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.
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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Finance > Banking and finance
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas)
- Real estate > Environment
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Human resources > Pensions
- Real estate > Planning
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Real estate > Construction
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Public sector > Education
- Public sector > Health
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property
- Finance > Investment funds
- Public sector > Local government
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Dispute resolution > Debt recovery
- Human resources > Employment
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing
- Real estate > Social housing
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland