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Pinsent Masons LLP - Construction Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 3 legal directors
- 23 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Widely considered to be the pre-eminent firm in the Scottish construction market, offering remarkable depth of talent in both the contentious and non-contentious spaces. Particular proficiency in matters pertaining the energy industry, both in the UK and internationally. Advises high-profile clients from the private and public sectors on major civil engineering projects.

Strengths A client notes: "The team dealt with all the detail of the construction contract and highlighted critical areas. They were also not afraid to give us tough advice when they considered it necessary. The firm and its staff were diligent at all times, responded quickly and were enthusiastic throughout."

Clients further describe the team as "super-responsive and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Represented Lend Lease in ongoing litigation relating to the Hydro project, a £90 million build of a new 12,000-seat arena close to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

Acted as sole UK legal adviser to E.ON with regard to supply chain contracts for the construction, supply and installation of a substantial new offshore wind farm in UK waters.

Significant clients Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try, Morgan Sindall, BP, City of Edinburgh Council.

Notable practitioners

Colin Fraser is a highly respected construction lawyer specialising in heavyweight disputes relating to infrastructure projects throughout the UK. Areas of particular strength include renewable energy and transport. Sources describe him as "a very experienced and tenacious lawyer."

Scott Johnston is an experienced construction practitioner and leads the department's Aberdeen offering. He specialises in civil and marine engineering disputes for clients in the energy sector.

Michael Allan enjoys a strong reputation in the market, and leads on transactional matters involving very high-profile civil engineering and construction projects in Scotland. He represents contractors, joint ventures and local authorities. Clients say: "He has an extremely calming influence and is consistent in his availability and approach."

Louise Forster practises in major disputes associated with highly significant infrastructure projects, and is well regarded in the market. She often takes on cases that have notable international elements.

Julia Maguire provides procurement advice on big-ticket energy and chemical infrastructure projects in the UK and West Africa. A client says: "She is super responsive - nothing is too much trouble, and she always takes our comments on board."

Brandon Nolan advises on disputes arising out of significant transport and energy projects, particularly North Sea oil and gas. He advises significant contractors and public sector bodies. Clients say: "He is one of the pre-eminent dispute solicitors in Scotland - you go to him when you need someone at the cutting edge."

Kenny Valentine leads the department's contentious practice, and handles heavyweight disputes associated with major Scottish construction projects. He enjoys healthy respect as an "unflappable" litigator and he is also a qualified mediator. A client says: "He is commercial and technically very able - he cuts through the noise and the nonsense."

Alastair Morrison is head of client strategy and continues to support some of the firm's most significant clients during major construction works. Clients praise him as "a shining light" in the industry.

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Brodies LLP - Construction Department

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Band 2

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

What the team is known for Provides advice to investors, contractors and developers on prestigious, high-profile matters. Non-contentious team is active in the building and engineering sectors, advising on substantial office, student and mixed-use developments. Contentious team operates in a range of complex dispute work, including professional negligence matters, and is proactive in various methods of ADR as well as litigation.

Strengths Clients say: "The construction and property team at Brodies is one of the most dynamic in Scotland. Their expertise and reputation makes them a leading force in the Scottish legal arena."

Clients say: "The firm is extremely diligent in its handling of our matters, and individuals are committed to providing an excellent, customer-friendly service."

Work highlights Advised a major pension fund on its stake in the St James Centre redevelopment in Edinburgh. Assisted with all contractual documentation in this complex project, including the retention of an existing department store at its heart.

Advised Robertson Construction, the main contractor on the new high-value MacCallan Distillery. Assessed risk transfer and negotiated with the employer on a number of complex issues, including phasing.

Significant clients Carillion, McLaughlin & Harvey, Interserve Construction, LXB Properties, Henderson Global Investors.

Notable practitioners

David Arnott is a contentious specialist, and represents top construction and engineering firms in high-value disputes, including those arising in the energy and infrastructure industries. A client says: "He has a great ability to galvanise the team, providing clear direction and support."

Alistair McLean is a highly experienced practitioner and leads the firm's non-contentious offering. He advises contractors, employers, banks and investors on some of the most high-profile commercial and retail developments in Scotland. Clients note: "His experience acting for all types of stakeholder helps him provide practical solutions which are acceptable to all parties."

