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Tods Murray LLP

Edinburgh

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  • Edinburgh
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Agriculture & Rural Affairs - Scotland

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

What the team is known for Acts on the sale and purchase of rural property, including ancillary issues relating to development agreements, sporting rights and farming partnerships. Experienced in the granting of options and leases for renewable energy agreements.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "It compares favourably with others; it's professional and more affordable than many firms in Edinburgh." 

Market standing: A bigger firm with a large rural division. Very pleased with their standard of service."

Work highlights Acted on the sale of Talla & Gameshope farm, including the disposal of a sheep flock and Single Farm Payments entitlements.

Advises The Sir Ilay Campbell Settlement on a compulsory purchase order relating to its property.

Notable practitioners  

"Accessible, knowledgeable and practical," Richard Leslie "overcomes problems or difficulties quickly and without any fuss," sources report. He offers support on a range of transactional concerns, including the sale and acquisition of property, renewable energy leases and crofting.

Banking & Finance - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Excellent track record in securitisation transactions. Other notable areas of expertise include structured and Islamic finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "I've got a huge amount of respect for their securitisation work."

What's new? Won numerous new clients this year, including Henderson Global Investors, Macquarie Bank and M&G Investment Management.

Appointed to the panels of Lloyds TSB, Santander and The Co-operative Bank.

Work highlights Acted for Terra Firma on the Scottish aspects of the funding, security and property law of its acquisition and restructuring of Four Seasons Health Care Group.

Acted for a syndicate comprising Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JPMorgan Securities on property financing of Tesco stores throughout the UK, valued at £685.1 million.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Graham Burnside is highlighted by clients as "technically very strong." One peer further comments: "Graham is a very bright guy - always a pleasure to deal with. He looks for solutions to get the deal done."

Hamish Patrick has been described as "very knowledgeable, very easy to work with, responsive and very experienced."

Significant clients Barclays, Banco Santander SA/Santander UK, NAMA, Lloyds TSB, Investec Bank.

Construction - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for The team is noted for its healthcare and procurement work. Particular strength in PPP and PFI work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team is flexible and provides a good client service."

What's new? Contentious specialist Drew Taylor joins from Fyfe Ireland.

Work highlights Advised Britel Fund Trustees on the £8 million refurbishment of a city centre office.  

Notable practitioners 

Charles Brien is noted by clients as being "very objective and detailed in his analysis." Charles heads the department and leads on large non-contentious matters. He led on the Britel Fund Trustees matter.

Significant clients Consort Healthcare, Shetland Arts Development, Co-operative Group, Fulcrum Infrastructure, Prospect Healthcare.

Corporate/M&A - Scotland

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

What the team is known for Provides M&A and other corporate advice to clients involved in the oil and gas, renewable energy, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Really great to work with - uses its own initiative."

Responsiveness: "Very responsive in giving us advice we value." 

What's new? Secured new clients Probe Holdings, Cosmos Projects and Ecosteel.

Work highlights Advised long-standing client Melrose on AIM regulatory aspects of its £175 million merger with Petroceltic.

Notable practitioners  

Malcolm Holmes is the key contact and head of the corporate department.

Significant clients RCI Europe, Macdonald Resorts, Melrose Resources, Daysoft.

Employment - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

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

What the team is known for Handles a broad spread of matters including redundancy, TUPE and contentious tribunal work across a mix of sectors. Particularly active in transactional work, most notably the employment implications of corporate restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "What I like about Tods Murray is that they really take the time to know and understand our business. We feel like we are their most important customer."

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Leitch "goes that extra mile," clients say. "His strength is his ability to communicate and lead. He is such an inspirational character."

Katie Baker handles a wide array of non-contentious and advisory employment work. Clients admire her sensible approach.

Significant clients Forestry Commission, Scottish Football League, Texas Instruments, Castle Precision Engineering, Scottish Woodlands.

Environment - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
-Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Advises on contentious and non-contentious environment matters. Regularly engaged on transactions, dealing with regulatory enforcement and environmental litigation.

What's new? The team has gained new clients Volkswagen, Minerals Products Association (Scotland), Green Breeze Energy and M&G Investments.

Work highlights Advised Breedon Aggregates Scotland on its acquisition of Speyside Sand & Gravel Quarries.

Advised Dundee Energy Recycling on a potential SEPA enforcement matter.

Notable practitioners 

Associate Kishwar Sarwar focuses on environment and planning issues. Sources say: "She does a good job of getting on with things," and is "quick on the uptake."

Significant clients SEPA, Scotts Company, Dundee Energy Recycling, Breedon Aggregates, Balfour Beatty. 

