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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3


Lindsays' corporate team stands out for the depth of its experience and partner-led service and is able to advise clients across a range of sectors. David Wood and his group provide tailored advice to family businesses and SMEs, including transaction advice, corporate governance and assistance with shareholder arrangements and joint ventures and a broad range of contractual issues. The arrival of Ian Mitchell in the Glasgow office from Shepherd and Wedderburn significantly strengthened the firm's offering in the investment space. Douglas Roberts is another key name.

Practice head(s):David Wood

Other key lawyers:Peter Tweedie; Douglas Roberts; Alastair Smith;


'The ability to focus on each individual case and deal quickly and efficiently with any issues that might arise is what sets the team apart.'

'The proactive team identifies new ideas in the market and actively markets them to clients.'

'The team is always going above and beyond and clients can truly trust it to get the work done on time, and accurately. The corporate experts at Lindsays give sage advice when difficult choices present themselves and always communicate technical details in easy-to-understand terms, while also having a great understanding of specific industries.'

'David Wood is very professional in his dealings. He is great at not wasting time on minor issues but at the same time doesn't allow them to become large issues.'

'Douglas Roberts is enthusiastic and creates opportunities for partners and clients.'

'Douglas Roberts and Nimarta Cheema are exceptional in their approach. They understand the personal stress created by the nature of deals and what needs to be done for each individual client.'

'Alastair Smith is a real pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

Par Equity

Palimpsest Book Production Company Limited

60 North Recycling Limited

Bruce Stevenson Limited

DIR Veterinary Services Limited

John Yorkston

Spence and Spence (Scotland) Limited

Edith Butler

Edinburgh Endodontics Limited


University of St Andrews

Leslie Benzies

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sellers on the sale of Blinkbonny Quarry to Breedon Northern Limited.
  • Advised Par Equity on an investment round in Novosound, a company that has developed and patented a groundbreaking technique to mass manufacture printable ultrasound sensors.
  • Advised Palimpsest Book Production Company Limited on a share purchase agreement, revised articles of association, employee trust deed and all necessary ancillary documents concerning the establishment of an employee ownership trust.
  • Advised Bruce Stevenson Limited on the acquisition of A Youngson (Turriff) Limited, based in Aberdeenshire.
Next Generation Partners

Douglas Roberts - Lindsays

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3


Lindsays assists clients with various corporate and commercial disputes and has particular expertise in property and real estate-related work. Douglas Millar heads the 'thorough' team.

Practice head(s):Douglas Millar

Other key lawyers:Brent Haywood; John Bett; Paul Harper; David Armstrong

Key Clients

David King, chairman of Ranger International Football Club

Scottish Water

Arnold Clark Automobiles

Healthcare Environmental Services

British Boxing Board of Control

The University of Edinburgh

Lamond & Murray

Scottish Youth Hostels Association

Campbell & Kennedy

CJ Lang & Son

Work highlights

  • Acting for David King, chairman of Rangers International Football Club, in a dispute with the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers concerning the acquisition of shares in the club.
  • Continues to act for construction and roads maintenance business McGivney Construction in litigation pertaining to its former director's breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Acted for property management business Cullen Property in a dispute with the owner of a property in central Edinburgh following the refusal to pay the client for renovation works amounting to over £140,000.
  • Acted for Scottish Environmental and Outdoor Education Centres Association in a dispute over contradictory invoices for gas with the supplier.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4


Lindsays' banking practice handles a wide range of transactions for lenders and borrowers, and notably excels in the real estate finance space. The group's real estate-focused work consists of increasingly high-value, cross-border transactions. The team also draws from the expertise in the commercial property and construction groups. Gavin Buchan leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Gavin Buchan

Other key lawyers:Thomas Horton


'The banking experts at Lindsays are quick, efficient & responsive and clients should have no concerns about their commercial awareness with practical recommendations made throughout the lending process.'

'The team is always very helpful in dealing with cross-border transactions, particularly in terms of assisting with commentary on Scottish law.'

'Gavin Buchan and Thomas Horton are both knowledgeable, approachable and flexible. Ann Clark works tirelessly and likes to think outside the box to get results in very tight deadlines.'

