Firm Profile > Shepherd and Wedderburn > London, England

Shepherd and Wedderburn
CONDOR HOUSE
10 ST PAUL'S CHURCHYARD
LONDON
EC4M 8AL
England

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn predominantly advises UK-based companies from a range of industries on corporate M&A transactions, with a growing presence in the overseas investor market. Key sector expertise lies in real estate, technology, natural resources and life sciences, the last of which Walter Blake, head of corporate, has notable experience in. The firm is adept at handling work for both established blue chip clients and fast growth companies, which is reflected in its client list. The 'invaluable' Carl Powlson has a broad spectrum of experience advising clients on cross-border corporate finance matters, with a notably strong track record in energy projects, in both the UK and abroad.

Testimonials

Extremely user friendly, quickly identifying the key commercial factors within any part of a transaction

I have not come across a team that balances high quality advice, client focus and efficient management so well. Every time I put work their way I know it is in great hands

Carl Powlson has been an exceptional partner to work with – I greatly value not only the quality of his legal advice, but his solution focus that means we can get to the business outcomes we want.  I also get a clear sense that his associates enjoy working with him, which adds to the quality of support we get

Key clients

Sheffield United

BigBlu Broadband

PCI-PAL

ICG-Longbow

Reach

SOCO International

Andritz AG

Collagen Solutions

European Assets Trust

Cairn Energy

DySis Medical

Cluff Natural Resources

Peninsula Energy

EMR Capital

Ellandi

Goals Soccer Centres

Scarborough Group International

Miller Group

Nucleus IFA Company

Canaccord Genuity

Stockdale Securities

Trustees of Boston University

Waters Group

Scoop Asset Management

Water Tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn has four partner teams that advise across water, energy, telecoms and payment systems markets in the UK and Ireland, as well as internationally, and the water team was recently appointed by Ofwat as sole legal adviser on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. In parallel with the firm's strong regulatory capabilities, Gordon Downie's Scotland-based team is also strong on the construction and engineering front, as well as the litigation side where it recently worked on the nine defective sludge treatment tanks at Daldowie.

Testimonials

‘Gordon Downie and Liz McRobb are outstanding. They are very responsive and work collaboratively with their clients’ teams to facilitate the desired outcome. They are comfortable engaging at an early stage and, as such, the implementation process is almost always easier than it could be.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience which is second to none in Scotland.’

‘David Anderson is extremely good with clients and is able to identify with clarity and concissions the potential upsides and downsides of the various steps and tactical moves that arise in the context of litigation.

‘Antonia Pacitti is thoroughly organised and is a great asset to have when the pressure is on.’

Key clients

Ofwat

West Dunbartonshire Council

Green Highland Renewables (Hydro Power Projects)

Northumbrian Water Group

A FTSE 250 PLC Water company

Water Industry Commission for Scotland

Water Plus (Severn Trent and United Utilities JV)

Wessex Water

2020 Renewables (Glenmuckloch Pumped Storage Hydro Scheme)

Glenmuckloch Pumped Storage Hydro Limited (JV of Forsa Energy and Buccleuch Estates)

Ayr Environmental Services

South West Water

SMW Limited

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘excellent advice’ and ‘supportive and thorough’ approach earns it strong recommendations from clients. Stephen Hubner heads the team, which has been bolstered over the past year through the promotions of Elaine Hunter and Lauren McLeod to partner. The practice's recent caseload has included leasing and acquisition work for corporate occupier clients, high-value disposals and acquisitions for investors as well as residential and commercial developments.

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice, supportive, and thorough. Joined up with other departments for holistic advice’.

‘When undertaking a leveraged corporate property transaction the different disciplines with in the partnership worked together very well and appeared completely joined up.’

‘Supportive and proactive. All the partners are good at summarising technical points in layman’s terminology.’

Key clients

Ørsted – formerly Dong Energy Wind Power A/S

Ellandi

Ocado

iomart Group

Instant Managed Offices

Safestay plc

Clydesdale Bank

Cordatus

EPIC

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘excellent advice’ and ‘supportive and thorough’ approach earns it strong recommendations from clients. Stephen Hubner heads the team, which has been bolstered over the past year through the promotions of Elaine Hunter and Lauren McLeod to partner. The practice's recent caseload has included leasing and acquisition work for corporate occupier clients, high-value disposals and acquisitions for investors as well as residential and commercial developments.

