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Addleshaw Goddard

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Simon Catto

Work 0131 222 9560
Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Dispute Resolution.


Simon is head of the dispute resolution team in Scotland and a solicitor advocate. He regularly handles complex and high value cases in both Sheriff Court and the Court of Session with a particular focus on commercial, contractual, insolvency and sports related disputes. Simon specialises in the full range of commercial, contractual and insolvency disputes. His clients range from insolvency practitioners, banks and public limited companies to small privately owned companies and partnerships. Clients also include UK football clubs and professional sportsmen in the fields of football and athletics. Simon is the appointed solicitor member of the board of the Scottish Court Service. He is also a member of the firm’s Scottish and UK managing boards.


Trained Ledingham Chalmers; qualified 1997; training partner HBJ Gateley 2006-07, qualified as solicitor advocate 2007, head of litigation department 2007 to date, member of managing board (Scotland) 2007, member of the UK board 2008.




The Law Society of Scotland; solicitor member Board of the Scottish Court and Tribunal Service; Solicitor Advocate.


Robert Gordons College; Edinburgh University (1994 LLB Hons; 1995 DipLP).

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Addleshaw Goddard, whose Scotland-based team is a core part of the wider UK network, has grown its portfolio of high quality work since it merged with HBJ Gately in 2017. The firm has won key mandates across a number of areas, including energy, insolvency, banking, tax and shipping. The firm benefits from the strong capabilities of its team in all aspects of litigation, arbitration and mediation. Lynsey Walker (who is one of five solicitor advocates in the group) and Antonia Grieve recently acted for Promontoria as the pursuer at the Court of Session in Promontoria (RAM) Limited v Moore; this matter concerned the implications of a transfer of a guarantee of bank borrowings. In another matter, Simon Catto is representing Frank A Smart & Son Limited at the Supreme Court in a VAT dispute with HMRC. Alan Sinclair is a well-known name in the Glasgow insolvency market, and his other work includes shareholder disputes and matters arising from sales of businesses. Joan Devine is experienced in property litigation, and also contentious banking and insolvency matters. Anne Struckmeier is recommended for infrastructure-related construction disputes. Managing associates Edward Gratwick and Rachael Bicknell are other notable figures in the team.

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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Addleshaw Goddard represents clients in contentious property matters at all court levels in Scotland, and in arbitrations and mediations. Led by Simon Catto, the team advises clients on access and encroachment issues, rent review cases, dilapidation claims, title issues, and landlord and tenant matters. It is also increasingly sought-after to advise on disputes involving access to and the installation of telecommunications apparatus on land. Joan Devine recently acted for the receivers of Fieldoak Limited (a company which owned an extensive residential property portfolio) in an action for declarator against Citywide at the Commercial Court of the Court of Session; the dispute arose over control of the portfolio, which was worth between £7m and £9m. Another key figure is managing associate Edward Gratwick, who is a member of the Property Litigation Association, and acts for registered social landlords, public bodies, commercial and estate landowners, among other clients.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Addleshaw Goddard acts for clubs and individuals in a wide range of football-related matters. Helena Brown leads on the non-contentious front and draws on significant commercial, IP, IT and data protection compliance expertise. She is currently advising Celtic Football Club on consumer and data protection matters in relation to season ticket, hospitality and match ticket terms and conditions. Experienced litigator Simon Catto often represents players, clubs and agents in the SFA and SPFL at Scottish football tribunals, as well as Court of Arbitration for Sport proceedings and the Dispute Resolution Chamber of FIFA.

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