Legal 500 Name Pinsent Masons as Scotland’s Firm of the Year

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Richard Scott
Richard Scott

Law firm Pinsent Masons has been announced as Scotland’s Firm of the Year by the respected global rankings body Legal 500 UK.

Pinsent Masons, which has offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and employs an estimated 500 lawyers and support staff in Scotland, was recognised for the strength of its individual specialists and private practice teams.

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The Legal 500 analyses the capabilities of law firms across the world and assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions. The rankings are based on a series of criteria which highlight the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.

In the most recent listings, Pinsent Masons was recognised as having 29 named leading individuals in Scotland and the firm achieved 22 Tier 1 rankings which signify top level expertise in a wide range of sectors, including corporate and commercial, employment, projects, oil and gas, commercial property, IT, media and intellectual property.

Richard Scott, partner and head of Pinsent Masons’ Aberdeen office, said: “The Legal 500 award recognises Pinsent Masons’ market leading position as an international law firm which delivers tailored solutions to major Scottish businesses and global corporates doing business in Scotland.

“Fellow partner Martin Ewan, who leads our oilfield technology practice, was singled out by Legal 500 as a leading individual in corporate and commercial dealings and highly respected in north east business circles, while in banking and finance Gillian Frew, who advised Faroe Petroleum and Cairn Energy amongst others, is properly described as an energy finance specialist.”

In the traditional oil and gas space, Legal 500 stated Aberdeen-based global Head of Oil & Gas, Bob Ruddiman, with Shirley Allen and Neil Hehir, were “very good at getting the deal done” and were praised for their pragmatism, industry knowledge and experience.

Mr Scott added: “Bob Ruddiman was said to “run his team intelligently and efficiently”, while Shirley Allen was involved in some of the largest transactions in the market, acting as the firm’s lead adviser to Shell UK Limited on the $3.8bn sale of UKCS assets to Chrysaor and she also has specialist knowledge of decommissioning.

“The depth of legal and business expertise in our practice teams, aligned with the personal strengths of individual specialists at the top of their game, puts Pinsent Masons in a very strong position to continue to develop our business in Aberdeen and the wider UKCS in 2019 and beyond.”

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