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Pinsent Masons LLP
AB15 4YL

Banking and finance Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP covers the full gamut of finance work and also has specialist expertise in bank structural reforms, ring-fencings, loan sales and purchases, loan-on-loan financings, derivatives, ship finance work, asset-based lending and oil & gas reserve-based lending. The department, led by John MacIver, fields a specialist reserve-based lending sub-team and also has capabilities in debt capital markets. Michael Watson focuses on project finance work, Iain Macaulay handles project finance matters and Gillian Frew is a specialist in energy and infrastructure finance. Richard Scott is the main Aberdeen contact and was recently promoted to office head.

Practice head(s):

John Maciver

Other key lawyers:


The banking and finance team is highly knowledgeable and experienced. It is extremely responsive, especially when dealing with anything that requires an urgent turnaround, and adopts a pragmatic approach to problems and challenges.

At Pinsent Masons, the knowledge of the market and expertise in executing transactions means the banking team exceeds its peers.

Pinsent’s finance experts work hard to deliver a joint support and to maintain a healthy dialogue on pertinent issues.

It is a team built on in-depth corporate banking knowledge, which is applied in a careful and commercial manner to ensure a transaction can be completed successfully within the required timescales.

Richard Scott is a skilled and knowledgeable banking lawyer. When discussing new instructions, Richard takes the time to really understand the commercial aspects of the transaction and, as a result, always identifies the optimum legal solution.

John Maciver provides excellent leadership to the team and a deep understanding of the range of issues that need to be managed when delivering a complex lending transaction.

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland


Santander UK

Clydesdale Bank

Homes England

Wheatley Housing Group Limited

Deutsche Bank

Faroe Petroleum

Cairn Energy

Verus Petroleum UK Limited

Bricks Capital

Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited

Dana Petroleum Limited

Zennor Petroleum Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is a respected player in the market and utilises its strong cross-border capabilities to act for clients across a wide range of industries. Recently, the team led by 'impressive operator' Jim Cormack QC, a solicitor advocate since September 2018, has been handling high-profile banking litigation, IP and IT disputes and product liability claims as well as commercial disputes arising from energy projects. Craig Connal QC, who also sits as arbitrator, and commercial litigator Jacqueline Harris are other key individuals of the team. Contentious IP expert David Woods made partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Jim Cormack QC

Other key lawyers:

Craig Connal QC; Jacqueline Harris; Bruce Craig; Joanne Gillies; David Woods


Jim Cormack is very bright and highly regarded and if that wasn’t enough, he is also very pleasant to deal with.

David Woods is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

Genuine customer service ethos.

The team has an excellent understanding of the commercial issues facing complex negotiations and of the contractual problems businesses have in today’s marketplace.

Able to explain a complex legal issue in a clear and concise manner.

Key clients

News Corp


Balfour Beatty Group

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

William Grant & Sons

Imperial Tobacco

Galliford Try Group

Legal & General


KCA Deutag Group

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 1

Leveraging the firm's global network, Pinsent Masons LLP is recognised for its cross-border commercial property work, especially in the energy space. The Scottish team, led by Katharine Hardie, has a strong track record in the residential development sector and is also singled out for regeneration mandates; Paul Connolly is the key name for development matters. The group's high-profile client roster also ensures the team regularly handles large-scale asset acquisitions including shopping centres and cross-border portfolio acquisitions; it also assists with cross-border restructuring and refinancing deals. Ewan Alexander, energy property team head Jennifer Ballantyne, and property investment specialist Russell Munro are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Hardie

Other key lawyers:


‘Pinsent Masons delivers a technically robust but commercially aware service across the full property life-cycle including developments, construction matters, property management work and investment issues.’

‘Distinguished by a real can-do attitude, the team balances the ultimate need to protect the client’s legal position with commercial acumen and a willingness to get the deal done.’

‘Paul Connolly has excellent client relationship management skills and can coordinate various and varied instructions.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

HFD Group Limited

CALA Management Limited

Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractua lScheme

BAM TCP Atlantic Square Limited

New Uberior House Limited managed by Aerium

Glasgow City Council as administering Authority for Strathclyde Pension Fund

Wheatley Group

Ropemaker Properties Limited (BP Pension fund)

West Coast Captial

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 1

The real estate experts at Pinsent Masons LLP regularly act for high-profile local and national developers operating across Scotland. The team is spread across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and is recognised for its work for major oil and gas companies. Aberdeen-based Rodney Whyte leads the practice, which is also active in residential development projects. The team also handles energy developments, planning work and regenerations.

