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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

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

BTO Solicitors LLP

Dentons¬†established a presence in Scotland following a merger with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. In addition to being embedded in the Scottish and wider UK market, the combined entity has a notable international reach as well. A significant proportion of the firm‚Äôs work has a cross-border component; in 2017,¬†Brian Moore, director Donald Smith¬†and others were part of a team which assisted Aberdeen Asset Management with its ¬£11bn merger with Standard Life . Moore and Smith were also among the advisers to QUIZ Plc on its ¬£200m AIM IPO. Other key figures include Derek McCombe¬†and senior associate Kimberley Goh, (she is ‚Äėvery good at taking the lead and coordinating all aspects of a transaction‚Äė) who advised US-headquartered group Kaiam Corporation on the sale of Kaiam Laser Limited to II-VI Incorporated. The firm also handled mandates for Highland Distillers, Argenta and Johnson Controls. Guy Norfolk¬†(who splits his practice between London and Edinburgh), Claire Armstrong¬†and Owen McLennan¬†are increasingly active in transactional and advisory matters in the fintech sector. Michael Livingston, Iain Sutherland, and Bill Fowler¬†are other seasoned practitioners.¬†David McGrory¬†is ‚Äėcommercially aware and realistic‚Äė.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

DWF has a number of practitioners located in Scotland with expertise in EU/UK competition law and regulatory matters. Colin Miller assists clients with CMA cartel investigations, merger control, and EU public procurement challenges and processes. Martin Gallaher is knowledgeable about EU public procurement rules and state aid. Another key figure is Euan McSherry, who represented Serco in its challenge of the decision by Glasgow City Council to award a £400m contract to CGI UK under the Public Contracts legislation. Miller was the lead adviser to global rum producer Angostura on competition issues associated with its distribution strategy in the EU, China, Hong Kong and Macau, among other territories.  The firm is also a leading adviser to the Scottish Government on the competition aspects of major projects; Gallaher and others advised the client on the roll-out of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme in 2017. Howard Cartlidge, who is the firm's London-based head of EU competition, has experience of handling competition law matters in Scotland.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

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Dentons¬†¬†represents corporations and individuals facing allegations of corporate criminal activity ‚Äď with ‚Äėa strong portfolio of international clients‚Äô. The firm is currently representing Fast Aid Medical in a regulatory investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made in a local authority procurement scheme. It is also defending Scotch Whiskey Auctions against a Court of Session action alleging unfair prejudice and fraud towards a minority shareholder. James McMillan¬†and Michael Dean¬†are noted for having ‚Äėbuilt up a leading reputation in Scotland‚Äô and are particularly recommended for being ‚Äėwell-versed in the regulatory culture in both the UK and Scotland‚Äô.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP  has built on its substantial health and safety practice and expanded into general criminal representations, underpinned by an experienced team of criminal lawyers. The practice is led by Clare Bone , whose clients include a significant number of high profile professionals and those facing historic abuse allegations. Alasdair Gillies  continues to act for the membership of the Prison Officers Association Scotland, handling criminal cases arising in both on and off duty circumstances. Vikki Watt  is currently acting for two companies suspected of breaching the Corporate Homicide and Corporate Manslaughter Act. Associate David Cairns has a wealth of experience defending clients with charges relating to terrorism, firearms and financial crime; he successfully defended a client in extradition proceedings.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

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Harper Macleod LLP¬†‚Äôs offering is led by Andrew Hunter, who works closely with the firm‚Äôs litigation partner, Ross Thomson to advise clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of licensing work. In a major highlight, Hunter assisted Lidl with obtaining eight new store licences in Scotland and advised the company on the licensing aspects of alcohol-related promotions and offers. The firm acts for fuel distributer, Malthurst Petroleum on various matters, including with respect to the sale of a petrol filling station in Pitlochry. It also assists Aberdeen Taxis with compliance with the City of Aberdeen Council‚Äôs new ‚Äėknowledge test‚Äô for new driver applicants and renewals. Stewart MacGregor joined the Lerwick office from Kippen Campbell LLP in January 2018 and has extensive experience in alcohol and civic government licensing issues.

