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MacRoberts LLP

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Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Laurence Fraser

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MacRoberts LLP

Work Department

Real Estate




Laurence acts in a broad range of commercial and residential property transactions for a diverse client base throughout Scotland, including national commercial and residential property developers, national arts organisations, retailers and charitable organisations. He has particular expertise in major office, retail, residential and mixed use developments.

Laurence has acted as external examiner in conveyancing at the University of Strathclyde, and is a director of The Citizens Theatre, where he chairs the board sub-committee overseeing the theatre’s £20m redevelopment project.

He is also a trustee of children’s charity KIND (Scotland).


The Univeristy of Glasgow
Bachelor's Degree, Law, Honours

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

MacRoberts LLP has established a first-rate reputation for commercial property in the UK market, with the firm working alongside London-headquartered and international firms, in addition to undertaking mandates on a standalone basis. One of the areas of growth of the practice is in residential development; the firm is currently advising CALA Group on a project at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. Douglas Lamb heads up the team, which has also had a strong pipeline of work in property investments and finance transactions, as has been demonstrated by its work for Wirefox City Park Property Limited in the acquisition (and related financing) of a 285,000 square feet multi-let Grade B listed building in Glasgow for £41m. Lamb's group is also assisting clients such as Hamilton Capital Partners, Revcap and London & Cambridge Properties with making investment acquisitions across Scotland. In another highlight, Lamb and others are advising Clydeside Regeneration Limited on the development of an 85 acre mixed-use site on the Clyde waterfront in Clydebank. Laurence Fraser, who is a director of the Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow, chairs the board sub-committee that is overseeing its £20m redevelopment; this is one of the largest ongoing development projects in the West of Scotland. Lisa Frost is active in all areas of real estate, with particular strengths in real estate finance and the Scottish aspects of UK portfolio deals. Gillian Campbell is dual English and Scottish law qualified, and is sought-after for cross-border commercial property transactions. In the retail and hospitality/leisure sectors, the firm's clients include Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc, All Saints Retail Limited and Dalata Hotel Group Plc. Kelsey Gibson, John McQuillan and David Milne are recommended.

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Within: Construction

MacRoberts LLP's ties to the Scottish construction industry dates back more than 30 years. Its high quality team includes Mike Barlow, Craig Bradshaw, David Wilson and senior associate Sarah Pengelly; they are all accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialists in construction law. Practice head Neil Kelly, who is also an accredited construction law specialist, was made an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2007 and honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) in 2012. The group has extensive experience of construction projects across a broad cross-section of industries, including healthcare, renewable energy, infrastructure, transport, education and real estate. It is equally strong in complex, high-profile and high-value contentious and non-contentious matters, where it acts for a wide range of parties. Barlow and real estate partner Laurence Fraser are advising Scottish Canals on the North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System, the construction aspects of which recently concerned the governance agreement and drainage partnership agreement with Glasgow City Council and Scottish Water, the NEC3 engineering and construction contract, and infrastructure works contract. Elsewhere, the firm has had significant involvement in the construction aspects of PPP projects across Scotland, and counts NHS Lothian as one of its clients in this area. It also acts for large UK and international businesses, and developers, among other entities. On the contentious side of the practice, Jennifer McKay is defending engineering services provider Aecom against an action at the Court of Session, where it is alleged that the client failed to properly advise on the design and supervision of groundworks at a site in Leithlands in Glasgow, which led to the site no longer being suitable for development. 

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