Left to right: Jack Gardiner, Partner (Business Law), Peter Littlefield, Partner (Tax and Succession), Stuart Gibb, Senior Associate (Land and Property) and Noel Ferry, Partner (Divorce and Family)
Left to right: Jack Gardiner, Partner (Business Law), Peter Littlefield, Partner (Tax and Succession), Stuart Gibb, Senior Associate (Land and Property) and Noel Ferry, Partner (Divorce and Family)

Land and property hire gives Turcan Connell full private client service in west

Legal firm Turcan Connell is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Glasgow by recruiting an experienced land and property specialist to service the west of Scotland.

The hire of Stuart Gibb as Senior Associate from Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie gives Turcan Connell full coverage in Glasgow across its four key practice areas, from its office in St Vincent Street.

Head of the Glasgow office, Peter Littlefield, covers a wide range of private client matters, including tax and succession, while Noel Ferry specialises in divorce and family law. Jack Gardiner, recruited in May 2016 from Shepherd and Wedderburn, advises on business law, with a specialism in owner-managed businesses. Turcan Connell also has an office in Stanhope Gate, London, as well as its head office at Princes Exchange, Edinburgh.

“We took a strategic decision to move into Glasgow in 2012 as around 10 per cent of our business was coming from west coast postcodes,” Littlefield said. “As a high-quality private client practice, we pride ourselves on building strong, long-term relationships with clients.

“We have taken our time to bring in people like Noel (who joined from Maclay, Murray & Spens in 2013), Jack and now Stuart,” he added. “We can now offer clients the full range of private client services – tax and succession, land and property, family matters and business law. It’s all about bringing in good people and getting the right fit, to the benefit of our private clients.”

Gardiner said: “There is a very different ethos here to other law firms – it is very collegiate and everything you do is based around the individual and on developing a long-term business relationship with them. At Turcan Connell, business law is never about doing the deal and moving on.”

New recruit Gibb, who is working with residential and rural clients from Dumfries & Galloway to the north of Argyll, said there were many issues exercising those clients – including the impact of the Land & Buildings Transaction Tax, and a range of matters arising from land reform and community empowerment legislation. He added: “There is a lot happening for anyone who owns land and property and it can be hard for them to keep pace. Sometimes, it’s just about sitting down, explaining the changes and reassuring clients. There is considerable uncertainty over the impact of Brexit and potential further constitutional change, but as I travel around the west of Scotland meeting clients, I also find a cautious optimism about the future.”

Turcan Connell has 22 partners and around 200 staff. The firm celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and there will be a series of events to mark the anniversary.