Firm Profile > Davidson Chalmers Stewart > Edinburgh, Scotland

Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Environment Tier 2

With a strong profile for recycling and waste management work, Davidson Chalmers Stewart routinely assists waste companies and landfill operators with various environmental law and regulatory issues. The team is also well versed in handling environmental impact assessments and environmental matters arising from quarries. The 'fantasticLaura Tainsh heads the team, which includes key contact for contentious regulatory matters Laura Irvine (who joined the firm from BTO Solicitors LLP in November 2018). Director and planning law expert Jacqueline Cook joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2018.


Laura Tainsh is superb. She is exceptionally helpful, forthcoming, communicative at all times and available any time the client needs her.’

Key clients


W. H. Malcolm

Suez Group

Armstrong Waste Management

Straid Farms

The British Millerain Company

Brewster Bros

C&M Property Management

Robertson Construction

Tartan Leisure

Property litigation Tier 2

The 'strong' team led by the 'exceptionalSheila Webster at Davidson Chalmers Stewart is well equipped to guide clients, such as property developers, retail and leisure sector players as well as individuals, through landlord and tenant disputes and dilapidation claims in addition to title, boundary and property contract disputes. The 'very goodGreg Flett is also recommended; he handles all forms of property litigation.


Sheila Webster is a solid and able litigator. She is very experienced and keeps a cool head even in urgent situations.’

Greg Flett is unfailingly upbeat which makes him a delight to work with.’

Sheila Webster is one of the finest property litigation solicitors in Scotland.’

Sheila Webster is a litigator who understands that the client doesn’t want a PhD on the law but straightforward advice that tells the client what the law means for their business.

Gets to the nub of the issue quickly and outlines the options clearly.

Key clients

Kier Property and FORE Partnership joint venture: 50 Bothwell Street

William Grant & Sons Distillers

Knight Frank


Dandara/ Stoneywood Developments

Scottish Borders Council

Alba Energy

Tweed Homes

Ury Estate

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Davidson Chalmers Stewart advises land owners, public sector bodies and family partnerships on a wide range of matters, including lease agreements,  joint ventures and large land transactions and corporate sales in the renewables sector. The practice has recently been representing a number of tenant farmers in a judicial review against the Scottish government regarding new legislation impacting property rights in farming partnerships. During 2018 Louise Jones was promoted to the role of director of rural business, while  Laura Irvine joined as partner from BTO Solicitors LLP  in 2018.


“There is a closely knit team working at Davidson Chalmers so you are guaranteed a good breadth of experience and a team effort to get the job done.” 

“Davidson Chalmers provides an effective personal service which is thorough but pragmatic.”

“Louise Jones is thorough, determined and exacting.”

Key clients

R J McMaster (Lead Petitioner in Group of Tenant Farmers)

Dunrobin Highland Distillery Limited

RT Overseas Settlement

Tartan Leisure Limited

Ury Estate Limited (part of FM Group)

Albrighton Roses Limited

The English Benedictine Congregation

Highlands of Scotland Sporting Estates Partnership

Ark Hill Wind Farm Limited

Hudson Hirsel LLP

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Davidson Chalmers Stewart's 'strong' team is led by the 'excellent and very sharp' Sheila Webster, who is 'particularly strong in property litigation' and 'very nice to deal with'. Other areas of expertise include contractual and contract interpretation disputes, including breach of warranty claims, and negligence claims against solicitors and engineers. The 'smartGreg Flett made partner in May 2018, while criminal solicitor advocate Laura Irvine joined from BTO Solicitors LLP in May 2018.


They work well together and support each other in the preparation of complex litigation.’

Responds quickly and provides instructions in a clear and well ordered fashion.’

The team is very personable and down to earth.

Their knowledge of commercial litigation is second to none.

Sheila Webster stands out. She is clever and a very experienced commercial litigator. Sheila is a safe pair of hands.’

Very commercial and practical advice.

Key clients

William Grant & Sons Distillers

Alba Energy

Robert Kidd

Tweed Homes

Centenary 6

Chris Stewart Group

Pegasus Fire Protection Company

Ury Estate

Pizza Hut Restaurants (UK)

Cairngorm Mountain

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Davidson Chalmers Stewart’s real estate team focuses on niche commercial work and regularly acts for large developers. The group is also active in the healthcare and housebuilding sectors, where it counts builders and primary care providers as key clients. Andrew Chalmers heads up the department, which also includes Gavin Maclean, who has notable experience in the retail, leisure and office sectors; and Bruce Lancaster, who handles property developments and forward funding agreements.


