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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 and London and residential property outlets in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and North Berwick. The firm’s teams focus on the areas of employment law, dispute resolution, family law 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 their practice areas. 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 offer exceptional lawyers, known for being both pragmatic and efficient, achieving considerable success for clients across all our legal specialisms.
To all clients, they guarantee a consistently high standard of service backed by state-of-the-art technology and business procedures which deliver efficiency and value for money. They are professional. They are 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

- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for An established practice with offices across Scotland. Particularly strong in the oil and gas and public sectors, with additional expertise in transport and education. Experienced in defending Employment Tribunal litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "We get a call back within an hour." 

What's new? Ian Truscott QC, one of the leading employment advocates in Scotland, has moved to Simpson & Marwick from Murray Stable. 

Stephen Miller, Graham Mitchell, Gina Wilson and Frances Ross joined the firm from MacRoberts in May 2013.

Work highlights Successfully acted for Cameron Limited on a claim brought against it in the Aberdeen Employment Tribunal for unlawful deduction of wages, complicated by the fact the claimant was employed to work in various jurisdictions in the Middle East. 

Notable practitioners  

Sandy Kemp is described as having a "stellar reputation in the market." Peers hold him in high regard and praise him for being a "very polished advocate."

Stephen Miller offers a keen understanding of discrimination law. He is regarded as being strong in advising the public sector.

Chris Phillips is an experienced tribunal advocate. He advises clients across the public, private and voluntary sectors.  

Gina Wilson has broad experience in defending tribunal claims and handling EAT proceedings. Her areas of expertise include discrimination, unfair dismissal and TUPE matters.

Ian Truscott QC is a renowned employment law specialist who brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice. He is described by sources as an "impressive advocate who inspires confidence."

One client comments that David Hughes is "an extremely experienced, positive individual." Another source comments that "he effectively manages work to a timescale."

Significant clients Baker Hughes, Grampian Police, Marathon Oil, Petrotechnics, BIS Salamis.

Family/Matrimonial - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Offices ranked: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Strong presence across Scotland on family law matters, with particular expertise in high-value, complex financial provision cases for high-profile individuals. Also handles children law matters including contact, residence and abduction cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The entire firm have been there for me in an emergency - I've spoken with Aberdeen and Edinburgh as well as Glasgow - they take the expertise from other people and are there to support you in emergencies. They work as a team and for you and your family."  

Notable practitioners  

Edinburgh-based partner Richard Smith is described as "efficient and incredibly good" in the sphere of family law. He frequently handles high-value financial disputes, cohabitation matters, and complex children law issues.

Aberdeen-based department head Shaun George is described as an "extremely impressive individual" for family law matters. He regularly handles complex divorce proceedings as well as difficult childcare and residence issues, and he is also noted for his collaborative law capabilities.

Lisa Girdwood heads the Glasgow office and is strongly praised for her strength in family law. Commentators single her out as "extremely approachable and very professional." She acts both in high-value divorce proceedings and complex children disputes, particularly abduction and contact matters.

Health & Safety - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 14 qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Well known in health and safety, and for its prowess in the related field of insurance. Has notable presence across the main commercial centres in Scotland, including Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "It has dedicated resources for dealing with health and safety matters."

Technical ability: "I am very impressed with the quality of their work."

Work highlights Advised the insurer of a company in connection with a head injury sustained by an employee.

Acted for a company in relation to a crane accident that caused life-changing injuries to an employee.

Notable practitioners 

Robert Leith is managing partner of the Aberdeen office. He earns increasing market recognition for his skills and his application of the law as it relates to offshore matters. Sources admire his "erudite theoretical background" and his ability to "provide a clear, concise legal opinion."

The "switched-on" Mark Donaldson is praised by clients as "a bright, commercial lawyer." He frequently advises on road traffic and health and safety matters, with recent highlights including advising on a construction accident involving a crane.

Gilles Graham is acclaimed as "a great guy who is deserving of recognition." He stands out for his effective handling of civil litigation, including personal injury matters, as well as health and safety. He has previously acted for local authorities.

Significant clients Aviva, Zurich, Gallagher Bassett International, QBE Insurance (Europe), RSA.