Manus Quigg is recognised in the market as a highly accomplished construction practitioner. He focuses on construction disputes, and has particular strength handling disputed liability issues resulting from defective design. Clients say: "His knowledge and experience of the sector make him indispensable," adding that "he has a knack for explaining legal principles in layman's terms to aid our understanding."

Louise Shiels is a well-respected construction litigator, and advises on contractual and defect disputes arising from high-value building and engineering projects. She is active in sectors including energy, roads and healthcare. Clients say: "Louise is an asset to any team, bringing leadership, drive, enthusiasm and a real desire to win."

Legal director Mark Finlay is active advising investment funds on high-value construction projects in the retail and leisure industry. A client describes him as "an expert in the construction field."

Jane McMonagle focuses on non-contentious matters. She assists funders, contractors and industry professionals on procurement and contractual aspects of high-value leisure and cultural developments. Clients say: "Jane is very impressive in her knowledge, her experience and her ability to convey valuable information and advice in a straightforward manner."

Associate Keith Kilburn enjoys healthy market recognition and assists on many of the team's heavyweight disputes. His particular strength lies in handling claims of defects in design and construction. Sources describe him as a "good, practical lawyer" who is "very accomplished."

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Burness Paull - Construction Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Continues to impress with recognised expertise across a range of areas, including a noted focus on contractor representation. Strong track record in the health and infrastructure sectors, among others. Advises on high-profile development projects and procurement matters as well as complex disputes.

Strengths Clients say: "Their knowledge of the local market is key - they have a broad base of public and private sector clients, so they can see both perspectives."

One adds: "We find them to be commercial, knowledgeable and hard-working across the board."

Work highlights Advised Kier Construction in a high-profile dispute with Dumfries and Galloway Council, regarding the DG One leisure complex. Assisted in negotiations with the council and with the projects' engineers, and also advised on proceedings against the project's architects.

Advised Forrest Hotels on the development of a new 'Radisson Red' brand hotel at Finnieston Quay in Glasgow. Drafted, negotiated and executed the design and build contract, as well as a full suite of professional appointments.

Significant clients Wier Group, Galliford Try Construction, Morgan Sindall Investments, Cemex UK, Renfrewshire Council.

Notable practitioners

Fenella Mason is well known for her strong contentious construction practice, handling large-scale disputes for contractors. Clients say: "She has an ability to make complicated legal points seem tremendously relatable, and can get to the commercial nub of complex disputes very quickly and cost-effectively."

Gavin Paton's impressive non-contentious practice centres on major Scottish infrastructure and housing projects, with a focus on PPP and PFI schemes. Clients appreciate that he is "very thorough, very commercial and very pragmatic."

Chris Mackay advises on large-scale projects involving public bodies, as well as disputes arising out of construction defect and professional negligence claims. Clients speak highly of his "knowledge of the technical area, verbal skills, attention to detail and case construction."

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CMS - Construction Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm representing clients across the construction sector. Particular strength in the infrastructure, private development and utilities spaces, both in the domestic market and abroad. Additional strength advising educational establishments on significant renovations and new builds.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "a sound commercial practice with a high quality of lawyers across a broad spectrum of specialisms."

Another says: "They are very good and committed - real team players."

Work highlights Advised the University of Glasgow on all aspects of its £750 million campus redevelopment project, scheduled to take place over the next ten years.

Advised FCC on the design, financing, construction and operation of the new Millerhill Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre. Provided construction advice as part of the firm's wider involvement in all aspects of the project.

Significant clients Standard Life Investments, Galliford Try, Scottish Water, Henderson Real Estate, Highland Council.

Notable practitioners

Shona Frame is a highly regarded contentious specialist. She acts on a variety of disputes, including those arising from major PFI initiatives, acting for both contractors and public sector employers. Clients describe her as "continually impressive - pragmatic, articulate and commercially sound, with a wealth of experience across a wide range of dispute resolution procedures."

Well-known practitioner Mark Kirke specialises in high-profile disputes between contractors and employers. His practice ranges from engineering and infrastructure matters to those in the leisure sector.

Christine Worthington's well-established practice focuses on non-contentious matters. She acts across a broad range of areas, from alternative energy to education, with her work often involving a public sector element. Clients say she is "absolutely excellent."