‘The group understands, addresses and resolves any issues promptly without fuss.’

‘The real estate team is conscientious, pragmatic and approachable.’

‘Andrew Chalmers is very approachable. He has experience of all issues and directs clients to the appropriate specialist for an effortless service delivery.’

‘The firm’s advice is prompt and competitive.’

‘Andrew Chalmers and Lizzy Enayatti both provide an efficient and effective service, meeting timetables and budgets. They give clients the feeling that they actually care about what they are doing.’

Key clients

Chris Stewart Group

Peveril Securities Limited

Crosslane Group

Muir Group

Suez Group

Peel Group

Highbridge Properties plc

Ministry of Justice

Pizza Hut

Burger King

Construction Tier 3

With an emphasis on representing private development companies, Davidson Chalmers Stewart handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters and has recently seen an increase in its renewable energy sector work. Typical instructions include development agreements, building and engineering contracts and collateral warranties. The team's contentious capabilities also include arbitration and adjudication proceedings. Director Simone Young is the main contact. Expert in contentious construction work, Greg Flett made partner in May 2018.

Key clients

Chris Stewart Group

Muir Group

Whiteburn Group

Tartan Leisure

Scarborough Hermiston

Cumbrae Property


Hermiston Securities

Kingsford Developments

Edinburgh Castle

Health Tier 3

Davidson Chalmers Stewart has a strong private sector healthcare practice, most notably in the medical and dental industries, but the team also acts for vets, care home operators, pharmacies and opticians, among others. The practice is jointly led by the 'knowledgeable and responsiveCraig Stirling and 'great communicatorAndy Drane and assists clients with the full spectrum of healthcare sector-specific corporate and commercial work, including funding, lease and regulatory matters as well as NHS contracting and disputes. Regulatory lawyer Laura Irvine joined the firm in November 2018 from BTO Solicitors LLP.


Andy Drane is on the front foot with solutions to changes in GP contracts and sustainability loans.

Key clients

Portman Healthcare

Hawick Veterinary Group

St Clair Veterinary Clinics

Ambicare Health

Smile Dental Care

Stirling Care Village

Riverside Medical Practice

Stonehealth Alpha

North Berwick Dental Centre

Infinity Blu Dental Care & Implant Clinic

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Davidson Chalmers Stewart routinely works with English and international law firms on a range of corporate and commercial matters requiring Scottish expertise. The firm's corporate offering was recently enhanced by the firm's merger with boutique firm Kergan Stewart, which added David AllanCatherine FeechanFiona PiperStephen SmithElizabeth Kennedy and chairman Alan Stewart to its roster of corporate partners. Craig Stirling, who specialises in private equity and M&A, leads the practice. Stuart Duncan is the other name to note.

Key clients

Emerson Electric Corporation

Jabil Circuit Corporation

Murray Capital

Hercules Capital

Muir Homes

Guinness Asset Management

Suez Group


Natural Assets Investments Limited/Natural Retreats

Palm Capital

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 4

Davidson Chalmers Stewart's team regularly advises on a range of different renewable technologies and all elements of the related projects including corporate and commercial advice, property and construction contracts, planning work, environmental mandates and specialist rural business issues. The group's client roster includes developers, public sector bodies, investors and suppliers, which it also acts for in disputes. Laura Tainsh heads up the group and regularly acts for renewable energy developers.


The energy practitioners at Davidson Chalmers are very pragmatic and reasonably priced.

Laura Tainsh and Stephanie Mackenzie have excellent knowledge of the renewable energy sector and are both very reliable.’

Key clients


Peel Energy

Ark Hill Wind Farm Ltd

Suez Group

Ripple Energy Ltd

Sapphire Energy Ltd

Gala Water & Mill Lades Society Ltd


ENR (Scotland) Ltd

Leo Group Ltd

Planning Tier 4

Davidson Chalmers Stewart is adept at handling planning law aspects of residential and commercial development projects, alongside energy and leisure sector matters, and regularly acts for developers and landowners. Director Jacqueline Cook, who joined the firm in May 2018 from Pinsent Masons LLP, heads the team.

Key clients

Tartan Leisure

Peveril Securities (KSR) Edinburgh

Portobello Sands

J W Muir Group

Peel Group

RT Overseas Settlement

Story Homes

Ark Hill Wind Farm

Ury Estate

Guinness Asset Management


Davidson Chalmers Stewart is an independent, commercial law firm, focused on the needs of business clients across Scotland and beyond. Operating from offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the firm is recognised for providing clear, practical and commercial advice to a broad range of clients from start-ups and established SMEs to listed companies.

