Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a leading UK law firm, with an uncompromising commitment to client service.

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Shepherd and Wedderburn is a leading UK law firm, with an uncompromising commitment to client service. With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Aberdeen, the firm delivers comprehensive multi-jurisdictional legal advice across every business sector as well as offering the full range of private client and wealth management services.

Regarded by many as the go-to firm for specialist advice in the energy and natural resources and real-estate sectors, Shepherd and Wedderburn also has an impressive track record in advising clients from across other industries and sectors. FTSE 100 blue chips, AIM companies, large SMEs and public service organisations are counted among our clients.

Focusing on clients and finding the very best solution for each of them is paramount to our multi-disciplinary teams of specialist lawyers. These teams look at the issues involved from every angle to find the best commercial solution. Regardless of whether the project is complex or routine, UK based or international, clients can be confident with the impartiality, authority and commercial soundness of Shepherd and Wedderburn’s advice, and they have come to expect only practical and innovative solutions from us.

As a founding member of the World Services Group, Shepherd and Wedderburn is able to respond to clients’ needs swiftly and effectively anywhere in the world. Currently the firm serves clients in 86 jurisdictions.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s sector approach brings together specialist lawyers from across the firm with the knowledge and experience to tackle sector-specific commercial issues. The firm has a strong reputation in the energy, real-estate and financial services sectors: the Energy and Natural Resources Group has an enviable reputation for advising leading organisations on complex and innovative transactions relating to conventional power; renewables; oil and gas, water; waste; and mining.

Our Real Estate and Infrastructure Practice comprises 30 partners and 71 lawyers and is supported by specialists in planning, construction, property litigation, corporate finance and restructuring.

The financial and banking team advises on mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; investment funds; private equity investments; IPOs; and other equity capital markets deals. Shepherd and Wedderburn also provide sector-specific legal services for: food and drink; hospitality and leisure; life sciences; and the public sector.

Energy and natural resources
The energy and natural resources sector plays a uniquely important role in global efforts to balance economic growth, environmental sustainability and social cohesion. Our Energy & Natural Resources team is at the forefront of this sector and has an enviable reputation for successfully advising leading organisations within the sector on a wide variety of complex and innovative transactions. Click here for more information on energy and natural resources.

Financial and banking
With major offices in London and Edinburgh, Shepherd and Wedderburn is at the heart of the UK’s two main financial centres. Our close relationship with the financial sector in the UK goes back more than 100 years. The firm’s expertise in the financial sector focuses on the range of legal services required by asset managers and funds; commercial banks; insurers; investment banks; and specialist finance companies. Click here for more information on financial and banking.

Real estate and infrastructure
Our clients value the speed at which we pull together integrated, multidisciplinary teams that use their legal skills and in-depth industry knowledge to get straight to the heart of a project, its issues and their individual needs. We have a reputation for excellence and commerciality, which results in our real-estate and planning teams being consistently top ranked by the leading independent legal directories. Click here for more information on real estate and infrastructure.

Food and drink
According to UK Trade and Investment Services, the UK has one of the fastest-growing food and drink markets in the world. Generating sales in excess of £70bn and employing around 500,000 people, it is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK; in Scotland, whisky is (and is likely to remain) the largest export earner with increasing global brand opportunities. We operate on a UK-wide basis and have experience right across the food and drink supply chain. Click here for more information on food and drink.

Pharma and life sciences
Our life science clients aim to maximise the potential of new and existing technologies, a specialism that demands an equally specialist legal adviser. That’s exactly what our team looks to provide, offering significant sector experience in pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology. Click here for more information on pharma and life sciences.

Public sector
Public bodies are under intense scrutiny at all times, facing demands for better, more cost-effective, more accountable service provision. With our strong sector experience, we understand more than most the challenges the sector faces. Our Public Sector Group provides a focus for our work and draws on specialists from across the firm. We offer advice on a wide range of matters of interest to our clients, including statutory powers and remit; judicial review and legal challenges; constitutional, governance and best practice; human rights; freedom of information; legislation; and procurement. Click here for more information on public sector.

Hospitality and leisure
This is a highly competitive sector, never more so than in a challenging financial climate. Our aim, therefore, is to support our clients as they seek to maintain and grow their market share. We provide a full range of creative, commercially aware services on issues ranging from property and planning to employment law and commercial contracts. We maintain a keen interest in legislation in the sector and can advise clients on impending changes that promise either threat or opportunity. Click here for more information on hospitality and leisure.


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