Firm Profile > Blackadders LLP > Dundee , Scotland

Blackadders LLP

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Blackadders LLP represents estates, family partnerships and major lenders on land acquisitions and sales, renewable energy projects, succession planning and inheritance tax matters, as well as complex leasing and subleasing matters. Rural land and business head Petra Grunenberg’s broad expertise includes option agreements and development sales, agricultural tenancies and partnership agreements. Recently promoted partner Ellen Eunson is a key contact for land transactions, while Gail Clarke focuses on forestry and renewables.

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 2

Blackadders LLP's real estate expertise spans sales and purchases, leasing matters, property investments, property finance work, property developments, renewable energy projects and property disputes. Group head Emma Gray handles the full spectrum of commercial property issues with key experience in the retail and leisure sectors. The firm's recent merger with Plenderleath Runcie brought Neil Robb into the team, who has notable expertise acting for developers; Dundee-based Stuart King was also recently promoted to the partnership.

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Blackadders LLP has continued to develop significant expertise and a growing track record in the niche area of employee ownership transactions, while maintaining substantial strength in timeshare and vacation ownership. The corporate team is particularly active in the healthcare, technology, hospitality and leisure and life sciences sectors, where it has proven its capabilities for cross-border work. The team is led out of Dundee by 'truly outstanding' corporate and commercial head Campbell Clark, who acts for private and public companies, high growth companies and investors.

Family Tier 3

Blackadders LLP's broad practice acts on a wide range of divorce, cohabitation and separation claims that often invoke disputes over child maintenance, residence and contact as well as complex investigations into assets. The team also handles wrongful retention cases and defends child protection orders and permanency orders, as well as being involved in some unusual cases in which divorce proceedings are pursued in different courts or across multiple jurisdictions. 'Charismatic and efficient' practice head Craig Samson is regularly instructed by local authorities to act as safeguarder to vulnerable children.

Employment Tier 4

Simon Allison's 'very active and responsive' team at Blackadders LLP regularly works in close conjunction with its corporate team to advise on TUPE matters, executive service agreements and severance agreements arising from acquisitions and disposals, while also handling a wide range of contentious matters; these frequently pertain to claims of unpaid holiday, unfair dismissal and discrimination, where the team acts for employers and employees. In October 2018, the 'extremely knowledgeable and supportiveDonna Reynolds, who has a particular focus on discrimination law, joined from CCW Business Lawyers, now Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Blackadders LLP's insolvency client base spans distressed companies, directors and stakeholders, lenders, investors, servicers and secondary debt investors, as well as financial advisers, turnaround specialists and insolvency practitioners. Under the leadership of Ryan McKay, the team handles a wide range of issues including administrations, bankruptcys, business restructurings, liquidations, partnership insolvencys, receiverships and voluntary arrangements.

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 4

Blackadders LLP has particular expertise advising clients on inheritance tax and lifetime planning, including setting up liferent trusts, managing assets held in multiple jurisdictions and liaising with HMRC about negligently valued property. More broadly the team represents executors and beneficiaries in contentious disputes with co-executors or sole executors, while also administering the financial and property affairs of incapable clients in the capacity of financial attorney.

Property litigation Tier 4

Experienced in the agricultural, commercial and residential property sectors, Blackadders LLP is experienced in assisting clients with lease enforcements, dilapidation claims and agricultural disputes. With the latter constituting an increasingly significant portion of the practice's workload, the team frequently acts for farming clients in disputes involving servitude rights, way leaves and third-party property rights. In other work, the team led by 'excellent litigatorRyan McKay also handles property disputes arising from insolvency proceedings.

Blackadders can trace its roots back to 1773, and is the result of several amalgamations and acquisitions.

The firm: Blackadders employs over 220 staff. The firm’s legal expertise, professional support staff and technical resources combine to create a first-class legal service capability for both business and individual clients.

Blackadders’ private client practice advises on wills, executries, trusts and tax planning services. Blackadders is not only a leading private client law firm in Scotland but a leading Independent Financial Adviser and Advisory Investment Manager.

Blackadders has transformed the executry/probate function within its private client department by implementing a FloSuite IT solution which automates and manages its day-to-day operations. Since going live with the FloSuite executry solution, the firm’s own ROI study has recorded a range of clear business benefits, including efficiency gains of around 50% in the processing of executries.

The firm’s business lawyers are known for their straight talking and for the delivery of agreed outcomes. They have the attitude and experience to help clients achieve their business objectives by providing responsive, clear and strategic commercial advice. The underlying aim in handling all business work is to safeguard the clients’ financial future. This is achieved by spending time learning about each client and understanding how they wish to take their business forward.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s emphasis is on maintaining long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with clients and this has resulted in a substantial portfolio of private individuals, SMEs and large corporate clients. The firm focuses on the following principal areas of work:

Business: the firm’s specialist team is expert in all areas of commercial and corporate work, especially corporate finance, corporate financial planning, dispute resolution, licensing, and intellectual property and technology.

Employment: the award-winning employment team is highly rated and is recognised for its expertise. The team offers the full range of services spanning the entire employer/employee relationship, from recruitment through to retirement.

Private client: the team of experienced private client lawyers and client care specialists advises on a full range of issues such as wills, trusts, executries, powers of attorney and inheritance tax planning. The team works to ensure each client’s financial wellbeing is maximised, using specific wealth planning strategies tailored to fit individuals, family trusts or other private groups’ needs.

Family/matrimonial: the family law team’s knowledge and experience combine to ensure that clients feel supported during a potentially difficult time in their lives. The team focuses on child law, separation and divorce, and collaborative mediation.

Property: the property services division includes residential, rural, commercial, property, conveyancing and estate agency.

Wealth management: the firm’s independent wealth management team has years of experience advising private individuals and corporate clients, offering tailored financial advice ranging from insurance, investments and taxation issues to retirement and inheritance tax planning.

Other offices: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Arbroath and Forfar

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Johnston Clark 01382 229222
Chairman Scott Williamson 01382 229222
Conveyancing Lindsay Darroch 01382 229222
Estate agency Lindsay Darroch 01382 229222
Private client Johnston Clark 01382 229222
Family law Craig Samson 01382 229222
Commercial property Emma Gray 01382 229222
Commercial Campbell Clark 01382 229222
Corporate Campbell Clark 01382 229222
Employment Simon Allison 01382 229222
Litigation Ryan McKay 01224 588913
Agriculture Petra Grunenberg 01382 229222
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Allison  photo Simon Allison
 Campbell Clark  photo Campbell Clark
 Petra Grunenberg  photo Petra Grunenberg
 Johnston Clark  photo Johnston Clark
 Douglas Sneddon  photo Douglas Sneddon
 Craig Samson  photo Craig Samson
 Scott Williamson  photo Scott Williamson
 Joanne Grimmond  photo Joanne Grimmond
 Laura McDowall  photo Laura McDowall
 Kirk Dailly  photo Kirk Dailly
 Emma Gray  photo Emma Gray
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80