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Construction Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Noted for its work on construction projects in the renewable energy, infrastructure, and housing and regeneration sectors, among others. Acts on behalf of a number of contractor and employer clients, with additional strength advising banks on funding for major projects.

Strengths An impressed client says: "The level of service provided by the team is of the highest standard - in particular, we value and trust their ability to respond quickly and diligently on matters."

Another adds: "They did everything that was required of them and more - they were terrific to deal with all the way through."

Work highlights Advised BAM Construction in relation to two school DBFM projects, procured under the hub West Scotland framework.

Advised Heart of Midlothian Football Club on construction contracts for the redevelopment of its main stand, offices, shop and corporate hospitality suite.

Significant clients Ogilvie Construction, Bell Building Projects, BT, Scottish Gas Networks, Aldi.

Notable practitioners

Alison Horner leads the non-contentious construction team. She enjoys a thriving practice, advising a range of high-profile clients on major construction and engineering projects. Clients are impressed, with one noting: "Alison is an excellent communicator who provides clear understanding of the issues at hand while providing a well-informed opinion on how to navigate to a successful outcome."

Anne Struckmeier focuses on dispute resolution, and her particular strength lies in handling matters involving defects claims for contractors and subcontractors. A client says: "She was incredibly hard-working and dedicated. She had a good grasp of the law and fought hard for us."

Managing associate Andrew Fairlie assists with contractual and procurement-related advice for many of the firm's top clients. He has particular experience in the energy sector working on major renewables projects. A client says: "He's very commercial - he really assisted in getting our project over the line."

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Anderson Strathern - Construction Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Experienced team with noted experience of construction matters in the renewable energy, infrastructure, urban renewal and investment sectors, among others. Broad portfolio of public sector clients, with a notable presence in the Scottish education field. Assists clients with a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Strengths One client notes: "They have a good methodology for keeping a dialogue going and updating the client on each issue. I can't commend them highly enough."

Work highlights Assisted the University of the Highlands and Islands with the procurement of new student residences at a number of sites in the north of Scotland.

Advised Apex Hotels on the construction of a major new development in Bath. Handled all documentation relating to the new build, which occupies a historically sensitive site in the city.

Significant clients Buccleuch Group, Edinburgh Napier University, Transport Scotland, Fife Council, INEOS.

Notable practitioners

Karyn Watt is an experienced construction lawyer who enjoys a well-regarded practice, acting for public bodies in major disputes and procurement-related matters. An interviewee describes her as "client-focused, knowledgeable and approachable," adding that she "demonstrated an excellent grasp of the contract and associated legislation."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Construction Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded team offering legal advice throughout the timeline of a construction project. Marked strength in dispute resolution, including insurance, liability and quantum issues. Advises developers, contractors and industry bodies along with leading insurers and banks.

Strengths Clients praise the team for providing an "excellent service."

Work highlights Instructed by Structural Engineers Registration to review and update the guidance note on legal responsibilities and liabilities arising from their certification scheme.

Significant clients SBCC, AECOM, Mactaggart & Mickel, Vaughan Engineering, Lagan Construction.

Notable practitioners

Sandra Cassels is an experienced and well-known practitioner. Her key expertise lies in dispute resolution, where she acts for a host of clients, including developers, banks, industry professionals and contractors. A client says: "She has deep technical and legal knowledge that is communicated simply, with precision."

Jilly Petrie's growing practice focuses on advising contractors, architects and others on high-value engineering projects, and is particularly active in road infrastructure. Clients say: "She's excellent to work alongside, with great personal skills, flexibility, technical understanding and awareness."

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Dentons - Construction Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Advises on complex employer-led development matters. Notable activity in the energy, transport and real estate sectors, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. Acts across an array of high-profile developments in the retail and leisure spheres.

Strengths One client says: "I think they are very in tune with their clients - it's comforting to know that they play everything with a straight bat and get the job done."

Another notes: "The quality of the staff and relationships are very strong, and the level of service is high and consistent."

Work highlights Advised Edrington on the construction of the new Macallan Distillery and visitor centre. Negotiated infrastructure and build contracts with various contractors.

Acted for Stork Technical Services in a long-running dispute with SGL Carbon Fibers, arising from a number of issues including payment, defects and extension of time. Represented the client in a raft of arbitrations, adjudications and Court of Session appearances.

