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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 4


Shoosmiths's corporate and commercial team, which is led by Alison Gilson, is known for its advice on mergers and acquisitions. It is also experienced in assisting with private equity investments, fundraising deals and wider corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):Alison Gilson

Other key lawyers:Jen Paton


'The corporate lawyers at Shoosmiths are experienced, collegiate in their thinking, friendly, proactive and practical in their counsel.'

'The team is responsive and commercial and keeps things simple and effective. The drafting is always clear and easy to understand.'

'At Shoosmiths there is a very level and professional approach to getting the transaction done, but with a finely judged sense of when to push and when to move on.'

'Alison Gilson is a very impressive , measured and practical lawyer. She doesn't panic under pressure and has a sharp mind.'

'Alison Gilson and Jen Paton (senior associate) both try to identify potential issues early on in any deal and explain them to the client and the adviser in straightforward terms to see if it is worth progressing or stopping straight away.'

Key Clients

Carewatch Care Services Limited

MV Commercial Limited

M-Squared Lasers Limited

LeapFrog Investments Group Limited

John Smith & Sons Group Limited

August Equity

Progress to Excellence Holdings Limited

Kortext Limited

Bob & Berts Group Limited

Sea-Cargo Aberdeen Limited

Barter & Trade International BTI

Twenty7tec Group Limited

Quorum Network Resources Limited

Webrecruit Holdings Limited

Entrotec Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for John Smith & Son Group Limited on the sale of the Hammicks business to Wildy’s & Sons Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of MV Trench Support Limited on the sale of the company to GAP Group Limited.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4


As well as its commercial litigation expertise, the team at Shoosmiths routinely acts in insolvency and banking-related litigation. The 'outstanding' Stuart Clubb heads the team.

Practice head(s):Stuart Clubb

Other key lawyers:Andrew Foyle

Key Clients

Boots UK

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)


British Gas

Calor Gas

Grafton Merchanting GB

Screwfix Direct

Volkswagen Financial Services


Work highlights

  • Representing a bank in a Court of Session commercial action for the payment of sums due under an invoice finance agreement.
  • Acting for the insurers of a car manufacturer in the defence of a Court of Session action in which the pursuer is seeking damages arising from an alleged failure of the electronic parking brake.
  • Acting for a client in a high-value and multi-party contractual dispute in the Technology and Construction Court concerning made-to-order bolts that failed during use.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1


Providing full-service debt recovery support, Shoosmiths frequently works in close co-operation with its litigation team to assist clients with financial services, commercial business to business and insolvency sector recoveries. The 'excellent' Rod Macphail heads up the 'strong and very experienced' team.

Practice head(s):Rod Macphail

Other key lawyers:Andrew Foyle; Stuart Clubb


'Unique offering in the Scottish market place.'

'They know their stuff.'

'Andrew Foyle is very client-focused, hugely experienced and user-friendly.'

'Competent, thorough and innovative.'

'They are very proactive in providing alternative solutions.'

'The team takes a robust but practical approach to all claims.'

'All in all a complete and very satisfactory service.'

'High success rates.'

'Deals with requests quickly and efficiently.'

Key Clients

Aldermore Bank

Alex M Adamson

Arrow Global

Bibby Financial Services

Breedon Aggregates

Cabot Credit Management

Close Asset Finance

DM Hall

First Response Finance

Hays Specialist Recruitment


Scottish & Southern Energy

Leading individuals

Rod Macphail - Shoosmiths

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4


The team at Shoosmiths acts for a number of UK clearing banks and also counts challenger banks, peer-to-peer and other alternative lenders and corporate borrowers as key clients. Recent highlights include complex structured real estate finance work across a wide range of sectors, leveraged and acquisition finance mandates, and cross-border opinion and security work. Legal director Stuart Murray leads the group, which includes associate Sheelagh Cooley, who heads up the real estate finance group; and senior associate Liana Di Ciacca, who recently joined from CMS.

Practice head(s):Stuart Murray; Sheelagh Cooley

Other key lawyers:Liana Di Ciacca


'The banking experts at Shoosmiths are straightforward to work with and provide a practical, efficient, and pragmatic service.'

'The team is always up to date with every issue, which makes clients feel very appreciated.'

'The team at Shoosmiths is always available to assist and advise whenever needed with a partner-led commercial mind.'

'Senior associate Sheelagh Cooley and Liana Di Ciacca always provide advice from a commercial viewpoint, which is a key quality on most corporate transactions. They are both very personable and professional individuals who are always a pleasure to deal with.'

'Liana Di Ciacca is exceptionally efficient and provides clear, practical, strategic advice that is simple to understand.'

