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

Davidson Chalmers Stewart
12 HOPE STREET
EDINBURGH
EH2 4DB
Scotland

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

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.

Career

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.

Memberships

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

Education

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

Leisure

Travel, reading, family.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

(Leading individuals)

Sheila WebsterDavidson Chalmers Stewart

Davidson Chalmers Stewart has seen an increase in contractual disputes, such as breach of warranty claims, contract interpretation disputes and family business disputes alongside insolvency-related and professional fee litigation, and continues to handle professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants and engineers. With Sheila Webster heading the team, the practice has particular clout in the real estate space, and with Greg Flett in construction-related disputes. Webster is also a qualified mediator and regularly sits as arbitrator.

Scotland > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

Sheila WebsterDavidson Chalmers Stewart

Davidson Chalmers Stewart is a key player for landlord and tenant disputes and has recently handled a number of dilapidation and notice disputes alongside disputes pertaining to subletting application decisions. Both landlords and tenants also routinely seek the team’s assistance with retail CVAs; associate Magnus Miller is a key contact in this space. This focus is shared by team head Sheila Webster, who, as well as being a highly regarded litigator, also receives regular appointments as arbitrator. Other typical work arises from major developments, such as property contract and neighbourly matters, and includes instructions at the intersection with planning, including judicial reviews. Besides the team’s wide-ranging expertise, clients also benefit from its Contract Express technology, allowing the speedy creation of standardised documents and thus translating into savings for the client. Greg Flett is another key contact for all forms of property litigation.