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Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

61 HIGH STREET, DUNBLANE, PERTHSHIRE, FK15 0EH, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 01786822296
Fax:
Fax 01786 824249
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Web:
www.wjm.co.uk

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

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

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, whose practice is driven by its work for SMEs (including family businesses) and large corporates, is increasingly handling matters with a UK or international dimension. The firm’s strengths in acquisitions and disposals are complemented by its breadth of expertise in ancillary areas, such as intellectual property, franchising, tax and insolvency. In 2017, a standout highlight involved Ken Long leading a cross-practice team in the advice to London Stock Exchange-listed company Macfarlane Group Plc on its £16.75m acquisition of Greenwoods Stock Boxes and the shares in Nottingham Recycling. Team head Graham Bell acted for the shareholders of Thornbridge Sawmills Limited in the sale of the company to Cairngorm Capital. Another key client is The NWH Group, to whom the firm provided advice on its acquisition of the wood recycling business of DJ Laing Recycling Solutions. The team is becoming increasingly active in the technology sector, handling private equity transactions (involving start-ups and spin-out companies) on both the investor and investee sides; Long acted for Compound Semiconductor Technologies in its £13m takeover by listed Sweden-based company Sivers IMA Holding AB. Colin Millar is building up the firm’s offering to clients in the healthcare sector, and also has an active food and drink practice.

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Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP advises a broad range of healthcare and education sector charities, trade associations, social enterprises and grant-giving organisations, in addition to handling charitable matters for philanthropic individuals, including the establishment and running of foundations. Highlights included assisting Glasgow City Heritage Trust with a review of its constitution and the Grocer Company of Glasgow with constitutional updates that reflected the spirit of the original document. The group also advises Scottish Women’s Institutes on various corporate matters pertaining to its operations in Scotland. Colin Millar and Graham Murray  are the key contacts.

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

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP¬†merged with Glasgow- and Dunblane-based firm, BMK Wilson, in May 2017, which resulted in the addition of Beth Hamilton, Rosina Dolan¬†and Kathleen MacArthur¬†to the private client team. The group has particular expertise in advising family businesses on asset structure, the transfer of heritable property from partnership into limited companies, wills and powers of attorney, associated tax and wealth structuring advice. It also has experience in drafting wills for high-net-worth clients, and families with complex tax requirements. Private client head Ian Macdonald¬†is noted for giving ‚Äėsage advice‚Äô, especially regarding trusts and inheritance tax. Graham Murray, who is a chartered tax adviser, is ‚Äėexcellent in his technical advice‚Äô and rated for his ‚Äėvery personable approach with clients‚Äô.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP is praised by clients for its ability to 'deliver to tight and difficult timescales'. The team is active across a broad cross-section of renewable energy projects, with battery storage projects representing one of its key areas of growth.The firm's reputation in the renewable energy market sees it act for clients ranging from independent developers to major utilities.One of the firm's major strengths is in the planning-related aspects of renewable energy projects; Fraser Gillies advised Forsa Energy (formerly 2020 Renewables) on a number of matters recently, including the consenting aspects of the 55MW Whitelaw Brae wind farm and battery storage project, and a planning appeal concerning the proposed Gilston wind farm in the Scottish Borders. Gillies also represented RES in a public inquiry over the 36MW Culachy wind farm in Newton, Invergarry. Another bedrock of the work is in the property-related aspects of renewables projects, with the work being led by practice head Andy McFarlane. Associates Nicola Martin and Esme Macfarlane are other notable practitioners. Alan Simpson joined Anderson Strathern as a consultant.

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Scotland: Real estate

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

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP has the resources to provide the full scope of advice on acquisitions and disposals, development, real estate finance and commercial leasing as they relate to the Scottish market. In addition, it leverages the experience of dual-qualified practitioners Colin Brass, Neil Darling and senior associate Joanne Ockrim to advise on matters in England and Wales. Another feature of the practice is its broad industry coverage, which includes energy, leisure and hospitality, retail and telecommunications. In 2017, Ockrim assisted Macfarlane Group Plc with the English property aspects of its £16.75m acquisition of the business and assets of Greenwood Stock Boxes and its sister company Nottingham Recycling. Another matter involved Brass and Ockrim advising the UK's largest equipment hire group GAP Group on the acquisition of a five acre island site at Tillbury in England for £4m. Iain Dunn, Vicki Provan and Katy Davenport are other active members of the team. 

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP recently added additional resource to its practice by hiring associate Paul Adams to its Inverness office from Stronachs LLP. Adams, who has previous experience of working at the Highland Council, is knowledgeable about the planning aspects of renewable energy projects, retail and housing developments, and compulsory purchase orders.  Led by Fraser Gillies, the team advises on all aspects of planning applications, appeals and inquiries. Associate Nicola Martin, who is dual-qualified to practise in Scotland and England and Wales, has taken a lead role on a number of the firm's matters recently; highlights included acting for Renewable Energy Systems Limited in the Culachy wind farm public inquiry, and advising the same client on a planning appeal over the Aberarder wind farm project.

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