About Us

We established Hutcheon Mearns Real Estate because we love what we do, and because we are ready to offer clients exactly what they want from their specialist advisor.

Creating a real estate proposition for our clients was a natural, progressive and innovative next step for Hutcheon Mearns after successfully establishing a deals advisory business in 2018.

We take pride in being fresh and forward thinking – in combining over 15 years of experience in the Scottish market with new drive and energy.

It equips us to challenge the status quo with an approach founded upon good honest advice; we treat each property as if it were our own.

We are loyal, we are driven and we get the job done.

We are Hutcheon Mearns Real Estate.

Our values

At Hutcheon Mearns Real Estate we aim to provide a dynamic service in commercial real estate whilst being true to our values. Our clients are the backbone to our business and we stay true to our values when delivering solutions.​


We like to challenge norms and conventions in our approach to providing professional services. We are focused on solving problems for our clients - and doing so in ways that are new and refreshing.


When confronted with problems, we move fast to design and implement solutions. We embrace change and relish challenges. We have a flexible approach to work and this adaptability helps us to deliver our clients' goals.


We are candid with our clients, ready to communicate difficult messages if required. We maintain regular, open communication to ensure successful outcomes - but are also rigorously discreet with confidential information.


We are a close-knit team which thrives on knowledge-sharing. Our people harness the power of our network to deliver a superior range of services. We partner with our clients for the long term.


We value honesty and integrity, our 'personal brand' if you like. This is a pillar of who we are and of the firm. We aspire to be our clients' trusted advisors.

Real Estate

Iain Landsman

Managing Director - Real Estate

Iain has over 15 years’ experience in the Scottish real estate market and is a specialist in agency, lease consultancy and investment transactions. Previously, Iain was a Director at CBRE in the National Agency Team having joined the business as part of the acquisition of Paul Gee & Co in 2008. Iain was also a key member of CBRE’s Global Energy Practice Group.


Iain has been involved in some of the highest profile transactions in the Scottish market with key clients including – Baker Hughes, Oceaneering, CBRE Investment Management, Raiths Farm Properties, Drum Property Group and M&G Real Estate.


Iain heads up the Hutcheon Mearns Real Estate business and is responsible for creating value for clients with strategic advice and deal execution.

Craig Hutcheon CA


Craig is a Qualified Chartered Accountant with 15+ years of industry and Big 4 professional services experience. Prior to his founding role at Hutcheon Mearns, he was Group Finance Controller of Private Equity backed Reservoir Group, where he oversaw over 20 acquisitions and integration projects before the $500m+ sale to ALS Ltd while growing and managing a team of 55. Craig, who has significant systems implementation expertise, launched Hutcheon Mearns in 2015 to create a new proposition in the professional financial services sector and has led the market application of our highly successful business model. Today he is responsible for overall oversight of our operations.


6 years practice in Assurance at KPMG and 7 years in senior industry finance roles at Reservoir Group. 


Founder of Hutcheon Mearns: focused on constant development, growth and new idea generation. 

Sarah Hay

Administrative Assistant

Sarah brings a wealth of prior administrative experience and organisation skills to Hutcheon Mearns, having spent 10 years working in the Financial Services sector at a local law firm, where latterly she fulfilled the role of Administration Manager. Sarah supports the whole team at Hutcheon Mearns to ensure an exceptional level of standards is maintained for our clients.


10 years supporting a financial services business as their Administration Manager. 


Sarah supports the business and its senior management team with administrative and marketing support.

Deal Advisory

Adam Maitland

Managing Director - Business Advisory

Adam joined Hutcheon Mearns in 2017 to lead our corporate finance and strategic advisory offering. Adam has over 15 years of corporate development and transaction related experience, ranging from Corporate Finance and Investment Banking to in-house Corporate Development for a Private Equity backed Oilfield Services group of companies. Latterly, Adam led PwC’s Oil & Gas Corporate Finance offering in the UK, prior to which he was in-house corporate development for Private Equity backed Reservoir Group and responsible for developing, executing and delivering the group’s strategic plans.


14 years of international corporate finance and deals expertise, from investment banking to leveraged finance and in-house M&A. 


