Established in 2011, we are a small (but perfectly formed) commercial legal practice based in Glasgow. But don’t let our size fool you – we take on some mighty deals and act for some even mightier clients. Clients who are savvy enough to know what is important in a great adviser: personal service and attention from the same person who knows their business; intelligent thinking that’s engineered to fit around their requirements; and pricing that’s fair, transparent and free from surprises.
As a commercial firm our focus is on the provision of legal services essential to most business operations. We also have a highly experienced Residential conveyancing team on hand to assist you. A selection of our areas of expertise is listed below, but contact us for more information about exactly how we can help you.
Corporate / Commercial Contracts / Corporate Finance / Partnerships / Commercial & Residential Property / Planning / Dispute Resolution / Debt Recovery / Employment / Environmental Law / Inward Investment / Parliamentary / Transport
Our corporate team deals with share and asset sales and purchases, due diligence, shareholder arrangements, company formation and constitution, company secretarial and corporate governance.
Our corporate team deals with banking, debt and equity funding including share issues, start-up finance, investments, joint ventures, and share capital re-organisations.
Commercial & Residential Property
Our property team deals with both commercial and residential leasing for landlord and tenant. This includes acquisitions and disposals, construction, developments, development funding, secured lending and general property management.
Our dispute resolution team deals with pre-action negotiation and dispute resolution, debt recovery, commercial litigation in the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session, and insolvency litigation.
Our commercial team deals with large and small commercial contracts, including supply of goods and services, agency and distribution, franchising, IT and intellectual property matters.
Our corporate team deals with the formation of partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited partnerships, dissolution arrangements and partnership disputes.
Our planning team deals with planning strategy and advice, development planning and management, compulsory purchase, enforcement and environmental matters.
Our employment team deals with contracts of employment and service agreements, settlement agreements, employment advice, including disciplinary matters, redundancy and business transfers or re-organisations.
Our environmental team deals with all aspects of environmental law including due diligence, appointments, risk apportionment, permitting, taxation and enforcement matters. This includes contamination in its various forms, remediation, waste, water and sewerage, drainage and flooding, nuisance and statutory nuisance issues as well as operational consents, contingency planning and incident response.
Our services extend to those looking to invest in Scotland for the first time, as well as expanding operations and local businesses. We are able to advise on financial assistance and funding, corporate and joint venture options, premises and ancillary matters, operational consents and licensing, commercial contracts and employment matters.
Our parliamentary team deals with proposed policy, legislation and orders. We monitor and advise on proposed legislation, draft and vet objections and other responses to public consultations, Bills, Orders and compulsory purchase proposals. We also advise on securing necessary powers and consents, draft Orders and associated applications and review supporting papers. We prepare for and appear at stakeholder meetings, public inquiries and before parliamentary committees.
Our transport team deals with contractual and regulatory aspects of operations and infrastructure on rail (passenger and freight), tram, roads (including freight transport), bus / coach, aviation, ferry and short sea shipping and harbours matters.
It’s all about
We like to think we are doing something a little bit different in legal services provision. Our close-knit team has a family feel and works from our smart central offices with the best of technology and facilities, but without the expensive overheads that exist for our big-firm counterparts. All of this means our clients get top legal talent at rates significantly lower than elsewhere.
We love coming to work every day and our clients tell us that shows in the great quality of service they get too. Boutique businesses, top entrepreneurs and large household-name corporates have all joined the Curle Stewart family.
Call or pop in to say hello to find out what we can do for you.
Philip Curle | Director
Philip is a Director in the commercial property team. Philip specialises in commercial property with particular expertise in the development, letting, purchase and sale of retail and mixed use developments, representing both owners and occupiers. Philip enjoys acting for a diverse range of clients from international corporates to sole traders. In addition to his legal expertise Philip has a broad understanding of the practical and technical challenges facing his clients and delights in being regarded by most as an integral part of their team rather than as an external legal advisor.
Elspeth Curle | Director
Elspeth is a director in our corporate team. She is an experienced and astute commercial practitioner with a particular interest in company and business acquisitions and sales. Appreciated for her ability to make complicated matters straightforward for our clients, Elspeth always takes a practical and collaborative approach to deals, cutting through the issues to focus on the commercial imperatives and ensuring projects are completed with the minimum of fuss. Elspeth acts for our clients in all corporate and commercial matters, including joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, partnerships, corporate governance, share and asset sales and purchases, corporate due diligence and corporate finance. In addition, she assists in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, including franchising arrangements, agency and distribution, IP and e-commerce contracts.
Graham Richmond | Director
Graham is a Director in the commercial property team, having joined from a major Scottish firm in July 2013. He has 25 years commercial property experience in a range of areas including landlord letting, tenant letting, development, funding, secured lending, investment purchases and sales and business purchase and sales.
