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Morton Fraser

QUARTERMILE TWO, 2 LISTER SQUARE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9GL, SCOTLAND
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Edinburgh, Glasgow G2, Glasgow G2, London

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

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

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser‚Äės ‚Äėvery supportive and knowledgeable‚Äė team handles a full range of corporate and commercial matters for owner-managed and family businesses, entrepreneurs, private equity investors and investees, and listed companies, among other clients. In addition to advising Scottish clients, it also acts for clients located in the UK and further afield overseas. The firm is currently advising Guardhouse Studios on the financing and construction of a purpose-built film studio in Scotland; Austin Flynn¬†is advising on the corporate aspects of this matter. Flynn also acted for Cognitive Geology Limited in the negotiation of a ¬£2m equity investment by Maven Capital Partners, Enso Ventures and Scottish Enterprise. Iain Meiklejohn¬†is particularly experienced in transactions involving regulated or regulatory entities; ‚Äėhe has seen so much and can recommend bold and innovative solutions with confidence‚Äė.¬†¬†In recent developments,¬†Paul Geoghegan¬†made partner and Melanie Schwindt¬†was promoted to senior associate, while Joyce White has retired from private practice. The team also includes Adrian Bell, Iain Young¬†and senior associate¬†Callum Murray.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser¬†‚Äôs team stands out for its ‚Äėthorough understanding of niche licensing law, and ability to make it simple‚Äô. ¬†The practice is led by the ‚Äėdiligent and tenacious‚Äô David Hossack, who has extensive experience appearing before Scottish Licensing Boards and dealing with licensing appeals and applications. The group is instructed by Diageo on a wide variety of licensing matters and continues to assist a major hotel chain with all aspects of its licensing requirements. In addition, the firm advises a number of public bodies on appeals and resisting appeals against license revocations. It advises Security Industry Authority, in relation to resisting sheriff court appeals following the revocation of individual door stewarding licenses and similarly, City of Edinburgh Council, in all appeals against its licensing decisions. Susan Leslie¬†and¬†Ewan McGillivray are also highly experienced team members

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser undertakes commercial litigation for private and publicly listed companies, public sector organisations, high net-worth individuals and other private clients. Innes Clark leads the dedicated team, which acts for clients on a standalone basis, and is also able to draw upon the support of practitioners from disciplines across the firm in particularly complex matters, The group handles purely Scottish disputes, and also assists clients with cross-border matters involving an English law component; solicitor advocate Richard McMeeken, Susan Leslie and Claire Logue are all English law qualified litigators. In addition, as a member of the global Interlaw network, the firm is able to assist clients with international disputes. Other members of the team are Nicola Ross and Debbie Brogan, who acted for the Labour Party in two court actions brought by Labour councillors over the financing of their local government election campaigns. Chairman Maggie Moodie has had a focus on general commercial litigation and banking and finance litigation since 1992. Kenneth Carruthers, a seasoned practitioner with more than 25 years of experience, acts for clients such as Intu Properties, National Grid Gas and BAM Developments. Douglas Milne focuses on matters related to fraud and asset recovery. In addition to Brogan, Eilidh MacEwan and Ursula Currie are other highly regarded associates.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser's work includes advice to FCA-regulated clients (such as banks and asset-based lenders) on their internal processes; this is in order to ensure that they are compliant from a regulatory standpoint, and also operationally effective from a recoveries point of view. Bill Stark works with the banking team to ensure that standard recovery letters and clients' internal processes are FCA-compliant. In addition to acting for FCA-regulated entities, the firm's other clients include public sector organisations (such as local authorities and educational establishments), SMEs, Plcs and individuals. Fergus McDiarmid heads up a specialist team, which advises SIPP providers on debt recovery matters, and is particularly active in defended matters. Senior associate Claire Logue leads a group that focuses on debt recovery work falling within the jurisdiction of England and Wales. John Lunn, Nicola Ross and Beverley Wood are other names to note. Chairman Maggie Moodie heads up the team, whose clients include Highland Council, Toyota Financial Services UK Plc, Clydesdale Bank, Hombuckle Mitchell and Apex Hotels Limited.

