Douglas has over 23 years’ experience of advising on corporate legal matters including 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 healthcare, IT, finance, retail, hospitality, engineering, energy supply and property.

Douglas is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading solicitors on employee ownership, having assisted with numerous transitions to employee ownership. He also advises employee owned businesses on an ongoing basis including with reorganisations, acquisitions and sales.  He has acted for Capital for Colleagues plc regarding investments in employee owned companies.

Douglas has also developed a specialisation in sports law, acting for a number of sports clubs, governing bodies and individuals. He successfully represented clients in one of the highest profile sports law disputes in Scotland this century.

Jurisdictions: Scotland, England & Wales



  • Advising on many sales to employee ownership trusts, including UK Electronics, Alexander (Scotland) & Co and Allstaff.

  • Representing three Scottish football clubs in securing their promotions during the covid pandemic.

  • Advising on numerous exits, including in the healthcare, retail and financial services sectors.

  • Assisting family businesses including regarding shareholder disputes.

  • Implementing succession planning through MBOs and VIMBOs.

  • Acting for investors and investee companies in various funding rounds.


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