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Simpson & Marwick


Simpson & Marwick - Edinburgh
  • 4 Carden Terrace
  • Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen City
  • UK
  • AB10 1US

THE FIRM Simpson & Marwick is a specialist award–winning legal provider serving clients throughout Scotland and the UK. With offices based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Newcastle, Leeds and London and residential property outlets in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and North Berwick, the firm’s teams focus on the areas of dispute resolution, employment law, family law, private client and property. The firm is renowned for their excellence in advocacy and mediation. Housing the largest Solicitor Advocacy Unit in Scotland, their solicitor advocates and trained mediators support all service areas across the business. Their professionals have the ability and in depth experience to assist large corporate companies with their employment and litigation needs, and individual clients with the full range of private client services. Simpson & Marwick are known for being both pragmatic and efficient with their clients and recognised in the sector for their innovative approaches attached to case management. To all clients, the firm strives to deliver a consistently high standard of service supported by professionals and business procedures that deliver efficiency and value for money. They are professional, approachable and they offer exceptional legal services.

Individual Client Services:
The firm assist clients with all aspects of personal legal services such as family law and divorce, residential property and private client services. The award-winning family law team have an exceptional record in achieving negotiated settlements, and the property department are market leaders in the areas they serve. Generations of families have entrusted the firm’s private client team to help manage their assets and affairs.
Commercial Client Services: Specialist dispute resolution and claims handling services are offered to commercial and public sector bodies, employers, insurance clients and their insured’s. This spectrum of services ranges from advice, through mediation, adjudication and negotiation to representation and advocacy in courts and tribunals across Scotland and the UK. The firm is recognised for its specialist knowledge and expertise in the practice areas of administrative and public law, commercial disputes, employment law, health and safety, personal injury defender and professional indemnity.


  • Albany House,
  • 58 Albany Street,
  • Edinburgh,
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH1 3QR
  • Tel (0131) 557 1545
  • Fax (0131) 525 8651
  • DX 550480 Edinburgh 45
  • Email : email@simpmar.com
  • Website : www.simpmar.com

Employment - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Offers a strong pan-Scotland approach to major employment cases, thanks particularly to a growing presence in Dundee. Boasts significant expertise in energy sector work and higher education, alongside an impressive range of public sector and local authorities cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I am very pleased with the service from this firm - the lawyers are focused, and answer the questions in an honest, straightforward way."

What's new? Deborah Miller was promoted to partner.

Work highlights Acted for Dumfries & Galloway Council on an equal pay dispute concerning the education sector. The matter was tried at tribunal and appellate level, eventually reaching the Supreme Court.

Advised construction business Muirfield Contracts on a TUPE matter concerning a local authority re-tendering exercise, which also resulted in several tribunal cases.

Notable practitioners  

Dispute-focused partner Sandy Kemp is widely regarded as a pre-eminent Scottish employment lawyer, with outstanding expertise in offshore jurisdictional issues and whistle-blowing matters. Sources state: "He is one of the best employment litigators I have ever come across."

Experienced figure Stephen Miller is recognised for his extensive expertise in equal pay, grievance and disciplinary issues. Interviewees recognise him as a leading presence in employment law, including activity on numerous UK-wide cases.

Seasoned practitioner Ian Truscott QC is widely revered amongst market commentators, who consider him "Scotland's most experienced employment lawyer." Recent high-profile cases include acting for logistics and freight client Ceva on a complex TUPE dispute.

Deborah Miller is a growing force in the Dundee employment market, thanks to her "first-class client service," and "thoughtful, experienced and balanced" approach to cases. She has extensive experience of TUPE-related matters, including recently advising Angus Council as one of four co-defendants on a tribunal case with TUPE aspects.

David Hughes' Aberdeen-based employment practice covers a variety of issues, including high-profile executive exits, and employment litigation and mediation. Lately, this included representing a defendant from the energy sector on an unfair dismissal claim.

Sources highlight Chris Phillips for his "exemplary service and tremendous advice" on employment law cases. According to clients, he "takes the time to think about your problem, and always finds a solution which suits your business."

Gina Wilson is a rising star of the Scottish employment market, drawing extensive praise from numerous commentators for her recent work. Interviewees particularly recommend her as "extremely responsive and very clear in her communication, as well as being pragmatic and risk-aware." She is especially active in tribunal cases, where she "always fights her client's corner." 

Graham Mitchell has a growing reputation for employment law advice. He offers a notably strong employment litigation practice, including frequently representing clients before the EAT, from sectors such as education, transport and the arts.

Significant clients Dundee Energy Recycling, Marathon Oil, Baker Hughes, Audit Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council. 

Family/Matrimonial - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners (1 Glasgow, 1 Edinburgh, 1 Aberdeen)
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh 

What the team is known for Well known and regarded for family work ranging from challenging financial provision cases to child law matters. Frequently acts on cases requiring the division of business assets, and has experience of Hague Convention child abduction cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very professional firm and I have since recommended them to other people as I found them to be extremely courteous and helpful."

"They were extraordinarily helpful in their billing." 

"They are enthusiastic and provide a good service to the client. One of the things that stands out is that they are providing a national presence across Scotland."

Notable practitioners  

Aberdeen lawyer Shaun George is described as "clear, straightforward and compassionate." Clients describe him as "a very good communicator who gets his point across in a way you can understand rather than being bamboozled with legal-speak." He is also a qualified arbitrator and mediator.      

Richard Smith is based in Edinburgh and is recognised as a "no-nonsense" market leader in high-value matrimonial finance matters. Clients say he is able to find "innovative solutions to problems" as well as being "very articulate and good at explaining the law in a very simple fashion."

Glasgow-based Lisa Girdwood is regarded as "very skilled and tenacious" by sources. Peers respect her "balanced and very realistic" approach. She acts across the spectrum of family law, covering child law as well as matrimonial finance work.

Health & Safety - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Aberdeen, Glasgow

What the team is known for Market-leading practice acting for clients across a broad range of sectors. Provides both preventative and reactive advice, with a case history that includes a number of fatal accident inquiries. A significant proportion of the team are solicitor advocates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're such a well-established firm that one doesn't differentiate between the offices. They can move resources as required."

What's new? New panel wins include BAA, Scottish Social Services Council and Care Inspectorate.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council for the fatal accident inquiry into a school pupil's death following a traffic accident during adverse weather conditions.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Leith is particularly noted for his work in the oil and gas industry. Market sources attest to the quality of his advice, which is remarked on as "very erudite and very well presented."

Mark Donaldson represents a good choice for personal injury, road traffic and fatal accident inquiries. He is considered "top of the tree" in the health and safety field according to one market source.

Gilles Graham recently advised South Lanarkshire Council regarding the death of a child following a traffic accident during a school trip. He also represented the local authority during the matter regarding injuries sustained by employees who were carrying out excavation work.

Significant clients Zurich, Aviva, QBE Insurance (Europe), Velocity Claims Management, RSA.