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Burness Paull LLP

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50 LOTHIAN ROAD, EDINBURGH, EH3 9WJ, SCOTLAND
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Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's 'professional' team has carved out a strong practice handling road and harbour sector work - the latter is frequently handled by practice head Chris MacKay - but its broad transport sector expertise also leads to regular instructions in the rail and aviation sphere, which includes procurement, construction and contentious issues.

Practice head(s):Chris MacKay

Other key lawyers:James Forbes

Testimonials

'Chris MacKay always goes the extra mile for his clients.'

'The team understands the ins and outs of civil engineering contracts and has a good understanding of civil engineering construction.'

Key Clients

Scot Roads Partnership Project

Improvement Service

Cleveland Bridge UK

John Clark Motor Group

Port of Cromarty Firth

Scrabster Harbour Trust

Highland Spring

National Express Group

Worldwide Flight Services

Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners

Skyscanner

Work highlights

  • Advising the project company on various contentious and non-contentious construction and finance matters pertaining to a large NPD and a major roads project in Scotland.
  • The team continues to advise the Improvement Service on EU procurement law matters, among other issues, pertaining to a major Scotland-wide project involving all 32 Scottish local authorities.
  • Acting for SHT in its procurement of a project for the design and construction of the redevelopment of the Ola Pier at Scrabster Harbour.
  • Advising Highland Spring on the creation of a private, two-siding freight facility at its Blackford site.
  • Assisted WFS with securing a ground handling licence at Edinburgh Airport, which included a commitment by WFS to meet certain IT and technology standards throughout the airport.

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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

The corporate team at Burness Paull LLP has recently handled a number of matters concerning private equity, equity capital and owner-managed businesses. It has a strong mix of domestic and international clients, frequently acting for international corporations and private equity funds entering the Scottish market, as well as acting for domestic clients on cross-border work. Mark Ellis leads the team, which also includes Peter Lawson.

Practice head(s):Mark Ellis

Other key lawyers:Peter Lawson; Robert Burns; Chris Gotts; Grant Stevenson; Walter Clark; Catriona Llanwarne

Testimonials

'The culture of the firm, including that of the corporate and commercial team, is the stand out feature. Not only does the firm demonstrate legal excellence across each of the departments but it does so in an approachable, customer-focused manner. The firm also ensures that additional areas of need are recognised and match those requirements to team members not only by capability and capacity but by personality, helping to create a positive working partnership. In terms of individual deals, the team quickly understands the rationale, execution strategy and guides clients proactively through to completion.'

'Mark Ellis is the key contact and has demonstrated excellence in several transactions. He has become a trusted adviser not only on corporate work but in terms of advising the company on other areas of its growth strategy. Mark has also managed the relationship extremely well when the company requires advice outside the corporate team. The ability to look beyond the myopic view of an individual partner to the overarching requirements of clients, will enable the firm to continue taking market share.'

'Down to earth and easy to deal with. The team is available at all times and works hard to see deals complete.'

Key Clients

Standard Life Aberdeen

James Fisher and Sons

Scottish Power

A-Plan Insurance

Well-Sense Technology Limited

BlueGem Capital Partners

Walker Precision Engineering Group

i3 Energy

Kings Park Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised on the placing of new ordinary shares on AIM to raise £2.57m, together with the conversion of US$2.5m of loan notes into ordinary shares in the capital of the company.
  • Acted as sole legal adviser on the client's acquisitions of Crewe-based financial adviser firm Jones Sheridan Holdings Limited, and London-based financial adviser firm Cumberland Place Financial Management Limited.
  • Acted for family-owned Walker Precision Engineering Group on a further investment by Business Growth Fund.
  • Advised Chinese company Zhuoli Imaging Technology on its first investment into the UK in the form of its acquisition of the assets of Pelikan Hardcopy Scotland.
  • Acted on the high-profile sale of the STV 2 channel to That’s Media Limited.
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

The corporate team at Burness Paull LLP boasts particular expertise in the areas of oil and gas, private equity, capital markets, as well as work for family-owned businesses. As a Scottish independent, the firm acts on significant deals both at home and internationally for both Scottish clients seeking to expand and foreign entities investing in Scotland. Jamie Stark , who is dual qualified in both Scotland and England and Wales, is a hugely experienced corporate finance and M&A practitioner, while director Arran Mackenzie is also well-regarded. Gary Chapman was recently made partner to cater to a upturn in M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Ellis (Edinburgh)

Other key lawyers:Jamie Stark; Helen Dickson; Alasdair Freeman; Arran Mackenzie

Testimonials

'Burness Paull has a strong corporate team with experience of supporting start-ups through to multinationals.'

'Gary Chapman always makes himself available when needed, often at short notice. He understands his client's business and supports the company in the decision-making process by providing contextually relevant advice whilst also ensuring current agreements are as future proof as possible.'

Key Clients

Standard Life Aberdeen

James Fisher and Sons

Scottish Power

A-Plan Insurance

Well-Sense Technology Limited

BlueGem Capital Partners

Walker Precision Engineering Group

i3 Energy

Kings Park Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Well-Sense Technology on a seven-figure investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures.
  • Advised the Oil and Gas Technology Centre on its joint venture with The University of Aberdeen to create a new multimillion-pound Decommissioning Centre of Excellence.
  • Advised on the acquisition of EDS HV Group Limited by longstanding client, James Fisher and Sons.
  • Advised EBar Initiatives on its equity funding round, led by Jenson Funding Partners SEIS and EIS Fund, joined by Scottish investors Gabriel Investments and Equity Gap.
  • Advising Incremental Group Holdings on the sale of the entire share capital to an acquisition company set up by Dunedin.
Leading individuals

Jamie Stark - Burness Paull LLP

Next Generation Partners

Arran Mackenzie - Burness Paull LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's tax practice regularly works in tandem with the firm's well-regarded real estate team to provide full tax support, ranging from structural advice at the outset of the deal through to post-completion issues. The team works across all asset classes and boasts a strong skill set relating to private equity and management incentives. Practice head Ronnie Brown heads the group from Glasgow and has a strong track record of acting for London businesses and Scottish accountancy firms.

Practice head(s):Ronnie Brown

Other key lawyers:Gary Chapman; John Finnick; Robert Burns

Testimonials

'Burness Paull's team is able to cover any legal queries a client might have and can flex its approach depending on the client.'

'Robert Burns is very practical and works to find solutions for his clients.'

'Ronnie Brown has excellent technical knowledge and is able to explain and apply this to his clients.'

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey

Cruden Homes

Springfield Properties

Zhouli Imaging

London and Scottish Investments

Maven Capital Partners

Standard Life

LendingCrowd

BUPA

Hg Capital

Faroe Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advising Standard Life Aberdeen on the acquisitions of financial advisory firms Jones Sheridan Holdings Limited and Cumberland Place Financial Management Limited.
  • Advising A-Plan Insurance on the acquisition of Endsleigh Insurance.
  • Advising James Fisher and Sons on the sale of the entire issued share capital of EDS HV Group Limited.
  • Advising LendingCrowd with its £2m equity fundraising.
Leading individuals

Ronnie Brown - Burness Paull LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

With anenviable client roster spanning the financial services, oil and gas, food and drink and public sectors, Burness Paull LLP's competition team advises on M&A transactions, state aid issues and complex commercial agreements. Graeme Palmer , who was recently promoted to the partnership, heads the firm's procurement and state aid sub-group from Glasgow. In Edinburgh, the main name to note is practice head David Goodbrand who specialises in commercial contracts, merger law and compliance and training for clients including Highland Spring, Royal London, ACCA and the Scottish Football Association.

Practice head(s):David Goodbrand; Graeme Palmer

Other key lawyers:Stephen Phillips; Michael Bryceland

Testimonials

'Burness Paull fields a London-quality team right out of Edinburgh.'

