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Brodies LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Outstanding team advising a wide range of impressive clients on their investment transactions. Significant experience in development matters and has advised on some of the largest schemes in Scotland. Also has expertise in the energy sector and regularly acts for sizeable leisure clients.

Strengths "You feel you are the only client and that you are being taken care of," says one client.

Another client says: "Brodies always leave you feeling that they have your very best interests at the forefront of the advice they provide. They can communicate in a very commercial way, assisting the decision-making process."

Work highlights Advised APG Asset Management on its joint venture with Henderson for the purposes of owning and developing the St James Quarter in Edinburgh.

Advised Brookfield Student Real Estate on the acquisition of Collegelands in Glasgow, a student accommodation scheme with approximately 500 beds.

Significant clients Moorfield Group, Mercer, Orion, Tristan Capital Partners, Everyman Cinema.

Notable practitioners

Johane Murray's work leading key investment and development deals for the firm earns her praise as a "first-class lawyer across all sorts of disciplines." She is known particularly for her advice on development matters and shopping centre assets. "It's fantastic to have her on your side because she'll drive the deal through," enthuses a client.

The "excellent" Colin MacLaren is a leading partner in the firm's Aberdeen office. He has a wealth of experience of retail and office development work. "He is a very experienced guy," says a client, continuing: "He is very straightforward and attentive."

Nick Scott is the head of the real estate practice and covers a wide variety of investment and development transactions. He represents investment funds and property companies, and "provides exceptional, clear and concise advice," according to clients. One impressed source says: "He is unparalleled in Scotland in terms of connections."

Richard Whyte is a well-known and experienced figure in the real estate investment market in Scotland. Commentators describe him as "very proactive," while clients are impressed by the "comprehensive advice" he provides.

Colin Morrison represents retailers, investors, leisure clients and developers, among others. "He is motivated and available 24/7," says one client.

Tracey Menzies is based in the firm's Aberdeen office. Her work covers land acquisitions and commercial and residential development. Sources say she is "very pleasant to deal with" and that she enjoys a "very good reputation."

James Roscoe specialises in property finance work and counts a number of notable banks and investment funds among his clients. "He is very considered in his approach and he is very practical to get the solutions we need on a tight deadline," says a client.

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Burness Paull - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Major player in the market handling a broad range of real estate matters, including large-scale residential and retail developments and complicated investment and portfolio work for high-profile clients. Also equipped to handle transactions in the private rental sector, as well as offering property support to clients in the oil and gas industry. Recent work includes advising on major regeneration schemes across Scotland.

Strengths "It is a strong all-round team with all the bases covered," says a client.

Another client describes the team as being "commercial and extremely well organised."

Work highlights Advised a Stewart Milne Group SPV on land assembly matters, a bespoke infrastructure agreement and funding solutions to enable the development of a 3,000-house scheme at Countesswells in Aberdeen.

Advised City Property Glasgow (Investments), an offshoot of Glasgow City Council, on the development of 365,000 square feet of office and commercial space in the centre of Glasgow.

Significant clients London & Scottish Group, Sanctuary Housing, Clearbell Group, Mars Pension Fund, Link Group.

Notable practitioners

Richard Goodfellow is a residential and commercial property expert, well established in the Aberdeen market. Sources describe him as "a very good, sensible, commercial lawyer" who "knows his stuff and is straightforward to deal with."

Richard Rennie represents a range of investment and development clients in work covering the retail, hotel and business park markets. Sources describe him as "brilliant" and "a standout lawyer."

Nicholas Naddell is a "very prominent" team member who is consistently praised for his "strong commercial approach." He has a wealth of expertise in landlord and tenant law, in relation to which he represents a number of household-name retailers.

Ian Wattie represents clients both in the public and private sector, including major banks. His practice covers property finance and the structuring of development schemes. He is respected by market commentators, one of whom describes him as "a big name in real estate."

Scott Peterkin advises on house building and other development matters. A client says he has a "strong working knowledge and responds to queries quickly."

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CMS - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 47 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Respected team working extensively with institutional investors. Equipped to handle a range of development matters, including retail and student accommodation schemes. Also offers particular expertise in the hotels and leisure sector. Acts for notable clients in the energy industry, frequently advising on the property aspects of renewables and waste schemes.

Strengths One client says: "They are very strong. There is strength in the juniors, as well as the senior lawyers, and they can't be faulted in terms of the work they produce."

Another client adds: "They are very detailed and very willing to challenge us as clients to make sure we make the right decisions. They act as part of the team, and don't just sit there and speak only when legal matters are raised."

Work highlights Managed the sale of a major retail park for Aviva Investors. The sale amounted to over £90 million in value.

Handled the purchase of the Glasgow Cineworld Complex for UK Commercial Property Holdings.

Significant clients EDF Energy, University of Glasgow, SSE, Land Securities, National Grid.

