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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP  

Legal Services | Scotland

tel: +44 0131 228 9900 | fax: +44 0131 228 1222
1 Exchange Crescent | Edinburgh | EH3 8UL | Scotland

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Edinburgh, Scotland | London, England | Aberdeen, Scotland | Glasgow, Scotland

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP's Overview

Shepherd and Wedderburn is the largest Scottish-headquartered UK law firm, with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, London and Dublin.

Establishing long-standing relationships of trust, rooted in legal advice and client service of the highest quality, is our hallmark.

Founded in 1768, 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.

Our lawyers are currently advising organisations active in more than 120 overseas jurisdictions and we are privileged to work with organisations and individuals in Scotland, the UK and abroad who are leaders in their industries and sectors.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a people business that values and rewards the contribution of colleagues across the firm. We are proud of our inclusive and collaborative culture, both internally and when working with clients, and are committed to encouraging and supporting diversity and social mobility.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1768
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 6
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 319

Languages: Danish, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Urdu and Welsh


Areas of Practice
  • Asset Based Finance
  • Banking, Finance and Restructuring
  • Charities
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Construction and Special Projects
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Tax
  • Economic Regulation
  • Employee Share Incentives
  • Employment
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • EU and Competition
  • Information Management and Data Protection
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Trusts
  • Mining and Resources
  • Oil and Gas
  • Pensions
  • Pharma and Lifesciences
  • Planning and Environment
  • PPP
  • Private Client
  • Privately Owned Business Solutions
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate
  • Regulation and Markets
  • Renewables (on-shore and off-shore)
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Utilities
Representative Clients
  • The firm acts for corporate, commercial, public sector and private clients throughout the UK and abroad. Their impressive and expanding client base includes not only large, well-known organisations but also small and medium-sized enterprises, based both in the UK and increasingly further afield.Clients include:-
  • Applus
  • Gamesa
  • Bord Gais Eireann
  • Covanta
  • Navitus Bay
  • Kyowa etc
  • Petroceltic International
  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Alliance Trust
  • NAGE/Clydesdale Bank
  • Ministry of Defence
  • John Lewis
  • Amber Infrastructure
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Bowleven
  • British Land
  • Byzak
  • Chivas and Pernod Ricard
  • Cairn Energy Group
  • EEA/Leaf Clean Energy/Trading Emissions, Heineken
  • J Sainsbury's plc
  • London Development Agency
  • Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Numis Securities
  • The Royal & Ancient
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • ScottishPower
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • TEVA
  • The Actuarial Profession
  • The Miller Group



Peter Alderdice

Peter AlderdiceSenior Associate

Flora Asplin

Flora AsplinAssociate

Daniel Bain

Daniel BainSenior Associate

Louise Ball

Louise BallSenior Associate

Heather Bird

Heather BirdAssociate

Alison Blair

Alison BlairAssociate

Neil Campbell

Neil CampbellAssociate

Neil Cowan

Neil CowanSenior Associate

Natasha Durkin

Natasha DurkinSenior Associate

Fiona Foster

Fiona FosterSenior Associate

Kirsty Headden

Kirsty HeaddenSenior Associate

Vikki Henderson

Vikki HendersonLegal Director

Gina Johnston

Gina JohnstonAssociate

Richard Jones

Richard JonesSenior Associate

Suzanne Knowles

Suzanne KnowlesSenior Associate

David Lewis

David LewisSenior Associate

Rhona McGregor

Rhona McGregorSenior Associate

Ashley McLean

Ashley McLeanSenior Associate

Kirsteen Milne

Kirsteen MilneLegal Director

Emma Paton

Emma PatonSenior Associate

Lesley Proctor

Lesley ProctorLegal Director

Ian Soppitt

Ian SoppittSenior Associate

Serena Weir

Serena WeirSenior Associate


Camillo Fracassini

Camillo FracassiniHead of Marketing and Communications

Philip Knowles

Philip KnowlesConsultant

Harriet McRae

Harriet McRaeSolicitor

Peter Misselbrook

Peter MisselbrookHead of Rural Property

Jacqueline Moore

Jacqueline MooreHead of Immigraton

Joanna Rae

Joanna RaeParalegal

Ann Stewart

Ann StewartHead of Knowledge Management

Sarah Leslie

Sarah LeslieSolicitor


Interpreting five key recommendations of the Independent Fan-Led Review of Football Governance
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

  In May 2021, the UK Government commissioned an independent, fan-led review of football governance in England following three “crisis events”. The report has thus far received a varied reception. Some have welcomed its recommendations, and believe that they will bring about much needed reform of the current model of football governance. Others questioned the need for the review, and warned that the recommendations risk over-regulating the model which brought the English leagues to the forefront of global football. Here we will outline some of the more controversial recommendations and consider their potential implications on the governance of football in England...

Farmers caught out by GAEC requirements
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

 I have recently been advising a farmer in relation to an appeal against a department penalty imposed for an alleged breach of GAEC (Good Agricultural Environmental Conditions). These are the conditions farmers claiming agricultural support payments must comply with, and which are designed to safeguard soils, habitats and landscape features on agricultural land. A breach of GAEC can lead to financial penalties being imposed on the farmer. The particular issue that I was advising on was the removal of drystone dykes without the department’s permission...

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Shepherd and Wedderburn advises Scottish Sea Farms in £164 million acquisition
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

Shepherd and Wedderburn has supported long standing client Scottish Sea Farms (SSF) in its £164 million purchase of the UK fish farming interests of Greig Seafood ASA. Specialists from across the firm provided sector-leading expertise to SSF on numerous aspects of this prominent acquisition, with our regulatory and markets lawyers advising on the competition law aspects of the deal, and the corporate finance and banking teams successfully concluding the deal on 15 December. This is a highly significant transaction in the fish farming sector and was subject to review and approval by the Competition and Markets Authority...

Shepherd and Wedderburn is awarded highest accreditation by STEP's Employer Partnership Programme
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

Shepherd and Wedderburn has been awarded Platinum Employer Partner accreditation by STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, attaining the highest of three accreditation levels awarded under STEP's Employer Partnership Programme. The firm previously held gold accreditation under the scheme but this has been upgraded to reflect the strength of the policies, practices and structures that support its private wealth and tax offering. To achieve platinum accreditation, an organisation must show that the importance of learning and development is championed throughout the organisation, and demonstrate a positive work and learning environment...

All press submitted by Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

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