Firm Profile > Aberdein Considine > Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdein Considine
AB11 6DN

Debt recovery Tier 1

Working in close conjunction with the firm's financial litigation team, Aberdein Considine is well placed to assist a broad client base, including banks, asset-based lenders, building societies, debt purchasers and mortgage services, with the recovery of a wide range of assets and debt such as secured mortgages, commercial and business debt and asset-based lending recoveries. Myra Scott heads the lender services group.

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The team is flexible, approachable and knowledgeable. They understand issues from a client’s point of view and offer first-class advice and service.

Joseph Bowie is excellent at managing clients, balancing the workloads of his teams and ensuring that a first- class service is provided.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK plc

Nationwide Building Society

Clydesdale Bank plc (t/a Virgin Money)

Skipton Building Society

TSB Bank plc



The Mortgage Lender

Charter Court Financial Services

Atom Bank plc

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Aberdein Considine is noted for its strong coverage across Scotland. Paul Jennings heads up the team, which is noted for its landlord and tenant work, as well as residential, office, leisure, retail and mixed-use development expertise.

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Trump International

Ashfield District Council

Greggs plc

Westerwood Developments

Marquis of Bute

Steak Limited

Deans Civil Engineering Limited

Rox Jewellers

Sweeney Kincaid

Rentokil Initial plc

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Aberdein Considine handles a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions and disposals, finance, development and leasing. Clients include developers, retailers, banks, hotels and football clubs. Glasgow-based Paul Jennings is the overall head of the practice, with Ritchie Whyte being the name to note in Aberdeen. Anthony Quin is the key contact in Stirling.

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Trump International

Ashfield District Council

Greggs plc

Indigo Sun

Handelsbanken plc

@SIPP (Pension Trustees) Limited

James F Donald (Aberdeen Cinemas) Limited

The Aberdeen Picture Palaces Limited

IWM Communications Ltd

Atlas Lifts and Services Ltd

R & W Scott Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Aberdein Considine’s corporate offering is well regarded for M&A, including exit strategy planning and implementation, MBOs, and start-up and young company equity fundraising. The team handles mandates in the energy, professional services, healthcare, and food and drink sectors. 'Fantastic commercial lawyer' Ritchie Whyte heads the Aberdeen practice.

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‘Personal service and a great understanding of what is best for your business’. 

‘Great communicators and can put together our specific requirement in any deal we do’.

‘Ritchie Whyte is our main point of contact and he always treats us as if ours is the only job he is working on’.            

‘I have been using them for different reasons for over 34 years and they have always acted in a professional and efficient manor achieving excellent results’. 

‘They were professional at all times explaining each point in a way that we could understand easily’. 

‘Fast-moving, young commercial team’.

‘They are professional and understand the need to move quickly on deals’.             

‘Ritchie Whyte is a fantastic commercial lawyer and a pivotal key to our businesses successes’.

Key clients

Trump Organisation


Brimmond Group


Vulcan Completion Products

Keith Builders Merchants

CA Engineering Scotland

Blaze Manufacturing Solutions

Porter Pharmacy

Right Medicine

Family Tier 3

Aberdein Considine’s family law team is headed up by Ruth Aberdein, whose particular expertise lies in high value separation and divorce cases, as well as in drafting pre-nuptial agreements for individuals with significant assets at stake. The firm is experienced in complex child cases, concerning child abduction, residency and contact arrangements, and allegations by one or both parties of abusive behaviour towards the children or spouse. Karl Brown is well-versed in such cases, while Leonie Burke, who joined from Brodies LLP in late 2019, is adept at handling financial provision arrangements where forensic accountancy has been required. April Campbell serves clients in the west central belt of Scotland, heading up the Glasgow team, while Isabelle Douglas is another key member of the team.

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‘I have been impressed with their knowledge, diligence and responsiveness.’

‘Over the course of my interaction with Aberdein Considine I met regularly with the lawyers from the practice. Within a practice covering all aspects of law, I was provided with a specialist solicitor in family law who took the time to understand my case and at every stage, provided me with clear feedback and guidance on taking my case forward to a successful conclusion. The key thing for me was that I was confident that I had top quality advice in my corner throughout the process.’

