Aberdein Considine > Edinburgh, Scotland > Firm Profile
Aberdein Considine Offices
47 Lothian Road
Aberdein Considine > The Legal 500 Rankings
Aberdein Considine's debt recovery offering combines its lender services and commercial debt recovery subgroups enabling the practice to handle work for banks and financial services organisations - which is a particular area of focus for the group - and for Scottish SMEs. As well as covering a broad spectrum, which, in the lender space, focuses on mortgage and asset-based lending recoveries, and spans secured and unsecured debt recovery in the commercial debt space, clients also benefit from the firm's extensive presence with offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. This is complemented with in-depth banking and financial litigation capabilities. Myra Scott heads up the lender services practice and Ross Webb the commercial debt recovery team.
Myra Scott; Ross Webb
Other key lawyers:
Joseph Bowie; Thomas Lillie; Laura Browne
‘Joe Bowie is a key contact and ensures that the services provided are always first class and both customer and client-focused.’
‘Really strong from a technical perspective, there seems to be no scenario that they are unable to suggest a solution/ course of action for. The team is extremely helpful and is prompt to respond to queries.’
‘Thomas Lillie has been extremely helpful on a number of occasions. Thomas has assisted with queries, suggested solutions to issues and taken a real collaborative approach to working. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with and is always available at the end of a phone to discuss thoughts/concerns.’
‘Aberdein Considine has a vast span of knowledge and an excellent understanding of their client’s requirements, processes and appetite for risk. This is demonstrated and evidenced in their support and guidance offered, clearly setting out appropriate options to resolve.’
‘Myra Scott is so approachable and happy to help; nothing is too much trouble. She will highlight any areas for concern, carrying out further analysis to get to the bottom of issues and will work together with us to ensure our customer journey is as smooth as possible at what is a very difficult time for them.’
‘Aberdein Considine is a firm that listens to its clients’ needs in my experience from working with them. They are honest enough if they ever make a mistake, are readily contactable, and have their clients’ interests at heart.’
‘Ross Webb is proactive and commercial in driving cases forward.’
‘Laura Browne has outstanding knowledge and experience in the field of mortgage repossession. She is organised and very capable; a pleasure to work with.’
Lloyds Banking Group
Royal Bank of Scotland
The Co-Operative Bank plc
Santander UK plc
Nationwide Building Society
Clydesdale Bank plc trading as Virgin Money
Skipton Building Society
TSB Bank plc
The Mortgage Lender
- Advising Lloyds Banking Group, Santander UK plc, Virgin Money / Clydesdale Bank plc and Co-Operative Bank plc on their strategies for handling consumer debt and recovery action following the commencement of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Acting for the UK’s largest mortgage lenders in a significant number of debt and asset recovery actions (in excess of 3,000 per year), specialising in secured and consumer-regulated debt.
- Retained by Hardies Property Consultants to provide advice on a range of contentious commercial debt recovery matters, including a claim against a former development company client in respect of payments that were withheld following a professional negligence action.
Private client > Family Tier 2
‘A leading firm in Aberdeen but with a presence across Scotland', Aberdein Considine ‘handles the full range of family law matters in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session’. Notably, the group assists clients in high-value financial provision cases, child-related cases, as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. The offering is led by Ruth Aberdein, ‘one of the leading family lawyers in Aberdeen’ and ‘all-rounder in terms of children and finance’ issues. Leonie Burke, for her part, ‘is very good in high value and complex finance cases’, while Isabelle Douglas and Karl Brown are adept in a wide range of family issues.
‘I used Leonie Burke for my separation and divorce. She was always very professional and competent. Her approach was straightforward and pragmatic. She was compassionate when required and kept me on track. I felt she got to grips with the situation quickly as it was quite complex and showed flexibility in her handling of the case.’
‘Ruth Aberdein has been a fantastic support through what has been a difficult time.’