'Michael Bryceland has excellent knowledge of the law and practical application, and is very responsive and prompt with his advice.'

Key Clients

Highland Spring

Oil and Gas Technology Centre

Glasgow City Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise

Acteon

Offshore Contractors Association

Standard Life Aberdeen

Viridian Group

Student Loans Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Glasgow City Council on the restructuring of City Building LLP to become a joint venture.
  • Advising on the development of Hampden Park Stadium to accommodate the Euro 2020 football tournament.
  • Advising Highlands and Islands Enterprise on the development of a joint project with Orkney Islands Council to establish a research and incubation centre in Kirkwall, Orkney.
  • Advising the Oil and Gas Technology Centre on a range of procurement and state aid matters in order to support its delivery of funding for technology projects, R&D collaboration with higher education institutions and use of its innovation hub.
Leading individuals

Graeme Palmer - Burness Paull LLP

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's client roster consists of various financial service institutions and corporates, most notably from the oil and gas, retail and engineering sectors, as well as individuals, who instruct the team led by Rona Jamieson with matters concerning bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, export control and sanctions.

Practice head(s):Rona Jamieson

Other key lawyers:Lynne Gray

Testimonials

'The firm has very strong international, corporate and compliance capabilities.'

'Lynne Gray is highly capable and personable.'

Key Clients

Ted Jacob Engineering Group

JK Rowling

Work highlights

  • On-going advice on a civil fraud claim which arose from an agreement to buy an engineering business in Dubai.
  • Acting for the author JK Rowling in a civil fraud action raised on her behalf against the author’s former PA; the action concerns the alleged mis-use of a business credit card provided by the client to her former personal assistant.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's strength lies in providing liquor, premises and public entertainment licensing assistance, including contentious matters, to restaurants and hotels. Planning expert Theresa Hunt is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Theresa Hunt

Key Clients

Carlton Clubs

Welcome Break Group

Cairn Hotel Group/ Station Hotel

Aberdeen Douglas Hotel

Hard Rock Café (UK)

Eden Valley Leisure

Splendid Hospitality

The Chester Hotel

Unionrow Restaurant

Work highlights

  • Submitted an application to Fife Licensing Board for a variation of the premises licence to create a temporary bingo hall at Fife Leisure Park, Dunfermline for Carlton Clubs.
  • Obtained a provisional premises licence for Welcome Break Group’s new Ramada Hotel at The Plaza Tower, East Kilbride.
  • Acted for Cairn Group to obtain a major variation of its premises licence for the former Queensferry Hotel, Edinburgh, which has undergone a £15m refurbishment and rebranding to DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh.
  • Acted for RKM Group to obtain a series of occasional licences for a trial period for an outdoor seating and drinking area at the premises in Aberdeen.
  • Advising Hard Rock Café on licensing matters pertaining to its premises in Glasgow.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Covering a broad range of disputes, Burness Paull LLP acts for clients across various sectors, including financial services, media and energy. The 'very calm and collected' Gary Moffat heads up the 'well organised and very responsive' commercial litigation team, which includes main contact for banking and regulatory disputes Stuart Murdoch, who made partner in February 2018. Recent work includes IP and product liability disputes, banking litigation and insolvency-related disputes, among others. Dispute resolution team head Neil Smith is another key individual.

Practice head(s):Gary Moffat

Other key lawyers:Neil Smith; Colin Hulme; Alan McMillan; Joanna Fulton; Jody Crockett; Stuart Murdoch

Testimonials

'They go the extra mile to ensure the client is always aware what is going on before it happens.'

'Joanna Fulton is very knowledgeable about cross-border litigation issues and excellent at dealing with the practicalities of explaining and translating Scottish court procedures for international clients and lawyers from other jurisdictions.'

'Vast experience, legal knowledge and commercial acumen make Neil Smith a great man for a crisis.'

'A dream to work with.'

'What sets them apart is their quiet authority based on their extensive experience of document and data heavy disputes.'

'Colin Hulme provides practical business-focused advice that keeps the client's goals in mind.'

'Alan McMillan is extremely knowledgeable and thinks outside the box.'

'Very high quality, commercially astute lawyers.'

'Jody Crockett is absolutely dedicated to the client and a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

JK Rowling

Pension Protection Fund

Sky UK

AstraZeneca Group

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

The Insolvency Service

The Scottish Football Association

Taylor Clark Leisure

James McFadden

Cleveland Bridge UK

Work highlights

  • The team continues to manage Sky’s enforcement programme across Scotland in order to prevent the unauthorised broadcast of sporting events in pubs and clubs throughout the country.
  • Continues to act for RBS in defence of a claim brought by the proprietor of a car dealership; the team achieved a notable success when RBS was absolved of liability (and awarded costs).
  • Acted for Cleveland Bridge UK in a dispute with a subcontractor, Sarens (UK), arising from significant delays to a major installation of motorway bridges in England.
  • Acted for the Pension Protection Fund in a court action arising from the administration of the former Pringle knitwear group.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Alan Soppitt leads the banking team at Burness Paull LLP, which handles the full spectrum of financing transactions including structured finance and securitisation work, fund finance, leveraged finance and real estate finance. Jonathan Heaney is the key contact for corporate lending and real estate finance work, John Kennedy is experienced in the oil and gas sector, and Gaenor Cassell focuses on real estate and leveraged financings, restructurings and securitisation work. The group recently gained a number of high-profile appointments in the renewable energy space and counts several major UK clearing banks as clients. Allan Leal made partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):Alan Soppitt

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Heaney; John Kennedy; Gaenor Cassell; Allan Leal

Testimonials

'Burness Paull fields a very commercially aware team of knowledgeable individuals, who are always keen to help and proficient in doing so.'

'At Burness Paull, the finance lawyers are competent and give good advice.'

'Sophie Coffey has an excellent understanding of the energy industry and is able to combine this with her banking and finance expertise to provide solid, well-considered advice.'

'Jonathan Heaney and Gemma Young are both competent and have a good knowledge of market practice in the asset management sector.'

Key Clients

BlueGem Capital Partners

Stewart Milne Group

Tailwind Energy Limited

NatWest Markets Plc

Tuscola Group Limited

Santander UK plc

Maven Regional Buyout Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising Incremental Group Holdings on its acquisition of GAP Consulting, supported by a facility from Clydesdale Bank and a venture capital investment from Maven Capital and Scottish Investment Bank.
  • Acted for new client Tailwind Energy on the amendment and restatement of its existing facilities and the provision of new mezzanine facilities by Mercuria Energy Trading.
  • Advising Esson Properties on the amendment and restatement of an existing facility agreement.
  • Assisting Tuscola Group with the Islamic financing of a number of significant real estate assets by Gatehouse Bank.
  • Advising the Royal Bank of Scotland as sole underwriter and arranger of a £12.2m senior development and investment facility for the acquisition and development of mixed-use assets at Torwood Street, Torquay.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Heaney - Burness Paull LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gaenor Cassell - Burness Paull LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP recently hired Michael Thomson from Pinsent Masons LLP to head up the restructuring and insolvency team; his recruitment has impacted the practice's client roster with new lender appointments and city law firm clients. On the contentious side, Gary Moffat is a dedicated insolvency litigation specialist and regularly represents the Insolvency Service.

Practice head(s):Michael Thomson

Other key lawyers:Gary Moffat

Testimonials

'The team at Burness Paull  is known for its excellent market knowledge and presence in both non-contentious and contentious restructuring; the team has reassuringly deep expertise fronted by exceptionally approachable and commercially-minded partners.'

'The team has a wealth of experience at all levels. It is clear that senior members of the team take time training those that are more junior. This means that all members of the team have a strong understanding of the law and also the commercial issues at play in this area.'