Notable practitioners

Allan Wernham is described as a "jewel in the crown of the practice" by a commentator. He is highly respected in the market and attracts particular praise for his work for Land Securities. He also advises a number of other well-known property companies and investors.

Paul Carter has extensive experience of investment transactions, as well as development work. Interviewees know him for being "very bright, sensible and commercial."

Iain Doran is greatly experienced in both transactional and contentious real estate matters. He has been described as a very experienced "mainstay" member of the firm by commentators.

Stuart Tait represents a number of institutional investors and is known for his "very high-profile work." He is regarded by clients as "very commercial and diligent," and has advised on numerous noteworthy investment and development deals across Scotland.

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Pinsent Masons LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 5 legal directors
- 2 consultants
- 40 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for National firm with a strong Scottish presence. Offers impressive development and investment capabilities. Frequently retained to advise on large-scale residential development schemes. Regularly handles energy property matters.

Strengths One client says: "Each individual performed beyond our expectation and clearly communicated within their own firm, drawing upon the relevant internal disciplines to provide the best collective team response."

A source describes the firm as "efficient and good to deal with."

Work highlights Acted for EDI Group in relation to the redevelopment of India Quay in Edinburgh, a mixed-use development comprising 434 units of mixed tenure housing and commercial, leisure and retail space.

Negotiated the pre-let of office buildings in Hamilton International Park to the University of the West of Scotland on behalf of High Blantyre Development.

Significant clients CALA Group, Peel, Aviva, Legal & General, BP Group.

Notable practitioners

Ewan Alexander leads the firm's Edinburgh office and is known for his development work. He regularly advises on residential schemes. One client describes him as "determined, knowledgeable, well connected and client-focused." Another client relates that he was "instrumental in unlocking some very complex issues" on a matter.

Russell Munro has extensive experience representing institutional investor clients. He advises on a wide range of sales and purchases, as well as property finance. "He is just a fabulous lawyer," says a client, continuing: "Nothing is a problem for him; he gets on with the job and gives clear, commercial advice."

Rodney Whyte focuses on house-building work, offering advice to developers and landowning clients. Satisfied clients describe him as "reliable, consistent and always available."

Katharine Hardie specialises in development matters and has notable experience of regeneration projects. Commentators describe her as a "good leader" and a "particularly commercial" lawyer.

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 41 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Offers high-quality advice to a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, retailers and developers. Works for a number of household names. Also handles a range of transactional matters for well-known investors.

Strengths One source says the firm has "very good people and depth of practice, and very good clients."

A client notes: "The service that I get is seamless. The difficult transactions get picked up and dealt with smoothly and quickly. The depth of experienced and specialised lawyers does make Shepherd and Wedderburn stand out in a competitive market."

Work highlights Advised British Land on the sale of Cockoo Bridge Retail Park in Dumfries.

Assisted PwC with the lease of the top floor of the Capitol Building in Aberdeen for its new Aberdeen headquarters.

Significant clients BAE Systems, Standard Life, Taylor Wimpey, BlackRock, Hermes.

Notable practitioners

James Dobie represents a number of developers and retailers on acquisitions and lettings, as well as investment transactions and property finance issues. funding, lettings and investments. Highly impressed market commentators describe him as an "incredible" practitioner.

Andrew Hall attracts recognition for his residential development practice, and heads the firm's house building group. Clients attest that he has "in-depth knowledge of the industry and provides sound, positive advice."

David Mitchell has strong experience in the development market, as well as in high-value investment transactions. "He has a thorough knowledge of our business and how we operate," says a client. He is well known in the market and described as "super to deal with."

Scott Ritchie represents clients in a wide range of investment work, as well as development and landlord and tenant work. A source describes him as being "very tenacious and detailed" in his working style.

Nick Ryden is known among those in the market as "one of the biggest names in Scottish real estate." He has experience of a variety of transactional issues, including landlord and tenant work, and development schemes.

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Our UK wide real estate practice comprises 23 partners, 52 lawyers and is consistently recognised as a market leader by the leading independent legal directories. Our expert team of lawyers is supported by specialists in planning, construction, property litigation, corporate, finance, tax and restructuring.

We act for a diverse client base including property companies, real estate funds, developers, housebuilders, retailers, energy companies, high net worth individuals, pension funds, investment trusts, retail and investment banks, professional practices and universities.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises an impressive number of institutional and alternative investors. Also handles development work, including residential schemes, and a range of matters for corporate occupiers. Well versed in property finance issues and represents a number of well-known lenders. Continues to frequently assist clients in the hotels and leisure sectors.

Strengths One client says: "The team is very capable, very organised and very responsive. They get stuff done."

Work highlights Advised BT on the acquisition of two investment properties for £20 million, one in Aberdeen and one in Oxford.

Acted for Aldi Stores on various development and purchase matters in Scotland.

Significant clients HSBC, Europa Capital, City Pub Group, Sovereign Land, EE.