Practice head(s):

Rodney Whyte

Other key lawyers:

Mark McCall

Key clients

CALA Group

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

The Pilkington Trust

Avant Homes (Scotland) Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Persimmon Homes Limited

ABZ Development Limited

GSS Developments(Aberdeen) Limited

Aberdeen Harbour Board

Kier Property Developments

Baker Hughes

Mactaggart & Mickel

Wallace Land

Bellway Homes Limited

Construction Tier 1

With a superb reputation, Pinsent Masons LLP's 'excellent and forward-thinking' team handles the full spectrum of construction law, including transactional projects and disputes, and acts for an impressive public and private client roster across a number of sectors including infrastructure and transport, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Kenny Valentine heads the construction advisory and disputes team and the 'practical and pragmaticMichael Allan is the main contact for transactional construction law. Brandon Nolan, known for his construction disputes work, and energy projects expert Nicholas Carlin are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Allan; Kenny Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Colin Fraser; Brandon Nolan; Nicholas Carlin; Stacey Cassidy


Kenny Valentine is extremely competent and pretty much always available.

Works very hard to understand the client and their commercial position.

Colin Fraser provides high-quality, pragmatic advice which is solutions-orientated.

You would want to have them on your side.

Provides commercially sound advice.

Key clients

Balfour Beatty

Aker Solutions

Barclays Bank

HOCHTIEF Solutions

Galliford Try

Morgan Sindall


The City of Edinburgh Council

Lend Lease

Brookfield Multiplex

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP has considerable strength in sectors including energy and infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and technology, healthcare and life sciences, retail and consumer, real estate and financial services. It also has a notable private equity and capital markets offering. Barry McCaig heads the team, which also include Rosalie Chadwick, Alan Diamond and Kevin Beattie.

Practice head(s):

Barry McCaig

Other key lawyers:

Rosalie Chadwick; Alan Diamond; Kenny Devanny; Jonathan Kirkwood; Brian Thumath; Jennifer Malcolm; Kevin Beattie


The high-quality team provides clear and concise advice, and is not afraid to give an opinion.

Barry McCaig is good at seeing the situation from the client’s perspective. He provides the legal view but translates it into a commercial view too.

Knowledge is backed by strong practical advice that understands that businesses have decisions to make and don’t want lawyers who just try and tell you what you can’t do.’

Excellent knowledge of AIM regulations and working with listed companies.

Jonathan Kirkwood (legal director) is extremely thorough and very easy to deal with.

Key clients


Blue Water Energy LLP

Belltown Power Limited

Cenkos Securities

Petro Matad Limited

Range Resources Limited

Springfield Properties


iomart Group

Energy Assets Limited

Scottish Equity Partners LLP


JZ Capital Partners

Crime: fraud Tier 1

Praised for its full-service corporate crime and white-collar crime offering, Pinsent Masons LLP is a respected player in the market and as such receives regular instructions from corporate clients to assist with compliance matters, investigations, self-reporting and remediation as well as criminal proceedings. 'Superb white-collar crime guru' Tom Stocker heads up the 'extremely responsive' team; clients describe him as 'smart, dynamic and hugely experienced'.

Practice head(s):

Tom Stocker


Tom Stocker is a fantastic operator. He is strategic, sharp and tough and Scotland’s go-to lawyer for any white-collar crime issues.

Pre-eminent in Scotland for white-collar crime and contentious regulatory work.’

Takes the time to understand the client’s business.

Tom Stocker knows the area in depth.

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 1

Energy and projects work are cornerstones of Pinsent Masons LLP's Scottish practice. On the corporate front, the team acts for purchasers and vendors of renewable energy assets under the leadership of practice head Ian McCarlie, while the team's finance specialists regularly advise sponsors and banks on UK wind farm and solar refinancings. Legal director Kate Turner is a key name for low carbon, energy efficient schemes, decentralised energy projects and ESCO project structures for district heating projects. Also notable is the group's expertise in the dispute resolution space and regulatory matters. Chris McGarvey recently departed to CMS.

Practice head(s):

Ian McCarlie

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Harris; Jennifer Ballantyne; Kate Turner;


The team at Pinsent Masons is very knowledgeable and experienced in the energy sector. Its practitioners are highly responsive and willing to go that extra mile to meet very pressing deadlines.

Pinsent Masons is an exceptionally professional firm with a lot of experience in property and planning matters in the renewable energy sector.