Significant clients Andrew Cowie Construction, Clyde Gateway Developments, Laing O'Rourke Construction, Network Rail Infrastructure, Njord Wind Developments.

Notable practitioners

Mark Macaulay leads the department and specialises in procurement-related matters, with his practice spanning high-value retail, healthcare and office developments. A client notes: "Mark has a huge amount of experience and contractual knowledge, and is always available at short notice to deal with questions and concerns."

Kirsti Olson is a very highly regarded practitioner with particular expertise in contentious matters. Recent work includes involvement in major infrastructure disputes in Scotland. Clients say: "She's very experienced, a great communicator and very aware of our needs and timescales."

Sarah Alexander is an associate who assists on a variety of high-value disputes, including defect and contractual claims. Clients say: "She's straightforward and very purposeful - she tells it like it is."

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Harper Macleod LLP - Construction Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Respected team advising on engineering and construction contracts regarding some of Scotland's most significant infrastructure projects. Advises a public sector client base on a host of contentious and non-contentious matters. Also noted for its representation of private sector developers. Additional areas of practice include housing, healthcare and commercial development.

Strengths A client says: "They have been really excellent in their knowledge of construction law and particularly PPP - I just can't imagine anyone could be more knowledgeable in this field."

Work highlights Advised on the conversion of a Glasgow property into a hotel, preparing a full raft of construction documentation and dealing with associated financial matters and a subsequent dispute relating to noise at the site.

Assisted Bonnyholm Care in preparing the build contract and professional appointments relating to the construction of a new care home in Glasgow.

Significant clients Multiplex Construction Europe, sportscotland, Keiller Group, Dragados, Hub North Scotland.

Notable practitioners

Michael Conroy's practice encompasses both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and often sees him handling legal issues throughout the life-cycle of a project. Notable areas of activity include residential, leisure and healthcare developments. Clients say: "He's a very thorough lawyer who is easy to talk to and understands the market."

Euan Pirie specialises in advising on construction and engineering contracts pertaining to major Scottish infrastructure projects. One client notes: "He has very good leadership skills and I have felt very supported by him."

About the Team (content provided by Harper Macleod LLP)

Our construction and engineering team are trusted advisers to developers, contractors and consultants, funders and end users of the full range of construction and engineering projects. This includes residential, commercial real estate (offices, retail, hotel and mixed use developments), renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

We deal with all aspects of such projects in the UK and beyond, from advising on procurement processes and contract structures to providing strategic guidance during the delivery of a project. We provide assistance with contract drafting, negotiation, interpretation and assembly for all types of industry standard form and bespoke contracts.

Clients include public and private sector developers, national and international contractors, consultants, sub-contactors, funders, owners, purchasers and tenants, as well as investor owners, purchasers and tenants of completed projects.

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MacRoberts LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for A highly regarded department with expertise in a broad range of construction matters, providing legal support to public sector bodies, contractors and subcontractors, and employers. Significant strength in prominent disputes surrounding major infrastructure schemes, with additional capability in front and back-end matters associated with cultural and leisure developments.

Strengths A client says: "They just got what we were looking to do straight away, and were very good at keeping us updated."

Another source adds: "They are very good at understanding the detail of their cases - they apply themselves hard to their clients' interests and routinely go beyond the expected standard."

Work highlights Defended Carillion Construction against Court of Session proceedings brought in relation to alleged defects in the building fabric of its new campus at Newcraighall.

Advised ScottishPower on the design and construction of its new headquarters in Glasgow.

Significant clients AECOM, Wates Group, Transport Scotland, Morgan Sindall Group, AMEC Foster Wheeler.

Notable practitioners

Neil Kelly is a highly respected practioner with a focus on handling highly significant disputes between employers, contractors and subcontractors. He has wide-ranging industry expertise, with areas of significant activity spanning infrastructure, energy and high-profile cultural establishments. Clients say: "He's incredibly knowledgeable and confident - I was really pleased he was on our side."

Jennifer McKay comes highly recommended as a contentious specialist. Her practice incorporates disputes arising from PFI schemes and construction projects in the education sector. A client says: "We find her absolutely excellent - she is methodical and digs into the issues."