Notable practitioners

Alison Newton leads the firm's Glasgow office and offers specialist advice on regeneration schemes, among other matters. "She keeps the transaction momentum and is all-round impressive," says a source. Another interviewee describes her as "responsive, decisive and organised."

Miles Ede is the team leader of the firm's Scottish real estate department. His practice includes high-value transactional portfolio work and he regularly acts for telecoms clients. "He is a very switched-on lawyer," says a client.

Neil Addis has experience in many different areas of real estate law. He represents clients in sectors such as student accommodation and retail. A source describes him as "a very impressive lawyer."

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Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/specialisms/real-estate/


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Dentons - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 44 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Experienced in advising on high-end investment matters, as well as large-scale development projects. Counts a number of national house builders and institutional investors among its clients. Offers expert advice in matters relating to retail property.

Strengths "They are quality operators," says a source.

Work highlights Acted for Prudential Assurance on the acquisition of the development site for Quartermile 4, the pre-lets to FanDuel and Cirrus and the sale of the building to Triuva.

Advised Aviva Investors on the sale of its student accommodation at Collegelands, Glasgow to Brookfield.

Significant clients M&G Real Estate, Helical, Hammerson, Persimmon Homes, Stagecoach.

Notable practitioners

Paul Haniford is a highly experienced practitioner with deep expertise in leisure and retail property. Clients say he is "very impressive and concentrates on getting the job done," and appreciate his "ability to be commercial and talk to real people in plain language."

Simon Etchells is known for his ability to handle property transactions in both Scotland and England. Sources know him to be a "really good lawyer."

Colin Keenan maintains a strong practice in both England and Scotland, and regularly advises on real estate finance issues. A commentator describes him as "very commercially pragmatic and a pretty tenacious character."

Gordon Aitken has particularly strong expertise in institutional investment transactions. He also regularly deals with complex development matters in which finance is a key element. According to market commentators, he is a "very impressive" practitioner.

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Morton Fraser - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 41 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Experienced investment group with additional expertise in development matters. Able to handle large-scale residential and commercial development schemes. Regularly advises clients on student accommodation and retail matters, as well as property finance.

Strengths "It is a great practice and a very professional team offering a personal and responsive approach," says a client.

A source adds: "It is a large business with very good clients."

Work highlights Represented Green Town (Heartlands) in the purchase of the Heartlands development, a major brownfield regeneration project in near Whitburn.

Handled the £11.2 million sale of a large Glasgow industrial estate to an investment firm on behalf of Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust.

Significant clients Tesco, Ministry of Defence, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes, Kennedy Wilson.

Notable practitioners

Elspeth Carson has a strong reputation for her work for high-profile clients in areas such as retail and industrial property. Clients refer to her as "commercially astute and very good at turning things around ." She is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law.

Brian Hutcheson is based in the firm's Glasgow office and handles high-end development and investment work, with particular expertise in student accommodation. Sources note his ability to provide "concise and commercially minded advice on conveyancing matters within a tight timeline."

Chris Harte is the firm's chief executive. Interviewees admire his strong reputation and note that he is popular with clients.

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Anderson Strathern - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: East Lothian, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Acts on development, property management, and sales and acquisitions. Often sought by renewable energy, education and healthcare groups to act on significant real estate matters. Also represents multiple retail and leisure clients.

Strengths A source states: "The client service from Anderson Strathern has been excellent. They always put the client first and will go the extra mile."

Another says: "They are pragmatic, responsive and focused on putting the client's objectives at the centre of negotiations."

Work highlights Advised RSA on the investment sale of a distribution warehouse at Eurocentral, Motherwell.

Acted for Edinburgh Napier University on the lease of its new research and development building for the University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction at Seven Hills Business Park.

Significant clients Clyde Gateway, City Legacy, The Crown Estate, Buccleuch Group, Intu Properties.

Notable practitioners

Deborah Lovell specialises in residential and commercial development work. She regularly advises landowners, as well as developers. A source describes her as "well regarded within her business ."

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Davidson Chalmers LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Galashiels

What the team is known for Established practice with experience of development schemes, investment sales and acquisitions, and work for corporate occupiers. Regularly advises on healthcare property matters. Recent work includes a number of office property and business park transactions.

Strengths "The client service and understanding of the development dynamic has been outstanding," says a client.

"They are responsive, have good support and are nice people," says another client.

Work highlights Advised Stamford Student Investments on the sale of two student accommodation assets valued at over £45 million in total.

Advised FORE Advisors on the purchase of an investment property, 50 Bothwell Street in Glasgow.

Significant clients Chris Stewart Group, Crosslane Group, Knight Frank, Story Homes, Law Society of Scotland.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Chalmers represents sizeable development and investor clients in Scotland, and is "well connected and knows his stuff." According to a client, he "always gives sound, practical advice and help."

