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Addleshaw Goddard

CORNERSTONE, 107 WEST REGENT STREET, GLASGOW, G2 2BA, SCOTLAND
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Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

The 'quick' transport sector team at Addleshaw Goddard is led by the frequently recommended Ed Watt and stands out for its substantial expertise in shipping sector work, which frequently involves international and national transactional shipping, ship finance and ship registration matters, while also handling the full spectrum of contentious work, including London arbitrations. Other areas of expertise include rail and airport sector work; Jacqui Langley-White, who joined the team in Edinburgh from the firm's London office in September 2018, is the main contact for the former and Sarah Baillie for the latter.

Practice head(s):Ed Watt; Jacqui Langley-White

Other key lawyers:Alan Shanks; Sarah Baillie; Carrie Armstrong

Testimonials

'The team has great strength in shipbuilding contracts and is very quick to understand technical issues on ships.'

Key Clients

Caledonian Maritime Assets

Topaz Energy and Marine

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Delta Marine

Clydesdale Bank

Stone Marine Services

Briggs Marine Contractors

Highlands & Islands Airports

Serco Caledonian Sleeper

The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

Edinburgh Airport

Caspian Marine Services

Work highlights

  • Advising CMAL on the construction of two new LNG ferries at Ferguson Marine Engineering in Port Glasgow.
  • Advising the client on the purchase of a fleet of five offshore support vessels from an Italian shipping group in administration.
  • Assisting the client with the purchase of three passenger ferries.
  • Assistance with a suite of contracts for  inclusion in the Transport Scotland re-tender of the Northern Isles Ferry Services.
  • Provided strategic advice on its operational assets including the implementation of sustainable transport measures across a number of operational airports.
Leading individuals

Ed Watt - Addleshaw Goddard

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

The corporate department at Addleshaw Goddard has grown significantly following the firm's high-profile merger with HBJ Gateley. It is principally known for leading complex M&A transactions and its growing private equity practice and client base. Practice head David Kirchin is the name to note.

Practice head(s):David Kirchin

Other key lawyers:Anna Brown; Andrew Ley; David Horne; Murray Jack; Andrew Walker; David Anderson; Laura Falls; Claire Colquhoun

Testimonials

'This is a very commercially strong team with an outstanding understanding of the private equity investments marketplace.'

'Addleshaw Goddard's corporate and commercial team provides excellent client-focused advice. Its lawyers are practical, and give sound commercial input alongside a strong grasp of the client's legal position, risks and opportunities.'

'David Anderson is first class and always puts the client's interests at the heart of the advice. He is energetic and a real pleasure to work with.'

'Legal director Laura Falls has a calm, clear client approach and an effective way of setting out alternatives.'

Key Clients

Red Rock Power

Shareholders of QTS Group

Eli Global

Ecosse Subsea

Cairngorm Capital

YFM Private Equity

Rathbone Brothers

Souter Investments

Dawn Homes

Eastern Western Motor Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Red Rock Power on the acquisition of Afton Wind Farm Holdings, a company that had constructed the 50MW Afton Wind Farm in East Ayrshire.
  • Acted for the shareholders of QTS Group on the sale of a high-profile family-owned independent rail contractor to AIM-listed engineering group Renew Holdings.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Ecosse Subsea on its sale to Oceaneering International, a listed US company.
  • Advised Atlanta Bidco on M&A and legal due diligence and banking-related matters concerning the acquisition of Damoco Holdco Limited.
Leading individuals

David Kirchin - Addleshaw Goddard

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for corporate entities and individuals in a wide range of contractual and shareholder disputes, including insolvency-related matters. Commercial litigator Peter Anderson joined Simon Catto's team from Clyde & Co LLP in July 2018.

Practice head(s):Simon Catto

Other key lawyers:Peter Anderson; Alan Sinclair

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the UK's largest pub retailer and brewer in a professional negligence claim following issues which arose in relation to the plans drawn up by a firm of architects.
  • Acting for a private individual in a dispute over an agreement entered with the purchasers of shares the client sold.
  • Acting for an estate agency business in a dispute over shareholders provisions.
  • Acting for the former owner of a software development company against the purchasers of the same company in a dispute concerning the alleged breach of a warranty included in the purchase agreement.  
  • Acting for the administrators of a shopfitting company in an action for payment against a health food store company and its guarantor based on a breach of contract.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's finance and banking team is highly active in asset-based lending matters, social housing financings and debt capital markets issuances. The group's client base includes many of the major UK banks, alternative lenders and a variety of borrowers. The practice is led by energy sector acquisition finance expert Alan Shanks, and fields Tom Speirs, who specialises in financings in the healthcare and social housing sectors; Catriona Smith in the Aberdeen office, who focuses on the onshore and offshore renewable energy sectors and shipping work, and Euan Cluness who has a strong track record in asset-based lending, corporate lending and acquisition finance mandates.

