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Shepherd and Wedderburn

1 EXCHANGE CRESCENT, CONFERENCE SQUARE, EDINBURGH, EH3 8UL, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 228 9900
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Fax 0131 228 1222
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551970 EDINBURGH-53
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www.shepwedd.com

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's corporate team is spread across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and is also able to draw on individuals in its London office. It is particularly well known for its expertise in the energy and natural resources, food and drink and technology sectors. The firm's enviable client roster includes high-profile Scottish and international names. Tom Swan was recently promoted to partner in the Glasgow office and has notable capabilities in the oil and gas and fintech sectors in particular. Practice head Stephen Trombala and George Boyle are other key names.

Practice head(s):Stephen Trombala

Other key lawyers:Andrew Blain; George Frier; Paul Hally; George Boyle; Tom Swan; Joanna Monaghan; John Morrison; Katy Barclay

Key Clients

FanDuel

Cairn Energy

BigBlu Broadband (formerly Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group)

Eider Reserve Power

Chivas Brothers Ltd/Pernod Ricard SA

Nucleus Financial Group plc

iomart

William Grant & Sons Ltd

University of Strathclyde

CYBG

ScottishPower

Work highlights

  • Acted for new client Aminex on its conditional class 1 disposal of interests in oil and gas exploration permits, onshore Tanzania, for $40m to Oman-based Zubair Corporation.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Qdos Holdings Ltd on the pre-deal split of the group into two (creating the Qdos Group and the Vantage Group) and the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to HCC International Insurance Company.
  • Advised Nucleus Financial Group on its IPO on the AIM.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser to Clydesdale Bank on all aspects of its £400m fintech joint venture with Salary Finance.
  • Acted as part of a cross-office team on the simultaneous acquisitions of Sat Internet GmbH and its subsidiaries, and OpenSky SrL.
Leading individuals

George Boyle - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Stephen Trombala - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Next Generation Partners

Tom Swan - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn

The Aberdeen corporate team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is led by John Rutherford and handles the full spectrum of work including acquisitions and disposals of businesses and private companies, advising start-up businesses, representing shareholders and directors in corporate governance issues, private equity investment and pre-insolvency advice.

Practice head(s):John Rutherford

Other key lawyers:Keir Willox

Key Clients

Mr and Mrs W G Robertson

Oliver Auston

Acumen Financial Planning Ltd

Ian Bremner & Shane Watt

WellEng Science & Technology Ltd

Rotojar Ltd

University of Aberdeen

Ian Brander

Wellpro Group Ltd

Rainbow Cars Ltd

Current 2 Current Ltd

Dyce Carriers Ltd

Mead Medical Holdings Ltd

Lecht Ski Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of Wellpro Group Ltd, a new start-up company renting oilfield tools to the oil and gas industry, on an investment agreement, loan notes, service agreements and new articles of association.
  • Advised the Financial Planning Group Ltd on acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Medical & Dental Financial Planners in Aberdeen.
  • Advised shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of A Youngson Ltd, a general insurance business based in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, to Bruce Stevenson Ltd.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn has substantial expertise in land and buildings transactions tax issues, and represents both large corporate clients and individual shareholders across the full spectrum of tax matters. Its key strengths include corporate tax transaction advice, specialist tax advice for individual shareholders and real estate tax. The practice is led by chartered tax adviser Stephen Miller, who has spent more than a decade at the firm.

Practice head(s):Stephen Miller; Rodger Cairns

Other key lawyers:Douglas Sinclair

Key Clients

FanDuel Ltd

BigBlu Broadband plc

Miller Developments/Miller Homes

Taylor Wimpey plc

Sainsbury’s plc

Hermes

British Land plc

Reach plc

BAE Systems

Chivas Brothers Ltd/Pernod Ricard SA

Work highlights

  • Acted for Reach plc on its £48m sale of the Echo Building, a former printworks in Liverpool.
  • Advised Qdos Holdings on the tax aspects of the restructuring and sale of part of the group.
  • The team was appointed as sole adviser to Hermes on the tax aspects of its acquisition of the Skypark Campus at Finnieston, Glasgow.
  • Assisted Nucleus Financial Group with the tax aspects of its IPO on AIM.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

At Shepherd and Wedderburn, the EU and competition practice covers all aspects of competition law - transaction and behavioural, procurement and state aid, as well as litigation - and is complemented by specialist public law and commercial litigation experience. Practice head Gordon Downie is particularly experienced in a range of regulated sectors, while Glasgow-based John Grady is a specialist in dealing with energy and utilities regulators.

Practice head(s):Gordon Downie

Other key lawyers:John Grady; Fiona Parker

Key Clients

Scottish Power

Single Electricity Market Committee

Water Industry Commission Scotland

City of Edinburgh Council

ORE Catapult

Capital Document Solutions

Scottish Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advising the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry in Scotland, on non-household water and sewerage market review of disconnections and of vacancy charging.
  • Advised the Single Electricity Market Committee on competition and regulation for the entire wholesale Irish electricity market.
Leading individuals

Gordon Downie - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is well equipped to guide clients, most notably supermarket chains, restaurants and hotels, through various liquor, gaming, public entertainment and civic government licensing procedures including contentious ones, insolvency-related licence transfers and transactional licensing matters. Hugh Smith and litigator Elaine Brailsford are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):Hugh Smith; Elaine Brailsford

