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Sheila Webster

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Davidson Chalmers Stewart

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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 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.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Sheila Webster - Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Within: Commercial litigation

The team at Davidson Chalmers Stewart combines 'an excellent understanding of the law with a keen focus on the commercial needs of the client'. Sheila Webster, who is 'great to work with', has a strong track record in litigation at the Sheriff Court, Court of Session and Supreme Court. Also notable is that Webster, among her other qualifications, has served as a committee member for the Commercial Litigation Accreditation Committee of the Signet Accreditation scheme since its inception. 'Exceptionally effective'Greg Flett, who recently made partner, is also highly rated by clients, as is newly promoted associate Magnus Miller. The firm's prominence in the Scottish commercial litigation marketplace is underlined by the fact that, in addition to generating its own matters, it has a strong pipeline of work from other Scottish and English law firms. Webster and Miller are acting for Tweed Homes as the pursuer in a circa £2.4m damages claim against Clydesdale Bank over an agreement to finance a site development. Webster and Miller are also representing William Grant & Sons Distillers in a planning appeal concerning the consent that was granted by a local authority for the development of a windfarm site owned by a subsidiary of EDF.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Davidson Chalmers Stewart’s practice is particularly recommended for matters pertaining to renewables and waste management. Andy Drane leads the team and is particularly experienced in advising rural businesses on farm diversification, family disputes, energy projects and the disposal of land for development. Drane is currently assisting RJ Tyser Overseas Settlement with its disposal of a housing development site of around 250 units to Barratt Homes, in the first phase of a larger development. Laura Tainsh and Stuart Duncan are advising the Dunrobin Highland Distillery on developing distillery facilities and a visitor centre within the Dunrobin Castle estate, in a deal that includes complex lease agreements that meet the specific land-use needs of the client. Sheila Webster is acting for a group of several tenant farmers in a high profile judicial review, which seeks compensation from the Scottish Government following the introduction of legislation that has affected property rights in farming partnerships.

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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Sheila Webster - Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Within: Property litigation

Davidson Chalmers Stewart's Sheila Webster and recently promoted partner Greg Flett 'combine an excellent understanding of the law with a keen focus on the commercial needs of the client'. In addition to generating standalone instructions, the firm's first-rate reputation in handling property disputes makes it a first port of call for referral work from English and Scottish law firms. The broad spread of work includes multimillion pound dilapidations cases, landlord and tenant matters (including notice disputes), property damage, title disputes and matters arising from commercial and residential developments (such as contentious construction issues). Webster, who is a qualified mediator, also regularly sits as an arbitrator on property disputes. She is also experienced in property-related judicial reviews, as is newly promoted associate Magnus Miller. Webster and Flett are assisting Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, as the former tenant of a commercial premises in Glasgow, with a number of interrelated disputes with a former landlord. In 2017, they advised Pizza Hut (UK) Limited on a dilapidations claim brought by landlords of a property in central Glasgow. Another matter saw Webster and Miller advise Carpetright on successfully bringing an application against its landlord for an extension of its lease under the Tenancy of Shops (Scotland) Act 1949. Muir Group, William Grant & Sons Distillers Limited and Straid Farms Limited are other clients.

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