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Pinsent Masons LLP


Pinsent Masons - London
  • 141 Bothwell Street
  • Glasgow
  • Glasgow City
  • UK
  • G2 7EQ
  • Senior Partner Richard Foley
  • Managing Partner David Ryan
  • Number of partners 390
  • Qualified lawyers 1200

The Firm Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering a high quality service and adding value for clients. The firm’s approach to doing business is structured around developing long-term relationships with its clients, its people and its local and global communities. With an international resource of over 1,500 lawyers - including 500 lawyers in its headquarters in the City of London - the firm delivers on the ground legal advice from 19 locations, advising clients on their businesses worldwide. Working with major international and UK corporations, institutions and public bodies, the firm has strong global credentials in four sectors: advanced manufacturing and technology, energy and natural resources, financial resources, and infrastructure. It also has considerable knowledge and expertise across a wide range of services which cover (for example) corporate, M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax. Pinsent Masons’ emphasis on listening, understanding and building strong working partnerships has proved essential to the firm’s many successful client relationships, evidenced by the large number of FTSE350 and similar clients for which the firm acts.

International Offices Aberdeen; Belfast; Birmingham; Edinburgh; Leeds; London; Manchester; Munich; Paris; Istanbul; Dubai; Qatar; Beijing; Hong Kong; Shanghai; Singapore.


  • 30 Crown Place,
  • Earl Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2A 4ES
  • Tel (020) 7418 7000
  • Fax (020) 7418 7050
  • DX 119516 Finsbury Square
  • Website : www.pinsentmasons.com

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.

Notable practitioners  

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.

Real Estate - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Standout real estate offering supported by a broad regional network. Ability to handle major property portfolios for a diverse client base. Notable strength in retail, hotels and healthcare sectors. Expertise in development schemes and regeneration work. Ranked offices in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a very professional outfit. They're nationwide but we get the personal service."

Notable practitioners

Tom Johnson is a key contact.