Burness PaullLLP is a leading Scottish commercialfirm of solicitors, with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, acting for private and public sector clients. It is notable for its strengths in corporate law and energy law. It was formed in December 2012 through a merger between the firms of Burness, headquartered in Edinburgh and with a second office in Glasgow, and Paull & Williamsons, based in Aberdeen. The combined turnover of the two firms is £38.7m, making it one of the largest firms in Scotland and one of the 'Big Four' along with Dundas and Wilson, Maclays, Murray and Spens and Brodies. The firm enjoys strong referrals from the City and a diverse portfolio of international clients through its oil and gas practice.
Burness's business was grounded in corporate law, commercial property and dispute resolution. Legal directory Chambers & Partners identified it as a Band 1 firm for Local Government, Media & Entertainment, Partnership, Real Estate and Real Estate Litigation. In the significantly smaller marketplace of Aberdeen and the North, Paull & Williamsons was ranked Band 1 for Banking & Finance, Construction, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Employment, Health & Safety, Defendant Personal Injury, Planning, Real Estate, and Restructuring/Insolvency.
The new firm's seven identified sectors are Banking, Energy, Financial Services, Food and Drink, Private Equity, Property & Infrastructure, and Public Sector.