Grant Campbell

Survey reveals one in four businesses unaware data protection shakeup

With just a year to go until the biggest shakeup of data protection law in 20 years, 25% of businesses and organisations in the UK are unaware of the new legislation and almost half have…

From left: Lifetime Achievement Award sponsor, Jonathan Gilbert of the Edinburgh Watch Company with Award winner, Malcolm Mackay of United Employment Lawyers. (Photography: Keith Inglis Photography.)

Scottish employment law specialist awarded entrepreneurial Lifetime Achievement Award

Employment law specialist Malcolm Mackay of United Employment Lawyers has been presented with a WeDO Scotland Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr Mackay received the award from the Scottish entrepreneur support organisation at their conference in Edinburgh…

David Smith, Managing Partner, Henderson Loggie

Legal Benchmarking Report reveals third year of successive growth across the sector

The latest annual UK Legal Benchmarking Report from Henderson Loggie in conjunction with MHA, the UK-wide group of accountancy and business advisory firms, reveals a third year of growth across the sector. Overall, firms with…

Hamish Patrick

Shepherd and Wedderburn deal wins IFLR European Award

Legal firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has come out on top of the IFLR European Awards with one of the deals their Banking and Finance team worked on winning the top prize. The Towd Point Mortgage…

Murray McCall, Managing Partner at Anderson Strathern.

Anderson Strathern turnover down 3% to £21m

Turnover at Scottish legal firm Anderson Strathern was £21 million for year end 31st August 2016, down 3% against the previous year. In spite of a marginal slowdown in the corporate and commercial property practices…

David Hughes, HBJ Gateley employment partner

HBJ Gateley strengthens employment team with partner appointment

HBJ Gateley has bolstered its employment law team with the appointment of David Hughes as partner. David, who re-joins the firm from international law firm Clyde & Co, brings 25 years of dispute resolution and…

Hugh Fraser (left) of HFI Consulting International is welcomed to the Globalscot network by David Rennie, head of oil and gas at Scottish Enterprise

Hugh Fraser inducted into GlobalScot network

Lawyer and Middle East business expert Hugh Fraser has been inducted into a global networking initiative set up to help Scottish firms break international markets. The Aberdonian has joined Globalscot and hopes to help companies…

Brodies’ Partners Duncan MacLean and Julian Voge

Brodies wins WWL’s Scotland Law Firm of the Year Award

Brodies was recognised as Scotland Law Firm of the Year for a record-breaking sixth time at the Who’s Who Legal Awards in London last night (15 May). Brodies lawyers are listed more times in WWL’s…

L-R Sally Nash and Philippa Cunniff

Expansion at Gilson Gray family law team

A Scottish legal firm has expanded its newest division with yet another statement hire – shortly after it swooped for HBJ Gateley’s Head of Family Law. With 13 years specialist experience, Sally Nash’s appointment further positions Gilson…

Monica Ross

Spring clean your business: dust off those notice clauses

Most commercial contracts contain a formal notice clause. This clause normally sets out: 1) who you should address notices under the contract to, 2) where they should be sent and 3) how they should be delivered. As this…

Philippa Cunniff

Gilson Gray branches into family law with senior hire

Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray has landed a renowned lawyer to launch a Family Law division – as it targets further growth in new sectors.  Philippa Cunniff will now be tasked with building the Family…

Amy Entwistle

Morton Fraser win contract to support HIE with Voluntary Land Registration

Scottish law firm, Morton Fraser, has won a new tender to provide support to Highlands and Islands Enterprise with the registration of its titles in the Land Register of Scotland over at least the next…

Penelope Warne

CMS, Nabarro and Olswang complete largest ever merger in UK legal sector

CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang have completed their merger, creating a new legal powerhouse and the 6th largest law firm in the UK by revenue and 6th largest globally by headcount. Globally, CMS has over 1,000…

