Chairman: Jennifer Young
Chief Executive: Brian Hay
Number of partners: 32
Assistant solicitors: 39
Other fee-earners: 18
THE FIRM Ledingham Chalmers has played an important role in the Scottish legal scene for many years. With its origins in North East Scotland it is not surprising that the firm’s development has followed Aberdeen’s emergence as the capital of the European oil and gas exploration and production sector and as a centre of excellence for professional services.
Key features of the firm are its emphasis on long-term client relationships and a high level of partner delivery. While other firms have abandoned the full service model Ledingham Chalmers continues to match its broad offering to the changing requirements of its client base. This has involved a renewed commitment to rural and agricultural law, family law and private client services alongside its strong offering to the business, insurance and public sectors.
Ledingham Chalmers has a strong focus on the business sectors that drive the Scottish regional economy, such as agriculture/food/fisheries, energy (both oil and gas and renewables), construction, leisure and tourism, and education. The firm has an international outlook that reflects its involvement in the international energy sector.
The firm houses a team of experts in advising insurance companies, local authorities, and other public bodies on a wide range of issues including employer liability, public liability, disease, property damage and motor claims; with particular expertise in fraudulent, catastrophic injury, and fatal claims.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The commitment to providing a broad service has not been made at the expense of specialisation. Ledingham Chalmers recognises that clients across the length and breadth of the country and internationally have increasingly sophisticated requirements for specialist skills. The firm has accredited specialists in several areas – agriculture, construction, personal injury, family law and employment law, as well as four solicitor advocates.
The firm has skills and expertise in: agriculture and rural affairs, banking and finance, commercial contracts, commercial property, companies and partnerships, construction, dispute resolution and litigation, employment, energy, family law, health and safety, intellectual property, insolvency, planning and environmental, private client services, public sector procurement and residential property.
INTERNATIONAL The firm is the Scottish member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide, a network that has members in over 100 jurisdictions and major commercial centre. Additional international exposure comes through client work in the energy sector.