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Burness Paull LLP

1 UNION WYND, ABERDEEN, AB10 1DQ, SCOTLAND
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Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP handles the range of road and rail mandates, but the team excels in marine construction and harbour authority planning, where it is advising on a number of significant projects. The practice is led by ‚Äėtrue gentleman‚Äô¬†Chris MacKay¬†has ‚Äėa keen eye for mitigating risk‚Äô and possesses knowledge of harbour legislation that is ‚Äėunrivalled in Scotland‚Äô. Mackay is supported by Craig Whelton, who is noted for his ‚Äėexceptional skills‚Äô in planning law. Recent highlights include assisting Scrabster Harbour Trust with its procurement of a project to design and construct the redevelopment of Ola Pier. The group also advised Port Babcok Rosyth on the procurement of a design and build contractor for the construction of the Rosyth International Container Terminal, which is part of the Scottish Government‚Äôs National Planning Framework. James Forbes¬†is currently advising Highland Spring on the creation of a private two siding freight facility and its Blackford site, which involves complex negotiations between the client, Transport Scotland and Network Rail.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP has an outstanding track record in big-ticket cross-border transactions, as was demonstrated in 2017, when Walter Clark, senior associate Catriona Llanwarne and others acted as UK counsel to The Weir Group Plc in its acquisition of Singapore-headquartered KOP Surface Products from Akastor. Corporate finance head Chris Gotts recently led a team, which acted as UK principal legal counsel to AIM-listed Savannah Petroleum in a $270m reverse takeover transaction; the deal involved the client acquiring oil and gas assets in Nigeria from Seven Energy International, and undertaking a $125m equity fundraising. Corporate practice head Peter Lawson, senior solicitors Emma Fraser and Charles Rogers and others have been assisting Standard Life Aberdeen’s financial planning business 1825 Financial Planning Limited with a series of strategic acquisitions as part of its UK-wide expansion. Mark Ellis is equally strong in M&A and private equity deals. Robert Burns is another recommended individual in the team, whose other clients include Arran Aromatics, Maven Capital Partners, BlueGem Capital Partners, i3 Energy Plc and Brown-Forman Group.

Leading individuals

Mark Ellis - Burness Paull LLP

Peter Lawson - Burness Paull LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP has a strong pipeline of corporate and commercial work, owing to its first-rate reputation in the oil and gas sector, the growth of its private equity practice and healthy flow of instructions from owner-managed businesses. The firm is particularly active in cross-border transactions; Aberdeen team head Jamie Stark, who has made a name for himself in the oil and gas services sector, heads up the firm's Norway desk and regularly undertakes transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. Stark and director Gary Chapman advised the shareholders of Rubislaw Investments (the ultimate parent company of Peak Well Systems) on the acquisition by Peak Well Systems of Xtreme Innovations, and also the related sale of the combined entity to Schlumberger. In addition, Stark and director Arran Mackenzie acted for the shareholders of ACE Winches in a £10m equity investment by oil and gas services company The Balmoral Group, and also in a related refinancing. In another oil and gas deal, Alasdair Freeman and others advised Sterling Resources Limited on the $163m sale of subsidiary company Sterling Resources (UK) Limited (and all of its business and assets) to Dutch exploration and production company Oranje-Nassau Energie. Helen Dickson, who undertakes both corporate and banking work, 'always looks at how to provide the best legal protections, whilst balancing this with being commercial'.

