Shepherd and Wedderburn
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 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.
News from Shepherd and Wedderburn
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Briefings from Shepherd and Wedderburn
The EBA recently published an update on the use and classification of role-based allowances.
The Pensions Ombudsman has recently published two decisions which highlight some potential issues arising when scheme administrators fail to inform members that they benefit from a guaranteed annuity rate (GAR).
Analysis from The Lawyer
With banking, personal injury and M&A all down, law firm mergers are in the bracing Scottish air