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Gareth Hale

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Commercial Dispute Resolution


Gareth leads the Property Litigation team in Scotland and has extensive experience of handling a wide variety of contentious matters. He has acted in cases at all tiers of the civil court system in Scotland (Sheriff Court, Court of Session (Outer and Inner House), Lands Tribunal and Land Court). He has also led in a number of appeals to the UK Supreme Court. He is focused on finding the right solution for a client and the right forum for resolution of a dispute. He is an accredited mediator and an advocate of ADR generally, having conducted arbitrations and mediations in Scotland and in London. Gareth primarily acts for financial institutions; institutional investors; international investors; retailers and other corporate occupiers.


Trainee Maclay Murray & Spens 2003-05; Qualified Solicitor 2005-10; Associate 2010-15; Partner 2015; accredited mediator CORE (Scotland) 2015; Committee Member and Secretary PLA (Scotland) 2015.


WS Society; Property Litigation Association


Glasgow University (2002 LLB (Hons); 2003 Dip. LP)


Travel; golf; skiing; cycling; triathlon.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Dentons entered the Scottish market by merging with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. In addition to having a sizeable reach in Scotland, the Scottish group operates as part of a wider UK team of dispute resolution specialists. Tim Edward , Douglas Blyth and Malcolm Gunnyeon jointly head up the practice out of the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices respectively. Edward is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence matters, while Gunnyeon assists clients with oil and gas litigation, contentious health and safety and insolvency-related cases. Blyth, who has a particularly first-rate reputation in insolvency litigation, and recently promoted director Craig Kennedy acted for Hooley Limited in the landmark Court of Session case of Hooley Limited v The Victoria Jute Company Limited, which confirmed that the principle of modified universalism should be recognised by Scottish law. Edward is representing Highlands and Islands Enterprise as the defender in Court of Session proceedings brought by LC Services over an alleged breach of state aid rules. Gareth Hale focuses on property litigation, while legal director Susan Snedden heads up the contentious IP and TMT practice. The firm is also active in cases involving media law, corporate crime and public law. Ewan Easton has retired from private practice.

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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Next generation lawyers

Gareth Hale - Dentons

Within: Property litigation

Dentons, which entered the Scottish marketplace by merging with Maclay Murray & Spens in 2017, has seen its Scotland-based team become increasingly active in advising the firm's clients from further afield across the UK. The group, which is led by Gareth Hale, has recently attracted work from names such as J Sainsbury Plc and Argos. Its expertise in reputationally-significant cases spans a wide variety of issues, such as contested lease terminations, dilapidations and disputes arising from the termination of land option contracts. Hale and senior associate Sarah McCormick are representing CIP Property (AIPT) Limited at the Inner House of the Court of Session in a landmark case concerning the anti-money laundering obligations of financial institutions/other regulated entities, or their nominees, in property transactions. Another legally-significant case saw Hale and McCormick act for The Brucefield Estate Trustee Company Limited as the landlord in proceedings against former tenant Computacenter (UK) Limited; this widely-publicised case concerned the operation of tacit relocation. In addition to acting for landlords, the firm also advises corporate tenants, including TK Maxx, The Disney Store and John Menzies Plc. Ewan Easton has retired from private practice.

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