Leading individuals

Jamie Stark - Burness Paull LLP

Next generation lawyers

Arran Mackenzie - Burness Paull LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Ronnie Brown heads up Burness Paull LLP's practice, which plays a crucial role on corporate and real estate transactions for clients such as BUPA, James Fisher and Sons Plc and AMG Group. The firm's market profile in relation to tax matters has been enhanced since Brown joined from DWF in 2016. Brown recently advised on the tax aspects (which including VAT and capital allowances issues) of Great Western Unit Trust's circa £60m sale of Great Western Retail Park to a London-based family trust. Brown also provided transactional tax support to Standard Life Aberdeen Plc (through its subsidiary 1825) on its acquisition of Crewe-based financial advisory firm Jones Sheridan Holdings Limited from a number of sellers. Another significant matter involved Brown working with the corporate team to advise The Weir Group Plc on its $114m acquisition of Singapore-headquartered KOP Surface Products from Norway-based Akastor.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's competition practice is led by David Goodbrand, who is knowledgeable about competition compliance, commercial contracts and merger control. The group generates work from a wide range of sectors, such as food and drink, technology, oil and gas, financial services and media. Recently promoted partner Graeme Palmer has driven the growth of the firm's state aid and public procurement practice; he is working with Goodbrand, senior associate Ruth McNaught and others to advise Hampden Park Limited on various aspects of the development of Hampden Park stadium for the Euro 2020 football tournament, including the procurement strategy of appointing a design team. Palmer is also acting as the lead partner to Highlands and Islands Enterprise in the rollout of high-speed broadband to rural areas in Scotland as part of the Community Broadband Scotland project. Contentious procurement cases (for both public and private sector clients) are another pillar of the practice.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs practice is led by Rona Jamieson, who has vast experience advising multinational offshore oil and gas clients with operations in Scotland, in relation to various aspects of financial corporate criminal law. The group stands out for its regulatory and compliance work, which includes advising corporates on anti-bribery and anti-corruption procedures as well as international trade sanctions compliance and due-diligence on a number of major cross-border transactions. It also represents individuals and corporates subject to investigation by UK regulatory authorities. Senior associate, Lynne Gray, has ‚Äėa great depth of knowledge and experience‚Äô in relation to financial crime in the oil and gas sector. Ray Gribben¬†left the firm in¬†December 2017.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP primarily advises pubs and hotel chains on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of liquor licenses. It also assists clients with retail licensing, with particular experience handling applications and transactions with respect to whiskey distilleries. The practice is led by Theresa Hunt, who regularly represents clients in hearings before various Scottish Licensing Boards. Highlights included advising the Hard Rock Café on licensing matters concerning its premises in Glasgow, successfully securing an Extended Hours License for NFL Super Bowl events, despite objections from Police Scotland. Elaine Farquharson-Black assisted L&S (Broadwood) with obtaining a Provisional Premises License for a pub and restaurant unit which forms a part of the client’s Glasgow retail-park development.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

In Aberdeen, Burness Paull LLP's Neil Smith heads up the firm's highly rated offshore oil and gas dispute resolution practice. Glasgow-based Colin Hulme is the overall head of the firm's dispute resolution department, which has strong capabilities in commercial litigation involving sectors such as food and drink, sport, media and retail. Hulme and others are acting for AstraZeneca in four pieces of patent litigation at the Court of Session in relation to patents for a breast cancer treatment. Recently promoted partners Stuart Murdoch leads the financial services offering, while Joanna Fulton specialises in product liability cases. General commercial litigator Jody Crockett joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The firm particularly stands out in cross-border disputes; Fulton (who is qualified in England and Wales, Scotland and Hong Kong) is driving the firm's China strategy. Gary Moffat, Murdoch and senior solicitor Luke Burgess-Shannon are acting for US-based client Ted Jacob Engineering Group in litigation arising from its agreement to buy a Dubai-based engineering company. In addition to acting for foreign companies in disputes heard in Scotland, the firm also represents Scottish-based clients in litigation and arbitrations in overseas jurisdictions; recent matters have had a nexus to Singapore, the UAE and Norway, among others.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP has a strong track record across the full spectrum of financing transactions, playing a key role in Scottish and multijurisdictional matters. In the funds finance arena, where recently promoted partner Andrew Christie is active, the firm particularly excels in handling borrower-side debt finance where the use of Scottish limited partnerships is involved. Leveraged finance transactions are another sweet spot for the firm; practitioners such as Jonathan Heaney, Gaenor Cassell, John Kennedy and Allan Leal are experienced in this area. Cassell led a team which acted for Thunderbird Bidco Limited in the Scots law aspects of the financing of its acquisition of John Lawrie (Aberdeen) Limited. In a notable real estate finance deal, Heaney and others advised The Royal Bank of Scotland on the £21m financing to a subsidiary of the Chris Stewart Group in relation to the development of properties at West Register Street in Edinburgh. The firm is also highly regarded for its work on structured finance transactions and securitisations, as well as loan portfolio transactions. Elsewhere, senior associate Sophie Coffey (who recently joined from Harper Macleod LLP) has more than 10 years of experience assisting a range of stakeholders with renewable energy financings. Alan Soppitt is the practice head.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Heaney - Burness Paull LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gaenor Cassell - Burness Paull LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP bolstered the restructuring and non-contentious insolvency side of its practice recently by hiring Michael Thomson from Pinsent Masons LLP. Thomson's arrival complements the existing team, which is led by Gary Moffat, and includes Alasdair Freeman. who is knowledegable about both the oil and gas industry (both the upstream and oilfield services sectors), and hotels and leisure arena. Gaenor Cassell has a first-hand knowledge of the London market, having previously worked in private practice there. Moffat's first-rate reputation in insolvency litigation has enabled him to develop a longstanding relationship with the Insolvency Service, for whom he (along with senior associate Steven Chesney) handles investigations into insolvent companies, public interest winding-up work and director disqualifications. In 2017, Moffat and Chesney assisted the client with obtaining a disqualification order against Kenny Moyes, the brother of former Everton manager David Moyes. In addition, Grant Stevenson, Moffat and others acted for Endless LLP in its acquisition from administration the business and assets of Arran Aromatics.

