Criminal Defence

Woodward Lawson are able to provide a high level of personal guidance throughout all forms of criminal prosecution in Aberdeen and elsewhere in Scotland. We provide expert representation in all types of criminal cases in the High Court, Sheriff or Justice of the Peace Courts.

Civil Litigation

Woodward Lawson represent clients in a broad range of civil court cases, both in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session.

Contractual Disputes

Contracts form the backbone of daily life in any business. Occasionally, difficulties arise in relation to what was actually agreed and disputes occur if one party does not do what the other expects them to do.

Guardianship & Incapacity

We have significant experience in relation to Guardianship applications both from the perspective of raising applications for Guardianship and also in opposing such applications in disputed cases. Ian Woodward-Nutt also regularly acts as a Court appointed reporter in relation to Guardianship cases.

Building Disputes

Whether you are a builder seeking payment for works which have run into difficulties or a client receiving possible defective building work, it is best to seek our advice at the earliest possible juncture.

Road Traffic Offences

Road Traffic Law forms part of the Criminal Law that is a broad and technically complicated area. If you have been charged by the police or have received papers intimating a criminal prosecution for an alleged road traffic offence, it is important to take advice from an experienced criminal defence lawyer at the earliest opportunity.

Debt Collection

Every business encounters debtors from time to time and this can seriously affect important cash flow. At Woodward Lawson, we provide a robust one-stop service from seven day letters to pursuing court action in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session.

Property & Boundary Disputes

Few aspects of life can cause such concern as a neighbour asserting rights over your land or preventing you from doing something on their land that you thought you had a right to do.

Divorce, Separation & Cohabitation

The breakdown of a relationship, be it marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation, leads to all manner of financial worries and practical difficulties as the inevitable change in your personal circumstances occurs. This is especially so if there are major assets which require to be divided.

Road Haulage Representation

Woodward Lawson are pleased to offer representation in all matters concerning road haulage and transport law.

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The People

Who we are



Ian Woodward-Nutt

Solicitor Advocate

Ian graduated from Aberdeen University in 1990. He has been a Solicitor, and now Solicitor Advocate, practicing in courts and tribunals since 1992, principally in Aberdeen.

He founded the firm, with Philip Lawson, in May 2005 and has a particular interest in Criminal law, Regulatory Criminal Prosecution, Civil litigation, Guardianship cases and Mental Health representation.

Ian is a former tutor in Civil litigation at Aberdeen University and external examiner at Robert Gordon University and in 2013 he completed the U.S. based National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advanced Advocacy course.

Ian has been granted extended rights of audience in the High Court and as such qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in July 2014.

Outwith court and the office Ian enjoys spending time with his family, travel and sport. He enjoys cycling, running and football. He has travelled extensively throughout the world including in South America.



Philip Lawson

Consultant Court Solicitor

Philip has been a Solicitor and Notary Public in Aberdeen for over 30 years since graduating from Aberdeen University with an Honours LLB in 1988. He practices principally at Aberdeen Sheriff Court but also covers all Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland, and will arrange representation in the Court of Session.

Philip practices in the field of civil litigation having a particular interest in contractual, building and construction disputes in which area of practice he holds a MSc (Dist.) degree in Construction Law and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and provides representation in arbitrations and construction adjudications.

He tutors post-graduate students at Aberdeen University in Civil Court Practice and is a past external examiner at Robert Gordon University in relation to the under-graduate courses of Evidence, Delict and Legal Issues in Construction.

When not working, Philip enjoys travelling, particularly to the more mountainous areas of the world, hillwalking and cycling as well as enjoying a wide range of musical interests.

We pride ourselves on helping you to make informed decisions regarding your case, so we make sure we communicate in everyday language and that you understand what is going on in your case.

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