27 Sep 2019

Aberdein Considine lawyers named among UK's finest by top legal guides

Aberdein Considine lawyers named among UK's finest by top legal guides

Aberdein Considine solicitors have been ranked among the best in the UK by two of the world’s most respected legal guides.

Euan McSherry and Paul Jennings - the firm’s heads of Litigation and Commercial Real Estate - have today been recommended in the 2020 editions of both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

The global directories - which rank and rate the best lawyers in the world based on client feedback - are highly regarded due to their independent research-based assessment of firms.

Family Law Partner Ruth Aberdein is named among Legal 500’s ‘Leading Individuals’ - its elite list of the best lawyers practising in Great Britain today.

Aberdein Considine solicitors had a further 24 mentions in the newly published editions of the guides.

The firm itself is ranked across eight practice areas and for the fifth year running has been awarded coveted ‘Top Tier’ status. 

The accolade is in the field of Debt Recovery – and the firm has also been recognised for its Corporate and Commercial Law, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law and Family Law work.

The partnership has a second Debt Recovery ranking in England and Wales, where it has a rapidly-expanding Litigation and Debt Recovery practice.

Here’s what the guides say:

Corporate & Commercial

Named Lawyers:

What the Legal 500 said: “Aberdein Considine's clients range from private clients and SMEs, through to large corporations and numerous FTSE 100 firms. In the corporate and business advisory space, the team advises businesses all over Scotland from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow. The team's key areas are M&A - both buy and sell side - equity fundraising as well as general corporate, company law and corporate governance support.

One client told the guide: “The team at Aberdein Considine provide a real hands on and personal approach to all projects and deliver to an extemely high standard on a consistent basis.”

Commercial Real Estate

Named Lawyers:

What the legal 500 said: “Aberdein Considine leverages its key offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh to act for a high-profile client roster, which includes The Trump Organisation and Greggs. The real estate team focuses on landlord and tenant work, and office, retail and industrial property development matters. Paul Jennings leads the practice from Glasgow, and the firm's Aberdeen office is noted for its oil, gas and marine sector commercial work.

The department received glowing client testimonials. One said: “The level of intellectual force at Aberdein Considine is absolutely stunning! The property team is always ready to challenge and be challenged in the interests of its clients. The firm's customer service is unbeatable and work is equally meticulous and quick.”

Another said:Paul Jennings and David Orr: this duo is unstoppable. They are professional without ego and with a great sense of humour.

The Chambers & Partners guide adds: “Paul Jennings of Aberdein Considine is experienced in handling investment and development work. One client says: ‘My experience working with Paul is a very positive one. He is a great communicator, works very efficiently and quickly, is very responsive and has a great knowledge of the commercial property market’.”

Commercial Litigation

Named solicitors:

What the Legal 500 said:The 'very business oriented' Euan McSherry now heads the team at Aberdein Considine following his arrival from DWF in November 2018 and former practice head Leonie Donald's departure in July 2018. The team is well placed to assist clients with various disputes concerning commercial contracts, insolvency disputes and litigation concerning the operation of corporate entities and shareholder rights.

The Chambers & Partners guide adds: “The ‘sensible and knowledgeable’ Euan McSherry of Aberdein Considine is an experienced solicitor advocate with substantial expertise across a range of contentious property matters. One client reports: ‘I want a reasoned view on the situation and the commerciality of it -  that's exactly what I get from Euan’.”

Debt Recovery (Scotland)

Named solicitors:

What the Legal 500 said: “Aberdein Considine's extensive roster of lender clients is testimony for the team's 'strength in banking sector work', which includes secured mortgage litigation, asset recovery and mortgage fraud matters alongside other types of residential and commercial banking litigation.”

Again, the department received high praise from the clients interviewed by the guide. One said: “The firm has managed to find the perfect balance between corporate governance, first-class service and client management.”

Another added: “They continue to look for innovative ways to enhance a customer experience whilst maintaining a high standard of quality.”

Debt Recovery (England & Wales)

Named professionals:

What the Legal 500 said: “The Newcastle offices of Scottish firm Aberdein Considine house a strong debt recovery practice, which is active across the North East. The group is most noted for its expertise in secured and unsecured debt recovery, with clients including national banks and financial institutions. The group is co-led by Myra Scott (who is based in Glasgow) and Newcastle-based Thomas Lillie, while the volume debt recovery offering is led by Darren Sanders, who was appointed specialist operations manager in 2018.

Dispute Resolution

Named solicitors:

What the Legal 500 said: “Aberdein Considine's extensive roster of lender clients is testimony for the team's 'strength in banking sector work', which includes secured mortgage litigation, asset recovery and mortgage fraud matters alongside other types of residential and commercial banking litigation.”

Employment Law

Named solicitors:

What the Legal 500 said: “The 'very competent mid-tier firm' Aberdein Considine is particularly experienced in handling employment tribunal work for employers as well as executives, including whistleblowing investigations, but also advises on GDPR, TUPE transfers and general HR matters. 'Fine employment lawyer' Sally-Anne Anderson heads the 'highly responsive' team.”

Family Law

Named solicitors:

What the Legal 500 said: “Aberdein Considine handles a wide range of claims in court and through mediation often relating to child welfare, including interdicts and exclusion orders, relocation disputes, and court orders to protect vulnerable children domestically and internationally. The team, which is led by the 'exceptionally thorough and hard working' Ruth Aberdein is instructed in a number of complex cohabitant disputes, divorce proceedings and negotiations concerning prenuptial agreements where one party has significant wealth to protect.”

One client said: “A very responsive and attentive team, regardless of what office you visit.”

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