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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP  

Legal Services | Scotland

tel: +44 (0)141 566 9900 | fax: +44 (0)141 565 1222
191 West George Street | Glasgow | G2 2LB | Scotland

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Paul Hally

Paul HallyConsultant

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: 1997
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 319

Languages: Farsi, French, German, Greek, Italian, Malay, Punjabi, Spanish, 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

Warning: Failure to Appoint Replacement Contracts Administrator Leaves Employer Picking up the Bill
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

This article considers whether a notice is valid when served on a party who is specified in the Contract, but no longer holds office and lacks authority to act.  In the recent case Scottish case of Michael Wilson v Graeme W Cheyne (Builders) Ltd [2021] ScotSAC Civ (03 August 2021) the Sheriff Appeal Court (SAC) upheld an adjudicator’s decision that an application for interim payment was valid, despite the application having been made to a contract administrator who had withdrawn from acting. The application had been submitted in line with the terms of the contract, and further Michael Wilson (the Employer) was barred from challenging its validity...

Not Every Lease of Land is an Agricultural Lease
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

When is an agricultural lease not an agricultural lease? An agricultural lease provides a tenant with various rights, including security of occupation for the agreed length of the lease. That might be for five or 10 years or longer under a fixed duration tenancy or even for the foreseeable future, if the lease is a traditional lease entered into before November 28 2003. However, not every lease of land is an agricultural lease. Whether it is or not depends on the purpose of the lease. To be an agricultural lease, the land subject to the lease must be used for agriculture for the purposes of a trade or business...

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Joanna Boag-Thomson Elected Chair of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has elected Shepherd and Wedderburn Partner Joanna Boag-Thomson as its Chair. Joanna, a media and technology specialist, was first appointed to the SCDI Board in 2019 and was elected Vice Chair the following year. An acknowledged expert in intellectual property, Joanna’s key areas of expertise are technology transfer, collaborations and brand exploitation. Joanna advises clients in a variety of sectors including food and drink, life sciences, clean-tech and the creative industries. The SCDI Board draws its members from across the Scottish economy, spanning the private, public and social economy sectors...

Shepherd and Wedderburn Acted for the Scottish National Investment Bank in its Equity Investment into Nova Innovation
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

Shepherd and Wedderburn acted for the Scottish National Investment Bank (the Bank) in its equity investment into Nova Innovation, a leader in tidal energy. Nova Innovation manufactures and distributes innovative subsea tidal turbines, which transform the power of the sea into clean, predictable energy. The Bank provides patient capital investment to businesses, projects and communities as part of its mission to build a stronger, fairer, more sustainable Scotland. John Morrison, a Partner in Shepherd and Wedderburn’s corporate finance team, said: “We are delighted to have once again supported the Bank on its mission driven investment activities...

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