Client Testimonials:

Acting for the owners of Estendio Limited (“Estendio”) in the investment in the company by members of the Gabriel Investment Syndicate (“Gabriel”) and Scottish Investment Bank (“SIB”)

Christopher Hughes (CEO of Estendio) commented:

"It was a very smooth deal and I am very happy how quickly we were able to meet our conditions and complete our diligence. Fraser (Morrison) was brilliant - not only in helping us complete the process but also in advising strategic decisions. It was clear Fraser took a real interest in what we were doing and the service rendered by Macdonald Henderson was first class”. 

Project Trident - Acting for Alba Ultrasound

Mike P. Grant OBE, Director - Aerospace & Defence Investment Banking, Seabury Group commented with regard to Macdonald Henderson:

“May I just add my compliments (as well as compliments of the Season) - the speed at which you and your team picked up all of the detail in what has turned out to be a relatively complex piece of work was most impressive.  And all done in a highly cooperative and collegiate spirit – a pleasure to watch – if only all transactions were conducted in such a manner!”

Project Bolt - Acting for the owners of Oban Express Limited (“OEL”) in the sale of the entire issued share capital of OEL to Menzies Distribution PLC

Managing Director of OEL and vendor, Lorraine Parrott commented:

“From the outset, Macdonald Henderson delivered a service of the highest quality and professionalism, moving quickly to establish a command of the workings of the business and meet tight deadlines. Negotiations with the PLC and its advisors were handled with surety and confidence.

Towards completion, Fraser (Morrison) and the team required to exhibit a further essential quality - stamina - as the negotiations continued into unsociable hours. The vendors are grateful for the MH team’s commitment and enthusiasm, which was essential in delivering the right deal for the business, its employees and customers".

Acting for Oilfast Limited (“Oilfast”) in the setting up of an Enterprise Management Incentive scheme for a key employee

Stephen Anderson, Financial Director of Oilfast commented:

"Macdonald Henderson have undertaken work for Oilfast over the past year in both a corporate advisory capacity and also commercial property transactions.

In all our dealings with Macdonald Henderson we have found them to be both professional and attentive. They have been very clear in explaining the ramifications of any actions and I personally have found their advice extremely clear, useful and to a very high standard”.

Acting for R W & J Cochrane & Sons Limited in the demerger of the company

Craig Coyle, Partner Campbell Dallas (instructing Macdonald Henderson) commented:

“I have worked with the Macdonald Henderson team on a number of corporate transactions this year, and always find that they take responsibility for managing the process, and work with us to ensure the client is guided through the transaction in a way which leaves them delighted with the service provided”.

Project Blacksmith - Acting for Clydesdale Bank PLC (the “Bank”) in its provision of acquisition finance to Bute Blacksmiths Limited (“Bute Blacksmiths”)

Clydesdale Bank Relationship Manager Commercial, Linda Paterson commented:

“I have been very impressed in my dealings with Macdonald Henderson, not only by their professionalism and commercial acumen, but also their collegiate approach and unwavering focus on delivery.

Under David Beveridge's leadership, the team at Macdonald Henderson demonstrates a willingness to talk in straight forward and common sense terms. I would therefore not hesitate to approach the firm on a wide range of legal subjects both formally and informally”.

Acting for the owners of YOLO for Men (“YOLO”) in the investment in the company by private global investors

Marianne Morrison (CEO of YOLO) commented:

“This was my first experience of receiving angel investment and I was delighted by the service provided by the Macdonald Henderson team.

Fraser (Morrison) ensured that the complex process of dealing with international investors ran smoothly and provided essential legal and strategic advice throughout.”

Acting for Old College Capital LP (“OCC”) in its investment in Particle Analytics Limited, a spin out from the University of Edinburgh

Andrea Young, Old College Capital Fund Manager commented:

“It was a natural fit for Old College Capital to co-invest with Mercia Fund Management in their first Scottish university spin-out investment deal, and hopefully one of many given the growing strength of Edinburgh’s tech community.

We were delighted by the professional service delivered by Fraser and the Macdonald Henderson team. Their commercial approach and experience in the investment market resulted in a well-run project which completed on schedule and in a collaborative spirit”.

