Overview

Matthew is a Solicitor in the real estate team, based in the firm's Edinburgh office. During his traineeship and following qualification, he has specialised in Real Estate with specific emphasis on Commercial Property, Energy and Strategic Land.

Matthew has experience advising on many aspects of commercial property and real estate finance, including the acquisition and disposal of both investment and development properties, the negotiation of commercial leases, asset management for both landlords and tenants of office and retail premises, and advising on the property aspects of real estate finance transactions for both lenders and borrowers.

Matthew also has experience acting in renewable energy and strategic land transactions, including the negotiation of various land rights with landowners, local authorities and public bodies, in addition to advising on leases and options in multi-site energy developments.
Experience
  • Acting for large Scottish estate in strategic land aspects of £100m de-merger project, including negotiating terms of standard security with institutional lender. 
  • Acting for large café chain in the assignation and variations of its existing leases across Scotland.
  • Dealing with acquisitions, leases, and licences of commercial properties for several Scottish-based development companies.
  • Acting for numerous clean energy developers in acquisitions of land, leases and negotiations of land rights with landowners and statutory undertakers.
  • Dealing with land rights for a variety of windfarm sites, substations, pipelines and cable routes.
  • Acting for large renewable energy developer in negotiation option agreements and deeds of servitude for onshore aspects of multi-million-pound development to connect islands to mainland electricity grid.