‘Leonie Burke is a quality family lawyer. She is direct and knowledgeable. She is very experienced and gives good advice to her clients.  She is thorough and able to grasp and retain a significant amount of detail.’

‘April Campbell and Megan Hannah have been quite simply outstanding in their professionalism. I found myself in one of the most vulnerable and unsettling times of my life to date. April and Megan where with me every step of the legal case- they listened, advised and always gave me the confidence in explaining the legal aspects of my file. April and Megan always had the law and the best interests of my son at the very core of all of their work.’

‘April Campbell has been wonderful. I have full confidence in her handling of my divorce as she is consummately professional and knowledgeable but also has a great ‘bedside’ manner – she is a supportive and a pleasure to deal with, which is important to me during my complicated and difficult divorce.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Aberdein Considine is noted for its focus on the real estate sector, where it handles insolvency and corporate recovery matters. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, SMEs, large corporations, insolvency practitioners and financial institutions. Ross Webb in Edinburgh is the head of the team. David Orr was promoted to partner.

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Grant Thornton UK LLP


The Royal Bank of Scotland


Lloyds Banking Group

Begbies Traynor Central LLP

French Duncan LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Campbell Dallas

Moorfeild Advisory Limited


Meston Reid

Moorfield Advisory Limited

Shepherd Surveyors

Hardies LLP

Watershed (Scotland) Limited

DASH Properties Limited

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 4

Aberdein Considine has ramped up its focus on private client work in recent years with a series of hires including James MacKinnon and Aileen Entwistle, who joined from Gillespie Macandrew LLP and Anderson Strathern  respectively. The firm is notable in that it has 18 offices across Scotland, making it more accessible for prospective clients. The team handles wills, trusts, executry estates, estate and succession planning, and also has expertise in complex inheritance tax matters and cross-border matters. MacKinnon heads the team in Edinburgh and the Lothians; Entwistle leads the Glasgow department, while the 'extremely knowledgeable' Ryan Fox is north east practice head.

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‘I used Aberdein Considine for executory work on my late father’s estate. Aberdein Considine have in-house expertise in an extensive range of disciplines that together enable them to provide a complete executory service. These disciplines include finance, personal tax, inheritance tax, conveyancing. Key to the team’s success was the establishment of a clear timeline of activities required to complete the executory process, identifying the risks to the timeline, and providing clear, comprehensive and timely updates.’

‘Fast, efficient and friendly service. All referred clients are treated in the same way regardless of income or wealth; made to feel important, with their needs and desires listened to and swiftly acted upon.’

‘Ryan Fox is extremely knowledgeable and helpful in the area of administration of estates and in complicated estate matters including where documents are not self proving.’

‘An excellent team – they are always very friendly and professional. Easy to deal with, reliable, strong communication skills – they deliver.’

‘The team is smaller than its competitors in the Edinburgh market, but James MacKinnon and his colleagues are still dedicated to providing excellent service and advice. It is James’ experience in the sector that is the key strength, as he offers ‘big firm’ advice and assistance, but without the cost of the big commercial firms.’

‘Ryan Fox ensured that he always made himself available when required to discuss and explain the complex financial and legal issues regarding the executory process. His communications were timely, comprehensive and written in layman’s terms. He was extremely knowledgeable, diligent and detailed in his communications. Ryan was sensitive to the difficult and emotional time I and the executors were going through. His level of service was exceptional and exceeded my expectations.’

‘James MacKinnon won our confidence immediately and continued to handle our affairs scrupulously. He also generously gave me time on the spot when I needed advice on another matter of concern and suggested a route to address it.’

‘Anthony Quin is always friendly, reliable and easy to work with no matter what my demands have been.’

‘James MacKinnon is efficient, has strong communication skills, first class knowledge and good relationship skills.’

‘James MacKinnon’s expertise in dealing with both complex farming estates and trusts gave us the confidence in recommending him to our clients, in addition to his experience with agricultural and business property relief. James’ thorough, practical and clear approach together with his expertise assisted us in bringing a complex matter to a close for our respective clients and I would recommend him to others with complex estates.’

