Firm Profile > Aberdein Considine > Aberdeen , Scotland

Aberdein Considine
AB11 6DN

Debt recovery Tier 1

Aberdein Considine's extensive roster of lender clients is testimony for the team's 'strength in banking sector work', which includes secured mortgage litigation, asset recovery and mortgage fraud matters alongside other types of residential and commercial banking litigation. Myra Scott heads the team. Leonie Donald left private practice in July 2018 while lender services expert Laura Browne was appointed consultant January 2019.


The firm has managed to find the perfect balance between corporate governance, first-class service and client management.’

They continue to look for innovative ways to enhance a customer experience whilst maintaining a high standard of quality.

No matter who you deal with at Aberdein Considine, you are always treated as an individual and not a number.

Offers a wide range of debt recovery services all to a high standard.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group


Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Yorkshire Building Society (YBS)

TSB Bank


Just Retirement

Pepper (UK)

Virgin Money


West Bromwich Building Society

Atom Bank

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Aberdein Considine’s commercial property team advises Scottish clients from its key bases in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Aberdeen-based group has a particular strength in the oil and gas and marine industries; the arrival of practice head Paul Jennings in the Glasgow office has also substantially expanded the group's retail expertise. Ritchie Whyte is the key contact in the Aberdeen office and Anthony Quin is based in Stirling.

Key clients

Trump International

Ashfield District Council

West Coast Estates

Greggs plc

Currie European Limited


Rentokil plc

Jupiter Hotels

Mack Residential Group

Svenska Handelsbanken

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Aberdein Considine's clients range from private clients and SMEs, through to large corporations and numerous FTSE 100 firms. In the corporate and business advisory space, our team advises businesses all over Scotland from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow. The team's key areas are M&A - both buy and sell side - equity fundraising as well as general corporate, company law and corporate governance support.


‘The team at Aberdein Considine provide a real hands on and personal approach to all projects and deliver to an extemely high standard on a consistent basis.’

‘The team takes a balanced approach and gives practical advice to clients aimed at helping to achieve the best possible outcome, focusing on what is in the clien’s best interests.’

‘Great cross-disciplinary communications. Extremely responsive, attentive and resourceful.’

‘The individuals at Aberdein Considine are very approachable and have the ability to adapt to any situation and deal with difficult clients. Their ability to make a commercial decision and give an informed opinion is what makes them stand out from many of their competitors.’

‘Ritchie Whyte is one of the best lawyers at handling difficult situations and communicating effectively with clients.’

‘Ritchie Whyte has a highly responsive, can-do approach.’

Key clients

The Trump Organisation

Air Control Entech

Mackie Ramsay Taylor

Baird’s Pharmacy Limited


Investing Women Angels

Dark Matter Rum

Porter’s Gin

Jasmine Group

Venesky-Brown Recruitment Ltd

Indigo Sun

Family Tier 3

Aberdein Considine handles a wide range of claims in court and through mediation often relating to child welfare, including interdicts and exclusion orders, relocation disputes, and court orders to protect vulnerable children domestically and internationally. The team, which is led by the 'exceptionally thorough and hard working' Ruth Aberdein, is instructed in a number of complex cohabitant disputes, divorce proceedings and negotiations concerning prenuptial agreements where one party has significant wealth to protect. The 'diligent and sensitive' Naeema Sajid, who is a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Family Law Sub-committee, has particular experience of acting in child maintenance appeals and applying for guardianship orders.


‘A very responsive and attentive team, regardless of what office you visit.’

‘Ruth Aberdein is an exceptionally thorough and hard working solicitor.’ 

‘Naeema Sajid’s sensitivity and demeanour projected calm throughout our dealings with her. She was fair and reasonable and knowledgeable regarding the specific questions and advice that were asked of her. Naeema kept me up to date and dealt with any queries swiftly.’

Commercial litigation Tier 4

The 'very business orientedEuan McSherry now heads the team at Aberdein Considine following his arrival from DWF in November 2018 and former practice head Leonie Donald's departure in July 2018. The team is well placed to assist clients with various disputes concerning commercial contracts, insolvency disputes and litigation concerning the operation of corporate entities and shareholder rights.

