Real Estate - Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds
Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen
What the team is known for Strong local knowledge which feeds into a national real estate team with global reach. Well known for large-scale commercial and residential development projects and house builder work.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very helpful in coming up with pragmatic and quite innovative solutions."
"Very professional, diligent and particularly commercial."
"A firm you can rely on and trust in Scottish practice is very good to have."
What's new? New client wins, including Scottish Canals, Mansell Homes and New Look.
Work highlights Continuing to advise on the development of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and an additional 200,000 sq ft office space for Edinburgh City Council.
Acted for ABZ Development on the disposal of four sites within the ABZ Business Park near Aberdeen airport and several development transactions within the park.
Rodney Whyte is experienced in all aspects of commercial and residential property. He regularly acts for major national developer clients. One client has found him to be "quite a measured individual; he's very good at explaining matters from a logistical point of view."
Head of the Edinburgh office Ewan Alexander is described by one peer as an "excellent, standout lawyer." Clients include the CALA Group and Edinburgh City Council.
The "very practical" Katharine Hardie heads up the Scottish property group. She recently advised Miller Cromdale on the site acquisition and development of GDF SUEZ House, and the subsequent pre-let to an oil and gas production company.
Investment specialist Russell Munro is "technically excellent and a good commercial negotiator," according to one client, who added that he is also a "good client communicator." He recently gained the Ardstone UK Regional Office Fund as a client, advising it on the investment purchase of Citymark, Fountainbridge in Edinburgh.
The dual-qualified Richard Linton is well thought of as "experienced and very capable." He has significant expertise in commercial property development and landlord and tenant work, and also experienced with property insolvency matters.
Significant clients Aviva, ASDA, CALA Group, University of Aberdeen, Scotia Homes.