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Gareth Parry

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Gareth is a partner and construction and engineering specialist. He has substantial experience in in the energy sector, including carbon capture and storage; combined cycle gas turbines; onshore and offshore renewables, and combined heat and power. He has significant expertise in road and port projects and projects within the education sector and has substantial procurement experience advising major contractors, procuring authorities, developers, major sub-contractors and other professionals. Gareth is a regular speaker on construction law matters and a prolific author in the field of construction regulation. He co-wrote the Annotated Guide to the Construction Design and Management Regulations and is co-author of Scottish Engineering Contracts. Admitted in Scotland and England and Wales.


Trainee then Assistant Solicitor, Cameron Markby Hewitt 1990-1995; associate, MacRoberts 1995-1997; partner, McGrigors LLP 1997-2010; partner, DLA Piper International LLP 2010-2013; partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP 2014 to date. Publications of note:Annotated Guide to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, Sweet & Maxwell; Scottish Engineering Contracts, Thomas Telford.


Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of England and Wales.


Churchill School, Somerset; University of Liverpool (1988 BA Hons).


Sustainable energy, skiing, cycling and fishing.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Water

Shepherd and Wedderburn 'is without peer in its understanding of the water industry, its governance and competition framework', according to one client. Clients are especially impressed by Edinburgh's 'remarkably responsive and outstanding competition lawyer' Gordon Downie who is known as 'the thinking man or woman's lawyer', and Glasgow-based Liz McRobb who 'is supportive beyond any expectation, ploughs through the most detailed documents and produces succinct informative analyses'. Water Plus, a new commercial water retailer created by Severn Trent and United Utilities, appointed the team to draft and negotiate its ITaaS outsourcing arrangements with Crimson, and infrastructure partner Gareth Parry continues to advise a water company on the contractual changes to the operation of a waste water treatment facility. Other highlights include providing regulatory advice to clients such as the Water Industry Commission for Scotland with regards to the retail market framework. Technology and media expert Joanna Boag-Thomson and regulation and competition partner John Grady are also key names to note.

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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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