Real Estate - Scotland
Significant clients The Crown Estate, Intu Properties, J Smart and Co, Quercus Healthcare Property Partnership, Buccleuch Property.
Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen
What the team is known for Go-to firm for major funds on large investment and development transactions. Market leader on commercial redevelopments in Aberdeen.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They went beyond the call of duty; their contribution was invaluable. I have to give them credit for their enthusiasm and hard work."
"They're very detailed and very thorough in their work. They bring a good intellectual capacity to the transactions."
"I have been impressed with their speedy, efficient and professional service."
Work highlights Advised F&C Reit on the £190 million investment purchase of the St Nicholas and Bon Accord shopping centres in Aberdeen.
Acted on the £46 million acquisition of the Quartermile mixed-use development project in Edinburgh for the Moorfield Group.
Colin MacLaren is a prominent figure in the Aberdeen property market, with a focus on retail and commercial development. Clients appreciate his "very comprehensive knowledge of real estate, be it commercial or residential, or indeed retail."
Nick Scott heads up the firm's property department, acting for a number of international investors, developers and private clients. Sources describe him as "exceptionally commercial-minded, and very adept at dealing with a very technical missive," and highlight his "ability to analyse complicated concepts and deduce key issues."
Richard Whyte is popular with peers, who find him easy to work with because "he sees the big picture." He has significant experience with large development projects and asset management, and is regularly instructed by institutional funds. Clients include Henderson Global Investors and Royal London Asset Management.
The "very capable" Tracey Menzies is frequently instructed by house builders and landowners due to her significant experience with complex option agreements. Her practice includes specialist expertise in commercial and residential land acquisition.
Johane Murray is a "lovely person to deal with" on all aspects of commercial property, with particular asset management expertise. Sources comment that "she brings a market understanding to the negotiations."
Colin Morrison acts for several of the firm's high-profile clients. His experience includes work for international retailers, commercial investors and developers.
The highly respected James Roscoe has a vast amount of experience with real estate finance and investment matters. He acts for international and UK-based property companies and funds.
Significant clients Barratt Homes, Titan Investors, Aberdeen City Council, Delancey, Parabola.