Firm Profile > Macdonald Henderson > Glasgow, Scotland

Macdonald Henderson
G2 6PH

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Macdonald Henderson is noted for its experience of advising on management buyouts, M&A and private equity deals, and is particularly experienced in cross-border transactions. David Beveridge heads the practice and is recommended for corporate finance, general corporate advisory work and investments.

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‘Commercial and efficient- a combination of broad experience and strong legal knowledge’.

‘David Beveridge is a well-connected and experienced operator’.

‘Really strong team that care about their clients, very solution-driven’. 

‘Fraser Morrison is an excellent lawyer who is practical, patient, knowledgeable and professional’.

‘MacDonald Henderson are a small team but they have such a range of knowledge and work so well together’. 

‘They have experience in dealing with small clients, from start-ups or university spin outs through to larger organisations on the SME spectrum’. 

‘The individuals I deal with, in particular Fraser Morrison and David Beveridge, are a delight to work with’. 

‘Key strengths are responsiveness and attention to detail’. 

Key clients

Strathmech Building Services

Executive Benefit Services

Provan Sports

Law At Work

Filtec Water Services

Community UK

JWF Process Solutions Ltd

Target Healthcare Group

John Paton Insurance Services

Pentland Material Supply Limited

HALO Scotland

The Gannet

Academy House Limited

Merchant City Distributors

Abacus Group

Advanced Perimeter Systems Limited

Pentland Precision Limited


Corporate Road Solutions 24:7 Limited

Clean Air Containment Services Limited

Awaken Intelligence

Spark & Rocket

Renfrewshire Electronics

Gean Developments

Thomsons Coffee

Ellis Mack


Harbyn Consulting

University of Strathclyde

J Bruce Andrew

Damm Environmental

Doon Valley Pharmacy

Henderson Stone

Water Babies franchises

Bec Plastic

Finlay Scotland Limited

Old College Capital LP

Anacail Limited

Currie European Transport Group

Macdonald Henderson is an award-winning boutique challenger to Scotland’s largest commercial law firms, dedicated to serving Scotland’s SME owner-managers, entrepreneurs and family businesses.

The firm: Almost 30 years since its formation, the firm has boldly asserted itself as one of the top performers of Scotland’s professional advisor community and is known for being energetic, savvy, capable and friendly in its approach.

Following a management buyout of the founder in 2009, led by managing director David Beveridge, the firm has gone from strength to strength.

The firm entered The Legal 500 in 2015 and has achieved ‘ranked’ status every year since, described by Legal 500 as “exceptional” and delivering “practical, to-the-point advice without burdening the client with the legal minutiae”.

The firm was placed as one of the top seven corporate law firms in Scotland in terms of number of deals completed in 2018/19. This achievement, published by Scottish Business Insider in its 2018 Yearbook, capped a busy year of deals, appointments and recognitions for Macdonald Henderson where the firm completed over 50 acquisitions, disposals, investments and restructures (including unreported deals) ranking the firm as one of the most deal active corporate firms in Scotland.   The firm was shortlisted as Legal Advisor of the Year at the Deal & Dealmakers Awards 2018.

Types of work undertaken: Macdonald Henderson boasts expertise in corporate, commercial property, corporate recovery, commercial dispute resolution, intellectual property, employment and private client areas of practice.

Teams are arranged under these core practice areas, allowing it to meet the varied needs of all its clients.

Corporate: providing advice on a wide range of corporate issues, the team has strength, indepth experience and a track record in advising on MBO’s, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking and finance, ensuring a smooth transaction process for its clients.

Commercial and intellectual property: recognised as knowledgeable advisors in the field of commercial law, Macdonald Henderson advises on all areas, from drafting contracts to protecting intellectual property.

Property: the team is one of the busiest commercial teams in Scotland, providing a comprehensive range of commercial property services to a national and regional client base drawn from both the private and public sectors. It advises across all areas of commercial property for landlords, occupiers and developers. The property team is very busy and has a high recognition value in the Scottish market.

Dispute resolution and corporate recovery: the team advises on all aspects of commercial dispute resolution and is highly active in delivering insolvency and restructuring advice to both companies and insolvency professionals, and recovering sums due.

Private client: the private client team advises on all aspects of domestic conveyancing, wills and executry work on behalf of individual clients.

Employment: the team provides a highly proactive client service and is experienced in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, employee option schemes and benefits.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing director David Beveridge 0141 248 4957
Corporate David Beveridge 0141 248 4957
Commercial property Ian Anderson 0141 248 4957
Litigation Alan McKee 0141 248 4957
Private client Maureen Matheson 0141 248 4957
Employment Laura McKnight 0141 248 4957
Commercial and intellectual property David Beveridge 0141 248 4957
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ian Anderson  photo Ian Anderson Specialist in commercial property work (including sale/purchase, commercial leasing and security work).…
 David Beveridge  photo David Beveridge David trained with McGrigor Donald (now Pinsent Masons) from 1997-1999 and then…
 Stacy Campbell  photo Stacy Campbell Stacy joined Wright Johnston and Mackenzie LLP as a trainee in 2004. …
 Michael Hankinson  photo Michael Hankinson Director within commercial dispute resolution and corporate recovery. Michael deals with a…
 Colm Kerr  photo Colm Kerr Corporate Solicitor
 Victoria Lawson  photo Victoria Lawson Conveyancing Executive
 Hilary Malone  photo Hilary Malone Hilary is a solicitor in the corporate team.  She joined Macdonald Henderson…
 Maureen Matheson  photo Maureen Matheson Director and Head of Private Client & Residential Conveyancing. Acting for our…
 Elizabeth McDade  photo Elizabeth McDade Conveyancing Paralegal
 Alan McKee  photo Alan McKee Head of commercial dispute resolution and corporate recovery. Acting for/advising a varied…
 Laura McKnight  photo Laura McKnight Laura trained with Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace, a large Aberdeen law…
 Fraser Morrison  photo Fraser Morrison Fraser is an experienced corporate and commercial solicitor and has particular expertise…
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8