Shepherd and Wedderburn Partner James Dobie has been named as the Sainsbury’s Lawyer of the Year. The Edinburgh-based property law specialist was awarded the UK-wide accolade at Sainsbury's Annual Legal Conference in London which featured a keynote address by the company’s Chief Executive Justin King.

Dobie took the top honours from a field of around 10 firms employed across Britain by the supermarket operator, one of the nation’s largest retailers. He was recognised for his commitment, added value input and high standard of work carried out for the company’s Development Team in Scotland.

Sainsbury’s Head of Legal Services Nick Grant said:  “The award is a significant tribute to James and is testament to his hard work in helping the company's ambitious expansion plans in Scotland. He has delivered a very joined up approach across our Scottish Development Team, running workshops and individual project meetings all of which have had a significant benefit to our business.”