Firm Profile > DWF > Edinburgh, Scotland

DWF
NO 2 LOCHRIN SQUARE
96 FOUNTAINBRIDGE
EDINBURGH
EH3 9QA
Scotland

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

DWF fields a multidisciplinary team, which services an international client base on matters in both Scotland and England. It handles a large amount of investment and development deals, and stands out for its high-profile retail clients, which it advises on leasing and insolvency matters. It also handles matters in the logistics, education, energy, leisure and tourism, and public sectors. The team is headed by David Ratter, Chris McLeish and Kevin McGlone.

Practice head(s):

David Ratter; Chris McLeish; Kevin McGlone

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Stansfield; Iain McHardy; Iain McLean

Testimonials

‘Chris McLeish gets on well with all of us and manages the DWF team effectively, He understands what is important to us and is pragmatic. We don’t like our lawyers to spend time point-scoring and Chris avoids doing this.  He makes sure that the team takes the same approach.  He is proactive in managing transactions for us.’

‘The team is well integrated and we know them well’.

‘They operate well as a team and understand how we work as a business’.

‘We work to agreed fee scales with the team, so billing is very rarely a contentious matter.’

Key clients

Babcock Group

Mileway / Blackstone

McAleer & Rushe

Aberdeen City Council

Shell

Costa

Whitbread/Premier Inn

Next

Marks and Spencer p.l.c.

Hermes Parcelnet

Mowi (Marine Harvest)

M7

David Samuel Properties

Apollo Real Estate Investments

Lake Merritt Hotel Group

Jet 2

C&C Group (Magners & Tennents)

Buxani Group

Seacare Hotel Group

Kenworth Student Living

Muthu Hotel Group

Debt recovery Tier 2

DWF's UK-wide debt recovery offering is regularly taken up by finance sector players in particular, but also by clients from the utility and real estate sectors. Alongside its capabilities handling volume instructions covering various types of debt such as (motor) finance, utility and property finance, clients also benefit from the firm's dispute resolution offering, most notably from its capabilities in finance litigation. 'Dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable' debt recovery and finance expert Ricky Cannon heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Ricky Cannon

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Pryde

Testimonials

‘DWF are always thinking about their client’s point of view. We have found them reactive, creative and diligent on all matters of our work. We couldn’t speak more highly of them.’

‘They have a great portal with easy access to all case information and documents. Back-up resource for English legal work has also been made available to us should it be required due to Covid. The people are all a pleasure to work with.’

‘No one is as knowledgeable or as passionate as Ricky Cannon.

‘The DWF debt recovery team is truly fantastic and assists us with all of our needs and requirements. Their knowledge and drive to succeed is to be both welcomed and valued.’

‘Ricky Cannon is dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable.

‘Always readily available and aware of latest position on cases of significant interest.’

‘The DWF team has a can-do attitude and innovative approach to debt recovery. They are proactive in suggesting solutions, highlighting the best commercial outcome coupled with risk factors. They are responsive, always putting their clients’ needs first and will go that extra mile, whether that be in producing bespoke reports at haste or to assist with understanding complex points of law.

Key clients

Scottish Water Business Stream

Santander Consumer Finance

Barclays Partner Finance

Moneybarn

Intrum

Startline Motor Finance

Hyundai Capital UK Ltd

Specialist Motor Finance Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

NextGear Capital UK Limited

Aldermore Bank Plc

Arkle Finance Limited

PSA Finance UK Ltd

Sun Belt Rentals

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Park’s Motor Group

Pensions Tier 2

DWF provides employers and trustees across various sectors with transactional and restructuring support and with advice on investments, benefit transfers, wind-ups and compliance matters. Led by June Crombie, the team also advises insurers on pension scams.

Practice head(s):

June Crombie

Other key lawyers:

Colin Greig

Testimonials

‘June Crombie is a dependable source of guidance on all legal matters which arise. She frequently attends our meetings but whether in attendance or not she is aware of what we are dealing with and is happy to be involved where the trustees feel her input would add value. I have worked with many legal firms over the years.’

‘We greatly value June Crombie’s dependable advice when we need it.’

‘The team provides a very thorough service delivery with clearly laid-out advice provided in a timely manner. The teams work closely and constructively with other advisers (actuaries and accountants) to provide a coherent joined up service to the client.’

‘I’ve worked closely with Colin Greig and June Crombie over the past year on various issues on different clients and found them both to provide clear, detailed and structured advice on a range of issues. They work very constructively with others in the adviser group and are an integral and valued part of the client team. The detail and clarity in their communication gives every confidence that there is no stone unturned in the advice they provide. Both have an excellent profile in the Scottish pensions consultancy market.’

‘An excellent team who gives practical advice on a complex pension matters. The advice is always very clear and geared to the specific needs of the client.’