Kate Turner is refreshingly pragmatic and provides original thinking whilst maintaining the legal due diligence required.’

Key clients







InfraRed / TRIG

Blue Energy

Star Renewables

Ross Developments / HALO Kilmarnock


Element Power

Belltown Power



Environment Tier 1

Jennifer Ballantyne leads the 'proactive' Scottish environment team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which is a respected player in the market, handling a broad spectrum of environment law work in the energy, infrastructure, housing and manufacturing sectors. This includes, among other matters, regulatory advice and permitting assistance for energy and industrial installations, advice on projects and transactions, as well as litigation and regulatory enforcement support. Gordon McCreath and legal director Ross McDowall are recommended; both handle a wide range of sector-specific work.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Ballantyne

Other key lawyers:


Efficiently deals with the client’s requirements.

Key clients






Kier Infrastructure and Overseas

Harworth Estates


Keepmoat Homes

Environment Agency

Health and safety Tier 1

Noted for its broad health and safety practice, Pinsent Masons LLP's 'extremely professional and knowledgeable' team receives frequent instructions from high hazard industry players, including construction, waste, manufacturing and energy sector clients. As well as its expertise in handling investigations and prosecutions, the team led by the 'very good' Laura Cameron also provides regular compliance advice.

Practice head(s):

Laura Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Craig; Tom Stocker


Extremely friendly, courteous and professional service.

Key clients

BP Exploration Operating Company

Shell UK

Balfour Beatty

BAM Nuttall

Peel Ports

DONG Energy (Power) UK

Galliford Try

The University of Edinburgh



Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's insolvency and restructuring group is notably strong in the oil and gas, renewables, care homes, retail and financial services sectors, with particular expertise in distressed loan sales and purchases and UK bank ring-fencing projects. Claire Massie leads the practice, which also fields Stacey Bairner, who specialises in the trading and restructuring of distressed debt; and senior associates Jennifer McCormickAinslie Benzie and Natalie Colaluca. The group was also recently strengthened by the arrival of senior consultant Colin McIntosh from Brodies LLP.

Practice head(s):

Claire Massie


The Pinsent Masons team brings sector knowledge, an arsenal of AI capabilities and the ability to mobilise a much wider team across the UK.

The team’s breadth of experience in the non-performing loan space (both sell and buy side), the quality of its service and the level of its expertise is what sets Pinsent Masons apart.

Senior associate Ainslie Benzie is always happy to help and provide guidance when needed. She has a wealth of support and experience available within Pinsents to support as required.

Stacey Bairner and her associates Ross Cooper and Kevin Mulligan are all excellent and build up a relationship of reliance and trust with their clients within a short time.

Stacey Bairner is an excellent partner. She is always available, very level-headed, an excellent communicator, knows her stuff and is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Natalie Colaluca is a standout senior associate.

Key clients

House of Fraser Limited House of Fraser

Tesco Personal Finance Plc

Lone Star Funds

Deloitte LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Ernst & Young


Intellectual property Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP provides end-to-end advice to its client roster of energy, food and drink, life sciences and technology companies on advisory and contentious IP matters in the UK and abroad. The team regularly handles portfolio management, brand strategy, market exclusivity and access issues, as well as strategic contracts. Jim Cormack QC leads the contentious IP team while legal director George Campbell heads up the non-contentious practice. Litigator David Woods is a key name for clients in the financial services, retail, energy and university sectors; and Chris Martin focuses on higher education work; senior associate Gillian Anderson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jim Cormack QC; George Campbell


The team has an excellent level of knowledge and it deals very promptly with all enquiries.

George Campbell is great to work with and deals very efficiently with all work sent to him.

Key clients

William Grant & Sons Limited

Thomas Tunnock Limited

Falkland Islands Government

University of Edinburgh

Pertemps Limited


Jacobs and Turner Limited t/a Trespass

Celtic plc

Kier Limited


IT and telecoms Tier 1

The IT practice at Pinsent Masons LLP is singled out for its sector-focused approach, notably in the financial services, public and energy industries, where it is particularly recognised for its outsourcing and procurement work. Also noted is the firm's dedicated TMT litigation team, and its digital and IT work for universities in Scotland and abroad. Yvonne Dunn leads the TMT group and also heads up the TMT financial services and fintech practice.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Godfrey-Faussett; Chris Martin; David Woods; Kathryn Wynn


Pinsent Masons has true expertise and market-leading insight on how technology is impacting business. It is the leading European firm for all aspects of fintech.