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The construction team at MacRoberts has been at the forefront of Scotland’s construction industry for more than 30 years and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide a sophisticated business approach, acting with commercial agility and responding to inevitable complications with confidence and practicality. Our alignment with the sector means we appreciate the industry’s difficulties and nuances. Our clients can expect the highest level of both legal expertise and practical know-how.

The firm’s experience and expertise in construction extends back to the beginning of MacRoberts’ history. This is what we are, and always have been, known for. MacRoberts’ lawyers are widely respected both in legal circles and amongst construction industry professionals for their expertise in the sector. Both contentious and non-contentious matters are expertly handled by our team; the firm is well-resourced with in-house specialists in all aspects of the law relating to construction. Our team has the experience and expertise to respond to difficulties quickly and with innovative solutions.

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Construction Department

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Band 3

第三等

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

What the team is known for Respected practice offering legal advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters to clients such as employers and contractors. Noted strength across the energy, real estate and public sectors, among others. Demonstrates additional expertise in infrastructure projects associated with the aviation and maritime industries.

Strengths One client says: "They have a lot of good individuals and they know our business well, so they always put the right people on a matter."

Another adds: "They are the go-to firm as far as I'm concerned - they make you feel as if you are their only client."

Work highlights Represented BAE Systems in its procurement of the redevelopment of the Scotstoun and Govan shipyards on the Clyde.

Defended Kier Build against claims of defects pertaining to the construction of Hairmyres Hospital. Dealt with highly technical expert witness material concerning elements of the build.

Significant clients ScottishPower, British Land, The Miller Group, MoD, Wheatley Housing Group.

Notable practitioners

Euan McLeod maintains a healthy non-contentious practice. His work includes high-value projects for blue-chip clients across a range of sectors, from finance to defence, with a focus on procurement issues. A client describes him as "level-headed, sensible and results-driven."

Iain Drummond is a highly regarded contentious lawyer. His particular strengths lie in contractual disputes pertaining to large-scale infrastructure projects, including PFI schemes. Clients praise his "timely responses" that are "written in a manner that can be easily understood and communicated to our business."

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Our highly regarded advice is sought by clients and legal peers alike. We add value not only through our legal insight but also by applying extensive practical experience to identify and manage risk appropriately.

Our group acts for developers, contractors, public authorities and lenders, in the UK and worldwide, providing advice in relation to: procurement advice and selection; drafting and negotiating; and dispute avoidance and resolution.

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Ledingham Chalmers LLP - Construction Department

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Band 4

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

What the team is known for Respected practice traditionally known for the provision of construction and procurement advice to contractors in the oil and gas supply chain, especially in the Aberdeen and Inverness markets. Strong practice in rural development projects and the construction of power facilities, with increasing strength in contractual disputes.

Strengths A client says: "What we find very helpful is the amount of support and guidance they offer to help us try to resolve a dispute before engagement."

Another adds: "They are pragmatic, while keeping us safe from a legal perspective."

Work highlights Assisted Arjo Wiggans Fine Papers on legal aspects of the delivery of a combined heat and power plant at its Aberdeen pulp mill site.

Represented Gordon Mitchell Contractors in two separate actions arising from the construction of a new house in Aberdeen.

Significant clients Richard Irvin & Sons, Wood Group PSN, Malthus, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

Notable practitioners

Jennifer Young is a well-known construction lawyer with a focus on contractual disputes, acting for both contractors and employers. She additionally advises on procurement issues. Clients say: "She's excellent - she provides very practical, tactical guidance on disputes."

Sarah Stuart advises on significant contractual and procurement matters, as well as handling disputes and adjudications. She advises employers and contractors on projects in a number of sectors, including education and energy.

Senior associate Karen Cameron acts on a host of contentious matters handled by the department, including design and build defects, as well as highly serious health and safety cases. Clients say: "She gives good, sound advice."

Roddy Cormack is a senior associate based in the firm's Inverness office. He routinely provides procurement advice and assists with a range of contentious matters. A client says: "He's very good, with a relaxed approach that makes it easy for him to fit into the team."

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The team remains a key player in the North East Scotland and Highlands & Islands markets. There is no comparable team offering the same strength and depth in construction law in any firm with offices outwith Glasgow/Edinburgh.

What the team also offers is a balance of talent across the discipline of both contentious and non-contentious work, which larger firms have split into separate and distinct practice areas (not always to the benefit of clients).