‘The individual partner I deal with is very approachable and knowledgeable. He has a very good and calm manner which gives his clients reassurance.’

Key clients

Cornwall County Council

Church of Scotland

Cigna 2000 UK Pension Plan

Mowi Scotland Limited (formerly Marine Harvest Limited)

Q-Park Limited

Mattioli Woods plc

Aliter Capital LLP

Shareholders of Laser Transport International Limited

Element Materials Technology Group Limited

Glennon Brothers Timber Limited

Professional negligence Tier 2

DWF has ‘long experience in the field of professional negligence, in particular negligence claims against solicitors and advocates’. Collaborating closely with the firm’s London office, the group, which is led by 'great leader' Alison Grant, is frequently instructed by major London-based insurers and brokers. In addition, it has seen an increase in construction-related claims, regularly acting on behalf of architects, engineers and D&B contractors. Other names to note are Lindsay Ogunyemi, who is particularly well-versed in complex tax-related negligence claims, as well as 'construction expert' Andrew McConnell, who was promoted to director in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alison Grant

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay Ogunyemi; Andrew McConnell

Testimonials

‘I have an extremely strong working relationship with DWF LLP, Scotland in Glasgow. They are very professional and have amazing levels of expertise in all areas relating to Professional Indemnity Claims.’

‘Andrew McConnell is their construction expert and I would be more than happy for Andrew to work on any of our constructions related claims no matter the size or how complex the claim might be.’

‘Lindsay Ogumyeni would be my go to for accountants and other related services claims. Lindsay is very experienced and competent in this area.’

Alison Grant runs the team and is a great leader.’

‘DWF are highly regarded in this field. The team, headed by Alison Grant, has long experience in the field of professional negligence, in particular negligence claims against solicitors and advocates (barristers).’

‘Alison Grant is simply one of the best solicitors working in this area in Scotland, and has a wealth of experience. She and Andrew McConnell, a member of the team, are quick to identify the important issues in the case and to concentrate their efforts on these to get the best outcomes possible for the insured.’

‘The real strength is the leadership of Alison Grant. She is vastly experienced, pragmatic, highly skilled and friendly too.’

‘Director Lindsay Ogunyemi has been our lead contact for many years. She has an excellent knowledge of her market. She also has great “people skills” showing great empathy to clients. Her advice is solid and commercially astute.’

‘DWF Professional Liability team headed by Alison Grant in Scotland provides a first class service to professionals facing claims. Realistic in action and pragmatic in advice and actions.’

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

DWF’s corporate and commercial team handles M&A deals for blue-chip clients in Scotland and further afield. The practice has a strong focus on the retail, food and drink, hospitality, tech, sport and financial sectors. Paul Pignatelli co-leads the team and brings experience in private equity and investment work, restructuring, joint ventures and corporate governance. Executive partner for the Edinburgh office Wayne Lawrence jointly heads the team and handles commercial contracts, outsourcing, and collaboration and strategic partnership agreements.

Practice head(s):

Paul Pignatelli; Wayne Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Gary MacDonald; Tom Maxwell; Gemma Gallagher

Testimonials

‘DWF have such a diverse capability that we were provided with every area of support needed from the moment of appointment’.

‘The team worked together and were mindful of the impact from other areas’.

‘The quality of advice was excellent and in these times of lockdown, the use of legal technology was invaluable’.

‘Paul Pignatelli is very responsive and manages the team extremely well’.

‘The whole team were very professional and capable’.

‘The team handles work efficiently and has supported us on a number of small M&A deals over the years’.

‘This is a full service law firm and has the capability to provide European support where required’.

‘They are incredibly responsive and take a pragmatic and commercial approach to deals’.

Key clients

Element Materials Technology Group Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc

Lunar JV Finance (Apollo Asset Management Group)

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

C&C Group plc (owners of the Tennents, Magners and Bulmers brands)

Mowi Scotland Limited (formerly Marine Harvest)

Capita plc

Custodian REIT plc

Mattioli Woods plc

Event Scotland

Visit Scotland

Falkirk Football Club

Zonal Retail Data Systems

Grahams the Family Dairy

Scottish Golf

Aliter Capital LLP

LDC

Cirrus Response Group Limited

Ambassador LB Holdings Limited

Sponge Group Limited

Ipsum Group Limited

North SP Limited

Martley NAH Limited

Edwin James Group Limited

Trossachs Distillery Limited (t/a McQueen Gin)

Swan Group plc

Glennon Brothers Timber Limited

Sterling Furniture Group

Seacare Hospitality

Perle Hotels

Thistle Healthcare

Moray Council

West Lothian Leisure Limited

Corporate tax Tier 3

DWF’s Scottish tax offering sits within the wider UK team and services a wide range of clients, from SMEs to blue chip companies. The Scottish team is working increasingly closely with its counterparts in Europe to cater to post-Brexit tax issues. It handles M&A and private equity-related tax matters and is headed up by Jon Stevens in Birmingham. Caroline Colliston is the key name in Scotland.