‘I have been working with Isabelle Douglas who has been professional in manner and advisory to the full extent required whilst also compassionate to my needs and situation. Always available with advise and knowledge. ’
‘Isabelle Douglas always went above and beyond to support me and give me advice when it was needed. Isabelle is very approachable and professional, I would highly recommend her to anyone who may be in need of a family solicitor.
‘Ruth Aberdein and Isabelle Douglas respond quickly to requests for information and are always willing to listen and seek advice from other professionals for the benefit of their clients. ’
‘Leonie Burke is an excellent lawyer. She shows great attention to detail and perseveres with a piece of work until she gets it right. Extremely thorough.’
‘Ruth Aberdein is one of the leading family lawyers in Aberdeen. Very good all-rounder in terms of children and finance.’
‘Leonie Burke is very good in high-value and complex finance cases.’
Praised for its ‘first-class support’, Aberdein Considine has an unsurpassed strength in representing lenders, including banks, building societies and asset-based lenders. The practice has core strengths in the recovery of commercial and business debt, secured mortgages and asset-based lending, among other matters. It is also adept at providing pre-litigation and compliance advice. The team is headed up by Thomas Lillie in Newcastle, but also stays true to the firm’s Scottish roots and acts seamlessly in conjunction with the team in Glasgow led by Myra Scott. Associate Isabel Clough is also singled out by clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘Aberdein Considine have a knowledgeable and professional legal services team that provide first-class support to lenders as well as driving appropriate and fair customer outcomes. The team offer a full service offering from pre-arrears and asset management and shortfall recovery with expert knowledge across all areas.’
‘Really strong from a technical perspective, there seems to be no scenario that they are unable to suggest a solution or course of action for. The team are extremely helpful and are prompt to respond to queries.’
‘I have started working closely with Thomas Lillie in the latter half of 2020, who has been extremely helpful on a number of occasions. Thomas has assisted with queries, suggested solutions to issues and taken a real collaborative approach to working. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with and is always available at the end of a phone to discuss thoughts and concerns.’
‘Aberdein Considine colleagues have a vast span of knowledge and an excellent understanding of their clients’ requirements, processes and appetite for risk. This is demonstrated and evidenced in their support and guidance offered, clearly setting out appropriate options to resolve.’
‘There is a clear structure to the team – the chain of command and roles of each individual is very clear. The team also communicate extremely effectively.’
‘Thomas Lillie is cool, calm and focussed. He is well-liked by clients and staff alike. Isabel Clough is fearsome and efficient.’
Lloyds Banking Group
Royal Bank of Scotland
The Co-Operative Bank plc
Santander UK plc
Nationwide Building Society
Virgin Money / Clydesdale Bank
Atom Bank plc
TSB Bank plc
The Mortgage Lender plc
Computershare Loan Services
Pepper (UK) Ltd
Pure Retirement Limited
- Advising a cohort of the UK’s largest lenders on their strategies for handling consumer debt and recovery action following the commencement of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Advising a UK lender on the new “Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme”.
- Assisting the Royal Bank of Scotland with cross-border enforcement of security, commercial debt and asset recovery.
Aberdein Considine is well known in the energy sector for handling M&A, sell-side exit strategy planning and implementation, MBOs and equity fundraising. The practice is also active in the financial services, food and drink, and healthcare sectors. Ritchie Whyte heads the team and counts for SMEs and OMBs among his clientele.
Other key lawyers:
Jacqueline Law; Anthony Quin
‘Ritchie Whyte is an exceptional corporate solicitor and as far as I am aware is the go-to guy in Aberdeen for corporate deals, particularly in the SME space. He did an exceptional job for us and will be retained going forward as we expand further.’
‘The team at Aberdein Considine were always there to advise and reassure me’.
‘Working with people who can speak your language and not just jargon made me feel at ease and allowed me to understand what was going on during the sales process’.
‘I always felt comfortable that someone would communicate with me by email or video conference if I had any queries. ’
‘The team is not the largest, but what you get is a total commitment to your project with a real “can-do” attitude’.
