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110 QUEEN STREET, GLASGOW, GLASGOW CITY, G1 3HD, SCOTLAND
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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3

DWF

The corporate team at DWF is well known in the Scottish market for handling complex M&A transactions and is a popular choice for private equity investors. Also notable is the group's expertise in UK-wide acquisitions and disposals, equity and debt restructurings, joint ventures and general corporate compliance matters. Wayne Lawrence is the practice head and Paul Pignatelli is another key name.

Practice head(s):Wayne Lawrence

Other key lawyers:Paul Pignatelli; Gary MacDonald; Tom Maxwell; Gemma Gallagher; Orla Kerr

Testimonials

'DWF has excellent corporate and commercial teams in Glasgow and Edinburgh.'

'The firm's corporate lawyers are personable, down-to-earth and know and understand the local business worlds of Glasgow and Edinburgh (and across Scotland). They provide their clients with sound, practical and effective advice.'

'DWF has the strengths and capabilities to resource and advise on every eventuality in the most professional and approachable way possible.'

Key Clients

Capita

Aliter Capital LLP

Scottish Power

Scottish Golf Limited

Custodian REIT

Element (formerly Exova)

Ambassador Group

Pernod Ricard/ChivasBrothers

Graham's The Family Dairy Group

Intelligent Land Investments Group

Stage Capital

Marine Harvest Scotland

Visit Scotland

PastaKing

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Enertrag AG

Zonal Retail Data Systems

Work highlights

  • Advising Aliter Capital LP (through its Ipsum Group investment platform) on the acquisition of Specialist Power Engineering Contracts Limited.
  • Advised Capita on the £160m disposal of Constructionline, its construction procurement and supply chain services division, to Warburg Pincus.
  • Advised the founder and managing director of Scottish outdoor advertising company, Forrest Media, on the £32m cross-border sale of the business to London-based Ocean Outdoor.
  • Assisted Enertrag AG and DISS Investments Limited with the sale of all rights, title and interests in North Pickenham Windfarm LLP, which included a wind farm located in Norwich.
Leading individuals

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF's Scottish tax team provides advice on share incentives, as well as issues relating to M&A and private equity transactions across a broad range of sectors and clients, including local companies. The team also handles work regarding reports, tax analysis and input into transactions for warranty and indemnity insurers, and assists with Scottish and UK tax issues in the context of transactions for well-known high street brands, real estate investors and project developers. The main name to note is Caroline Colliston who was recently promoted to partner in the Edinburgh office.

Practice head(s):Caroline Colliston

Key Clients

Capita plc

Marine Harvest Scotland

Custodian Reit plc

Element plc

Visit Scotland

Graham's The Family Dairy Group

Aliter Capital LP

Enertrag AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Ipsum Group Limited, a utilities and infrastructure service provider backed by Aliter Capital, on the acquisition of Specialist Power Engineering Contracts Limited.
  • Advised Capita on the sale of Supplier Assessment Services (Constructionline) which comprised its construction procurement and supply chain services division.
  • Advised on the £32m cross-border sale of Scottish outdoor advertising company Forrest Media to London-based Ocean Outdoor.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF's EU and competition team has continued to grow under the leadership of Glasgow-based Colin Miller, with a strong presence in the food and drink, education, energy and transport sectors. The practice's main client continues to be the Scottish Government, which has turned to thefirm to advise on significant procurement and state aid issues arising from major transport and telecom projects.

Practice head(s):Colin Miller

Testimonials

'Colin Miller provides good pragmatic advice.'

Colin Miller is a very exceptional lawyer. He work is technically strong but what marks him out is his charm, attentiveness, always available mindset and his overall commerciality. I would recommend him strongly to anyone.'

Key Clients

The Scottish Government

PepsiCo

Osram

Burtons Biscuits

Graham's The Family Dairy

VisitScotland

Beam Suntory

Aberdeen City Council

Monsoon Accessorize

Chivas Brothers

Work highlights

  • Advised Scottish Golf on the proposed creation of a cloud-based venue management system.
  • Advised the Scottish Government with all legal and commercial aspects of the R100 Project, which implements the Government's strategy to achieve 100% broadband availability to all premises in Scotland by 2021.
  • Advised Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of the £120m joint energy-from-waste development in Aberdeen, working alongside financial advisers PwC, and technical advisers Ramboll.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

DWF

The team at DWF is experienced in handling domestic and cross-border commercial disputes as well as corporate litigation pertaining to the operation of corporate entities and shareholders' rights; recently, it has been particularly active in reputation and product-related matters. Following Euan McSherry's move to Aberdein Considine in November 2018, Naomi Pryde now heads the team; she divides her time between Edinburgh and London and joined the firm from Dentons in January 2019, while debt recovery expert Ricky Cannon joined from Brodies LLP in March 2018.

