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Davidson Chalmers Stewart > The Legal 500 Rankings
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 'fantastic' Laura 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.’
SAICA Natur UK
W. H. Malcolm
Armstrong Waste Management
The British Millerain Company
C&M Property Management
Property litigation Tier 2
The 'strong' team led by the 'exceptional' Sheila 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 good' Greg 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.‘
Kier Property and FORE Partnership joint venture: 50 Bothwell Street
William Grant & Sons Distillers
Dandara/ Stoneywood Developments
Scottish Borders Council
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.”
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 'smart' Greg 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.‘
William Grant & Sons Distillers
Chris Stewart Group
Pegasus Fire Protection Company
Pizza Hut Restaurants (UK)
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.’
Chris Stewart Group
Peveril Securities Limited
Highbridge Properties plc
Ministry of Justice
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.
Chris Stewart Group
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 responsive' Craig Stirling and 'great communicator' Andy 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.‘
Hawick Veterinary Group
St Clair Veterinary Clinics
Smile Dental Care
Stirling Care Village
Riverside Medical Practice
North Berwick Dental Centre
Infinity Blu Dental Care & Implant Clinic
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 Allan, Catherine Feechan, Fiona Piper, Stephen Smith, Elizabeth 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.
Emerson Electric Corporation
Jabil Circuit Corporation
Guinness Asset Management
Natural Assets Investments Limited/Natural Retreats
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.’
ABO Wind AG/ABO Wind UK
Ark Hill Wind Farm Ltd
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.
Peveril Securities (KSR) Edinburgh
J W Muir Group
RT Overseas Settlement
Ark Hill Wind Farm
Guinness Asset Management
Davidson Chalmers Stewart > Firm Profile
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 (www.globalaw.net), clients can access a range of international advice through known and trusted law firms.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
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.
|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|
|Energy including renewables||Laura Tainsh|
|Environment and waste||Laura Tainsh|
|Residential development||Caroline Court|
|Residential development||Bruce Lancaster|
|Agriculture and estates||Louise Jones|
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Staff FiguresNumber 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 Ive used Davidson Chalmers for advice and Im delighted with the high quality and extensive scope of their legal services. The team always go the extra mile, assisting me in ways I wouldnt 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 wouldnt hesitate to recommend Davidson Chalmers.
Davidson Chalmers Diversity Statement
At Davidson Chalmers we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all and to the development of a diverse workforce.
Our approach to diversity recognises that everyone is different and creates a culture that respects and values those differences. We aim to be an employer of choice. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people regardless of their background, age, marital or civil partner status, race, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
We want to harness the potential of everyone within Davidson Chalmers to deliver the best possible service for our clients. Find out more at www.davidsonchalmers.com