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice, supportive, and thorough. Joined up with other departments for holistic advice’.

‘When undertaking a leveraged corporate property transaction the different disciplines with in the partnership worked together very well and appeared completely joined up.’

‘Supportive and proactive. All the partners are good at summarising technical points in layman’s terminology.’

Key clients

Accrue

OLIM Property

Scarborough Group International

Mactaggart and Mickel

Ellandi

Fairbriar Real Estate

TJAC

Safestay plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

Cordatus

BDL Select Hotels Ltd

Instant Managed Offices

Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror plc)

Soor Capital

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn's ECM group is headquartered in the firm's London office, but also draws on the expertise of lawyers from the firm's various offices throughout Scotland. The team is instructed by corporate issuers and broker/dealers, and boasts a spread of sector experience in areas such as natural resources, technology and healthcare. It has also been increasingly active in the fintech space. Practice head Walter Blake is rated for his 'common sense and practical approach', and Tom Swan was promoted to partner in 2018.

Testimonials

If an individual is not available then another with appropriate knowledge and experience has always been found.

Seamless teamwork; a go-to team for small and large transactions.

‘Walter Blake has exceptional breadth of experience, a common sense practical approach and is easy to work with.’

Key clients

Aminex plc

Numis Securities Limited

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Iomart plc

PCI-PAL plc

Collagen Solutions plc

Bigblu Broadband plc

Tungsten Corporation plc

Nucleus Financial Group plc

IndigVision Group plc

European Assets Trust NV

Canadian General Investments Limited

Cairn Energy plc

Goals Soccer Centres plc

IT and telecoms Tier 4

The telecoms, technology and media team at Shepherd and Wedderburn, which is split across the firm's London, Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, leverages its 'practical experience of working in the telecoms sector on multinational deals' to deliver 'actionable, risk-weighted advice'. The team is jointly led by London-based regulatory and antitrust specialist Gordon Moir, who has 'practical experience in a wide range of jurisdictions'; IP partners Paul Carlyle, who splits his time between London and Edinburgh, and Glasgow-based Joanna Boag-Thomson; and Edinburgh-based commercial litigator John MacKenzie.

Testimonials

The team understands the commercial practicalities of its advice, as well as the real world situation telecoms companies face.

Gordon Moir is very contactable, and always willing to discuss an issue, bringing his mix of real-life commercial experience, legal expertise, and up to date understanding of what the industry is doing.

Associate Annmaree McDonough provides clients with an understanding of the risks and mitigations of any potential action.

Key clients

BT plc (including BT Openreach and BT Global Services )

European Competitive Telecoms Association (ECTA)

Expereo

Vodafone

AT&T

Scottish Power

Oil and gas Tier 4

The oil and gas team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is led from Edinburgh by Stephen Trombala and best known for its work for British independent exploration and production companies in worldwide M&A and capital markets transactions. The firm's client roster also includes investment banks and sponsors seeking advice with regards to upstream oil and gas matters. Tom Swan advises on regulatory, licensing and procurement issues, among others.

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

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘excellent advice’ and ‘supportive and thorough’ approach earns it strong recommendations from clients. Stephen Hubner heads the team, which has been bolstered over the past year through the promotions of Elaine Hunter and Lauren McLeod to partner. The practice's recent caseload has included leasing and acquisition work for corporate occupier clients, high-value disposals and acquisitions for investors as well as residential and commercial developments.

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice, supportive, and thorough. Joined up with other departments for holistic advice’.

‘When undertaking a leveraged corporate property transaction the different disciplines with in the partnership worked together very well and appeared completely joined up.’

‘Supportive and proactive. All the partners are good at summarising technical points in layman’s terminology.’

Key clients

Accrue

Scarborough Group International

Ørsted – formerly Dong Energy Wind Power A/S

Scottish Power

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes England Ltd

Ellandi

Fairbriar Real Estate

INEOS

TJAC

IGas

Ocado

BayWa

Safestay plc

Instant Managed Offices

Cordatus

Soor Capital

Bayliss Property Management Ltd

Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror plc)

Property finance Tier 6

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a strong lender-side client base and is also expanding its practice on the borrower side; clients include banks (including specialist and international banks), real estate investors and developers. The team handles investment and development finance, and refinancing, and is active in transactions involving a range of asset classes, including office and mixed-use developments. Jonathan Rickard leads the practice.

