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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Quay
  • 133 Fountainbridge
  • Edinburgh
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH3 9AG
  • Chief Executive Stephen Gibb
  • Number of partners 63
  • Number of fee-earners 162
  • Total staff 369

THE FIRM Shepherd and Wedderburn is a leading UK law firm, with an uncompromising commitment to client service. With offices in the City of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, the firm delivers comprehensive multi-jurisdictional legal advice across every business sector as well as offering the full range of private client and wealth management services. Regarded by many as the go-to firm for specialist advice in the energy and natural resources and real estate sectors, Shepherd and Wedderburn also has an impressive track record in advising clients from across other industries and sectors. FTSE 100 blue-chips, AIM companies, large SMEs and public service organisations are counted among its clients.
Focusing on clients and finding the very best solution for each of them is of paramount importance to the firm’s multi-disciplinary teams of specialist lawyers. These teams look at the issues involved from every angle to find the best commercial solution. Regardless of whether the project is complex or routine, UK-based or international, clients can be confident with the impartiality, authority and commercial soundness of Shepherd and Wedderburn’s advice, and they have come to expect only practical and innovative solutions from the firm. As a founding member of the World Services Group, Shepherd and Wedderburn is able to respond to clients’ needs swiftly and effectively anywhere in the world. Currently the firm serves clients in 86 jurisdictions.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Shepherd and Wedderburn’s sector approach brings together specialist lawyers with the knowledge and experience to tackle sector-specific commercial issues. The firm has a strong reputation in the energy, real estate and financial services sectors: the Energy and Natural Resources Group has an enviable reputation for advising leading organisations on complex transactions relating to conventional power and renewables. The Real Estate and Infrastructure Practice comprises 24 partners and 52 lawyers and is supported by specialists in planning, construction, property litigation, corporate finance and restructuring in areas such as construction, planning and litigation. The financial and banking team advises on mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; investment funds; private equity investments and IPOs. The firm also provides sector-specific legal services for: food and drink; hospitality; life sciences; and the public sector.

  • Banking Andrew Kinnes
  • Biotechnology Joanna Boag-Thomson
  • Charities Malcolm Rust
  • Commercial Litigation John Mackenzie
  • Competition, Regulation & Public Law Gordon Downie
  • Construction Kevin Taylor
  • Corporate Finance Andrew Blain
  • Corporate Tax Stephen Miller
  • Debt Recovery Gillian Carty
  • Employee Share Schemes Rodger W Cairns
  • Employment Neil Maclean
  • Energy Gordon Downie
  • Funds & Financial Services James Will
  • IP Paul Carlyle
  • IT Paul Carlyle
  • Leisure, Hospitality & Licensing Hugh Smith
  • Media & Technology Paul Carlyle
  • Pensions Andrew Holehouse
  • PFI/PPP Rhona Harper
  • Planning & Environment Colin Innes
  • Private Client Brian Robertson
  • Professional Negligence Gordon Downie
  • Real Estate David Mitchell
  • Public Sector Rhona Harper
  • Restructuring & Insolvency Paul Hally


  • 1 Exchange Crescent,
  • Conference Square,
  • Edinburgh,
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH3 8UL
  • Tel (0131) 228 9900
  • Fax (0131) 228 1222
  • DX 551970 Edinburgh 53
  • Email : info@shepwedd.co.uk
  • Website : www.shepwedd.co.uk
  • 191 West George Street,
  • Glasgow,
  • Glasgow City
  • UK
  • G2 2LB
  • Tel (0141) 566 9900
  • Fax (0141) 565 1222
  • DX GW 409 Glasgow 1
  • Condor House,
  • 10 St Paul's Churchyard,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4M 8AL
  • Tel (020) 7429 4900
  • Fax (020) 7329 5939
  • DX 98945 Cheapside 2
  • 1 Berry Street,
  • Aberdeen,
  • Aberdeen City
  • UK
  • AB25 1HF
  • Tel (01224) 343 555
  • Fax (01224) 343 545

Agriculture & Rural Affairs - Scotland

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

What the team is known for Assists clients with a wide range of issues connected to farm and estate management. Areas of expertise include agricultural tenancies, sale and purchase transactions, partnership matters and rights issues linked to land access and minerals. Also active on rural renewables projects.

What's new? In October 2014, Shepherd and Wedderburn acquired the business and assets of Tods Murray LLP.

Work highlights Advised on the sale of Stoneyburn Farm in Lanarkshire and associated boundary issues.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Leslie is noted for his expertise concerning the real estate aspects of transactions in this area. "He was responsive, alert and gave good advice. I will continue to use him for all our activity in Scotland," say clients.

Significant clients Invercauld Estate, Lothian Estates, Wemyss & March Estate, Duke of Westminter Trustees Estate, Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

Healthcare - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Focuses on the private healthcare sector, advising on investment, financing and infrastructure. Notable expertise in care home matters, acting for care providers on a range of transactional issues.

What's new? In October 2014, Shepherd and Wedderburn acquired the business and assets of Tods Murray LLP.

Work highlights Advised Caring Homes Healthcare Group and Myriad Healthcare on the Scottish law aspects of a £298.5 million property portfolio sale and leaseback deal.

Assisted Primary Health Properties with the £82.1 million acquisition of 19 medical centres in Scotland.

Notable practitioners

John Elder leads the team.

Significant clients Consort Healthcare, Four Seasons Health Care Group, Randolph Hill Group, Prospect Healthcare (Hairmyres), St Columba's Hospice. 

Partnership - Scotland

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

What the team is known for Demonstrates strength in a broad range of partnership matters, including funds work, professional partnership disputes and renewable energy projects. Sought after by City and international firms to advise on the Scottish law aspects of complex transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We respect their technical ability - they know what they're doing."

What's new? In October 2014, Shepherd and Wedderburn acquired the business and assets of Tods Murray LLP.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Malcolm Holmes has significant experience in advising clients on the Scottish law aspects of limited partnerships forming investment funds structures, in addition to providing guidance on conversions to LLP status.