Practice head(s):Naomi Pryde

Other key lawyers:Ricky Cannon; Jill Sinclair; Andrew Lothian; Alison Grant; Jonathan Gaskell

Key Clients

Scottish Water Business Stream

Santander Consumer UK

Jaguar Land Rover

Pfizer

Grahams the Family Dairy and Mactaggart & Mickel

Work highlights

  • Defending Jaguar Land Rover against any product liability claims made in Scotland.
  • Successfully progressed a statutory appeal in the Inner House of the Court of Session against a decision of the Scottish ministers to refuse planning permission in principle for the redevelopment of land at Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge of Allan.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF regularly acts on both the borrower and lender sides of corporate banking mandates; its client roster includes major banks including Santander, RBS and Lloyds Bank. With an established presence in the real estate finance space, the team has also recently expanded its work in the renewable energy sector, where it has advised funders and developers, particularly on onshore wind and biomass projects. Director Alan Glen leads the team following the departure of Grant Docherty to Rooney Nimmo.

Practice head(s):Alan Glen

Other key lawyers:Mikela Rochford

Key Clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK

Unity Trust Bank

Squarestone Growth LLP

Bladnoch Distillery Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising RBS on its funding of the acquisition of a mixed-used office block in Aberdeen.
  • Acted for Squarestone Growth LLP on its refinancing of existing term loan facilities and several real estate acquisitions.

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Scotland: Human resources

Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

DWF

The 'very reliable' June Crombie is 'a safe pair of hands' and heads up the 'very experienced and knowledgeable' team at DWF, which counts employers, trustees and providers of pension products to its clients. Typical work includes advice on defined pension schemes, pension scheme transfers, pension liability matters and pension law issues arising from transactions as well as regulatory concerns. The practice is also experienced in pension litigation.

Practice head(s):June Crombie

Other key lawyers:Colin Greig

Testimonials

'June Crombie always goes beyond what might be expected of her. She is a well known face in the Scottish pension industry and has many years of experience of dealing with employers, trustees and advisors.'

'Always gets the job done.'

'Excellent communicators in explaining practical pension solutions to their clients.'

'Colin Greig is first class and has a genuine understanding of the needs of his clients, enabling him to achieve workable solutions to complex areas of work.'

Key Clients

Capita

Costa

Pension Protection Fund

IKEA GreenTech

RSA

The Church of Scotland

VisitScotland

Aliter Capital

ForrestSecurities

Clyde (Topco)

North Lanarkshire Leisure

20-20 Trustees

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on pension liability matters arising from the acquisition of target companies.
  • Advised the client on pension liability matters arising from the acquisition of target companies.
  • Advised the client on moving a death benefit provision from a registered death benefit scheme to an excepted group life arrangement.
  • Assisted the client with pension matters pertaining to a transaction.
  • Advised the client on pension liabilities.

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Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF partners Andrew Lothian and Jill Sinclair are prominent figures in their respective areas of personal injury. The 'hugely impressive' Lothian, who heads up the firm's general insurance team, has a strong track record in asbestos related claims, while the 'tenacious and intelligent' Sinclair leads the counter fraud team, which significantly increased revenues during 2018. Associate Julia McDonald covers fatal accident inquiries relating to deaths in custody.

Practice head(s):Andrew Lothian; Jill Sinclair

Other key lawyers:Julia McDonald

Testimonials

'The counter fraud team supports clients with up-to-date intelligence and provides specialist knowledge in order to develop effective counter fraud strategies.'

'The DWF team is Scotland is great to work with - I always look forward to dealing with them as they are knowledgeable, professional and very nice people which helps them stand out in a busy marketplace. They are innovative in their approach to insurance matters such as their award-winning Disrupt To Progress forum on counter-fraud, and back that up with an extensive set of legal expertise and experience.'

'Jill Sinclair is tenacious, intelligent and easy to work with.'

'Jill Sinclair is a pleasure to work with - she's knowledgeable, approachable and always has time to discuss specific issues as well as the wider market.'

'Andrew Lothian is hugely impressive and brings a gravitas and level of knowledge to every meeting he takes part in. His contributions are always considered and should be listened to.'

'Senior associate Caroline Coyle is first class - she's knowlegdeable, enthusiastic and comprehensive in her approach, which clearly provides tremendous support for her colleagues.'

'Caroline Coyle is an amazing solicitor who is extremely knowledgeable and has a lovely manner with clients.'