The individuals at Pinsent Masons stand out through their inter-personal relationship skills, attention to detail, constructive approach and thorough understanding of the needs of their clients’ business.

Key clients

Smart DCC

Calmac Ferries / David Mac Brayne


University of Edinburgh


Allied Irish Bank

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Edinburgh Airport

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

Oil and gas Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP covers the full range of oil industry issues including decommissioning work, M&A, competition matters, procurements, tax mandates, disputes, financings and regulatory advice; the team also has a strong track record in corruption and anti-bribery cases. Aberdeen-based Bob Ruddiman is the firm's global head of oil and gas, while corporate expert Shirley Allen leads the Aberdeen group, which also includes legal director Neil Hehir and utilises the firm's experienced litigation department. In Glasgow, Rosalie Chadwick heads up the global corporate finance group and is a key name to note. David McEwing departed to Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Bob Ruddiman


Martin Ewan has an ability to quickly cut through any noise and get to the root of an issue, which is second to none. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable and commercially aware, Martin makes a particular effort to network both internally in the firm and externally. As a consequence, he is able to sign post the requirement to the correct people quickly and easily and do a personal handover, whilst maintaining overall involvement.

Key clients


Shell UK Limited

Total E&P UK Limited

Ithaca Energy

Siccar Point Energy

Faroe Petroleum

Suncor Energy Services Inc

Talisman Energy

Aker AS

John Wood Group

Pensions Tier 1

'Providing professional, seamless service', Pinsent Masons LLP has impressive strength in the pensions sector which translates into a steady flow of contentious and non-contentious mandates from employers, trustees and funds. The 'knowledgeable and pragmatic' team led by the 'highly experienced' Ian Gordon stands out for advising trustees of various defined benefit schemes on pension scheme funding agreements and security packages alongside buy-in and buy-out insurance contracts, among other issues. In the transactional space, where the team benefits from its strong co-operation with its corporate team, the group is well versed in handling pensions aspects of M&A transactions including pensions issues arising from solvent and insolvent corporate restructurings. The 'deeply knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficientRuth Tobias is 'highly recommended' for defined pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Tobias; Jae Fassam; Mairi Carlin


The team has real bench strength.

Ruth Tobias is meticulous in her legal advice. She has a no-nonsense approach and gives clear and decisive opinions.

Provides straight-forward and solution-oriented advice.

Excellent communication.

The team is not afraid to offer advice that may not suit the client.

Like a good musical quartet, each individual works within a seamless approach while at the same time delivering individual excellence.

Jae Fassam is very knowledgeable and provides pragmatic and measured advice.’

Key clients

The Plumbing and Mechanical Services(UK) Industry Pension Scheme

Babcock Naval Services Pension Scheme

Forth Ports Group Pension Scheme

Lothian Pension Fund

Trustees of the Scottish Solicitors Staff Pension Fund

RBS Ulster Bank

Marine Harvest Pension Scheme

The R&A

Trustees of Global Santa Fe North Sea Final Salary Pension Scheme

Projects Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's client roster in the projects space includes 3i, Balfour Beatty and Equitix alongside other funders, sponsors and public sector bodies. The team handles a vast variety of projects including hub schemes, new product development, PPP and PFI projects; student accommodation work, oil and gas matters and renewable energy issues. Recent work highlights also include significant matters in the healthcare and transport infrastructure space. The team is led by Edinburgh-based Michael Watson and includes Stuart Barr in the Glasgow office.

Property litigation Tier 1

Known for its national and international reach, Pinsent Masons LLP remains a popular choice for developers, landlords, occupiers, investors and operators requiring assistance with landlord and tenant-related disputes, breach of contract claims, development-related litigation and dilapidation claims. Craig Connal QC heads the 'knowledgeable' team, which includes 'utterly meticulous and intelligent' senior associate Fiona MacGregor; her areas of expertise include rent reviews, title and planning disputes alongside disputes over development agreements, among others.

Practice head(s):

Craig Connal QC

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Harris; Fiona MacGregor


Senior associate Fiona MacGregor fights her client’s corner and is pleasant to work with.’

Jacqueline Harris demonstrates great understanding of the law and procedural aspects in conducting big-ticket litigation.

The strength in depth and experience is unparalleled.

