Gordon Hobkirk > Dentons > Aberdeen, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Corporate and Financial Services


Corporate partner practising in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland with particular expertise in M&A transactions, business start-ups, joint ventures and reorganisations in the energy, aquaculture and food & drink sectors.  Recent transactions include acting for the management team in the MBO of a construction company, acting for the buyer in a pre-pack purchase of an oil service business, the reorganisation of a farming partnership and acting for sellers in the disposal of on-shore wind farms.


Scottish Development Agency 1985 – 1987 (trainee solicitor); Rodime PLC 1987 – 1988 (legal advisor); MacClure Naismith 1988 – 1992 (assistant solicitor and associate); Iain Smith & Co 1993 – 2007  (from 1995 -2007 as partner); Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 2007 – 2013 (partner); Bond Dickinson LLP 2013 – 2016 (partner); and Maclay Murray & Spens 2017 – date (partner).


The Law Society of Scotland


Craigmount High School, Edinburgh; University of Edinburgh (LLB (Hons) – 1984 and Diploma in Legal Practice – 1985).


Golf, reading, travel and family life.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland

Dentons‘ Aberdeen corporate team is active in the food and drink, financial services, industrial and retail sectors under the leadership of Gordon Hobkirk. The team’s junior ranks were recently bolstered by the promotion to senior associate of Nicola Rae, while the oil and gas offering was significantly enhanced by the arrival of counsel Kenny Paton who was previously with Webber Wentzel in South Africa.

Scotland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

Dentons‘ practice has particular expertise handling decommissioning work through the expertise of Edinburgh-based Kirsti Olson, drilling matters, and contentious mandates. Corporate expert Gordon Hobkirk also contributes to the practice with litigator Malcolm Gunnyeon; both are based in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen team also recently hired senior oil and gas specialist counsel Kenny Paton from Webber Wentzel; he has substantial experience in the North Sea and internationally.