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Gordon Aitken

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Gordon is a partner in Dentons' Glasgow office with over 30 years' experience in the real estate sector. He has experience in a broad range of commercial property work including acting for institutional investors, property companies, retailers, industrial companies, banks and public sector clients. Major clients for which Gordon has carried out a significant amount of work include M&G Real Estate, Aberdeen Standard, Aviva Investors, Universities Superannuation Scheme, Doosan Babcock Limited, The Tannen Group, The Old Course, Teekay Shipping, London & Regional Properties and Scottish Enterprise.


Articled Maclay Murray & Spens; qualified 1987; assistant solicitor 1987-90; associate 1990-91; partner 1991.


Investment Property Forum.


Eastwood High School; Glasgow University (1984 LLB (Hons); 1985 Dip LP).



Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Leading individuals

Gordon Aitken - Dentons

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Dentons expanded its coverage of the UK market, when it merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017. A sizeable number of the Scottish team are dual-qualified in English law and Scottish law, and a significant proportion of the work it handles is written under English law. Colin Keenan has a notable English and Scottish practice, with particular experience of transactions involving shopping centres (acquisitions, disposals and asset management). Simon Etchells advises English and Scottish clients on projects UK-wide involving cinemas, mixed-use and industrial developments. Barry McKeown is at the forefront of the team's advice to clients such as Sigma Capital Group and Gatehouse Bank on the delivery of new PRS housing units across the UK. Also recommended is Allan Cairns, who assisted Alpha Real Capital with the Scottish property aspects of a circa £125m sale and leaseback transaction involving 109 care homes across the UK, including 15 in Scotland.  Gordon Aitken (who co-heads the practice with Etchells) led a team, which included director Susan Gillon and senior associate Sheena Mackintosh, in the advice to Lime Property Fund on its circa £52.8m acquisition of the EcoCampus at Hamilton International Park. The firm has a strong track record in the retail sector; in 2017, a highlight involved acting for Long Row Properties Limited in its £25m acquisition of Debenhams department store in Nottingham. Elsewhere, McKeown and Gillian Downie are key figures in the specialist housebuilder unit which generates work from clients such as Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes.

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