TLT grows corporate team in Edinburgh with partner hire

TLT John Paul Sheridan and Douglas Roberts

LAW firm TLT has appointed corporate lawyer Douglas Roberts, as partner, reinforcing its UK-wide corporate team, further positioning the firm as a leader in this practice area and bolstering TLT’s corporate offering in Scotland.  

Previously a corporate partner at Lindsays, Douglas’ portfolio includes over twenty years of M&A, equity investments and corporate advisory work across a broad spectrum of clients, including SMEs, family businesses and start-ups. His general corporate experience spans a broad spectrum of sectors, including technology, energy supply, finance, retail, engineering and property.  

Douglas has a particular specialism in employee ownership transactions, having advised on more than 30 transitions to employee ownership in Scotland, including the Alan Steel Asset Management, Kidzcare, The Scottish Gallery and Reid & Fraser transactions. He has also garnered an excellent reputation for his sports experience, having worked on secondment for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, alongside regularly advising teams, sponsors, athletes and other sporting organisations. Douglas was instructed in one of the highest profile sports law cases in Scotland in which he successfully represented Dundee United FC, Raith Rovers FC and Cove Rangers FC in securing their promotions during the Covid pandemic.   

As a seasoned corporate advisor in the Edinburgh market, Douglas has worked with financial and wealth advisors across a variety of locations and sectors over the course of his career, allowing him to provide a holistic, client-centric dealmaking approach.  

At TLT, Douglas will join the national corporate team’s growing base in Edinburgh and link up with the wider Employee Ownership advisory team who have previously advised Aardman and Alastair Sawday on their transition to employee ownership. 

John Paul Sheridan, head of location in Scotland at TLT said: “We’re delighted to welcome Douglas to our corporate team, supporting the strategic growth of our corporate team in Scotland. Douglas’ exceptional reputation for his experience, network and dedication to client services will serve both as an ongoing example of TLT’s value proposition and as new momentum driving future growth. With sales to employee ownership structures likely to remain a key opportunity in 2023, Douglas’ EO specialisation will likely prove especially valuable for developing new business going forward.”  

Douglas said, “I’m delighted to be joining TLT during an exciting period of growth for the corporate team. With the team being involved in some of the most significant deals and transactions in the UK, I’m looking forward to helping drive this area of the business forwards.”  

TLT’s recruitment of Douglas is part of an ongoing strategy to grow the national corporate team, whilst expanding the Scotland offices across service lines and sectors. Douglas’ appointment follows two other recent appointments to the Edinburgh corporate team: Leading commercial lawyer Dr Julie Nixon joins as managing associate alongside corporate lawyer Nimarta Cheema, senior associate.  

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