Practice head(s):Alan Shanks

Other key lawyers:Euan Cluness; Tom Speirs; Catriona Smith

Testimonials

'The banking lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard are hardworking, pragmatic and always deliver. They're very good at filtering out the issues that they can deal with themselves and escalating the key issues that their clients need to focus on.'

'What sets the finance team apart is the fact that it isn't just highly skilled but also has got a huge amount of strength in depth compared to its peers.'

'The firm nurtures good client relations while providing a broad number of legal services.'

'Euan Cluness is a real go-to for transactional banking work and wins the lion's share of that work.'

'Legal director Ann Frances Cooney truly understands the industry and what her clients need. Her advice is sound, concise and easy to follow.'

Key Clients

Clydesdale Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

HSBC Bank

Santander (UK)

Lloyds Banking Group

Barclays Bank

Business Growth Fund

Route Finance

Cairngorm Capital

Gravis Capital Partners

Robertson Group

Topaz Energy & Marine

Red Rock Power Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Bank of China

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for HSBC on its strategic re-banking of Albert Bartlett & Sons.
  • Assisted Cairngorm Capital Partners with the financing of Thornbridge Timber's acquisition of Rembrand Timber.
  • Acting for RBS on the provision of debt funding to support LDC's investment into Duncan & Todd Holdings, the leading optical provider in Scotland.
  • Assisted Aldermore Bank with providing development funding to Queensberry Properties, which will purchase and develop a residential block in a mixed-use development at New Waverley, near the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
Leading individuals

Euan Cluness - Addleshaw Goddard

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises its high-profile client base on Scottish insolvency matters and the Scottish aspects of major cross-border restructurings. In recent highlights, the team, which is led by Jamie McIntosh from Edinburgh, represented the administrators of Havelock Europa, and advised the liquidators of Doonin Plant. Also notable is Addi Spiers, who leads the UK distressed real estate practice from the Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices.

Practice head(s):Jamie McIntosh

Other key lawyers:Tim Cooper; Addi Spiers; Jamie Nellany; Emma Widdowson

Testimonials

'The practitioners at Addleshaw Goddard go out of their way to build and maintain the relationship across the whole of the team. They are well respected in this specific line of work and can deliver what is required on time and within budget.'

'Tim Cooper provides very straight and practical advice when clients want to cut through the issues and have effective and efficient advice.'

'Jamie McIntosh, Lynsey Walker and Kirsten Fleming all have the ability to come up with solutions to potential problems.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank Of Scotland plc

Santander Bank

Clydesdale Bank PLC

HSBC

Barclays Bank plc

KPMG LLP

Clipper Holdings II S.a.r.l.

Cable Capital Partners Limited

FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • Acting for the administrators of Havelock Europa on the sale of its business and assets to turnaround specialist RCapital.
  • Instructed by KPMG as liquidators to represent Doonin Plant in a case, which had a significant impact on the status of environmental obligations of companies for illegal waste activities prior to insolvency, and their enforcement as an expense of liquidation under insolvency law.

  • Acted for Santander Bank on the administration of Bertinaley Care.
  • Assisted KPMG as administrators of James Callander & Son with the negotiations to enable a disposal of assets, returns to plant and machinery finance creditors.
  • Advising The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust on the managed termination of the Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI project.
Leading individuals

Jamie McIntosh - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Addi Spiers - Addleshaw Goddard

Tim Cooper - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Kirsten Fleming - Addleshaw Goddard

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Clients from the financial services, energy, retail, transport and healthcare sectors, among others, routinely instruct Addleshaw Goddard to advise on equal pay, TUPE, workforce restructuring and industrial relations matters alongside issues arising from corporate transactions. Equally well versed in handling contentious work, the group jointly led by David Hughes and the 'well regarded' Kim Pattullo also handles regular employment tribunal proceedings pertaining to unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):Kim Pattullo; David Hughes