Gavin Maclean is a commercial leasing specialist and represents a broad range of clients, including retailers and investors. A client says: "He has a very thorough, pleasant manner, is easy to talk to and is very helpful and willing to assist."

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DLA Piper Scotland LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 legal directors
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Advises a broad range of clients, including developers, corporate occupiers and government bodies. Assists with portfolio and investment transactions along with sizeable development schemes. Equipped to advise on a variety of asset classes, including retail and leisure property.

Strengths "They are commercial and value for money. DLA gets high marks from us," says a client.

Work highlights Advised New Waverley Advisers on the first phase of a mixed-use development in Edinburgh, which comprises two hotels, an apart-hotel and a number of retail units.

Acted for Henry Boot on its development funding deal with Aberdeen City Council for the purpose of developing an international conference centre.

Significant clients Blackstone, Aviva, Decathlon (UK), Atos, NATS.

Notable practitioners

Drew Wallace specialises in representing major developers and investors in the Scottish market. Sources know him to be "very down-to-earth and approachable" and "good to deal with."

Edinburgh-based Steven Edgecombe has a strong commercial property practice, which includes advising on landlord and tenant work, as well as development and investment matters. He is known particularly for his work for clients in the hotel industry.

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DWF LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Proficient in the full range of property matters, from finance and investment transactions to retail development. Often acts for clients in the energy industry and a wide array of corporate occupiers. Recent work includes a variety of matters for well-known retailers and leisure clients.

Strengths "It is a strong team with good communicators who offer a top-quality service to clients across the commercial property range," says one client.

Another client says: "We enjoy working with the team at DWF and they get the job done with the minimum of fuss."

Work highlights Acted for Marine Harvest (Scotland) on the acquisition of various sites on Skye for the development of a marine fish feed factory.

Acted for NewRiver Retail on the purchase of Cuckoo Bridge Retail Park in Dumfries.

Significant clients Whitbread, M7 Real Estate, Marks & Spencer, Moda Living, McDonald's.

Notable practitioners

David Ratter heads the real estate team and continues to build on his already extensive experience representing investors and well-known retailers. A source states that he is "efficient, effective and gets things done." An impressed client adds: "He is an excellent, commercially astute operator with great insight for problem solving and technical expertise."

Chris McLeish is a property finance specialist, and his clients include notable investors and developers. A client testifies that "he is dedicated to good client liaison, communication and hard work."

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Harper Macleod LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Lerwick, Thurso

What the team is known for Notable practice advising on the full range of property transactions. Frequently sought to advise on development schemes and investment purchases, often in the healthcare and retail sectors. Continues to be active in the house-building field. Also advises a number of public sector organisations.

Strengths A client says: "I have been impressed with the approach and feel that they offer a business-focused service."

Work highlights Represented CBRE Global Investors in the sale of bank and office premises in Elgin, as well as retail space in Glasgow and commercial units in Clydebank.

Acted for Registers of Scotland on the taking of a lease for its new flagship offices at St Vincent Plaza, Glasgow.

Significant clients Ediston Homes, Keiller Property Group, Hazledene Group, KIKO Milano, St Andrews University.

Notable practitioners

John Meehan is known to take a "very calm and sensible approach." He regularly acts on behalf of major private investment companies and development clients. "He is very commercial and good at pulling everything together to get deals across the line," says a client.

David Bell is a commercial landlord and tenant expert with experience advising a wide range of retailers and corporates. A client describes him as an "excellent communicator and negotiator."

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With one of the largest teams of property lawyers in Scotland, our Real Estate group advises clients of all sizes across the private, public and third sectors. Our specialists pro-actively deal with selling, purchasing, leasing, development, investment, portfolio management or funding matters.

We use our knowledge and good working relationships throughout the property industry to efficiently deal with clients' needs and to develop innovative structures and solutions to complex contractual matters or to deal with large numbers of properties.

We also work alongside those based in jurisdictions outside Scotland, who require our knowledge of the Scottish legal system.

We are able to call upon the support of other specialist leading lawyers from other disciplines within the firm to support our work, including those from the fields of construction law, property litigation, banking, corporate, restructuring and planning.

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MacRoberts LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong investment and portfolio management practice with additional expertise in major development matters. Regularly acts for a number of substantial retailers. Recent work includes transactions relating to notable properties in Scottish city centres.

Strengths One client says: "They are very easy people to work with."

"They have a very commercial approach," says another client.

Work highlights Represented Hamilton Capital Partners in its sale of a property portfolio in Lanarkshire. The portfolio consisted of six office properties.

Handled the sale of a multi-let office in Glasgow to PATRIZIA Immobilien for CBRE Global Investors.

Significant clients ScottishPower, Muse Developments, Revcap, CALA, Carillion.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Lamb brings substantial experience to his work in the development and investment markets. He is, according to a client, "very reliable, knowledgeable and quick to respond."

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We are known for possessing a strong reputation in commercial development, and have been involved in major transactions in the Scottish property market and work with our experienced construction team in challenging and complex deals.