Project PR - Acting for Lesley Clark Communications Limited (“LCCL”) in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Golley Slater Scotland Limited (“Golley Slater”)

Macdonald Henderson, Lesley Brydon, founder and Managing Director of Clark Communications commented:

“Having been recommended to us, Macdonald Henderson handled our complex deal admirably, and managed to turn the acquisition around in what proved to be an extremely tight timescale.”

Acting for Direct Response Contact Centres Group Limited (“DRCCGL”) in its purchase of the entire issued share capital of Ostinati Limited

Majority shareholder and director of DRCCGL, Chris Robinson commented:

“I wanted to send you this note to commend you (Fraser Morrison) and your firm on the outstanding, service I recently experienced.

On the initial conference call you (Fraser Morrison) and your colleague (David Beveridge) asked very good questions and nailed the brief on the first call, which filled me with confidence.

Furthermore I was very impressed at how you stepped in and managed many additional elements that were not part of the original brief. You delivered at every turn and you did it despite a very, very tight timeline.”

Project Broker - Acting for the administrator of CA Mackie Insurance Limited (the “Administrator”) in the sale of the business and assets of the company to Hamilton Robertson Insurance Brokers Limited (“Hamilton Robertson”)

George Dale, Director of Business Recovery and Insolvency at Thomson Cooper commented:

“It became very apparent to us at an early stage in our dealings with Macdonald Henderson, that the entire team were highly focused professionals.

They delivered their services with integrity, flexibility and genuine passion, designed to exceed client satisfaction.

The high level of communication was evident from start to finish and this helped bring clarity and transparency to what was a complex and challenging set of circumstances”.

Project Teacher - Acting for Scott Grant in the sale of his investment in EISFS Limited to Cornmarket Insurance

Managing Director and shareholder Scott Grant commented:

"Throughout my 15 month transaction involving numerous members of the MH corporate team, the professionalism of the team was unquestionable. Particularly impressive was the fact that it was extremely clear that all the MH staff were kept fully in the loop as matters progressed to a highly satisfactory conclusion.  I cannot speak highly enough of David and his team."

Project Leonardo – Acting for Law at Work Limited (“LAW”) in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Square Circle Limited (“Square Circle”)

CEO of LAW Jane Wright commented:

"David and his team displayed great skill in responding to the tenor of our negotiations (which were very amicable) while keeping us right and efficiently documenting our recent acquisition of Square Circle”.

Project Abbey - Acting for a consortium (“the Consortium”) of the owners of The St Mirren Football Club Limited (“St Mirren”) in the sale of the majority of the issued share capital of St Mirren to property developer Gordon Scott and the St Mirren fans.

Mr Allan Marshall, member and advisor to the Consortium commented:

“Throughout the last few years, Macdonald Henderson have provided steady, commercial advice to the consortium in what has been a long process of identifying and concluding a transaction which best protects the club’s legacy and future for its fans and local community. The transaction was completed in a challenging timescale, whilst dealing with a number of novel aspects, all completed with the high level of professionalism and support which we’ve come to expect from Macdonald Henderson”.

Acting for Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Limited (“MEPL”) in the establishment of the Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Investment Syndicate and its subsequent investment in Appointedd Limited

Founder and director or MEPL, Marie Macklin commented:

“MEPL was formed 12 months ago to provide investment and advisory services to start up and early stage companies.

We chose Macdonald Henderson as our legal partner due to previous experience of working with our main contact and their specific, relevant sector experience.

The assistance they have provided in setting up our company structure and providing support to the varied requirements of investing in businessed has been outstanding.

They fully engage in each specific situation and provide high quality and timely responses.  We would fully recommend Macdonald Henderson".

On the £2.15m management buyout of Scotia Double Glazing Limited

Mr Robert McKnight, Managing Director commented:

"From the outset Macdonald Henderson brought a first class level of service, advice and expertise to the deal.  It was no simple task to co-ordinate the sources of funding and negotiate the various terms, but throughout the transaction we were impressed by the firm's command of the legal processes.  We'd have no hesitation in recommending the firm's services to any parties considering a management buyout in the future".

On the £10m disposal of Quadscot Precision Engineers Limited to Pressure Technologies PLC

Joint owner and Managing Director Mr Jim Smith commented:

"We received an outstanding level of advice and service from Macdonald Henderson, who guided us through the complexity of the disposal process with confidence and professionalism.  We cannot speak highly enough of the MH team's commitment to their clients".

