Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

1 Exchange Crescent, Conference Square, Edinburgh EH3 8UL

Shepherd and Wedderburn is the largest Scottish-headquartered UK law firm, with an uncompromising commitment to client service at the highest level. From offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, London and Dublin, the firm delivers comprehensive multi-jurisdictional legal advice across every sector and offers the full range of private wealth and tax services.

Regarded by many as the leading firm for specialist advice in the energy and natural resources, financial services and real estate sectors, Shepherd and Wedderburn has been at the forefront of innovation in all the key sectors of the economy – from the expansion of Edinburgh’s financial services sector to, more recently, our work with Scotland’s first tech unicorn and on landmark clean energy projects. Our focus has always been firmly on the future, and on ensuring we maintain our proud tradition of supporting innovation, economic growth and international commerce.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s sector-based approach brings together specialist lawyers, regarded as leaders in their fields, with the relevant expertise to tackle sector-specific commercial issues. Our clients range from FTSE 100 blue-chips, AIM-listed companies, large SMEs and public service organisations to private individuals.

Energy and natural resources: Shepherd and Wedderburn has been at the forefront of the sector – in Scotland, the UK and internationally – for over 30 years and our energy lawyers have a reputation for advising on innovative, unique and complex projects.

Our energy and natural resources team comprises more than 90 specialist solicitors drawn from the full spectrum of legal disciplines, who advise on every aspect of energy projects – from inception through to the achievement of financial close and beyond. Our work spans the spectrum of energy technologies and our team has unique knowledge of the regulatory aspects of the sector.

Financial: we have dedicated banking and finance teams in both the UK’s main financial centres: the City of London and Edinburgh. Our clients include major corporates and blue-chip financial institutions in the UK and internationally.

With a focus on commercial banks, investment banks, asset managers and insurers, our team assists clients in dealing with the most complex legal issues in finance and banking. Our relevant, specialist disciplines include corporate, banking, funds, ethical finance, real estate, employment, competition, regulation, risk and compliance, pensions and dispute resolution. Shepherd and Wedderburn is home to some of Scotland’s leading securitisation specialists, and has an excellent reputation in banking and finance, equity capital markets and listed funds.

Real estate and infrastructure: long recognised as the market leader in Scotland, Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for real estate, construction and infrastructure companies, many of which are household names. Thanks to our real estate and infrastructure team in London office and our Scottish-based English property unit, we offer our clients a high quality, competitive UK-wide service. Our specialist teams routinely advise on purchases and sales of investment and development properties, joint ventures, secured finance transactions, planning,  development issues, including site assembly, portfolio management, lettings and all aspects of landlord and tenant law.

Corporate: our market-leading corporate lawyers work with leading domestic and international companies, investment banks, fund managers, private equity houses, venture capital funds and asset managers on significant transactions throughout the UK and beyond.

Our clients range from FTSE 100 blue chips and AIM-listed companies to large international groups, owner-managed small to medium-sized enterprises, spin-outs and start-ups.

Commercial dispute resolution: the firm’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Division comprises three practice groups: commercial disputes, property and infrastructure disputes, and regulations and markets, and has a strong presence across all of our UK offices. Our dispute resolution teams offer a comprehensive range of specialist services, with many recognised as leaders in their respective fields. Our lawyers excel in pursuing and defending high-value claims, as well as in adjudication, arbitration, mediation and expert determination.

Employee share incentives: expert in all matters relating to employee share incentives, our team works with clients ranging from owner-managed businesses to FTSE 100 companies. The team focuses on the development, design and administration of share incentive plans, including requirements arising out of corporate transactions.

Intellectual property (IP): our team helps clients protect, manage and commercialise their intellectual property, from initial trade mark registration or design right protection through to responding to any infringement or breach, whether online or offline, in the UK and beyond. Our team also has wide-ranging experience of advising businesses on IP issues relating to fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and technology transfers.

Pensions: our pensions team has built up a bank of experience over many years through close involvement in all types of occupational pension arrangements. The team is skilled at considering issues from the perspective of employers, trustees and other advisers, and is committed to advising clients in the way that best suits their needs.

Private wealth and tax: our team’s principal focus is securing the effective management, preservation and growth of wealth across the generations. Our tax and legal professionals operate as a single port of call for all our clients’ succession and tax planning needs, advising particularly on wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, as well as supporting families at the most difficult of times, with the administration of estates and associated tax compliance obligations.

The team provides tax compliance, advisory and accounting services for individuals and trusts and offers an integrated business tax advisory service spanning corporate tax, VAT and LBTT/Stamp Duty, among a range of other taxes. Our team also advises on effective philanthropy, charity law regulation and practice.

Our experience and range is UK-focused with international reach, providing cross-border assistance to clients with wealth in different jurisdictions and advising in conjunction with other lawyers and tax professionals on the impact of different legal systems and local tax laws. We are supported by a specialist immigration team in assisting clients relocating to the UK. As each client is unique, we tailor our services precisely to address each client’s individual needs and circumstances. 


Andrew Blain, Managing Partner
0131 473 5410


Banking: Fiona Buchanan - 0131 473 5310 -        

Charities: Malcolm Rust - 0131 473 5284 -           

Commercial: Liz McRobb - 0141 566 8502 -

Commercial litigation: David Anderson - 0131 473 5102 -

Corporate finance: Stephen Trombala - 0131 473 5720 -

Corporate recovery: Fiona McKerrell - 0141 566 7260 -

Corporate tax: Stephen Miller - 0131 473 5227 -

Employment: Neil Maclean - 0131 473 5181 -

Energy: Clare Foster - 0131 473 5409 -

Financial services: Hamish Patrick - 0131 473 5326 -

Pensions: Andrew Holehouse - 0131 473 5192 -

Private wealth and tax: Malcolm Rust - 0131 473 5284 -

Real estate and infrastructure: Andrew Hall - 0141 566 8505 -

Share schemes: Rodger Cairns – 0131 473 5449 -