Home / People / Allan Wernham

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 leads the Real Estate practice in Scotland.

With over 20 years’ experience, Allan specialises in retail development and investment, with a focus on major regeneration projects. 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 TH Real Estate.

As Managing Director Scotland, Allan is responsible for leading the firm’s ambitious growth strategy in Scotland, building on over 250 years of heritage and a market-leading reputation in the key sectors of the 21st century economy.

In his role as leader of the Real Estate practice in Scotland, Allan is responsible for ensuring that our teams in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen provide an excellent service to clients across the full spectrum of real estate work. Allan, alongside the other Scottish partners, 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.

more less

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

Chambers UK

"extremely responsive and pragmatic."

Chambers UK

Relevant experience

  • TH Real Estate on its proposals for a prime retail, leisure, entertainment and residential development of Edinburgh St James, including advising on leasing strategy and negotiations with existing tenants and new lettings to anchor tenants.
  • 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.
  • Landsec in the development of a major mixed use development site on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, including initial site acquisition from an insolvent seller, and thereafter developing and executing an acquisition and vacant possession strategy within the framework of an existing CPO and indemnity arrangement.
  • National Grid in the disposal to various residential and commercial developers of a major development site, including advice on planning, title and minerals issues, input into commercial negotiations on overage and environmental provisions, and dealing with remediation obligations and related security structures.
more less


  • 1997 - Dual Qualification in English Law, College of Law
  • 1993 - Dip LP, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
  • 1992 - LLB, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
more less


Show only
21 January 2020
Scot­land: Build­ing op­por­tun­it­ies
Scot­land: build­ing op­por­tun­it­ies re­port from CMS ex­plores key sec­tors – re­new­able en­ergy, life sci­ences, food and drink and tech­no­logy. Find out more
02 April 2020
Re­gisters of Scot­land & Coronavir­us (Scot­land) Bill - tak­ing for­ward com­mer­cial...
Clos­ure of Re­gisters of Scot­land Back­ground In re­sponse to this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation, Re­gisters of Scot­land (ROS) closed the Ap­plic­a­tion Re­cord on 24 March 2020, and there­fore is not ac­cept­ing any...
19 November 2018
On the world stage
This art­icle fea­tured in the Times Leg­alScot Sup­ple­ment, Novem­ber 2018.
25 March 2020
Re­gisters of Scot­land - Tem­por­ary Clos­ure of the Ap­plic­a­tion Re­cord due...
Back­ground On Tues­day 24 March 2020, the Re­gisters of Scot­land (RoS) took the de­cision to close their of­fices to pro­tect the health and safety of their em­ploy­ees, in line with the UK Gov­ern­ment’s ad­vice...