On the seven figure disposal of Shering Weighing Limited to Precia-Molen (French Aim Listed)

Majority shareholder and outgoing Managing Director Mr Doug Shering commented:

"On personal recommendation we chose to work with Macdonald Henderson regarding the acquisition of our business, this decision proved to be an excellent choice.  During the course of the process, which at times had issues to overcome, I found them to be supportive and offered good constructive guidance on the way forward.  We successfully completed our transaction which was within an extremely tight window and I would not hesitate in recommending the firm's services".

On the eight figure management buyout of The AMG Group (Business Insider MBO of the Year 2014)

Commercial director and MBO team member Steve Craig commented:

"This was our first transaction with Macdonald Henderson and it was a pleasure working with a team dedicated to deliver results on time.  Outside the legal profession lawyers can sometimes get a bad name, but the professionalism and diligence of these guys has changed our opinion.  We look forward to working with them again in the future".

Billy Geary, Managing Director of Lochwynd Limited:

“We began to work with Macdonald Henderson relatively recently, following an endorsement and referral by our accountant.  We have been delighted with our engagement so far. The work is carried out speedily and to the highest standards, and whether it be private family estate planning advice or negotiating with tough English counterparts on significant business contracts, the same confident and clever service is consistently delivered".

John-Paul Mackie M.R.Pharm.S,  Superintendent Pharmacist and Managing Director of JP Mackie & Co Ltd:

"We are delighted to regard Macdonald Henderson as our go-to legal corporate advisors. As an acquisitive and growing family run pharmacy group, with a number of sites and further plans for expansion, it is vital for us to work with a law firm who are both clever and commercial, whilst at the same time known and respected by the banking and investment community. The lawyers at Macdonald Henderson have ability in spades, a truly excellent partner for our group’s legal requirements".

David Richmond, private client and family business owner:

“From my dealings with Macdonald Henderson to date, I have no hesitation in offering my support and endorsement to their entry as Leading Advisor to Family Business in the Family Business Awards 2012. I am consistently impressed by the firm’s high quality of advice and dedication to communicating clearly and speedily on projects on which they are engaged".

Alastair Gilmour and Alec MacDonald, both directors of Alchemist Technologies Limited:

"We had cause to instruct Macdonald Henderson in relation to the disposal of a business in which both ourselves and our spouses had interests (both management and ownership). We were delighted with the way in which the firm conducted matters, particularly the advices rendered by our lead advisor Louise Hamilton and her supporting team. The deal turned out to be exceptionally protracted in nature, but at all times Macdonald Henderson were steadfast in keeping control of the process and keeping us informed at all times – essential given that this was a new process for many of our shareholders".

Jim Rowan, Managing Director of Dunns Food & Drinks:

“I have been aware of David’s work and qualities for over 15 years, when he advised on the buy out of Dunns Food & Drinks Limited by a management team led by myself and others at his previous firm Maclay, Murray & Spens. The transaction was a baptism of fire, given the number of family members involved in the original business, around thirty at the final count. I am delighted that David has continued to show the same qualities he exhibited in those early days, and from my experience of working with Macdonald Henderson, the same excellence, commitment and enthusiasm for the client has been transmitted to the whole team. I see them as very much lead advisors in the sector of family business legal advice and we are delighted to be working with them".

Ron Philips, Managing Director of Tinto Laser:

“I have instructed Macdonald Henderson for a good number of years in relation to my family owned business (as suppliers of toner and ink jet cartridges (across Europe)). I’ve been delighted to observe that the stewardship of David and his team in taking over from my original engagement (with Morinne Macdonald) has been one of seamless and confident advice and support, married with approachability and an understanding of family business and all that this entails."

Edward Dantzic, Managing Director of Lethington Leisure Limited:

“David was introduced to our family owned business, being a UK wide, multi site retail leisure business early in his tenure as managing director. I have been impressed by the quality of work and advice over the period since, replicated across the firm and its practice areas. Having worked with many advisors in my career, I’d have no hesitation in considering Macdonald Henderson as a leading advisor, particularly to family owned businesses".

