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Turcan Connell

PRINCES EXCHANGE, 1 EARL GREY STREET, EDINBURGH, EH3 9EE, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 228 8111
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Fax 0131 228 8118
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723300 EDINBURGH-43
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Web:
www.turcanconnell.com
Edinburgh, Glasgow, London

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 5

Turcan Connell

Turcan Connell is particularly active in advising entrepreneurs and family businesses. Its team assists clients with the full spectrum of operational issues, including business structuring, commercial contracts and governance. In addition, on the transactional side, the work spans exits, trade sales, MBOs/employee buyouts (EBOs) and vendor-initiated MBOs (VIMBOs), among other transition events. The practice generates work from clients across a broad spread of industries, such as energy, food and drink, software and computer services, and travel and leisure. In 2017, practice head Mike Kane and senior solicitor Bethan White acted for Russell Shepherd, the CEO and founder of Hotdocs Limited, in the sale of Hotdocs to US-based acquirer Abacus Data Systems. In another Scottish-US deal, the firm acted as the lead adviser to the shareholders of Converse AI on the sale of the business to a Seattle-based midmarket technology business. Jack Gardiner and recently promoted senior associate Victoria Tweed are other key figures in the team.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Turcan Connell

Turcan Connell represents both employers and employees engaged in employment-related disputes. The firm acts for a number of major charities, including Capability Scotland and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, which it advises on corporate matters (such as restructuring) and represents at tribunal. Recent highlights include negotiating a major termination agreement for a senior investment manager, including the payment of sums contractually due, crystallisation of payments as a Good Leaver Type A and restrictive covenants. It is currently advising Alzheimer Scotland on a number of terminations and other employee relations matters, in addition to the application of TUPE. The practice is led by David Ogilvy , who specialises in representing senior financial services executives. Alexandra Gell is another practitioner of note.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Turcan Connell

Turcan Connell’s team is led by Jonathan Robertson and has ‘fantastic knowledge of agricultural legal matters’, including farm and estate transactions, agricultural tenancies, diversification, land reform, renewables, minerals and development. Recent highlights include advising a major land owner on granting options to take leases relating to minerals development, and the construction of the associated processing and storage facilities. Grierson Dunlop is noted for providing ‘an excellent level of service in relation to complex development programs on large estates’. Don Mcleod assists clients with crofting law and the commercial development of croft land. Louise Johnston has particular expertise in the new Scottish voluntary land registration legislation.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Robertson - Turcan Connell

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Turcan Connell

Turcan Connell handles the full range of charity and philanthropy matters, with an emphasis on advising clients in the education, heritage, culture and arts sectors. The group also has expertise in advising charities on regulatory inquiries by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), as well as risk and governance issues. The practice is led by Gavin McEwan, who advised the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy Foundation on a review and reorganisation of a series of historic benevolent and endowment funds. McEwan is also assisting the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh with a number of major transactions, including a major land purchase, and Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland on a high-profile rebranding and a review of its constitution and governance following the Foundation’s severance from Lloyds Banking Group. Simon MacKintosh and senior associate Kenneth Pinkerton are other key practitioners.

Leading individuals

Gavin McEwan - Turcan Connell

Simon Mackintosh - Turcan Connell

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Turcan Connell

Turcan Connell’s team specialises in private client litigation and covers the full range of disputes in relation to private clients, family businesses and disputes over inheritance entitlements. It defends and pursues a variety of high-value executry actions, often involving family partnerships. The team is led by experienced private client litigator, Peter Littlefield , whose focus is complex issues arising out of estates and post-death tax planning, as well as the application of Scots succession law to charitable organisations. David Ogilvy has significant expertise in property disputes, including arbitrations and contractual disputes in the Sheriff Court. The group is currently representing a beneficiary in connection with a dispute over the authenticity of their father’s will. Other key mandates included representing a trust in a claim for damages against the Scottish government arising out of an alleged breach of the ECHR in relation to the Scottish Agricultural Holdings Act, which ordered a landlord to arrange their affairs in a particular manner to comply with legislation that was subsequently found unlawful by the Supreme Court.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Turcan Connell

Turcan Connell’s ‘extremely strong group’ has a particular focus on complex work for high-net-worth individuals and negotiations of financial settlements that avoid litigation. The firm’s broader practice adds value to the family law team in terms of business valuations, pension sharing, tax and trusts. In addition to divorce mandates, the firm also handles cohabitation issues, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, child law cases (including international relocation), adoption and surrogacy. Dual qualified in Scots and English law, practice head Gillian Crandles is ‘in the very top category of family lawyers in Scotland’. She has ‘an excellent manner with clients’ and acts for a wide variety of Scottish professional individuals facing matrimonial and cohabitation issues. ‘Pragmatic’ Alasdair Loudon has notable expertise in international divorces. Lindsey Ogilvie, who was promoted to partner in April 2018, is the firm’s child specialist, but is also recommended for her work on complex financial issues. Senior solicitor Zaynab Al Nasser, whose attention to detail is ‘second to none’, is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Alasdair Loudon - Turcan Connell

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 1

Turcan Connell

Turcan Connell's wide-ranging trust and tax expertise encompasses succession planning and other issues concerning high-net-worth individuals and families. The group, which comprises a number of chartered tax advisers, is particularly noted for inheritance tax planning matters. Recent highlights include offshore structure reorganisations and the establishment of various FICs and FLPs; work that included advice on tax, asset protection and assistance with asset structuring. The tax and succession group is led by the ‘efficient and likable’ Alexander Garden, whose knowledge of tax and trusts is ‘first-rate’. ‘Shrewd operator’ Paul Macaulay stands out for his ‘ability to communicate complex issues clearly’ and assists private clients, family businesses and landowners with capital taxation and estate planning, with a particular focus on inheritance and capital gains tax planning. Alix Storrie is also recommended for her expertise in wills, and the complex issues that arise out of landed estates, including claims for reliefs.

Leading individuals

Alexander Garden - Turcan Connell

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 5

Turcan Connell

Turcan Connell's renewable energy practice derives from the firm's longstanding track record acting for substantial farming operations and landed estates in the rural sector. The multidisciplinary group, which has previously been involved in more than 300 renewable energy schemes, assists clients with a range of issues arising from renewable energy projects by drawing on expertise in business law, land and property, and tax. Jonathan Robertson leads the team, which assists clients with projects involving hydro, wind, anaerobic digestion and solar, among others. A group including Robertson, Mike Kane, Louise Johnston, and senior associates Alastair Collin and Victoria Tweed, recently advised a number of landowners on several battery storage projects. The firm's client roster also includes developers and funders. Senior associate Alistair Rushworth is recommended, as is associate Antonia Scott, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law.

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