We act in both contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering law matters for contractors in the traditional building sector:-  risk reviews, analysis and negotiation of a variety of construction and engineering contracts for construction contractors, construction & procurement advice to the private and public sectors, as well as to funders.

Also for contractors in the oil & gas supply chain, where those contractors require advice as employers/procurers of build projects and on their own supply chain issues.

The team is known for the quality of the advice and support given, with skills and experience on a par with that offered by construction law teams with the top tier Scottish national firms. The team continues to be a “go to” for the provision of in-house training for clients and industry organisations. 

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Morton Fraser - Construction Department

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

What the team is known for Acts in sophisticated projects on behalf of funders, retailers and public sector clients, among others. Respected contentious offering, regularly involved in high-value disputes and offering particular strength in adjudications. Also provides clients with the benefit of the firm's notable strength in the real estate sector to provide a rounded service.

Strengths A client notes: "They have a good collection of individuals who are all knowledgeable in their fields but who also work well together when necessary. They are friendly and approachable, with a good understanding of the public sector ethos."

Another notes: "They proved themselves to be considerate, flexible and committed to delivering the best outcome for us."

Work highlights Acted for developer Curo Property Funds in overseeing the completion of the redevelopment of a significant commercial property in central Glasgow.

Successfully represented a consortium of owners disputing demolition orders served in respect of their Port Glasgow properties by Inverclyde Council, due to alleged roof defects.

Significant clients Rockspring Group, Tesco, Crucible St Andrews, Places for People, Transport Scotland.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Seddon specialises in the tendering and financing of significant urban developments, representing private developers, investment funds and public sector bodies. A client says: "His technical ability is spot-on in a complex field, and his advice is always clear as it can be."

Senior associate Lisa Dromgoole is very experienced in construction matters, with a practice focusing on a range of disputes including high-value adjudications. Clients describe her as "knowledgeable, dependable and tenacious, with great attention to detail."

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  • Other Noted Practitioners

    Andy Drane

    (Davidson Chalmers LLP)

Eminent Practitioner

Alastair Morrison

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Alastair Morrison is head of client strategy and continues to support some of the firm's most significant clients during major construction works. Clients praise him as "a shining light" in the industry.

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Arnott is a contentious specialist, and represents top construction and engineering firms in high-value disputes, including those arising in the energy and infrastructure industries. A client says: "He has a great ability to galvanise the team, providing clear direction and support."

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Band 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Fraser is a highly respected construction lawyer specialising in heavyweight disputes relating to infrastructure projects throughout the UK. Areas of particular strength include renewable energy and transport. Sources describe him as "a very experienced and tenacious lawyer."

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Band 1

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Kelly is a highly respected practioner with a focus on handling highly significant disputes between employers, contractors and subcontractors. He has wide-ranging industry expertise, with areas of significant activity spanning infrastructure, energy and high-profile cultural establishments. Clients say: "He's incredibly knowledgeable and confident - I was really pleased he was on our side."

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Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Fenella Mason is well known for her strong contentious construction practice, handling large-scale disputes for contractors. Clients say: "She has an ability to make complicated legal points seem tremendously relatable, and can get to the commercial nub of complex disputes very quickly and cost-effectively."

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alistair McLean is a highly experienced practitioner and leads the firm's non-contentious offering. He advises contractors, employers, banks and investors on some of the most high-profile commercial and retail developments in Scotland. Clients note: "His experience acting for all types of stakeholder helps him provide practical solutions which are acceptable to all parties."

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Band 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Brandon Nolan advises on disputes arising out of significant transport and energy projects, particularly North Sea oil and gas. He advises significant contractors and public sector bodies. Clients say: "He is one of the pre-eminent dispute solicitors in Scotland - you go to him when you need someone at the cutting edge."

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Band 1

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Kenny Valentine leads the department's contentious practice, and handles heavyweight disputes associated with major Scottish construction projects. He enjoys healthy respect as an "unflappable" litigator and he is also a qualified mediator. A client says: "He is commercial and technically very able - he cuts through the noise and the nonsense."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Allan enjoys a strong reputation in the market, and leads on transactional matters involving very high-profile civil engineering and construction projects in Scotland. He represents contractors, joint ventures and local authorities. Clients say: "He has an extremely calming influence and is consistent in his availability and approach."

