Established in 2011, we are a commercial legal and financial 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.

At your service

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.

What we do

  • Corporate
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Finance
  • Partnerships
  • Commercial & Residential Property
  • Planning
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Debt Recovery
  • Employment
  • Environmental Law
  • Inward Investment
  • Parliamentary
  • Residential Conveyancing
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Meet the team

We stand out from the crowd. We’ve listened to what our clients want from a legal business and that means a groundbreaking combination of legal knowledge, sector specialism and commercial understanding.

Testimonials

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

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

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

Philip Curle

Director

Philip is a Director in the commercial property team. Philip has a 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.

Philip Curle

Director

Philip is a Director in the commercial property team. Philip has a 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.

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.

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.

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.

Mandy Breen

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.

Mandy Breen

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.

Laura McArthur

Director

Laura is a Director in our property team and deals with commercial leasing for both landlord and tenant, the acquisition and disposal of commercial property and security work. 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.

Laura McArthur

Director

Laura is a Director in our property team and deals with commercial leasing for both landlord and tenant, the acquisition and disposal of commercial property and security work. 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.

James McMillan

Director

James McMillan is a litigation and regulatory specialist with significant experience of commercial actions in the Court of Session and criminal prosecutions in the High Court and Sheriff Court.
James acts for commercial clients and individuals in respect of white collar crime, wildlife crime, health and safety, environmental matters and corporate due diligence. He is a specialist in advising on compliance with anti money laundering laws and allegations of fraud and bribery. His commercial experience includes three years spent working for the largest law firm in the Middle East on a wide range of projects and regulatory compliance matters.

James McMillan

Director

James McMillan is a litigation and regulatory specialist with significant experience of commercial actions in the Court of Session and criminal prosecutions in the High Court and Sheriff Court.
James acts for commercial clients and individuals in respect of white collar crime, wildlife crime, health and safety, environmental matters and corporate due diligence. He is a specialist in advising on compliance with anti money laundering laws and allegations of fraud and bribery. His commercial experience includes three years spent working for the largest law firm in the Middle East on a wide range of projects and regulatory compliance matters.

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.

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.

Stephanie Christie-Carmichael

Director

Stephanie is a Director in the Private Client department and specialises in wills trusts and all things executories.

Stephanie Christie-Carmichael

Director

Stephanie is a Director in the Private Client department and specialises in wills trusts and all things executories.

Lucy Conn

Associate

Lucy is an Associate in the Private Client team and has been a property solicitor for 10 years.

She is a skilled property solicitor and has vast experience in complex property transactions dealing with all aspects of Residential Property and Commercial Development. She has been involved in the acquisition of development sites, the purchase of large property portfolios and rural and country estates.

Lucy also deals with the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and other aspects of private client work.

Her knowledge and experience offers clients a high level of advice and service which she delivers in a friendly and straightforward manner.

Lucy Conn

Associate

Lucy is an Associate in the Private Client team and has been a property solicitor for 10 years.

She is a skilled property solicitor and has vast experience in complex property transactions dealing with all aspects of Residential Property and Commercial Development. She has been involved in the acquisition of development sites, the purchase of large property portfolios and rural and country estates.

Lucy also deals with the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and other aspects of private client work.

Her knowledge and experience offers clients a high level of advice and service which she delivers in a friendly and straightforward manner.

Lauren McLeod

Associate

Lauren graduated from Glasgow University in 2015 and completed her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Glasgow University in 2016. She then undertook her traineeship at a commercial firm in Glasgow before qualifying in 2019. Her career after qualifying has been predominantly in commercial property; acting for both landlord and tenant, the acquisition and disposal of commercial property and other matters in the sector. She joined the firm in November 2021 as a Senior Solicitor and in December 2022 was made Associate.

Lauren McLeod

Associate

Lauren graduated from Glasgow University in 2015 and completed her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Glasgow University in 2016. She then undertook her traineeship at a commercial firm in Glasgow before qualifying in 2019. Her career after qualifying has been predominantly in commercial property; acting for both landlord and tenant, the acquisition and disposal of commercial property and other matters in the sector. She joined the firm in November 2021 as a Senior Solicitor and in December 2022 was made Associate.

Sohaib Rasul

Associate

Sohaib is a Associate in our commercial property department.

Sohaib joined the firm in 2019 as trainee solicitor before qualifying in 2022. He was then made an Associate in December 2023.

He is currently working in the commercial property department assisting the Directors with a wide range of commercial property transactions.

Sohaib Rasul

Associate

Sohaib is a Associate in our commercial property department.

Sohaib joined the firm in 2019 as trainee solicitor before qualifying in 2022. He was then made an Associate in December 2023.

He is currently working in the commercial property department assisting the Directors with a wide range of commercial property transactions.

Morven Badger Finlayson

Solicitor

Morven Badger Finlayson

Solicitor

Thomas McMurtrie

Solicitor

Tom is a solicitor in our litigation department.

Tom graduated from the University of Dundee in 2017 and completed his Diploma in Professional Practice at the University of Strathclyde in 2018. He undertook his traineeship at a busy Glasgow firm before qualifying in 2021. He joined Curle Stewart in November 2023.

Tom has experience in the Sheriff Court in civil and criminal matters and has regularly worked with Counsel in the Court of Session. He currently assists clients in a variety of litigation matters.

Thomas McMurtrie

Solicitor

Tom is a solicitor in our litigation department.

Tom graduated from the University of Dundee in 2017 and completed his Diploma in Professional Practice at the University of Strathclyde in 2018. He undertook his traineeship at a busy Glasgow firm before qualifying in 2021. He joined Curle Stewart in November 2023.

Tom has experience in the Sheriff Court in civil and criminal matters and has regularly worked with Counsel in the Court of Session. He currently assists clients in a variety of litigation matters.

Darcy Reilly

Solicitor

Darcy is a solicitor in our Corporate department.

Darcy graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2020 and completed her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Aberdeen in 2021. She then undertook her Traineeship with Curle Stewart before qualifying in 2023.

Darcy assists clients in all corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, shareholders arrangements and corporate finance. She also assists in reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts.

Darcy Reilly

Solicitor

Darcy is a solicitor in our Corporate department.

Darcy graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2020 and completed her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Aberdeen in 2021. She then undertook her Traineeship with Curle Stewart before qualifying in 2023.

Darcy assists clients in all corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, shareholders arrangements and corporate finance. She also assists in reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts.

Finlay MacLeod

Trainee Solicitor

Finlay is a second year trainee solicitor who graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2021.

He is now taking his seat in the Commercial Property department.

Finlay MacLeod

Trainee Solicitor

Finlay is a second year trainee solicitor who graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2021.

He is now taking his seat in the Commercial Property department.

Cameron McKnight

Trainee Solicitor

Cameron is a trainee solicitor who graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2022.

He is now taking his seat in the Corporate department.

Cameron McKnight

Trainee Solicitor

Cameron is a trainee solicitor who graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2022.

He is now taking his seat in the Corporate department.

Jaimie Adams

Trainee Solicitor

Jaimie is a trainee solicitor who graduated from the University of Strathclyde.

She is now taking her seat in the Commercial Property department.

Jaimie Adams

Trainee Solicitor

Jaimie is a trainee solicitor who graduated from the University of Strathclyde.

She is now taking her seat in the Commercial Property department.

Honor McKenna

Operations Director

Honor McKenna

Operations Director