Dundas & Wilson

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Dundas & Wilson LLP
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HeadquartersEdinburgh, United Kingdom
No. of offices3
No. of lawyers400+
Major practice areasCommercial Law
RevenueIncrease £62 million (FY 2011)
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Dundas & Wilson LLP was a commercial UK law firm with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Aberdeen.[1]

In May 2014 Dundas and Wilson merged with CMS Cameron McKenna.

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:[2]

  • Banking & Finance
  • Construction
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property (Scotland)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Energy (Excluding Oil & Gas)
  • Insolvency & Corporate Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT & Telecoms
  • Local Government
  • Pensions
  • Planning
  • Professional Negligence
  • Projects
  • Transport
  • Unit Trusts, OEICs and investment trusts


Dundas & Wilson traces its roots to 1759[3] when David Erskine founded his own legal practice in Edinburgh. Sir James Dundas of Ochtertyre Clerk to the Signet[4] 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.[5] The firm remained at the Square until 1991.[6]

The firm was active in Scotland during the 19th century as can be seen from the numerous references to the firm in Court of Session reports or old Sasine titles.[7][8][9][10]

Dundas & Wilson became a limited liability partnership in 2004.[11]

In May 2014 Dundas and Wilson combined with CMS.


  1. ^ Dundas & Wilson. Contact. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  2. ^ The Legal 500. Dundas & Wilson CS LLP Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  3. ^ Scottish Archive Network, Online Catalogue. Dundas & Wilson Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  4. ^ Memoir of Alexander Seton: Earl of Dunfermline, President of the Court of Session
  5. ^ 16 St Andrew Square
  6. ^ "Ballet star shows off charity portraits".
  7. ^ Dickson, J.W.; Dunbar, W.H. The Scottish Jurist. Michael Anderson, Edinburgh, 1833.
  8. ^ The Court of Session Court of Justiciary. Oxford University Press, 1876.
  9. ^ Cases decided in the Court of Session, Teind Court, Court of Exchequer and House of Lords. T. and T. Clark, 1857.
  10. ^ Reports of Cases decided in the Supreme Courts of Scotland and in the House of Lords on Appeal from Scotland. M. Anderson and Co. 1853.
  11. ^ The Scotsman. Dundas & Wilson first of 'big four' to move to LLP. 18 November 2004.

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