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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 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.

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‘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.
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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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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.  
Scot­tish in­de­pend­ence - The road to a second ref­er­en­dum?
On 18 Septem­ber 2014, the Scot­tish elect­or­ate voted on wheth­er Scot­land should be­come  an in­de­pend­ent coun­try. The res­ult was 55/45 in fa­vour of re­main­ing part of the United  King­dom but in the af­ter­math of Brexit sup­port for Scot­tish in­de­pend­ence has in­creased. Re­cent opin­ion polls have shown that Scots are evenly split on the is­sue of in­de­pend­ence. In the run-up to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment elec­tions on 6 May 2021, the two main pro-in­de­pend­ence parties, the Scot­tish Na­tion­al Party (SNP) and the Scot­tish Greens, cam­paigned for a man­date to hold a second in­de­pend­ence ref­er­en­dum whilst the pro-Uni­on parties  cam­paigned against a fur­ther ref­er­en­dum. Whilst the SNP were one seat short of an over­all  ma­jor­ity, the elec­tion pro­duced a clear pro-in­de­pend­ence ma­jor­ity in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment  with 72 out of 129 seats. The First Min­is­ter, Nic­ola Stur­geon, has made it clear that she views  the elec­tion res­ult as be­ing a man­date for hold­ing an in­de­pend­ence ref­er­en­dum dur­ing the  life­time of the cur­rent Scot­tish Par­lia­ment. 
Scot­land: Build­ing op­por­tun­it­ies
CMS Scot­land worked with a num­ber of key in­dustry lead­ers and sur­veyed over 100 ex­ec­ut­ives of four of Scot­land’s most im­port­ant fu­ture in­dustry sec­tors to cre­ate our Thought Lead­er­ship re­port Scot­land:...
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...
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...
On the world stage
Fol­low­ing last year’s three-way mer­ger CMS be­came the world’s fifth largest firm by head­count with more than 1,000 part­ners and 4,500 law­yers op­er­at­ing in 74 of­fices across 42 coun­tries. Here in...
CMS ap­points new head for Scot­land
CMS has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Al­lan Wernham as its Man­aging Dir­ect­or in Scot­land. He takes lead re­spons­ib­il­ity for the firm’s three Scot­tish of­fices in Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow and Ab­er­deen with an...
Shop­ping 2020: the fu­ture of re­tail (Lon­don)
Join us for this free-of-charge sem­in­ar as we take a look at the fu­ture of re­tail, the chan­ging path to pur­chase and the ever evolving cus­tom­er "ex­per­i­ence". This event will be of in­terest to com­mer­cial...