In a market dominated by a handful of large firms, Davidson Chalmers Stewart is well known for its unwavering commitment to client service with a partner-led approach. The firm’s expert teams focus on finding pragmatic solutions, combined with transparent pricing, to help clients achieve their business objectives.

The firm regularly advises on the Scottish aspects of UK and multinational deals, including inward investment, often working in partnership with advisors from other jurisdictions.

With a worldwide reach through partners in the Globalaw legal network (, clients can access a range of international advice through known and trusted law firms.


Agriculture & Rural Business: Advising landowners, estates, farmers, developers and tenants in the acquisition, disposal, use and diversification of rural businesses and landholdings.

Commercial Real Estate: Working with investors, landlords, tenants and developers of all sizes across all sectors of the Scottish market.

Construction: Providing specialist advice to developers, funders, investors, contractors and professional teams on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Corporate: A full range of corporate and commercial legal services across all business sectors including mergers and acquisitions and MBOs/MBIs; private equity; IPOs, takeovers and other listed company work; corporate reorganisations and restructurings; regulatory and compliance; general advisory.

Data Protection & Information Law: Providing contentious and non-contentious data protection, freedom of information and cyber security advice to a diverse range of clients.

Dispute Resolution: Offering a wide range of commercial litigation and mediation services with a particularly strong reputation for outstanding service in property litigation.

Employment: Advising and representing employers on all issues such as disciplinary, discrimination, unfair dismissal, TUPE and Tribunals.

Environment & Waste: Providing advice to clients in a variety of sectors on a range of environmental compliance, consenting, operational and enforcement issues including defending prosecutions.

Health: Delivering specialist advice to clients across the healthcare sector, with particular strengths in advising GP, Dental and Veterinary practices as well as care homes.

Planning: Providing a full range of advice for all types of commercial development including roads and compulsory purchase.

Regulatory Law: Assisting and representing clients through investigations/ prosecutions by a range of regulating bodies including Police Scotland, FSS, FCA, HSE, SEPA, ICO, the Care Inspectorate and professional regulators.

Renewable Energy: Advising landowners, operators and communities on wind energy, hydro, solar PV, biomass, anaerobic digestion and energy from waste.

Residential Development: Advising on all aspects of land purchase and sale, including planning, and associated environmental and infrastructure issues. This area has a dedicated plot sales team.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Andrew Chalmers
Commercial real estate Andrew Chalmers
Commercial real estate Gavin Maclean
Corporate and commercial Craig Stirling
Corporate and commercial Stuart Duncan
Dispute resolution Sheila Webster
Dispute resolution Greg Flett
Employment Alan Strain
Energy including renewables Laura Tainsh
Environment and waste Laura Tainsh
Planning Jacqueline Cook
Residential development Caroline Court
Residential development Bruce Lancaster
Construction Simone Young
Health Craig Stirling
Health Andy Drane
Agriculture and estates Louise Jones
Projects Andy Drane
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrew Chalmers  photo Andrew Chalmers
 Caroline Court  photo Caroline Court
 Andy Drane  photo Andy Drane
 Stuart Duncan  photo Stuart Duncan
 Greg Flett  photo Greg Flett
 Bruce Lancaster  photo Bruce Lancaster
 Gavin Maclean  photo Gavin Maclean
 Craig Stirling  photo Craig Stirling
 Alan Strain  photo Alan Strain
 Laura Tainsh  photo Laura Tainsh
 Sheila Webster  photo Sheila Webster
 Simone Young  photo Simone Young
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 26


CLIENT: Chris Stewart
COMPANY/FIRM: The Chris Stewart Group.
TESTIMONIAL: “Over the past decade I’ve used Davidson Chalmers for advice and I’m delighted with the high quality and extensive scope of their legal services. The team always go the extra mile, assisting me in ways I wouldn’t normally expect from a law firm.

CLIENT: Brendan Pierce.
COMPANY/FIRM:The Keith Corporation, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
TESTIMONIAL: “We initially engaged Davidson Chalmers to assist The Keith Corporation with its first commercial development in the UK. Since the successful completion of the development we have continued to rely on Davidson Chalmers to manage our lending relationships in Scotland.

CLIENT: Jim McFarlane.
COMPANY/FIRM: Endura Limited.
TESTIMONIAL: “Our experience of the firm to date has been excellent in terms of value for money, customer service and legal professionalism. We expect to be using the firm again in future and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Davidson Chalmers.



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