Leading individuals

Bill Stark - Morton Fraser

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser, 'which always delivers on time and on budget', assists clients with all aspects of mainstream financing transactions and non-performing loan portfolio transactions. Its capabilities in relation to the latter were illustrated recently when Andrew Meakin led the firm's advice to a UK clearing bank on the disposal of the Project Buffalo loan portfolio to a UK challenger bank. Beverley Wood has expertise in asset and invoice finance. John Lunn advises banks and financial institutions on consumer finance/retail products (and related regulations). The real estate finance side of the practice was bolstered in 2017 by the arrivals of Ross Caldwell and senior associate Ainsley Reid from Taylor Wessing LLP and Dentons respectively. Senior associate Paul Kenneth joined Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Clydesdale Bank, Barclays, AIB Group (UK) Plc and Close Leasing are among the clients.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

As a full-service firm, Morton Fraser is well-positioned to handle all types of complex contentious and non-contentious issues arising at every stage of insolvencies (personal and corporate) and restructurings. The practice was significantly strengthened in March 2018, when Alan Meek joined the firm from MacRoberts LLP. Meek has a wealth of experience of high-profile Scottish insolvencies, where he has acted for clients such as insolvency practitioners and banks. The firm also acts for directors, unsecured creditors and businesses, among other stakeholders. Iain Young leads a multidisciplinary team, whose insolvency law knowledge is complemented by its expertise in related areas, such as banking, litigation, commercial property, employment and financial crime. The practice excels in cross-border matters - Young and Nicola Ross are co-leading a cross-practice team, which is advising French Duncan on the liquidation of the BVI-registered company Scotsman (Edinburgh) Company Limited (which has a Jersey-registered parent company), which previously owned the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh (but which was sold by the liquidator to the G1 Group); the matter recently involved an attempt by the parent company to undo the liquidation, and then an attempt to obtain injunctive relief to prevent the hotel from being sold. Richard McMeeken and Andrew Meakin are acting for BDO LLP in the administration of Granite City Assets Limited. McMeeken's other recent work included acting for an insolvency practitioner in several HMRC-instigated liquidations.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser‚Äôs team stands out for its ‚Äėcommercial approach to difficult employment law issues‚Äô and ‚Äėa clear ability to mitigate risk‚Äô. Practice head, Innes Clark, is ‚Äėboth technically outstanding and client focused‚Äô and possesses ‚Äėexcellent employment law knowledge‚Äô. David Hossack‚Äôs ‚Äėdepth of knowledge across a number of areas of specialism‚Äô informs his focus on employment mediation. David Walker¬†is noted as ‚Äėclear and practical‚Äô, primarily acting for large public and private sector employers, including the Scottish Government. The group is acting for Unison in a major equal pay litigation against Glasgow City Council, having been successful in two appeals to the Court of Session. Andrea Hunter¬†arrived from Clyde & Co LLP¬†in October 2017 and senior associate, Sarah Gilzean, joined from Addleshaw Goddard¬†in June 2017.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser‚Äôs practice is led by Jenny Dickson, and primarily advises the HSE on a variety of matters, including notice appeals and fatal accident inquiries. Its representations for the HSE included a fatal accident inquiry into the high-profile death of a child killed by the collapse of a wall at an Edinburgh School and an appeal lodged by Lidl against a notice to disallow a planned store extension ‚Äď which was ultimately abandoned by the opposing party. David Hossack represented O‚ÄôBrien Properties in a criminal prosecution following a serious accident, leading to a negotiated settlement with the prosecutor and a substantially diminished fine.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser advises a wide range of individuals on mandates including asylum and refugee applications, spousal visas, Tier 1 visas and complex nationality issues. It also has a large corporate client-base and is noted for its particular expertise in relocations and the immigration requirements of the digital technology industry. The team is led by David Walker, who has vast experience advising employers seeking sponsorship licenses and assisting with the transfer of key executives in inter-company transfers. Senior associate Stuart McWilliams is highly valued for his immigration law knowledge, and is singled out for his ‚Äėearly insight into industry trends and changes around the application process‚Äô, which includes advising EU nationals on their immigration status after Brexit. McWilliams has particular expertise in business immigration matters, particularly in relation to large scale business relocations. Highlights for the group included advising the relocation company. AGS-360¬į Solutions on immigration and visa matters for its clients, including BMW. It has also carried out multiple immigration compliance audits for Skyscanner in relation to new-start employees.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 2

