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Aberdein Considine


Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine‘s team is praised by clients for having ‘a good understanding of the needs of in-house solicitors‘. A hallmark of its practice is its partner-led approach to service delivery. Ritchie Whyte has ‘great commercial awareness‘ and is ‘responsive and accommodating in terms of how he presents his advice‘. Whyte is based in Aberdeen, as is team head Jacqueline Law. Anthony Quin is a key figure in Stirling. Although the firm is particularly well-known for acting for SMEs and investors in the energy and marine service sector, it has become increasingly involved in deals connected with the healthcare and food and drink industries, among others. Whyte recently advised Langstane Liquor Company on growth capital investments by a syndicate of Enterprise Investment Scheme investors and also by South Africa-based Southern Cross Beverages. Law acted for Investing Women Angels in its subscription of unsecured convertible loan notes in pharma business TC Biopharm. Dry Ice Scotland, Yardbury Group and NorSea Group are among other active clients.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Aberdein Considine

At Aberdein Considine, Leonie Donald succeeded Rob Aberdein as the practice head, following Aberdein's departure to Walker Morris LLP in November 2017. Donald, who obtained the Signet Accreditation in 2015, works alongside Ross Webb and Paul McIntosh; all three individuals have more than 30 years of commercial litigation experience between them. The firm handles the gamut of contentious commercial matters for financial institutions, public sector, corporate and private clients. Webb's workload includes contentious insolvency matters, professional negligence cases and contractual disputes. McIntosh has a background in construction disputes, having previously worked in the contentious construction department at Dundas & Wilson, and he also represents lenders in professional negligence matters. Active clients of the firm's practice include Fishers Services, NHS Grampian, Johnson Matthey Plc and Lloyds Banking Group.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine, whose team demonstrates 'excellent business acumen', is among the market leaders in the debt recovery field. The firm now has an impressive pan-UK offering, having strengthened in 2016, when it merged with A&S Ireland in Glasgow and also acquired Wallers  in Newcastle upon Tyne. In a significant development, Myra Scott joined the firm from Ascent Legal Scotland (along with fellow partner Laura Browne) in February 2018, with Scott succeeding the outgoing Rob Aberdein as practice head, following his move to Walker Morris LLP  in November 2017. In addition to Scott and Browne, the other highly regarded partners in the team are Leonie Donald, Paul McIntosh and Ross Webb. Operations director Joseph Bowie and associate Elaine Elder are also recommended. Scott's group has expertise in mortgage recoveries, consumer credit recoveries, asset finance recoveries, and corporate and commercial recoveries. Reflective of the firm's outstanding reputation, it acts for some of the UK's largest banks and other financial institutions, such as Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander. Its other clients include SMEs, publicly listed companies and public sector organisations.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine represents both claimants and respondents in contentious employment situations and advises a range of businesses on issues such as employee benefits and HR procedures. The practice is led by Sally-Anne Anderson, who alongside associate Catriona Ramsay, is noted as ‘smart, no-nonsense and well-adjusted to operate in changing market conditions’. Highlights included carrying out a comprehensive review of employment contract policies and procedures for the franchised business of a lending company. The group also represents a number of employers in tribunal claims, in matters involving alleged unfair dismissal, discrimination on the basis of part-time status, age and sex discrimination.

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Scotland: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine has added two new partners to its family team: April Campbell joined in August 2018 and Karl Brown joined from Murray and Brown in November 2017. The group, which provides ‘good advice at a reasonable price’ handles separations (including financial and child-related issues), contentious and non-contentious aspects of divorce, child law matters, child maintenance, adoption, civil partnerships and pre-nuptial agreements. The practice is led by Ruth Aberdein, who specialises in high-value divorce and separation cases, and has expertise in alternative dispute resolution methods. The ‘highly intelligent and diligent’ Isabelle Douglas is ‘thorough and empathetic to the overall situation of separation’; she has particular expertise in financial provision and child-related matters. Naeema Sajid's focus is guardianship issues, although she also has extensive experience in contentious court proceedings.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 4

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine's overall level of service is 'excellent and cannot be faulted'; 'response times, business acumen and industry knowledge are all exemplary'. Practice head Paul Jennings and associate David Orr, who divide their time between the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, 'work exceptionally well as a team'. Jennings, who has nearly 30 years of commercial property experience, has overseen the growth of the firm's practice in the central belt, since he moved from Anderson Strathern in 2015. The practice continued on its upward trajectory in 2017, winning work from clients such as Harlequin Group and Drum Property Group. Jennings and Orr acted for another new client Currie European Transport Limited as the landowner in the disposal of a former haulage yard and adjoining ground to Housing Partnership. Jennings also assisted Greggs Plc with negotiating lease arrangements in relation to its presence at The Centre in Livingston.

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Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Aberdein Considine

Aberdein Considine's work spans multiple sub-sectors of the Scottish commercial property market, including student accommodation, retail, leisure, industrial, offices, hotels and leisure. In Aberdeen, Jacqueline Law and Ritchie Whyte are the partners in the team, which handles acquisitions and disposals. financing, development and leasing. Whyte and Gemma Perfect acted for Duncans of Banchory in the acquisition of an office complex for redevelopment, and they also advised Handelsbanken on the refinance of a residential property portfolio to include 80 units over eight developments, among other matters. Anthony Quin in Stirling is assisting Indigo Sun Retail Limited with negotiating new leases and variations/extensions of existing leases as part of its national expansion across Scotland.

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