'Gavin Buchan is knowledgeable and always available to turn requests round quickly.'

Key Clients

Maslow Capital

Octopus Property

OakNorth Bank plc

Assetz Capital

National Westminster Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

Hampden Bank plc

Redwood Bank Limited

Glenisla Developments Limited


Work highlights

  • Provided Scottish law advice to Maslow Capital as senior lender on a development finance facility.
  • Acted for a UK challenger bank specialising in property finance on the Scottish aspects of a bridging finance transaction  regarding the purchase of a large site in Glasgow city centre.
  • Acted for OakNorth Bank on the Scottish aspects of a portfolio refinance relating to 161 public houses located throughout the UK.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4


Lindsays' practice fields a multi-disciplinary team including dispute resolution, corporate, technology, commercial property and estate agency practitioners. The group has particular strength in advising creditors and insolvency practitioners and has substantial distressed property experience; it regularly acts on the disposal of commercial property assets and the disposal of residential property assets being sold out of insolvency requirements. Practice head Douglas Millar also leads the dispute resolution group and has substantial experience in the Court of Session.

Practice head(s):Douglas Millar

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 4


Lindsays has substantial expertise in the third sector but also acts for various SMEs and larger privately owned employers as well as senior executives in a wide range of non-contentious and contentious issues; the latter is an area of particular expertise for the team, leading to regular instructions concerning claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing alongside bullying and sexual harassment as well as disciplinary actions taken against employees. Non-contentious work frequently involves termination of employment and employment status matters. The 'very pragmatic and commercially minded' Ben Doherty heads the team, which lost John Lee to Ledingham Chalmers LLP in February 2019.

Practice head(s):Ben Doherty


'Ben Doherty works hard for his clients.'

'Pragmatic and solution-driven approach.'

'Considers the client's company culture before making suggestions.'

Key Clients

2 Agriculture

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Castle Water

McLaughlin and Harvey Construction

Hostelling Scotland

AGR Automation

Borland Insurance

William Stephens

Carr Gomm

Viewpoint Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Tribunal representation in the successful defence of a claim of unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.
  • Against the background of the #metoo movement, the team advised a client on complaints of bullying and sexual harassment brought by a female PA against her line manager.
  • Advice to a new client accused by an employee of subjecting her to a detriment following a whistleblowing email sent to the client’s local authority funder.
  • Provided advice on the employment termination of a senior member of the client’s account team.
  • Defended a client against unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims brought by an employee.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 2


'Outstanding negotiator' David Armstrong and 'excellent solicitor' Jonathan Cornwell head up Lindsays' medical negligence practice, which has diversified its caseload recently, taking on work stemming from dental negligence and prescription errors, often involving complex points of law such as contributory negligence and informed consent. As well as handling complex litigation, the team also looks to utilise alternative dispute resolution as often as possible to expedite the process for clients and keep costs down. Associate Lauren Pasi manages a high volume of complex claims and mentors junior employees remotely from her office in Spain.

Practice head(s):David Armstrong

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Cornwell; Lauren Pasi


'Jonathan Cornwell is an excellent solicitor and a standout in his field.'

'A well organised modern firm which is committed to maintaining expertise They have a good reputation among other firms and with the court. They are pragmatic and focused on doing high quality work.'

'David Armstrong has a very pleasant manner with his clients and is well able to maintain their trust and confidence even when dealing with difficult issues'.

Key Clients

UnionLine Scotland

Ageas Legal

Consumer Action

Ward Haddaway

Thorntons Solicitors

The Society of Radiographers


McCallum & Co

Lime (Shakespeare Legal)

Legal 2020 Limited

Hampson Hughes

ACH Group Limited

The Communication Workers Union

Work highlights

  • Investigating a death and obtaining the necessary expert reports to demonstrate that it was caused by the prescription of two different drugs that caused blood thinning.
  • Settling a claim prior to proof on the grounds that consent was never given for an operation which resulted in a permanent disability.
  • Settling a dental negligence case arising from a dentist's failure to provide the claimant with orthodontic treatment while she was a teenager.
Rising stars

Lauren Pasi - Lindsays

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 2


Lindsays has a far-reaching personal injury practice which often handles multi-jurisdictional cases with multiple claimants, and takes on a high volume of complex claims relating to loss of society, road traffic accidents, psychological injury, asbestos exposure, and injuries sustained at work. David Armstrong  brings considerable expertise to the team as a solicitor-advocate and accredited senior litigator.