Key Clients

Action 4 Equality (Scotland)

Parseq

2 Touch BPO

Enventure International

Ove Arup

Oodle Financial Services

Aramark

ANM Group

FNZ (UK)

Slater Menswear

GAP Group

Sunamp

Smarter Grid Solutions

Heart of Midlothian

Work highlights

  • Acting for Action 4 Equality (Scotland) in a class action, acting for approximately 11,000 claimants in Scotland's largest equal pay litigation.
  • Acted for Eastern Western Motor Group in the purchase of the whole of the share capital of Barnetts Motor Group, which included assistance with TUPE transfers.
  • Providing operational and strategic industrial relations advice to the board and senior HR team of a national logistics company, including advice on balloting, collective grievance and strike avoidance actions.
  • Represented Gist in a hearing before the Glasgow Employment Tribunal involving allegations of unfair dismissal, trade union victimisation and harassment.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's group is recognised in Scotland for its work in the onshore wind sector, where it  advises a range of established developers, funders, contractors, and new market entrants. While the team is notably strong in corporate and financing matters, the planning consent and dispute resolution teams are increasingly active in the space. Alan Shanks heads up the practice, and Paul Minto advises on energy and climate change regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):Alan Shanks

Other key lawyers:Paul Minto; Sarah Baillie; Alison Horner; Murray Jack

Key Clients

Red Rock Power Limited

SSE

Kilmac Energy

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm

Engenie

Engie

Certas Energy

Scotia Gas Networks

Burcote Wind

Gravis Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Red Rock Power, a subsidiary of SDIC Power, on its acquisition of Afton Wind Farm, a 50MW asset in East Ayrshire, Scotland.
  • Instructed by SSE to handle its proposed application to the Secretary of State for a Development Consent Order to develop a new gas-fired power station near the Ferrybridge Power Station.
  • Advising SGN on consenting matters relating to its gas transmission asset portfolio.
  • Acting for GreenPower International on its acquisition of Drumduff wind farm.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has significant capabilities in Scottish and English law matters, and recently strengthened its presence in the hotels and leisure, logistics, offices and portfolios, care homes, regeneration, retail, student accommodation and housing sectors. Practice head Miles Ede specialises in UK-wide portfolio acquisitions, asset management work for large corporate occupiers, investments and development transactions. Alison Newton is a key name for real estate development and investments, and Neil Addis focuses on real estate finance work and alternative properties.

Practice head(s):Miles Ede

Other key lawyers:Alison Newton; Neil Addis; Alastair Cowan; Kirsty Nicholson; Carrie Armstrong

Key Clients

Legal & General

Europa Capital

Aviva

British Telecommunication plc

City Pub Group

Schroders

SSE

EE

Harwood Real Estate

StayCity Apart Hotels

Work highlights

  • Acting for IP Investment Management and Atlas Residential as forward funder of a Private Rented Sector (PRS) development at MediaCity on a development facility from Barings Bank.
  • Assisting Maven Capital Partners and IP Investment Management with the sale of two PBSA schemes, which were the first two acquisitions of eight development sites.
  • Advised The Multifamily Housing Reit on the proposed IPO of a residential REIT on the London Stock Exchange with an initial fund raise of £125m.
  • Acting for Square and Crescent on its acquisition of five properties in Edinburgh to convert or redevelop into residential property.
  • Advising Legal & General on the acquisition and forward funding of student accommodation in Pentland House, Edinburgh.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Rated for its 'commercial and timely advice', Addleshaw Goddard has been increasingly active in the residential development sector while maintaining its energy and infrastructure-related workflow. Alison Horner is the main contact for non-contentious work, which includes transactional support, and Anne Struckmeier for construction disputes.

Practice head(s):Alison Horner; Anne Struckmeier

Other key lawyers:Alan Shanks; Paul Minto

Testimonials

'Delivers a quality service.'