Key Clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Dakota Hotels

Balmoral Hotel

SMG Europe

Crerar Hotel Group

Dobbies Garden Centres

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Turnberry Hotel

Fraser Suites

M D Milne

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sainsbury’s Supermarkets in achieving a one-third increase in the size of the permitted off-sales alcohol display area for a city-centre Edinburgh store, despite the premises being in an overprovision area.
  • Following the refurbishment of the Balmoral Hotel, the team assisted the client in obtaining a major variation to the premises licence to take account of the refurbishment, including changing the terms of access for children and young persons and securing an increase in capacity for the refurbished areas.
  • Advised SMG Europe on securing licences for the new Aberdeen event complex/exhibition and conference centre, including a provisional premises licence, a theatre licence and a market operator’s licence.
  • Secured two major variations for Dobbies Garden Centres in Perth and Dundee, adding permission for off-sales and amend the terms upon which under 18s are permitted to access the store and restaurant.
  • Assisting Sainsbury’s with various premises licensing matters arising from the client's acquisition of new sites.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is well placed to handle a wide range of construction and contractual disputes, including breach of warranty. Insolvency practitioner Gillian Carty heads the 'fantastic' team, which includes the frequently recommended John MacKenzie; he is particularly noted for his expertise in IP and IT disputes. Barbara Bolton left the team in November 2018 to work in-house.

Practice head(s):Gillian Carty

Other key lawyers:John MacKenzie; Elaine Brailsford; Iain Drummond; Alastair Frood; Colin Archibald; David Anderson

Testimonials

'Team of really great lawyers with a wide spread of different expertise and interests.'

Key Clients

TROUW (UK) t/a Skretting

NCTech

Lochaber Properties

Ayr Environmental Services

Work highlights

  • The team continues to act for Skretting in defence against a claim arising from allegedly defective fish feed.
  • Defending NCTech against a claim brought by Digital Reality Corp (DRC) concerning a damage claim included in the contract.
  • Represented Ayr Environmental Services in pursuing a claim arising from the installation of defective tanks at waste water treatment plants across three sites in Ayrshire.
Leading individuals

John MacKenzie - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Much of Shepherd and Wedderburn's workload pertains to the real estate and financial services sectors where the team led by commercial litigator Elaine Brailsford routinely assists with the recovery of debt arising from leases, timeshare management charges and service charges as well as asset recovery and secured and unsecured debt recovery matters.

Practice head(s):Elaine Brailsford

Other key lawyers:Alastair Frood; Gillian Carty; Stephen Humphrey

Key Clients

Ernst & Young (EY)

Hermes Unit Property Trust

KPMG

FRP Advisory

UKAR UK Asset Resolution

Close Brothers

Macdonald Resorts

Paragon Mortgages

Prontoport

The City of Edinburgh Council

National House Building Council (NHBC)

Clydesdale Bank

Work highlights

  • Handling all debt recovery matters for the City of Edinburgh Council, including heritage arrears.
  • Advised Macdonald Resorts on the recovery of unpaid management charges for a variety of timeshare resorts across the UK.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a strong track record in financing transactions, demonstrated by its broad client roster of commercial and investment banks, corporate borrowers, sponsors and developers. The group also has varied sector expertise, acting across the energy and natural resources, real estate and infrastructure, food and drink, healthcare, hotels and leisure sectors. Fiona Buchanan heads up the group, which also fields consultant Graham Burnside, Andrew Kinnes, who specialises in banking, asset-based lending and securitisation work; and Clare Foster, who leads the firm's clean energy practice and project finance team. Hamish Patrick heads up the firm's financial sector group and has substantial expertise in the securitisation space.

Practice head(s):Fiona Buchanan

Other key lawyers:Graham Burnside; Andrew Kinnes; Hamish Patrick; Patrick Bell; Clare Foster; Rob MacLeod; Iain Wishart

Key Clients

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank

Scottish Enterprise

Santander UK

Nord LB

Amber Infrastructure

Green Investment Group

Yorkshire Building Society

JP Morgan

Work highlights

  • Acted for HSBC as agent to a syndicate of lending banks including Bank of Montreal, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING and Lloyds Bank, on all Scottish law aspects of a significant increase to a reserve-base loan facility provided to Ineos UK E&P Holding and its subsidiaries following the acquisition of the Forties pipeline system in the North Sea from BP.
  • Acted as Scottish counsel for BNP Paribas and J.P. Morgan Securities as lead managers on the issuances by Durham Mortgages A and Durham Mortgages B of £2.8bn and £2.4bn in residential mortgage-backed notes respectively.
  • Advised Davidson Kempner Capital Management on the purchase, legal title transfer and residential mortgage-backed securities relating to a portfolio of residential mortgages.
  • Assisted Interplex with its establishment of a $500m medium-term note programme to be listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
  • Advising JP Morgan Asset Management on a £680m portfolio financing package.
Leading individuals

Andrew Kinnes - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Hamish Patrick - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's experience spans transactional, financial and contentious restructuring and insolvency matters for a client roster, which includes large restructuring and insolvency specialists and a number of niche practices in Scotland. The practice is led by Glasgow-based Yvonne Brady, who has a particular focus on the reorganisation and disposal of distressed and insolvent businesses in the SME and mid-market sector. Other noteworthy individuals include contentious specialist Gillian Carty, Fiona McKerrell, who focuses on complex financial restructurings and advising directors of distressed companies; and senior associate Allana Sweeney, who handles distressed M&A work.