Key Clients

RSA

QBE

Ms Amlin

Insure the Box

Liverpool Victoria

Enterprise

XS Direct

Gallacher Bassett

Tokio Marine Kiln

Covea

Work highlights

  • Acting for Equity Red star defending three claims arising from road traffic accidents and successfully appealing the decision in the pursuers' favour, based on the assertion that the central expert's status was 'questionable' and therefore his testimony had to be dismissed.
  • Acting for Tokio Marine Kiln in an ongoing claim brought against their insured by a hotel worker who was attacked by a colleague at work and sustained serious facial injuries.
  • Fatal motorcycle claim – liability, quantum and the discount rate.
Leading individuals
Rising stars

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF handles a high proportion of all professional negligence claims against solicitors in Scotland, owing in large part to its position on the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Indemnity Master Policy. The team is headed up by Alison Grant, 'one of the best and most experienced lawyers in the field of professional negligence in Scotland'. 'Tenacious litigator' Lindsay Ogunyemi is frequently instructed by large insurers to handle claims against surveyors, brokers, accountants and construction professionals, while associate Andrew McConnell regularly handles high value, complex claims with an increasing focus on the construction sector.

Practice head(s):Alison Grant

Other key lawyers:Lindsay Ogunyemi; Andrew McConnell

Testimonials

'Highly professional and pragmatic team; good early understanding of the issues.'

'Alison Grant and her team display a highly professional yet practical approach to getting matters resolved while protecting the client's best interests.'

'Alison Grant is excellent and leads an experienced and helpful team giving expert and pragmatic advice in a helpful, user friendly manner.'

'A leading team in this market. Alison Grant is quite simply one of the best and most experienced lawyers in the field of professional negligence in Scotland. Her team members are hard-working, knowledgeable in the law and rightly instill confidence in insurers and insured alike.'

'Alison Grant is a top class lawyer who delivers expert advice in a helpful manner based on her long years of experience in this field.'

'Alison Grant has unrivalled knowledge of the nature and number of claims which arise against solicitors in Scotland. She has handled every possible type of claim. She is wholly pragmatic in her approach.'

Key Clients

RSA

Pinpoint

Arch

Allied World

Pen Underwriting

Zurich

Chaucer

Novae

Starr Underwriting

QBE

Travellers

Work highlights

  • Acted for RSA and their insured in the defence of a claim brought by the widow of a soldier who sought damages on the basis that she was given negligent advice about the consequences of remarrying in terms of her entitlement to compensation from the US Government.
  • Settled a claim brought by a commercial lender against RSA and their insured solicitors alleging breaches of the CML Handbook in relation to eleven property transactions, using complex prescription arguments to reach a settlement for one third of the original claim value.
  • Defending RSA and their insured solicitors in a high value professional negligence claim brought by a former client of the solicitors who discovered upon purchasing commercial premises that the solicitors had failed to send the disposition registering title of the subjects to the keeper.
Leading individuals

Alison Grant - DWF

Rising stars

Andrew McConnell - DWF

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 4

DWF

The energy practice at DWF handles the full spectrum of energy issues spanning corporate, finance, regulatory and commercial advice; real estate, planning and environmental work, and major projects and procurements. Jointly led by corporate expert Wayne Lawrence in Edinburgh and Glasgow-based David Gilchrist, the group is noted for its expertise in the electricity, gas and renewables sectors. Joanna Hamilton joined TLT, and Anthony McEwan and Moray Thomson departed to Shepherd and Wedderburn.

Practice head(s):Wayne Lawrence; David Gilchrist

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Moir

Testimonials

'The team at DWF is very practical and forward-thinking. Its energy specialists are able to give prompt and specialist advice.'

'Suzanne Moir is very good at explaining complex issues and remains undaunted by setbacks. Alasdair Peacock is utterly brilliant at business law, and Wendy Wraight has great attention to detail.'

Key Clients

ScottishPower Group

Yorkshire Gas and Power

Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH

Yingli Namene Solar Limited

Certas Energy UK Limited

Loco2gen

Vensys Energy AG

Economy Energy

Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council

Dundee City Council and Angus Council

South Staffordshire plc

Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH

Discovery Park Limited

Farm Energy Partnership LLP

ENERTRAG AG

Namene Solar Light Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of a £120m joint energy-from-waste development in Aberdeen.
  • Advising SPT on the Kendoon to Tongland 132kV Reinforcement Project.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

DWF

DWF's energy practice assists with the corporate, finance, regulatory and commercial, real estate, planning and environmental aspects of major projects and procurements, and has also built on its reputation in the electricity, gas and renewables sectors. Corporate experts David Gilchrist and Wayne Lawrence jointly lead the department from Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.