Graham also gives advice on property management issues, in particular dilapidations. Graham's approach is to look at situations in the round and try to give advice that goes beyond the narrow point under discussion and looks at the context in which matters arise. He acts for a broad range of commercial clients, many of whom have been clients for a long number of years and have followed him from his previous firm.
Mandy Quinn | Director
Mandy is a Director in our corporate team. She has extensive experience of both domestic and international work advising on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, re-organisations, joint ventures and equity fundraising for a variety of clients including corporates, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and management teams.
Mandy has a particular interest in equity based funding for companies in the venture capital market and acts for some of the UK’s most active business angels and venture capital funds.
Having enjoyed a successful secondment to the European legal team of an international bank, Mandy is able to advise borrowers and lenders in relation to acquisition and project finance, debt solutions and restructuring, securities and their enforcement, from both perspectives.
Gerard Durkan | Associate Director
Gerry is an Associate Director in our property team. He has a wealth of experience from over 25 years in private practice in legal firms in the West of Scotland. In addition to the focus on residential property sales, purchases and re-mortgages for private individuals, Gerry has acted for a wide range of lenders, builders, registered Social landlords and investors in relation to the acquisition, disposal and development of larger property transactions.
Gerry also advises clients in relation to executry matters and regarding the Adults with Incapacity legislation. His calm and relaxed manner in handling business for clients helps to ease for them what can be a very stressful experience as they move home.
Laura McArthur | Associate Solicitor
Laura is a solicitor in our property team and deals with commercial leasing for both landlord and tenant, the acquisition and disposal of commercial property and security work. She also manages our residential team, dealing with sales, purchases and lettings. Laura is a thorough, efficient and practical lawyer who enjoys devising solutions to allow our clients to achieve their goals, often within very challenging timescales.
Bryan Finlayson | Director
Bryan is an Commercial Real Estate expert with in excess of 20 years experience and is rated as a Leading Practitioner by Legal Directory Chambers & Partners.
Dual qualified in Scots and English Law, he has extensive experience of high value complex Development projects as well as having a strong track record with acquisition and management of high value investments, shopping centres and other asset portfolios throughout the UK.
Bryan runs an independent client base, providing support to a wide range of clients ranging from household names to start-up businesses, as a trusted commercial and legal adviser.
Lucy Conn | Residential Property Solicitor
Lucy is a solicitor on our property team who deals with both commercial and residential transactions. Since joining Curle Stewart in July 2015, Lucy has developed a specific focus on residential property, assisting clients with purchases, sales and letting. As is exemplified in her First Class LLB (Honours) degree from the University of Glasgow, Lucy has a vast array of knowledge and skills, all of which can be tailored to suit her clients’ specific needs.
Hannah McFarquhar | Solicitor
Hannah joined Curle Stewart in July 2017 and is a solicitor within our Corporate Team, working closely with Elspeth Curle and Mandy Quinn on a wide range of corporate deals. Hannah has particular experience in business and share acquisitions and disposals, company reorganisations and shareholder arrangements and has gained experience working with a wide range of corporate clients, allowing her to easily understand each client’s specific needs.
Collette Gibson | Associate
Collette is an Associate in our Commercial Property team.
Collette is known for her excellent client care skills and her ability to build strong relationships with clients. She is experienced in all aspects of commercial and residential property and her experience includes, acquisitions and disposals, rectification of title work, commercial leasing (acting for major landlords and tenants), portfolio management and all aspects of real estate finance (acting for borrowers and lender). Some notable career highlights include a UK wide property refinance in excess of £20million and advising a landowner in relation to an option agreement and lease for one of Europe's largest proposed solar farm developments.
"Curle Stewart’s professionalism and dedication to get the best for their clients is undoubted. From a property lawyer perspective, I’ve always felt very confident going into any deal or negotiation with Graham Richmond on my side."
John Costello, Managing Director - Callander Estates Limited
"Curle Stewart’s legal expertise on SIPP property matters goes without saying. They provide professional, helpful, friendly advice that is designed to get the client to where they need to be and are always on hand to help. This makes them a pleasure to deal with throughout what can be very complex transactions."
Eddie McGuire, Managing Director - @Sipp Limited
"We have worked with Curle Stewart for many years now and will continue to do so as the service they provide is nothing short of excellent. The team we work with day to day are very pro-active and fully understand the needs of our business."
Shahid Sadiq, Regional Developer - Subway West of Scotland
"It is an absolute pleasure dealing with Philip and his team, they always make the process so easy and simple"
John McGlynn, Founder - Scottish Capital