Bellwether Green > Glasgow, United Kingdom > Firm Profile

Bellwether Green
G2 2ND
United Kingdom

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 5

Bellwether Green handles a consistent flow of complex corporate and commercial work, spanning shareholder matters, corporate reorganisations, refinances and tax planning implementation. The ‘superb and highly commercialApril Bingham oversees a team which has considerable expertise in the food and drink, energy and renewables, and financial services sectors especially.

Practice head(s):

April Bingham


‘The team are straightforward, approachable and responsive. They are good at cutting through technical jargon to explain the key commercial issues and working through the consequences of the various options in a pragmatic and understandable manner.

‘April Bingham leads the service and is hands-on where required. She offers straightforward, commercially focussed advice and is someone you can speak openly to throughout a transaction to ensure you are working through all the options for the optimal outcome.

‘April Bingham’s team ably assists her and are efficient and responsive at turning around work they are engaged in.’

‘Bellwether Green has an excellent and responsive team.’

‘April Bingham is a strong performer in the Glasgow market.’

‘The team are extremely professional and have expertise to deal with complex business sales. They are also able to help with other advisers, who all work together as a team.’

‘Most importantly (in the context of legal matters) they always show great attention to detail regardless of the complexity.’

‘April Bingham shows attention to deal, explaining the various outcomes from different strategies. She has an excellent ability to make the complex understandable.’

Key clients

Mellex Group Limited

Clyde Property Limited

Macs Adventure Group

Vertu Motors plc

DSL Business Finance Ltd

DTS International

Martin Precision Limited

Castlebay Investment Partners LLP

Next Fifteen Communication Group Plc

Scotts Holdco Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on sale of the entire issued share capital of Strategic Asset Managers Limited to Kingswood Holdings Limited. Acted for the Sellers, long standing clients of the firm.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Protech Heating Group Limited to Flogas Britain Limited. Acted for the Sellers, long standing clients of the firm.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of DB Group (Europe) Limited to Zenergi Group Limited. Acted for the Sellers.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 5

Bellwether Green's real estate team is led from Glasgow by firm co-founder John Bingham; he works alongside Steven Templeton. Together, the duo handle transactions, refinancings and lettings, acting for a roster of clients which includes major property groups, banks, professional services firms and other well-known corporates.

Practice head(s):

John Bingham

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Templeton

Work highlights

  • Advising Vertu Motors on the Scots law aspects of the refinancing of parts of the estate in the acquisition of Helston Garages Group; total gross consideration for the transaction is £182m.
  • Advised Belgate Group on the purchase of the Howgate Shopping Centre, Falkirk, with subsequent new lettings to Sky, Quiz, Card Factory and River Island.
  • Advised Creative Scotland on all property work in relation to the letting of a 160,000 sq. ft film studio.

Bellwether Green is an independent Scottish commercial law firm that has attracted an impressive roster of clients including some of the world’s leading businesses.

The firm: Formed in 2008, Bellwether Green has attained an enviable reputation in the Scottish legal marketplace offering a ‘best in class’ home for complex and large-scale transactional work. With deal execution at the heart of what it does, the firm takes a practical and problem-solving approach, frequently suggesting ways to circumvent difficult issues.

Across the firm, the importance of clients’ objectives is enshrined and their close-knit team of lawyers is continually trained to balance attention to detail with pragmatism. Service from the firm is ‘partner-led’ and project teams are kept small to ensure clear communication and a dynamic style.

The firm works incredibly hard to retain a close to perfect rate of client retention.

Types of work undertaken: Bellwether Green’s real estate team acts for various property companies with collective assets under management of £3bn. Working on cross-border deals is a speciality.

The firm’s corporate team is well known for being easy to work with and proactive. The team counts a number of listed companies among its clients and works also with funds, lenders, privately owned companies, professional partnerships and third sector entities. As well as typical M&A activity, private equity and finance transactions, the team regularly works on corporate structuring and re-structuring.

Commercial contracts, IP and IT expertise complements the busy corporate practice and allows a full life cycle service for high growth companies. The firm has established a strong foothold with technology-based clients, in particular with companies who are service and software focused. Routine work includes intellectual property licensing, international selling arrangements and specialised funding.

Insolvency and asset recovery are other areas of the firm’s expertise. Knowledge on insolvency is seamlessly fed into both corporate and property transactions. Bellwether Green is renowned for successful asset recovery in situations where others have failed.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate finance/M&A April Bingham
Employment Marianne McJannett
Commercial Stephanie Farrell
Real estate John Bingham
Real estate finance Steven Templeton
Technology and media Euan Faulds
Asset recovery Julie Rankin
Commercial Litigation Frances Ennis