Lindsays acted as lead legal advisors to The University of Edinburgh in the high-profile merger of the University and Edinburgh College of Art, which took effect from August 1.

Advice and diligence was required across a wide range of areas, in particular the creation of the new Statutory Instrument required for the transfer of the College, and the transfer of related charitable entities and the property portfolio.

The proposal had to gain the approval of the governing bodies of both institutions, the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government. The Government then took the Statutory Instrument through the Scottish Parliament, required because the College was established under Act of Parliament.

Both institutions see significant academic benefits from the merger, with exciting opportunities for future growth coming from the combination of the College’s activities with those of the University’s School of Arts Culture and Environment, and the ability to better access informatics and other University areas of expertise in support of arts development.

The entire process took many months to complete,

Nigel Paul, Director of Corporate Services at The University of Edinburgh, said: “The University is a long-standing client of Lindsays, and we are very appreciative of the focus and range of expertise that the Lindsays team brought to what was at times a very complex process.”