Key Clients

BAM Construction

Edinburgh Airport

SSE

Scotland Gas Network (SGN)

Moda

Red Rock Power

Engenie

Maven

Caledonian Maritime Assets

Work highlights

  • Advised BAM Construction on the Jedburgh Intergenerational Campus DBFM project procured under the hub South East framework; this included assistance with negotiating the construction contract with particular emphasis on resolving project and site specific issues, the interface agreement with the FM provider along with direct agreements and other ancillary documents.
  • Advised BAM Construction on the Stobhill Hospital and Greenock Health Centre DBFM project procured under the hub west framework; the instruction included negotiating the construction contract together with other project specifics affecting the construction contract as well as the interface agreement with the FM provider along with direct agreements and other ancillary documents.
  • Provided a redraft of the client's in-house NEC3-style suite of construction contracts, introducing new risk profile positions on extensions of time, additional cost, and reporting mechanisms.
  • The firm advised Moda Living on all construction aspects pertaining to the new Strathclyde Police Headquarters development, including the pre-construction services agreement, demolition contract and appointments, the main building contract and other matters.
  • Advised the client on its forward funding and purchase of a new student accommodation (of approximately 359 bed spaces) arising from conversion of an existing six-storey office property in Edinburgh.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

'Extremely knowledgeable and diligent' planning team head Sarah Baillie at Addleshaw Goddard is an accredited specialist in planning law by the Law Society of Scotland and is also a chartered town planner with corporate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. This expertise leads to a steady flow of mandates on various development projects across Scotland, including housing and regeneration, infrastructure and transport as well as energy and retail. The 'strong' team also provides assistance with appeals and legal challenges to planning and other statutory consents.

Practice head(s):Sarah Baillie

Testimonials

'Sarah Baillie brings unique breadth of experience and knowledge and is easy to work with.'

'Provides practical guidance through the planning process, knows the associated risks and how to mitigate them.'

'The team has a pragmatic and solution-finding ethos.'

'Sound, reliable advice delivered in a timely fashion, always on scope and in accordance with agreed terms.'

Key Clients

Aviva

Aldi Stores

SSE

Scotland Gas Networks (SGN)

Red Rock Power

Dandara

Pentland Studios

British Telecommunications

Legal & General

Highlands and Islands Airports

Work highlights

  • Advising SGN on consenting matters relating to its gas transmission asset portfolio which distributes gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses.
  • The team continues to be the sole planning advisor to Aldi for its store acquisition and development programme for Aldi's Scottish region.
  • Advising the developer for Scotland's first film studio complex, covering contentious and non-contentious planning matters; this includes the development plan promotion and examination, the planning appeal following its call-in by Scottish Ministers together with negotiating the planning agreement.  
  • Advising Burcote on its onshore wind portfolio across Scotland along with JV Partner ERG (Italy's largest wind farm operator). Recently, this included advice on a 50MW wind farm application, a public local inquiry, planning appeals and a 48MW wind farm development.
  • The team continues to advise on the £500m+development and master planning of a new town at Stratton, near Inverness. This involves the development of 2,750 houses, an 80 bed hotel, a new town centre, church, school, community building, major supermarket, retail, commercial and office space.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Jointly led by Simon Catto and Joan Devine, the 'experienced' team at Addleshaw Goddard handles a wide range of contentious property issues for companies and high-net-worth individuals such as the recovery of rent arrears, dilapidation claims, and claims for compensation arising from compulsory purchases as well as eviction, lease, title and access matters. Managing associate and real estate litigator Edward Gratwick is recommended.

Practice head(s):Simon Catto; Joan Devine

Other key lawyers:Edward Gratwick

Testimonials

'Joan Devine is a safe pair of hands and very knowledgeable.'

'Demonstrates strong professionalism and high ethical standards.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Pharmacy

Virgin Media

Gerald and Deborah Hilferty

Link Group

Link Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Handling all property litigation issues which arise in Scotland, which includes assistance with the recovery of rent arrears from sub-tenants, preparing and serving notices to quit or break notices, and various dilapidations cases.
  • Acting for high-net-worth private client owners of a category-A-listed mansion house and country estate in a dispute with various neighbours over the use and maintenance of private access roads at the estate.
  • Acted for the clients in claims for compensation arising from a compulsory purchase of property required in connection with the construction of the Queensferry Crossing.
  • Providing ongoing advice on various contentious matters; this includes unlawful eviction proceedings  against the client's sub-tenant, the recovery of overpaid rent and related lease provisions, among other issues.
  • Instructed by the Link Housing Association, seeking eviction of a tenant under a Short Scottish Secure Tenancy.
Rising stars

Edward Gratwick - Addleshaw Goddard

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has been increasingly active in advising funders and RSLs in social housing funding transactions. The team, led by Heather Pearson, also handles various other contentious and non-contentious issues, including those pertaining to housing management, tenancy, debt recovery and data management as well as development projects, group structures and constitutional partnerships.