Practice head(s):Wayne Lawrence; David Gilchrist

Key Clients

ScottishPower Group

Yorkshire Gas and Power

Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH

Yingli Namene Solar Limited

Certas Energy UK Limited

Loco2gen

Vensys Energy AG

Economy Energy

Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council

Dundee City Council and Angus Council

South Staffordshire plc

Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH

Discovery Park Limited

Farm Energy Partnership LLP

ENERTRAG AG

Namene Solar Light Company

Work highlights

  • Advising SP Transmission on the Kendoon to Tongland 132kV Reinforcement Project, a development which is included in Scotland's National Planning Framework 3.
  • Advising Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council on the procurement of their £120m joint energy-from-waste development in Aberdeen.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

DWF

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

DWF

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

DWF

The Scottish branch of DWF's UK-wide real estate practice has notable strength in investment, tourism, leisure and development work. The group also has an established presence in the retail sector, where it represents high-profile retailers and occupiers including Marks and Spencer, Premier Inn and WHSmith, and has recently expanded its client roster in the investment arena. The team, which is jointly led by David Ratter and Chris McLeish in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively, also benefits from the firm's funds expertise in London and Glasgow. Iain McHardy is the key contact for retail work.

Practice head(s):David Ratter; Chris McLeish

Other key lawyers:Geoff Stansfield; Iain McHardy; Iain McLean

Key Clients

Babcock Group

Marks and Spencer p.l.c.

Whitbread

M7 Real Estate/Blackstone

McCarthy & Stone

Ambassador Group

Moda Living

McAleer & Rushe

Squarestone Growth LLP

Goldman Sachs

Next PLC

Arcadia (TopShop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit)

Debenhams

Halfords

Greggs

Costa

Holland & Barrett

Homebase

Karen Millen

Fat Face

Dunelm Mill

Oasis Stores

Warehouse

Nando's

Eurogarages

The White Company

River Island

Swarovski

Work highlights

  • Advised Marks and Spencer on its strategic portfolio realignment in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Acted for Holland Street Property Company on its purchase of the former Strathclyde Police Headquarters at Pitt Street, Glasgow for a PRS development.
  • Advising Arcstaw as one of the landowners on the expansion of St Andrews including new homes, a new secondary school and major infrastructure, retail, educational and research premises.
  • Instructed by LXI REIT on the forward funding of a site for a new Travelodge in South Gyle, Edinburgh.
  • Advised McAleer & Rushe on an agreement for the lease of a major Glasgow City hotel development.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

DWF

DWF regularly acts for retail occupiers, commercial landlords and commercial lenders in disputes involving landlords and tenants and dilapidation claims. The team also has experience in eviction and way leave matters, as well as rent review arbitration. Recently, the 'very experienced' team went through several internal changes: The 'incredibly hard-working' Naomi Pryde, who joined the firm from Dentons in January 2019, now heads the team after previous main contact Euan McSherry left for Aberdein Considine in November 2018. Director and construction law expert Jonathan Gaskell joined from  DLA Piper Scotland LLP in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Naomi Pryde

Other key lawyers:Ricky Cannon; Jonathan Gaskell

Testimonials

'Naomi Pryde is impressive, absurdly driven and fantastically smart. She combines deep knowledge of the law with a bubbly infectious personality.'

Key Clients

Marble Acquisitions

Virgin Media

Grahams the Family Dairy and Mactaggart & Mickel

Greggs

Fresh Student Living

Epic Financial Risks

Royal Sun Alliance

Work highlights

  • Successfully progressed a statutory appeal in the Inner House of the Court of Session against a decision of the Scottish Ministers to refuse planning permission in principle for the redevelopment of land at Kerse Dairy Farm, Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan.
  • Ongoing provision of asset management advice across Greggs' property portfolio in Scotland. This includes assistance with the recovery of service charge arrears and various lease matters.
  • Providing assistance with the management of the client's portfolio. Recently, this has included various disputes with tenants over failed payments and the failure to carry out dilapidation works at the end of the lease.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF has a strong track record advising the Scottish government; the group, led by Colin Miller, also advises a range of clients across various industry sectors including the food and drink, retail, pharmaceuticals, education and infrastructure arenas. Clients instruct the group to assist with the protection of brands and IP assets at a national and international level.

Practice head(s):Colin Miller

Testimonials

'The DWF team is very experienced, knowledgable and responsive to client needs as they arise.'

'Colin Miller is an extremely capable individual whose willingness to take ownership of issues enables the client to have the peace of mind and confidence that the issue is in the best hands. He has good communication skills, fairness in billing and a broad knowledge of the sector.'

Key Clients

The Scottish Government

APUC Panel

Cirrus Response Inc.

Angostura

British Home Stores International

Whitbread

Morrisons Supermarkets

Monsoon Accessorize

Chivas Brothers

Alba Bioscience

Work highlights

  • Instructed to advise BHS International on a trade mark licence deal with one of its former suppliers, which will continue to manufacture and sell household furnishings under the BHS brand.
  • Advised Angostura on the protection of its trade marks in its distribution contracts in the EU and South East Asia.
  • Advised Maven Capital Partners on its IP licensing arrangements with the Tinderbox coffee chain.
  • Assisted Monsoon Accessorize on its renewal as a concessionaire at Edinburgh Airport, including the related trade mark and copyright issues.

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