Welcome to Burness Paull.

Proudly based in Scotland, we work with leading organisations across the UK and internationally.

Clients tell us they appreciate the breadth of our legal expertise, the depth of our talent and, crucially, the down-to-earth personality of our people.

It is our single most important point of difference - a human & high-performing culture that permeates all that we do.

As a truly independent law firm, we have complete license to shape our culture and determine our values in a way that supports the needs of our people, our clients, our wider community and the environment.

Surpassing expectations is what drives us more than any other benchmark.

We look forward to exceeding yours.

Peter Lawson - Chair

As Chair of Burness Paull, Peter Lawson leads the firm’s strategy board in addition to advising clients on complex corporate transactions.

Peter directs Burness Paull’s successful strategic growth plan and international strategy. He is a passionate champion of client listening and drives the firm’s response to client service and ESG agendas.

His client-facing role sees Peter provide valuable commercial guidance to boards and business owners on sophisticated public and private M&A work.

Peter’s outstanding track record in deal-making is reflected in his listing as a member of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and band 1 ranking in Chambers Legal Directory.

Tamar Tammes - Managing Partner

Tamar is the first female managing partner at Burness Paull and leads its ambitious strategy that has delivered year-on-year growth since her appointment.

As chair of the firm’s Operations Board she plays a central role in shaping the firm’s market-leading transformation and innovation strategies.

A proven business leader and renewables and real estate expert, Tamar thrives on building high-performing teams and nurturing diversity in the workplace.

She was instrumental in Burness Paull becoming the first Scottish independent law firm to sign up to the Mindful Business Charter, and to appoint a full-time Respect and Inclusion Manager.

Tamar is a member of The 30% Club - a role which underlines her commitment to unlocking recognition of women’s contribution to business, a board member of Lex Mundi - the world's leading network of independent law firms, and a Trustee of the Burness Paull Foundation.

Human & High-Performing.

“It sounds like a simple recipe, but striking this balance with more than 550 outstanding individuals working across jurisdictions is very demanding. That’s why we invest heavily in talent, training and people development.

“I believe it’s a culture that celebrates individuality and openness, where genuine advice and relationships are championed, an environment in which everyone is able to do their best work.

“This is how we maximise the potential of everyone, by using our individuality and diversity as strengths - values which are at the very heart of shaping how we do business.

“That’s why summing up our ethos is so valuable - it is a key ingredient binding us together and keeping us all on the same page.

“These are principles worth shouting about. We should all feel proud that now and for the future the firm sees them at its core.”

Tamar Tammes - Managing Partner


Our independence means we have complete license to shape the culture of the firm. It gives us the ability to support our clients and our people in ways that they genuinely value.


A distinct people quality. We are talented and high-performing, but always down-to-earth, unpretentious and a pleasure to work with.


Always open to new ways of working that best serve our clients and people, we are a firm that always seeks to go above and beyond - not just offer the same old answers.


We’re not just connected internationally, we use technology and the partnerships we have formed across industry sectors and communities to ensure we have our fingers on the pulse at all levels.

We have a responsibility to our people, our clients and our communities, and we take that seriously.

It’s a given that we comply with all applicable laws as well as the professional obligations we have as a firm of solicitors. But we go much further.

Our focus is on delivering success for our clients. In doing so, we strive to achieve the highest standards of conduct, professionalism and ethics.

We have achieved ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus certification and actively participate in the combat against money laundering through the strictest AML procedures.

We publicly declare our commitment to ensuring modern slavery and human trafficking are not occurring in our business or in our supply chain. Our statement is published every year, and can be found here.

Our Code of Business covers more detail on these standards and is publicly available.

We are also a signatory to the Scottish Business Pledge.