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Lindsays

CALEDONIAN EXCHANGE, 19A CANNING STREET, EDINBURGH, EH3 8HE, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 229 1212
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Fax 0131 229 5611
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ED25 EDINBURGH
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www.lindsays.co.uk

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 4

Lindsays

The team at Lindsays provides ‘real clarity on what are often complex questions‘. Notable individuals in the group, which is led by David Wood, include Douglas Roberts (‘always wholly professional‘) and senior associate Alastair Smith (‘tactically aware to deliver an agreed result in the quickest possible timescale‘). Claire McCracken and Peter Tweedie (who splits his practice between Dundee and Edinburgh) are also recommended. The firm has made a particular name for itself in the healthcare sector where, in 2017, a highlight involved advising University of Glasgow spinout Causeway Therapeutics on a £1m investment round. The firm also recently handled mandates involving veterinary practices, pharmacists and dental practices. In addition to the healthcare sector, it also excels in acting for investors and technology-focused investee companies in venture capital and angel investment transactions involving other industries, such as renewable energy and IT.  The team acted for Archangels as the lead investor in pump technology firm WaveLIFT. In a deal significant to Scotland’s growing video games industry, a highlight involved acting for Leslie Benzies in a six-figure investment in Edinburgh-based audio technology company Krotos. Elsewhere, the team advises family businesses and SMEs on corporate governance, commercial contracts and succession planning (including employee ownership) issues. Consultant David Dunsire joined in January 2018 from Shepherd and Wedderburn, while former David Lindgren recently retired from private practice.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lindsays

According to its clients, Lindsays has an 'outstanding' commercial litigation practice, with its team reaping particular praise for its 'industry knowledge and accessibility'. The core team that focuses on commercial dispute resolution is led by Douglas Millar, who has more than 30 years of experience in this area. Another well-known name is Brent Haywood, who is acting for David King (the former chairman of Rangers International Football Club Plc) in a case brought by The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers over King's failure to make a mandatory offer to purchase all shares of the club (in accordance with the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) when acquiring certain shares. Among his other highlights, John Bett acted for McGivney Construction in a matter concerning a former director's breach of fiduciary duties, and handled a circa £3m landlord and tenant dispute for Healthcare Environmental Services Limited. Paul Harper is recommended for his property litigation expertise.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Lindsays

A major pillar of Lindsays' banking work is real estate finance, which includes matters related to property investment and property development. In 2017, practice head Gavin Buchan , Derek Nash , director Dawn Anderson  and solicitor Thomas Horton advised Metro Bank Plc on the £22m financing of a borrower's acquisition of a portfolio of 73 public houses. Buchan's team is also active in the peer to peer finance space, where it acts for borrowers and lenders; a recent highlight involved acting for peer to peer lender Assetz Capital in financing a borrower's acquisition of a portfolio of commercial and residential properties in Scotland. Kenneth Gray  leads a team that specialises in healthcare sector finance. Agri-finance/rural finance, which involves acting for borrowers (such as farmers, renewable energy companies and landed estates) and lenders, is another cornerstone of practice, as is the firm's work in the charities sector.

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

Lindsays

Lindsays has a strong capability in personal and corporate insolvencies, with its team handling all aspects of administrations, liquidations and sequestrations. Partners Douglas Millar, Brent Haywood, Paul Harper and John Bett all have expertise in undertaking contentious insolvency matters at the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. Another notable individual is director Iain Penman, whose experience includes actions involving issues of gratuitious alienation and unfairly preferential transactions, and wrongful sequestrations, among others. The firm also provides assistance with non-contentious matters by providing day to day advice on directors' duties, debt and company restructurings, and trust deeds. It also leverages its dedicated residential property and estate agency departments to assist clients with the disposal of residential properties in insolvency cases. Clients include individual debtors and companies, directors and insolvency practitioners.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Lindsays

The ‘simply outstanding’ practice at Lindsays advises a significant number of charities, notably in the social care sector, on the spectrum of employment matters, including sleep-in arrangements, whistleblowing allegations, disciplinary and grievance procedures. The firm also represents various employers with membership of Scottish trade associations in the food and drink industry. The practice is led by Ben Doherty, who advised a large mental health charity (for which the firm is the sole employment adviser) on  a grievance procedure concerning compliance with the national minimum wage.  The ‘knowledgeable, clear and authoritative’ Kate Wyatt advised two associated clients in the manufacturing sector in connection with the termination of employment and the directorship of an executive suspected of money laundering and other financial crimes. ‘Commercially knowledgeable’ John Lee advised Energetics on a range of employment, discrimination and transactional support issues, including severance arrangements in connection with a variety of staff departures under settlement arrangements.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 1

Lindsays

Lindsays acquired the well-established medical negligence practice from Brodies LLP in February 2017; the practice, which stands out for the ‘sensitivity’ it offers to clients pursuing medical negligence claims, is highly active in court litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. The practice is led by ‘impressive’ David Armstrong, who is noted for providing ‘well-organised instructions’ and the manner in which he deals with defending parties. In a recent highlight, he successfully represented a client in a complex causation case involving a patient who suffered complications following surgery, which was settled with an award of periodic payments to cover additional care costs. Jonathan Cornwell is also recommended for his medical negligence expertise.

