Sheila Webster > Davidson Chalmers Stewart > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Head of dispute resolution, with responsibility for the development of the dispute resolution team, including commercial, property, construction and employment work. Particular specialism in property related litigation, having been recognised by ‘The Legal 500’ and other directories as a leading specialist in this field for many years. Work highlights include (1) major landlord and tenant issues, including successfully enforcing keep trading obligations; advising on significant dilapidations claims for property investment company and separately for tenants; successfully challenging refusal to consent to retail park changes; and advising on subletting and assignation disputes; (2) real property issues including advice on challenges to land registration decisions by Keeper of Registers for private individuals; advising on lease notice validity, advice on missives dispute in relation to development site and title conditions advice to housebuilders including Muir Group; and (3) commercial litigation including judicial review, arbitrations (including appointment as arbitrator), professional negligence claims against solicitors and surveyors, insolvency and security enforcement, contract enforcement and partnership dispute matters. Appointed as an arbitration property and contract disputer.


Trained Brodies; qualified 1991; assistant solicitor, litigation team, Menzies Dougal Milligan 1991-92; assistant solicitor and associate, litigation department, Dundas & Wilson 1992-2002; partner and head of property dispute team, Bell & Scott 2003-09; partner and head of dispute resolution, Davidson Chalmers Stewart 2009.


Law Society of Scotland; WS Society; Property Litigation Association.


Bridge of Don Academy, Aberdeen; University of Aberdeen (1988 LLB Hons; 1989 DipLP); University of Manchester (2002 MBA).


Travel, reading, family.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Property litigation

(Hall of Fame)

Sheila WebsterDavidson Chalmers Stewart

Davidson Chalmers Stewart is noted for its involvement in landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidations claims and repair disputes, in addition to matters at the intersection with construction and planning, such as planning appeals. Commercial litigator and experienced arbitrator Sheila Webster heads up the practice, which further handles judicial reviews and contractual disputes arising from project developments; the former is an area of particular expertise for hotel and leisure sector specialist, Magnus Miller.

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

(Leading individuals)

Sheila Webster Davidson Chalmers Stewart

The ‘personable and approachable’ team at Davidson Chalmers Stewart handles a wide range of contractual disputes in addition to professional negligence claims, and is noted for its expertise in the healthcare sector, advising on medical and dental practice issues, partnership litigation and sector-specific contract disputes. Sheila Webster leads the team and has demonstrable experience in property litigation, while Magnus Miller handles real estate disputes and insolvency proceedings. Ewan McIntyre joined as partner coming from a consulting firm in May 2023.