Private Client

The"proactive and extremely competent" Robin Fulton is expert at advising on succession and tax planning."He is very commercial and understands the issues," sources say.

Ian Clark is highly adept at providing clients with UK and non-resident tax and trust advice. He is considered by his peers to be an"excellent practitioner."

Simon Mackintosh is a private client expert ...

Douglas Connell
continues to be regarded as a doyen of the Scottish private client sphere. He advises on matters relating to trusts and heritage properties.

A source comments that Tom Duguid is"absolutely fantastic to work with and is so good with clients." He routinely advises clients on trusts, succession planning and tax mitigation matters.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Jon Robertson is a property expert with an increasingly strong focus on the renewables sector. Sources deem him"an automatic first port of call if you're a landowner looking for advice. He's a good people person."

Adam Gillingham is a rural property expert, advising on the sale and disposal of sporting estates, fisheries and landed estates.

Lewis Kermack roots his practice firmly within the contentious realm. He specialises in resolving landlord and tenant disputes and other contentious property matters. A peer comments that"he understands his law."

Robert Turcan is a go-to lawyer for landed interests and offers a range of property and tax advice. One source considers Turcan to be"an expert in his field."

Niall Stringer is a rural property lawyer who has niche interests in heritage properties and hydroelectric power projects."He is a specialist I respect. He represents clients' needs well," a market commentator states.

Grierson Dunlop is an up-and-coming partner who focuses on rural property. A source states that"I know I can trust him. He has great integrity and gets things done."

Energy & Natural Resources: Renewables & Alternative Energy

Alastair Collin enters the rankings this year following glowing market feedback:"He is very diligent, professional and thorough with excellent sector knowledge – he doesn't miss much." He focuses his practice on renewable energy, specifically wind farm, biomass, hydroelectric and landfill gas projects.

Charities

Simon Mackintosh is head of the firm's charity law group. He is recognised as one of Scotland's leading third sector practitioners, with peers describing him as"Mr Charity Law."

Douglas Connell is an expert in trusts, asset protection and property, and is praised by clients for"bringing really good insights to the table; he makes sure our trustees are very aware of what their duties are."

Divorce and family

"Sensible and co-operative" Alasdair Loudon is"very well thought of" by sources in the market. Loudon is head of the practice, and has considerable experience in negotiating complex separation agreements.

Gillian Crandles is described as"sensible and capable." Crandles deals with co-habitation, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements and family cases with an international aspect.

Employment

David Ogilvy is noted for his representation of senior executives and directors, with sources saying:"He fights their corner well."