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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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James Dobie

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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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.

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Shepherd and Wedderburn's position at the premium end of the market sees it act for some of the largest and most active housebuilders, funds, banks, investors and retailers. In the retail sector, it advises British Land Plc on the asset management of Fort Kinnaird retail park in Edinburgh and Glasgow Fort, which are owned by Gibraltar Limited Partners and Hercules Unit Trust respectively.  Another area of strength is in the hotels and leisure sector; Jamie Grant and Hugh Smith head up the firm's offering in this space. Recent highlights in this area included advising BDL Select Operations Limited on the £5.4m sale of the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Dundee, and acting for BlackRock in the Scottish aspects of its £23m acquisition of the Stonegate pub portfolio. The firm's development work spans mixed-use and residential developments, retail sector schemes and offices, among others. Scott Ritchie recently acted for large-scale residential investor Get Living in its acquisition of a 7.5 acre site in Glasgow's Merchant City; this is one of the largest Build to Rent schemes in Scotland to date. Elaine Todd and others are advising Hermes Investment Management on the largest current speculative office development in Edinburgh, to be known as Capital Square. Mitchell co-heads the practice with Nick Ryden. James Dobie, Andrew Hall and Caroline Shand are among many other notable individuals.

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