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Shona Frame is a highly regarded contentious specialist. She acts on a variety of disputes, including those arising from major PFI initiatives, acting for both contractors and public sector employers. Clients describe her as "continually impressive - pragmatic, articulate and commercially sound, with a wealth of experience across a wide range of dispute resolution procedures."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Scott Johnston is an experienced construction practitioner and leads the department's Aberdeen offering. He specialises in civil and marine engineering disputes for clients in the energy sector.

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Band 2

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Macaulay leads the department and specialises in procurement-related matters, with his practice spanning high-value retail, healthcare and office developments. A client notes: "Mark has a huge amount of experience and contractual knowledge, and is always available at short notice to deal with questions and concerns."

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Band 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Iain Drummond is a highly regarded contentious lawyer. His particular strengths lie in contractual disputes pertaining to large-scale infrastructure projects, including PFI schemes. Clients praise his "timely responses" that are "written in a manner that can be easily understood and communicated to our business."

Euan McLeod maintains a healthy non-contentious practice. His work includes high-value projects for blue-chip clients across a range of sectors, from finance to defence, with a focus on procurement issues. A client describes him as "level-headed, sensible and results-driven."

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Manus Quigg is recognised in the market as a highly accomplished construction practitioner. He focuses on construction disputes, and has particular strength handling disputed liability issues resulting from defective design. Clients say: "His knowledge and experience of the sector make him indispensable," adding that "he has a knack for explaining legal principles in layman's terms to aid our understanding."

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Louise Shiels is a well-respected construction litigator, and advises on contractual and defect disputes arising from high-value building and engineering projects. She is active in sectors including energy, roads and healthcare. Clients say: "Louise is an asset to any team, bringing leadership, drive, enthusiasm and a real desire to win."

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Band 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sandra Cassels is an experienced and well-known practitioner. Her key expertise lies in dispute resolution, where she acts for a host of clients, including developers, banks, industry professionals and contractors. A client says: "She has deep technical and legal knowledge that is communicated simply, with precision."

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Band 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Iain Drummond is a highly regarded contentious lawyer. His particular strengths lie in contractual disputes pertaining to large-scale infrastructure projects, including PFI schemes. Clients praise his "timely responses" that are "written in a manner that can be easily understood and communicated to our business."

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Band 3

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Louise Forster practises in major disputes associated with highly significant infrastructure projects, and is well regarded in the market. She often takes on cases that have notable international elements.

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Band 3

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Gaskell of DWF LLP focuses on procurement advice and contractual drafting, with areas of activity including rail, student housing and manufacturing facilities. Clients describe him as "technically very knowledgeable, yet pragmatic and commercially minded."

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Band 3

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Horner leads the non-contentious construction team. She enjoys a thriving practice, advising a range of high-profile clients on major construction and engineering projects. Clients are impressed, with one noting: "Alison is an excellent communicator who provides clear understanding of the issues at hand while providing a well-informed opinion on how to navigate to a successful outcome."

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Well-known practitioner Mark Kirke specialises in high-profile disputes between contractors and employers. His practice ranges from engineering and infrastructure matters to those in the leisure sector.

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Kirsti Olson is a very highly regarded practitioner with particular expertise in contentious matters. Recent work includes involvement in major infrastructure disputes in Scotland. Clients say: "She's very experienced, a great communicator and very aware of our needs and timescales."

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Band 3

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Gavin Paton's impressive non-contentious practice centres on major Scottish infrastructure and housing projects, with a focus on PPP and PFI schemes. Clients appreciate that he is "very thorough, very commercial and very pragmatic."

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Band 3

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Seddon specialises in the tendering and financing of significant urban developments, representing private developers, investment funds and public sector bodies. A client says: "His technical ability is spot-on in a complex field, and his advice is always clear as it can be."

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Band 3

Christine Worthington

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Christine Worthington's well-established practice focuses on non-contentious matters. She acts across a broad range of areas, from alternative energy to education, with her work often involving a public sector element. Clients say she is "absolutely excellent."

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Band 3

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jennifer Young is a well-known construction lawyer with a focus on contractual disputes, acting for both contractors and employers. She additionally advises on procurement issues. Clients say: "She's excellent - she provides very practical, tactical guidance on disputes."

