Clerwood Legal

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Welcome to Clerwood Legal, a different kind of business resource. We are a law firm with a unique combination of skills and experience, commercially aware and dedicated to providing tailored, affordable and practical support to businesses.

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What our customers say

After being placed in a rather awkward position during contract negotiations surrounding the purchase of another company, Gavin was recommended to us by our long standing accountant (over 20 years) and he quickly apprised himself of the situation and what was required to be carried out to finalise matters from a legal perspective. His thoroughness, attention to detail and his regular communication with us enabled the purchase to be finalised within our original timescales. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Gavin as his expertise was much appreciated by myself and my fellow Directors.

David Brown, Finance Director


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Our Services

Business legal services based in Edinburgh providing bespoke business legal advice at a cost-effective price.

Commercial Services

Use our unique ‘hands on’ experience of procurement, contracts and commercial management to drive your business success

Legal Services

Think about how our unique combination of skills and experience together with our legal expertise can help your business


Collaboration, even more perhaps than other aspects of doing business – is all about relationships. Even if the relationship is sound, it still requires a structure in order to actually use the collaboration effectively.

That is where we excel.


What our clients say

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First Potential

“It has been fantastic to have Gavin Tosh of Clerwood Legal Services recently helping me with the transfer of Intellectual Property Rights relating to my business. He provided a truly excellent and highly professional service throughout and he has a real gift for untangling the legal complexities involved with clear and thorough explanations. Gavin also advised me about various other issues, including appropriate Terms and Conditions, and it has been well worth every penny. He genuinely takes the time to listen to your concerns and it has been invaluable to have not only his professional advice, but also his reassuring presence, during negotiations. Thank you, Gavin.”

Rachel Calder, Director, First Potential 

Film By Numbers

“Gavin not only provided me with outstanding legal advice but is also a lovely guy who is very easy to talk to. He is an excellent communicator, very knowledgeable, and extremely thorough. All work was carried out quickly and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. I can recommend Gavin and Clerwood Legal Services without hesitation.”

Brian Matheson, Creative Director, Film By Numbers 

Kip McGrath Education Centre

“I met Gavin as we were both in the start-up stages of our business. I hired him to look over and advise me on my Franchise contract. The time-scale was very tight and I received sound advice and an extremely quick turn around. Gavin’s rates were very reasonable compared to the big law firms and I appreciated his professional and personable style. I’d recommend that small businesses contact Gavin to see how he can help them before going to the bigger institutions.”

Angela Giglio, Director, Kip McGrath Education Centre Musselburgh 

Impact Marketing Solutions

“Clerwood Legal Services assisted in getting my business up and running quickly and smoothly; preparing terms and conditions, email terms, a privacy policy and accessibility statement for my website to name a few. Gavin is knowledgeable about all aspects of business and his advice is invaluable, easy to follow and practical. The service is provided with excellent turnaround times. If you need any business contract or legal advice I would highly recommend his services.”

Emma Thomas, Proprietor, Impact Marketing Solutions

PC Support Group

“Recently employed Gavin to carry out some legal work for me when starting the new shop. Excellent communication, good practical advice and at a price that doesn’t break the bank.”

Angus Kerr, Regional Director, PC Support Group 

littleangel design

“We have worked with Gavin on a couple of projects; we have been very pleased with his work, he is flexible, and has been able to help us with suggestions and solutions for the different sectors of our businesses. I recommend Gavin wholeheartedly; it was a pleasure to work with him.”

Marianne Hazelwood, Creative Director at littleangel design 


“The support my business has received from Clerwood Legal Services has had a positive impact on both cash flow and the bottom line. Gavin always takes the time to listen and understand the background initially, and then provide advice which is practical and easy to understand. It is refreshing to have a legal advisor who has the knowledge and experience but who also can provide real value for money. I also like the fact that I know exactly who is going to carry out any work I require. I would have no hesitation in recommending Clerwood Legal Services”.

Colin Hampton, Managing Director, QuickTrace Limited 

Wildcat Solutions

“I have used Gavin on a number of occasions to provide legal services for Wildcat Solutions and have been very impressed with the speed of service, the depth of service and value for money! I would have no hesitation in recommending him.”

Catriona Cripps, Owner, Wildcat Solutions 


“I hired Gavin to look over the contract and quote documents I was providing to clients, as well as create an order confirmation template plus terms and conditions and a privacy policy for my website. Gavin took the time to understand my business and requirements, and produced documents that are not only legally sound but are also matched to my quirky business style! Throughout the process, Gavin displayed expert knowledge and provided a quick turnaround time. It was lovely to work with Gavin and I would have no hesitation in hiring him again or recommending his services to others.”