Jen Munro, Managing Director of Issos International Limited:

"Macdonald Henderson have provided us with a personal, supportive and incredibly efficient service. To find a law firm that genuinely cares and backs this up by being so efficient is rarely found in a law firm. To say we as a business have been impressed would be an understatement, to know you have a law firm that understands your business, cares about its success, will answer your call at any time and action what ever needs to be done there and then. We could not ask for a better firm. Macdonald Henderson breed a loyalty amongst their own staff but more importantly amongst their clients and we hope to be associated with them for many years to come".

Alick M Bisset BSc CA, Director of Bissets Limited:

“I have worked with David both in relation to our (family owned) accountancy practice and my professional dealings with client companies, which also have had the feature of being family owned – David and his firm understand the special features, pressures and tensions of family business and bring this knowledge to the fore when giving their (excellent) advices".

Nicholas J. Scullion, Managing Director of Scullion Law:

“As a full service law firm but for corporate advice, we have been delighted to instruct Macdonald Henderson in respect of our business legal matters to date. Projects have included two acquisitions of high profile legal practices, the incorporation of the firm from partnership to limited company, and the re-banking of the firm to its new bankers, the Clydesdale Bank. Macdonald Henderson are a pleasure to work with and headed by a young managing partner of a similar vintage to myself, we find our relationship a great source of mutual support.  The quality of advice is second to none, and we have no hesitation in referring our clients seeking corporate advice to Macdonald Henderson, where we can be sure they are in good hands".

Alex Nisbet, Managing Director of First Furnishings Limited:

“As a business that employs not only myself but also my wife and son, it is important to have professional advisors who understand the importance of the business for the future.  The team at Macdonald Henderson provide my business with vital guidance and protection which has allows me to get on with running my business with complete peace of mind that matters will be taken care beyond my tenure".

Ian Whyte, formerly majority shareholder and Managing Director of Thistle International Limited:

“I had instructed Macdonald Henderson for a number of years, but their true strengths came to the fore during the sale of our family business in late 2010/2011. A hugely stressful transaction, David and his firm worked tirelessly to get the deal over the line in a very tight timescale. We endured some very tough and emotional negotiation meetings, where we found ourselves outnumbered by a robust purchaser with many advisors aligned across the table – but I never had any doubt that I had the best advice and advisors fighting for us in our corner".

Stuart Dalrymple, former Managing Director, now Consultant Engineer of James Walker Devol Engineering Limited:

"I believe that Macdonald Henderson is an outstanding example of a how a smaller law firm can engage intimately with their clients, while still offering the highest degree of professionalism that can be expected at any level.  Having worked with them closely on the sale of a family business and more importantly on the matters arising throughout the subsequent warranty period, I found their advice to be excellent and their attention to detail first rate.  While many people would feel that a smaller firm may lack the clout of the bigger firms, I believe that their size was an advantage in allowing easy communication and ensuring that you felt valued as client by all the staff across the business.  During this transaction, the positive attitude and energy shown by the legal team and their support staff made even the tough parts much easier.  Having dealt with David Beveridge on matters spanning the sale of a business, potential litigation and contract negotiations, I have found him to be both highly professional yet personable.  I have felt confident the he has been able to provide sound advice and excellent service.  His willingness to listen and understand the views of those lacking a legal background and interpret such views within a legal framework has been a key strength in the work we have undertaken together.  All this whilst taking over the role of Managing Director, without it ever affecting his availability or commitment.  I look forward to continuing my relationship with David in the future".

Kevin Ingram, Special Project Director of James Walker Group Ltd (Purchaser of Devol Engineering Limited):

The James Walker Group first encountered David and his firm in the course of our acquisition of Devol Engineering Limited in 2008.  This was a significant strategic transaction for the Group.  We were impressed by Macdonald Henderson’s capable and straightforward approach in the course of our dealings.  Following completion of the deal, when requirement arose for legal support in the context of detailed commercial contract reviews, we were delighted to call upon David and his team.  We have since returned to instruct further work on the Group’s behalf."

David Welch, Managing Director of Musselburgh Private Nursery Ltd:

"I am a new client in a start up business and find the legal processes quite daunting.  David and his team have given me huge confidence and have spent time and patience with me.  I have always felt very welcome and at ease in their offices and am now prepared to move forward in a positive and professional manner".

George Lane, Director of Derculich Ltd:

“Macdonald Henderson represents ‘best in class’ for niche corporate firms serving the Scottish SME  family business market.  “I express my appreciation to Macdonald Henderson for their support during our recent investment activity.  David and his team acted to our full satisfaction throughout the process and the transaction was completed in an extremely short timeframe".

