Shepherds bags Taylor Woodrow

Taylor Woodrow has appointed Shepherd + Wedderburn as its principle Scottish property adviser after a two-month competitive tender.

Maclay Murray & Spens came a close second and will gain a smaller share of the work, as well as instructions when Shepherds is conflicted.

The appointment puts Shepherds in a much stronger position with Taylor Woodrow than previously. The developer has dropped its other main Scottish firm, and general counsel Jeremy Sampson declined to identify any of the unsuccessful bidders.

Shepherds first gained a foothold at Taylor Woodrow two years ago on the back of its nine-year relationship with Bryant. The rival housebuilder was taken over by Taylor Woodrow in January 2001. The key relationship partner is Patrick Andrews, assisted by Andrew Hall.

Maclays’ appointment is a major coup, as it had no previous relationship with Taylor Woodrow. Sampson was impressed when it was brought in on the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary redevelopment.

Earlier this year Sampson appointed Eversheds and CMS Cameron McKenna as its main firms for England and Wales.