Practice head(s):Yvonne Brady

Other key lawyers:Gillian Carty; Fiona McKerrell; Hamish Patrick; John Gallacher; Allana Sweeney

Key Clients

Ernst and Young (EY)

KPMG (UK and Ireland)

FRP Advisory

BDO

Johnston Carmichael

Deloitte

PwC

Latham & Watkins

Allen & Overy

Leonard Curtis

Sidley Austin

Work highlights

  • Assisted EY with the administration of the Tom Group.
  • Advised PwC on the potential restructuring and ultimate administration of Beaconhurst School.
  • Acting for a number of firms on the bulk transfer of portfolios of appointments following the departure of an insolvency practitioner.
  • Assisted JCE Group as majority shareholder with the initial standstill and rescue of Scottish offshore wind fabricator, Burntisland Fabrications.
  • Advising the liquidator of St Andrews Motorhomes on a range of issues arising from the conduct of the director of the company pre-insolvency.
Leading individuals

Fiona McKerrell - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Gillian Carty - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Yvonne Brady - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Rising stars

Allana Sweeney - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a strong track record in the closed-ended listed funds space; the team also has notable strength representing its asset manager client base and Scottish limited partnerships. Practice head Paul Hally has substantial experience in the investment trust field and has recently been advising clients on the potential impact of Brexit, among other issues.

Practice head(s):Paul Hally

Key Clients

European Assets Trust NV

Baillie Gifford & Co

The Scottish Investment Trust plc

Horizon Infrastructure Partnership LLP

Canadian General Investments, Limited

Nucleus Financial Group Ltd

First State Investment Services (UK) Ltd

Schroder UK Mid Cap Fund plc

F&C Asset Management plc

Blackrock

Alliance Trust plc

Oaktree Opportunities Fund X, L.P

Accrue Capital Group

Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Ltd

Britel Fund Trustees Ltd

Catalyst Capital LLP

Blackstone Group LP

OLIM Property Ltd

Value and Income Trust plc

Scottish American Investment Trust Company plc

Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management

Canada Life Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising on the rationalisation of the structure of European Assets Trust from being a Dutch entity that is managed from the UK, to a UK entity managed in the UK.
  • Acting for Dunedin Property Asset Management on the establishment of a Scottish limited partnership.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn expanded its client base in the technology sector with various new client wins adding to its broad sector expertise spanning energy, finance, education, leisure and public sectors, among others. The team led by the 'very good' Neil Maclean handles a wide range of employment law work, which frequently pertains to various commercial projects and corporate activities, but it also provides assistance with GDPR and senior management matters alongside disputes. Katie Russell is 'very knowledgeable and experienced', most notably in financial sector remuneration.

Practice head(s):Neil MacLean

Other key lawyers:Katie Russell

Key Clients

IndigoVision

Epic Games

PwC

Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL)

Fortinet

University of Aberdeen

Flybmi

Vallourec

pureLiFi

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Providing regular employment law advice to long-term client Epic Games, including various employment law issues arising from its strategic acquisition of the business and assets of Cloudgine.
  • Continues to provide advice on the remuneration structures of Commonwealth Bank of Australia's UK asset management business.
  • Successfully defending British Midland Airways against a discrimination claim in excess of £350,000.
  • Advising the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, and University of Aberdeen on all employment, immigration and pensions matters.
  • Advising Fortinet on the employment aspects of its acquisition of ZoneFox, an Edinburgh headquartered company.
Leading individuals

Neil MacLean - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Next Generation Partners

Katie Russell - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Frequently working in conjunction with various other departments, Shepherd and Wedderburn's 'strong' pensions team is recognised for its broad offering and has a fine reputation acting for corporates and pension trustee clients, most notably in the financial services, higher education and energy sectors. Recently, the team handled various employment and GDPR matters pertaining to pension schemes alongside scheme documentation and scheme reorganisations as well as transactional matters. Andrew Holehouse, Louisa Knox, who is 'very pleasant to work with', and Edwin Mustard are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):Andrew Holehouse; Louisa Knox; Edwin Mustard

Key Clients

Scottish Widows Retirement Benefits Scheme

The Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme

ScottishPower Pension Scheme

Scottish Amicable Staff Pension Scheme

A.G. Barr Retirement Benefits Scheme

The University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme

The Miller Group Pension Scheme

Universal Music Group Pension Scheme

John Wood Group Retirement Benefits Scheme

Scottish Hydro-Electric Pension Scheme (SSE)

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees of the scheme, a multi-billion pound hybrid final salary/ DC pension scheme sponsored by Standard Life Aberdeen, on all aspects of pensions law. Recently, the team advised the client on the implications of the £3bn sale of Standard Life Assurance to the Phoenix Group.
  • Acting for the trustee of the ScottishPower Pension Scheme, a multi-billion pound final salary pension scheme sponsored by Scottish Power UK. Recently, this included advice on the implementation of the scheme’s GDPR compliance project and scheme-specific advice on various investment-related matters, among other issues.
  • The team advised the trustee on GDPR compliance requirements and various governance-related matters, including documenting historic benefits of members and providing training on 21st Century Trusteeship and the Prudential M&G demerger.
  • Advising the client on various pension law matters; recently this included assistance with the appointment of JLT as scheme secretary, a change in policy around partial transfers and GDPR scheme compliance.
  • Advising the trustee of the newly established Coats UK Pension Scheme in relation to a consolidation of the three historic pension schemes associated with the Coats Group.
Leading individuals

Andrew Holehouse - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Louisa Knox - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a leading pursuer of solicitor negligence claims arising out of alleged mortgage fraud and breaches of the CML Handbook during property transactions, demonstrated by the firm’s roles on several high value cases for lenders and liquidators in recent months. The practice also acts for pursuers and defenders in construction disputes across various different sectors, including renewable energy, roadworks, and private and public sector projects. Banking and finance litigation head Alastair Frood has a particular focus on profession negligence, while Elaine Brailsford brings 25 years’ experience in litigation and dispute resolution to the team.

