation to the successful defence of an employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination and breach of contract.
- Acted for a large Scottish care charity acquiring a number of care/ assessment/ outreach centres operated by a UK charity in Scotland.
- Advised South Morningside After Schools Club on complicated legal and governance matters.
Private client > Family Tier 2Lindsays‘ family law offering runs the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious family and child law work, with the team receiving regular instructions from clients in Scotland and abroad to assist with high-value litigation. Accredited child and family law specialist Alison McKee heads the group, which includes ‘fearless litigator’ Nina Taylor, who has extensive experience handling cases concerning allegations of domestic and child sexual abuse, trained mediator and collaborative lawyer Jennifer Gallagher and solicitor Philippa Abernethy. Child law expert Duncan Mackinnon left the team in 2022 and joined Macnabs LLP as consultant.
‘Alison McKee at Lindsays has been a phenomenal support over the past few months. It is apparent the family law team is strong and pulls on strengths and depth of knowledge as and when required. Response time is quick and always personalised.’
‘Always friendly and approachable but also pragmatic and focussed on what is needed to provide this service in an efficient way.’
‘Nina Taylor has been superb in looking after my legal needs. She is always prompt to respond to emails, answers my questions and has an ability to stand back and see the bigger picture. Her approach has worked very well for me – always sensible and pragmatic and ultimately helping to resolve all of the issues I have needed help with. I feel very safe and supported by her guidance and feel that she has provided an optimal service to me. Philippa Abernethy is also great and has excellent attention to detail, very calm and thorough.’
‘Nina Taylor is extremely client focussed but able to see the broader picture, which means she is well able to protect her client’s interests whilst encouraging a collaborative approach to cases. Nina’s knowledge of family law is impressive as is her knowledge of the rules of procedure, which means that if a case requires to be litigated, Nina is well equipped to provide excellent representation to her clients.’
‘I have worked with Jennifer Gallagher as a mediator in collaborative practice cases and in traditional litigated actions. She is great to deal with – pragmatic and focussed. Someone you can pick up the phone to and cut through weeks worth of correspondence!’
‘Family law services are part of the exceptional offering from this firm. They have broad expertise and are particularly good when advising family law clients on business interests.’
‘Jennifer Gallagher is an outstanding family lawyer at Lindsays.’
‘Nina Taylor: One of the very best family law practitioners in Scotland; possesses a remarkable range of strengths rarely found in others – knowledgeable, insightful, pragmatic and if necessary, a fearless litigator.’
Other key lawyers:
Kenny Gray; Dawn Anderson; Darren Lightfoot
‘Personable and well-resourced team.’
‘Extensive experience in handling pharmacy-related transactions.’
‘I often refer clients to Kenny Gray due to his quality of work and experience in handling pharmacy-related transactions.’
‘Derek Nash is pragmatic, quick and a friendly face to deal with.’
‘The practice is very approachable, professional and very knowledgeable.’
‘Dawn Anderson is superb. I would always use her for professional property work because she is thorough, efficient, approachable and incredibly hard working.’
Assetz SME Capital Limited
Waterstones Booksellers Limited
Smyths Toys UK Limited
Grafton Group plc
LF UK Office SCI
RRH Finance Limited
Royal National Institute of Blind People
Chase de Vere IFA Group Plc
- Advised Assetz SME Capital Limited on a development finance loan for a property developer.
- Advised Souter Hotels Limited on the purchase of The Castlebay Hotel on the island of Barra.
Other key lawyers:
‘We have a long-standing relationship with the practice – a friendly, approachable and pragmatic team.’
‘Darren Leahy is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Nothing is ever a problem or a challenge. He is diligent and always professional.’
Persimmon Homes Limited
DJ Laing Limited
Scotia Capital Partners Limited
Kilmac Properties Limited
GL Residential Limited
Greystone Estates (Scotland) Limited
Ground Developments Limited
Agile Energy Recovery (Inverurie) Limited
Stork Technical Services UK Limited
Other key lawyers:
Brian Pollock; Gregor MacEwan
‘From initial contact right through to resolution, I was always kept updated and the matter was handled diligently. A great service all round.’
‘Brian Pollock was excellent throughout, taking the time to unravel what had become a very complex situation.’
‘Moved things through to resolution skillfully and efficiently – highly recommended.’
‘The firm has a strong understanding of Scottish property matters and has always been able to provide insightful and accurate advice tailored to the unique circumstances of the case. We regard the property litigation practice as almost an extension of our own business and would not consider using any other firm for this work.’
‘John Bett takes time to understand our requirements and provide advice based on our preferred outcomes. He is not afraid to say “no” to a client, and to advise a different course of action or likely solution if our preferred outcome is unlikely to be achieved.’
The Thirteenth Duke of Argyll
CJ Lang & Son
Thomas Steuart Forthringham, Baron Murthly, Murthly and Strathbaan Estates
Scottish Association of Mental Health
Parkhead Housing Association
Donald Cameron of Lochiel, Lord of Lochaber, Chief of the Clan Cameron, Achnacarry and Lochiel Estates
The University of Glasgow
- Acting for the Duke of Argyll in a mineral rights dispute with the Scottish Ministers in the Commercial Court of the Court of Session.
- Acting for a major national retailer and distributer in an arbitration concerning a substantial dilapidations claim relative to a commercial lease.
- Acting for Yeoman McAllister Consultants in a contractual dispute involving the interpretation of terms and other legal issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Lindsays are invaluable with their clear advice, from the start they provide various options and advise accordingly.’
‘They advised, patiently, with different possibilities/outcomes along the way.’
‘High levels of capability, and a no-nonsense solution approach to issues.’
‘David Wood kept in touch with myself and my accountant and made himself available, often at the last minute, for online meetings to advise me.’
‘Knowing that someone so knowledgeable was looking after matters for me and advising me, gave me reassurance that I would have the best outcome possible.’
‘As a family, we have used Lindsays many times before, and I will continue to use them – or recommend them to others.’
‘They are professional, responsive and highly committed.’
Archangel Investors Limited – NCTECH
Archangel Investors Limited – Earthblox
Causeway Therapeutics Limited
Farnborough Tool Hire (FTH)
SIS Ventures Limited and certain private individuals
SIS Ventures Limited
Joint instruction: Eos Advisory LLP, Mercia Investors, Norcliffe Capital and SIS Ventures Limited
- Advising PhysioMedics Limited in a £1.5m funding round to scale up its operations internationally and cover the European and Indian markets.
- Advised Farnborough Tool Hire on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Arvill Ltd.
- Advised Eos Advisory, Mercia, Norcliffe Capital and SIS Ventures on a £7.5m Series A funding round into DxCover Limited.
Housing a team of ‘top-quality professionals’, Lindsays displays ‘a talent and adaptiveness for dealing with a range of cases’, including disputes arising from commercial contracts, shareholder litigation and regulatory proceedings. Thanks to the firm’s robust rural practice, the group is also well placed to advise on agricultural disputes. Practice leader John Bett has built a strong SME client base, while the ‘eminently approachable’ Brent Haywood has experience in sporting disputes. Senior associate Gregor MacEwan is praised as being ‘intensely knowledgeable and incredibly organised’.
‘Flexible and tailored approach for specific requirements. Top-quality professionals at value-for-money rates, who go the extra mile to work collaboratively.’
‘Lindsays’ litigation team takes a very practical, focussed approach in order to secure their clients’ best interests swiftly, economically and effectively. They are also good natured and gracious as well as unerringly intelligent.’
‘The firm has an exceptionally talented pool of solicitors, who are very engaged and enthusiastic. They work on a number of high-profile, complex cases and have the experience needed to achieve results for their clients.’
‘Gregor MacEwan is highly skilled and easy to work with in high-pressure, time-sensitive cases.’
‘John Bett is a very approachable partner and has a wealth of experience.’
‘The commercial litigation team is approachable, practical and focused, ensuring that cases proceed smoothly but also that there is appropriate discussion of the commercial realities of litigation – they also display a talent and adaptiveness for dealing with a range of cases which are out of the ordinary.’
‘Brent Haywood is an eminently approachable communicator for both clients and counsel with a very practical approach to problems and ability to assess what is important in commercial disputes. He makes sure steps are taken to equip counsel and clients with what they need to proceed.’
‘Gregor MacEwan is an intensely knowledgeable and incredibly organised lawyer with a great knowledge of the law and a genuine interest in and attention for what goes on in court.’
C J Lang & Son (wholesaler for SPAR Scotland)
Manolete Partners Plc
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
William Duncan Business Recovery
The University of Edinburgh
- Acting for Mayfly Gwr Offshort Industria E comerio Ltd, a Brazilian-based transport container supplier, on a Court of Session commercial action valued at in excess of £10m. The client is suing Swire Oilfield Services Do Brasil LTDA regarding its obligations under a distribution agreement.
- Acting for a detectorist defending a claim arising from his discovery of a hoard of ancient valuables valued at more than £1m.
- Acting for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in relation to the withdrawal of services in a manner that amounted to unlawful discrimination.
Employment Tier 4Lindsays is a regular port of call for SMEs, charities and other third sector clients due to its broad employment law offering, which includes tribunal defence against claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal. Glasgow-based team head Ben Doherty, whose expertise extends to senior executive departures, is an essential contact for this. On the non-contentious side, the group provides the full range of day-to-day employment law advice, in addition to transactional and TUPE support; the Edinburgh-based Kate Wyatt is frequently instructed to provide assistance in the transactional space.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Wyatt; Katherine Irvine
‘Accessible and willing to tailor their service to meet needs.’
‘Honest. Pragmatic. “Can-do” attitude. Humour. Good knowledge across the sector.’
‘The service and support is what makes this organisation unique. The response and direction is always prompt; thorough; balanced, displaying a clear commerciality, married to a deep understanding of our culture. The service is cost-effective and trusted and that is such an important quality.’
‘Kate Wyatt represents everything that is excellent about our experience with Lindsays. She challenges, she understands, she provides technically strong advice and direction. She manages our expectations and is clear and timely in her communications. Just an exceptional legal practitioner.’
‘The most obvious thing potential clients want to know is, do the team know their stuff. And that’s a resounding yes.’
‘They collaborate internally and externally, showing their professionalism and often leading the way in industry thinking. No question feels daft. Most importantly, we didn’t need compliance, we needed forward-thinking and fairness for our contractual obligations, and they delivered.’
Trichology UK Ltd
Salt n Pepper Ltd
Families Against Murder & Suicide
Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice
Build a Rocket Boy Ltd
- Represented Build a Rocket Boy Ltd in defending a tribunal claim, which was struck out due to the claimant’s unreasonable conduct.
- Represented Sense Scotland in defending a tribunal claim brought by a former HR director alleging disability discrimination.
- Advising a football club in respect of a high-profile footballer’s contract termination.
‘Lindsays are a unique practice because of the manner in which they interact with their clients. They are highly professional yet always very client friendly in the way in which they deal with matters at hand.’
‘Gavin Buchan is very knowledgable and always professional.’
‘Gavin Buchan responds in a timely manner, and he’s always on the ball re availability for calls etc to discuss documents and complicated queries.’
‘Gavin Buchan always maintains a good balance between great professionalism while remaining very client friendly.’
OakNorth Bank plc
Allica Bank plc
Clydesdale Bank/Virgin Money
Social Investment Scotland
- Advising a lender in relation to the Scottish aspects of a £30m, portfolio refinance.
- Advising the lender in relation to a £1.4m loan secured by 12 commercial properties located across Scotland.
- Acting for a borrower refinancing an existing debt, obtaining new development funding and simultaneously restructuring.
Lindsays > Firm Profile
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.
|Managing partner||Alasdair Cummings|
|Corporate and Technology||David Wood|
|Commercial Property and Construction||Derek Nash|
|Private client||Grant Johnson|
|Residential Property||Andrew Diamond|
|Rural Property||Michael Yellowlees|
|Gavin Buchan||Gavin is a Banking Partner within the Commercial department based in Edinburgh.…||View Profile|
|Alasdair Cummings||Managing partner, working within the corporate and technology group. Dealing with asset…||View Profile|
|Andrew Diamond||Partner and Head of Residential Property, with responsibility for residential conveyancing and…||View Profile|
|Kenneth Gray||Kenny is a Partner in Lindsays Commercial property and banking department, with…||View Profile|
|Brent Haywood||Brent is a seasoned Solicitor Advocate and Accredited Mediator. He has more…||View Profile|
|Callum Kennedy||Private Client Partner specialising in trusts and estates, wills, guardianships and IHT…||View Profile|
|Susan Law||Susan is a partner in the Rural Property department based in Edinburgh.…||View Profile|
|Clare McCarroll||Previously the head of the executry department in a long established Edinburgh…||View Profile|
|Derek Nash||Derek is a Partner in and Head of the Commercial Property Team…||View Profile|
|Alastair Smith||Alastair is a Senior Associate within Lindsays’ Corporate and Technology team. He…||View Profile|
|Nina Taylor||Nina is principally based in the Edinburgh office advising on a wide…||View Profile|
|Peter Tweedie||Chairman and Partner in the Corporate and Technology department dealing with business…||View Profile|
|David Wood||David is a partner and head of the corporate and technology group.…||View Profile|
|Michael Yellowlees||Michael is a Partner and the Head of Lindsays Rural Property Team…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 40 Number of other UK fee-earners : 116
- Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer
- Insurance > Personal injury: pursuer
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Private client > Family
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries
- Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland
- Real estate > Property litigation