Healthcare - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 11 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Deep expertise relating to public hospital infrastructure projects, care home M&A and operational issues, as well as real estate transactions for private healthcare providers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are very efficient, responsive. When you need it quickly, Tods Murray responds very well."

Work highlights Acted as Scottish advisers to Four Seasons Health Care in Scotland on its sale to Terra Firma, which involved certifying titles for 16 properties and the leasing of 46 others.

Represented Primary Health Properties in its acquisition of Apollo Medical Group's investment properties, handling due diligence and advising on all Scottish aspects of the transaction.

Notable practitioners  

Nigel Sievwright leads the practice.

Significant clients Consort Healthcare, Four Seasons Health Care, Primary Health Properties, Randolph Hill Group, St Columba's Hospice.

Licensing - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advising clients in the hospitality and leisure sectors, including pubs, restaurants, hotels and places of entertainment, on their liquor licensing requirements. Also co-ordinates this advice where appropriate with assistance on related corporate, real estate and employment issues.

Work highlights Advised the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on the licensing of its venues in Scotland and on the potentially adverse impact on its operations of the drinks promotions provisions of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act of 2010.

Represented Dobbies Garden Centres with regard to all its licensing requirements in Scotland, including a number of challenging premises variations and licences for three new garden centres.

Notable practitioners  

Elaine Brailsford heads the practice from the Edinburgh office.

Significant clients Greenock Arts Guild, Moness Holdings, KE Entertainments.

Litigation - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Acts on a range of commercial dispute work, including contentious property matters, professional negligence claims and insolvency litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "I always get a quick and clear response. We discuss the issues and they will research relevant legislation if necessary. They recommend an appropriate course of action but will always point out risks or difficulties."

Work highlights Represented Breedon Aggregates Scotland in a Supreme Court appeal relating to potential restrictions on a planning area and requiring interpretation of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.

Notable practitioners  

Elaine Brailsford, head of the dispute resolution department at the firm, focuses her practice on property disputes and banking and finance litigation.

Significant clients Mercer, National House Builders Association, Northern Rock Asset Management, MetLife, Barclays Bank.

Partnership - Scotland

Basic facts about the department 
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Receives mandates from well-known banks, investment funds and English law firms on a variety of partnership-related disputes and commercial matters. Cross-border capability. 

Notable practitioners 

Corporate lawyer Malcolm Holmes is well regarded by his peers. He heads up the firm's partnership group.

Projects - Scotland

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

What the team is known for Advises sponsors and funders on PPP/PFI schemes throughout the UK. Acts on areas such as health, waste, education, accommodation and secondary market deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Very personable service, extremely approachable, very responsive and committed. They get to know us and the business well."

Industry knowledge: "Pragmatic approach and a good understanding of the issues."

Notable practitioners 

Stephen Colliston is head partner in the firm's projects group. He has experience of advising clients from a broad spectrum of sectors in both England and Scotland. Interviewees hail his "pragmatic" approach and his ability to convey details in a pragmatic manner.

Significant clients Balfour Beatty Investments, Dundee City Council, Transform Schools, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Connect Roads.

Real Estate - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

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

What the team is known for Instructed by a range of high-profile clients, including retailers, developers and banks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Any time I go to them with a problem or issue, I get a quick and clear response."

Client service: "They treat us like we are one of their best clients."

What's new? Planning and environmental specialist Kishwar Sarwar joins the firm from Burness (now Burness Paull & Williamsons).

Work highlights Advised Four Seasons Health Care Group on the Scottish property aspects of the sale of the group to Terra Firma.

Acted for Primary Health Properties in Scotland on its debt refinancing, and on the purchase of an investment portfolio from Apollo Medical Group.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Rowson specialises in development and funding. Peers praise him as "very reasonable" and "easy to deal with."

Significant clients Balfour Beatty, The Co-operative Group, Railpen (Railways Pension Trustee Company), Lloyds Banking Group, Catalyst Capital.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Scotland

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

What the team is known for A broad restructuring and insolvency offering across a range of industry sectors including retail, property and financial institutions. Deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Any time I go to them, I get a quick and clear response. They will research any relevant legislation if necessary and although they express an opinion on the best course of action, they will happily act on my instructions."

Bench strength: "They are of a consistently high standard across the board."

Work highlights Acted for Hatfield Philips International as special servicers on the receivership of Mapeley Acquisition Co.

Advised Metropolitan Life on the administration of Dalton Airfield Estates, including on a petition to Jersey courts to request the appointment of administrators by courts in Scotland.

Notable practitioners 

Robert Dobie is recognised for his expertise in corporate insolvencies. Clients note that he is "very good, and representative of the high quality of the firm in general."

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, RBS, National Asset Management Agency of Ireland, NM Rothschild, Northern Rock.