'Michael Thomson is incredibly user-friendly and commercial. Gary Moffat is experienced and unflappable. Jonathan Heaney has deep technical experience and a very impressive profile.'

'Michael Thomson is a highly capable and commercially minded lawyer in whom clients have a high level of confidence. He is also extremely client-focused, and builds and retains exceptional relationships.'

'Gary Moffat is excellent to work with and gets to the heart of difficult issues very quickly. He takes time to understand his client's aims and objectives and ensures that the approach taken is consistent with these.'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank plc as lender and Ernst & Young as administrators of House of Fraser

Lujo Properties Limited.

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Lombard North Central PLC and Lombard Technology Services Limited

T.O.M. Group (comprising ten distressed companies within the group) and Deloitte

The trustees of the pension scheme of Havelock Europa PLC (now in administration)

The Insolvency Service

Pension Protection Fund

James McFadden

Zhuoli Imaging Technology Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for HSBC Bank and Ernst & Young as lender and administrator respectively on the administration of a national retailer.
  • Instructed by a project company forming part of a consortium to advise on the administration of the UK’s second largest building firm.
  • Assisting Lujo Properties with the company voluntary arrangement of a national retailer.
  • Acting for the Insolvency Service in investigating the activities of insolvent companies, undertaking public interest winding-up cases; and pursuing director disqualification court applications.
  • Advising the Pension Protection Fund on the administration of the Pringle Knitwear group.
Leading individuals

Gary Moffat - Burness Paull LLP

Michael Thomson - Burness Paull LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

At Burness Paull LLP, the team of banking and finance experts, led by Alan Soppitt, is recognised for its private fund formation and partnership work, particularly regarding the structuring, establishment and operation of Scottish limited partnerships. The enhancement of the firm's regulatory team through the appointment of Stuart Murdoch to the partnership has boosted the practice's presence and capabilities in the financial services sector, especially in contentious work. Andrew Christie continues to build the funds finance sub-group, which regularly assists clients with debt and security structures. Paula Kennedy is singled out for her work acting for investors in their investments into alternative investment funds.

Practice head(s):Alan Soppitt

Other key lawyers:Andrew Christie; Paula Kennedy; Stuart Murdoch

Key Clients

Simpson Thacher Bartlett

Proskauer

Kirkland & Ellis

Macfarlanes

EIG

Ardian

Fried Frank

Partners Group

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Work highlights

  • Acted for the European Investment Fund on its co-investment with Hedosophia Gamma II LP in the Series C funding round of N26, a German-headquartered, pan-European mobile bank.
  • Advised Rede Partners on all the UK law partnership issues relating to the formation and operation of a series of ten executive co-investment limited partnerships.
  • Provided Actis with Scottish law structuring advice on several elements of its fund and carry structuring.
  • Assisting Schroder Adveq with the formation and operation of seven Scottish limited partnerships, which were established as fund-of-one vehicles.
Next Generation Partners

Andrew Christie - Burness Paull LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's 'impressive' team has gained reputation as a leading employment law specialist, covering the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, which has recently included various instructions concerning GDPR compliance, gender pay gap matters, TUPE transfers, industrial actions, senior executive changes and general Employment Tribunal work. Providing transactional support is another key area of expertise. In August 2018, the 'intelligent' Mandy Laurie took over the team lead from 'very experienced' oil and gas sector expert Sean Saluja, while, in other team changes, the 'very good' Jamie Kerr joined from Thorntons Law LLP in September 2018, significantly boosting the firm's immigration offering. Clients include oil and gas, food and drink, financial services, sport, media and retail sector players. The 'approachable' David Morgan, who is 'a joy to work with' and particularly experienced in trade unions and industrial relations, and the 'down-to-earth' Jennifer Skeoch are recommended.

Practice head(s):Mandy Laurie

Other key lawyers:David Morgan; Margaret Gibson; Morag Hutchison; Ronald Mackay; Sean Saluja; Tricia Walker; Jennifer Skeoch; Morag Moffett; Jamie Kerr

Testimonials

'David Morgan is a solid practitioner with a good profile.'

'The team is extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and patient and always provides pragmatic advice.'

'Its stability is a strong point.'

'Provides the most cost effective, real world advice.'

'Takes the time to understand the business and the client's objectives and challenges.'

'Delivers tailored advice efficiently and clearly.'

'Professional and pragmatic.'

'Morag Hutchison has a very professional and down-to-earth approach and makes any challenge the client is dealing with seem easy to manage.'

'The first legal team that listens to the client and not bombard them with legal jargon.'

'Very forward thinking organisation that keeps up with the times.'

Key Clients

Wood

ITN

General Electric

SSE

Total

Scottish Football Association

Petrofac

A.G. Barr

FirstGroup

Work highlights

  • Advised Total on industrial relations matters following the client's proposed variation to offshore working patterns.
  • Assisting Scottish Rugby Union with employment law requirements for employees and rugby players throughout the organisation (including Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby). Recently, the team represented the client before the Employment Tribunal in Edinburgh following an unfair dismissal claim.
  • Continued advice to long-standing client Wheatley Group; regular instructions include TUPE transfers, union relations matters and employment litigation.
  • As the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ sole employment law advisors, the team provides regular advice on business critical and strategic matters, including on gender pay gap issues and GDPR compliance, trade union matters, management changes and the outsourcing of services and also defends the client against various employment tribunal claims.
  • Following a restructuring of the stv (Channel 3 on Scottish TV) business, the team advised the client on a number of high-profile senior executive changes and departures, including in the news team (and Head of News).
Leading individuals

David Morgan - Burness Paull LLP

Sean Saluja - Burness Paull LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jennifer Skeoch - Burness Paull LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

The team at Burness Paull LLP is particularly rated for its strength in the oil and gas sector and led by 'go-to lawyer for offshore health and safety matters' Rona Jamieson. Its clients, including various global oil companies, receive regular assistance with investigations and prosecutions alongside compliance matters.

Practice head(s):Rona Jamieson

Other key lawyers:Lynne Gray

Testimonials

'Leaders in their field.'

'Breadth and depth of expertise is unparalleled.'

'Particularly strong in off-shore oil and gas cases.'

'Rona Jamieson is unmatched in her knowledge and breadth of expertise.'

'Lynne Gray combines tactical approach with exceptional client handling skills.'

Key Clients

Total

Shell

Repsol Sinopec

Maersk Oil

Apache

Wood

Spirit Energy

Marathon Oil

Babcock International

Arnold Clark

Work highlights

  • Advised Quality Food Products Aberdeen on liability and agreed terms for a plea with the Procurator Fiscal following a breach of the Working at Height Regulations.
  • Acted for Shell in relation to a criminal prosecution following an accident on the Brent Delta offshore installation where three workers were injured.
Leading individuals

Rona Jamieson - Burness Paull LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Burness Paull LLP

'Very good contact for immigration work' Jamie Kerr joined Burness Paull LLP from Thorntons Law LLP in September 2018 and now heads the firm's 'very organised and helpful' immigration practice. It primarily deals with corporate and business immigration matters and has strong focus on advising inward investors as well as oil and gas and technology sector players.

Practice head(s):Jamie Kerr

Testimonials

'Experienced practitioners in immigration law with the resources of a commercial firm.'

'Jamie Kerr is sensible, savvy and well attuned at what will work at court.'

'Extremely knowledgeable.'