Richard Caplin, Managing Director – The Payment Protection Partnership Limited:

"Macdonald Henderson have been commissioned with a number of tasks by our business, and recently advised our company in respect of delicate share ownership matters which required to be addressed in a discrete, speedy and sensitive manner. I was delighted with the attention to detail displayed and the way in which Macdonald Henderson worked closely and harmoniously with our accountants and the other advisors involved, to deliver a holistic legal solution to the issues at play".

James Crawford, Managing Director of Link-Tel Communications Limited:

"We were recommended to Macdonald Henderson this year, specifically David Beveridge, to handle a business restructure within a timeframe.  This was our initial dealing with David and his firm.  I can only commend David and his team on both their business efficiency and courtesy throughout the process to its conclusion."

Robert Paterson, Managing Director of Rojopa Argyll Holdings Limited and Rojopa Nasmyth Road Limited:

"Following a successful exit from my principal business a few years ago and in progressing a range of different business projects, I have had cause to work with a number and range of advisors over the years. My engagement with Macdonald Henderson over the last couple of years has been refreshing. Right across the firm, be it company matters, commercial property work or private client instructions, I see the same commitment to excellence, with great communication at all times. The most recent project involved the corralling of three generations of my family and associated pension funds into a property investment vehicle – a tricky task, handled with care, skill and diligence. I am delighted to be working with David Beveridge and Ian Anderson of the firm, and I wish the firm very well at the Awards –richly deserved in my view".

Neil Livingstone of Lochleven Properties Limited:

"We were very impressed with the service we received from Macdonald Henderson.  David was very responsive to our requirements and dealt with all the requirements for setting up our new company. He ensured the structure met all our family members’ needs".

Gregg Ross, Managing Director of Laurie Ross Limited:

"I was referred to Macdonald Henderson by a leading UK accountancy practice, and the introduction was one of the few good things to come of the project at hand. Our business was formed by my late father and I own the company with my mother. Unfortunately the project on which we were working was aborted very close to completion due to withdrawal by the other side. However, I was deeply impressed by David, Ian and their team, and their application to the highly complicated transaction at hand. At all times they took the time to explain what was happening and ensured that I was completely up to speed and comfortable. And they are good people to work with, real people with some humour about them – which I really like. I continue to work with the firm and would recommend them".

Stephen Corbett, Managing Director of Cormac Engineering Limited:

"We at Cormac limited have worked with Macdonald Henderson for many years on various projects the most recent was the acquisition of an engineering company in West Lothian. David and his team are very professional and their attention to detail and ability to work to strict deadlines were a huge help during the acquisition process. Myself and my family who are all employed by Cormac will continue to work with Macdonald Henderson on several projects in the near future and we would have no hesitation in giving our highest recommendation of David and his team".

Sandra Whitelaw, Managing Director of Whitelaws Coaches Limited:

"Macdonald Henderson are about support and supportive advice – crucial qualities in a tough environment where many family businesses are struggling and need good, speedy commercial advisors who can be relied upon. Macdonald Henderson is simply an outstanding law firm which we know we can rely on – whether it be for big picture strategic matters, disputes with suppliers or minor company administration matters – everything is important to them, and we feel valued as their client".

John Crozier, Managing Director of Vision SMS Limited:

"As a small family firm in the highly competitive world of telecommunications we would have found survival and progress much more difficult without the invaluable support and professional advice given to us by David Beveridge and his colleagues at Macdonald Henderson".

Gary Telfer, Joint Managing Director of Ten Live Limited:

"Ten Live Ltd are a family owned business who engaged Macdonald Henderson to successfully advise us on a complex shareholder issue we had. We found their advice to be sound and have been impressed by their professionalism and willingness to take ownership for the issues faced and at the same time minimise the stress and anxiety caused by the situation. We will continue to seek legal advice from them moving forward and would not hesitate to recommend them".

Robert Henderson, Managing Director of RH Integrity Limited:

"Macdonald Henderson are an outstanding company and are really focused on family businesses with a value-add and cost effective approach.  They quickly understood our needs and provided tailored solutions that help take our business forward.  In era of outsourcing and automated call answering here is a company who are smart, responsive and service focused".