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Colin Archibald

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Property and Infrastructure Disputes


Colin is a partner in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on real estate litigation and contentious construction work. He is an experienced advocate, presenting cases on behalf of clients across a range of dispute resolution forums, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, expert determination and mediation. Colin has applied his strong technical and project management skills in handling an extensive range of significant, complex and high-value property disputes including property contract disputes, overage payment claims, professional negligence, dilapidations claims, title issues, and a variety of other landlord and tenant disputes for a broad client base, with a particular focus on landlord and developer clients, and housebuilders including Miller Homes and Taylor Wimpey.


1997 – 2001 Anderson Strathern (qualified in 1999); 2001 to date Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP; partner since 2012


University of Aberdeen (1992 – 1996 LLB (Hons); 1997 Dip.LP)


Sports, in particular cricket, rugby, tennis and football. Also a very keen runner.

Scotland: Real estate


Within: Construction

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides 'tailored and pragmatic advice at the first time of asking' on construction law issues to public and private sector clients, and its team demonstrates 'a strong understanding of business requirements and the pressures clients face'. Reflective of the breadth of the practice, the group is equally active in assisting employers and contractors with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Led by Euan McLeod, it has made a name for itself in high-value and complex construction projects across the UK, with its work spanning areas such as renewable energy, social housing and real estate. McLeod, senior associate Lauren Thomson and others are acting for Wheatley Housing Group in the procurement and construction aspects of the £250m Transformational Regeneration Area project at Sighthill in Glasgow, which involves the construction of 650 new homes. In another significant mandate, McLeod and senior associate Kirsteen Milne are part of the team which is acting as the lead construction adviser to the UK government on an innovative new Framework Agreement and underlying contracts for the provision of £500m to £1bn over 10 years in order to deliver critical pieces of UK infrastructure. Gareth Parry advised a UK/Republic of Ireland joint venture company on the construction of a waster water treatment works project in Essex. The firm's recent contentious work included Iain Drummond and solicitor Nathaniel Buckingham representing Amey, as FM contractor for 21 primary and secondary schools in the Edinburgh Schools PPP project, in an independent inquiry and two adjudication proceedings over the collapse of a school wall. David Anderson and Colin Archibald also undertake contentious construction work.

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Property litigation

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Colin Archibald - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Within: Property litigation

Shepherd and Wedderburn's Colin Archibald and Elaine Brailsford jointly have more than 50 years of experience handling the full spectrum of complex property disputes, a number of which have been among the most significant in Scotland. Archibald and Brailsford work alongside other notable individuals in the group, such as associates Daniel Bain and Stephanie Hepburn  A recent highlight involved Archibald and Bain acting for Tarmac in two interrelated litigations arising from a leasing dispute between the client and the executor of its former landlord of quarry subjects in the Scottish Borders. In another matter, Archibald, Bain and associate Fraser Mitchell are advising Taylor Wimpey Developments Limited on a dispute with West Lothian Council over an alleged statutory nuisance near a development site at Winchburgh in West Lothian. Elsewhere, market conditions have led to other growth areas of work, such as 'keep open' disputes between commercial landlords and tenants, and also dilapidations cases. In addition, telecoms sector property work is an emerging area of the practice, particularly in cases involving issues under the Electronic Communications Code. 

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