We are well known for our investment practice with a number of high-value transactions for Hamilton Capital Partners and Investors managed by REVCAP. We carry out investment work for many property investors including London and Cambridge Properties, Sheet Anchor Investments, First Property Group and CBRE Global Investors.

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Active in the retail, charities, leisure and renewable energy sectors, among others. Regularly sought to advise on development projects, including residential schemes. Also able to handle property finance issues.

Strengths A client says: "The team at BTO is extremely knowledge, capable and, most importantly, flexible."

A source describes the firm as "excellent and very well organised."

Work highlights Handled the investment acquisition of a portfolio of office buildings in Lanarkshire for Rockford Portfolio.

Advised City Legacy on the sale of houses converted from the former athletes village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Significant clients TUI Group, Stena Line Group, Luss Estates Company, Lithgow Estates, Shearings Hotel Group.

Notable practitioners

Scott Buchan draws on a wide range of experience to advise his clients on investment and development matters. A client describes him as "a very commercial lawyer with advice that is always practical and to the point."

David Gibson has a broad real estate practice which sees him advising clients ranging from charities to renewable energy organisations. A client says: "He is extremely attentive to our needs and has a very quick turnaround time on complex matters, without compromising the quality of the advice."

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Gillespie Macandrew LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth

What the team is known for Strong development practice continuing to act for a long list of house builders. Also advises on property finance and leasing matters, as well as investment transactions. Client list includes notable retailers.

Strengths A client says: "All the solicitors that I have dealt with at the firm are knowledgeable, approachable and practical."

A source praises the firm's "decent niche in residential development."

Work highlights Represented two national house builders in the acquisition of Scottish Enterprise surplus assets for a proposed development of 220 dwellings.

Acted for Bellway Homes on the acquisition of a former hospital site in Motherwell.

Significant clients Lendy, Midtown Capital, Starbucks, Binn Group, Moss Bros Group.

Notable practitioners

Kenneth Irons has long-standing expertise in property finance and and other transactional matters. A client calls him "an excellent lawyer who is very practical and focused on what he needs to do to complete the deal."

Harry Smith works primarily in the house-building sector and is well known for being "very in tune" with this industry. Impressed sources describe him as "excellent" and "practical."

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Lindsays - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Berwick

What the team is known for Experienced in lease work and in freehold acquisitions and disposals for a range of clients, including funds and corporate occupiers. Regularly advises retailers. Also skilled in the representation of charities and hospitality clients, as well as developers.

Strengths "I found the team to provide excellent value for money and always willing to discuss any issues which I was unsure of," says a client, continuing: "They were very astute commercial property advisers."

According to another client, "Lindsays provide very efficient client service."

Work highlights Acted for the governing body of the University of Edinburgh on various pre-sale matters relating to a development site.

Advised two charitable trusts on various property aspects of a proposed solar farm in Ayrshire.

Significant clients Intu, Hudson Global Recruitment, Scottish Water, Fujitsu, Waterstones.

Notable practitioners

Kenneth Gray's expertise includes property sales and purchases, as well as real estate finance. He is said to bring a "very thorough approach" to the matters he handles.

Commercial property team leader Derek Nash has extensive knowledge of investment and development matters. A client says that he "always knows what is going on and manages his team well."

About the Team (content provided by Lindsays)

Our respected commercial property team works with a wide variety of clients including banks, retailers, developers, housebuilders and universities. We work across the development, retail, charity, healthcare and hospitality sectors and our work includes:

  • acquisition and sale of property, from large development and industrial sites or business parks to offices, shops, nursing homes or petrol stations
  • commercial leasing, acting for both landlords and tenants, dealing  with all types of properties, from single units to multi-occupancy developments
  • development, from site purchase and assembly to letting and disposal
  • we advise UK and overseas investors in the complex area of property investment
  • we work with banks and accountants on property finance transactions of all sizes.

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Shoosmiths LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Strong team with particular expertise in retail and residential property. Also equipped to act for leisure clients. Advises on a wide range of development and investment transactions, as well as real estate finance matters.

Strengths One client appreciates the "excellent service" provided by the team.

Work highlights Acted for Marston’s on the assignment of a lease for 40 Queensferry Stree, Edinburgh, as part of the client's expansion into the bar market.

Represented Regus in its acquisition of office space in Glasgow's Tay House building.

Significant clients Hamleys, Frontier Estates, NatWest, Inventive Leisure, HPJ Investments.

Notable practitioners

Janette Speed continues to expand her residential development practice, regularly advising student accommodation providers and house builders. Sources describe her as "very commercial" and "pleasant to deal with."

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Blackadders LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth

What the team is known for Handles a range of development and investment work for house builders, landowners, SIPP providers and financial institutions, among other clients. Well versed in the management of property portfolios. Has recently advised a number of leisure and retail organisations.

Strengths One source appreciates that the team is "partner led with good commercial knowledge."

"They are very good and very responsive," says a client, continuing: "They are very proactive and we get good results."

Work highlights Acted for a pension scheme on the lease documentation for a sizeable property in Aberdeen.

Advised a retailer on the purchase of two valuable warehouse and retail sites.

Significant clients Abercastle Group, Morris Leslie Group, Engenda Properties, BMI Healthcare, Salvation Army Trading Company.

Notable practitioners

Emma Gray is noted for her expertise in option agreements and other strategic land matters. Clients say she has "an ability to turn around a transaction quickly and efficiently," and praise the way in which she "highlights areas of difficulty and comes up with good ideas for resolving issues."

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Ledingham Chalmers LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Stirling

What the team is known for Acts for a range of clients, including government organisations and house builders, on the full range of transactional real estate issues. Niche areas of expertise include advising oil companies on their office requirements. Also able to assist lenders with property financings.

Strengths A client says: "The team is solutions-driven and has strength in depth."

Another client praises the firm's "excellent client service in terms of speed of response and personable team members."

Work highlights Advised Anderson Anderson & Brown on taking a 15-year lease of a newbuild office pavilion at Prime Four Business Park in Kingswells, Aberdeen.

Represented Kirkwood Homes in its acquisition of a residential development site in Inverness.

Significant clients Highland & Island Enterprise, Bancon Homes, Carlton Rock, Scottish Enterprise, Veitchi Homes.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Morrice is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Ledingham Chalmers LLP)

Basic facts about the department

· 8 partners

· 7 other qualified lawyers

· Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Stirling


Industry Sector Experience

  • Development Work/Commercial Leasing – Highlights were acting for (i) Anderson Anderson & Brown in the letting of a new build office facility at Prime Four Business Park, Kingswells; (ii)   Swellfix UK Limited as Tenant in relation to the letting of Unit 1 Kingshill Commercial Park; (iii) Carlton Rock as Landlord in the letting of 20 Queens Road
  • Residential Site Acquisitions – We acted for Kirkwood Homes in proposed 150 unit development at Linlathen, Broughty Ferry
  • Secured Funding -  We acted for the majority of mainstream lenders to the property industry and handled transactions for The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Lloyds Bank/Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank PLC, Handelsbanken and Santander


Key Contacts

  • Stephen Morrice – Head of Department
  • Alasdair MacLure - Head of the firm’s Commercial Leasing Unit. Lead partner for key client relationships, including Anderson Anderson & Brown, Amec Foster Wheeler Group Limited and Schlumberger Oilfield (UK) plc
  • Alan Michie - Highly experienced commercial property partner since 1992 with experience in residential development and property investment.   Head of the firm’s Housebuilding Unit. Lead partner for key client relationships, including Kirkwood Homes Limited, Wood Group, Skene Group and ANN Group

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Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness

What the team is known for Acts on complex sales, purchases and lease work for a variety of clients, including those in the leisure and telecoms industries. Also advises on a range of development issues and handles property work for renewable energy companies.

Strengths "We are very satisfied with the quality of service," says a client.

Work highlights Advised Cairn Group on the Scottish aspects of its purchase of a portfolio of hotels.

Acted for RES and its SPV on the property aspects of the Freasdail Wind Farm development.

Significant clients Dundas Heritable, GAP Group, Sportscotland, Cosmo Restaurants, Quiz Retail.

Notable practitioners

Colin Brass is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP)

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP has an established and highly skilled team of property lawyers. We have been able to develop longstanding personal relationships with our clients giving us a unique understanding of their personal and business needs.

We have a wealth of experience in the following areas:

  • Investment and occupier sales and purchases
  • Secured Lending and Refinancing
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Development and Construction projects

And in the following sectors:

  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Agricultural and Rural
  • Healthcare
  • Telecoms
  • Renewables

Within the firm we also have specialist lawyers in Planning, Licensing, Construction, Tax and Banking, Property Litigation and Mediation and Restructuring allowing us to advise on all aspects of property matters. We understand that each client’s needs are different and cannot be looked at in isolation, so we will work closely with our clients’ other advisers as a team to ensure that their desired solutions are achieved. Our advice and service is based not only on a clear understanding of the law, but also to ensure we deliver the right result for them.

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Senior Statesperson

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Iain Doran is greatly experienced in both transactional and contentious real estate matters. He has been described as a very experienced "mainstay" member of the firm by commentators.

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Senior Statesperson

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nick Ryden is known among those in the market as "one of the biggest names in Scottish real estate." He has experience of a variety of transactional issues, including landlord and tenant work, and development schemes.

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Eminent Practitioner

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Harte is the firm's chief executive. Interviewees admire his strong reputation and note that he is popular with clients.

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Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Gordon Aitken has particularly strong expertise in institutional investment transactions. He also regularly deals with complex development matters in which finance is a key element. According to market commentators, he is a "very impressive" practitioner.