Key Clients

Scottish Television (STV)

Scottish Enterprise

BW Offshore (UK)

Witt/Kieffer

Savannah Petroleum

Consumer Club

The Blair Partnership

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to Scottish Enterprise on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas, sole representative of overseas business visas, Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) and Tier 5 visas.
  • Advised BW Offshore (UK) on obtaining sponsor licences to enable the client to be set up as an employer for overseas nationals.
  • Advised Savannah Petroleum on relocating key staff to the UK and on the immigration implications of purchasing key assets of another major company.
  • Provided advice to Consumer Club on immigration and visa requirements associated with the entity’s plans to expand and establish a commercial presence in the UK.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

With particular strength in corporate pensions advisory work, Burness Paull LLP is frequently called upon to advise on pensions aspects of M&A, private equity, investment and refinancing work. The 'highly responsive, technically sound and client-focused' team is led by the 'cool-headed and incredibly personable' Sarah Phillips and acts for a number of well known corporates, most notably from the finance, oil and gas and public sectors, as well as trustees. Pension litigation is another key area of expertise.

Practice head(s):Sarah Phillips

Other key lawyers:Margaret Meehan; Jennifer Adams; Deborah Adam; Caroline McIntyre

Testimonials

'The team appropriately measures risks against practical consequences.'

'Deborah Adam is very personable and professional; she delivers clear and concise advice in difficult circumstances and brings extensive experience of how issues can play out in practice.'

'Quite simply good advice presented very clearly with obvious commercial experience.'

'Margaret Meehan is cool, calm and collected as well as very knowledgeable and experienced; she gives clear, commercial and authoritative advice that is solution-oriented.'

'Client focus is second to none.'

'Bright, articulate and thorough, which, coupled with a strong commercial focus makes a strong practice.'

'The pensions team joins up well with other practices which reflects well on the firm as a whole.'

'The team seems to enjoy what they do which rubs off on clients and other advisors.'

'Sarah Phillips' technical knowledge is excellent and her ability to read situations and guide clients through complex issues is impressive. She has a very relaxed delivery style and clients relate to her easily.'

'Margaret Meehan is incredibly clever but also down-to-earth and easy to work with which is not always true of clever lawyers!'

Key Clients

John Menzies

MGM Assurance (Trustees)

Airdrie Savings Bank

A-Plan Holdco

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

The Trustees of the Glenmorangie Pension Scheme

ARC Pensions Law

Nucleus Financial Group

Lloyds Banking Group

Lothian Pension Fund

Trustees of the Havelock Europa Retirement Benefits Scheme

The Trustees of the Church of Scotland Pension Schemes

Work highlights

  • Acted for A-Plan Holdco in the share purchase of Endsleigh Insurance (owned by Zurich Insurance Group) involving pension liability restructuring matters.
  • Assisted John Menzies with the pensions aspects of the sale of its distribution business.
  • Advised the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on proposed changes to the MPs’ pension scheme.
  • Advised Calachem on the closure of its occupational defined contribution pension scheme and the transfer of members’ benefits to contract-based pension arrangements.
  • Advised the trustees of the pension scheme of Havelock Europa on their negotiations with the company and the pensions regulator in the run up to the company entering administration.

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Scotland: Insurance

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

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP acts for both private companies and public sector organisations, and has aimed to differentiate itself from other firms handling volume instructions from insurer panel appointments. The team handles employer liability and public liability claims across a wide range of sectors, including aviation, oil and gas, product liability and construction. The practice, which is led by Ewan McIntyre, is also known for its successful defence of mesothelioma claims.

Practice head(s):Ewan McIntyre

Other key lawyers:Will Cole

Key Clients

Amec Foster Wheeler Group Limited

Kier Group PLC

SSE PLC/Scotia Gas Networks Limited t/a SGN

Taylor Wimpey PLC

John Wood Group PLC

Student Loans Company Limited

City of Edinburgh Council

Russell Logistics

Smith & Nephew PLC

Covidien/Medtronic

Gard Insurance Group

Seadrill Group

Charles Taylor & Co Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the carrier in multiple litigations by persons injured, and relatives of persons killed, in a major aviation disaster.
  • Acting for a local authority in respect of a claim by the relatives of a child killed in an accident on local authority premises.
  • Defending a range of employers and public liability claims, including a recent claim by an employee whose leg was crushed by an excavator.
  • Defending a range of employers and public liability claims including complex historic disease claims involving contested inheritance of liability issues.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's professional negligence practice works on both the pursuer and defender side of claims across a range of sectors, focusing on corporate clients rather than panel appointments for insurers. The team excels in particular in the realm of construction, receiving instructions from major firms of architects and engineers in high value cases, while also represents public bodies. Ewan McIntyre is lead partner for the firm's cross-discipline liabilities practice, which encompasses the professional negligence team, while Chris MacKay, who is has dual expert accreditation in both construction and arbitration, has niche expertise in disputes concerning harbours and ports.

Practice head(s):Ewan McIntyre

Other key lawyers:Chris Mackay

Testimonials

'The team displays an out of the ordinary concentration on identifying and pursuing the client's interests in the circumstances of each case.'

Key Clients

Millar & Bryce Limited

Fife Council

John Graham Construction Limited

Trustees of the Elliot of Harwood Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Fife Council in a high value professional negligence claim against Atkins Limited relative to their responsibilities as engineers on a flood prevention scheme.
  • Act for searching company Millar & Bryce in connection with professional indemnity claims against them brought by users of their service.
  • Acting for John Graham Construction in a seven-figure professional negligence claim against Scott Wilson Scotland Limited in relation to the design of the drainage system in a new high school.
Leading individuals

Chris Mackay - Burness Paull LLP

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Scotland: Private client

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

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP acts for major charities, grant-giving bodies and development trusts, providing advice concerning governance issues, investments, employment disputes, joint ventures and compliance. The team also frequently acts in the formation of new charitable bodies, and handles complex restructuring matters, including the winding up of charitable bodies and the transfer of staff from one company to another. The 'approachable and innovative' Stephen Phillips, who holds the position of the Convener of the Charity law sub-committee of the Law Society of Scotland, has notable expertise with corporate legal structures and proved instrumental in developing the constitutional model behind the SCIO charity structure.

Practice head(s):Stephen Phillips

Testimonials

'Burness Paull has provided many hours of valuable help on issues of charity law and governance.'

'The team, led by Stephen Phillips, are all approachable and willing to help. Stephen provides an innovative and creative approach to issues, and Gillian Harkness has been a thought provoking speaker at our events.'

'Emma Maxwell and Rhona McAdam provide thoughtful and considered advice in an easy to understand way.'

Key Clients

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Glasgow Life

Development Trusts Association Scotland

St Andrew’s Ambulance Association

Epilepsy Scotland

Action for Children

Thistle Foundation

Standard Life Foundation

Samaritans

Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Archway (Respite Care and Housing) Limited

Sustrans Limited

Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau

Victim Support Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised the Scottish Football Association on its formation of a single national governing body for para-football in Scotland, leading to the decision to apply for a Scottish Charity Incorporated Association structure which was approved by the OSCR in 2018.
  • Advising the Hub Community Foundation in relation to its investment in a series of project and drafting agreements with third parties to which HCF assigns interest.
  • Advised Voluntary Service Aberdeen on the conclusion of a conditional contract for disposal of part of their site at Kings Gate, Aberdeen and subsequently assisting them with the transfer of affordable housing obligations to a new purpose built living accommodation site elsewhere in Aberdeen.
  • Advised Scottish Power Energy Networks on the establishment of the Green Economy Fund, to support initiatives that will support Scotland’s ambitious green energy plans and local economic growth.
  • Advising Victim Support Scotland on a full-scale governance review and giving advice on the conversion of the charity to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Leading individuals

Stephen Phillips - Burness Paull LLP

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

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP’s team stands out for its instructions by high net worth individuals seeking advice on the running of their business, whether that be succession planning or HMRC reporting obligations. In addition to these steady streams of work, the firm also represents executries in complex estate administrations, advises international clients on UK capital gains tax, and assists charities in a range of areas. Colin McKenzie heads up the firm's private capital division, while 'tenacious problem solver' Claire Macpherson has notable expertise managing the international side of cross-border estates and inheritance tax.

