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Shepherd and Wedderburn

1 EXCHANGE CRESCENT, CONFERENCE SQUARE, EDINBURGH, EH3 8UL, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 228 9900
Fax:
Fax 0131 228 1222
DX:
551970 EDINBURGH-53
Email:
Web:
www.shepwedd.com

Iain Drummond

Tel:
Work 0131 473 5767
Email:
Web:
www.shepwedd.com/
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Property and Infrastructure Disputes

Position

Iain is a partner and solicitor advocate. He is highly experienced in construction, engineering, PPP/PFI and negligence disputes. He appears regularly in the Commercial Court of the Court of Session and conducts arbitrations. He has a large adjudication practice across the UK, in particular concerning civil engineering, energy and infrastructure projects. Iain also has a substantial mediation practice, conducting mediations across the UK, and advises some of the leading adjudicators in Scotland. Iain has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in construction law since 2003 and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland's professional negligence, specialist accreditation panel.

Career

Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland 1995; Burness 1993-2002 (associate 2000); partner Shepherd and Wedderburn 2003 to date; accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in construction law 2003; associate Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb) 1998; qualified as solicitor advocate, 2004.

Languages

French.

Member

Law Society of Scotland Panel of Adjudicators 2003 to date; Adjudication Society; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Society of Solicitor Advocates.

Education

Morrisons Academy; University of Glasgow (1992 LLB Hons; 1993 Dip LP).

Leisure

Road cycling/racing; Mountain biking; hill-walking/trekking, swimming


Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Shepherd and Wedderburn's practice is characterised by its size, prominence in complex disputes and breadth of expertise across all forms of dispute resolution. Iain Drummond, a seasoned expert in construction/engineering and projects disputes, appears regularly at the Court of Session as a solicitor advocate, and also has an active adjudication and mediation practice. John MacKenzie and senior associate Kevin Clancy are also solicitor advocates. Alastair Frood leads the banking and finance litigation practice, and also undertakes matters involving professional negligence, insurance litigation and charity-related disputes (among other areas); Frood's experience includes multi-party mediations, expert determination and Sheriff Court/Court of Session proceedings. Also recommended for banking and finance litigation is team head Gillian Carty, who is also a particularly strong choice for insolvency litigation (she is a licensed insolvency practitioner and accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an accredited specialist in insolvency law). Illustrative of the firm's work, in 2017, MacKenzie represented Ernst & Young as the liquidator of three offshore companies in a professional negligence claim over a $300m suspected fraud. Barbara Bolton and others defended Mercer Limited against four separate pension scheme claims, while Patricia Hawthorn was the lead partner acting for Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind in judicial review proceedings brought by the RSPB. Elaine Brailsford and David Anderson are recommended.

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Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Shepherd and Wedderburn is active in the full range of professional negligence matters for defenders and pursuers, with particular expertise in professional indemnity matters pertaining to accountancy. John MacKenzie¬†represented Ernst & Young as the pursuer against KPMG, the auditor responsible for signing off the accounts of three offshore companies of which the client was the liquidator, in relation to a major suspected fraud in the Isle of Man ‚Äď a claim that was settled at mediation. The team is led by Alastair Frood, who is an experienced commercial litigator.¬†Iain Drummond¬†specialises in professional indemnity matters arising out of the construction and engineering sectors, and has extensive experience as a mediator. Barbara Bolton¬†is qualified in Scotland, England and New York, and handles a number of complex, cross-border professional negligence claims.

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Scotland: Real estate

Construction

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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