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Bellwether Green

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

With strength in the automotive and tech sectors, Bellwether Green is also active in the food and drink, and engineering spheres. It has recently experience of employee ownership trust transactions for key clients, and is well versed in tax implementation matters for family businesses. April Bingham and legal consultant Euan Faulds head the practice.

Practice head(s):

April Bingham; Euan Faulds


‘Bellwether Green were a breath of fresh air, from the initial discussion to getting April involved, everything was easy’.

‘April Bingham understood what I was trying to achieve from the start and the process was simple and what I expected’.

‘The fee structure was fixed and appropriate’.

‘April Bingham is an absolute joy to work with and clearly a master of her craft’.

‘April Bingham understands and offers suitable advice or action for moving forward’.

‘The entire engagement and piece of work was executed brilliantly and by comparison to my previous experience had me feeling in control and comfortable at all stages’. 

‘My case was handled seamlessly between three talented and passionate people that made me feel as though they were collaborating at a very high level to deliver me the outcome I needed’.

‘April Bingham was excellent at communicating and keeping on top of everything at the highest level’.

Key clients

Vertu Motors plc

Craigalan Group Ltd

DSL Business Finance Ltd

Traveltek Group Holdings Limited

Wooha Brewing Company Ltd

10 Rise Holdings Ltd

Scotts Holdco Limited

DTS International

Castlebay Investment Partners LLP

Dow Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Vertu Motors PLC on the acquisition of Kia, Suzuki and Mistubushi dealerships from the administrators of the Leven Car Company Limited (In Administration).
  • Advised 10 Rise Holdings Limited on an employee buyout by the Cameron Interiors Employee Ownership Trust.
  • Advised the shareholders of Single Rulebook Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Kaizen Reporting Limited.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Boutique firm Bellwether Green acts for local businesses, London firms and institutional clients a variety of real estate matters. John Bingham heads the team, while Steven Templeton is recommended for commercial transactions. Virgin Media and Liberty Global are notable clients of the firm.

Practice head(s):

John Bingham

Other key lawyers:


‘I have always found the team to be very helpful, proactive and commercially astute’.

‘Being smaller than some of the legal firms that we deal with is certainly no handicap and allows them to be agile and responsive to client needs’.

‘I regularly deal with John Bingham and Steven Templeton on real estate matters and find them both to be very professional, helpful and commercial to deal with’.

‘They are a niche firm that provide strong director-level advice with good back up from their solicitors’.

‘John Bingham is a very experienced head of real estate with strong support and advice being provided by his fellow director, Steven Templeton’.

‘A relatively small but focused team of professionals with a dedicated approach to all instructions’.

‘Every job is given equal care no matter how small and there is a flexibility on fees, which is refreshing and very much the opposite of the large corporates’.

‘John Bingham leads his team with a cheerful and positive attitude, delivering real value to every transaction over and above the instruction request’.

Key clients

Liberty Global plc

Virgin Media Limited

Emerson Process Management

Brookhouse Group

RSK Group Limited

Vertu Motors plc

Rothschild & Co Wealth Management UK Limited

Kinmuck Energy Limited

Belgate Group

Briggs Equipment UK Limited

The Homeless World Cup Foundation


Work highlights

  • Advising Rothschild & Co Wealth Management UK Limited on all Scots law matters in respect of the inclusion of additional subjects (£7.5m) as charged property under the £22m facility agreement between, amongst others, Value and Income Trust Plc as borrower and Rothschild Co Wealth Management UK Limited as agent.
  • Advising Virgin Media Limited on the lease of >40,000 sq/ft of office space.
  • Advising Vertu Motors plc on the property aspects of the acquisition of Kia, Suzuki and Mistubushi dealerships from the administrators of the Leven Car Company Limited (In Administration) and on the purchase of 2.3 acre site at 900 Kennishead Road, Darley for £1.4m.

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.

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