‘Good advice permeates as the team guides you through the vagaries of the corporate transaction’.
‘Ritchie Whyte is fast becoming the go-to corporate lawyer for SMEs in Aberdeen’.
‘Ritchie Whyte is technically excellent, pragmatic and personable – working with him is an extremely positive experience’.
Global Offshore Holdings
Vulcan Completion Products
Load Monitoring Systems
Utility ROV Services
Porter Pharmacy Group
Right Medicine Group
Dry Ice Scotland
- Advised shareholders of A & L Porter (Aberdeenshire) Limited on the disposal of entire issued share capital of the company.
- Advised shareholders of Load Monitoring Systems Limited on the disposal of the controlling interest in the company.
- Advised Elevator on the acquisition of entire issued share capital of Targeting Innovation Solutions Group.
The practice at Aberdein Considine handles a diverse range of matters concerning wills, trusts, executries, estates and succession planning issues. Aileen Entwistle in Glasgow has a track record in executry administrations; Edinburgh-based James MacKinnon focuses on tax-efficient solutions for succession planning work; while Ryan Fox, who splits his time between the firm’s Stonehaven and Aberdeen offices, ‘has a wealth of knowledge in dealing with estate administrations’. Another key practitioner is Anthony Quin, who is stationed in the firm's Stirling office.
Anthony Quin; Ryan Fox; James MacKinnon; Aileen Entwistle
‘Very friendly and helpful. Do what they say and on time.’
‘The practice has an excellent reputation and the critical mass and reach to expedite assignments in an efficient and timely manner. The customer focus and communication are excellent.’
‘The private client team at Aberdein Considine offers a varied and quality service. In addition, they also offer a competitive rate in respect of the work carried out for such a large and established law firm.’
‘Aberdein Considine have been pro-active in the way that they have dealt with my estate planning. This has been invaluable for me and my family. They communicate throughout the different teams that I work with and this allows them a sense of who I am and what my expectations are.’
‘The teams worked closely together to gather and collate information. There was only one staff member to deal with which made communication friendly, informative, helpful and professional.’
‘I found the partner Aileen Entwistle to be very attentive to my tricky request for POA and advice about my will.’
‘Ryan Fox has a wealth of knowledge in dealing with estate administration. He is often able to assist in complex estate issues.’
‘Ryan Fox is a very capable and intelligent individual and very learned in Trust and Executry matters together with various taxes in this area. What strikes me is that all matters are dealt with in a very timeous manner with very little delays.’
Aberdein Considine is known in the market for completing deals efficiently and effectively, and for its broad geographic coverage across Scotland. It is particularly experienced in advising local authorities on the acquisition, and portfolio management, of Scottish investment property. Paul Jennings heads the team and David Orr is recommended for real estate-related investment and finance matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘They display a willingness to work outwith their location by partnering up with other reputable solicitors, making completing transactions outside Scotland very easy’.
‘David Orr was always willing to go above and beyond to ensure we got what we wanted’.
‘David Orr has a commercial as well as having a risk-averse mindset and therefore allowed us to move at the pace we required’.
They have been able to pivot, adapt and protect myself and my clients on numerous and diverse transactions, always leading to a successful conclusion’.
‘They are always available, always reliable and are willing to challenge’.
‘Everyone I worked with at Aberdeen Considine was professional and helpful and clearly were working together’.
‘David Orr was both pragmatic and professional and helped get the deal over the line when I think many would have suggested we walked away’.
‘Paul Jennings is one of the most commercially sensitive solicitors in the market; he always has an eye on the deal and is willing to give the right advice even what that might be unpalatable’.
Ashfield District Council
Charnwood Borough Council
Broadridge Financial Services Limited
RK Properties (Scotland) Ltd
Mason & Harris
Rajpal Developments Ltd
Rentokil Initial plc
- Advising Ashfield District Council on the acquisition of 1 Central Park, Larbert.
