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McClure Naismith LLP - Glasgow
  • 292 St Vincent Street
  • Glasgow
  • Glasgow City
  • UK
  • G2 5TQ
  • Executive Chairman Robin Shannan
  • Number of partners 30
  • Other fee-earners  79
  • Total staff 143

THE FIRM McClure Naismith LLP advise on a range of commercial legal services for clients in Scotland, England and overseas. The London office specialises in capital markets, regulatory, banking, property finance and commercial litigation. Specialist industry sector groups include energy and renewables, financial services and regulatory, technology, food and drink, and hotel and leisure.McClure Naismith LLP was the first firm in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Lexcel accreditation for all of its offices.

Personal injury/defence reparation; commercial, property/construction litigation; intellectual property disputes; insolvency and fraud related investigations; family law.
Corporate/Commercial: Finance; MBOs/MBIs; mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures; shareholder disputes; agency distribution/licensing contracts; insolvency/reconstruction advice.
Project Finance, PPP & Energy: Advice for infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. Public sector organisations, construction consortia and banks in PPP projects.
Banking & Asset Finance: Secured lending, corporate lending, asset finance, tax-driven and structured products.
Real Estate: Property development work; site acquisition; sale and leasing; secured lending and funding; tax driven/EZT investments and tax products; regeneration and environmentally sensitive developments.
Consumer Credit/Debt Recovery: Leading adviser to finance houses, leasing companies and banks on both documentation and recovery matters.
Intellectual Property/IT: Protecting and licensing IP; IT and data protection; web-based issues.
Construction: Contracts; site acquisition; project finance and development agreements.
Employment: All aspects of employment law, contentious and non-contentious.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation/ADR 29%
  • Real Estate  22%
  • Commercial & Financial Services 30%
  • PPP/Projects/Construction 10%
  • Consumer Finance 5.5%
  • Private Client 3.5%
  • ADR/Litigation Ewen Brown
  • Asset 
  • Banking John Blackwood
  • Real Estate David Thomson
  • Consumer Credit/Debt Frank Johnstone
  • Corporate/Commercial Colin Millar
  • Employment Alan Thomson
  • Financial Services/Funds Kit Stenning
  • Intellectual Property Scott Kerr
  • London Robin Shannan
  • Private Client Gordon Shearer
  • Project Finance/PPP Ashok Ghosh / Mark Cowie


  • 3 Ponton Street,
  • Edinburgh,
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH3 9QQ
  • Tel (0131) 228 4994
  • Fax (0131) 228 4260
  • DX 135 Edinburgh
  • Email : Edinburgh@mcclurenaismith.com
  • Equitable House,
  • 47 King William Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4R 9AF
  • Tel (020) 7929 3770
  • Fax (020) 7929 3466
  • DX 764 London City EC3
  • Email : London@mcclurenaismith.com

Employment - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for As well as advocacy support and representing clients at the Employment Tribunal and EAT, the team acts on the employment aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Other areas of expertise include senior exits and TUPE transfers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Excellent. I have one point of contact, but if they are not available there is always someone else who can genuinely assist."

Work highlights Acted for a respondent in a five-day race and disability discrimination claim in July 2011. This was one of the first multiple discrimination claims to be heard under the Equality Act 2010. The case was successfully concluded, securing a 60% award of the respondent’s expenses as taxed.

Successfully represented Healthcare Management Solutions at Exeter Employment Tribunal against claims of unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Thomson is head of the firm's employment team and brings in-depth experience of senior executive terminations, discrimination claims and transactional matters. Clients regard him as "commercial and pragmatic."

Significant clients Whyte and Mackay, Glasgow School of Art, The Law Society of Scotland, Canterbury Care Homes, InVent Health.

Litigation - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for General commercial litigation expertise with specialist knowledge in a variety of areas including property disputes, fraud, insurance and professional negligence claims.

Notable practitioners

Ewen Brown heads up the firm's litigation unit.

Partnership - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 11 other fee earners

What the team is known for Go-to firm for GPs seeking partnership formation and dispute resolution advice. Also recommended for investment structures using LLPs and other kinds of partnership vehicles.

Work highlights Advised Chancery on the creation of LLP vehicles for real estate investments, maximising its business property renovation allowances. 

Created specialised partnership agreement for The Arran Medical Group with provisions for parental leave, out-of-hours work, capital provisions and dilapidation.

Notable practitioners 

Kenneth Chrystie is one of the senior statesmen of the legal market for Scottish partnership advice, and presently operates as a consultant. Peers comment that he is "very able, very straightforward," and can effectively vary his personal style to suit the needs of a case.

Significant clients West Kilbride Surgery, Carolside Medical Centre, London Road Medical Practice (Kilmarnock), Curo Property Funds, Saltcoats Medical Practice.

Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Frequently deals with high-value serious injury work for major insurance firm clients. Also recognised for its capabilities on industrial disease work.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Hutcheson heads the department and is well known for his experience with industrial disease cases.

Real Estate - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Frequently instructed on property investment and development. Also handles landlord and tenant matters.

Work highlights Acted for Santander (CF Trustee) on the £30 million acquisition, forward funding and development of SoCo in Edinburgh.

Advised on the £16.4 million acquisition and pre-letting to Travelodge of Charlotte House, Queen Street, Glasgow.

Notable practitioners

David Thomson is a key contact.

Significant clients Chancery (UK), Clackmannanshire Council, MacKay Securities, British Waterways Scotland, Persimmon.

Real Estate Litigation - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 associates
- 2 assistants

What the team is known for Notably strong in landlord and tenant disputes, with particular expertise in representing institutional landlords and notable strength in the telecoms sector.

Notable practitioners  

Head of litigation and dispute resolution, Ewen Brown is secretary of the Scottish Branch of the Property Litigation Association, and thus is well versed in a wide range of real estate disputes. He is well regarded for his careful litigation strategy.