Next generation lawyers

David Young - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

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Morton Fraser's work includes advice to FCA-regulated clients (such as banks and asset-based lenders) on their internal processes; this is in order to ensure that they are compliant from a regulatory standpoint, and also operationally effective from a recoveries point of view. Bill Stark works with the banking team to ensure that standard recovery letters and clients' internal processes are FCA-compliant. In addition to acting for FCA-regulated entities, the firm's other clients include public sector organisations (such as local authorities and educational establishments), SMEs, Plcs and individuals. Fergus McDiarmid heads up a specialist team, which advises SIPP providers on debt recovery matters, and is particularly active in defended matters. Senior associate Claire Logue leads a group that focuses on debt recovery work falling within the jurisdiction of England and Wales. John Lunn, Nicola Ross and Beverley Wood are other names to note. Chairman Maggie Moodie heads up the team, whose clients include Highland Council, Toyota Financial Services UK Plc, Clydesdale Bank, Hombuckle Mitchell and Apex Hotels Limited.

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Scotland: Finance

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

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Addleshaw Goddard fields 'an impressive level of resource' in Scotland. Led by Jamie McIntosh, who 'offers wise counsel in difficult and complex situations', the group provides 'authoritative and expert support' on management and bank-led turnarounds and corporate restructurings, distressed real estate, debt portfolio transactions, and various other matters. The firm has built upon its merger with HBJ Gateley in 2017 by hiring associate Craig Falconer to its Aberdeen office, and also by winning work from clients such as HSBC, Sainsburys Bank and Close Brothers. McIntosh and Lynsey Walker represented Clipper Holdings in the high-profile case of Shear v Clipper Holdings; the matter concerned whether or not the client had title to enforce a security, following assignation of the security (as part of a portfolio transfer) from Allied Irish Bank. In another notable matter, Tim Cooper and managing associate Jamie Nellany are acting for Moorfields Advisory Limited as the administrators of three Jersey-registered SPV shopping centre companies. A separate team led by Spiers is advising the same client on the administration of the AWG group of companies. Cerberus, Bibby Financial Services and Carval Investors are among other clients. Addi Spiers is 'well-liked and well-respected by clients, particularly banks and acquirers of debt portfolios'.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

Burness Paull LLP‚Äôs employment team is noted for its ‚Äėresponsiveness and ability to give candid and direct advice‚Äô in connection with the spectrum of employment work. The practice is led by the Aberdeen-based and industry respected Sean Saluja¬† who has extensive expertise in Aberdeen‚Äôs oil and gas sector in terms of litigation as well as corporate and commercial employment advice. Saluja is advising Total on all UK employment law aspects of its $5bn acquisition of Maersk Oil from the Maersk Group, a mandate that included TUPE transfer issues, reorganisation and a potential redundancy programme. David Morgan¬†often represents senior executives in relation to issues of their own employment and is currently acting for Chief Constable Phil Gormley in relation to Scottish Police Authority and Police Investigations Review Commissioner (PIRC) investigations into complaints made against him. Also recommended are Tricia Walker (‚Äėa strong partner-level advocate‚Äô), Mel Sangster and Morag Moffat¬†.

Next generation lawyers

Laura Salmond - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

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Leading individuals

Clare Bone - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Medical negligence: defender - ranked: tier 1

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Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs highly experienced team is ‚Äėexcellent in all areas‚Äô, handling pensions work including scheme documentation, employment matters related to the scheme, benefit changes, in addition to pensions advice on M&A transactions. The ‚Äėcommercially astute and pragmatic‚Äô¬†Louisa Knox advises the trustees of the Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme on all aspects of pensions law, including the implications of proposed corporate activity. The ‚Äėprofessional, approachable and extremely competent‚Äô¬†Andrew Holehouse¬†assists the Universal Music Group Pension Scheme with all pensions matters, including the appointment of Legal and General as fiduciary investment managers to the scheme and in connection with a trustee-led enhanced transfer value exercise for the scheme‚Äôs deferred members.¬†Ed Mustard¬†advised the trustees of the Miller Group Pension Scheme, in connection with the acquisition of Miller homes by Bridgepoint. Senior associate Richard Jones¬†is also recommended, and has a particular focus on investment issues.