Practice head(s):

Jon Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Colliston

Key clients

Element Materials Technology Group Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc

Lunar JV Finance (Apollo Asset Management Group)

Marks & Spencer plc

Mowi Scotland Limited (formerly Marine Harvest)

Capita plc

Custodian REIT plc

Mattioli Woods plc

Event Scotland

Visit Scotland

Costa Coffee

Zonal Retail Data Systems

Grahams the Family Dairy

Aliter Capital LLP

Sponge Group

LDC

Cirrus Response Group Limited

Ambassador LB Holdings Limited

Ipsum Group Limited

Edwin James Group Limited

Swan Group plc

Glennon Brothers Timber Limited

Sterling Furniture Group

Perle Hotels

Martley NAH Limited

Personal injury: defender Tier 3

DWF attracts plaudits for its counter-fraud offering, which is overseen by Jill Sinclair, who ‘achieves some outstanding results’. The team includes Andrew Lothian, who specialises in defending insurers and self-insured entities against catastrophic injury and fatal claims. Another key individual is Lynne Macfarlane, who undertakes a wide range of defence-side insurance litigation, with work ranging from employers' and public liability cases to road traffic and product liability claims. Senior associate Julia McDonald also handles a large number of motor claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lothian; Jill Sinclair; Lynne Macfarlane

Other key lawyers:

Julia McDonald

Testimonials

‘What makes DWF Scotland unique is their tailored approach – they know our business well and listen to their client. They have considerable expertise and will achieve best outcomes as well as coach and advise.’

‘Andrew Lothian is very supportive, always responds quickly, very clear advices, will take time to explain options if complex and or have queries. Jill Sinclair is very engaging and willing and excellent advising on fraud detection and prevention.’

‘DWF Glasgow’s counter fraud team have a great knowledge of not only the law, but of the jurisdiction that they operate in and are able to give great insight.’

‘Jill Sinclair is incredibly knowledgeable and approachable, always making time to take queries from our handlers and provide advice wherever requested. Jill achieves some outstanding results, often managing to get rid of spurious claims very early in the litigation process.’

‘Lynn Macfarlane was invaluable in dealing with several complex and highly unusual personal injury cases. Her practical awareness and understanding of the law and procedure was exceptional. Lynn was attentive and diligent and was always on hand to assist with developments in the case on a daily basis.’

Key clients

RSA

Aviva

Zurich (Zurich Commercial, Zurich Municipal, Zurich Global Corporate Risks, Zurich Engineering and Zurich Risk Services)

Markerstudy

QBE

Tokio Marine Kiln

Tesco

Travelers

MS Amlin

Ageas

Property litigation Tier 3

Handling landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidation claims and insolvency-related matters, constitutes a key element of DWF's property litigation offering which extends to Electronic Communications Code issues alongside crofting and planning-related disputes. Its client base centres around real estate and retail sector players but also includes public sector bodies alongside telecommunications providers and energy and hospitality clients. Solicitor advocate Naomi Pryde heads up the commercial litigation team and is qualified in Scotland, England and Wales, and the Republic of Ireland, making the team an attractive choice for cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Pryde

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Gaskell; Emma Forrester

Testimonials

‘Very personable’

‘Naomi Pryde is legally astute and full of personality. A delight to work with.’

‘Good in-depth knowledge of the sector. Very knowledgeable of the sector. They have a sharp focus on the issues which are in dispute.’

‘Very keen to ensure the delivery of the best advice to clients from both a practical and legal perspective.’

Key clients

Lunar Greenock (SARL)

Mileway Real Estate (UK) Limited

Marks and Spencer plc

Mobile Broadband Network Limited

EE Limited

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

Aberdeen City Council

Grahams The Family Dairy Limited and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited

M7 Real Estate Investment Partners V Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 4

DWF has a strong profile for work in the real estate, property and construction space leading to regular instructions from retailers, developers, housebuilders and energy sector players, while various corporates and financial institutions also instruct the team. Team head and solicitor advocate Naomi Pryde - 'a true star in the Scottish firmament' - is qualified in Scotland, England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland, and as such is well placed to handle Scotland-based and cross-border disputes associated with commercial contracts, the operation of corporate entities and shareholder rights.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Pryde

Other key lawyers:

Ricky Cannon; Jonathan Gaskell; Emma Forrester

Testimonials

‘Naomi Pryde is unsurpassable. She is the most resilient, unconquerable, determined and driven lawyers that I know.’

‘Impressive leadership under the formidable Naomi Pryde.’

‘Naomi Pryde is technically excellent and commercially astute, and an excellent leader of the team.’