Key clients

Scarborough Group

Azure Hotels

Santander UK plc

ICG-Longbow

TJAC Group

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Accrue Capital

Bayerische Landesbank

National Australia Bank Group

Lloyds Banking Group

OLIM

Angelsea Properties

Ellandi

Gatehouse Bank (as an investor rather than lender)

Soor Capital

The Evans Property Group

Commercial litigation Tier 8

Shepherd and Wedderburn is experienced in disputes involving retail, hotels and leisure, health and safety, food and drink, sport, energy, utilities, financial services, and real estate. Philip Sewell, Claire Stockford and recently promoted partner Ben Pilbrow are the principal advisers.

Key clients

Air Technology Systems

Busaba Eat Thai

Clydesdale Bank

EMFC Loan Syndications

Epic Games

HSBC Bank

HSS Hire

Macdonald Resorts

NHBC

Nicholas Faulks

Sainsbury’s

Scandinavian Airline System

Sheffield United

Standford Properties

Surefoot Solutions

Wells Fargo Bank

Zeus Software

Shepherd and Wedderburn is the largest Scottish-headquartered UK law firm, offering a comprehensive range of specialist legal services driven by the needs of its high-profile and varied client base. With offices in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dublin and Singapore, the firm is recognised by its clients for its commercial acumen, innovative approach and ability to handle complex, pioneering projects. Shepherd and Wedderburn delivers expert legal advice to commercial, public sector and private clients, with UK and global interests, across a diverse range of sectors.

With a history dating back 250 years, Shepherd and Wedderburn has earned a reputation for excellence, founded on long-term relationships of trust with its clients, its in-depth knowledge of the sectors in which its clients operate and its forward-thinking approach to supporting organisations and individuals on landmark projects. Thanks to its unremitting client focus, Shepherd and Wedderburn supports many innovative and ambitious businesses in Scotland, the UK and internationally. As a founding member of the World Services Group, an international professional services network comprising 19,000 professionals in more than 115 countries, the firm works closely with trusted independent law firms across the globe to ensure that every client receives the very highest quality specialist legal services in each jurisdiction.

Types of work undertaken:

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s sectoral approach harnesses the skills of specialists from across the firm — many of whom are independently recognised as leaders in their fields — to advise on the full spectrum of legal and commercial matters. The firm is recognised for its market-leading expertise in a wide variety of specialisms, including clean energy, technology, corporate M&A, banking and finance, real estate, dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure, food and drink, financial services, private client and rural business.

To find out more about Shepherd and Wedderburn and the services it offers, visit https://shepwedd.com. If you wish to speak to someone with regard to a specific area of law, please contact the relevant named person.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Andrew Blain
Banking and finance Fiona Buchanan
Capital markets (AIM) Walter Blake
Charities and not-for-profit Malcolm Rust
Commercial dispute resolution John MacKenzie
Competition, regulation and public law Gordon Downie
Construction Euan McLeod
Corporate finance George Frier
Corporate tax Stephen Miller
Debt recovery Gillian Carty
Economic regulation Gordon Downie
Employee share schemes Rodger Cairns
Employment Neil Maclean
Energy and natural resources Clare Foster
Funds and financial services Hamish Patrick
Government and public sector Stephen Colliston
Immigration Jacqueline Moore
Investment funds Paul Hally
IP Paul Carlyle
IT Paul Carlyle
Leisure, hospitality and licensing Jamie Grant
Pensions Andrew Holehouse
Personal injury Alastair Frood
PFI/PPP Stephen Colliston
Pharma and life sciences Joanna Boag-Thomson
Planning and environment Colin Innes
Private client Malcolm Rust
Professional negligence Gordon Downie
Public law Gordon Downie
Real estate and infrastructure David Mitchell
Restructuring and insolvency Yvonne Brady
Rural Hamish Lean
Technology, media and telecoms Paul Carlyle
Photo Name Position Profile
 Walter Blake  photo Walter Blake
 Elaine Colville  photo Elaine Colville
 Guy Harvey  photo Guy Harvey
 Stephen Hubner  photo Stephen Hubner
 Philip Knowles  photo Philip Knowles
 Gordon Moir  photo Gordon Moir
 Carl Powlson  photo Carl Powlson
 Jonathan Rickard  photo Jonathan Rickard
Number of UK partners : 78
Number of other UK fee-earners : 211