Leading individuals

Gary Moffat - Burness Paull LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's 'strong and experienced team' is 'very knowledgeable and thorough in its advice' to international fund managers, investors and banks on private funds and partnership issues. In addition to generating its own work, the firm's first-rate reputation in the funds market sees it attract mandates from City and international law firms. Practice head Alan Soppitt is experienced in fund structuring, fund finance work and asset-backed funding for pension schemes. Soppitt is also particularly knowledgeable about the use of Scottish limited partnerships in private fund vehicles and other structures. Paula Kennedy is at the forefront of the advice to investors in LP-side matters, which is an area of growth for the firm. Soppitt acted for Scottish Enterprise in the launch of the £100m Scottish European Growth Co-investment Programme with the European Investment Fund. Andrew Christie, who made partner in 2017, was the firm's lead adviser to Ardian Private Equity on the Scottish law structuring and financing aspects of its acquisition of a $2.5bn secondary portfolio of assets owned and managed by Mubadala Capital (which included limited partnership interests in predominantly North American buyout and growth funds and direct investments).

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs employment team is noted for its ‚Äėresponsiveness and ability to give candid and direct advice‚Äô in connection with the spectrum of employment work. The practice is led by the Aberdeen-based and industry respected Sean Saluja¬† who has extensive expertise in Aberdeen‚Äôs oil and gas sector in terms of litigation as well as corporate and commercial employment advice. Saluja is advising Total on all UK employment law aspects of its $5bn acquisition of Maersk Oil from the Maersk Group, a mandate that included TUPE transfer issues, reorganisation and a potential redundancy programme. David Morgan¬†often represents senior executives in relation to issues of their own employment and is currently acting for Chief Constable Phil Gormley in relation to Scottish Police Authority and Police Investigations Review Commissioner (PIRC) investigations into complaints made against him. Also recommended are Tricia Walker (‚Äėa strong partner-level advocate‚Äô), Mel Sangster and Morag Moffat¬†.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP is a ‚Äėleader in the health and safety field in Scotland, across all industry sectors‚Äô but particularly in offshore and oil and gas cases where its ‚Äėbreadth and depth of experience is unparalleled‚Äô. The practice is led by the ‚Äėunmatched‚Äô Rona Jamieson, who ‚Äėleads an exceptionally strong team in Aberdeen‚Äô. Jamieson represented Stuartfield Wind Power, which was served with a noise abatement notice under the Environmental Protection Act, advising the client on investigations and potential mitigation measures. A director in the team, Lynne Gray handles regulatory compliance issues for a range of clients and represented the City of Edinburgh Council following the death of a 12 year old girl in a modesty wall collapse, which led to an HSE investigation which concluded that the client would not be prosecuted.

Leading individuals

Rona Jamieson - Burness Paull LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP, which is noted for its ‚Äėprompt and pragmatic approach‚Äô, handles contentious and non-contentious pensions matters for employers and trustees alike. Recent work includes advising trustees on managing liabilities and buy-in projects, and a number of governance-related mandates. The firm also has substantial experience in pension litigation.¬†Margaret Meehan¬†recently advised Scottish Widows on the prospects of successfully defending a challenge against a proposed change to one of its pension products which would have resulted in a significant reduction in liabilities for the client. Sarah Philips¬†(who is praised for her ‚Äėvery pragmatic, constructive advice‚Äô) is assisting Weir Group in relation to various pension matters, including the correct treatment of payment of the first instalment of a pension for senior executives, and advising on and negotiating terms of a waiver of a deficit reduction contribution, in light of a proposed bulk buyout of liabilities of a defined benefit executive pension plan.¬†Deborah Adams¬†is rated for her ‚Äėability to provide clear advice‚Äô.

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Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team predominantly advises insured corporates and public sector bodies on the spectrum of personal injury claims, with a particular experience in aviation and disease work, in addition to strong sector expertise in oil and gas. The group is retained to defend a range of litigated and non-litigated public and employers‚Äô liability claims made against Taylor Wimpey, including work-place related injury, occupier‚Äôs liability allegations and general personal injury connected to the client‚Äôs construction mandates. It is also the sole adviser to SSE and Scotia Gas Networks in connection with claims relating to industrial injuries, such as noise induced hearing loss and industrial diseases. Other notable clients include John Wood Group and Kier Group. Legal director¬†William Cole¬†is recommended for providing ‚Äėvery thorough preparation of cases‚Äô and ‚Äėvery good analysis of evidence‚Äô. Ewan McIntyre¬†leads the team.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP¬†provides ‚Äėa very high level of service‚Äô, predominantly representing claimants. The cross-discipline liabilities practice is led by Ewan McIntyre, whose primary focus is solicitor negligence cases. McIntyre represents Millar & Bryce in connection with numerous claims concerning different transactions. The ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô¬†Chris MacKay¬†advised Fife Council in a professional negligence claim against Atkins in relation to professional failures in the design, contract administration and project management of a flood prevention scheme, and in separate proceedings against the council‚Äôs former solicitors. The ‚Äėastute and dedicated‚Äô Fenella Mason¬†is also recommended alongside Richard Farndale¬†and Andrew Little,¬†both of whom are ‚Äėhardworking and dedicated‚Äô.

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Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

‚ÄėExperts in their field‚Äô, Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs team is most known for developing corporate legal structures (including innovative partnership models), consortium structures and charity mergers, for the spectrum of small and large charitable organisations. Clients include major housing trusts and a number of local authority offshoot charities, operating culture and leisure facilities. Noted for his ‚Äėgravitas and excellent all-round knowledge‚Äô,¬†Stephen Philips¬†assisted Renfrewshire Council with setting up a dedicated delivery vehicle for the UK City of Culture designation, encompassing local government legislation, charity law, procurement law and state aid. Phillips also advised Sustrans on the formal offer of grant funding to Glasgow City Council to cover half of the eligible costs towards the design and construction of a cycle path infrastructure project. The ‚Äėhighly rated‚Äô Gillian Harkness¬†is recommended for her expertise in charity structures and M&A. Graeme Palmer¬†was promoted to partner in August 2017.