Practice head(s):David Armstrong


'Lindsays kept me up to date frequently about the progress of my claim and were easy to get in touch with.'

'Associate Lauren Pasi dealt with my case and I really don't think I could have someone better.  She was very polite, hard working, friendly and kept me informed along the way.'

Key Clients

33 Legal Limited

Autoclaims UK Limited

Cassidy & Nicholson

Clear Law Solicitors

First Accident Assistance

Jeff Law Limited

Freedom Management Group

McKinstry Law

Scotland Injury Lawyers

Total Claims Solutions

Work highlights

  • Achieving a high value settlement for the family of a ten-year-old boy seriously injured in a road traffic accident in 2009, when the car he was in collided with a tractor.
  • Acting for multiple pursuers in a fatal claim for damages on behalf of a family member who died when an unattended vehicle rolled down a hill and struck him.
  • Pursuing an action for compensation based on psychological injuries sustained by the claimant as a result of bullying and harassment over a series of years while he was working for the Royal Mail, leading to his retirement and a substantial wage loss as well as a loss of pension.
Leading individuals

David Armstrong - Lindsays

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3


Lindsays' agriculture and estates team is run by Michael Yellowlees, who acts for a number of large landed estates and is frequently involved in the sale of farmland and forestry, in addition to the purchase of agricultural and residential land. In the renewables sector, the team has been working with developers and landowners on a major electricity project, and acting for a clean energy company in negotiations with landowners regarding rights for access and services. Yellowlees has a niche in feudal dignities - an area in which he is described as 'the leading lawyer in this field of practice'.

Practice head(s):Michael Yellowlees


"A very responsive team with good turn around times who provided us with high quality advice on a complex matter."

"This is the world's leading practice with respect to the sale and acquisition of legitimate Scottish baronial titles, as well as with respect to the representation of Scottish barons generally. Michael Yellowlees is simply the leading lawyer in this field of practice."

Key Clients

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

Professor George Everly, eminent American psychologist

William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor, Tarbert Estate

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

Alan MacKay, Earl of Breadalbane

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 Forthringham, Baron Murthly, Murthly and Strathbraan Estates

Community Wind Power Limited/Community Wein Energy Limited

Scottish Water

The Pairc Trust, community body, Isle of Lewis

Lord Godfrey Macdonald of Macdonald, Chief of Clan Macdonald

Work highlights

  • Advising American and Canadian clients about issues relating to the uniquely Scottish concepts of feudal dignities and Clan Law.
  • Acting for executors in the sale of a prime quality arable farm close to the English border.
  • Acted for landowners who sold a farm in 2016 at which time a dispute was ongoing with the owners of the neighbouring cottages regarding the private water supply.
  • Acted on behalf of Argyll Estates in the transfer of two harbours on the Isle of Tiree to a community body.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2


Lindsays handles the full range of constitutional and governance matters for charities, from SCIO incorporation to OSCR compliance, in addition to a significant volume of mandates concerning mergers, restructurings and contentious employment matters. David Dunsire, who joined from Shepherd and Wedderburn in 2018, has added a wealth of knowledge on corporate structures and contractual matters to the team. Alastair Keatinge - 'one of the most prominent figures in the charity legal sector' - is described as 'the ideal charity lawyer: sound, conscientious, reliable and a pleasure to deal with.'

Practice head(s):Alastair Keatinge

Other key lawyers:David Dunsire


'The Lindsays team are committed to the charities sector in Scotland. They are a recognised specialist in the provision of legal services to the sector.'

'Alastair Keatinge not only knows the legislation inside out but is able to give practical advice as to how the Scottish charity regulator interprets it.'