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser acts for a variety of individuals and insurers pursuing medical and dental negligence claims, including misdiagnoses, failure to diagnose and clinical errors. Jenny Dickson leads the team in a liability claim in relation to the negligent fitting of a contraceptive coil that resulted in an unexpected pregnancy. David Hossack successfully represented a client in a claim raised against a health authority for failure to timeously diagnose and treat a suspected stroke.

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser‚Äôs team has particular expertise in defending industrial disease claims for a variety of insured businesses and a number of major public sector bodies, including the Scottish and UK governments. The practice is led by the ‚Äėparticularly good‚Äô solicitor advocate, Jenny Dickson, who is ‚Äėhighly experienced and extremely professional, organised and hard-working‚Äô. Amongst a number of mandates for the client, group is currently defending the Ministry of Defence against complex fatal claims following the death by suicide of a soldier. It is also defending a large central government department against an action brought by the family of the decease, who died as a result of lung cancer caused by occupational exposure to asbestos, in a case complicated by the fact the victim was a smoker. Senior associate, Jennifer Thomson is another key contact, and joined the team from Clyde & Co LLP¬†in August 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Jenny Dickson - Morton Fraser

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

The team at Morton Fraser draws on its expansive defender experience handle the range of road traffic, employers’ liability and public liability pursuant claims. Litigator David Hossack, who is a health and safety specialist, represented the family of a man fatally injured in an accident at work, in a major case involving loss of support and loss of society, and by his estate with respect to loss of future earnings and damages for the pain and suffering he suffered in the period between the accident and his death; and all claims were settled on favourable terms. Practice head Jenny Dickson represents a number of clients in asbestos-related claims, including many fatal cases.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

The ‚Äėstrong‚Äô team at Morton Fraser is led by James Rust, who is ‚Äėa first class leader with superb attention to detail‚Äô and is supported by senior associate and ‚Äėup and coming legal wizard‚Äô, Gail Watt. The group‚Äôs primary focus is transactional matters, although it also advises land owners, landed estates, farmers, charities, public sector organisations on all aspects of agricultural and rural legal issues, including property, estate management, crofting law, tenancies, equine and livestock law. It is currently advising the Scottish Wildlife Trust on a number of renewable energy projects, including the establishment of a community-based hydro-electric joint venture scheme. It is also assisting Scottish Natural Heritage with its major registration project in connection with the Land Register of Scotland.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Adrian Bell leads Morton Fraser’s third sector practice, which assists a variety of Scottish charities and not-for-profit organisations, predominantly in the education, healthcare, arts, culture, sport and environment sectors. The group has a niche in advising newly elected local councillors, appointed to charity boards by local authorities, on their role and duties. Highlights included handling multiple matters for a major aid charity and European Development funding recipient, including commercial contacts, governance and issues arising from Brexit. It has also assisted a number of clients on incorporation as an SCIO, and issues arising out of the transfers.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser handles high-value and complicated executry and probate disputes, often obtaining interim orders on an urgent basis. The team acts for executors, trustees and estate beneficiaries seeking interim suspension and interdict orders, in addition to seeking the reduction of wills, codicils and other testamentary documents. The practice is jointly led by litigator Richard McMeeken and private client lawyer Sue Hunter, who has an impressive roster of UK-based and international clients, with particular links to Hong Kong. Graham Scott, head of the estate planning team, is experienced in a variety of contentious trust and executry matters.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser¬†has a broad practice, which covers financial provision, international and English family law, child support, preventive advice, international child abduction work, family mediation and arbitration. The group, which is noted for going ‚Äėabove and beyond‚Äô, is led by the ‚Äėhugely experienced‚Äô Rhona Adams, who has ‚Äėan air of calm authority‚Äô. Adams specialises in complex financial provision work, often with cross-border or international elements.¬†Lucia Clark¬†has ‚Äėsuperb technical knowledge‚Äô and an ‚Äėanalytical approach‚Äô, which she also applies to financial provision work. Fiona Sasan¬†is noted for always ‚Äėfighting her client‚Äôs corner‚Äô in cases involving business interests and their disentanglement in divorce cases. ‚ÄėPerceptive‚Äô consultant, Savita Sharma¬†handles a number of intra-UK child cases, in which complex jurisdictional issues arise between Scots and English law. Recent highlights include advising various English local authorities on 50 related public law cases, involving children in England who were being detained in Scottish secure accommodation as a result of an English court order.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 4