‘Naomi Pryde is a true star in the Scottish firmament. Poised, enthusiastic, doggedly determined and very persuasive. Knows absolutely everybody.’

‘The DWF team is dynamic and innovative. They are highly attentive both to client needs and to those of the counsel team.’

‘Naomi Pryde is the stand-out individual. I have worked with her on several cases, and she is a 100% litigator. She is always on top of the detail of the case.’

‘Very focused on delivering a top-quality responsive service to clients. They are very keen on ensuring it is the most useful advice for clients’ business needs.’

‘Dual qualified partner-led expertise’.

Key clients

Santander Consumer (UK) Plc

Lunar Greenock SARL

Marks and Spencer PLC

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

Grahams The Family Dairy Limited and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited

The Highland Council

Mobile Broadband Network Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

DWF is the largest listed legal business in the world, with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The Company became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s stated purpose is to transform legal services through its people for its clients using its three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently. DWF aims to deliver its strategy by building long-term relationships with its clients, recruiting talented individuals to maintain a high service level culture and continually innovating in its provision of complex legal services, managed and connected services to address client needs and increase its market share.

The business has core strengths in corporate banking, insurance and litigation and in-depth expertise in several chosen sectors, including insurance; public sector; energy and industrials; real estate; financial services; retail, food and hospitality; technology and transport.

In addition to its legal services, DWF provides a range of professional, business or consulting services, a number of which include or are enabled by technology products and solutions to its clients through its Connected Services division. This offering is complementary to the traditional legal services offered by DWF.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 31 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In 2019 and 2020 DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Caroline Colliston  photo Caroline Colliston Partner
 Wayne Lawrence  photo Wayne Lawrence Partner
 Andrew Lothian  photo Andrew Lothian Partner
 Gary MacDonald  photo Gary MacDonald Partner
 Julia McDonald  photo Julia McDonald Senior Associate
 Iain McHardy  photo Iain McHardy Partner
 Iain McLean  photo Iain McLean Partner
 Naomi Pryde photo Naomi Pryde Partner
 David Ratter  photo David Ratter Partner
 Robin Watt  photo Robin Watt Partner

Email: enquiries@dwf.law Website: www.dwfgroup.com Tel: 0333 320 2220

The Firm

DWF is a listed legal business with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The company became the first main market premium listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s strategy is to offer clients an integrated legal management approach through three streamlined and efficient global divisions of Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services.

Legal Advisory is DWF’s traditional law firm arm. The division provides commercial intelligence and deep sectoral experience to deliver premium legal advice to clients.

Mindcrest is an established and well-known brand that provides outsourced and process-led legal services through which DWF standardises, systematises, scales, and optimises legal work.

Connected Services is DWF’s collection of products and business services that enhance the Group’s legal offerings. The division complements the Legal Advisory and Mindcrest teams through the provision of non-legal services such as claims management, costs and regulatory consulting.

Together, the three divisions support DWF’s single Integrated Legal Management approach through which DWF seamlessly combines any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions to its clients with efficiency, price certainty and transparency. This approach enables DWF to offer solutions that combine traditional law firm services with new, modern legal and business services relevant to today’s companies, and the challenges and opportunities they face.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 30 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand.

In 2019 and 2020, DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent, and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

INTERNATIONAL OFFICES Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Qatar, Poland, Spain, UAE, USA

*USA, *Colombia, *Panama, *Argentina, *Turkey, *South Africa

* Associations

Chairman: Jonathan Bloomer

Managing Partner and DWF Group CEO: Sir Nigel Knowles

Number of UK partners: c. 230

Number of qualified lawyers in the UK: c. 905

PRACTICE AREA CONTACTS

Legal Advisory: Paul Rimmer

Mindcrest: Mark Qualter

Connected Services: Jason Ford

Public Sector: Jonathan Branton

Energy: Slava Kiryushin

Financial Services: Martin Pugsley

Retail, Food & Hospitality: Dominic Watkins

Technology: Stewart Room

Transport: Jonathan Moss

Insurance: Claire Bowler

Real Estate: Melanie Williams

UK OFFICES

Belfast: 42 Queen Street, BT1 6HL

Tel: 028 9023 0230 Fax: 028 9024 4644

Birmingham: One Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, B4 6GA

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Bristol: 120 Redcliff Street, BS1 6HU

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Edinburgh: No. 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Glasgow: 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3HD

Tel: 0141 228 8000 Fax: 0141 228 8310

Leeds: Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, LS11 5DY

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Liverpool: 5 St Paul’s Square, Old Hall Street, L3 9AE

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

London: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3AG

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Manchester: 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, M3 3AA

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Newcastle: Central Square South, Orchard Street, NE1 3AZ

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Southampton: Network Eagle Lab, Portland Terrace, Southampton, SO14 7SJ

Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440