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Levy & McRae

Glasgow

Levy & McRae - Glasgow
  • 266 St Vincent Street
  • Glasgow
  • Glasgow City
  • UK
  • G2 5RL
  • Senior Partner Peter Watson
  • Partners 8
  • Assistants 11
  • Other fee-earners 6

THE FIRM Levy & McRae is one of Scotland’s leading law firms. The firm has a particularly strong reputation for litigation, media and personal injury. It has recently added a corporate department to its practice.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Litigation:
Extensive litigation practice including representing British Sky Broadcasting Limited in the enforcement of all copyright and licensing matters arising in Scotland.
Media: One of the largest media law practices in the country providing advice to an extensive range of clients in the print and broadcast media.
Dispute Resolution/Reputation Management: Prominent individuals from the world of business, TV, film, music and sport retain the services of Levy & McRae to ensure that reputations are protected from unwarranted intrusion and defamation.
Crime: Uniquely, the firm has an in-house investigation team of senior ex-police officers and by using the latest technology in software and data management, the firm has achieved great success in a number of high profile and complex cases.
Personal Injury: The firm deals with a high volume of reparation claims arising from workplace, road traffic, aircraft and shipping accidents. The firm has extensive experience dealing with complex, multi-million pound claims, often involving high profile media interest.
Inquiries: The firm appears regularly in Public and Fatal Accident Inquiries throughout Scotland representing the interests of families, police officers, prison officers and companies (most recently SEPA) to ensure its clients’ interests are fully protected or advanced at such inquiries.
Corporate: The firm acts for vendors and purchasers in the SME corporate and commercial market; investors and investees in shareholder agreements; is frequently involved in boardroom, shareholder and partnership disputes; and has a good reputation for corporate insolvency and sports law (particularly football, golf and boxing).
Commercial Property: The firm has an active commercial property unit which acts both for clients instructing it direct and as an adjunct to the corporate team.

INTERNATIONAL Levy & McRae are involved in litigation around the world including in France, Spain, Turkey, Italy and the United States.As part of Legal Netlink, the firm offers worldwide access to local counsel for litigation and also corporate transactions.

Branches

Crime - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- Office location ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Sophisticated private client criminal law practice acting for organisations and high-profile individuals. Known for acting on wildlife crime and business crimes, and on behalf of police officers. Particularly strong on assault-related cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are very approachable and always responsive."

Technical ability: "We can't fault their professionalism and commitment."

Market standing: "We have a good relationship with all of their lawyers."

Work highlights Secured acquittal of prison officer accused of assaulting a dangerous inmate in Kilmarnock Prison.

Notable practitioners  

David McKie has an excellent reputation for achieving great results, particularly in the field of wildlife crime. His style is described as "friendly and approachable," and he is "able to communicate with all sorts of people."

Peter Watson is acknowledged as a criminal law expert who is "very strong in representations on behalf of the Police Federation."

Significant clients The Scottish Police Federation, the Prison Officers Association Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Gamekeepers Association.

Defamation/Reputation Management - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for A defendants practice actively involved with both pre- and post-publication and broadcasting work. Acts for a large number of newspapers and broadcasters in Scotland.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They're top of the tree. In terms of personnel, they are great." 

Notable practitioners  

David McKie is an "exceptional lawyer in this area," who is "very accomplished on a number of levels" and whom peers note is "great to work with." He acts for some of the leading publishers and media groups in Scotland.

Senior partner Peter Watson is an established and widely respected defendant lawyer.

Angela McCracken helps clients with both pre-publication advice and any litigation matters. She "has great spirit and is universally loved by her clients."

Litigation - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for A strong dispute resolution team with a solution-oriented approach. Renowned for its media practice.

Notable practitioners  

The "very experienced and highly regarded" Peter Watson is highly thought of for his expertise in media law. Sources comment: "A very focused practice and very good reputation."

Media & Entertainment - Scotland

What the team is known for Representation of private clients, broadcasters and publishers, very often in defamation and privacy-related cases concerning tabloid newspapers, but also in commercial and transactional media law matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "A very strong newsprint practice."

Notable practitioners

David McKie, an all-round litigator who takes a strong interest in media law cases, has garnered an impressive reputation in reporting restriction and contempt of court actions.

Peter Watson heads the litigation practice at the firm, and has a "very formidable reputation" for his handling of privacy, restricted reporting order and contempt of court cases.