Practice head(s):Colin McKenzie

Other key lawyers:Claire Macpherson

Testimonials

"Expert knowledge of complex executry matters and private client work delivered to an incredibly high standard by a team who put their clients at the heart of everything they do."

"Technically excellent and passionate in their field." 

"Claire Macpherson is meticulous and has a fantastic attention to detail."

"Coming from a corporate background, Colin McKenzie is amongst a rare breed of private client solicitors who combine a private client manner in dealing with often sensitive individual and family matters with a corporate attitude in terms of speed of delivery."

"Senior associate Fiona Clarke is exceptional, very discreet, friendly and has the ability to communicate clearly and eloquently - a real asset to the team."

"A professional firm, with very good quality operators who have integrity and are approachable and experienced."

Work highlights

  • Acted for a leading Swiss private banking group, in relation to a review of its banking terms and conditions and their compliance with Scots law.
  • Advised a senior manager at a leading UK mutual life and investments company in relation to a third party trust’s powers to contract with the company relating to a contract regarding funeral plans.
  • Advising a corporate and trust services provider on various Scottish succession matters, including ownership of the company, HMRC reporting obligations and searches at the Scottish Courts to locate a copy of the deceased’s will and her beneficiaries.
  • Advised two high net worth investors in relation to a private investment in a high growth company.
  • Appointed as lawyers for a very high value executry; one of the largest and most complicated ongoing in Scotland.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's full-service energy practice consists of dedicated renewable energy experts, who handle all aspects of the renewables sector including planning and consenting issues, the development and construction of projects, operation and maintenance work, financings, sales and disposals, community aspects and energy regulatory and advisory work. Peter Ward has a strong track record in the regulatory space while newly promoted managing partner Tamar Tammes heads up the real estate sub-group. Chris Gotts leads the group.

Practice head(s):Chris Gotts

Other key lawyers:Peter Ward; Tamar Tammes;

Testimonials

'Burness Paull doesn't rest on its laurels. The team works hard to give clients a truly responsive service at good rates.'

'This is a very joined-up team ,which is aware and takes advantage of its breadth of skills. Its practitioners are very approachable, knowledgeable and commercial.'

'Both Peter Ward and Neil Bruce are excellent members of the team; they are very efficient, knowledgeable and keen to help. This, combined with its overall commercial approach, makes Burness Paull a go-to for sensible advice.'

Key Clients

Scottish Power Renewables

EDF Energy Renewables

Ecotricity

Statkraft UK

Ventient Energy

Invenergy Wind Europe

Close Brothers

Fred Olsen Renewables

BayWa r.e. UK

York Green Renewables

Kincardine Offshore Wind

European Marine Energy Centre

Work highlights

  • Acted for BayWa re UK on the due diligence, acquisition and subsequent development of the 18.8MW Tralorg wind farm.
  • Instructed by Scottish Power Energy Retail to advise on several industrial and commercial and supply contracts with key customers in the UK.
  • Advised EDF Energy Renewables on the sale of a 49% minority stake in 24 UK wind farms to Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure Platform.
  • Advising a syndicate of 16 commercial banks including Santander Corporate and Investment Banking and Japan Bank for International Cooperation on all Scottish law onshore and offshore property and consenting aspects of the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm project.
  • Assisted Kincardine Offshore Windfarm with the onshore cable route for the Kincardine offshore wind farm, expected to be the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm.
Next Generation Partners

Peter Ward - Burness Paull LLP

Rising stars

Chris Horsley - Burness Paull LLP

Neil Bruce - Burness Paull LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP is recognised for handling the acquisition and disposal of oil and gas licence interests, as well as advising on the negotiation of the agreements required for the development of oil and gas fields through facilities owned by third parties. The group has notable strength in domestic matters and also has significant cross-border capabilities. Brian Hemming heads up the team, which also includes Bruce McLeod, who has experience in M&A and field development agreements.

Practice head(s):Brian Hemming

Other key lawyers:Bruce McLeod

Testimonials

'The Burness Paull team is very customer-focused with a very broad experience base, which enables all issues to be dealt with efficiently and effectively. Documents are reviewed pragmatically and turned around quickly.'

'Brian Hemming is very personable, making it easy to discuss and deal with issues. He is very client-focused and always delivers documents on time.'

Key Clients

Tailwind Energy

CATS and Humber Gathering System Limited (both owned by private equity Antin Infrastructure Partners)

Spirit Energy (formerly Centrica)

Savannah Petroleum

Premier Oil

DEA

i3 Energy

Neptune

Parkmead Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tailwind Energy on its acquisition from Shell and Esso of interests in the Bittern, Gannet E, Guillemot West, Guillemot North West and Belinda and Evelyn Fields and associated interest in the Triton FPSO.
  • Assisted Humber Gathering System with the negotiation of a suite of agreements required to develop the Tolmount gas field.
  • Advised Spirit Energy on its deal with Hurricane Energy to fund the cost of three exploration wells in the Greater Warwick Area in exchange for 50% of Hurricane Energy’s oil project near Shetland.
  • Instructed by Savannah Petroleum to handle its proposed acquisition of Seven Energy and its Nigerian operations.
  • Acted for i3 Energy on the negotiations to grant a period of exclusivity to a potential purchaser of part of the Liberator field and the related funding mechanisms for the field's development and appraisal of Liberator West.
Leading individuals

Brian Hemming - Burness Paull LLP

Bruce McLeod - Burness Paull LLP

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's construction and projects team has notable structures expertise through the experience of Stephen Phillips and Gillian Harkness, including handling drafting and project structures, and funding structures. The projects practice is led by Chris MacKay and has recently acted on a number of high-profile mandates including several disputes; the group is also regularly appointed to advise on issues arising from the Scottish hub initiative. Senior associate Chris Horsley is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):Chris Mackay

Other key lawyers:Stephen Phillips; Gillian Harkness; Chris Horsley

Testimonials

'The firm's broad construction expertise, its understanding of the practicalities and risk profile of the construction sector, and its NEC contract experience distinguishs it from its competitors.'

'This is a high-class firm with strength in depth across a range of sectors. The range of knowledge the firm can bring to assist clients is exceptional!'

'Chris Mackay's understanding of practical contract issues is excellent. He is also good at keeping teams on good terms in contentious disputes, and keeping everyone going until the point of resolution.'

'Chris Mackay and Andrew Little are standout individuals and are able to bring a depth of experience and pragmatism to assist clients.'

'Burness Paull is able to sit by clients as they navigate complex deals and give sound pragmatic advice on risk and market position.'

Key Clients

NHS Lothian

Falkirk Council

Perth & Kinross Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

hub West Scotland Limited

Hub Community Foundation

3 No

Scottish Futures Trust Limited

Scot Roads Partnership Project Limited

Amey Belfast Schools Partnership PFI Limited

University of St Andrews

Scrabster Harbour Trust

Galliford Try Construction (UK) Limited

John Graham Construction Limited

Ancala Water Services

Hampden Park Limited

Highland Spring

Work highlights

  • Advising hub West Scotland on the financing, design, construction and provision of services at the new Greenock and Clydebank Health & Care Centres, and additional ward buildings at Stobhill Hospital.
  • Acting for NHS Lothian as the procuring authority on the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (Phase 2) project via the hub initiative.
  • Instructed by the Scottish Futures Trust to assist with the development of new standard form templates.
  • Acted for Hub Community Foundation on its investment in a series of public sector infrastructure projects in each of the five Hub regions of Scotland.
  • Advised Hampden Park on the development of Hampden Park Stadium, which will accommodate the Euro 2020 football tournament.
Leading individuals

Chris Mackay - Burness Paull LLP

Rising stars

Chris Horsley - Burness Paull LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 4

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's 'approachable and hard-working' team acts for a diverse range of education sector clients such as universities, private schools, further and higher-education institutions as well as local authorities and private-sector players. Typically, its work pertains to transactions and funding matters arising from major education sector projects but Chris MacKay's team is also experienced in charity law, employment and commercial property work.