Practice head(s):Alastair Frood

Other key lawyers:Elaine Brailsford

Key Clients

Lochaber Properties Ltd

Ernst & Young LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting on professional negligence action against Lochaber Properties Ltd's former solicitors, involving complex lease arrangements that were devised by the solicitors to the detriment of the claimant's ability to generate income through a sub-lease.
  • Acted for Ernst & Young as liquidator in a multimillion-dollar fraud case, alleging breach of trust and dishonest assistance, and achieved a settlement against two defenders following a successful appeal in the Court of Session.
  • Acting in a professional negligence and breach of contract claim on behalf of Aggreko plc.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for large rural clients in Scotland, as well as private individuals and private companies, on the sale and purchase of high value estates and agricultural land, in contentious leasing matters and in family farming partnership splits involving the distribution of assets. Head or rural property Hamish Lean advises clients on the formation, structure and winding up of agricultural businesses and renewable energy projects, while recent recruit Jacqueline Moore advises rural clients on naturalization issues and their ability to hire European workers in the context of the UK’s impending departure from the EU.

Practice head(s):Peter Misselbrook

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Moore; Hamish Lean

Key Clients

Invercauld Estate

Eskdalemuir Forestry Limited

The Woodland Trust

Lothian Estates

Clan Donald Lands Trust

Landmark Trust

Duke of Westminster Trustees

Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland

Electricity Supply Nominees (Forestry) Limited

Sutherland Estates

Mr Tom Greenhill

Fleming Farmers

Mr Henry Irvine-Fortescue

The Firm of Malcolm GD Morrison

Raymond and Rosaline Sharp

Mr James Bruce

Leading individuals

Hamish Lean - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises major universities, charity trustees and public sector clients on a range of constitutional and governance related matters, including establishing new charities, revising trust structures, safeguarding issues and employment disputes. The team has particular strength in the higher education sector. Dual-qualified accredited specialist Chris McGill advises a diverse range of clients on governance and tax matters.

Practice head(s):Malcolm Rust

Other key lawyers:Chris McGill

Key Clients

Chaffinch Trust

The Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Aberdeen

The Trustees of the Children’s Heart Disease Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised The Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh on the incorporation of eight trusts into a recipient charitable trust with wider purposes and a new constitution.
  • Advised The Chaffinch Trust on the establishment of a new and innovative charity aimed at ensuring greater co-operation and engagement in the operation of projects worldwide to support and encourage those disadvantaged because of poverty and lack of opportunity.
  • Advising the University of Edinburgh on its international operations and on senior appointments, including securing entry into the US for a UK national taking on a new regional director role in New York.
  • Providing full service legal service to multiple associated trusts, including governance, employment and tax advice.
  • Advising a major charity on proposals to redevelop its headquarters in Edinburgh.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn represents executors, beneficiaries, trustees and high street banks, and has a clear focus on disputes concerning the administration of estates that arise between executors and beneficiaries. The practice, which is led by Christopher McGill, also has expertise handling legal rights claims, some of which include cross-border elements, interpreting and challenging wills, and resolving complex tax disputes, especially those concerning family businesses. Associate Stephanie Hepburn has a niche managing executry disputes relating to the inheritance of agricultural and crofting tenancies.

Practice head(s):Christopher McGill

Other key lawyers:Stephanie Hepburn

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in relation to a challenge to late mother’s will by brother.
  • Representing a client in relation to potential fraudulent intromissions with mother's estate by elder brother and executor, who made payments via mobile banking from the mother's estate during her lifetime.
  • Acting for the executors of an estate who claim that the deceased's financial attorneys used the funds of the deceased's estate for personal gain and the enrichment of their families.
  • Acting for the executor of an estate in negotiating the administration of concurrent family estates, complicated by the fact the beneficiaries of both estates disagree on factors including the calculation of legal rights, the nature of foreign joint property and survivorship destinations in the event of their passing.
Leading individuals

Christopher McGill - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Rising stars

Stephanie Hepburn - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn receives a high volume of instructions from high net worth individuals, executors and beneficiaries, predominantly in relation to succession planning and applications for business tax relief and agricultural tax relief, often concerning assets held in foreign jurisdictions. The team’s expertise also lies in establishing new trusts and business partnerships, advising on and drawing up wills and providing tax compliance advice to clients who reside outside of the UK. Douglas Sinclair, who is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, has a strong foothold in offshore tax matters and complex cases concerning business partnerships. Malcolm Rust leads the private client and charities teams.