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 1

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Anderson Strathern is ‚Äėan impressive firm with talented solicitors‚Äô. The team represents clients pursuing claims in relation to accidents across the spectrum of clinical and dental context and has particular experience in pelvic mesh cases. The practice is co-led by experienced solicitor advocate¬†Robert Carr and¬†Catriona Watt who specialises in permanent injury resulting from medical negligence and fatal claims arising from accidents and clinical failures. ‚ÄėSophisticated‚Äô senior associate¬†Robbie Wilson is noted for his ‚Äėgood interpersonal skills‚Äô and his depth of knowledge across all areas of medicine.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

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The ‚Äėwell established‚Äô team at Lindsays¬†is noted for its particular ability to handle complex claims across the personal injury practice area, with specialists in spinal injuries, accidents abroad, industrial disease and clinical negligence. In addition to litigation, the group is also well-versed in arbitration proceedings.¬†David Armstrong¬†leads the team and, alongside¬†Jonathan Cornwell¬†has ‚Äėa stellar reputation‚Äô amongst clients and peers alike. The group are currently representing a child who suffered multiple serious injuries following a road traffic collision, in a case that so far has led to interim damages and a claim for ¬£15m. The group is also instructed in a number of cases involving issues of complex liability and quantum. Experienced litigators, associate Lauren Pasi¬†and senior solicitor Sarah Donaldson¬†stand out for possessing ‚Äėa good attention to detail‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Alan Eadie - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

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The ‚Äėstrong‚Äô team at Morton Fraser is led by James Rust, who is ‚Äėa first class leader with superb attention to detail‚Äô and is supported by senior associate and ‚Äėup and coming legal wizard‚Äô, Gail Watt. The group‚Äôs primary focus is transactional matters, although it also advises land owners, landed estates, farmers, charities, public sector organisations on all aspects of agricultural and rural legal issues, including property, estate management, crofting law, tenancies, equine and livestock law. It is currently advising the Scottish Wildlife Trust on a number of renewable energy projects, including the establishment of a community-based hydro-electric joint venture scheme. It is also assisting Scottish Natural Heritage with its major registration project in connection with the Land Register of Scotland.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

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Shepherd and Wedderburn offers ‚Äėan outstanding level of service‚Äô to clients engaged in trust and probate disputes. ‚ÄėIncisive‚Äô Christopher McGill¬†‚Äėclearly has a strong breadth of knowledge and an impressive level of professionalism‚Äô and co-leads the practice alongside the head of commercial disputes, Guy Harvey. The group acts for private individuals and trustees, as well as institutional clients in a wide range of disputes and associated professional negligence actions and contentious private tax matters. Alastair Frood¬†is advising siblings on the interpretation of a clause in their late father‚Äôs will, in relation to the wishes of another sibling, the eldest son who inherited the estate, to sell the property for development. Elaine Brailsford¬†is acting on behalf of a partner in a farming business in a complex family dispute.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 4

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Lindsays is noted for providing ‚Äėan exceptionally personal service, with great attention to detail‚Äô, which is ‚Äėdelivered by approachable advisers‚Äô. The team handles wills (including drafting, succession and taxation matters), powers of attorney, tax planning, trust creation and administration, executries, charitable endowments and the management of elderly clients‚Äô financial and business affairs. The firm also has experience in estates with international components. Callum Kennedy¬†leads the practice, advising a number of major agricultural and estate clients on tax planning and mitigation issues.¬†Dorothy Kellas¬†(‚Äėprofessional and easy to talk to‚Äô) predominantly assists individuals and families with issues including asset protection and property matters. In addition to possessing wide-ranging experience in executries, Sandy Lamb¬†is ‚Äėa family business lawyer of the highest order‚Äô.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 4

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Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†Edinburgh, which is active in high-profile¬†renewable and alternative energy projects across Scotland and the UK, has practitioners with specialist knowledge of areas such as real estate, planning and environment, M&A/private equity and project finance.¬†Patricia Hawthorn¬†recently led a team which successfully represented Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind (NNG) in judicial review proceedings brought by the RSPB, following the decision by the Scottish Ministers to grant consent to four offshore wind farms in the Forth and Tay including the 450MW NNG project. The group is currently assisting the same client with other issues connected with the project, including a new consent application, the acquisition of land rights and banking-related matters. Scott McCallum, Stephen Hubner, Liz McRobb¬†and others are advising¬†√ėrsted on the planning, environmental, property and commercial aspects of the 1.8MW Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm. In 2017, clean energy head¬†Clare Foster¬†(who is also the head of project finance) led a cross-practice team, which acted for AOE Windfarm in the¬†¬£16.6m¬†refinancing of a newly-acquired operational 11.5MW onshore wind farm. Gordon Downie¬†is an expert in¬†UK/EU competition law and regulatory issues. Colin Robertson, Colin Innes, Daniel Lee¬†and senior associate¬†Nicky Pascoe¬†are also recommended.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

