Derek acts on behalf of many registered social landlords (RSLs), local authorities and other public bodies in Scotland with particular emphasis on governance, regulatory and constitutional advice. Derek regularly advises clients in relation to governance and constitutional matters, the application of legislative developments and the development and implementation of policy, as well as general advisory work.
He also has a breadth of experience in acting for clients on the management, acquisition and disposal of large housing portfolios which is unrivalled in Scotland. Derek led the legal team which successfully delivered the largest ever housing transfer in the UK – the transfer of 80,000 houses from Glasgow City Council to Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) – and also acted for Argyll and Bute and Inverclyde Councils in delivering those Councils' whole stock transfers. Derek also acted as lead external solicitor to GHA over an eight year period in connection with its programme of second stage transfers which ultimately successfully delivered the transfer of circa. 20,000 houses by way of 35 separate transfers.
Derek also has over 20 years of mainstream commercial property experience and continues to act for a number of property investors and developers.
He is a member of the committee of management of Hillcrest Housing Association, and is also qualified to act as a solicitor in England and Wales. He has also previously served as a Chairperson member of the Private Rented Housing Panel/Homeowners Housing Panel. Derek is also a regular speaker at seminars and workshops run by the firm and by external organisations. He is also a contributing editor to the chapter of Thomson Reuters’ Scottish Lawyer’s Factbook on residential tenancies.
Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession lists Derek as a "Leader in the Field" in Social Housing, where clients have noted that "he gives advice from our perspective, not just a legal perspective. He sees and connects legal issues back to us and the pressures we face."
Qualifications: LLB (Hons) Dip LP NP
Joined the firm: 2010