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

Lindsays

The ‘well established’ team at Lindsays is noted for its particular ability to handle complex claims across the personal injury practice area, with specialists in spinal injuries, accidents abroad, industrial disease and clinical negligence. In addition to litigation, the group is also well-versed in arbitration proceedings. David Armstrong leads the team and, alongside Jonathan Cornwell has ‘a stellar reputation’ amongst clients and peers alike. The group are currently representing a child who suffered multiple serious injuries following a road traffic collision, in a case that so far has led to interim damages and a claim for £15m. The group is also instructed in a number of cases involving issues of complex liability and quantum. Experienced litigators, associate Lauren Pasi and senior solicitor Sarah Donaldson stand out for possessing ‘a good attention to detail’.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Lindsays

Lindsays  has particular expertise in the rural property sector, in addition to general agricultural and renewables matters. Recent highlights for practice head, Michael Yellowlees include advising a Canadian client on their appointment as lieutenant of a clan chief in Canada and the process required to confirm the appointment. Lauren Cook assisted the Argyll Estates with a dispute concerning crofting and grazing rights around a loch. Andrew Linehan advised the Kibble Family on the sale of Falahill Farm, which included a major renewable energy installation and a particularly complex land title, to English buyers.

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

Lindsays

Lindsays’ multidisciplinary team is noted for combining ‘legal expertise with a deep understanding of governance and the charity sector’. It advises a broad range of third sector clients on charity law contracts, corporate, property, litigation and employment matters. Practice head Alastair Keatinge stands out for providing ‘clear and pragmatic advice, built on his detailed practical experience as a charities lawyer’; he is advising Carnegie UK Trust on the establishment of an affordable credit fund, to be operated by Social Investment Scotland, and related loan arrangements. Keatinge also assisted with the establishment of Amaloidosis Research Consortium in Scotland, which will support a large American medical research charity. Ben Doherty has experience advising charitable organisations on employment matters.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Lindsays

Lindsays has ‘a solid team with a good knowledge of family law matters’. The group handles complex financial provision cases, child law (including adoption and permanence orders, cross-border and jurisdictional work. It also has considerable experience in Court of Session and Sheriff Court litigation, which stands alongside its alternative dispute resolution practice. On the non-contentious side, the team handles nuptial and cohabitation agreements, rural matters, Hague Convention work and surrogacy. Alison McKee leads the practice and has particular expertise in international child abduction cases, in addition to collaborative family law. Jennifer Gallagher stands out for ‘excellent technical knowledge’, as well as possessing ‘the confidence to run cases and take decisions herself, where appropriate’. The ‘sensible and practical’ Duncan Mackinnon is a child law specialist and is noted for his ‘great rapport’ with children. ‘Approachable, sympathetic and intellectually able’ legal director Lucy Metcalf has an excellent track record in court, which she combines with ‘well-developed soft-skills’.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 2

Lindsays

Lindsays is noted for providing ‘an exceptionally personal service, with great attention to detail’, which is ‘delivered by approachable advisers’. The team handles wills (including drafting, succession and taxation matters), powers of attorney, tax planning, trust creation and administration, executries, charitable endowments and the management of elderly clients’ financial and business affairs. The firm also has experience in estates with international components. Callum Kennedy leads the practice, advising a number of major agricultural and estate clients on tax planning and mitigation issues. Dorothy Kellas (‘professional and easy to talk to’) predominantly assists individuals and families with issues including asset protection and property matters. In addition to possessing wide-ranging experience in executries, Sandy Lamb is ‘a family business lawyer of the highest order’.

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Scotland: Real estate

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

Lindsays

Lindsays' team is 'extremely professional in its dealings' and has 'good business acumen'. Having undergone significant expansion in 2016 and 2017, it now provides a full-service to clients on property-related matters. Stuart Rowson and Gavin Buchan have property finance expertise, while director Stacy Campbell is experienced in property investment and development, with particular knowledge of the hospitality and leisure sector. Director Dawn Anderson is particularly active in the retail sector, but her sector expertise also includes student accommodation, office and industrial, hospitality and leisure, and renewable energy. In addition to providing support on corporate transactions, director Fiona Linklater advises clients on commercial leasing and secured lending transactions. Practice head Derek Nash and Anderson acted for Waterstones Booksellers Limited in the relocation of its Aberdeen outlet to a flagship two floor store at the Bon Accord Centre. Nash, Anderson and director Andrew Boccoli assisted TP Real Estate with the sale of the Tune hotel in Edinburgh to The Edinburgh Collection. Kenny Gray and Susan Law are also recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Lindsays

Lindsays' recent work included John Bett acting for Healthcare Environmental Services Limited as the defender in a widely-reported circa £3m landlord and tenant case at the Court of Session; the matter involved significant dilapidations issues, among others. Paul Harper heads up the team, which has expertise in acting for housing associations and letting agents; the scope of the advice covers debt recovery, repossessions, antisocial behaviour and tenancy deposit claims. Other clients include commercial developers, rural/highland estates, universities and charities.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Lindsays

Lindsays predominantly advises Scottish players and athletes in non-contentious mandates, but it also assists sporting clubs with incorporation and corporate governance matters, in addition to event hosting arrangements. The team is co-led by Douglas Roberts and Claire McCracken, both of who are experienced commercial lawyers. Roberts advised the Scottish Building Society on its sponsorship of Scottish Women’s Football; a deal which was a first for the client. David Wood advised the Ladies Golf Union on its reorganisation and subsequent merger with The Royal & Ancient Golf Club. Alastair Keatinge is assisting Carlton Cricket Club with its governance structure and a new constitution.

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