Adrian is a commercial lawyer who has been with Morton Fraser for over 25 years.
He specialises in company law and commercial contracts and also advises on partnerships (both for trading and investment) and charity law, with a particular emphasis on charitable entities and their governance.
He is a member of the Panel of Reporters to the Court of Session on company petitions and has a number of commercial and third sector appointments. His transactional work includes company and business sales and purchases, start-ups and equity investment. He has advised on a number of statutory mergers in the education sector.
Adrian has experience of acting for foreign companies doing business in the UK. Adrian advises on relations between shareholders and partners and regularly drafts and advises on shareholders and partnership agreements. He seeks to take an engaged approach and to offer sensible, articulate, timely advice, based on wide commercial experience.
He has a wide understanding of how Scottish business operates and has been involved in a number of significant transactions.
He has expertise in both the Scottish and English courts in relation to capital reductions and related applications having both run applications and reported on them to the Court. In his advisory practice he deals with reconstructions and re-organisations, shareholders and partnership agreements (including family charters) and employee share schemes.
Adrian also has wide experience of the third sector advising on charity formations and governance, charity re-organisations and mergers.
Public Sector expertise
He has provided advice on long term and high value contracts; intellectual property; partnerships, including ALEOs; contractual opportunities; various aspects of the interaction between the public sector and the third sector including advising public bodies on the formation of charities in which to carry on certain functions (particularly in the field of sports facilities); and governance.
Adrian brings to work for the public sector wide general experience of business in Scotland and beyond and seeks to integrate that with an understanding of the way in the public bodies and their officers are required to deliver policy.
"He has solid knowledge and is well established in his market," remarks one source, while another comments that "he is smart and efficient."
respected practitioner with significant experience in the not-for-profit sector. He assists charities with the establishment of funds, governance issues and commercial contracts.
Handles a range of corporate transactions involving both public and private companies. "He is a good person to deal with: commercial and focused on the bigger picture."
'Adrian Bell took a genuine interest in our charity, which went beyond the call. His team were also very efficient, prompt and helpful.’
Adrian Bell is highly adept at assisting with governance issues affecting the third sector, as well as advising on the formation and registration of charities, foundations and social investment funds. "He was prompt with information and thorough with his advice," says a client.
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