Construction - Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds
Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 1 legal director
- 29 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow
What the team is known for Remains the Scottish powerhouse for construction law, with an outstanding reputation for its contentious and non-contentious offerings. Acts for a number of energy and contractor clients.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide the whole picture from start to completion. They have the best capability in terms of construction law in Scotland."
"They are very responsive, flexible and knowledgeable in terms of the form of contract we operate under."
Work highlights Acted for Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, a joint venture company, on the £900 million Forth Replacement Crossing development.
Advised developer East Anglia Offshore Wind in relation to a 1,200 MW offshore wind farm.
Colin Fraser is recognised as one of the top construction lawyers in Scotland, particularly in the infrastructure field. Clients say: "He is very precise, user-friendly, extremely knowledgeable and a very good guy to have on your side."
Aberdeen-based partner Scott Johnston has extensive disputes experience but also acts on transactional work. Clients say he is "extremely flexible, knowledgeable, personable and industrious."
Michael Allan "knows PFI and building contracts inside out," report impressed sources. He co-ordinates a number of projects and other non-contentious work.
Louise Forster is regarded as a particularly strong litigator by market sources. Interviewees consider her to be "very knowledgeable, with great experience to provide valuable input to the strategy and tactics of managing the particular dispute."
Brandon Nolan is a key partner with particular strength in contentious cases. Sources praise his "top-quality work" and identify him as one of the leading contentious construction specialists in Scotland.
Interviewees regard Glasgow-based Fraser McMillan as one of the top construction lawyers for disputes in Scotland. He leads many of the team's key contentious matters.
Kenny Valentine is considered "an excellent lawyer" by impressed sources. He maintains his place as one of the leaders in the contentious market and is "experienced and very keen to offer the best service he can," say clients.
Peers recognise Julia Maguire as a strong player in the local market. She advises on high-value procurement matters for renewable energy clients.
Alastair Morrison continues to be very well known and highly regarded in the market. He supports a number of the team's crucial clients.
Significant clients Balfour Beatty Group, Laing O'Rourke, Galliford Try, BP, Lend Lease.