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Aberdein Considine's sector expertise in energy, retail, food and drink as well as hospitality attracts various high-net-worth private individuals alongside SMEs and large corporations. Team head and solicitor advocate Euan McSherry has a specialism in commercial, corporate and property litigation.

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Their defence in the case against us was well constructed, its unique approach not only upend the opposite side, it has become a case study in application. It secured our counter claim being settled out of court. Great result.

The dispute resolution team at Aberdein Considine is very knowledgeable, has strength in depth and an offering that is able to punch well above its weight. Excellent advocacy and negotiation abilities but also an ability to calmly deliver advice even in challenging circumstances.

The team is highly responsive, with excellent attention to detail and it was quickly able to grasp the key commercial issues facing us and to design and deliver a legal strategy to support the company.

The team at AC is excellent at understanding our commercial requirements and making sure that my business is protected. They are always willing to work to tight deadlines and give us good straightforward advice to speed up the process. I believe that we are getting a brilliant service that is great value for money.

Euan McSherry always makes time to discuss any contractual issues and goes the extra mile to get the job done, he genuinely has our companies best interest at heart and understands our requirements. He also explains complicated legal language in simple terms so that we properly understand the meaning of the clauses and potential consequences.

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Mowi Scotland



Trump Aberdeen

PMAC Scientific

Jetlogic Limited

Shepherds Chartered Surveyors

Griffin Chartered Accountants

Utility ROV Services Limited

FM Group

Barrs Hydro Limited

Dash Properties Limited

Aberdein Considine is a leading full-service independent law firm with 450 staff and 20 offices throughout Scotland and England, including the cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, Stirling and Newcastle.

The firm provides services to businesses, lenders, organisations – public and private sector – as well as private individuals.

We have a track record of achieving success for our clients and have built strong relationships with organisations stretching back many decades.

They range from SMEs, through to large corporations and numerous FTSE100 firms, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society, Greggs PLC, Mowi (formerly known Marine Harvest), Pfizer, Rox. NHS Grampian and the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

And following our expansion into the English and Welsh legal markets, we enjoy a growing reputation for providing multi-jurisdictional support to those with complex, cross-border legal needs.

Our service lines include:

Corporate and business advisory: Our corporate and business advisory departments provide partner-led advice to businesses across a wide variety of industries and business sectors. Practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructures, corporate finance, commercial contracts, property development, acquisitions, disposals, finance, securities, licensing and commercial leasing.

Commercial real estate: We act for clients across the complete spectrum of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, financing, development and leasing. Our clients include some of the country’s biggest developers, high street retailers, football clubs, banks and hotel chains, all of whom value our commercial, pragmatic, partner-led approach. We advise on hotels and leisure, offices, industrial, retail, mixed use and student accommodation project across Scotland.

Debt and asset recovery/lender services: Aberdein Considine’s unique, cross-jurisdiction lender services practice group provides tailored asset management, conveyancing, debt recovery and finance litigation services to the majority of the UK’s biggest banks and financial services organisations. Through sister companies, the firm also provides sheriff officers and messengers at arms, field agents and property contracting services to offer a truly end-to-end, one-stop service to lenders. Practice areas include secured and unsecured recoveries, insolvencies, motor finance and asset finance recoveries, property, banking and insurance litigation, asset management, repossession and remortgage conveyancing, shortfall recoveries, professional negligence litigation, proactive borrower rehabilitation, portfolio recoveries, security reviews, title rectification and commercial conveyancing.

Housebuilder and construction: We service all aspects of housebuilder and construction including strategic land and option agreements, acquisitions, plot conveyancing; defect and warranty claims; professional negligence and dilapidations claims. We also offer marketing and mortgage support to provide a complete service offering in this sector.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Our dispute resolution department is spread across four cities – Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Practice areas include commercial litigation, insolvencies, private client litigation, property litigation, professional negligence, finance litigation, and contentious construction.

Residential property: We are Scotland’s largest solicitor estate agent, with offices across the country offering the full range of estate agency, property letting and conveyancing services.

