Burness Paull

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Burness Paull
Limited liability partnership
Founded 2012
Headquarters Edinburgh
Area served
Scotland and UK
Services Legal advice
Revenue £38.7m[1]
Number of employees
58 partners[2]
Website www.burnesspaull.com

Burness Paull LLP is a leading Scottish commercial firm of solicitors, with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, acting for private and public sector clients.[3] 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.[1] 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, Maclay, Murray and Spens and Brodies.[1] The firm enjoys strong referrals from the City and a diverse portfolio of international clients through its oil and gas practice.

In April 2016, Burness Paull LLP represented Complainant Coolside Limited of Glasgow, Scotland in the Coolside Limited v. Get On The Web Limited UDRP case WIPO Case No. D2016-0335 regarding the domain name TRTL.com. The 3-person WIPO panel denied the case stating that "Accordingly the Panel finds that the Complaint was brought in bad faith and constitutes an abuse of the administrative proceeding."


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.