Practice head(s):Malcolm Rust

Other key lawyers:Douglas Sinclair

Key Clients

The Clydesdale Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising high net worth farmer and landowner in respect of their succession planning strategy.
  • Advising beneficiary of the estate of a prominent Glasgow businessman.
  • Providing advice to executors of a prominent Scottish auction house director, including advice in respect of unique assets.
  • Providing advice to The Clydesdale Bank in respect of various private client issues, including review of trust arrangements.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

The energy team at Shepherd and Wedderburn focuses on its key sub-sectors of offshore wind, onshore storage, floating wind and tidal, low carbon and transmission. Practice head Clare Foster specialises in project finance work and leads the firm's multi-disciplinary practice, which includes experts from the regulatory, corporate, construction, real estate and disputes groups. Moray Thomson and Anthony McEwan joined the firm from DWF to strengthen the planning and commercial real estate teams; and James Saunders retired.

Practice head(s):Clare Foster

Other key lawyers:Scott McCallum; Colin Innes; Patricia Hawthorn

Key Clients

Neart na GaoitheOffshore Wind Ltd

Ørsted

Auchrobert Wind Energy Ltd

Green Investment Group

Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd

Moray Offshore Windfarm (West) Ltd

Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd

MUFG Ltd

Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Ltd

NTR

Innogy Renewables UK Ltd

Forsa Energy Ltd

Banks Renewables

Brookfield Wind Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising EDP Renewables on the onshore and offshore consent applications including full environmental impact assessment for an offshore wind development in the Moray Firth.
  • Acting for Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) on the property, consenting and aviation aspects of the offshore wind farm, and the subsequent £2.6bn project financing.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders on a portfolio financing package of £680m provided to Ventient Energy (which is owned by JP Morgan Asset Management).
  • Advised Scottish Power Renewables on the property, planning and construction aspects of its onshore wind farm portfolio.
  • Advised Neart Na Gaoithe Offshore Wind on its sale to EDF Energy Renewables and also handled property matters and applications for new Section 36 consent and marine licences for the wind farm.
Leading individuals

Clare Foster - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is recognised for its work acting for British independent exploration and production companies on worldwide M&A and capital markets transactions. The team also has a strong record in the upstream space, where it represents banks and sponsors, and assisting City firms with the Scottish law aspects of cross-border transactions. Corporate expert Stephen Trombala leads the team from the Edinburgh office.

Practice head(s):Stephen Trombola

Other key lawyers:Paul Hally; Tom Swan

Key Clients

Cairn Energy plc

IGas Energy

Delonex Energy

Gulf Marine Services

Celtique Energie

Petroceltic

OMV Petrom

North Sea Midstream Partners

ERVIA (Formerly called Bord Gais Eireann)

Cluff Natural Resources plc

INEOS

TDE Services Kft.

BRL Ltd

SOCO plc

Marin Subsea Ltd

Petroineos Trading Ltd

Delphian Ballistics Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aminex on its $40m farm out of a 50% interest in the Ruvuma Petroleum Sharing Agreement in Tanzania.
  • Collaborating with the firm's London office to advise SOCO on the sale of its upstream Angolan interests to Quill Trading Corporation and WMLC Resources.
  • Advising Celtique Energie Holdings on its divestment of a 30% interest in the Wressle oil field.
  • Acted for HSBC Bank as agent to a syndicate of lending banks including Bank of Montreal, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING and Lloyds Bank on the Scottish law issues relating to a significant increase to a reserve base loan facility provided to Ineos UK E&P Holding and its subsidiaries following the acquisition of the Forties Pipeline system in the North Sea from BP.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn stands out for its ability to advise on all aspects of a project including acting across all five of the Scottish hub territories. Under the leadership of Stephen Colliston, the team handles hub projects for public sector and funder clients, and also assists with operational projects, particularly those requiring secondary market, variation and disputes advice.

Practice head(s):Stephen Colliston

Other key lawyers:Nigel Sievwright

Key Clients

City of Edinburgh Council

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

South Ayrshire Council

States of Jersey

Acciona Industrial S.A

West Dunbartonshire Council

West Lothian Council

Ayr Environmental Services Limited

Caledonian Environmental Services Plc

Wheatley Housing Group

North Ayrshire Council

Balfour Beatty Investments Limited

Dexia Credit Local

Bank of New York Mellon

North Lanarkshire Council

Consort Healthcare (various SPVs)

Transform Schools (various SPVs)

Work highlights

  • The team is advising this German bank on the development of a DBFM hub Project in the north east of Scotland.
  • The firm is acting for the City of Edinburgh Council in one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects at St James Quarter which is based on the Growth Accelerator Model (GAM).
  • West Dunbartonshire Council appointed the firm to assist with the UK’s first large-scale water source heat pump district heating system
  • Shepherd Wedderburn is providing counsel to States of Jersey on the procurement of its £466m Future Hospital Project.
  • Colliston is leading the advice to West Lothian Council in relation to its City Region Deal Project.
Leading individuals

Stephen Colliston - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Neil Maclean's team at Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious education sector work. Universities, independent schools and governmental bodies receive regular assistance with procurement and construction matters pertaining to large-scale projects but clients also instruct the team with employment, immigration and pensions-related issues as well as charity law work.

Practice head(s):Neil Maclean

Other key lawyers:Joanna Boag-Thomson; James Dobie; Malcolm Rust; John Rutherford

Key Clients

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Glasgow

The University of Aberdeen

South Ayrshire Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

The University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme

Craigholme School

Merchants Company of Edinburgh

Hutchesons’ Educational Trust

University of St Andrews Superannuation and Life Assurance Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its Queensferry High School hub South East project, valued at approximately £40m. This involved advice on the procurement process and negotiating project-specific amendments to the Standard Form DBFM Agreement.
  • Ongoing advice on all employment law matters.
  • The team acted for PwC, the administrator appointed to Beaconhurst Grange (in administration), to protect the creditors’ position, and provided advice on various rescue options and ultimately the closure of the school.
  • Advising East Ayrshire Council (EAC) on the procurement of new early childhood centres in Kilmaurs, Stewarton and Netherthird.
  • Advising the University of Glasgow on all employment and pension matters including immigration advice and the securing and maintaining of sponsor licences.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Acting for private and public sector clients, Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a wide range of healthcare-related restructuring, financing, project development and regulatory work, including disputes. Director and real estate lawyer John Elder heads up the team.

Practice head(s):John Elder

Other key lawyers:Stephen Colliston; Joanna Boag-Thomson; Nigel Sievwright

Key Clients

Four Seasons Health Care Group

Primary Health Properties

BUPA

Spire Healthcare

Caring Homes Group

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Consort Healthcare

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Dumfries and Galloway NHS

Work highlights

  • Assisting the care home operator with management, restructuring and refinancing matters.
  • Advising the client on various project development matters.
  • Advised Nord/LB on all aspects of the £56m Inverurie Community Campus project.
  • Advising Nord/LB on the £45m financing of Clydebank, Greenock and Stobhill healthcare centre developments.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is well known for assisting local government clients and ALEOs owned by local governments with a wide range of project development, property, construction, procurement and planning matters. Recently, the practice has been particularly active advising on new housing, education and urban regeneration projects. Neil Maclean is the main contact following Rhona Harper's move to an in-house role in February 2018.

Practice head(s):Neil Maclean

Other key lawyers:Stephen Colliston; Euan McLeod; Ewan MacLeod

Key Clients

West Dunbartonshire Council

West Lothian Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

East Ayrshire Council

Scottish Enterprise

South Ayrshire Council

Fife Council

Wheatley Housing

Dumfries and Galloway Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the local authority on the procurement of UK’s first large-scale water source heat pump district heating system at the Queen’s Quay regeneration site in Clydebank.
  • Advising on all aspects of the legal documentation pertaining to its City Deal Project including a Tri-Partite Agreement between the council, the developer and the Scottish ministers.
  • Advised the council on its £40m Queensferry High School hub DBFM project. This involved assistance with procurement documentation and negotiating project-specific amendments to the Standard Form DBFM Agreement.
  • Advising East Ayrshire Council (EAC) on its procurement of new early childhood centres in Kilmaurs, Stewarton and Netherthird.
  • Advised the council on the procurement of its Transport and Infrastructure Framework, which involved the creation of a bespoke framework agreement.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn counts housebuilders, funds, banks, investors and retailers as clients, and is noted for its development work, which spans mixed-use and residential developments, retail sector schemes and office developments. Hugh Smith and Jamie Grant jointly head the leisure and hospitality sub-group, which advises a roster of hotel operators, investors, financiers and managers on all aspects of hotel transactions and operations. The property group is jointly led by Andrew Hall and David Mitchell from Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. Other key names include Nick Ryden and development expert James Dobie.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hall (Property); David Mitchell (Property); Jamie Grant (Leisure and hospitality); Hugh Smith (Leisure and hospitality)

Other key lawyers:Nick Ryden; James Dobie; Scott Ritchie; Elaine Todd;

Key Clients

British Land plc

Hermes

BlackRock

Tilstone/Warehouse REIT

CBREGI UK Property Fund

Miller Homes

Trump Turnberry

Dakota Hotels

Balmoral Hotel

Molo Hotel (formerly Polcom Developments)

Fraser Suites

Crerar Hotel Management

BDL Select Hotels Limited

Chardon Trading

Eurohostels

BDL Shetland Limited

HPMC Limited (owners Crowne Plaza London Docklands)

Aberdeen Standard

Sainsbury’s

BAE Systems

Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

  • Advised British Land, Hercules Unit Trust and Fort Kinnaird on the sale of the Crown’s 50% share in Fort Kinnaird to M&G for £167.5m, the disposal of a B&Q in Glasgow and a David Lloyd Club in Hamilton, and the asset management of Fort Kinnaird and Glasgow Fort.
  • Acted for William Pears Group, Capital Land Holdings and Cyan Properties on the sale of the Jury’s Hotel, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh and neighbouring development site to Fattal Group.
  • Advised Baillie Gifford on the pre-let of the newly-developed 20 West Register Street, Edinburgh.
  • Assisting the University of Edinburgh with securing the use of privately owned purpose-built student accommodation for over 1000 students.
  • Acted for Crerar Hotel Group on the sale of the GoGlasgow Urban Hotel.
Leading individuals

David Mitchell - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Acting for contractors, developers and end-users, Shepherd and Wedderburn's team, led by Euan McLeod, is well versed in handling contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering matters pertaining to energy (including renewable energy), real estate and housing regeneration projects, among others. On the non-contentious side, the team is particularly experienced in handling matters at the intersection with procurement law.

