Chair: Fiona Morton
CEO: Robert Graham-Campbell
Number of partners: 23
Number of fee-earners: 86
Contacts: Charities: Lianne Lodge
Commercial Property: Kenneth Irons
Corporate: Chris Smith
Dispute Resolution:Fiona Cameron
Energy: Derek McCulloch
Housebuilder: Harry Smith
Land & Rural Business: Robert Scott-Dempster
Planning & Environment: Colin Hamilton
Private Client: Elspeth Paget
Residential Property: Wilson Hunter
THE FIRM Gillespie Macandrew is a leading Scottish law firm with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth and advises on all areas of land and rural business, private client, commercial real estate, tax and disputes. The business has achieved a seventh consecutive year of growth for the year ended 28 February 2019. The strong performance was achieved through planned productivity gains and a strategy of organic growth across offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth and included opening new and expanded Glasgow premises at 163 West George Street earlier this year.
The firm services a large and varied range of companies and individuals throughout Scotland, the UK and beyond, with clients enjoying a personal, professional and individual service.
The firm is a member of Lexwork International and is ideally placed to advise businesses looking to expand their operations overseas and inward investors looking to make strategic investments in Scotland and the wider UK.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Land & Rural Business:
Leading expertise is provided in agricultural law, the purchase, sale and leasing of all types of rural properties (sporting estates, farms, forestry and country houses) plus accompanying issues such as the mitigation of tax and future succession planning. The team advises on traditional activities such as forestry, crofting, fishing, farm fishing, agribusiness and land development and work together with specialist colleagues on an increasing number of renewable energy and natural resource projects.
Gillespie Macandrew’s Private Client Team offers market-leading expertise to individuals and their families with a particular focus on complex succession planning and tax advice for families with businesses and estates. The team is now one of the largest in Scotland and their strength and depth is unrivalled. Private client is one of the Firm’s core service areas and accounts for more than 20% of our turnover. In the last year the team has expanded considerably and as well as the promotion of Lianne Lodge to Partner included the recruitment of two new solicitors, the retention of an NQ solicitor and the acquisition of Clyde and Co’s five member Private Client team via a transfer agreement.
Energy, Infrastructure & Natural Resources:
The team continues to advise on some of the largest energy deals in the UK and has specialist skills dealing with all aspects of electricity generation, including coal and renewables, wind, hydro and biomass developments and all areas of natural resources including forestry and water resources. The team advises developers, landowners and utility providers.
Charities: This market leading charity practice provides advice on all elements of charity law including constitution and governance, structure, trading subsidiaries, mergers and rearrangements.
Delivers a range of specialist services to landlords and tenants as well as advising developers, licensed properties, care homes, local traders and investors and other UK and overseas investors wishing to purchase property and strategic land in Scotland.
The housebuilder team advises some of the largest UK housebuilders and offers a dedicated service to both housebuilders and land owners entering into development and sale agreements. This includes advice on the negotiation and delivery of strategic land and option agreements, land for immediate development, infrastructure procurement, professional team appointments, the achievement of satisfactory statutory consent, overage terms and the packaging of sites for multi-outlet disposals and land swaps. Additionally, the plot sales team employs a state of the art case management system to ensure a rapid and smooth plot sales service to housebuilder clients.
The team advises on all areas of company and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, international trade and competition law, joint ventures, partnerships, international technology, intellectual property and government consultations. The team also has particular expertise in relation to peer-to-peer debt funding and act for a significant number of the most active agents and lenders in the country.
The Dispute Resolution team advises on all types of commercial, property, employment, and family matters and has extensive experience helping clients reach a satisfactory conclusion; from alternative dispute resolution through to litigation in various courts.
Planning & Environment:
The team undertakes all areas of planning and environmental law including planning applications, appeals and breaches, development, appraisal and investment advice, mediation, judicial reviews and statutory appeals.
The residential team provides expert conveyancing and legal services and is a leading estate agency in the Edinburgh prime property market.