Employment law : Our employment department represents both claimants and respondents in contentious employment situations and advises all sizes of business on non-contentious matters. With support from the firm’s employee benefits and pensions department, lawyers work with HR teams and in-house legal departments across a number of businesses, offering specialist advice in employment tribunal litigation, contract, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Family law: Our family law department is dedicated to providing a sensitive, effective and efficient service to secure the best outcomes for clients. Practice areas include separation, divorce, cohabitation, prenuptial agreements, civil partnership, child law and adoption. The department offers collaborative family law, and has multiple partners who are Law Society of Scotland-accredited family law mediators.

Private client: The firm’s highly respected private client team works across multiple disciplines, including personal financial planning, criminal defence, equine law, asset protection, wills, trusts, executries and estate planning. We also offer niche support to elderly and vulnerable clients.

National network of offices: Aberdein Considine has 20 offices across Scotland and the north of England, including nine in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, three in Edinburgh, three in Glasgow, as well as Perth, Dundee, Stirling, West Lothian and Newcastle upon Tyne.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Jacqueline Law 01224 337412
Commercial Real Estate Paul Jennings 0141 225 5425
Commercial Real Estate David Orr 0141 225 5426
Corporate & Business Advisory Ritchie Whyte 01224 337429
Corporate & Business Advisory Michael Currie 0141 225 5433
Employment - Edinburgh Sally-Anne Ogilvie 0131 221 2433
Employment - Glasgow Catriona Ramsay 0141 225 5421
Employment - Edinburgh / Perth / Striling Karen Harvie 0131 221 2429
Employment - Aberdeen Nicola Gray 01224 560734
Family - Aberdeen Ruth Aberdein 01224 337471
Family - Edinburgh Leonie Burke 0131 221 3388
Family - Glasgow April Campbell 0141 227 8211
Conveyancing & Property Michael Sinclair 01224 267073
Conveyancing & Property Robert Fraser 01224 560200
Banking & Finance Litigation / Debt & Asset Recovery Myra Scott 0141 225 5432
Commercial Litigation - Scotland Euan McSherry 0333 0044333
Commercial Litigation - Scotland Ross Webb 0131 221 2432
Banking & Finance Litigation Thomas Lillie 0191 607 8476
Professional Negligence Paul McIntosh 0131 221 2425
Private Client - Aberdeen Ryan Fox 01569 768896
Private Client - Edinburgh James MacKinnon 0131 2212424
Private Client - Perth Charlie Fraser 01738 473016
Private Client - Stirling Anthony Quin 01786 430780
Private Client - Glasgow Aileen Entwistle 0141 616 7006
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ruth Aberdein  photo Ruth Aberdein Ruth is the Partner-in-Charge of our highly-regarded and dynamic Family Law team.…
 Lynn Bentley  photo Lynn Bentley Lynn is a Partner in Aberdein Considine’s Criminal Defence department, advising on…
 Karl Brown  photo Karl Brown Karl is a Partner in Aberdein Considine’s Family Law department, based in…
 Isabelle Douglas  photo Isabelle Douglas Isabelle is a Partner in the Family Law team, specialising in divorce,…
 Elaine Elder  photo Elaine Elder Elaine is an Associate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team and is based…
 Samantha Gilbert  photo Samantha Gilbert Samantha is an Associate in our Corporate Property Services division, specialising in…
 Nicola Gray  photo Nicola Gray Partner
 Jacqueline Law  photo Jacqueline Law Jacqueline is Managing Partner at Aberdein Considine and solicitor within its Corporate…
 Kayleigh MacLaren  photo Kayleigh MacLaren Kayleigh is a Director within our Lender Services Practice Group with operational…
 Shaju Noor  photo Shaju Noor Shaju is a senior solicitor in the Dispute Resolution department and has…
 Gemma Perfect  photo Gemma Perfect Gemma is an Associate with Aberdein Considine’s Commercial Real Estate team and…
 Ritchie Whyte  photo Ritchie Whyte Ritchie is a Partner in our Corporate and Business Advisory team and…
Number of UK partners : 49
Number of other UK fee-earners : 180
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