Practice head(s):Euan McLeod

Other key lawyers:Iain Drummond; Gareth Parry; David Anderson; Colin Archibald

Key Clients

Wheatley Housing Group

British Land

BriTel Fund Trustees

ScottishPower

Sainsbury’s

BAE Systems

Taylor Wimpey

The City of Edinburgh Council

Amey

Work highlights

  • Provided construction and procurement advice to Wheatley in connection with a £400m framework for housing construction and associated works.
  • Advising West Dunbartonshire Council on a pathfinder project to procure the UK’s first large-scale water source heat pump district heating system at Queen’s Quay regeneration site in Clydebank.
  • Advising the Merchant City (Glasgow) Development Company on the construction aspects of its first site outside of London – a 7.5 acre site in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant city. This mixed-use scheme is intended to include more than 600 homes for rent as well as commercial and retail space.
  • Engaged by the council to advise on construction contracts for the redevelopment of Meadowbank sports centre.
  • Advising the developer on various procurement matters pertaining to the development of a £45m concert hall in the centre of Edinburgh.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Working in close co-operation with its planning team, Shepherd and Wedderburn has carved out a strong practice handling environmental law issues arising from energy sector projects, including impact assessments, various regulatory issues and permitting and planning-related matters. The team is also experienced in environmental noise-related work. Patricia Hawthorn and Colin Innes jointly head the team, which includes planning expert Moray Thomson, who joined the firm from DWF in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Patricia Hawthorn; Colin Innes

Other key lawyers:Jamie Grant; Scott McCallum; Ewan Macleod; Richard Leslie; Moray Thomson

Key Clients

ACCIONA Industrial

Coul Links

Mainstream Renewable Power

Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind

Moray Offshore Windfarm (West)

Moray Offshore Windfarm (East)

SP Transmission

Cogen

SIMEC Atlantis Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Acciona Industrial on contaminated land risks pertaining to the development of an energy-from-waste facility on a former gasworks site south of Aberdeen.
  • Advising Coul Links on matters pertaining to its planning application for the construction of an 18-hole golf course with club house and ancillary development near Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands, which is opposed by a number of conservation groups.
  • Advising Mainstream Renewable Power on consenting and property aspects of its sale of Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm to EDF Energy Renewables.
  • Ongoing advice to Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind on applications for Section 36 consents and marine licences.
  • Advising EDP Renewables on onshore and offshore consent applications, including full environmental impact assessment.
Leading individuals

Patricia Hawthorn - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn has carved out a strong practice acting in residential, energy and retail development projects, providing assistance with contentious and non-contentious issues including compulsory purchase and environmental law matters. Colin Innes and Ewan Macleod jointly head the team, which includes planning lawyer Moray Thomson, who joined from DWF in October 2018, together with two associates.

Practice head(s):Colin Innes; Ewan MacLeod

Other key lawyers:Moray Thomson

Key Clients

Murray Estates

Taylor Wimpey

ScottishPower

Sainsbury’s

The Miller Group

British Land

Hallam Land Management

Gladman Developments

CALA Group

innogy

Ørsted

Work highlights

  • Advising Cosmopolitan Hotels in an appeal against Renfrewshire Council’s refusal of its application for a Certificate of Lawfulness.
  • Acting for DF Concerts in respect of its judicial review of Glasgow City Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a housing development adjacent to King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, which is owned by the client.
  • Advice on the construction of an 18-hole golf course near Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands, which is opposed by a number of conservation groups.
  • Acting for Moda in securing planning permission for a build-to-rent development in Glasgow City Centre.
  • Advising NewRiver, owner of the Cuckoo Bridge Retail Park in Dumfries, on the relaxation of a planning condition that restricted the sale of goods at the retail park to bulky goods only.
Leading individuals

Colin Innes - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Colin Archibald's team at Shepherd and Wedderburn handles a wide range of landlord and tenant disputes, contentious property sale and purchase issues, nuisance matters and property contract litigation, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Colin Archibald

Other key lawyers:Elaine Brailsford; Stephen Humphreys

Testimonials

'Elaine Brailsford has a very impressive range of clients and an excellent reputation which is most well deserved.'

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey

Miller Homes

Tarmac Trading

EE

Thomas Cook Group

NHBC

Clydeport Operations

BlackRock UK Property Fund

Trinity Mirror (now Reach)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tarmac in two counterpart litigations concerning the interpretation of the client's lease termination obligations.
  • Acting for D F Concerts in its judicial review of Glasgow City Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a residential development adjacent to King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, which is owned by the client.
  • Acting for Tarmac in a claim for compensation arising from the compulsory acquisition of land from the client by Network Rail at Blairhill Quarry, Lanarkshire, under the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Act 2007, and in relation to a claim for damages against Network Rail relating to issues arising from works carried out by Network Rail.
  • Acted for the housebuilder TWDL in a dispute with West Lothian Council relating to an alleged statutory nuisance near a TWDL development in Winchburgh, West Lothian.
  • Acting for Persimmon Homes in a legal challenge by way of statutory appeal against the Scottish Ministers, challenging the refusal by a reporter appointed by the Scottish Ministers to grant planning permission to Persimmon Homes for the development of 62 residential units at the former Kingspark School, Dundee.
Leading individuals

Colin Archibald - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

The team at Shepherd and Wedderburn led by litigator Stephen Humphreys is well versed in handling social housing litigation, large-scale residential regeneration projects and housing defect claims for housing associations and local authorities. In August 2018, public sector procurement expert Rhona Harper left the firm to work in-house.