Practice head(s):Heather Pearson

Other key lawyers:Susan McDonald

Key Clients

Ayrshire Housing

Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association

Grampian Housing Association

HSBC Bank

Kingdom Housing Association

Link Group

Linstone Housing Association

Paragon Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Assistance in drafting a new bilateral facility agreement between Nationwide Building Society and River Clyde Homes.
  • Assistance with seeking eviction of a tenant under a Short Scottish Secure Tenancy.  
  • Advising Ayrshire Housing on the acquisition of a stand-alone site in Ayr from CCG (Scotland) for the development of 39 social rented flatted homes.
  • Advising Kingdom Housing Association on the acquisition of 25 affordable homes in Cairneyhill from Avant Homes.
  • Advising Grampian Housing Association on its factoring role, particularly in relation to substantial landscaping works.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

The IT team at Addleshaw Goddard acts for clients across a variety of industry sectors including the retail, sports and financial services arenas. The firm recently leveraged its strong expertise in the personal data field  to attract new clients including Edinburgh Airport and Lumesse. Ross McKenzie, who was previously the head of privacy at Burness Paull LLP, recently joined the Aberdeen office to strengthen the firm's capacity in the data protection space. David Anderson leads the IT practice in Scotland, and Helena Brown is a key contact for non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):David Anderson

Other key lawyers:Helena Brown; Ross McKenzie; Andrew Walker

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard is a consistently outstanding firm to work with. The lawyers' knowledge of their clients' business and work ethic means that clients get timely and accurate advice from them time and time again.'

'David Anderson is responsive, commercial and hugely knowledgeable about the industry. He is always looking to add value wherever possible.'

'David Horne is known for his excellent support and advice.'

'Helena Brown is technically excellent but also has a great commercial, pragmatic approach.'

Key Clients

FNZ

Highlands and Islands Airports

ICS Learn

Wejo

VISM

Red 61

Lumesse

Salunda Limited

Jade Software

Par Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised FNZ on its master services agreement regarding the provision of investment transaction and administration outsourcing services to a blue-chip financial institution.
  • Acted for Highlands and Islands Airports on the production of a bespoke template contract to be used with individual airlines operating at Inverness airport and regulating the installation, repair and maintenance of hardware and software at the airport to enable individual airlines to conduct and operate check-in desks and departure gates.
  • Appointed to advise on and draft the agreements between VIism and its external software design consultancy for the continual development, testing and implementation of improvements to the client's products.
  • Advising Red 61 on the provision of ticketing for the Edinburgh Festival, in particular the data protection arrangements applicable to the personal data acquired from applicants for tickets.
  • Advised on the technology and corporate aspects of Par Equity's investments into a number of fast-growing technology business and the disposal of its e-learning portfolio company, ICS Learn.
Leading individuals

David Anderson - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Helena Brown - Addleshaw Goddard

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's team represents football players, clubs and agents in regulatory proceedings raised by the SFA and the SPFL, and is the sole legal support to Celtic for the football club's GDPR compliance programme. Partner Helena Brown handles sponsorship agreements, trademarks and licensing, IT and software procurement for several football clubs. Legal director Tony McGlennan, who joined the firm in September 2018, has brought insider knowledge to the team from his tenure as compliance officer at the SFA.

Practice head(s):Simon Catto

Other key lawyers:Helena Brown; Tony McGlennan

Testimonials

"Helena Brown is a real revelation in terms of her responsiveness and willingness to support and build relationships with clients. Her technical expertise is unparalleled."

"I instruct Addleshaws due to their client relationship driven approach, their responsiveness and the pragmatic way they approach their advice. They have made every effort to understand our business."

Key Clients

The Scottish Football Association

Celtic Football Club

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to a Premiership football club in relation to a Scottish Professional Football League tribunal hearing on the appropriate transfer fee for an incoming player.
  • Advising a Premiership football club following an appeal against a notice of complaint served by the SFA relating to the construction of a particular regulatory point.
  • Acted for Heart of Midlothian FC in obtaining a rare victory against the SFA Compliance Officer on behalf of our clients.
  • Acted as the sole legal support to Celtic Football club in terms of GDPR compliance.

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