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Macdonald Henderson
G2 6PH

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Macdonald Henderson has notable expertise in management buyouts, M&A, investments and private equity matters. It is experienced in cross-border transactions and also handles shareholder matters and corporate advisory work. David Beveridge heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Beveridge

Other key lawyers:

Laura McKnight

Key clients

Norcliffe Capital Limited

Inspire Scotland

Oilfast Limited

MRM Global


EHC Energy Limited

RUA Medical Devices

Keycraft Ltd

Begley Brown

Glana Limited

Sustain Scotland


John Paton Insurance

VAPPS Limited

University of Strathclyde

Work highlights

  • Advising the sole shareholder of RUA Medical Devices in a takeover by artificial heart valve developer AorTech International plc, in a £2.45m deal which brings together two world-leading Scottish life sciences companies.
  • Advising Inspire Scotland, the Glasgow-based residential childcare group, on a £4.5m refinancing and growth package with ThinCats, the alternative lender to mid-sized businesses.
  • Advising EHC Energy Limited on the employee buyout of the company (The Electric Heating Company) from the existing shareholders.

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.

Over 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.

It is regularly instructed on mergers and acquisitions, investments and management buyouts, both domestically and internationally.

Double shortlisting in 2021
In 2021, Macdonald Henderson was shortlisted in two leading Scottish corporate awards along with major corporate law firms in the sector:

One of three corporate law firms shortlisted for “Legal Advisor of the Year” at the Scottish Business Insider Deals & Dealmakers Awards 2021 alongside Addleshaws Goddard and Burness Paull; and

One of three corporate law firms shortlisted for “Transactions Team of the Year” at The Herald Law Awards of Scotland 2021 alongside Shepherd & Wedderburn and MBM Commercial.

The Times Best Law Firms
In 2021, Macdonald Henderson’s award-winning team was been recognised for the first time in The Times Best Law Firms.

The MH team is one of only eight Scottish firms to be featured for its work in mergers and acquisitions, alongside global/UK regional giants and large Scottish heavyweights.

Corporate: The firm’s corporate team advised on over 30 disclosable deals in the financial year 2020/21 (a doubling of deal activity on the previous year) (including unreported deals), ranking us as one of the most deal active corporate teams in Scotland.

In its guide for 2021, The Legal 500 again ranked the corporate team among the top tier Scottish corporate law firms, commenting:

‘Practical, to-the-point advice without burdening the client with the legal minutiae’.

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

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

‘Key strengths are responsiveness and attention to detail’.

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


Property: Our property team is one of the busiest commercial teams in the market providing a comprehensive range of commercial property services to a national and regional client base drawn from both the private and public sectors.  We provide advice across all areas of commercial property for landlords, occupiers and developers.

Commercial and intellectual property: Recognised as respected advisors in the field of commercial law, we advise in all areas from drafting contracts to protecting intellectual property.

Dispute resolution and corporate recovery: Our 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.

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

Private client: Our private client team advises on all aspects of residential conveyancing, wills and executory work on behalf of our individual clients.

Managing director David 248 4957
Corporate David 248 4957
Commercial property Ian 248 4957
Litigation Michael 248 4957
Private client Gordon 248 4957
Employment Laura 248 4957
Commercial and intellectual property David 248 4957
Ian Anderson photo Ian AndersonSpecialist in commercial property work (including sale/purchase, commercial leasing and security work).…
David Beveridge photo David BeveridgeDavid trained with McGrigor Donald (now Pinsent Masons) from 1997-1999 and then…
Gail Docherty photo Gail DochertyA solicitor with particular experience in the residential and new build marketplace,…
Michael Hankinson photo Michael HankinsonDirector within commercial dispute resolution and corporate recovery. Michael deals with a…
Gordon Lennox photo Gordon LennoxGordon is Director of Private Client within the firm.  With many years…
Ryan Macready photo Ryan MacreadyRyan has significant experience in purchases, disposals, commercial contracts, financial facilities, and…
Hilary Malone photo Hilary MaloneHilary is an Associate Director in the corporate team.  She joined Macdonald…
Elizabeth McDade photo Elizabeth McDadeConveyancing Paralegal
Peter McEwan photo Peter McEwanPeter is a Senior Solicitor and Notary Public in our Private Client…
Callum McInnes photo Callum McInnesCallum is an Associate Director in our commercial property team. Callum advises…
Laura McKnight photo Laura McKnightLaura trained with Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace, a large Aberdeen law…
Michael  Strain photo Michael StrainMichael is a member of the Macdonald Henderson litigation team, providing practical…
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 6