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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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551970 EDINBURGH-53

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a leading UK law firm, with an uncompromising commitment to client service. With offices in the City of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, the firm delivers comprehensive multi-jurisdictional legal advice across every business sector as well as offering the full range of private client and wealth management services.

The firm: Focusing on clients and finding the very best solution for each of them is paramount to the firm's multi-disciplinary teams of specialist lawyers. These teams look at the issues involved from every angle to find the best commercial solution. Regardless of whether the project is complex or routine, UK-based or international, clients can be confident with the impartiality, authority and commercial soundness of Shepherd and Wedderburn's advice, and they have come to expect only practical and innovative solutions from the firm.

As a founding member of the World Services Group, Shepherd and Wedderburn is able to respond to clients' needs swiftly and effectively anywhere in the world. Currently the firm serves clients in 92 jurisdictions.

People: Shepherd and Wedderburn recognises that its people are an integral part of its success and the firm is committed to providing excellent career and personal development opportunities, acknowledging that a highly skilled team will have a better understanding of its clients' business and be better equipped to meet their needs.

Clients: regarded by many as the go-to firm for specialist advice in the energy and natural resources, real estate and banking and finance sectors, Shepherd and Wedderburn also has an impressive track record in advising clients from across other industries and sectors. FTSE and AIM companies, large SMEs and public service organisations are counted among its clients.

Types of work undertaken: Particular expertise and focus is in providing pragmatic, commercial advice in the energy and natural resources, financial, and real estate and infrastructure sectors. Shepherd and Wedderburn's sector approach brings together specialist lawyers from across the firm with the knowledge and experience to tackle sector-specific commercial issues.

Energy and natural resources: the energy and natural resources team is at the forefront of this sector. It has an enviable reputation for successfully advising leading organisations on a wide variety of complex and innovative transactions. The team has experience in the energy and natural resources sector and a proven track record of advising clients on matters relating to conventional power, renewables, oil and gas (upstream and downstream), water, waste and mining. The firm regularly works with leading industry players, regulators, trade bodies, local authorities, developers and funders in all aspects of energy and natural resources projects, identifying industry risks and issues, analysing the implications for clients and turning those insights into real added value.

Shepherd and Wedderburn's expertise extends well beyond the UK, encompassing oil exploration and production in Africa and India, as well as advice to electricity and gas companies in Ireland.

Real estate and infrastructure: with a long history of acting for real estate, construction and infrastructure companies, the firm has one of the industry's most impressive client lists. Long recognised as market leaders in Scotland, this department, combined with the firm's London office and Scottish-based English property unit, delivers a high-quality, competitive UK-wide service. Shepherd and Wedderburn understands the distinct issues the sector faces and creates legal solutions that meet them. This skill is borne out by the prestigious clients the firm works with as it delivers an integrated service from project inception to completion and beyond. Lawyers in property; procurement; planning/environment; construction; corporate; finance; tax; health and safety; and disputes, work together to ensure clients realise their investment, development, contractual and occupational needs. Working with private, public and institutional organisations, clients value the speed at which Shepherd and Wedderburn pulls together integrated, multidisciplinary teams that use their in-depth industry knowledge to get to the heart of their needs.

Financial: with major offices in both London and Edinburgh, Shepherd and Wedderburn is at the heart of the UK's two main financial centres. Clients include a large number of major corporates and blue-chip financial institutions in both cities as well as UK-wide and internationally.

With a focus on commercial banks, investment banks, asset managers and insurers, the team's expertise allows them to get to grips with the most complex legal issues in finance and banking. The firm's daily workload incorporates a range of differing specialisms in the financial sector, including corporate, banking, funds, ethical finance, real estate, employment, competition, regulation, pensions and dispute resolution.

The firm has the largest banking team in Scotland, boasting the leading securitisation specialists. It has an excellent reputation in banking and finance, equity capital markets and listed funds.

Charities: the charities team works across disciplines, addressing all legal issues in the context of the prevailing regulatory regime, drawing on the expertise of charity specialists in each of the areas of legal practice which are relevant to charities, for example tax, employment, litigation and property.

Commercial dispute resolution: the firm has a leading commercial dispute resolution practice working across the UK, led by six partners. They excel in pursuing and defending high-value claims, as well as in adjudication, arbitration, mediation and expert determination.

Compliance and corporate governance: provides expert advice and guidance on compliance with global regulatory demands such as the UK Bribery Act, UK Proceeds of Crime Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as advising clients on planning for emerging regulation.

Corporate: the corporate team works with leading domestic and international companies, investment banks, fund managers and private equity houses on major transactions throughout the UK and beyond. FTSE and AIM companies, large SMEs, and public service organisations are counted among its clients.

Corporate restructuring and insolvency: one of the largest and most established corporate, restructuring and insolvency teams in Scotland, acting for a range of banks, insolvency practitioners and businesses on all issues arising in the restructuring and insolvency sector. The firm is the preferred provider for a number of its bank and insolvency practitioner clients, which include major banks and accountancy firms.

Corporate tax: the corporate tax team are well used to highlighting potential issues before they become problematic and working alongside other specialists at the firm to provide a rounded, joined-up service to clients. With experience covering a broad range of company sizes and sectors, from specialist consultancies and niche players through to major multinationals, the team can advise on the full range of direct and indirect taxes.

EU and competition: works across the full range of competition law and regulatory regimes and has a particular track record in: mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and public offers; cartels; monopoly infringements; leniency applications; and in public procurement and state aid. The firm also offers full support for compliance and training programmes.

Economic regulation: clients use Shepherd and Wedderburn to help design and create effective regulatory systems and for advice on how they should be applied in specific cases. As a market leader in economic regulation, the team has been closely involved in most of the major energy and water industry reforms since privatisation. Clients value the firm's ability to cut through complicated systems of economic regulation and see the bigger picture, both from public policy and commercial perspectives.

Employee share incentives: as experts in matters relating to employee share incentives, the team focuses on the development, design and administration of share incentive plans, including work arising out of corporate transactions.

IP: the intellectual property team has the expertise to guide clients appropriately from initial trade mark registration through to responding to any eventual infringement or breach, whether online or offline.

Pensions: the pensions team has built up a bank of experience over many years through close involvement in all types of occupational pension arrangements. The team is able to consider issues from the perspective of employers, trustees and other advisers, resulting in a well-rounded practice which can support its clients in the way that suits their needs best.

Private client: the private client practice offers a range of key services, including tax planning, succession planning, international advice, probate services and effective philanthropy.

Rural: the firm deals with all aspects of rural law covering estates, forestry, farming, sporting and crofting and renewable energy. As a result, work covers a diverse range of private individuals and businesses with interests in the rural sector. Additionally the rural team works with clients involved in leisure activities, mining, energy and marine including fish farming.

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  • Number of UK partners: 84
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 318

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