Gillian Carty > Shepherd and Wedderburn > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Commercial, Finance and Insolvency Disputes


Gillian is a partner in our Dispute Resolution practice and advises on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters with a particular focus on insolvency litigation, banking and finance litigation and debt recovery. She acts for a number of banks, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners and advises on a range of litigation matters including breach of fiduciary duty claims against directors; challenges by insolvency practitioners to pre-insolvency transactions; security and guarantee enforcement for secured and unsecured creditors as well as a variety of banking litigation and tax appeals. Gillian is a licensed insolvency practitioner and is accredited as a specialist in insolvency law by the Law Society of Scotland. She has worked on a number of high-profile insolvency assignments including advising the administrators of Heritable Bank (the Scottish subsidiary of the Icelandic bank, Landsbanki) and advising on the administration of legal practices. She is the lead client partner for the Insolvency Service advising on public interest litigation and directors’ misconduct and disqualification proceedings.


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified 1995; assistant solicitor 1995-99; associate solicitor 1999-2001; partner 2001 to date. Publications of note: co-author of ‘Game v Springfield: Comparing the Treatment of Rent as an Administration Expense in Scotland and England’ published in International Corporate Rescue (2014).


Law Society of Scotland; licensed insolvency practitioner; accredited by Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in insolvency law. Director LawWorks Scotland.


Hutchesons Grammar School, Glasgow; University of Edinburgh (1993 LLB Hons Dip LP).

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

(Leading individuals)

Gillian CartyShepherd 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 CartyFiona McKerrell, who focuses on complex financial restructurings and advising directors of distressed companies; and senior associate Allana Sweeney, who handles distressed M&A work.

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

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.