Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Legal Services | Scotland
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1 Exchange Crescent | Edinburgh | EH3 8UL | 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: 1768
Lawyers Worldwide: 319
Languages: Danish, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Urdu and Welsh


Areas of Practice

Representative Clients



Peter  Alderdice

Peter Alderdice

Senior Associate
Flora  Asplin

Flora Asplin

Daniel  Bain

Daniel Bain

Senior Associate
Louise  Ball

Louise Ball

Senior Associate
Heather  Bird

Heather Bird

Alison  Blair

Alison Blair

Neil  Campbell

Neil Campbell

Neil  Cowan

Neil Cowan

Senior Associate
Siobhan  Dunphy

Siobhan Dunphy

Natasha  Durkin

Natasha Durkin

Senior Associate
Fiona  Foster

Fiona Foster

Senior Associate
Kirsty  Headden

Kirsty Headden

Senior Associate
Vikki  Henderson

Vikki Henderson

Legal Director
Gina  Johnston

Gina Johnston

Richard  Jones

Richard Jones

Senior Associate
Suzanne  Knowles

Suzanne Knowles

Senior Associate
David  Lewis

David Lewis

Senior Associate
Rhona  McGregor

Rhona McGregor

Senior Associate
Ashley  McLean

Ashley McLean

Senior Associate
Laura  McMillan

Laura McMillan

Kirsteen  Milne

Kirsteen Milne

Legal Director
Emma  Paton

Emma Paton

Senior Associate
Lesley  Proctor

Lesley Proctor

Legal Director
Ian  Soppitt

Ian Soppitt

Senior Associate
Serena  Weir

Serena Weir

Senior Associate


Camillo  Fracassini

Camillo Fracassini

Head of Marketing and Communications
Philip  Knowles

Philip Knowles

Harriet  McRae

Harriet McRae

Peter  Misselbrook

Peter Misselbrook

Head of Rural Property
Jacqueline  Moore

Jacqueline Moore

Head of Immigraton
Joanna  Rae

Joanna Rae

Ann  Stewart

Ann Stewart

Head of Knowledge Management
Sarah  Leslie

Sarah Leslie



Legal time-bar for latent damages claims - changes to the discoverability test under Scots law

  Prescription is the legal rule in Scotland that prevents a person from pursuing their legal rights to a claim after a certain time period has elapsed (the equivalent in England is limitation). A claim ‘prescribes’ when the relevant time period runs out (known as the ‘prescriptive period’). For contractual claims, the prescriptive period is five years. However, the start date at which that five-year period begins can be difficult to determine, leaving a pursuer in an uncertain position as to their ability to pursue their claim. On 1 June 2022, section 5 of the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018 (‘the 2018 Act’) will come into force...

What are the consequences when an organisation gets ESG wrong?

  “ESG” is an acronym that is being used with growing frequency across the investment community. ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance criteria, which are increasingly used by socially conscious investors when deciding whether or not to invest in a company. Environmental criteria are effectively a company’s green credentials. Social criteria relate to the people the company works with and the community it serves. Governance relates to how a company operates. On one view, ESG is not new. Companies have long made promises to be green, to be fair and to be honest. The difference now is that there can be significant consequences if they are not...

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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...

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides pro bono support to establish Sportschallenge Trust

Shepherd and Wedderburn is delighted to have worked on a pro bono basis to establish the newly formed Sportschallenge Trust, and to support Sportschallenge, the popular sports-themed fundraiser, as it returns to Aberdeen. The Sportschallenge event hosts businesses from across the north-east of Scotland as they battle it out in a Question of Sport-style quiz. Securing charitable status allows Sportschallenge Trust to operate as a stand-alone charity and to raise further funds outwith the event itself...

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