Key clients


Marine Harvest




PMAC Scientific

The A & S Leisure Group

Shepherd Chartered Surveyors

Griffins Chartered  Accountants

Food and Drink Hub


Mark Coulter

DASH Properties

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Aberdein Considine leverages its key offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh to act for a high-profile client roster, which includes The Trump Organisation and Greggs. The real estate team focuses on landlord and tenant work, and office, retail and industrial property development matters. Paul Jennings leads the practice from Glasgow, and the firm's Aberdeen office is noted for its oil, gas and marine sector commercial work.


‘The level of intellectual force at Aberdein Considine is absolutely stunning! The property team is always ready to challenge and be challenged in the interests of its clients. The firm’s customer service is unbeatable and work is equally meticulous and quick.’

‘The team is very inclusive and knows when to engage with other parties involved in the deals it is working on. All members of the team are very strong and have an understanding of their colleagues work.’

‘Paul Jennings and David Orr: this duo is unstoppable. They are professional without ego and with a great sense of humour.’

‘Paul Jennings and David Orr  are very responsive and knowledgeable. They also take time to learn the client’s overall business and not just the parts which relate to them. They continually look for ways to simplify and make things more straightforward for the client.’

Key clients

Trump International

Ashfield District Council

West Coast Estates

Greggs plc

Currie European Limited


Rentokil plc

Jupiter Hotels

Mack Residential Group

Svenska Handelsbanken

Employment Tier 5

The 'very competent mid-sized firm' Aberdein Considine is particularly experienced in handling employment tribunal work for employers as well as executives, including whistleblowing investigations, but also advises on GDPR, TUPE transfers and general HR matters. 'Fine employment lawyerSally-Anne Anderson heads the 'highly responsive' team.


Provides very practical and commercial advice.

The firm is keen to develop its skills and practice and takes the training of its junior members seriously.

‘David Burnside’s wisdom and practical advice are invaluable.

Takes its preparations seriously.

Sally-Anne Anderson is very sensible and hard working and always does her best for the client.

Sally-Anne Anderson has great local knowledge of the tribunal court and judges.’

Key clients

Air Control Entech

Mackie Ramsay Taylor

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 & 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, The Trump Organisation, 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 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 property Paul Jennings 0141 225 5425
Corporate Ritchie Whyte 01224 337429
Criminal defence Peter Shepherd 01224 337421
Employment Sally-Anne Ogilvie 0131 221 2433
Family Ruth Aberdein 01224 337471
Conveyancing & Property law Michael Sinclair 01224 267073
Banking & Finance Litigation / Debt & Asset Recovery Myra Scott 0141 225 5432
Dispute Resolution Euan McSherry 0333 0044333
Commercial Litigation - Scotland Ross Webb 0131 221 2432
Commercial Litigation - England & Wales Thomas Lillie 0191 607 8476
Professional Negligence Paul McIntosh 0131 221 2425
Private Client - Glasgow Julie McMahon 0141 225 5429
Private Client - Aberdeen Ryan Fox 01569 768896
Private Client - Edinburgh James MacKinnon 0131 2212424
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ruth Aberdein  photo Ruth Aberdein
 Lynn Bentley  photo Lynn Bentley
 Joseph Bowie  photo Joseph Bowie
 Karl Brown  photo Karl Brown
 David Burnside  photo David Burnside
 Isabelle Douglas  photo Isabelle Douglas
 Elaine Elder  photo Elaine Elder
 Jennifer Gardner  photo Jennifer Gardner
 Samantha Gilbert  photo Samantha Gilbert
 Jacqueline Law  photo Jacqueline Law
 Kayleigh MacLaren  photo Kayleigh MacLaren
 Shaju Noor  photo Shaju Noor
 Gemma Perfect  photo Gemma Perfect
 Peter Shepherd  photo Peter Shepherd
 Carly Stewart  photo Carly Stewart
 Ritchie Whyte  photo Ritchie Whyte
Number of UK partners : 35
Number of other UK fee-earners : 170