'A good all-round traditional practice of the best sort: professional, skilled and with a wide range of experience, businesslike but not over-commercial. All-importantly, the firm puts the interests of its clients first.'

'Alastair Keatinge has a vast knowledge of the sector. He has good networks that keep him informed of the most up to date information.'

'Alastair Keatinge is one of the most prominent figures in the charity legal sector.'

'Alastair Keatinge is the ideal charity lawyer: sound, conscientious, reliable and a pleasure to deal with.'


Key Clients

St Columba’s Hospice

Carnegie UK Trust

Crossroads Caring Scotland

Edinburgh University Students’ Association

The Aberdeen Islamic Charitable Trust

Lyme Disease GNHCT Scotland

The Clark Foundation for Legal Education

Scottish Documentary Institute

The Albion Trust

Bank of Scotland Foundation

Social Bite

Big Hearted Scotland

Work highlights

  • Restructuring of the Scottish Documentary Institute in order to allow new sources of funding to be targeted.
  • Setting up a new charity and transferring the SNU Trust's assets into a new SCIO, whilst ensuring the charity is registered as a cross-border charity with the Office of the Scottish Regulator.
  • Establishing a new charity in Scotland on behalf of Lyme Disease GNHCT to increase its capacity to carry projects and raise the requisite funds.
  • Provided full contractual advice, governance and training to an independent provider of specialist palliative care in Scotland, located in a new £26m hospice building in Edinburgh.
Leading individuals

Alastair Keatinge - Lindsays

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Family - ranked: tier 2


Lindsays frequently represents high net worth individuals in financial provision cases involving aspects such as residency disputes and disagreements over the distribution of matrimonial property or business assets. Another notable area of expertise for the firm is residence orders and contact orders of a contentious nature due to allegations of sexual assault or violence. The team also handles safeguarding matters for vulnerable children and young adults and cross-jurisdictional child abduction cases. 'Tenacious' and 'pragmatic' practice head Alison McKee has a niche in the developing field of surrogacy law and is frequently appointed by the Glasgow Sheriff Court's panel of solicitors to produce reports on contact and residence disputes. Dundee partner Jennifer Gallagher is chair of Scotland's Family Law Association.

Practice head(s):Alison McKee

Other key lawyers:Nina Taylor; Jennifer Gallagher


'Alison McKee has a wide breadth of experience and is equally at home litigating or trying to resolve matters by agreement. She is also very pragmatic.'

'Pragmatic, down to earth, client-focused and solutions driven.'

A superbly professional practice and very well resourced with the capacity to take on all sorts of sizes of work.'

'Alison McKee offered empathic understanding of my situation as well as informed advice.'

'Nina Taylor is a joy to work with. She has a warm personality which puts clients entirely at ease but is a robust negotiator and a formidable opponent in court.'

'Jennifer Gallagher is efficient in case management and has an excellent grasp of the law.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on international child abduction matter.
  • Handled cross-jurisdictional negotiation of financial provision on divorce.
  • Acted in highly contentious Sheriff Court action for financial provision on divorce and residence/contact of the three children.
  • Advised on complex financial provision and contact/residence matter.
Leading individuals

Alison McKee - Lindsays

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 3


The 'commercial but compassionate' practice at Lindsays acts for executors in the administration and winding-up of estates in matters that involve elements such as assets held in multiple jurisdictions, liferent trusts and deaths intestate, and has further expertise handling succession planning to mitigate inheritance tax or capital gains tax. The team also has specialist expertise handling contentious matters relating to the validity and interpretations of wills, and regularly acts for vulnerable clients in matters pertaining to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act, either in a guardianship capacity or through being appointed Power of Attorney. Grant Johnson leads the private client team while 'legal encyclopaedia' Sandy Lamb has considerable experience establishing, managing and winding up trusts.

Practice head(s):Grant Johnson

Other key lawyers:Sandy Lamb


"The team is approachable, friendly and measured. They are a pleasure to work with." 

"The team have a wide range of skills and backgrounds. They offer both youth and experience and pride themselves on client relationships." 

"The individuals I work with are excellent at responding to queries and making themselves available for phone calls and meetings etc."  