Practice head(s):Chris Mackay

Testimonials

'The team has an enviable track record advising various local authorities.'

'Its staff is well informed, knowledgeable and easy to engage with.'

Key Clients

University of St Andrews

Robert Gordon’s College

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

The City of Edinburgh Council

Falkirk Council

Albyn School

Aboyne After School Club

Renfrewshire Council

Skills Development Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acted for the university as the majority landowner in a complex series of transactions which will deliver 1,000 new homes as well as additional university facilities, retail, sports facilities, and schools in St Andrews.
  • Advising the trust, which runs the Donaldson's School, on changing its legal form from a trust to a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO).
  • Advising RCPSG on the implementation of a new legal framework, including the incorporation of a new joint venture entity, and a suite of legal documentation to regulate various aspects of the arrangements.
  • Advised Albyn School, an independent co-educational school based in Aberdeen, on a range of commercial property, employment and contentious matters.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's strength lies in advising private sector and public sector clients on healthcare projects. This includes assistance with property, construction, investment and procurement matters, among others, but the 'very experienced' team led by the 'pragmatic' Chris MacKay is noted for its care home and dentistry acquisition expertise and litigation capabilities.

Practice head(s):Chris Mackay

Testimonials

'Great pharmaceutical and medical device sector expertise.'

'Easy to work with.'

'The firm has an international outlook and is experienced in working with clients based elsewhere.'

'Very able to support NHS clients.'

'Excellent attention to detail.'

'Gives clear advice on risks and market positions.'

Key Clients

NHS Lothian

hub West Scotland

The Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF)

AstraZeneca

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics

Hub Community Foundation

Xeon Smiles UK

Oasis Dental Care (Central)

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on the financing, design, construction of and provision of services at the new Greenock and Clydebank Health and Care Centres and additional ward buildings at Stobhill Hospital.
  • Advising NHS Lothian on the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (phase 2) project via the hub initiative (DBDA and DBFM) with regards to the delivery of a new integrated rehabilitation facility, a newly refurbished MacKinnon House and a new facilities management centre.
  • Acting for AstraZeneca in matters pertaining to four separate commercial litigations in the Court of Session concerning patents for a breast cancer treatment.
  • Provided advice on the procurement and construction of a multi-purpose facility consisting of an Elective Care Centre for NHS Highland (NHSH).
  • Provided advice on Scottish property elements concerning the sale of four Oasis Dental branded dental practices.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP stands out for its expertise in assisting local authorities with public service delivery models, including the establishment and restructuring of culture and leisure trusts, shared service structures and economic development partnerships. Other key areas of expertise of Stephen Phillips's team include advising on new models for the delivery of public infrastructure projects and associated procurement, state aid, planning, property and governance matters.

Practice head(s):Stephen Phillips

Other key lawyers:Graeme Palmer; Gillian Harkness

Key Clients

Glasgow City Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Perth and Kinross Council

Renfrewshire Council

Falkirk Council

Scottish Futures Trust

Improvement Service

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Sustrans

Work highlights

  • Advised the City of Edinburgh Council on the public inquiry into two planning and listed building appeals for the proposed redevelopment of the former Royal High School (New Parliament House).
  • Advised North Lanarkshire Council and Sanctuary Housing Association on the regeneration scheme in Cumbernauld, including the compulsory acquisition of 12 multi-storey tower blocks, which are being demolished and replaced with affordable housing and housing for the elderly.
  • Advised Glasgow City Council on the joint venture between the council and Wheatley Housing Group to become City Building (Glasgow).
  • The team continues to assist the Improvement Service with various EU procurement law matters, among others, pertaining to a major Scotland-wide project involving all 32 Scottish local authorities and focusing on shared services in roads.
  • Advising Scottish Futures Trust, a subsidiary of the Scottish Government, on developing new templates and guidance to promote wider use of property sharing arrangements across all public authorities in Scotland.

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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 has recently acted for its client base on high-profile regeneration work and also handled matters involving foreign investment into the Scottish real estate market. Along with leisure and retail occupiers, the firm also regularly assists corporate tenants. The group's development work includes matters in the build-to-rent sector relating to social housing projects and also private-rented sector initiatives; the team also has notable expertise in real estate financing work and residential, commercial and student accommodation mandates. John Strachan leads the practice and Graeme Bradshaw is the key contact for retail, leisure and hospitality clients; other key individuals include managing partner Tamar Tammes, Nick Naddell, who specialises in high-end investment deals, funding packages and landlord and tenant work; and Richard Rennie, who focuses on property investment and development work.

Practice head(s):John Strachan (Property); Graeme Bradshaw (Retail, leisure and hospitality)

Other key lawyers:Richard Rennie; Tamar Tammes; Nicholas Naddell; Mark Patterson; Scott Peterkin; Peter Chambers

Testimonials

'Clients always receive a very personal service from the real estate team at Burness Paull. Its lawyers pay particular attention to detail and are happy to assist in whatever way they can.'

'Working with Graeme Bradshaw is always a positive experience. He is approachable, listens to exactly what clients require, and does his very best with a perfect combination of professionalism and enthusiasm.'

'This is a very strong, capable and reliable team which is very thorough in its approach with extensive experience in all aspects of residential property law.'

'Nick Naddell and Barbara Mayne both provide a very personal service with nothing being too much trouble. Their attention to detail is excellent.'

'Mark Patterson stands out through his simple approach to dealing with acquisitions and property-related work. He has great in-depth knowledge of the sector and delivers results.'

'Nick Naddell and Graeme Bradshaw are a great team bringing property knowledge together with a commercial approach. Both are very approachable and are ready to think outside the box in order to get the deal done.'

Key Clients

Bupa Care Homes

Deuce Acquisitions Limited

Dobbies

FirstGroup plc

London & Scottish Group

Miller Homes

Queensberry Properties

Scottish Enterprise

Sitel UK Limited

Supermarket Income Reit

Taylor Wimpey

Twenty14Holdings

Westbrook Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deuce Acquisitions on the refinancing of the Scottish portfolio of David Lloyd Leisure clubs.
  • Advised Westbrook Partners on its purchase of the Sterling Industrial portfolio, which comprises 28 assets.
  • Handled the purchase of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh for buyer, Twenty14 Holdings.
  • Acting for London & Scottish Developments on the Cumbernauld retail development project.
  • Assisted international clients of 90N Real Estate Partners with the investment purchases of two student accommodation properties in Edinburgh and Dundee.
Leading individuals

Graeme Bradshaw - Burness Paull LLP

Nick Naddell - Burness Paull LLP

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

The real estate team at Burness Paull LLP regularly acts for blue chip corporate occupiers on asset management issues and office relocations, and assists occupiers with taking spaces in major shopping centres and high-street locations across Scotland. The firm's housebuilding group, led by Richard Goodfellow, advises housebuilders on projects as well as landowners on major residential developments. Practice head John Strachan has a notable strength in development work, regularly acting for funders on development transactions and for developers focused on delivering affordable housing; senior associate Sarah Stewart also handles development mandates.

