Burness Paull

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Burness Paull
Limited liability partnership
Founded 2012
Headquarters Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Area served
United Kingdom
Services Legal advice
Revenue £53.3m[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 more than £53 million, making it one of the largest firms in Scotland. The firm enjoys strong referrals from the City and a diverse portfolio of international clients through its oil and gas practice.

The firm is ranked as a top tier practice by both Legal 500 and Chambers. Legal 500 in particular describes Burness Paull as "a major top-tier independent full-service commercial law firm." It goes on to outline that "In the last year it has represented clients and project managed over £100bn of deals." The Legal 500 review concludes by saying that "...the firm has highly resourced teams with extensive experience in corporate; commercial; intellectual property; property and planning; finance; employment and pensions; health, safety and environmental; construction; dispute resolution; and private capital."


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.


  1. ^ a b "Financial results 2013: Burness Paull (minus the Williamsons) outstrips Scottish rivals with post-merger results". Legal Business. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Key Facts of Burness Paull & Williamsons". Burness Paull & Williamsons. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Company Overview of Burness Paull & Williamsons". Retrieved 18 May 2016.