Macdonald Henderson's corporate team is one of the leading corporate law practices in Scotland.  The team advised on over 50 deals in the financial year 2017/18 (a doubling of deal activity on the previous year) (including unreported deals), ranking us as one of the most deal active corporate teams in Scotland.

Our firm has strength in depth and experience. It boasts a strong track record in advising on management buyouts, mergers & acquisitions (many with an international/cross border context), private equity, banking and finance.

In December 2018, the Corporate Team of Macdonald Henderson won “Corporate Team of the Year” at The Law Awards of Scotland (in association with HRC recruitment) 2018.

This was the third year in a row in which the firm has been shortlisted in this category (winning in 2016, runner up in 2017) having been shortlisted alongside global/Scottish giants.

In October 2018, The Legal 500 again ranked the corporate team among the top tier firms, commenting:

Macdonald Henderson delivers ‘practical, to-the-point advice without burdening the client with the legal minutiae‘. The firm’s first-rate reputation enables it to attract high-profile deals, as was illustrated in 2017, when David Beveridge and Fraser Morrison acted for The Glenallachie Distillers Company Limited in its headline acquisition of the Glenallachie Distillery from Pernod Ricard. In addition, Beveridge and others advised the owners of Lethington Leisure Limited on its £10.5m sale to The Brighton Pier Group Plc. The firm also handled matters for various other clients, including Old College Capital, Lifelinked Limited and Logos Logistics. Beveridge leads the team, which handles a mix of purely Scottish and cross-border M&A, private equity deals and MBOs, among other matters.

David Beveridge and Fraser Morrison both retained The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer status in 2019.

The firm was ranked as one of the top four corporate law firms in Scotland in terms of number of MBOs (management buyouts) completed in 2017/18 (Business Insider 2018 Yearbook)

Our team has extensive experience in all of the following:

  • start ups and expansions
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • joint ventures
  • management buy-outs and buy-ins
  • employee share option agreements
  • employee buy outs
  • directors' liability
  • shareholder disputes
  • restructuring
  • corporate finance

Commercial Contracts

All businesses enter into contracts. Many of these don't require legal advice; but some are of fundamental importance to the business. An understanding of the contractual process is essential. Experienced help to assist with contractual problems is critical.

What we can do for you

  • terms and conditions of business
  • advice on contractual procedures
  • advice on breach of contract
  • agency and distribution contracts
  • all types of commercial contracts
  • e-commerce

Find out more about our Annual Company Services, Annual Company Watch Service and Annual 'Private Client' Service.


  David Beveridge (Managing Director)  

  Fraser Morrison (Director)

  Laura McKnight (Associate Director)

  Hilary Malone (Corporate Solicitor)