Key clients

HFD Group


Legal & General

K/S Meadow Way

The Centre, Livingston

Moor Row

McColls Retail Group


Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's Aberdeen-based corporate team leads on complex, high-value transactions in Scotland and overseas. The firm has recently continued to focus on its strategy of internationalisation and its specific sector strengths, namely in infrastructure, energy manufacturing, technology, real estate and financial services. Martin Ewan - whose 'ability to quickly cut through any noise and get to the root of an issue is second to none' - is the practice's key lawyer, leading the firm's oilfield technology practice. David McEwing left to join Addleshaw Goddard in early 2019.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ewan

Other key lawyers:

David Millar; Fiona Kindness


‘Martin Ewan’s ability to quickly cut through any noise and get to the root of an issue is second to none. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable and commercially aware, Martin has made a particular effort to network both internally in the firm and externally. As a consequence, he is able to signpost the requirement to the correct people quickly and easily and do a personal handover, whilst maintaining overall involvement. To be honest, we’d move if he did and I’ve recommended him to other clients of mine.’

Key clients

Ithaca Energy Limited

Isle of Man Government

Bahari Holding Company Limited

Pryme Group Holdings Limited

Three60 Energy Limited

McCaul Haulage Limited

Trifast Overseas Holdings Limited

Swire Oilfield Services Limited

Briggs Equipment UK Limited

Education Tier 2

Providing full-service advice, Pinsent Masons LLP is a respected player in the market, which leads to regular instructions from universities and higher education sector bodies on sector specific governance and regulatory matters, IP and IT issues, alongside procurement, corporate, employment law and campus estate property matters. The 'strong and well-regarded' team led by the 'excellentChris Martin has also been increasingly active in university accommodation project-related tax work and litigation arising out of regulatory frameworks.

Practice head(s):

Chris Martin


Committed to its clients.

Understands the needs of its clients.

Its obvious to see how the team has developed its reputation in the sector.

Provides first-class service.

Key clients

The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Business School

Robert Gordon’s University

University of Aberdeen

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Higher Education Statistics Agency

Employment Tier 2

'Providing excellent support', Pinsent Masons LLP's 'thorough and pragmatic' team stands out for its expertise in contentious employment law work, representing clients at the Employment Tribunal and in senior employee and board level disputes. On the non-contentious side, much of the group's workload pertains to equal pay and TUPE issues, industrial relations and team moves with many of its instructions stemming from financial services, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sector clients. Euan Smith and the 'extremely experienced and highly regarded' Diane Nicol are among the main contacts in Scotland; both act for an extensive blue-chip and plc client base. Katie Williams formerly based in Aberdeen, relocated to firm's Perth office, Australia, in June 2018.

Practice head(s):

Euan Smith

Other key lawyers:

Diane Nicol; Stuart Neilson; James Cran


Diane Nicol is a stand-out partner and drives high standards through the team to ensure that the team acts as true partner to the client.

Any issues are faced and solved quickly.

Very approachable and knowledgeable about the Employment Tribunal process in Scotland and how it differs from England and Wales.

James Cran suggests innovative solutions and explains technical points clearly.’

Key clients


The Royal Bank of Scotland

Balfour Beatty Group


P&O Ferries

Standard Life Aberdeen



Royal BAM Group

Thomas Tunnock

David MacBrayne Group

Health Tier 2

Stuart Barr leads the healthcare team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which receives regular instructions from private equity houses, property funds, banks and corporates as well as public-sector players to advise on public infrastructure projects in the healthcare sector as well as transactional healthcare property portfolio matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Barr

Other key lawyers:

Alan Cook; Martin Devine; Victoria Miller

Key clients

NHS Grampian

NHS Highland

hub South East Scotland

hub South West Scotland

Healthcare Centres PPP

Immigration Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'very approachable and remarkably responsive' immigration group is part of the firm's employment law practice and puts significant emphasis on corporate immigration work, most notably in the energy, higher education, retail, infrastructure, sport and financial services sectors. Euan Smith and 'pragmatic and calm' legal director Joanne Hennessy are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Euan Smith; Joanne Hennessy


The team has detailed knowledge and experience of immigration law as well as the process and approach usually taken by the Home Office.’

Provides tailored and practical advice.

Nothing is too much work for the team.’