- Advised Charnwood Borough Council on the purchase of a site at Gateway Business Park in Aberdeen.
- Advised Greggs on the leasing aspects of its new flagship store at Great Western Retail Park in Glasgow.
The commercial real estate team at Aberdein Considine works closely with its counterparts in the corporate department, servicing local, national and international businesses. It has a number of banking clients and is also active in the healthcare and development sectors, where it advises on mixed-use and residential projects. The team is headed by Paul Jennings in Glasgow, while Ritchie Whyte and Anthony Quin are the key names in Aberdeen and Stirling respectively.
Paul Jennings (Glasgow)
‘Experts in their field. Attention to detail. High levels of customer care’.
‘The team will go that extra mile; nothing is too much trouble. They are very knowledgeable and efficient’.
‘They offer a very personal and approachable service. They treat you like a friend and not just a client’.
@SIPP (Pension Trustees) Limited
James F Donald (Aberdeen Cinemas) Limited
Optimus Projects Limited
Lorimer Construction Limited
ABZ Property Development Limited
Web Pharmacy Limited
Right Medicine Pharmacy Limited
Santander UK plc
Redmac Developments Ltd
Porters Pharmacy Group
Atlas Lifts and Services Limited
Café Boheme Restaurant Limited
Grampian Geotechnical (Scotland) Limited
The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
Morrison Investments Limited
Burn O’Bennie Distillery Limited
Latheron Properties (Scotland) Limited
EIS Waste Services
CHAP Group (Aberdeen) Ltd
Dry Ice (Scotland) Ltd
Norsea UK Limited
- Advised Handelsbanken plc in relation to financing of various investments, across mix of industrial, residential and development properties in the North East of Scotland.
- Advised Web Pharmacy Limited in relation to their acquisition of an investment portfolio of five pharmacies, operated by and let to a prominent high street pharmacy chain.
- Advised Lorimer Construction Limited in relation to the acquisition of a land option and onward sale of completed residential properties.
Aberdein Considine is well regarded for its insolvency and corporate recovery work in the real estate sector. The practice counts high-net-worth individuals, SMEs, large corporations, insolvency practitioners and financial institutions among its clients. Areas of focus include corporate restructurings, employment issues, contentious insolvencies and asset realisation work. Ross Webb heads up the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘It has strong relations with major lenders and a good understanding of that market’.
‘I’ve mainly dealt with Ross Webb as an instructing partner; he provided clear and well organised instructions.’
‘Excellent commercial and legal advisors’.
‘Their team has an exceptional breadth and depth of experience across the litigation field’.
‘Ross Webb has a particularly strong expertise in advising on both pre and post appointment issues’.
‘Ross Webb has an exceptionally personable nature and makes the client feel at ease when asking questions’.
‘Ross Webb is also commercially aware and will go that extra mile to find a solution’.
‘Ross Webb is honest and realistic in the advice that he gives’.
Grant Thornton UK LLP
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Lloyds Banking Group
Begbies Traynor Central LLP
French Duncan LLP
RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP
Moorfeild Advisory Limited
Watershed (Scotland) Limited
DASH Properties Limited
- Advising Griffins as liquidators for FEP Heatcare Limited.
- Advised DASH Properties Limited on the winding up of the company.
- Advising Moorfield Advisory in relation to the insolvency of a lease-holding property company with two large industrial assets in the north-east of Scotland.
Aberdein Considine's client base consisting of high-net-worth individuals, SMEs and large corporates is testimony to the team's expertise in disputes over commercial contracts, insolvency scenarios and property-related matters. Team head Euan McSherry is particularly active for clients in the retail, food and drink, oil and gas and financial sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Ross Webb; Myra Scott; Paul McIntosh
‘Euan McSherry has been exceptional to work with; he made his responses easy to understand and explained things at length.’
‘A relatively small Scottish practice but extremely versatile.’
‘Always available to offer good advice – Ross Webb is a great partner.’