Taryn Wallis, Owner, Phenomenoodle 

SWNS Media Group

“Gavin provided a first class service, outstanding… “

John Sewell , CEO 72point and OnePoll part of the SWNS media Group 

Internacionale Retail

“Gavin has now provided legal support to the company on a number of occasions and I have been impressed by his refreshingly practical and down to earth approach to issues which we have faced. He has been responsive, flexible and has also has shown a real appreciation of the business environment in which we operate. His advice based on concise legal analysis combined with business acumen has contributed significantly to the success of our commercial dealings with suppliers. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gavin and Clerwood Legal Services.”

David Milton, Finance Director, Internacionale Retail Limited 

LST Solutions

“I engaged Gavin Tosh to re-write my Terms & Conditions. As LST Solutions evolves, I was aware that my terms and conditions were not comprehensive enough both for my company and for my customers.

On asking around, Gavin Tosh was recommended by a couple of associates. Pretty quickly we met and within days he had produced new T&Cs. I am delighted with the results and my mind is now at ease, knowing that my T&Cs are comprehensive enough to deal with most eventualities. Gavin also gave me some other excellent advice on other aspects of my admin processes such as Proposals and Order confirmations.

I would highly recommend Gavin and will be very happy to seek his advice and services in the future”

Leone Shaw Tulloch, Owner, LST Solutions 

Eskimo Design

“Gavin gave my company legal advice about an intellectual property issue we had with a freelancer.

I feel very lucky to have had Gavin on our side. He understood our issue quickly, explained our position and options without jargon and timed his responses perfectly. His ‘less is more’ approach to corresponding with the other side and impeccable timing resulted in our dispute being quickly resolved at a very reasonable rate.

He was our voice of reason: fair, considered, well informed, quietly confident and calm; a very good fit for our company.

I would certainly highly recommend Clerwood Legal Services and would have no hesitation in using them again.”

Samantha Spence, Managing Director, Eskimo Design 

Charlotte Consulting

“I hired Gavin on the recommendation of a colleague and I was not disappointed. Gavin is polite, courteous and straight forward, which can be unusual in his profession! I found Gavin to be patient, supportive and encouraging whilst negotiating my first contract as a self-employed person, his ability to translate into plain English and ensure protection and equality in the partnership were excellent. I have no hesitation on recommending Gavin and I will use his services again in the future.”

Justene Donnelly, Managing Director, Charlotte Consulting Limited 

The Lane Agency

“We have worked with Gavin for various business contracts, advice and assistance; all varying in size and budgets. Latterly however, Gavin assisted our company, Taste Design merge with The Lane. Gavin not only helped us through a massive legal project, but also became our business advisor. Gavin understood our business, goals and expectations. I have always found Gavin to be extremely helpful and open. He does not over complicate things for legal sakes and always keeps you involved in his thinking and reasoning; he is completely thorough in his approach. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gavin for legal work your business may require”.

Claire MacIntyre, Client Services Director at The Lane Agency 


“Gavin provided timely contract advice for a turnaround I was undertaking of a company with no usable contracts. I have since relied on both Gavin’s customer and employee contracts and they have both been able to withstand the scrutiny of other lawyers. I can sleep soundly at night knowing Gavin has done his job really well.”

Martin Browne, CEO, Claimbase Ltd 

AJ Enterprises

“Gavin came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint! I approached him initially for professional advice before launching a new publication and creating a website. He was thorough and thoughtful, precise, constructive, and generous with his suggestions. I then engaged Clerwood Legal Services to produce website terms & conditions and privacy policy, and took his advice re data protection. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gavin and will certainly return to Clerwood in future for further support.”

Angela Gardner, Owner, AJ Enterprises 

Ian Mackay

“I asked Gavin to draw up a set of terms and conditions for a new service offering. He immediately understood what was required and worked closely with me to refine the fine detail of the document. As the client, Gavin’s manifest legal expertise gave me great confidence and he was a pleasure to do business with. I highly recommend Clerwood Legal Services and I would happily engage their services again.”

Ian Mackay, Technology Consultant 

Janey Boyd

“Clerwood Legal Services gave me advice about various legal matters but particularly about my terms & conditions. Gavin is very approachable and was very helpful in clarifying and explaining all the questions I had. The work was carried out with great care and efficiency. I can highly recommend Gavin and Clerwood Legal Services.”

Janey Boyd, Graphic Designer 

Jane Milton

“Gavin was recommended to me by a colleague who said his work was thorough, he was easy to talk to and to understand, and worked quickly to give you the support you needed.