Key clients


Thales UK

Hymans Robertson

MOL Energy




Licensing Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's broad licensing offering includes assistance with liquor, gambling and civic government licensing matters and attracts clients from various industries such as hospitality, leisure and tourism. As well as its advisory capacities, the team also benefits from its strong litigation background when representing clients at licensing board and court hearings, while it is able to call on colleagues from its real estate, restructuring and corporate departments when advising on matters at this interface. 'Highly regarded' legal director Audrey Ferrie heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Ferrie

Key clients


Taco Time

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

Royal Yacht Enterprises

YO! Sushi


Azzurri Restaurants

Planning Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'strong' planning team is led by its Birmingham and London offices with Jennifer Ballantyne being the main contact in Scotland. The team's strength lies in advising clients on energy, infrastructure and residential development projects, including contentious work such as planning appeal proceedings. The recommended Gary McGovern is another key member of the team and handles a wide range of planning and environmental law work.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Ballantyne

Other key lawyers:

Gordon McCreath; Jacqueline Harris; Gary McGovern


Provides the breadth and depth of expertise the client requires.

Provides tailored advice.

Gordon McCreath is strategic, tactical and commercial.

Key clients


Seagreen Wind Energy

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Barratt Homes / David Wilson Homes

CALA Group

Aberdeen Harbour Board

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm


Corporate tax Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP's corporate tax team distinguishes itself through the wide-ranging corporate transactional and advisory work it handles for its enviable client roster. While maintaining its firmwide strength in the energy, real estate and private equity sectors, the firm has also been involved in significant mandates pertaining to share plans and incentives. Much of the practice's key recent work is made up of tax advice on multimillion-pound transactions, led by Christine Yuill.

Practice head(s):

Christine Yuill

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Rankin


‘The lawyers at Pinsent Masons get on with the job and deal with issues rather than treating them as obstacles.’

‘The team manage to distill very complicated subject areas into targeted pragmatic advice.’

‘Christine Yuill consistently provides quality pragmatic advice – she is clearly up to date on not just the legislation but market practice, she can respond quickly and concisely to queries – often answering questions you didn’t even know you needed to ask.’

Key clients

Skyscanner Holdings Limited

Taylor Hopkinson/SeaFox Apollo 1 Limited

Nevis Capital LLP

CALA Group

Energy Assets Group Limited

Siccar Point Energy Limited

Total SA

Balfour Beatty

Transport Tier 3

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP advises procurers, bidders and lenders on transport and infrastructure projects including transactional matters. Major projects specialist Michael Allan, shipping expert Gavin Farquhar and corporate lawyer Kevin Devanny are the main contacts.

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in its deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which its clients operate. In recent years it has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm and been recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times.

The firm: With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 20 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Pinsent Masons is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions across a full range of legal disciplines.

Type of work undertaken: The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. In the UK, it also conducts market-leading work in sectors including real estate, government, retail, universities and higher education.

Services provided across these sectors include corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax advice.

Pinsent Masons stands out in particular for its innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and has also developed Cerico, a cloud-based regulatory compliance solution. It has developed long-term service agreements, often referred to as ‘sole adviser’ relationships, with a number of blue-chip organisations.

Other offices: Australia, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Leeds, London, Manchester, Munich, Paris, Qatar, Shanghai, Singapore.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Richard Foley
Managing partner John Cleland
Chairman, Scotland and Northern Ireland Kirk Murdoch
Head of Aberdeen office Roger Connon
Head of Glasgow office Barry McCaig
Head of Edinburgh office Ewan Alexander
Number of UK partners (including legal directors) : 380 approx
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,300+

The Lex 100 Verdict

Pinsent Masons is admired for its 'international focus' and is regarded by respondents as 'a large firm with small firm values'. Pinsent Masons maintains a 'strong reputation and client base' while being 'committed to diversity and inclusivity', providing applicants with 'the best of both worlds', and therefore winning a Lex 100 Winner medal in this category. Boasting 'a friendly ethos', the firm is praised for its 'progressive and approachable culture', and is a Lex 100 Winner for inclusiveness. This grew from 'the Scotland training week', during which many made 'lasting connections'. Moreover, newbies claim to have a good work/life balance, combining high-quality work with client contact, the opportunity to get involved in social activities and 'many excellent CSR initiatives'. However, a particular gripe was the seat allocation process which some felt 'was challenging at times' especially if you didn't get your seat preference. Others were disappointed that 'despite being an international firm there are not many international secondments'. The 'uncertainty of being relocated to another office' was unsettling for some and 'working till 2am on a Friday evening' upset others. Nevertheless, trainees appreciate that 'this is the nature of the job' and 'more common in a corporate seat'. 'Being involved in some of the most high-profile legal disputes in Scotland' allowed one trainee to gain enough responsibility to 'feel stretched yet supported'. If an 'innovation-focused firm' with 'a remarkable international expansion vision' sounds attractive, why not apply to Pinsent Masons where 'hard work is recognised' and 'a real team spirit' unites the office.