‘The team at Aberdein Considine is a collective of individual skillsets combined together to provide a full service. You have confidence in a team that you know have your best interest at heart. They are also willing to acknowledge where they may have stumbled in the process, and will negotiate fair terms to reflect.’
‘The individuals at Aberdein Considine provide a professional yet friendly service. They have your back and seem to know when to listen and when to lead. Each also gets your business which is important to not waste time.’
‘The team takes a modern approach to providing legal advice and is flexible in terms of billing arrangements and ways of working. This gives it an advantage of some competitors in my opinion.’
‘Euan McSherry is an impressive operator and combines sound advice on dispute resolution with considerable charm and style.’
‘An excellent team which provided us with a great-value service. The team is aware of the commercial pressures we face and often fixes the fee allowing us to accurately budget and make a cost-benefit decision on the action to be taken.’
Royal & Ancient – St Andrews
Barrs Hydro Limited
Utility ROV Limited
DTS Energy Limited
Shepherd Chartered Surveyors
Griffins Chartered Accountants
Hardies Property & Building Consultants
2G Events Limited
Grant Thornton UK LLP
- Advised Pfizer Inc. on actions brought against the client before the Court of Session alleging that one of its heart drugs caused heart attacks and strokes.
- Acted for Utility ROV Ltd in a contractual charter payment dispute with a Norwegian customer and an ongoing claim in a complex corporate restructuring claim.
- Advising the liquidators of Caroy House Limited, Grant Thornton UK LLP, on a commercial action at the Court of Session raised in order to secure their interest in trading hotel on the Isle of Skye.
Aberdein Considine > Firm Profile
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.
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|Commercial Real Estate||Paul Jenningsfirstname.lastname@example.org||0141 225 5425|
|Commercial Real Estate||David Orremail@example.com||0141 225 5426|
|Corporate & Business Advisory||Ritchie Whytefirstname.lastname@example.org||01224 337429|
|Corporate & Business Advisory||Michael Currieemail@example.com||0141 225 5433|
|Employment - Edinburgh||Sally-Anne Ogilviefirstname.lastname@example.org||0131 221 2433|
|Employment - Glasgow||Catriona Ramsayemail@example.com||0141 225 5421|
|Employment - Edinburgh / Perth / Striling||Karen Harviefirstname.lastname@example.org||0131 221 2429|
|Employment - Aberdeen||Nicola Grayemail@example.com||01224 560734|
|Family - Aberdeen||Ruth Aberdeinfirstname.lastname@example.org||01224 337471|
|Family - Edinburgh||Leonie Burkeemail@example.com||0131 221 3388|
|Family - Glasgow||April Campbellfirstname.lastname@example.org||0141 227 8211|
|Conveyancing & Property||Michael Sinclairemail@example.com||01224 267073|
|Conveyancing & Property||Robert Fraserfirstname.lastname@example.org||01224 560200|
|Banking & Finance Litigation / Debt & Asset Recovery||Myra Scottemail@example.com||0141 225 5432|
|Commercial Litigation - Scotland||Euan McSherryfirstname.lastname@example.org||0333 0044333|
|Commercial Litigation - Scotland||Ross Webbemail@example.com||0131 221 2432|
|Banking & Finance Litigation||Thomas Lilliefirstname.lastname@example.org||0191 607 8476|
|Professional Negligence||Paul McIntoshemail@example.com||0131 221 2425|
|Private Client - Aberdeen||Ryan Foxfirstname.lastname@example.org||01569 768896|
|Private Client - Edinburgh||James MacKinnonemail@example.com||0131 2212424|
|Private Client - Perth||Charlie Fraserfirstname.lastname@example.org||01738 473016|
|Private Client - Stirling||Anthony Quinemail@example.com||01786 430780|
|Private Client - Glasgow||Aileen Entwistlefirstname.lastname@example.org||0141 616 7006|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 49 Number of other UK fee-earners : 180
- Dispute resolution > Debt recovery
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries
- Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland