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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Nick Ryden

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Nick is a partner and has over 35 years' experience in all aspects of commercial property work in Scotland. Having worked for a wide range of developers, funders, investors and tenants, he has particular experience in the investment and the acquisition and disposal, development, letting and sale of retail parks. As well as being a governor and member of the Anglo American Real Property Institute, Nick is also a member of the Investment Property Forum. His impressive client base includes British Land plc, BAE Systems, Baillie Gifford, Gamesa, HSBC Bank plc, Alliance Trust plc, BlackRock, Cadena/Pradera/AEW, LondonMetric, Cinven Group Limited, GE Real Estate, Kilmartin Property Group, R F Capital, The William Pears Group of Companies, Festival City Theatres, Oceaneering International and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His reputation and profile has earned him a listing in the 2017 International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and Chambers 2015 recognise Nick as a senior statesman of the real estate sector. Chambers and partners 2015 notes: 'Head of department Nick Ryden holds a Senior Statesman position due to his experience in all areas of commercial property work, particularly with sales and acquisitions of retail parks. Clients describe him as "a very experienced pair of hands."'


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified 1976; assistant solicitor 1976; partner 1978 to date; occasional lecturer Law Society of Scotland post-qualifying legal education and RICS


Member, governor and past chairman Anglo-American Real Property Institute; Investment Property Forum


Fettes College; Aberdeen University (1973 LLB)


Travel, hill walking, photography

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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