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Band 4

Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Barrie of Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP is a familiar and well-respected figure in the Scottish construction market. He focuses on contentious matters, advising employers and contractors on a range of disputes.

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Band 4

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Conroy's practice encompasses both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and often sees him handling legal issues throughout the life-cycle of a project. Notable areas of activity include residential, leisure and healthcare developments. Clients say: "He's a very thorough lawyer who is easy to talk to and understands the market."

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Band 4

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Legal director Mark Finlay is active advising investment funds on high-value construction projects in the retail and leisure industry. A client describes him as "an expert in the construction field."

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Band 4

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Mackay advises on large-scale projects involving public bodies, as well as disputes arising out of construction defect and professional negligence claims. Clients speak highly of his "knowledge of the technical area, verbal skills, attention to detail and case construction."

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Band 4

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Julia Maguire provides procurement advice on big-ticket energy and chemical infrastructure projects in the UK and West Africa. A client says: "She is super responsive - nothing is too much trouble, and she always takes our comments on board."

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Band 4

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jennifer McKay comes highly recommended as a contentious specialist. Her practice incorporates disputes arising from PFI schemes and construction projects in the education sector. A client says: "We find her absolutely excellent - she is methodical and digs into the issues."

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Band 4

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane McMonagle focuses on non-contentious matters. She assists funders, contractors and industry professionals on procurement and contractual aspects of high-value leisure and cultural developments. Clients say: "Jane is very impressive in her knowledge, her experience and her ability to convey valuable information and advice in a straightforward manner."

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Band 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jilly Petrie's growing practice focuses on advising contractors, architects and others on high-value engineering projects, and is particularly active in road infrastructure. Clients say: "She's excellent to work alongside, with great personal skills, flexibility, technical understanding and awareness."

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Band 4

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Euan Pirie specialises in advising on construction and engineering contracts pertaining to major Scottish infrastructure projects. One client notes: "He has very good leadership skills and I have felt very supported by him."

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Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anne Struckmeier focuses on dispute resolution, and her particular strength lies in handling matters involving defects claims for contractors and subcontractors. A client says: "She was incredibly hard-working and dedicated. She had a good grasp of the law and fought hard for us."

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Band 4

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Stuart advises on significant contractual and procurement matters, as well as handling disputes and adjudications. She advises employers and contractors on projects in a number of sectors, including education and energy.

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Band 4

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Karyn Watt is an experienced construction lawyer who enjoys a well-regarded practice, acting for public bodies in major disputes and procurement-related matters. An interviewee describes her as "client-focused, knowledgeable and approachable," adding that she "demonstrated an excellent grasp of the contract and associated legislation."

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Associates to watch

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Alexander is an associate who assists on a variety of high-value disputes, including defect and contractual claims. Clients say: "She's straightforward and very purposeful - she tells it like it is."

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Associates to watch

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Karen Cameron acts on a host of contentious matters handled by the department, including design and build defects, as well as highly serious health and safety cases. Clients say: "She gives good, sound advice."

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Associates to watch

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Roddy Cormack is a senior associate based in the firm's Inverness office. He routinely provides procurement advice and assists with a range of contentious matters. A client says: "He's very good, with a relaxed approach that makes it easy for him to fit into the team."

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Associates to watch

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Lisa Dromgoole is very experienced in construction matters, with a practice focusing on a range of disputes including high-value adjudications. Clients describe her as "knowledgeable, dependable and tenacious, with great attention to detail."

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Associates to watch

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing associate Andrew Fairlie assists with contractual and procurement-related advice for many of the firm's top clients. He has particular experience in the energy sector working on major renewables projects. A client says: "He's very commercial - he really assisted in getting our project over the line."

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Associates to watch

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Keith Kilburn enjoys healthy market recognition and assists on many of the team's heavyweight disputes. His particular strength lies in handling claims of defects in design and construction. Sources describe him as a "good, practical lawyer" who is "very accomplished."

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Associates to watch

Davidson Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simone Young heads the construction team at Davidson Chalmers LLP, and advising on a range of issues associated with high-value residential and commercial developments. A client says: "She provided very clear and concise advise, protected our position with vigour and managed the various parties with skill and steel as necessary - she filled us with confidence that she was very much on top of the brief and an asset to the team."

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