Supporting Clients

Establishing long-standing relationships of trust, founded on legal advice and client service of the highest quality, is Shepherd and Wedderburn’s hallmark.

Throughout our history we have been privileged to work with clients in Scotland, the UK and abroad, who are pioneers in their sectors. The firm, and its specialist teams, have evolved alongside them to ensure we meet their changing demands, support them in achieving their commercial objectives and, wherever possible, pre-empt and mitigate legal challenges. Our lawyers are immersed in the industries and sectors in which they operate, and are attuned to the often rapidly-changing commercial and policy environment.

From Aberdeen to Auckland, our lawyers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London are supporting businesses in more than 100 jurisdictions, advising on often complex matters across a wide variety of industries and sectors – from energy and natural resources, real estate and financial services to food and drink, technology and rural business. In addition, our lawyers have been principal advisers to many generations of families, supporting them on a broad range of legal and tax-related matters.

We are proud that our clients have placed their trust in us, and look forward to continuing to work with current and future market leaders in the years to come.

Cairn Energy plc

Shepherd and Wedderburn has advised Cairn Energy since it was founded in 1980. The independent oil and gas exploration and production company, which is headquartered in Edinburgh, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has offices in London, Norway, Senegal and Mexico.

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The R&A

The R&A governs the sport of golf on behalf of 36 million golfers in 143 countries and is the organiser of The Open, the game’s original championship. Its relationship with Shepherd and Wedderburn has grown since the 1990s.

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William Grant & Sons

When William Grant & Sons, one of Scotland’s largest private companies, decided to buy Drambuie in 2014, it turned to Shepherd and Wedderburn’s food and drink specialists.

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ScottishPower has transformed Scotland’s energy sector and Shepherd and Wedderburn has been with it every step of the way – from the privatisation of energy markets, through to its flotation on the London Stock Exchange to its groundbreaking wind farm projects.

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Chivas Brothers

Shepherd and Wedderburn has advised Chivas Brothers since the early 2000s on a range of matters, from corporate transactions such as the sale of Benriach and Glenallachie Distilleries to joint ventures including the construction of the Combined Heat and Power Plant operated by the Combination of Rothes Distillers (of which Chivas Brothers is one).

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Scotland in 2050: Realising Our Global Potential

Our lawyers are privileged to work with clients who are leaders in their industries and sectors, in Scotland, the UK and abroad. We are currently supporting businesses in more than 100 jurisdictions, advising on specific projects, helping them expand their overseas operations or supporting them in entering new markets.

Building on our unremitting focus on clients and the contribution they make to the economy, we have commissioned The University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute to undertake a major research project to help Scottish businesses, organisations and entrepreneurs best position themselves for the future. We have used fresh insights drawn from economic data and long-term global growth forecasts to inform a conversation with our clients and key industry contacts, which will help identify how they – and Scotland – can mitigate the challenges and seize the opportunities in the years ahead against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving global economy.

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