Practice head(s):Stephen Humphreys

Other key lawyers:Elaine Hunter; Andrew Hall; Euan McLeod; Colin Archibald

Key Clients

Glasgow Housing Association

The City of Edinburgh Council

Tollcross Housing Association

Southside Housing Association

Shettleston Housing Association

Molendinar Park Housing Association

Dunedin Canmore Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising Wheatley on  construction and procurement matters pertaining to one £400m construction framework.
  • Has been advising Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project in Glasgow.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its 21st Century Homes project, which will deliver 1,300 homes across Edinburgh, including regeneration projects at North Sighthill (320 homes) and Pennywell (700-plus homes). This included advice on procurement, construction, development and real estate matters for each project.
  • Advising Wheatley on  construction and procurement matters pertaining to one £400m construction framework.
  • Has been advising Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project in Glasgow.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its 21st Century Homes project, which will deliver 1,300 homes across Edinburgh, including regeneration projects at North Sighthill (320 homes) and Pennywell (700-plus homes). This included advice on procurement, construction, development and real estate matters for each project.

The team at Shepherd and Wedderburn led by litigator Stephen Humphreys is well versed in handling social housing litigation, large-scale residential regeneration projects and housing defect claims for housing associations and local authorities. In August 2018, public sector procurement expert Rhona Harper left the firm to work in-house.

Practice head(s):Stephen Humphreys

Other key lawyers:Elaine Hunter; Andrew Hall; Euan McLeod; Colin Archibald

Key Clients

Glasgow Housing Association

The City of Edinburgh Council

Tollcross Housing Association

Southside Housing Association

Shettleston Housing Association

Molendinar Park Housing Association

Dunedin Canmore Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising Wheatley on  construction and procurement matters pertaining to one £400m construction framework.
  • Has been advising Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project in Glasgow.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its 21st Century Homes project, which will deliver 1,300 homes across Edinburgh, including regeneration projects at North Sighthill (320 homes) and Pennywell (700-plus homes). This included advice on procurement, construction, development and real estate matters for each project.
  • Advising Wheatley on  construction and procurement matters pertaining to one £400m construction framework.
  • Has been advising Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project in Glasgow.
  • Advising the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) on its 21st Century Homes project, which will deliver 1,300 homes across Edinburgh, including regeneration projects at North Sighthill (320 homes) and Pennywell (700-plus homes). This included advice on procurement, construction, development and real estate matters for each project.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn

At Shepherd and Wedderburn the IT, media and telecoms practice focuses on assisting its client roster of broadcasters, telecom operators, content owners and technology companies with corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. The group also has a strong contentious offering under John MacKenzie and is active in the regulated sectors of financial services and utilities. Paul Carlyle leads the media and technology team and Joanna Boag-Thomson has specialist knowledge of the utilities sector.

Practice head(s):Paul Carlyle

Other key lawyers:John MacKenzie; Joanna Boag-Thomson

Key Clients

BT

FanDuel

European Competitive Telecoms Association

Expereo

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Big Blu Broadband

AT&T

Asia-Pacific Carriers Coalition

Capital Document Solutions Ltd

Sainsbury’s Bank

Water Plus Ltd

Iomart Group

Satellite Solutions Worldwide

Multrees Investor Services Ltd

Scottish Enterprise/Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Spartan Solutions

Scottish Power

Baillie Gifford & Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Big Blue Broadband on the negotiation of its distributor arrangements and partner status with Euro Broadband Infrastructure to expand operations based on a shared growth model.
  • Prepared an intervention for the European Competitive Telecoms Association (ECTA) against the European Commission in an appeal brought by Orange Polska against the Commission’s decision to impose a substantial fine on Orange Polska for abuse of its dominant position.
  • Advised CYBG on a £400m deal to fund loans through UK financial technology group Salary Finance, in a partnership with a fintech company.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn fields a dedicated media and technology team and a specialised IP litigation group. With particular expertise in the food and drink, sports, energy, entertainment, financial services and life sciences sectors, the group operates at a national and global level from its offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Key practitioners include Joanna Boag-Thomson, who focuses on patent and technology licensing work, media issues and brand activations; Paul Carlyle, who leads the media and technology team; and John MacKenzie, who is an experienced litigator.

Practice head(s):Joanna Boag-Thomson; John Mackenzie; Paul Carlyle

Key Clients

Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise

The R&A

Pernod Ricard Group

Diet Chef Ltd

BI Wines and Spirits Ltd

Collagen Solutions plc

University of Aberdeen

The Scottish Professional Football League

Tungsten Corporation

The National Trust for Scotland

City of Edinburgh Council

Artemis Investment Management LLP

Brand IP Licensing Ltd

RSVP Design Ltd

The Tartan Army Ltd

Capital Document Solutions Ltd

Sainsbury’s Bank plc

People Can Fly

Winduna Enterprises Ltd

Fotech Solutions

Work highlights

  • Managing the entire trade mark portfolio of the Scottish Professional Football League.  
  • Acted for CYBG on the IP aspects of a £400m deal to fund loans through UK financial technology group Salary Finance, including negotiating the related licences.

  • Acting for RSVP Design in a dispute relating to its colourblind trade mark including successfully opposing an application by Future Factory for a declaration of invalidity.
  • Assisted Pernod Ricard Group with its acquisition of a cocktail bar brand and trade mark portfolio.
  • Assisted Winduna Enterprises, producer of the animation series Winnie the Witch, with its negotiation of agreements with new investors, global distribution rights issues and its negotiations with Channel 5.
Leading individuals

Joanna Boag-Thomson - Shepherd and Wedderburn

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