"Lynsey Kerr is approachable, knowledgeable and someone who has the client's best interests at heart."

"Sandy Lamb is like a legal encyclopaedia, able to seamlessly switch gears to open up previously hidden chapters."

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3


Lindsays' real estate team is singled out for its retail sector strength along with healthcare and charity sector expertise. The group regularly handles healthcare transactions, principally regarding the purchase and sale of dental, pharmacy and veterinary practices, opticians, nursing homes and children’s nurseries. The practice's client roster also includes investors, developers and high-profile corporate occupiers. Practice head Derek Nash is particularly experienced in development and investment transactions, while Kenny Gray specialises in investment work.

Practice head(s):Derek Nash

Other key lawyers:Kenny Gray; Susan Law


'The commercial property team at Lindsays is extremely dedicated, dynamic, forward-thinking, effective and tenacious. The firm's experts provide an exceptional service, are thorough in their work and have great attention to detail. '

'Lindsays' real estate specialists are very knowledgeable in the renewable energy sector. The team works hard to meet client expectations.'

'The team is very keen to get to know its clients well so that its practitioners really understand what is important. It is very much a relationship-led group rather than purely transactional.'

'Susan Law is always available when needed and provides a very personal service. She is a very accomplished and commercially astute lawyer who is always methodical and thoughtful in her approach. She puts things across in simple and straightforward terms and provides quality and well thought through advice and recommendations.'

Key Clients


Hurricane Energy PLC

Intu (formerly Capital Shopping Centres)

Scottish Water

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Community Windpower

Waterstones Booksellers Limited

Structured House

Tom Howley Limited

Fanduel Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for an Edinburgh private property company on lettings, disposals and other property work.
  • Instructed by Tom Howley to handle the lease for its first store in Scotland.
  • Advised Perivan on the relocation of its office premises.
  • Advised an Irish property investment group on a lease renegotiation and acted for the client in a service charge and dilapidations claimrelating to a property in central Edinburgh.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4


Lindsays' 'personable, calm and efficient' practice is particularly active in various landlord and tenant disputes, including commercial lease and dilapidation matters, and demonstrates notable expertise in the agricultural, commercial and residential property sectors. Its client base, which includes a number of landed estates, also benefits from the team's mediation and arbitration capabilities. Paul Harper is the key contact.

Practice head(s):Paul Harper

Other key lawyers:John Bett


'Good knowledge of the law coupled with a pragmatic and collaborative approach.'

Key Clients

Scottish Water

Arnold Clark Automobiles

The University of Edinburgh

Healthcare Environmental Services

Torquhil Ian Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell, Argyll Estates

Scottish Youth Hostel Association

Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH)

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 Forthringham, Baron Murthly, Murthly and Strathbaan Estates

Work highlights

  • Acting for the defenders in a high-value landlord and tenant dispute involving dilapidations claims.
  • Acting tor the client, the owner of a commercial property development in Dundee, in its dilapidations claim against a former tenant worth approximately £350,000.
  • The team has raised Land Tribunal and compensation claim proceedings against the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland following the incorrect registration of the client's roadway.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport - ranked: tier 3


Lindsays frequently carries out governance reviews for sporting clubs, while also advising athletes, coaches and football players on a range of matters. The practice also provides legal advice to scottishathletics and its board on an exclusive basis. Solicitor advocate Brent Haywood handles high value, contentious disputes, including defending Rangers chairman Dave King against action taken by the Takeover Panel in relation to his acquisition of shares in the football club.

Practice head(s):Douglas Roberts

Other key lawyers:Brent Haywood

Key Clients

Carlton Cricket Club

Corstorphine Lawn Tennis Club

British Boxing Board of Control

David King

Work highlights

  • Carried out a review of Carlton Cricket Club's governance structure.
  • Carried out a review of Corstorphine Lawn Tennis Club's constitution and its internal governance structures.
  • Acted for the British Boxing Board of Control in relation to a fatal accident inquiry into the death of professional boxer Michael Towell, who died after being knocked down in a televised bout in 2016.
Leading individuals

Brent Haywood - Lindsays

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