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Anderson Strathern acts for public and private sector clients in every facet of their most significant projects, including procurement and commercial contracts, development finance and forward funding, corporate transactional and property-related issues, planning and disputes. The group is particularly active in the Scottish education sector, where it acts for clients such as Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Highlands and Islands. Elsewhere, Pat Loftus and Martin Whiteford are advising The Halo Kilmarnock Limited on a community-led regeneration project at the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock. Director Neil Amner, who joined from Curle Stewart in April 2017, has a strong profile in the transport sector. Outside of Scotland-centred projects, in 2017, Whiteford and James Blair acted for Victoria Square Woking Limited in relation to the £300m Victoria Square mixed-use scheme in Woking; the work included advising the client on construction issues and taking the core parts of the project to a financial close. Karyn Watt leads the multidisciplinary team, which includes renewable energy head Bruce Farquhar, accredited public procurement law specialist Douglas McLachlan, and planning and environmental law expert Alastair McKie.

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Scotland: Real estate

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

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Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

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Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

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Shepherd and Wedderburn's position at the premium end of the market sees it act for some of the largest and most active housebuilders, funds, banks, investors and retailers. In the retail sector, it advises British Land Plc on the asset management of Fort Kinnaird retail park in Edinburgh and Glasgow Fort, which are owned by Gibraltar Limited Partners and Hercules Unit Trust respectively.  Another area of strength is in the hotels and leisure sector; Jamie Grant and Hugh Smith head up the firm's offering in this space. Recent highlights in this area included advising BDL Select Operations Limited on the £5.4m sale of the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Dundee, and acting for BlackRock in the Scottish aspects of its £23m acquisition of the Stonegate pub portfolio. The firm's development work spans mixed-use and residential developments, retail sector schemes and offices, among others. Scott Ritchie recently acted for large-scale residential investor Get Living in its acquisition of a 7.5 acre site in Glasgow's Merchant City; this is one of the largest Build to Rent schemes in Scotland to date. Elaine Todd and others are advising Hermes Investment Management on the largest current speculative office development in Edinburgh, to be known as Capital Square. Mitchell co-heads the practice with Nick Ryden. James Dobie, Andrew Hall and Caroline Shand are among many other notable individuals.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

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CMS has a 30-year track record of handling high-value and prestigious construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. Rated by clients as 'one of the front-runners' in the market for contentious and non-contentious matters, it demonstrates strong capabilities in all aspects of Scottish and UK projects, as well as those overseas. In addition, the firm's merger with Nabarro and Olswang in 2017 has added to the breadth and depth of support that the Scotland-based team can call upon. In a recent highlight, a team led by Ian McCann and Mark Kirke advised on the contractual aspects of, and handled claims relating to, the construction of the £100m Shieldhall Tunnel in the south of Glasgow. In another high-profile matter, Kirke, Shona Frame and others are assisting Interserve Construction with handling high-value disputes associated with the long-delayed construction of the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre, and the client's termination from the project. Christine Worthington is leading a team, which is acting as the main legal adviser to Balfour Beatty on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project. Senior associate Gwen Napier is 'skilled in drafting a wide range of construction contracts and she is also knowledgeable about current practices/market trends'.  Other highly regarded senior associates include Jane Fender-Allison, Christopher Dickson, Madeleine Young and Claudia Russell.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

