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Kenneth Carruthers


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Ken is a partner in our litigation division which is one of the largest and most experienced litigation teams in Scotland.

Ken is a commercial litigator and heads up the real estate litigation team. He has over 30 years' experience in resolving commercial disputes with a particular focus on planning, commercial property, CPO, procurement and property development related disputes, and professional indemnity claims involving property professionals.

As well as a lawyer, he is a qualified planner and gained Royal Town Planning Institute Membership in 1986. He is regularly rated as a leading individual in the main directories. 

Business expertise

Ken has an excellent understanding of all aspects of the property investment and development industry.

Commercial Real Estate expertise

Ken is a highly experienced litigator who has advised a broad cross-section of private and public sector clients (including British Land, Standard Life, Land Securities, Tesco Stores Limited, National Grid, Peel Energy, Miller Developments, NHS, BAM Developments, MOD, the Scottish Government,  and West Lothian, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Stirling Councils).

He appears frequently in public inquiries and litigates regularly in all Scottish courts and tribunals. He has taken four cases to the Supreme Court. 

Public Sector expertise

Ken has worked in the public as well as the private sector and understands the importance governance and other operational constraints applying to public sector bodies.  

Individuals and Families expertise

In addition to large institutional investor and developer clients, Ken has also worked for and enjoyed advising a number of individual property owners and small developer companies.  

What our clients and peers say: 

Sources describe him as "very practical and solution-focused."

- Chambers and Partners 2019

He is an extremely good lawyer with an excellent combination of technical and commercial advice.

Chambers and Partners 2020
Chamber 2020

"His primary strengths are the clarity of his advice, his accessibility and his willingness to recommend what he thinks is the best course of action, even if it is not what we want to hear." "He is an excellent litigator and problem solver. He understands the brief quickly and gets to the nub of the issue to provide clear, concise advice." "He knows planning inside out and is someone to look up to."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"provides invaluable assistance in difficult situations,"according to impressed interviewees.

Chambers and Partners 2021

"Kenneth Carruthers has vast experience in relation to all planning matters."

Legal 500 2021/22

Recent Content by Kenneth Carruthers

9 Feb 2021

Commercial leases and termination through frustration

The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up no end of interesting and challenging disputes, not least in the area of landlord and tenant. Many commercial...
Kenneth Carruthers
2 Nov 2020

Tacit Relocation - A word of warning for the unwary

It seems obvious that if a commercial lease is set for a five-year term, it should terminate at the end of that term. To extend the lease, one would...
Press Release
Kenneth Carruthers
14 Jul 2020

Planning controversies hit the headlines again

Since first coming into being, the planning system in the UK has thrown up a steady stream of alleged scandals. Typically, critics maintain, these...
Press Release
Kenneth Carruthers