Practice head(s):John Strachan

Other key lawyers:Richard Goodfellow; Sarah Stewart

Key Clients

A & J Robertson (Granite) Limited

Aberdeen Football Club PLC

Cats Management Limited (now Kellas Midstream Limited)

Clients of 90N Real Estate Partners LLP

Countesswells Development Ltd

Dandara

Duke of Fife

Esson Properties

GE Oil & Gas

John Clark Motor Group

Manse LLP

Palmer Capital

Rowett Research Institute

Stewart Milne Group

Total E&P UK

University of St Andrews

Uppermill Farms Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Uppermill Farms on the sale of the National Oilwell Varco office and industrial headquarters facility in Kintore, Aberdeenshire.
  • Handled the £28.9m sale of five tranches of residential development land consisting of 328 units for Countesswells Development.
  • Advised Aberdeen Football Club on its acquisition of land for a proposed new stadium and training facility.
  • Advised Manse on the sale of a significant mixed-use development site at Corton, Ayr with permission for 750 houses and retail space.
  • Assisting Cats Management with the lease of the seventh floor of the The Silver Fin Building.
Leading individuals

Richard Goodfellow - Burness Paull LLP

Rising stars

Sarah Stewart - Burness Paull LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

'Working tirelessly to achieve the client's desired goals', Burness Paull LLP is a regular fixture on construction projects and handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters spanning various sectors including ports and harbours, health, public, education, infrastructure and energy. The team, led by the 'tactically very considerate' Fenella Mason, is also noted for its expertise in representing contractors.

Practice head(s):Fenella Mason

Other key lawyers:Gavin Paton; Chris Mackay; James Forbes

Testimonials

'Fenella Mason does not shy away from the truth and delivers client expectations. She has both an eye for the detail and can see the broader picture.'

'James Forbes has good client skills.'

'In-depth knowledge of the industry.'

'Strong in construction adjudication services.'

'Chris Mackay is very competent and switched on.'

Key Clients

Scottish Futures Trust

EDF Energy

Galliford Try Construction (UK)

John Graham Construction

Amey

Morgan Sindall Investments

Ferrovial Lagan

Outotec

Van Oord

Kier Construction

Work highlights

  • Advised hub West Scotland on relevant agreements and documents for various projects, including two health centres at Clydebank and Greenock and new hospital wards at Stobhill under the DBFM hub model for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; the refurbishment of council offices under the DBDA hub model for East Renfrewshire Council; the refurbishment of the town hall in Paisley under the DBDA hub model for Renfrewshire Council and the refurbishment of a learning and cultural hub in Paisley under the DBDA hub model for Renfrewshire Council.
  • Assistance with a suite of contracts for the design and construction of an extension to a fish processing plant in Aberdeen containing highly specialist and industry specific plant and equipment.
  • Acted for POCF in drafting and negotiating contracts for the £30m phase 4 development of the Invergordon Service Base, which involves the design and construction of a new 218 metre long quayside and 9 acres of laydown area for utilisation as a new energy and cruise hub.
  • Acting for SHT in its procurement of a project for the design and construction of the redevelopment of the Ola Pier at Scrabster Harbour.
Leading individuals

Fenella Mason - Burness Paull LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's contentious and non-contentious environmental practice works in close conjunction with its planning and health and safety teams and is best known for its corporate work. As a result, it frequently advises energy sector clients on environmental law aspects pertaining to transactions and project funding. Advising on regulatory and planning-related issues complements this offering.

Key Clients

Bell Rock Workplace Management

Kettle Produce

Moray East Offshore Wind Farm project

Total E&P UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bell Rock in its acquisition of FME Property Solutions, which included  environmental due diligence and advice on environmental aspects of the purchase.
  • Acted for Kettle in the acquisition of Barrowcliffe, a vegetable processing company, and provided assistance with the planning and environmental due diligence and planning and environmental aspects of the purchase.
  • Advised on environmental and consenting matters pertaining to the £2.6bn funding of the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm project, the largest offshore project in Scotland to reach financial close.
  • Acting as Total’s sole Scottish external legal advisor and currently advising the client on an application to vary its hazardous substances consent in relation to the storage of hazardous substances at the Sullom Voe Shetland Gas Plant.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's 'strong and very experienced' planning practice is regularly engaged on key construction, development and regeneration projects in the house-building, energy and infrastructure sectors. It is well versed in assisting clients with contentious and non-contentious planning permission proceedings, judicial reviews, planning inquiries and infrastructure-related compulsory purchase matters. The team includes the 'very competent and diligent' Theresa Hunt, who made partner in March 2019 and covers a wide spectrum of planning matters.

Other key lawyers:Theresa Hunt

Testimonials

'Approaches legal, commercial and property complexities with clear thinking, solutions and excellent negotiation.'

'Excellent depth and range of experience.'

'Committed to client requirements.'

'Provides considered and measured advice.'

'Great communication and great speed of response.'

Key Clients

The City of Edinburgh Council

Aberdeen Football Club

Scotia Homes

Dandara

Stewart Milne Group

Queensberry Properties

Rivertree Residential

Mactaggart & Mickel

Work highlights

  • Acted for the planning authority, the City of Edinburgh Council, at the inquiry held into planning and listed building consent appeals against the council’s decision to refuse two sets of proposals to redevelop the Category A listed former Royal High School in Edinburgh into a luxury hotel.
  • Providing assistance in obtaining planning consent for the client's £50m new community stadium and training facilities at Kingsford, Aberdeen.
  • Acted in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the demolition of an existing office building and development of 51 apartments at 33 Pinkhill, Edinburgh.
  • Acted in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the erection of 142 dwelling houses with associated infrastructure at Carron Den, Dunnottar Park, Stonehaven.
  • Advice on promoting a scheme for regeneration of a long-term brownfield site in Linlithgow following the counsel's refusal and subsequent assistance with appeal proceedings.
Next Generation Partners

Theresa Hunt - Burness Paull LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Alan McMillan heads the team at Burness Paull LLP, which is best known for assisting clients with landlord and tenant disputes, development-related proceedings, commercial leasing disputes and dilapidation claims. It is also well versed in mediation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):Alan McMillan

Other key lawyers:Steven Guild

Key Clients

Dana Petroleum

Britannia Invest A/S

Mars

Auquhirie Land Company

Baxters

Elsick Development Company

PizzaExpress

NFU Mutual

Work highlights

  • Defending the client against a court action raised by M7 pertaining to alleged wants of repair at Grampian House in Aberdeen.
  • Acting for the client in a dispute over repairing obligations and demolition rights.
  • Acting for a wind farm developer in a compensation claim following Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHET) obtaining a statutory wayleave from the government, allowing SHET to have pylons through the client’s land; as a result the client was only able to construct three turbines instead of five.
  • Acted for Britannia Invest, the landlord and owner of a large Edinburgh City Centre Development, in a dispute with NHS Education for Scotland concerning the payment of service charges for the leased premises.
  • Acting for the client in an action brought by Shahzaf Anwar and Sheriff Aisha Anwar pertaining to misrepresentation and contractual interpretation of the Standard Clauses for Scottish Solicitors for use in residential sales.
Leading individuals

Alan McMillan - Burness Paull LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Burness Paull LLP

'Providing a first-class service', Burness Paull LLP has a strong profile for planning, construction and transactional social housing work and acts for a large number of social housing and affordable housing providers across Scotland. Advising on private financing matters constitutes another key area of expertise. The 'very experienced' Peter Chambers is the main contact alongside property development and property finance expert Scott Peterkin.

Practice head(s):Peter Chambers; Scott Peterkin

Other key lawyers:Stephen Phillips

Testimonials

'The team has a wealth of experience in the sector and has considerable expertise in complex projects.'

'Inspires confidence with their immediate grasp of the client's requirements and communicates their understanding clearly and concisely.'

'Peter Chambers always displays a calm and confident manner and is an excellent communicator.'

Key Clients

Sanctuary Housing Association

Scottish Futures Trust Investment

Cruden Group

Springfield Properties

Hillcrest Housing Association

Link Group

Miller Homes

Castlehill Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Bertha Park, a joint venture between the Ritchie family and Springfield Properties, on the development of the Bertha Park community development, which will create a new settlement on the outskirts of Perth of c.3,000 new homes, including affordable housing, private housing, commercial units, educational facilities and new infrastructure.
  • Involved in the negotiation of missives with associated design and building contracts in relation to multiple deals for the provision of social housing for Cruden Homes.  
  • Advising Link Group on the acquisition and development of circa 300 units at Dunbeg, Oban.
  • Assisted the Sanctuary Group with the acquisition, development and onward disposal of the redevelopment of the former Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow.
  • Advising Castlehill, the leading provider of affordable housing in the North East of Scotland, on all of its site acquisitions, which, in 2018, included the acquisition of a site for 36 units at Maidencraig, Aberdeen, from Bancon Homes and of a site for 24 units at Portstown, Inverurie, from Malcolm Allan Housebuilders.

