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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Stephen Humphreys

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Property and Infrastructure Disputes


Stephen is a partner in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on property litigation, construction and social housing and housing association law, with specific experience in issues relating to landlord and tenant. Stephen also contributes to and acts for clients in relation to recovery and insolvency and sports law, acting for some high-profile clubs and associations for a number of years. Clients he has been advising during the past year include the National House-Building Council, Shettleston Housing Association, Tollcross Housing Association and Kingdom Housing Association and Southside Housing Association.


Trained at Carruthers Gemmill 1983-1986; Aill & Robb, Stirling 1986-1989; Browning & Bowes, Glasgow 1989-2003, became partner in 1995; partner, Tods Murray 2003-2014; partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn 2014 to present.


Kelvinside Academy; Dundee University (LLB (Hons) 1978-1982; Diploma in Legal Practice 1982-1983).


Tennis, Skiing, Golf, Cycling, Reading.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a wide range of matters in the real estate sector, such as debts arising from leases, timeshare management charges and recoveries of service charges, among others. Practice head Elaine Brailsford is particularly knowledgeable about property-related debt claims. Other strengths include financial services and social housing sector matters; the latter is a particular growth area, with the firm assisting social landlords with the recovery of rent and factoring charges. In addition to Brailsford, clients count on the experience of Alistair Frood, Gillian Carty and Stephen Humphrey. In 2017, the firm won the tender to handle debt recovery work for City of Edinburgh Council.

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Scotland: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for local authority and housing association clients in a wide range of matters by drawing upon its strengths across a number of disciplines, including projects, construction, litigation and pensions. Its first-rate reputation in real estate sees it regularly advise RSLs on related social housing matters; Elaine Hunter recently assisted Southside Housing Association with a number of matters, including the acquisition of a development site at Paisley Road West in the south of Glasgow. On the contentious front, practice head Stephen Humphreys (who has more than 25 years of experience of the social housing sector) is representing Kingdom Housing Association in ongoing actions to recover heritable property. Neil Maclean advises social housing clients on employment law issues, while Rhona Harper is an expert on procurement.

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