Kenneth Shand

What do you do for your clients?

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I’m an experienced corporate lawyer. Over the past 40 years, I have shepherded all kinds of companies through countless transactions, some routine, others transformational.

I also have significant management experience in large law firms (including the negotiation of a merger with the world’s largest law firm). Over the years I have developed a great international network to support clients' growth plans. As well as advising clients on corporate matters at Arbor Law, I will be working with the co-founding team in a non-executive advisory role to help develop and implement strategic aims.

What are your legal specialities?

I focus on M&A, private equity/venture capital, joint venture and other commercial deals across a broad range of sectors. Having worked with start–ups to listed companies and various private entrepreneurs and PE backers, I have a thorough understanding of the needs and approaches of businesses large and small. My practice regularly involves the management and coordination of multi–disciplinary teams, interfacing with clients and other advisers.

What do clients say?

That I’m measured, thoughtful and considered with a tactful, diplomatic style and strong interpersonal and relationship building skills which I use to help clients achieve their objectives.

Behind the lawyer

I’m a bit of a sports nut, with particular interests in football, rugby, golf and tennis (but I’ll watch pretty much anything!). Occasional marathon runner and (as a recently acquired ‘’lockdown skill’’) bread baker. As much family time as they will all allow me!

Before Arbor

  • 2017–21 Senior Partner, Scotland – Dentons UK and Middle East LLP 
  • 2014–17 Chief Executive –Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 
  • 1989–2014 Corporate Partner –Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (including term as Head of Corporate 2004–11) 
  • 1988–89 Associate – McKenna & Co (now CMS)
  • 1982–88 Trainee, then Solicitor –Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 



  • LLB (Hons) – University of Glasgow 
  • Diploma in Legal Practice – University of Glasgow 
  • Notary Public