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser handles the spectrum of private client work, including the establishment, administration and termination of trusts, estate and tax planning. Sue Hunter leads the team, which includes Graham Scott and Robin Morton, who also leads the firm’s later life practice.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 5

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser's first-rate team includes senior associate Gail Watt, who serves as chair (and was a co-founder) of Women in Renewable Energy Scotland, and is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Energy Law Reform Committee. Watt is experienced in a wide variety of schemes, such as hydro, solar, anaerobic digestion and wind. Consultant Claire Sturrock advises developers on the property aspects of onshore wind farm projects. James Rust acts for landowners in various renewables projects, particularly wind, hydro and solar schemes. Adding to the firm's credentials in the sector, the group acts for Social Investment Scotland, which provides financing for innovative social enterprise initiatives, such as renewable energy projects. Other clients of the firm include government departments, charities and utility companies. A recent highlight for the firm involved acting for Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park in the development of two community wind turbines. In addition to renewable energy, the wider practice also encompasses nuclear energy law, which is an area where Nick Atkins has particular expertise. Senior associate Joanne Wilson, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, handles property issues arising from cross-border energy-related transactions. Neil Rainey joined as a consultant from Shepherd and Wedderburn.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser¬†acts for employers in the school, college and HE sectors on immigration issues, particularly in relation to Brexit, as well as handling sensitive parental and student complaints and local authority school projects work, in addition to real estate development and student accommodation projects. The group recently advised Scotland‚Äôs Rural College (SRUC) on a development agreement with a major property developer in relation to a significant redevelopment of the client‚Äôs campus. It is also advising SRUC on its strategy for the commercialisation of its IP. Austin Flynn¬†is currently assisting and Edinburgh independent school with the implementation of GDPR policies. David Hossack,¬† (who is praised for his ‚Äėdepth of knowledge across a number of specialisms‚Äô) is advising a university researcher who is Italian national, on various options for the client to apply for permanent residence.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser handles the full spectrum of local authority work and possesses expertise in public law, planning, licensing, judicial review, procurement and local government law. The group has particular experience in local government litigation, where it has acted in public local inquiries and statutory appeals. Alongside Douglas Milne, practice head Rory Alexander, who is a thought leader in the field, successfully acted for the Strategic Development Planning Authority (SDPA) for Aberdeen City and Shire Council in a Supreme Court appeal, brought by Elsick Development Company, against the SDPA’s supplementary guidance which seeks contributions to a Strategic Transport Fund. Jenny Dickson and legal director Lynda Towers represent the City of Edinburgh Council in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Morton Fraser

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

Morton Fraser

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser's team garners praise from clients, with one source reporting that 'they have made a real difference to our business with the way they conduct our affairs'. It also has an equally strong profile among law firms in England that provide referral work. One of the well-known names in the team is Elspeth Carson, who is 'very much on top of her brief and exceptionally good at organisation'. In 2017, Carson led a team including David Stewart, Morven Coulter and Stuart Dick, which advised BAM Properties on the forward fund development at Capital Square in Edinburgh; this is the largest speculative office development in Edinburgh. Chief Executive Chris Harte is another key figure in the group, (which is led by Jonathan Seddon) and was the lead adviser to Tritax Amazon Fund on the sale of the Amazon distribution centre in Dunfermline; this is Scotland's largest ever single-asset logistics deal. Elsewhere, the team fields a particularly strong capability in residential development; Robert Swindell, Robert Bree and Brian McFarlane act for housebuilders such as Persimmon, Stewart Milne and Taylor Wimpey. Robertson Homes were a new client in 2017. Seddon's team also has a sweet spot acting for pensions providers in SIPP/SSAS and other pensions-related commercial real estate transactions; key clients include Standard Life, James Hay and Legal and General. Another cornerstone of the practice involves advising public and private sector clients on managing their property portfolios. Elsewhere, consultant Claire Sturrock leads a team that focuses on acting for clients in the telecommunications sector. On the investment side of the practice, Brian Hutcheson, Sandra Hunter and others acted for Moolmoor (Waverley) Limited in the £23.3m acquisition of Waverley Shopping Centre in Edinburgh from Ritchie Investments Lux SARL. Other areas of activity for Seddon's group include property finance, PRS/Build to Rent, student accommodation, retail and leisure.

Leading individuals

Elspeth Carson - Morton Fraser

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Since Jonathan Seddon established Morton Fraser's construction team in 2003, the firm has become a well-known name in the market for complex, large-scale and high-value development projects (and related disputes). On non-contentious matters, the firm has a particularly strong profile in relation to its work for developers. Illustrative of the quality of the firm's portfolio of work, Seddon and senior associate Mimi Stewart recently advised BAM Properties on the construction aspects of the forward funded development at Capital Square in Edinburgh; this is currently the largest speculative office development in Edinburgh. Seddon and Stewart were also part of a multidisciplinary team in the advice to student housing provider Empiric Student Property Plc on forward funding the acquisition and development of a 166 bed student accommodation block on King's Stables Road in Edinburgh. Other clients of the practice include development funders, and public and private sector owners and occupiers. Also recommended in the group is senior associate Lisa Dromgoole, who is 'good at case management and presenting sound advice in a timely manner'. In 2017, Dromgoole (who is the head of contentious construction), Kenneth Carruthers and others acted for the owners of a commercial property located in Edinburgh city centre in interdict proceedings arising from the damage sustained to the property as a result of demolition works at an adjacent plot.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser has a niche capability in assisting clients from the UK nuclear and defence industries with managing environmental concerns. Nick Atkins advises clients such as the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Dounreay Site Restoration Limited on issues associated with the decommissioning of radioactive contaminated land and disposal of radioactive waste, among others. A key defence industry client is the Ministry of Defence, who Atkins, Douglas Milne, senior associate Susan Leslie and others recently acted for in its objections to the Hill of Towie II wind farm in Morayshire and proposed Birneyknowe wind farm in the Scottish Borders. In the renewable energy sector, James Rust and senior associate Gail Watt recently advised Scottish Wildlife Trust on a number of renewable energy projects in extremely sensitive designated rural areas. Senior associate Lisa Dromgoole is another active team member.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser has a sizeable base of public sector clients for whom it provides the gamut of planning-related legal services. Douglas Milne and associate Ursula Currie are acting for Scottish Canals in the promotion of a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to acquire the final part of the Forth & Clyde canal, which is in third party ownership; they recently represented the client at a public inquiry into objections to the CPO. Milne is also representing Transport Scotland in a public inquiry over the proposed dualling of the A96 trunk road from Inverness to Aberdeen. In a particularly high-profile matter, Milne, Rory Alexander and Currie represented Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority (SDPA) in the landmark Supreme Court challenge by Elsick Development Company Limited over SDPA's Supplementary Guidance on contributions to a Strategic Transport Fund. The firm also has a strong pipeline of work from private sector development and investment clients. Kenneth Carruthers is acting as the lead adviser to Parabola Properties Limited on the extension to Edinburgh Park. Carruthers also acts as the strategic planning adviser to Tesco, and Intu Properties Plc and Diageo are other key clients. Senior associates Susan Leslie and Lisa Dromgoole are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Douglas Milne - Morton Fraser

Next generation lawyers

Ursula Currie - Morton Fraser

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser's high calibre team undertakes a varied portfolio of contentious real estate cases that arise from land acquisitions and development, including matters involving an interplay between property law and other related areas, such as construction law, contract law and planning law. Kenneth Carruthers, who heads up the group, has focused predominantly on property disputes for nearly 30 years. His stable of clients includes the Scottish government, Buchan Biogas Limited and Standard Life Trustees Limited. He has also acted as Tesco's main adviser on property litigation in Scotland for nearly 20 years. In 2017, Carruthers and senior associate Lisa Dromgoole assisted Priya Properties and four other landowners with successfully appealing all 95 demolition orders served on flats at a housing scheme in Port Glasgow. Douglas Milne, who has specialised in property litigation since 1995, was the lead adviser to New Ingliston Limited on a Court of Session claim against City of Edinburgh Council over the Council's failure to return land to the client following completion of the Edinburgh Tram scheme. Nicola Ross represents public and private sector clients in landlord and tenant disputes, and disputes arising following the conclusion of sale/purchase contracts. Richard McMeeken, senior associate Susan Leslie and associate Ursula Currie are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Ursula Currie - Morton Fraser

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser has a particularly strong capability in finance transactions, and its practice head Andrew Meakin acts for a number of the most active lenders in the social housing sector, including Santander, Nationwide and Royal Bank of Scotland. Meakin, associate Lauren Hart and others acted for Bank of Scotland in various transactions, including the provision of new loan facilities of £7m to Cunninghame Housing Association. Elsewhere, Suzanne Hardie has been instrumental in the growth of the firm's work for RSLs, where the scope of mandates includes advice on development acquisitions, tenancy issues, governance and regulatory matters. Real estate finance specialist Ainsley Reid, who is dual-qualified in Scottish and English law, joined from Dentons in December 2017. Employment head Innes Clark is another key figure.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser’s practice is geared to the needs of IP producers, particularly in relation to clients in the life sciences sector, which it advises on University spin-outs, protection and commercialisation. It also handles due diligence mandates for lenders and potential investors, in addition to taking security over IP assets. Practice head Austin Flynn is advising Mercia Technologies plc on assignations and ownership rights of IP, in relation to its equity investment in a start-up technology company. Richard McMeeken leads on contentious IP matters, and has extensive experience in IP enforcement actions before the Court of Session in Edinburgh and the Supreme Court in London. Associate Julie Nixon is another key practitioner and is a former life scientist.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser¬†is noted as ‚Äėvery good when it comes to sport law and related advice‚Äô, which includes governance issues, property, litigation and employment matters, although it has particular expertise in disciplinary cases. The group is also well placed to handle IP, immigration and licensing work. Iain Young¬†successfully defended Howe of Fife Rugby Football Club, and certain members, against misconduct charges brought by the Scottish Rugby Union in relation to initiation ceremonies; avoiding the threat of relegation, points deductions and potential loss of charitable status. Paul Geoghegan¬†leads on matters involving Scottish Gymnastics and its member clubs, for which the firm is preferred legal adviser.

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