A Scots lawyer whose expertise in international law and business has helped ambitious energy-focused firms break into new markets in the Middle East is relaunching the consultancy that made his name. Hugh Fraser will re-establish Hugh Fraser International (HFI) this summer after completing a four-year tenure heading up the Dubai offices of global law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. An agreement allowing Mr Fraser to relaunch the consultancy – which he first set up in the Middle East in 2003 after a term as head of legal at John Wood Group in Aberdeen – takes effect from August 1. Mr Fraser will primarily be based in Dubai, but will also spend time at the firm’s offices in Aberdeen, Amsterdam and Saudi Arabia. HFI will specialise in the planning and execution of international business expansion projects for companies with advanced technology and know-how in the energy industry and water sector. Mr Fraser is currently the managing partner of Andrews Kurth Kenyon’s office in Dubai and helped to establish the firm’s operations in the UAE when it launched in 2013. Mr Fraser says, “The future for companies seeking to internationalise and establish a foothold in the Middle East and North Africa looks very bright in the short, medium and long term, with a range of niche opportunities opening up there and in a wider range of territories. “This is a very exciting time to relaunch the consultancy and to be supporting clients as they strive towards expansion. The MENA region has always been a key focus for HFI, with Saudi Arabia as the key priority market, but we anticipate countries including Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, Egypt – as well as East Africa and the East Mediterranean – are about to grow in relevance. “I am very pleased to have supported Andrews Kurth Kenyon to establish and grow its Middle East presence over the last four years, and I feel proud to have been a part of the firm’s global success story.” Mr Fraser has a strong track record in helping companies achieve growth plans in territories in the Middle East and North Africa. The relaunched consultancy will have particular focus on Saudi Arabia – a country which Mr Fraser predicts will experience a rise in joint venture projects over the next five years. He plans to relaunch HFI with a core team based in Dubai and Aberdeen, and drawing in the expertise and support of specialist consultants and in-country law firms where appropriate.

Hugh Fraser relaunches consultancy to help energy innovators capitalise on Middle East growth opportunities

A Scots lawyer whose expertise in international law and business has helped ambitious energy-focused firms break into new markets in the Middle East is relaunching the consultancy that made his name. Hugh Fraser will re-establish…

From left - Amy Norton, Duncan Turner, and Kirsten Partridge

CMS announces three partner promotions in Scotland

Three Scottish-based colleagues at CMS are included among the 48 partner promotions announced across 26 of the global law firm’s offices. The promotions go into effect from 1 May, coinciding with the completion of CMS’s…

Craig Nicol, Joint managing partner at Thorntons

Law firm reveals ambitious Edinburgh growth plans

A Scottish full service law firms has unveiled plans to further grow its footprint in the east with ambitious recruitment plans for its Edinburgh office. Since 2011, Thorntons has grown from 6 members of staff in…

Alasdair Dunn

Is it time to spring clean your business?

There have been a great number of changes in company and partnership law over the last few years.  A lot of these changes have been with the aim of making it simpler and more straightforward…

Gerry Cockburn

FD appointment signals growth for Scots legal firm

Full-service legal firm, Boyd Legal, has appointed Gerry Cockburn as Finance Director as the firm eyes further growth. Previously Head of Finance at the Faculty of Advocates, as well as key roles at Gilson Gray and…

Peter Boyd

Scots Under Represented on Equity Release

An Edinburgh Lawyer has been invited as the sole Scottish representative to participate in a Commons Parliamentary committee discussing the potential value of the burgeoning equity release industry. Peter Boyd, Managing Director of Edinburgh headquartered…

Neil Amner

Anderson Strathern hires Neil Amner

Scottish legal firm Anderson Strathern has hired Neil Amner as part of its growth strategy across a range of commercial areas including transport, the environment and infrastructure.  Amner, a former partner at law firm MacRoberts…

Shaun George of Brodies LLP

Spring Clean Your Business: Make Decisions With Your Head, Not Your Heart

Good business and tax planning decisions do not always go hand in hand with good family law advice. We are often consulted by clients who, at the end of their relationship, find that the seemingly…

Vanessa Kennedy

Gilson Gray hire new marketing director

Gilson Gray, the full service legal firm, has appointed a Marketing Director in a newly created role. With more than 20 years of marketing and brand experience most recently with PwC - as well as…

100 Queen Street

Lindsays solicitors to move to 100 Queen Street

Scottish legal firm Lindsays, has taken the 7,845 sq ft third floor of 100 Queen Street, Glasgow on a 15 year FRI lease. Totalling 54,000 sq ft, the refurbishment of 100 Queen Street reached practical completion…

Charles Livingstone

Spring clean your business: any regulatory skeletons in the closet?

Regulatory issues are becoming increasingly important to businesses large and small, with governments and regulators adding new duties and punishments on a regular basis, and stepping up their enforcement activity. Key areas in which regulation…

Lorna Jack

Law Society of Scotland Chief Executive Lorna Jack wins prestigious Leadership Award

Lorna Jack, Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland, has won the UK Association Excellence Award for Leadership. On accepting the accolade, Lorna commented, “I was delighted to hear that I had been shortlisted…

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