Key Clients

Origin Homes Manchester 1 Limited (part of the Select Property Group (Holdings) Limited group)

Origin Homes Manchester 2 Limited (part of the Select Property Group (Holdings) Limited group)

Santander UK plc

Santander Consumer UK plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Svenska Handelsbanken publ


Amicus Finance plc

Assetz Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sancus on its funding of one of the largest mixed-use developments in central Scotland.
  • Advised Select’s new brand Origin Homes on two separate facilities from challenger bank OakNorth Bank to fund its flagship purchase and development in Manchester.
  • Advised Svenska Handelsbanken, a leading Swedish bank, on its multi-million loan to Thistle Property Group to acquire two office buildings, Forth House and Playfair House in Edinburgh.
  • Acted for Assetz Capital on a complex refinancing of assets owned by an individual and his pension fund involving complex title and access issues.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4


Shoosmiths' insolvency sector recoveries unit, led by Rod Macphail, specialises in pre- and post-litigation collections, portfolio management and strategic advice, and book debt recoveries for insolvency practitioners. The group also regularly assists lenders, businesses and individuals with the appointment of administrators, liquidators and trustees in sequestration. Stuart Clubb heads up the general insolvency group and has notable expertise in insolvency litigation, and Andrew Foyle is also a solicitor advocate.

Practice head(s):Stuart Clubb

Other key lawyers:Rod Mcphail; Andrew Foyle

Key Clients


Grant Thornton

Campbell Dallas

Middlebrooks Business Recovery & Advice


Johnston Carmichael

French Duncan

MLM Solutions

Condies Business Recovery & Insolvency Ltd

Leonard Curtis

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3


Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3


Retail property work remains a key cornerstone of Shoosmiths' practice; it is particularly noted for its niche expertise in the shopping centre and retail park space and has expanded its work for retail landlords. The team also works closely with the firm's Birmingham and Manchester offices to handle cross-border mandates. Stephen Dougherty leads the group, which also includes retail expert Robin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):Stephen Dougherty

Other key lawyers:Robin Mitchell


'Shoosmiths distinguishes itself through a high level of competency and experience in a number of interrelated fields. The property lawyers work well with other professionals in the best interest of the client and all partners and associates are easily accessible.'

'The team understands the need for pragmatic advice to get the deal done.'

'Shoosmiths not only provides the legal advice clients require but will go the extra mile to find the best solution.'

Key Clients

Leftfield Properties



Estee Lauder





Euro Garages


Deltic Group

One Stop Stores (Tesco)


Krispy Kreme


Russell & Bromley

DPSK (Dominos Pizza)

Clinton Cards


Revolution Bars

BBs Coffee & Muffins

Bob & Berts

Work highlights

  • Acted for Leftfield Properties Retail II on its acquisition of Caledonian Retail Park, Wishaw.
  • Assisting Euro Garages with its expansion across the UK including the acquisition of development sites and existing businesses in Scotland.
  • Acting for MKM Building Supplies on its development roll out across Scotland.
  • Advised Cine UK on a variation to its existing lease at Queens Links, Aberdeen relating to the construction of an IMAX cinema.
  • Acting as sole supplier of Scottish property legal advice to Boots, including handling issues relating to its portfolio of stores and distribution warehouses.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3


Led by Janette Speed, the 'proactive and commercially very savvy' team at Shoosmiths is best known for advising RSLs and government-backed property funds on residential and commercial development work including associated site acquisitions and sales across Scotland.

Practice head(s):Janette Speed


'Good at anticipating hurdles and allowing time for key legal issues to be addressed.'

'Janette Speed is able to provide detailed documentation at very short notice when required.'

Key Clients

Port of Leith Housing Association

Kingdom Housing Association

Persevere Developments

Manor Estates Housing Association

PfP Capital Fund

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association

Bellway Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised government-backed fund on the property aspects of its remit to secure at least 20 sites across Scotland for the provision of mid-market rent units.
  • Advised the RSL client on the acquisition of a residential development site at West Bowling Green Street Leith from Housebuilder Teague.
  • Assistance with the conclusion of missives for the sale of affordable housing by Bellway at Gartcosh to North Lanarkshire Council, in a turnkey deal in implementation of the developer’s obligations under the Section 75 Agreement.
  • The team was instructed post-acquisition to review the Deed of Conditions applying to the site at Plot S Granton, which arose due to a service charge dispute over the interpretation of badly drafted Deed of Conditions and the implications of the 2012 Act on the registration and preservation and effectiveness of a number of servitudes for services.
  • Regular assistance with mid-market lease structures between Port of Leith Housing Association and its subsidiary Persevere Developments to facilitate and manage the mid-market rent portfolio comprising properties at Brunswick Road, Abbey Lane and Baileyfield, Edinburgh.

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