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Euan McLeod

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Euan heads up our transactional construction team. He has a Masters degree in Construction Law and specialises in providing procurement advice at the outset of projects; drafting and negotiating construction and engineering contracts from both the employer’s (both public and private sector) and contractor’s points of view; and then providing strategic advice during the project. Euan also assists clients in the resolution of contractual disputes and has extensive experience of advising on high value and complex projects throughout the UK and in Europe. He also advises clients on their template contracts and framework agreements. In Chambers and Partners 2015 sources say he is ‘self-motivated, self-starting, efficient, and a hard-line negotiator who understands our position.’


Trained Steedman Ramage; admitted as a solicitor in Scotland 1998; assistant Steedman Ramage 1998, associate 2000; assistant Shepherd and Wedderburn 2001, associate 2003, partner 2006.


University of Edinburgh (1995 LLB Hons; 1996 Dip LP); University of Strathclyde (2002 LLM Construction Law).


Hill walking, gym, golf, travelling.

Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Projects

Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a range of projects for public sector bodies, private sector bidders and funders. Projects involving district heating schemes are a notable growth area of the practice; Gareth Parry and practice head Rhona Harper are acting for West Dunbartonshire Council on the procurement of a water source heat pump district heating system at Queen’s Quay regeneration site in Glasgow. In another standout matter, Harper and Euan McLeod led a cross-practice team assisting City of Edinburgh Council with all legal aspects of the St James’ Quarter Growth Accelerator Model project; the team provided support on multiple issues, including state aid, construction, corporate and procurement. Stephen Colliston led the advice to Nord/LB on the £75m funding of the new East Lothian Community Hospital project. The team is also increasing its exposure to secondary market transactions and disputes associated with projects. Other key figures include Nigel Sievwright, who particularly specialises in health and education projects and handles operational issues such as latent defects. In 2016, John Gallacher joined from HBJ Gateley and Jamie Grant joined from MacRoberts LLP. Senior associate Euan Murray and associate Sarah Channin are also recommended.

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Scotland: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

The ‘highly responsive’ team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘willing to go the extra mile for clients’ and ‘is particularly strong at project development and procurement work’, as demonstrated by its advice to the City of Edinburgh Council on the St James’ Quarter Growth Accelerator Model (GAM) project. This role included assisting with the documentation for council funding provision alongside planning and property matters. In other work, the team provided procurement support to the council pertaining to a housing project development at North Sighthill, Edinburgh. ‘Experienced and determined’ practice head Rhona Harper (who ‘demonstrates inherent understanding of the aims and needs of her public sector clients’) advised South Ayrshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council – participants of hub South West Scotland – on the procurement of a number of new schools through the hub initiative. This includes the procurement of Dumfries Learning Town for Dumfries and Galloway Council and the procurement of Greenfaulds High School for North Lanarkshire Council. Other key figures include planning specialist Ewan MacLeod and construction law expert Euan McLeod.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Construction

According to clients, Shepherd and Wedderburn ‘stands out from the crowd’ in the construction arena, thanks to its track record in high-value and strategically important Scottish and UK projects involving sectors such as housing, defence, offices and retail. It also handles public sector projects delivered through the Scottish Futures Trust’s hub programme. Euan McLeod, who has 20 years of construction experience, is acting alongside Lauren Thomson for BAE Systems on the £250m redevelopment of the Govan and Scotstoun shipyards. In another matter, MacLeod is leading a team acting for Wheatley Housing Group on the procurement and construction aspects of a large-scale residential regeneration project at Sighthill. The firm’s other clients include British Land, Lend Lease and the Ministry of Defence. Gareth Parry is experienced in energy and infrastructure projects, as well as matters involving the education and healthcare sectors. Solicitor advocate Iain Drummond has an outstanding reputation in construction, engineering and PFI disputes, as well as professional negligence cases. David Anderson, Colin Archibald and senior associate Kirsteen Milne are recommended.

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