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Allan Wernham

Managing Director, Scotland

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Allan Wernham is Managing Director Scotland and is a partner in the Real Estate group based in Glasgow.  

With over 25 years’ experience, Allan specialises in major development and regeneration projects with a particular focus on prime retail and city centre assets, and in advising large energy and utility companies on their property needs.  Allan’s experience covers the whole range of development work, from initial acquisitions and development agreements through to letting, financing and disposals.  He advises major players in the UK real estate market, including Landsec, Hammerson and Nuveen.  

As Managing Director Scotland, Allan is responsible for leading the firm’s ambitious growth strategy in Scotland, building on over 260 years of heritage and a market-leading reputation in the key sectors of the 21st century economy.   

Allan, alongside the other real estate partners based in Scotland, works closely with the wider UK real estate team to provide a seamless service north and south of the border.  

Allan is dual qualified to practice as a solicitor in Scotland and England & Wales.  

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‘delivers excellence time and time again and for the right price’.

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"extremely responsive and pragmatic."

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"jewel in the crown of the practice."

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Relevant experience

  • Nuveen on its £1bn St James Quarter development in Edinburgh, providing strategic advice on land acquisition, CPO, asset management, residential/hotel/joint venture and funding, including negotiation of voluntary third-party agreements against the background of a CPO to enable development to take place.  
  • Landsec on the development of a major mixed use development site on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, including initial site acquisition from an insolvent seller, and developing and executing a site assembly and vacant possession strategy within the framework of an existing CPO.
  • Landsec on the £224.1m sale of The Centre and Almondvale West Retail Park, Livingston, Scotland's second-largest covered shopping centre, to HSBC Alternative Investments. 
  • Hammerson on the sale of Silveburn Shopping Centre, Glasgow to Eurofund Group & Henderson Park.  
  • National Grid on the management and disposal of National Grid's surplus land portfolio including the disposal to various residential and commercial developers of major development sites, involving advice on planning, title and minerals issues, input into commercial negotiations on overage and environmental liabilities, and dealing with remediation obligations and related security structures. 
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  • 1997 - Dual Qualification in English Law, College of Law
  • 1993 - Dip LP, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
  • 1992 - LLB, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
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On Point: Insight paper series
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Rebound & Remodel: Scotland's road to recovery
Much of our attention has turned to Scotland’s road to recovery post pandemic, post-Brexit and post-election.  As a nation, Scotland is still addressing a catastrophic pandemic and is in the midst of an uncertain economic landscape ahead. It is dealing with the UK’s exit from the EU and the recent Scottish general election, which has firmed up the prospect of another independence referendum in the medium term.  
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On the world stage
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