Firm Profile > Eversheds Sutherland > Edinburgh, Scotland

Eversheds Sutherland

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland’s real estate practice is active in big-ticket real estate deals, with a focus on major institutional and inward investment mandates and development transactions. It has particular experience of leasing and portfolio management work, and has recently seen growth in its real estate finance practice. Edinburgh-based principal associates Steven Dick and Dixcee Fast jointly lead the team.

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Employment Tier 5

Team head Dawn Dickson's specialism in employment tribunal litigation and strategic employment law advice is reflected in the workload typically handled by Eversheds Sutherland's wider employment law team. Much of is contentious work pertains to claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination, while, in the non-contentious space, regular instructions include IR35 taxation matters, restrictive covenants, senior exits, internal investigations and general HR issues.

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‘Commercial, pragmatic and solution-focused. Giving the balanced view of risk vs business requirements.’

Key clients

Scottish Autism

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Jabil Circuit Limited

Tennents Caledonian Breweries

Shin-Etsu Handotai (Europe) Limited

PSP Media Group

First Scottish

Turkish Airlines

Saipem Limited

SPX Flow/ ClydeUnion

Eversheds Sutherland has a culture of, and commitment to, client service excellence. It is known for its commercial awareness, the quality of its legal advice and its bespoke, innovative solutions, as well as the sector knowledge it brings to its clients.

The firm: As its clients expand globally, Eversheds Sutherland is there to support them. Its lawyers around the globe are united by its vision, values and understanding of clients’ businesses and their needs. The firm provides legal advice of the highest quality whether it is operating within country or across borders from its 60+ offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Through its recent combination in the US, its increased capability in Singapore and its regional alliances, Eversheds Sutherland is ideally placed to support clients when they need it, where they need it.

Quality: consistently recognised by the leading independent legal guides, the firm understands the needs of clients in all sectors. As a modern, progressive law firm, Eversheds Sutherland sets itself apart through its people, culture and its attitude to change. Quality is a matter of personal pride to everyone. The firm has invested greatly in the training and development of its lawyers to ensure only the highest calibre individuals represent its clients’ businesses. The drive for quality means Eversheds Sutherland is able to provide innovative solutions to the most complex and high-profile legal problems.

Client relationships: the firm’s diverse client base ranges from small- and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals. It acts for 71 of the US Fortune 100; 57 of the FTSE 100; 119 of the Fortune 200 and 85 of the FTSE mid-250. It is on the panels of more than 25 major banks and several hundred global corporations. The firm works for some of the world’s largest companies including GE, Facebook, Microsoft, Siemens and The Coca-Cola Company.

Its lawyers are accessible, engaged and responsive. Eversheds Sutherland serves its clients as trusted advisers and cultivates deep and genuine relationships offering highly commercial insight and expertise across sectors and around the world.

Innovation: collaborative working and innovative thinking is encouraged and supported at all levels, meaning that clients enjoy an offering that is constantly evolving and improving to meet their changing needs. This has led to pioneering approaches to the law such as genuine project management and measurement of results that lead to cost predictability and control. In particular, the firm is noted for effectively delivering complex, multinational legal services through one point of contact.

Types of work undertaken: Sector focus: the firm prioritises building long-term client relationships. Its commitment to understanding each client’s business is underpinned by vast sector knowledge gained from years of experience. This sector focus gives the firm the means to offer clients advice that is commercial and pragmatic. Around 90% of its revenue is derived from its key sectors. This approach has established it as a trusted advisor in many sectors, including: consumer; diversified industrials; education; energy and natural resources; financial institutions; health and life sciences; public sector; real estate; sport; TMT and transport.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior office partner Hazel Tait
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sarah Burnside  photo Sarah Burnside Principal Associate
 Ross Campbell  photo Ross Campbell Legal Director
 Fiona Dromgoole  photo Fiona Dromgoole Principal Associate
 Dixcee Fast  photo Dixcee Fast Associate
 Eilidh Findlay  photo Eilidh Findlay Associate
 Alan Innes  photo Alan Innes Associate
 Alisdair Jamieson  photo Alisdair Jamieson Associate
 Martin Love  photo Martin Love Associate
 Lawrie Main  photo Lawrie Main Associate
 Graham Ronald  photo Graham Ronald Associate
 Paul A Smith  photo Paul A Smith Chairman
 Hazel Tait  photo Hazel Tait Partner
Number of UK partners : 308
Number of other UK fee-earners : 837

The Lex 100 Verdict

With its 'significant international presence and impressive client roster, offering better work/life balance than a City firm', Eversheds Sutherland is a firm favourite with trainees who love that it is 'truly international in scope while still based in regional offices'. The firm has offices spread across the UK and Northern Ireland providing a wide range of seats and experience. Trainees stress the importance of the firm's international secondment opportunities, for which the firm receives a Lex 100 Winner award. The 'work/life balance', 'ambition' and 'strong senior management team' are all praised, as well as the firm's 'office culture' and 'high retention rates'. One trainee 'attended events at various firms and did other vacation schemes, but Eversheds was the most approachable and welcoming by far. I was made to feel at ease at every stage of the application process, and thought that this attitude was likely to carry on throughout the training contract, which it has'. The training structure differs between seats and departments but is commonly thought to provide 'more responsibility for trainees' than competitors. Drawbacks identified are that 'quite often trainees' seat choices cannot be accommodated, especially in the regional offices' plus there is a lack of clarity around international secondment applications and trainee remuneration. However, the firm's 'inclusive, open environment' and the 'supportive culture that allows trainees to learn whilst on the job' is highly praised. If you are looking for a global-reaching, ambitious and UK-wide, full-service firm, Eversheds Sutherland is a great choice.

Eversheds Sutherland berät Reconomy bei Übernahme der deutschen Noventiz-Grupp

München, 10. Dezember 2020 - Die globale Wirtschaftskanzlei Eversheds Sutherland hat Reconomy, den führende Anbieter von Entsorgungs- und Rücknahmelösungen in Großbritannien, bei der Übernahme des deutschen Entsorgungsfachbetriebs Noventiz beraten. Verkäufer ist das deutsche PE-Haus SEAFORT Advisors.