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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 has particularly strong contentious expertise, which covers the full gamut of disputes including cybersecurity breaches, licensing issues and regulatory violations. The group recently added several high-profile clients including Ancala Water, Brandseye and Administrate to its diverse roster. Callum Sinclair leads the technology and commercial division and is head of technology for the firm; he is particularly active in the financial, public and utilities sectors. Other key practitioners include David Goodbrand, who is an expert in fintech matters; Colin Hulme, who heads up the contentious IT practice; and solicitor Andrew Maxwell.

Practice head(s):Callum Sinclair

Other key lawyers:David Goodbrand; Colin Hulme; Andrew Maxwell

Testimonials

'The team at Burness Paull is absolutely fantastic. What makes this practice unique is the very fact that it truly approachs work as a team.'

'David Goodbrand is knowledgeable, approachable and delivers high-quality work, often in very tight deadlines. He leads his team with a calm confidence, which is an invaluable skill in negotiations.'

'Andrew Maxwell does exactly what he says he will in the time frame agreed.'

Key Clients

Administrate

Nucleus Financial

Skyscanner

The Weir Group plc

Royal London

Aegon

ACCA

Viridian Group plc

ScottishPower plc

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

The Scottish Football Association/Hampden Park Limited

Weir Group

Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Student Loans Company Limited

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Phoenix Group

Highland Spring

Scottish Friendly Assurance

AG Barr

WHM – Malcolm

Work highlights

  • Advising the Weir Group on a master services agreement with RSM to facilitate a number of key software services and development projects.
  • Assisting a media client with data protection and security advice.
  • Instructed by Viridian Group to handle its £65m re-procurement of IT services currently provided by incumbent Capita.
  • Advising Ancala Water Services on its acquisition of Aquatrine Package A from Kelda Water Services including reviewing and advising on IT and business services contracts.
Leading individuals

Callum Sinclair - Burness Paull LLP

David Goodbrand - Burness Paull LLP

Rising stars

Andrew Maxwell - Burness Paull LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

The dedicated IP group at Burness Paull LLP acts for a diverse client roster spanning a wide array of industry sectors including technology, oil and gas, financial services and healthcare. The team's contentious offering advises on trade mark, copyright, trade secret disputes. Colin Hulme leads the practice and focuses on IP litigation, while David Goodbrand and Callum Sinclair handle non-contentious work; Goodbrand also heads up the fintech group and Sinclair leads the firm's technology and commercial division. Neeraj Thomas departed to CMS.

Practice head(s):Colin Hulme; Callum Sinclair; David Goodbrand

Testimonials

'Burness Paull provides excellent IP advice. The team's knowledge of substantive and procedural rule is fantastic and is always used to get the best commercial results for its clients.'

'Burness Paull is the leading IP firm in Scotland with a top team of knowledgeable and approachable experts.'

'The firm's intellectual property lawyers have extremely good legal knowledge, coupled with a sound commercial approach and quick response times.'

'The team at Burness Paull stands out from the crowd for its unwavering commitment to understanding the needs of the client's business and then delivering a service that is closely aligned with the established requirements.'

'Burness Paull endeavours to be as flexible as it possibly can, taking into account budget, required skills, customer capabilities and cultural ethos.'

'Colin Hulme is THE leading IP expert in Scotland.'

Key Clients

Google

Harris Tweed Authority

AstraZeneca Group

Highland Spring

ScottishPower

Sky

FIFA

Standard Life Aberdeen

Scottish Rugby Union

PPL PRS Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for AstraZeneca in multiple patent disputes against Teva Pharmaceuticals in the Court of Session relating to patents for breast cancer treatment.
  • Managing Sky’s IP enforcement programme across Scotland including preventing unauthorised broadcasts of Sky’s sporting events in licensed premises throughout Scotland.
  • Advised Principal & Prosper on its title sponsorship agreement with Edinburgh Rugby as official shirt sponsor and principal corporate sponsor of Edinburgh Rugby.
  • Represented Vapouriz in a trade mark dispute against CCHG in the Court of Session relating to the Vaporized Inhale the Freedom brand name.
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’s large team act for major broadcasters, high net worth individuals and private companies in defamation and contempt of court proceedings, intellectual property and copyright enforcement mandates and restructuring matters. In a recent case, the team advised STV on its high-profile sale of its ITV2 channel to That’s Media, a deal which involved the sale of five separate entities, each holding local broadcasting licences, as well as intellectual property considerations. The team is led by Grant Stevenson, who works alongside Colin Hulme and director Kirsteen MacDonald , who advised JK Rowling on a court action raised against the author’s former personal assistant.

Practice head(s):Grant Stevenson

Other key lawyers:Colin Hulme; Kirsteen MacDonald

Testimonials

"The media law team at Burness Paull has quality throughout. They work tirelessly together and go well beyond the extra mile."

"The team are commercial in their approach and great fun to work with.They are really responsive and work seamlessly with our in-house lawyers as a team."

"Kirsteen MacDonald is a standout performer in the media law field. Her knowledge of the law, tactical nouse and exceptional hard work make her the person to turn to in Scotland for media law related matters."

Key Clients

STV plc

Independent Television News

ACF Sports Promotions Limited

BBC Scotland

Wildcat Haven Enterprises CIC

Pottermore

Sky UK Limited

Performing Right Society Limited

JK Rowling

Ms Julie McAnulty

Phonographic Performance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising STV plc on the high-profile sale of its ITV 2 channel to That’s Media Limited.
  • Advising ITN in London on the employment and equality law implications of the publication of their gender pay gap report, including advice on risk and reputation management and equal pay issues.
  • Assisted ASF Sports Promotions Limited in negotiating an agreement with Neptune Street Films Limited for Sir Alex Ferguson to participate in the first feature length documentary based upon his life.
  • Acting on behalf of BBC Scotland in applying for the release of Crown productions in a Fatal Accident Inquiry before Sheriff Principal Turnbull in Glasgow Sheriff Court.
  • Advising Sky UK on the enforcement of copyright in Sky’s on-screen logos through commencement of interdict proceedings in the Intellectual Property Court of the Court of Session.
Rising stars

Kirsten MacDonald - Burness Paull LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP’s team represents Scottish governing bodies, international organisations, football clubs and players, advising on matters such as disciplinary procedures, planning permissions, conduct issues and employment law. The team has further expertise in prosecuting clubs in tribunal proceedings on behalf of the Scottish FA, and in raising interdict proceedings in the Intellectual Property Court in Scotland.

Testimonials

'The best firm I know for sports law in Scotland. Very professional and completely on top of the field.'

Key Clients

Scottish FA

Scottish Rugby Union plc

European Professional Club Rugby

Scottish Squash Limited

FIFA

Everton FC

Aberdeen FC

Celtic FC

Sir Alex Ferguson / ACF Sports Promotions

James McFadden

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Scottish Rugby Union in connection with a comprehensive review of the organisation’s disciplinary rules and procedures.
  • Assisted AFC Sports Promotions Limited in negotiating an agreement with Neptune Street Films Limited, for Sir Alex Ferguson to participate in the first feature length documentary based upon his life.
  • Advised Scottish Squash in relation to eligibility issues, and specifically whether certain criteria set at World and European levels was discriminatory and/or manifestly unfair to athletes representing the Home Nations.

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