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Weightmans LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

The Weightmans LLP team advises bluechip, multinational and university clients on various business immigration matters including Tier 2 visa and sponsor licence applications as well as Brexit-related issues.

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Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's personal injury practice deals primarily with insurer clients in the defence of high value road traffic accidents, while the team also has a strong foothold in disease, fatal and employers’ liability claims, which frequently contain multi-jurisdictional elements. The team includes Pamela Stevenson, who has 20 years of experience in the field, and solicitor-advocate Douglas Keir, who holds extended civil rights of audience in the Court of Session and the UK Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):Douglas Keir; Pamela Stevenson; Seonaid Busby

Key Clients

Zurich Financial Services

Ageas Insurance



Greene King

AXA Insurance

Motor Insurers Bureau



Work highlights

  • Defending Doosan Babcock in a claim for damages arising from pursuer's alleged secondary exposure to asbestos via her partner's work clothes.
Leading individuals

Pamela Stevenson - Weightmans LLP

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's real estate group is led from Glasgow by Cassandra Auld and was recently bolstered by the arrival of contentious expert Claire Thornber from Pinsent Masons LLP, and commercial expert Andrew Warren from legacy firm Morisons LLP. The group operates as part of the firm's wider UK real estate practice and regularly advises its clients on issues pertaining to real estate investments, developments, finance matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):Cassandra Auld

Other key lawyers:Claire Thornber; Andrew Warren

Key Clients

Octopus Group/Octopus Property.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Octopus Group as funder on a £10m secured bridging loan to facilitate the acquisition and re-development of Granton Harbour Estate, Edinburgh, a significant multi-use development including harbour, hotels, retirement accommodation and residential housing.

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East Midlands

Offices in Leicester


Offices in London EC4A, London EX3A, and London EC1M

North West

Offices in Liverpool, Manchester M2, Manchester M3, and Knutsford


Offices in Glasgow

West Midlands

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Yorkshire and the Humber

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