Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Legal Services | Scotland
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191 West George Street | Glasgow | G2 2LB | Scotland

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Paul Carlyle




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: 1997
Lawyers Worldwide: 319
Languages: Farsi, French, German, Greek, Italian, Malay, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu and Welsh


Areas of Practice

Representative Clients



Amie  Bain

Amie Bain

Pamela  Binnie

Pamela Binnie

Neil  Casey

Neil Casey

Gavin  Charlton

Gavin Charlton

Chris  Garden

Chris Garden

George  McKinlay

George McKinlay

Legal Director
Gillian  Moore

Gillian Moore

Susan  Swan

Susan Swan

Senior Associate
John  Townsend

John Townsend



Lisa  Alexander

Lisa Alexander

John  Elder

John Elder

Sarah  Leslie

Sarah Leslie



The risks of void transactions in insolvency

With the lifting of the restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions, and the likely cash flow pressures caused by price inflation, it is widely anticipated that we will see an increase in the number of companies subject to winding up proceedings. For any business dealing with a company in financial distress, a recent decision of the High Court of England and Wales serves as an important reminder that transactions which take place before the company has been wound up can be vulnerable to challenge...

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Shepherd and Wedderburn’s private wealth and tax team wins Out-of-London Practice of the Year at the Chambers High Net Worth Awards

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s private wealth and tax team has been named Out-of-London Practice of the Year at the prestigious Chambers High Net Worth Awards 2022. Judges described Shepherd and Wedderburn as ‘one of the best Scottish independents’, and noted that the firm’s private wealth and tax team in the Central Belt rose to the top tier of the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth rankings this year. Shepherd and Wedderburn was the only Scottish firm nominated in any category...

Shepherd and Wedderburn promotes five Partners, six Legal Directors and six Associates

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP has promoted five of its lawyers to Partner, six to Legal Director and six to Associate, 10 of whom began their legal careers as trainees of the firm. The promotions will take effect on 1 May. The newly-assumed Partners are Alison Rochester (media and technology), Susan Swan (infrastructure), Leigh Herd (property and infrastructure disputes), Stephanie Hepburn (commercial disputes) and Nathaniel Buckingham (property and infrastructure disputes). Alison, who joined the firm as a trainee, leads the firm's trade and commerce team, focusing on international trade matters and complex commercial contracts, particularly for regulated businesses...

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