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Band 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Dobie represents a number of developers and retailers on acquisitions and lettings, as well as investment transactions and property finance issues. funding, lettings and investments. Highly impressed market commentators describe him as an "incredible" practitioner.

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Band 1

Richard Goodfellow

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Goodfellow is a residential and commercial property expert, well established in the Aberdeen market. Sources describe him as "a very good, sensible, commercial lawyer" who "knows his stuff and is straightforward to deal with."

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Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Haniford is a highly experienced practitioner with deep expertise in leisure and retail property. Clients say he is "very impressive and concentrates on getting the job done," and appreciate his "ability to be commercial and talk to real people in plain language."

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Colin MacLaren is a leading partner in the firm's Aberdeen office. He has a wealth of experience of retail and office development work. "He is a very experienced guy," says a client, continuing: "He is very straightforward and attentive."

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Johane Murray's work leading key investment and development deals for the firm earns her praise as a "first-class lawyer across all sorts of disciplines." She is known particularly for her advice on development matters and shopping centre assets. "It's fantastic to have her on your side because she'll drive the deal through," enthuses a client.

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Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Rennie represents a range of investment and development clients in work covering the retail, hotel and business park markets. Sources describe him as "brilliant" and "a standout lawyer."

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nick Scott is the head of the real estate practice and covers a wide variety of investment and development transactions. He represents investment funds and property companies, and "provides exceptional, clear and concise advice," according to clients. One impressed source says: "He is unparalleled in Scotland in terms of connections."

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Band 1

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart Tait represents a number of institutional investors and is known for his "very high-profile work." He is regarded by clients as "very commercial and diligent," and has advised on numerous noteworthy investment and development deals across Scotland.

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Band 1

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Allan Wernham is described as a "jewel in the crown of the practice" by a commentator. He is highly respected in the market and attracts particular praise for his work for Land Securities. He also advises a number of other well-known property companies and investors.

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ewan Alexander leads the firm's Edinburgh office and is known for his development work. He regularly advises on residential schemes. One client describes him as "determined, knowledgeable, well connected and client-focused." Another client relates that he was "instrumental in unlocking some very complex issues" on a matter.

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Band 2

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Elspeth Carson has a strong reputation for her work for high-profile clients in areas such as retail and industrial property. Clients refer to her as "commercially astute and very good at turning things around ." She is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law.

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Carter has extensive experience of investment transactions, as well as development work. Interviewees know him for being "very bright, sensible and commercial."

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Band 2

Davidson Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gavin Maclean is a commercial leasing specialist and represents a broad range of clients, including retailers and investors. A client says: "He has a very thorough, pleasant manner, is easy to talk to and is very helpful and willing to assist."

Andrew Chalmers represents sizeable development and investor clients in Scotland, and is "well connected and knows his stuff." According to a client, he "always gives sound, practical advice and help."

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Band 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Hall attracts recognition for his residential development practice, and heads the firm's house building group. Clients attest that he has "in-depth knowledge of the industry and provides sound, positive advice."

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Band 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Mitchell has strong experience in the development market, as well as in high-value investment transactions. "He has a thorough knowledge of our business and how we operate," says a client. He is well known in the market and described as "super to deal with."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Russell Munro has extensive experience representing institutional investor clients. He advises on a wide range of sales and purchases, as well as property finance. "He is just a fabulous lawyer," says a client, continuing: "Nothing is a problem for him; he gets on with the job and gives clear, commercial advice."

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Band 2

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Newton leads the firm's Glasgow office and offers specialist advice on regeneration schemes, among other matters. "She keeps the transaction momentum and is all-round impressive," says a source. Another interviewee describes her as "responsive, decisive and organised."

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Whyte is a well-known and experienced figure in the real estate investment market in Scotland. Commentators describe him as "very proactive," while clients are impressed by the "comprehensive advice" he provides. 

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rodney Whyte focuses on house-building work, offering advice to developers and landowning clients. Satisfied clients describe him as "reliable, consistent and always available."

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Band 3

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Miles Ede is the team leader of the firm's Scottish real estate department. His practice includes high-value transactional portfolio work and he regularly acts for telecoms clients. "He is a very switched-on lawyer," says a client.

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Etchells is known for his ability to handle property transactions in both Scotland and England. Sources know him to be a "really good lawyer."

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Band 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Katharine Hardie specialises in development matters and has notable experience of regeneration projects. Commentators describe her as a "good leader" and a "particularly commercial" lawyer.

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Band 3

Gillespie Macandrew LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kenneth Irons has long-standing expertise in property finance and and other transactional matters. A client calls him "an excellent lawyer who is very practical and focused on what he needs to do to complete the deal."

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Band 3

Aberdein Considine

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Jennings is based in the Glasgow office of Aberdein Considine. He regularly works on development schemes and investment transactions, particularly those involving office property. One client notes that they are "impressed by the service provided" by Jennings.

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Band 3

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Douglas Lamb brings substantial experience to his work in the development and investment markets. He is, according to a client, "very reliable, knowledgeable and quick to respond."

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Band 3

Davidson Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gavin Maclean is a commercial leasing specialist and represents a broad range of clients, including retailers and investors. A client says: "He has a very thorough, pleasant manner, is easy to talk to and is very helpful and willing to assist."

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Band 3

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Meehan is known to take a "very calm and sensible approach." He regularly acts on behalf of major private investment companies and development clients. "He is very commercial and good at pulling everything together to get deals across the line," says a client.

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Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tracey Menzies is based in the firm's Aberdeen office. Her work covers land acquisitions and commercial and residential development. Sources say she is "very pleasant to deal with" and that she enjoys a "very good reputation."

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Band 3

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicholas Naddell is a "very prominent" team member who is consistently praised for his "strong commercial approach." He has a wealth of expertise in landlord and tenant law, in relation to which he represents a number of household-name retailers.

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Band 3

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Ratter heads the real estate team and continues to build on his already extensive experience representing investors and well-known retailers. A source states that he is "efficient, effective and gets things done." An impressed client adds: "He is an excellent, commercially astute operator with great insight for problem solving and technical expertise."

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Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Roscoe specialises in property finance work and counts a number of notable banks and investment funds among his clients. "He is very considered in his approach and he is very practical to get the solutions we need on a tight deadline," says a client.

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Band 3

DLA Piper Scotland LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Drew Wallace specialises in representing major developers and investors in the Scottish market. Sources know him to be "very down-to-earth and approachable" and "good to deal with."

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Band 3

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Wattie represents clients both in the public and private sector, including major banks. His practice covers property finance and the structuring of development schemes. He is respected by market commentators, one of whom describes him as "a big name in real estate."

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Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Addis has experience in many different areas of real estate law. He represents clients in sectors such as student accommodation and retail. A source describes him as "a very impressive lawyer."

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Band 4

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Bell is a commercial landlord and tenant expert with experience advising a wide range of retailers and corporates. A client describes him as an "excellent communicator and negotiator."

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Band 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Scott Buchan draws on a wide range of experience to advise his clients on investment and development matters. A client describes him as "a very commercial lawyer with advice that is always practical and to the point."

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Band 4

DLA Piper Scotland LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Edinburgh-based Steven Edgecombe has a strong commercial property practice, which includes advising on landlord and tenant work, as well as development and investment matters. He is known particularly for his work for clients in the hotel industry.

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Band 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Gibson has a broad real estate practice which sees him advising clients ranging from charities to renewable energy organisations. A client says: "He is extremely attentive to our needs and has a very quick turnaround time on complex matters, without compromising the quality of the advice."

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Band 4

Blackadders LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Gray is noted for her expertise in option agreements and other strategic land matters. Clients say she has "an ability to turn around a transaction quickly and efficiently," and praise the way in which she "highlights areas of difficulty and comes up with good ideas for resolving issues."

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Band 4

Lindsays

From the Chambers UK guide

Kenneth Gray's expertise includes property sales and purchases, as well as real estate finance. He is said to bring a "very thorough approach" to the matters he handles.

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Band 4

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Brian Hutcheson is based in the firm's Glasgow office and handles high-end development and investment work, with particular expertise in student accommodation. Sources note his ability to provide "concise and commercially minded advice on conveyancing matters within a tight timeline."

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Band 4

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Keenan maintains a strong practice in both England and Scotland, and regularly advises on real estate finance issues. A commentator describes him as "very commercially pragmatic and a pretty tenacious character."

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Band 4

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Deborah Lovell specialises in residential and commercial development work. She regularly advises landowners, as well as developers. A source describes her as "well regarded within her business ."

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Band 4

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris McLeish is a property finance specialist, and his clients include notable investors and developers. A client testifies that "he is dedicated to good client liaison, communication and hard work."

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Band 4

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Morrison represents retailers, investors, leisure clients and developers, among others. "He is motivated and available 24/7," says one client.

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Band 4

Lindsays

From the Chambers UK guide

Commercial property team leader Derek Nash has extensive knowledge of investment and development matters. A client says that he "always knows what is going on and manages his team well."

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Band 4

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Scott Peterkin advises on house building and other development matters. A client says he has a "strong working knowledge and responds to queries quickly."

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Band 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Scott Ritchie represents clients in a wide range of investment work, as well as development and landlord and tenant work. A source describes him as being "very tenacious and detailed" in his working style.

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Band 4

Gillespie Macandrew LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Harry Smith works primarily in the house-building sector and is well known for being "very in tune" with this industry. Impressed sources describe him as "excellent" and "practical."

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Band 4

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Janette Speed continues to expand her residential development practice, regularly advising student accommodation providers and house builders. Sources describe her as "very commercial" and "pleasant to deal with."

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