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Nick is a partner and has over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property work in Scotland. Having worked for a wide range of developers, funders, investors and tenants, he has particular experience in the investment and the acquisition and disposal, development, letting and sale of retail parks. As well as being a governor and member of the Anglo American Real Property Institute, Nick is also a member of the Investment Property Forum. His impressive client base includes British Land plc, BAE Systems, Baillie Gifford, Gamesa, HSBC Bank plc, Alliance Trust plc, BlackRock, Cadena/Pradera/AEW, LondonMetric, Cinven Group Limited, GE Real Estate, Kilmartin Property Group, R F Capital, The William Pears Group of Companies, Festival City Theatres, Oceaneering International and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His reputation and profile has earned him a listing in the 2017 International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and Chambers 2015 recognise Nick as a senior statesman of the real estate sector. Chambers and partners 2015 notes: ‘Head of department Nick Ryden holds a Senior Statesman position due to his experience in all areas of commercial property work, particularly with sales and acquisitions of retail parks. Clients describe him as “a very experienced pair of hands.”‘


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified 1976; assistant solicitor 1976; partner 1978 to date; occasional lecturer Law Society of Scotland post-qualifying legal education and RICS


Member, governor and past chairman Anglo-American Real Property Institute; Investment Property Forum


Fettes College; Aberdeen University (1973 LLB)


Travel, hill walking, photography

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

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.