Dundas & Wilson
|Dundas & Wilson LLP|
|Headquarters||Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
|No. of offices||3|
|No. of lawyers||400+|
|Major practice areas||Commercial Law|
|Revenue||£62 million (FY 2011)|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Dundas & Wilson LLP is a leading commercial UK law firm with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Aberdeen. The firm is based in Scotland, but like other large Scottish law firms, it now has an established practice in London, which earns 39% of its total revenues. It is also regularly ranked within the top 50 largest law firms in the UK. In December 2013 Dundas and Wilson merged with CMS.
Since 1997, Dundas & Wilson has focused only on commercial clients, having hived-off its private client practice to form another law firm now named Turcan Connell. The firm's main practice areas are financial services, real estate, energy & infrastructure and government & public sector. Caryn Penley and Allan Wernham, have been managing partners of the firm since 2012.
In September 2011 it was reported in legal media sources that Dundas & Wilson was considering a merger with London-based law firm Bircham Dyson Bell; however, both firms have subsequently said that the merger will not be going ahead.
In 2012 the firm was ranked in the Top 30 Firms in Europe for Innovation by the Financial Times.
The independent legal directory Legal 500 ranked Dundas & Wilson as a Tier 1 firm in 2012 in the following areas:
- Banking & Finance
- Corporate & Commercial
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Property (Scotland)
- Energy (Excluding Oil & Gas)
- Insolvency & Corporate Recovery
- Intellectual Property
- IT & Telecoms
- Local Government
- Professional Negligence
- Unit Trusts, OEICs and investment trusts
Dundas & Wilson traces its roots to 1759 when David Erskine founded his own legal practice in Edinburgh. Sir James Dundas of Ochtertyre Clerk to the Signet subsequently joined the practice and, after the death of David Erskine, William Wilson joined the partnership to form Dundas & Wilson. From at least 1841 the firm had offices at 16 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The firm remained at the Square until 1991.
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