Gavin exceeded my expectations. I asked him to look at a legal agreement between myself and a business partner and his work on that has undoubtedly saved me lots of difficulties and expense in the years to come. Gavin often turned round work in a punctual manner and worked hard to cut out jargon when explaining things to me so I fully understood what he was suggesting we do. I would certainly recommend him and will undoubtedly work with him again on future work.”

Jane Milton, Director at Jane Milton Ltd Food Manufacturing Consultancy 

Speaking Lives

“Gavin guided me through the possible legal minefield of Negotiation and Purchase – in order to become the new owner of SpeakingLives last year. He explained and carried out Due Diligence for the Company, that I was already working for, and kept me advised at each step – in language I could understand. I appreciated his friendly and professional approach both at meetings and on the phone. I would not hesitate to recommend Gavin and Clerwood Legal Services to any small business for timely and cost-effective legal support.”

Anne Reid, Managing Director, Speaking Lives 


“I was introduced to Gavin and his business, Clerwood Legal, from a recommendation by another colleague. Because of our various work commitments the commission to re-draft Pet-Royale Scotland’s Terms & Conditions has been done purely by email – although we hope to follow up with a face to face meeting soon! Gavin has shown a great understanding of my pet services business both from my own perspective, to protect my business interests, and from that of my clients, ensuring fairness, balance and commitment from both sides. I will be using Gavin for future legal services and have no hesitation in providing a recommendation to others. Gavin also runs a Net-Walking event on a monthly basis for business owners to join together for a walk with their dogs. This is a great concept and so different from the usual networking format that it really appeals. I hope to enhance my own business and social contacts through these events and am looking forward to a long and fruitful business association with Gavin and Clerwood Legal.”

Denise Helen Ward, Owner, Pet-Royale 

Agile Resourcing

“I met Gavin at some networking events and he was the first port of call for some guidance I urgently required. Gavin took a complex contract I needed help on and provided very detailed feedback which he was able to help me understand. Gavin provided this quickly and at a very good price and I will be using Gavin for all legal requirements going forward. Highly recommend and happy to give a verbal recommendation.”

David Eckersley, Director, Agile Resourcing Ltd 

Alan Finn

“We needed T&Cs and a Director’s Agreement drafted for our small company, so I contacted Gavin following a recommendation from a trusted friend. He was always very approachable, listened carefully to our requests and questions, and was great at explaining legal terms and requirements in plain English.

Gavin is very personable and gave us great peace of mind as we navigated through some areas of business law and procedures of which we had no prior knowledge. Highly recommended.”

Alan Finn, CMS and E-Commerce Web Developer 

Love from Indie Street

“I engaged with Gavin to create three sets of T&Cs for my new business. He expertly guided me through what I was required to do and delivered a fantastic result within a quick timeframe. I would thoroughly recommend Gavin to anyone who is looking for a business lawyer.”

Rebecca Christensen, Founder, Love from Indie Street 

RGB Solutions

“Gavin, thanks to you for excellent work. A personal approach with a professional level of service all in one.”

Richard Blades, Managing Director, RGB Solutions Ltd 

Hanover Healthfoods

“I used Gavin for the purchase of the business, as well as the lease. I found him very easy to work with, he clearly understood the situation, and his charges were exceptionally reasonable. I would not hesitate to recommend him.”

John McKee, Director, Hanover Healthfoods 

West End Consortium

“The help and support I received from Gavin when setting up the West End Consortium was invaluable. He skilfully guided my business partner and I through the creation of our members agreement and Memorandum of Association, His depth and breadth of experience helped us take or business proposition through to the formulation of the West End Consortium. Post set up, Gavin has continued to be an invaluable source of ongoing advice and support. I would highly recommend Gavin to others who are thinking about setting up a new company/cooperative. “

Catherine Thomson, Director, West End Consortium Limited 


“Avarix were introduced to Gavin by Co-operative Development Scotland to assist us through the start-up process. Gavin’s specialist knowledge of the sector helped guide us through the process, something that could have been a real minefield for us. Every step of the process was clearly defined and working with both Gavin and his associate Gill was a pleasure. We’ve continued to work with Gavin and Gill, using the interactive workshops that they deliver. Again, these have been incredibly helpful to Avarix and helped develop our understanding of Co-ops and how to get the most out of your business.”

Tony Hamill, Director, Avarix Limited 

spintop media

“Gavin was a very calm and swift advisor for a shareholder agreement we had to set up.
I was glad I was given his contact details by my accountant.
Gavin got in touch immediately and set up a meeting and advised knowledgeably and wisely on all the fine details that needed addressed.
Much appreciated.”

Beryl Preuschmann, CEO and Founder at spintopMEDIA 

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