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Morton Fraser's high calibre team undertakes a varied portfolio of contentious real estate cases that arise from land acquisitions and development, including matters involving an interplay between property law and other related areas, such as construction law, contract law and planning law. Kenneth Carruthers, who heads up the group, has focused predominantly on property disputes for nearly 30 years. His stable of clients includes the Scottish government, Buchan Biogas Limited and Standard Life Trustees Limited. He has also acted as Tesco's main adviser on property litigation in Scotland for nearly 20 years. In 2017, Carruthers and senior associate Lisa Dromgoole assisted Priya Properties and four other landowners with successfully appealing all 95 demolition orders served on flats at a housing scheme in Port Glasgow. Douglas Milne, who has specialised in property litigation since 1995, was the lead adviser to New Ingliston Limited on a Court of Session claim against City of Edinburgh Council over the Council's failure to return land to the client following completion of the Edinburgh Tram scheme. Nicola Ross represents public and private sector clients in landlord and tenant disputes, and disputes arising following the conclusion of sale/purchase contracts. Richard McMeeken, senior associate Susan Leslie and associate Ursula Currie are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

David Young - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

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Harper Macleod LLP's group offers clients a combination of 'excellent technical abilities' with 'a willingness to offer practical advice and alternative solutions, which may lead to a faster and less expensive outcome'. Carolyn Morgan leads the team, whose wide-ranging workload includes disputed rent reviews, access and encroachment matters, dilapidations, nuisance and breach of missives. Morgan and Andrew Upton are acting for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority at the Inner House of the Court of Session in proceedings arising from the client serving an enforcement notice on landowner Renyana Stahl Anstalt under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 requiring it to stop obstructing the public from making use of its access rights. Other clients of the firm include Cairngorm National Park Authority, Credential Group, Tulloch Group and River Clyde Homes. E-Ming Fong represented Kashmiri Properties (Ireland) Limited in a landmark case on the creation of implied servitudes. John McHugh, who is a solicitor advocate, has 20 years of contentious property experience. Associate Lewis Kemp is also recommended. Rod McKenzie has left to become legal counsel at the Scottish Professional Football League.

Leading individuals

Patrice Fabien - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

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DLA Piper Scotland LLP is marked out by its transactional and advisory IP practice, but it also handles contentious matters for a variety of corporates. Highlights for practice head, John McKinlay, include advising Merlin Entertainments, which instructs the firm on all of its IP matters, on image rights for Madame Tussauds; licensing issues for CBeebies Hotel; IP licenses for theme park attractions such as Peppa Pig World; and multiple branding, advertising clearance and commercial IP issues. The firm is also sole legal adviser to Heineken UK and assisted it with a range of e-commerce deals and commercial contracts involving the use of IP rights, in addition to the management of its trade mark portfolio, including opposition and infringement claims. In another highlight, Alastair Drummond is representing the Football Association Premier League in interdictions against Scottish businesses showing the overseas broadcast of English Premier League matches on the basis of copyright infringement. Other clients include Skyscanner and Underbelly.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

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‚ÄėA truly valued strategic partner‚Äô, Thorntons Law LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėfantastic team‚Äô has ‚Äėa broad range of knowledge and a wealth of experience‚Äô in the IT and outsourcing space. It is led by ‚Äėthoroughly professional‚Äô Liam McMonagle, who has a particular focus on information security and data protection compliance. Alastair Lang¬†is a specialist commercial legal advisor who works predominantly with IT companies in relation to corporate structures, governance, growth and exit strategies. Associate¬†Gemma Kelly¬†is recommended for IT disputes and pre-action matters.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

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Brodies LLP¬†acts for¬†clients across the media and entertainment sphere on the full spectrum of legal services, including defamation, pre-publication and ‚Äďbroadcast advice, reputation management, privacy issues, FOI requests, and data protection. Practice head and regulatory expert, Christine O‚ÄôNeill¬†provides holiday and out-of-hours advice to BBC Scotland journalists and current affairs staff.¬†Martin Sloan¬†assisted the Chinese mobile gaming company, Skymoons Interactive, in establishing a UK subsidiary in Edinburgh and continues to advise the client on IP issues, contractual matters, employment and immigration law. Sports expert and managing associate Andy Nolan¬†assisted 77 Management with legal aspects of the Andy Murray Live tennis event, including sponsorship agreements, a venue agreement with SSE Hydro, a broadcasting agreement with Eurosport, a player agreement with Mansour Bahrami and various service agreements. Alan Eccles¬†is noted for his ‚Äėexcellent knowledge‚Äô of charity and media law.¬†Tony Jones¬†QC joined the team from¬†BTO Solicitors LLP¬†in June 2018.

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