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Aberdein Considine

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lillie

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.’

Key clients

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

Savills PLC

Work highlights

  • 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.

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.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Aberdein

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Ritchie Whyte

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’.

Key clients


Global Offshore Holdings

Brimmond Group

Vulcan Completion Products

Load Monitoring Systems

Utility ROV Services

Porter Pharmacy Group

Right Medicine Group

Indigo Sun

Sovereign Grooming

NorSea Group

PMAC Group

Porter’s Gin

Baird’s Pharmacies

Dry Ice Scotland

Work highlights

  • 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.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jennings

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’.

Key clients

Ashfield District Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Greggs plc

Trump International

Westerwood Group

National Windscreens

Vinci Construction

Broadridge Financial Services Limited

Blairston Investments

Haus Holdings

RK Properties (Scotland) Ltd

Mason & Harris

Rajpal Developments Ltd

Rox UK

Rentokil Initial plc

Jupiter Hotels

Work highlights

  • 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.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jennings (Glasgow)

Other key lawyers:


‘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’.

Key clients

Indigo Sun

Trump International

Greggs Plc

Handelsbanken plc

@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

Latchcross Limited

Latheron Properties (Scotland) Limited

EIS Waste Services

CHAP  Group (Aberdeen) Ltd

Dry Ice (Scotland) Ltd

Norsea UK Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Ross Webb

Other key lawyers:

David Orr


‘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’.

Key clients


Grant Thornton UK LLP


The Royal Bank of Scotland


Lloyds Banking Group

Begbies Traynor Central LLP

French Duncan LLP

Johnston Carmichael

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP


Moorfeild Advisory Limited


Meston Reid

Shepherd Surveyors

Hardies LLP

Watershed (Scotland) Limited

DASH Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 5

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.

Practice head(s):

Euan McSherry

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.’

Key clients


Mowi Group

Tiso Group

Solenis Group

Royal & Ancient – St Andrews


Barrs Hydro Limited

Utility ROV Limited

DTS Energy Limited

Intellicore Limited

Shepherd Chartered Surveyors

Griffins Chartered Accountants

Jetlogic Limited

Hardies Property & Building Consultants

2G Events Limited

Arrowdawn Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Work highlights

  • 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 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.

In England and Wales, the firm provides services to businesses, lenders, organisations – in both the public and private sector.

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), and Pfizer.

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.

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.

Managing Partner Jacqeline Lawjlaw@acandco.com01224 337412
Banking Litigation Myra Scottmscott@acandco.com0141 225 5432
Commercial Litigation Thomas Lillietlillie@acandco.com0191 607 8476
Debt & Asset Recovery Isabelle Cloughiclough@acandco.com0191 607 8456
Corporate Converyancing Kayleigh MacLarenkmaclaren@acandco.com01224 560191
Tahir Bashir  photo Tahir Bashir Tahir is our Newcastle-based Lender Services UK Operations Director and oversees our…
Isabel Clough  photo Isabel Clough Associate
Thomas Lillie  photo Thomas Lillie Thomas is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Debt Recovery department…
Number of UK Partners : 49
Number of other UK fee-earners : 180