Leading individuals

Stephen Philips - Burness Paull LLP

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 3

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's cross-practice team covers the entire spectrum of issues for renewable energy sector clients, which includes planning and consenting, regulatory advice, finance, development and construction, operation and maintenance, and acquisitions and disposals. The team, which is led by Chris Gotts, particularly stands out in higher-value and technically complex matters. Director Peter Ward is one of only three advisers in the UK who is instructed by BayWa r.e. to advise on grid connection and regulatory issues. Fred Olsen Renewables is another key client in this space. The team also has expertise in battery storage projects. Further illustrative of the group's renewable energy experience, in 2017, Tamar Tammes, Gotts, Ward, senior associate Neil Bruce and others act for Invenergy in relation to the property, planning, construction, grid/regulatory, banking and company law aspects of its £181m sale of the 69.5MW Corriegarth wind farm to Greencoat Capital. Another notable individual is Stephen Phillips, who is particularly knowledgeable about issues concerning the community renewables sector, and has advised local communities, such as the West Harris Community Trust and Huntly Development Trust, and large utilities, such as Boralex. Craig Whelton leads the planning and consenting team's advice on related aspects of renewable energy projects. Energy finance expert Sophie Coffey joined as a senior associate from Harper Macleod LLP. Chris Martin is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Peter Ward - Burness Paull LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's team 'understands its clients' requirements and ways of working', and its standing in the market is reflected by the fact that it acts for names such as Marathon, DEA and CATS. Brian Hemming and department head Bruce McLeod both have experience of serving as commercial managers (at Maersk and BP respectively) and have also worked in-house in legal roles for oil and gas companies. McLeod is primarily engaged in oil and gas matters that have a nexus to the UK, but he also works on agreements involving interests in countries like Egypt, Romania and Norway, among others. McLeod, and associates David Smith and Laura Fraser, recently assisted Premier Oil with the $200m sale of its entire interests in Wytch Farm to Perenco. Hemming is experienced in drafting and negotiating various types of agreements, including construction and tie-in agreements, transportation and processing agreements, and agreements over the acquisition/disposal of oil and gas interests. In addition to Hemming and McLeod, practitioners across all the firm's disciplines have experience of serving oil and gas clients; Chris Gotts was the lead adviser to i3 Energy Plc on its acquisition of oil and gas assets from Dana Petroleum, and also its subsequent $6m convertible loan note issue and AIM IPO. A particularly standout deal saw Gotts, McLeod and others act as UK principal legal counsel to Savannah Petroleum in a reverse takeover transaction, which involved the acquisition of oil and gas assets from Seven Energy International in Nigeria, and a proposed $250m equity fundraising. Corporate finance partner Alasdair Freeman has experience of handling oil and gas sector M&A, insolvencies and restructurings. Practitioners from other areas - such as projects, finance and health and safety (among others) - are also active in oil and gas sector matters. Robin Clarkson retired from private practice in 2017.

Leading individuals

Brian Hemming - Burness Paull LLP

Bruce McLeod - Burness Paull LLP

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP is known for carrying out 'substantial work for substantial clients', and for providing advice that is 'always considered'. Chris Mackay leads the team, which advises clients on operational and refinancing issues, procurement, funding structures and disputes. It has a particularly strong track record in hub projects (DBFM and DBDA); Gavin Paton and senior associate Chris Horsley recently acted for hub west Scotland in the financing, design, construction and provision of services related to two health and care centres in Gorbals and Woodside. They are also assisting the same client with projects under the hub model to deliver two new primary schools in Carntyne and Blairdardie. In addition, Mackay and senior solicitor Andrew Little are acting for NHS Lothian in a £100m project to deliver new facilities at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Further underlining the firm's credentials, it was the first to advise on an NPD project in Scotland, and it assists Scottish Futures Trust with developing new ways of delivering infrastructure. Another notable individual in the team is James Forbes, who is the lead adviser to Amey Belfast Schools Partnership PFI Limited (as the project company) on the Belfast Schools PFI project. Graeme Palmer made partner in 2017.

Leading individuals

Chris Mackay - Burness Paull LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP¬†has an extensive track record advising on the¬†establishment of research facilities for Scottish HE institutions, project work (including high-value and complex deals, often with cross-border aspects) and contentious matters. The ‚Äėauthoritative‚Äô James Forbes¬†is advising the University of St. Andrews on contractual and regulatory matters in relation to a newbuild music centre, as well as the procurement process for the centre‚Äôs construction. Stephen Phillips¬†is advising the governors of the Donaldson Trust on the charity‚Äôs change from a trust to an SCIO. Phillips is also advising the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on the legal framework behind a collaborative arrangement with the Royal College of Physicians of London to deliver post-graduate examinations, training and continuous professional development. The practice is led by Chris MacKay, who specialises in project dispute resolution in the public sector. ‚ÄėCalm and organised‚Äô senior associate Chris Horsley¬†is another key contact.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs practice spans healthcare-related commercial, project development and real estate matters, as well as contentious work such as defective hospital design, procurement challenges, fatal accident inquiries and medical product liability. The ‚Äėhighly responsive‚Äô team is led by ‚Äėcommercially pragmatic‚Äô PFI, PPP and NPD specialist Chris MacKay, who advised NHS Lothian on the second phase of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital project via the hub initiative, which included commercial and strategic advice on all project related matters. Gavin Paton¬†assisted hub West Scotland with project agreements and management in relation to the financing, design, construction and service provision of two health and care centres in Gorbals and Woodside. Joanne Fulton, who made partner in August 2017, specialises in medical product liability litigation. Ray Gribben departed the firm in December 2017.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs public law practitioners are noted as ‚Äėexperts in their field‚Äô. The group stands out for its expertise public service delivery models, which includes the establishment of culture and leisure trusts, shared service structures and economic development partnerships. It also handles a number of public infrastructure projects, especially involving NPDs and hub initiatives. Practice head Stephen Philips¬†has ‚Äėexcellent all round knowledge of matters affecting local government‚Äô and regularly advises local authorities on offshoot companies and shared services. Graeme Palmer¬†often assists with high-level options appraisals, as well as issues arising from procurement and state aid. Highlights included advising the Improvement Service, a body set up by the Scottish Government to improve public service delivery across Scotland, on the development of the governance structure for the Ayrshire Regional Partnership, between three local councils. It is also assisting the Scottish Government subsidiary, Scottish Futures Trust, with templates and guidance to promote wider use of property-sharing arrangements across Scottish local authorities. Also of note, the group advised West Lothian Council on the transfer of certain leisure operations into an offshoot charitable company.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP 'compares favourably with most of the top law firms in the UK' in the commercial property arena; 'it always provides good strategic advice, rather than batting back queries to clients, looking for instructions'. Led by John Strachan, the team performs strongly in marquee acquisitions and disposals, headline development and regeneration projects and high-profile corporate occupier matters. It is also becoming increasingly active in the burgeoning Build to Rent sector. It is highly active in the retail sector, as well as hotels and leisure industry; one name to note in this area is Graeme Bradshaw, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a commercial leasing law specialist, and made partner in August 2017. Richard Rennie and senior solicitor Hannah Richards acted for Supermarket Income REIT in its £50m acquisition of a Tesco Extra store in Cumbernauld town centre. Rennie and Richards were also part of the team which advised Mars Pension Fund on the circa £100m sale of Livingston Designer Outlet to Blackstone. Nicholas Naddell advised Pace Trustees Limited/PGIM Real Estate on the £525m acquisition and leaseback of a portfolio of hotels in the UK regions; this was the largest hotel deal in 2017. Steven McKinlay has particular experience of assisting public sector clients with reorganising and restructuring their property portfolios. Peter Chambers is recommended for his commercial and residential development expertise. Tamar Tammes, Nicky Clemence and Scott Peterkin are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Tamar Tammes - Burness Paull LLP

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Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

At Burness Paull LLP, Peter Smith and director Emma Miller are part of a team whose members are 'all solid, and also tenacious when needs be'. Led by John Strachan, 'it always gives a good steer'. Strachan is particularly knowledgeable about residential and commercial development (including acting for funders in development transactions), and he also has experience of advising high net-worth individuals and families on property investments, and corporate occupier work in the energy sector. Strachan was the lead adviser to Jaguar Land Rover on multiple 'Arch Concept' developments in Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth. Richard Goodfellow focuses on commercial and residential development (acting for landowners, developers and occupiers), and he has built an excellent reputation in high-profile and groundbreaking projects. Goodfellow and Nicola Henderson are working with members of the planning and construction teams to advise Aberdeen Football Club on the development of a new stadium and training facility. In another headline mandate, Goodfellow, Sarah Stewart and others are acting for a consortium of landowners in the £1.5bn development of a  settlement consisting of 4500 homes at Chapelton of Elsick. Stewart Milne Group, Total E&P UK and Dandara are other notable clients.

Leading individuals

Richard Goodfellow - Burness Paull LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Stewart - Burness Paull LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's 26-strong dedicated construction and projects team advises on procurement issues, standard form contracts (including NEC, JCT and ICC), dispute resolution and various other matters for its clients. Its ability to cover the entire ambit of contentious and non-contentious matters has enabled it to build up a notable client list, which includes Barhale Plc, Amey and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited. Practice head Fenella Mason and others are representing Kier Construction in a third party action, which arose from a dispute between Kier and DGC over DGC One's leisure complex. Another key individual in the group is Gavin Paton, who is leading the advice to Countesswells Development Limited on the construction of a new residential settlement of circa 3000 units, and related facilities, at Countesswells in Aberdeen. In 2017, Paton worked with senior associates Chris Horsley and Caroline Allan, and associate Kevin Cannon, to assist hub West ScotlandLimited/hub West Scotland Project Company (no. 6) Limited with various matters, including the Carntyne and Blairdardie DBFM project. James Forbes, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, recently handled four major projects for the University of St Andrews. Forbes also has a notable specialism in renewable energy projects.

Leading individuals

Fenella Mason - Burness Paull LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP advises clients on contentious and non-contentious environmental issues across a wide range of industries, with particular strengths in the marine, oil and gas, and onshore and offshore renewable energy sectors. Craig Whelton undertakes environmental due diligence on corporate transactions and also provides standalone advice on soil contamination and remediation, and environmental permitting. Recent highlights included assisting Van Oord UK Limited with undertaking dredging works as part of its appointment on the new Aberdeen Harbour development, and advising Boralex on planning and environmental law issues relating to a proposed 36MW 12 turbine wind development at Fauch Hill in West Lothian.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's 'efficient and knowledgeable team' is led by 'planning guru' Elaine Farquharson-Black, who has 'great in-depth knowledge of the law, has great commercial skills and is an all-round player at the top of her game'. Farquharson-Black recently represented Elsick Development Company Limited at the Court of Session and Supreme Court in a landmark legal challenge of supplementary guidance on the Strategic Transport Fund, which has led to a proposed change to the law on planning obligations.  Farquharson-Black is also the lead adviser to Aberdeen Football Club on the planning application for a new £50m community stadium. Elsewhere, the group is highly active in assisting housebuilding clients with the planning aspects of large-scale residential development projects throughout Scotland (including associated infrastructure to support these projects, such as schools, transport and education facilities). Clients in this space include Taylor Wimpey, Stewart Milne Group and Dandara. Craig Whelton and senior associate Emma Dewar are advising West Craigs Limited on the promotion of a proposed new development at Maybury in West Edinburgh, consisting of 1400 new homes, as well as retail and medical facilities, and a new primary school. The group's energy-related work is gaining momentum, with it attracting mandates from clients such as EDF and Airvolution. Whelton and Dewar recently acted for Skylark (a joint venture between Ecotricity and Skanska) at a public local inquiry into the proposed development of a 19 turbine wind park at Upper Sonachan in Argyll & Bute. In the oil and gas sector, the firm acts as the sole planning adviser to Total E&P UK. Senior associate Theresa Hunt is recommended.

Leading individuals

Elaine Farquharson-Black - Burness Paull LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's practice is led by Alan McMillan (a Fellow of the CIArb and member of the Law Society specialist accreditation panel on arbitration) in Edinburgh, whose recent work has included multimillion pound arbitrations involving issues over dilapidations, service charge disputes and alienation clauses, among others. McMillan, who is also a CEDR-accredited mediator and seasoned litigator, is supported by Glasgow-based partner Gary Moffat and solicitor advocate Steven Guild. Senior solicitor Stephen Farrell is another name to note. The firm's outstanding track record in property disputes has enabled it to build up a client base including such names as BSkyB, City of Edinburgh Council, Stewart Milne Group and Vodafone. McMillan represented NFU Mutual in a dilapidations claim against Deloitte in 2017. In addition, McMillan and Farrell are advising wind farm developer Auquhirie Land Company Limited on a £2.6m damages action against Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc (SHET); the dispute arises from the client's ability to develop a five turbine development being limited to a three turbine development, as a consequence of SHET obtaining a statutory wayleave, which allows it to have pylons on the client's land.