As co-owner, Adam leads the Business Advisory dimension of Hutcheon Mearns whilst contributing to the overall business strategy and progression. 

Matthew Graham

Corporate Finance Director

Matthew joined Hutcheon Mearns in 2022 to support our rapidly growing business advisory offering. Matthew has spent the last 15 years in a lead M&A advisory role working with a broad range of business owners, corporates and private equity houses on mergers, acquisitions, divestments and finance raising projects.  Transactions have ranged from small bolt-on acquisitions to large-scale sale processes and have been predominantly cross-border. Matthew has extensive further experience in non-transactional projects including development and review of business strategies, business analysis and planning, forecasting and valuations.


Matthew trained as a CA within PwC’s Assurance & Business Advisory group where he was involved in the audit of clients ranging from small owner-managed business to FTSE 100 companies, across a multitude of sectors.  He then joined Simmons & Company International (which, in 2016, became the Energy division of NYSE-listed investment bank, Piper Sandler) and gained 15 years of international corporate finance experience.  


Matthew leads M&A projects on a day-to-day basis, from origination through to completion.

Naill Benzahia CA

Corporate Finance Manager

Naill graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2014 with a first-class honours degree in Accountancy and Finance. Upon graduating Naill joined EY in Aberdeen where he completed his CA training, qualifying in 2017. Naill managed a diverse client base at EY. This was a mixture of E&P and oil services companies, from large international listed companies to private equity backed. He prides himself on his technical knowledge, understanding of upstream accounting and his ability to solve complex problems. Whilst at EY, Naill headed up Innovation for EY’s Aberdeen office, working as part of a network across the UK to develop and implement new methodologies and emerging technologies. Since joining Hutcheon Mearns, Naill has been a key member of the Advisory team as well as undertaking financial due diligence assignments and assisting our clients in interim financial controller roles.


Qualified with EY and spent 4 years in the audit team managing a variety of large-cap corporates and SME clients in the energy space. Joined Hutcheon Mearns to support the build out of a challenger corporate finance offering. 


Naill manages M&A transactions on a day-to-day basis, leading projects from inception through to completion. Naill has also built a strong reputation in the delivery of integrated financial due diligence and corporate finance support to our clients, internationally. 

Craig Lyon CA

Senior Corporate Finance Advisor

Craig qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Bailey. He then worked for Arthur Andersen before joining RMD in Aberdeen where he was focused on audit and due diligence projects. Craig subsequently spent more than 16 years with energy investment bank Simmons & Company International where he accumulated considerable experience in the delivery of M&A and advisory assignments across a wide range of transaction sizes.


More than 25 years of experience across a wide range of financial roles, primarily in a professional services environment. 


Craig leads our due diligence offering. He also provides valuable input to our corporate finance team. 

Shaun Sambrook ACCA

Corporate Finance Senior Analyst

Shaun’s career in accountancy began at William Wilson before moving to Walker Technical Resources as an assistant accountant, where Shaun was responsible for monthly balance sheet reconciliations and consolidation of monthly management accounts, while being a key contact for statutory audits. During his time at Walker Technical Resources, the group (ICR Integrity) was acquired by a Private Equity firm, Graphite Capital, giving Shaun his first exposure to M&A.
Shaun left Walker Technical Resources to join EY’s Assurance Department in 2016, where he managed a diverse client base including E&P and oil services companies, from large international listed companies to private equity backed. During his time at EY, Shaun qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2019.
In August 2019 Shaun joined Anderson Brown as Corporate Finance Assistant Manager, where he enjoyed advising a variety of clients across an array of sectors, primarily working on financial due diligence and fundraising support. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Shaun joined Bancon Group as Group Accountant on a fixed term contract. While at Bancon, Shaun was responsible for monthly reporting and consolidation for board review, along with the preparation and consolidation of forecasts. While at Bancon, Shaun was also responsible for preparing the consolidated group and subsidiary statutory accounts and was the key point of contact for the Auditors.
Since joining Hutcheon Mearns, Shaun has been a key member of the Advisory team as well as undertaking financial due diligence assignments


Over 5 years in practice, including Big 4, 5 years in industry.


Consolidated management accounts, analytical review, financial statements, forecasting and budgeting, modelling.