James Dobie > Shepherd and Wedderburn > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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James is a partner and recognised expert in real estate advising national developers and retailers across the whole range of development work through site acquisition funding, letter and investment sales. Clients include Miller Developments, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, The University of Edinburgh, EE Limited, Cirrus, Mobile Broadband Network ,EDI Group, Sainsbury’s Bank and Iberica. James has twice been shortlisted in the ‘Solicitor of the Year’ category of the Scottish Legal Awards and has the held the accolade of Sainsbury’s UK Legal Advisor of the Year in recognition of his commitment, added value input and high standard of work. Chambers and Partners 2016 rates James as Band 1 and  comments:
The “excellent” James Dobie is well regarded by commentators. He works on a range of development matters for both retailers and developers. “He’s the perfect mix of commercial and pragmatic,” says one source, continuing: “He understands both our business and the individuals here, and the requirements of our business, which comes across in the documentation.”


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified 1990; assistant solicitor 1990-95; partner 1995 to date.


Law Society of Scotland; Society of Writers to the Signet; British Council of Offices; British Council of Shopping Centres; Scottish Property Federation Commercial Committee.


Bootham School; Edinburgh University (1987 LLB Hons; 1988 DipLP).


Football, tennis, reading, cooking, wine, East African culture.

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.