Leading individuals

Alan McMillan - Burness Paull LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's profile in the social housing sector sees it act for a mix of housing providers, housing charities and developers. Since it was appointed to Sanctuary Group's new legal panel in April 2017, the firm has undertaken a significant amount of work for the client through its Scottish subsidary Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association (SSHA); recent highlights included Stephen Phillips acting as the lead adviser on a complex inter-group restructuring, and Scott Peterkin and others assisting the client with the Scottish property aspects of the acquisition of a portfolio of 35 care homes (including 13 in Scotland) from Embrace Group. In addition, Peterkin, Craig Whelton and other members of the firm's property and planning teams are acting for SSHA in the High Rise Regeneration Project in Cumbernauld.Peter Chambers (who co-heads the practice with Peterkin) assists clients such as Hillcrest Housing Association and Link Group with large-scale developments, financing and development agreements with housebuilders. Chambers also advises housing provider Cruden Group on strategy and contract structuring to faciltate the delivery of affordable homes. Other facets of the firm's social housing work include assisting with health and safety, employment, construction and Freedom of Information requests. Scottish Futures Trust, Springfield Properties and Glasgow Housing Association are other clients.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs clients span tech businesses, financial service providers, oil and gas companies and public sector entities. The practice is led by the ‚Äėprofessional and approachable‚Äô Callum Sinclair, who is noted as ‚Äėparticularly helpful in crisis situations‚Äô. The group has been appointed as sole legal advisers to Oil & Gas Technology Centre and continues to advise ScottishPower on its GDPR compliance, data retention issues and updates to its data and security policies. Sinclair and Walter Clark¬†advised on the UK IT and IP aspects of Weir Group‚Äôs acquisition of Singapore-based KOP Surface Products, as well as an IT transitional services agreement in relation to the transaction, and a renegotiation of its IT outsourcing arrangements with Cognizant. David Goodbrand¬†is also recommended for fintech matters.

Next generation lawyers

Callum Sinclair - Burness Paull LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô contentious IP practice stands out for its substantial expertise in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector, where it has handled a number of major trade mark and patent disputes. It also acts for high-profile clients in the fashion and TMT industries.¬†Colin Hulme¬†(the ‚Äėoracle of Scottish IP‚Äô)¬†leads on IP litigation and is representing AstraZeneca Group in four patent litigation cases at the Court of Session, concerning three of the client‚Äôs patents and an action for declaratory non-infringement in relation to one of the patents, brought by a supplier of generic medicines to the NHS, securing an interim interdict for all three patents in November 2017. Hulme continues to manage Sky‚Äôs copyright enforcement programme across Scotland, in addition to acting as general counsel to Harris Tweed Authority in relation to the registration and enforcement of its global trade mark portfolio. Callum Sinclair¬†leads on non-contentious matters, notably supporting Renfrewshire Council on its IP strategy in connection with the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid. The ‚Äėbusiness-focused‚Äô David Goodbrand¬†advised Standard Life Aberdeen on IP matters arising from its acquisition of Jones Sheridan Holdings. Neeraj Thomas¬†is noted for his ‚Äėexpert knowledge and tenacity‚Äô in the contentious IP space.

Leading individuals

Colin Hulme - Burness Paull LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP¬†operates in ‚Äėa whole different league of professionalism‚Äô. The team is led by Grant Stevenson¬†, who assisted with Scottish Investment Bank‚Äôs ¬£5.2m equity investment and ongoing shareholder and board arrangements in TV Squared. Philip Rodney¬†is advising BBC Scotland on all aspects of defamation law, including reporting restrictions, Freedom of Information (FOI) matters and litigation; Legal director Kirsteen MacDonald¬†advised the client on its Paradise Papers investigation and coverage. Colin Hulme¬†is managing Sky UK‚Äôs rights enforcement across Scotland, which involves copyright issues related to the company‚Äôs on-screen logos, through the commencement of interdict proceedings in the Intellectual Property Court of the Court of Session. David Morgan¬†advises ITN on employment law matters, in addition to aspects of its news reporting.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team at Burness Paull LLP¬†is particularly strong in football, rugby and golf mandates, and advises sporting governing bodies and sports teams alike. Neeraj Thomas¬†provides ‚Äėgreat commercial advice‚Äô and acted for the Scottish Football Association in connection with disciplinary charges brought by FIFA in connection with alleged breaches of the Laws of the Game and other competition-specific breaches, following a match against England in which the Scottish team wore the poppy symbol on black armbands. Elaine Farquharson-Black¬†is advising Aberdeen Football Club on its planning application to Aberdeen City Council for ¬£50m community and sports facilities, football academy, stadium and the formation of access roads and parking. Colin Hulme¬†represented the Scottish Rugby Union in a sensitive investigation into the conduct of a club and certain players in relation to a serious off-field incident, which provided the basis for disciplinary charges.

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