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Blackadders LLP

30 & 34 REFORM STREET, DUNDEE, DD1 1RJ, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 01382 229222
Fax:
Fax 01382 342220
DX:
LP 6 DUNDEE
Email:
Web:
www.blackadders.co.uk

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP‘s practice head Campbell Clark is ‘an invaluable asset‘, according to clients; he is ‘quick to respond to requests and is very knowledgeable‘. Clark splits his practice between the Aberdeen and Dundee offices, while Kirk Dailly and Susan McFadyen are based full-time in the latter office. The team covers a broad spread of matters including acquisitions and disposals, investment rounds, joint ventures, MBOs and commercial contracts, among others. In addition, Clark has been at the forefront of the firm’s advice to clients on the fast-growing area of employee ownership transactions. McFadyen has developed a reputation for her knowledge about timeshare and vacation ownership matters; RCI Europe is a key client in this space. Other sectors that generate work for the firm include healthcare, food and drink, and education. Dailly acted for WooHa Brewing Company in an investment made by a number of investors into the business to finance its expansion. The firm’s other active clients include 4J Studios, The Insights Group and Vascular Flow Technologies.

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Scotland: Finance

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

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP 'understands the field and gives good quality advice' on insolvency litigation, administrations, sequestrations, liquidations, CVAs and restructurings. Practice head Ryan Mckay, who is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and R3, acts for liquidators, administrators and trustees, as well as company directors.  Stephanie Carr, who is an accredited insolvency specialist, is particularly knowledgeable about personal insolvency law.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team has a particularly strong employment offering for construction and manufacturing industry clients, for which it handles the range of contentious and non-contentious employment law mandates. Simon Allison heads the practice and is noted as ‘an inspiring leader of his team and advocate for the profession’. Allison has extensive tribunal experience and represents National Express Groups in a number of cases, including an unfair dismissal claim, emanating from an employee’s inappropriate Facebook comments relating to his co-workers. Also recommended are ‘professional’ associate, Jack Boyle, and Donna Reynolds, who joined the firm from an CCW Business Lawyers in May 2018.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Blackadders LLP

The team at Blackadders LLP provides an ‘efficient and effective’ service to rural and agricultural clients across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, including renewables, succession planning, property matters and tenancies. Petra Grunenburg leads the practice and has a particular strength in rural and commercial conveyancing matters. Legal director Gail Clarke is noted for employing ‘a highly professional approach’ and acts for a number of national and international forestry investment clients. Highlights included advising a major bank on the security relative to the purchase of five farms in north east Scotland and assisting a family farming partnership on the purchase of a farm near Dundee. Aberdeen-based Ellen Eunson made partner in April 2018.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP is ‘a particularly good Central Belt firm’ that handles complicated financial disputes, in addition to the full range of family work. The practice is led by Craig Samson, who is ‘a formidable lawyer and really strong negotiator’. He specialises in financial claims arising out of separation and divorce, sometimes with cross-border and jurisdictional aspects. John Mitchell has ‘considerable litigation experience’ and specialises in handling family disputes in and out of court. The ‘brilliant’ Gareth Masson handles a substantial amount of civil court matters, financial provision, child law, adoption and permanency orders.

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

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP provides ‘excellent value for money’ and its team possesses ‘exceptional clarity of thought and knowledge of the law and procedure surrounding professional practice and conduct issues’. Managing partner Johnston Clark is noted for his ‘approachability’, ‘legal knowledge’ and ‘genuine interest in helping others’. He has extensive experience in business succession planning, particularly in farming families. Douglas Sneddon leads the firm’s executry team and acts for a number of charitable trusts. The ‘personable and efficient’ Robert Forman is a general private client practitioner, who advises on wills, estates and the preservation of assets for elderly clients. Laura McDowall specialises in adults with incapacity, including powers of attorney, guardianship orders and financial management, acting for individuals, charities and local authorities throughout Scotland. Scott Williamson is recommended for his expertise in trust law.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 2

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP's reputation in the commercial property arena is growing, under the leadership of its department head Emma Gray. Gray is overseeing an increase in the firm's housebuilding sector mandates, which come from mid and large-sized housing developers, and landowners. In addition to residential development, the firm's work also spans acquisitions and disposals (including franchise and portfolio transactions), property finance and landlord and tenant work. Gray, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, has specialist knowledge of the office, retail and leisure sectors. Gray and director Stuart King are acting for a development company in the redevelopment of a listed building and former warehouse to form new office and leisure space at Dundee Harbour. James Hay Pension Trustees Limited, Glendola Group, Morris Leslie Group and EWP Investments Limited are key clients.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP's team undertakes litigation at the Court of Session and Sheriff Court for clients from a variety of sectors, such as residential and commercial development, agriculture and construction. In addition, it also has an extensive alternative dispute resolution offering. The group's expertise includes rent arrears, dilapidations, contractual disputes and boundary disputes. Accredited insolvency specialist Stephanie Carr is knowledgeable about the interface between insolvency and property law issues. Ryan McKay leads the team, which also includes solicitor advocate Richard Godden.

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