Founder steps down at expanding law firm
Harvey Aberdein, the managing and senior partner of law firm Aberdein Considine, is stepping down and handing control of the business to the management team.
His decision to relinquish control comes at a time of expansion at the northeast firm which he co-founded in 1981. Since then it has grown from a two-man operation in a former butcher’s shop into a national company with more than 350 staff.
The business, now turning over £20 million, is broadening its remit from handling property to a wider range of legal services.
Aberdein’s role will be divided between two of the firm’s longest-serving lawyers. Bob Fraser takes over his role as senior partner while Jacqueline Law becomes managing partner. Aberdein, 64, will remain with the firm as a consultant.
“The firm needs the energy and expertise of my younger partners, in whom I have the utmost faith,” he said.
“I am certain Aberdein Considine will continue to thrive under the guidance of Bob and Jacqueline, who have both been here for decades.”
The management committee will be complemented by three further partners – Michael Sinclair, Allan Gardner and Rob Aberdein, who hold responsibility for the property, financial services and litigation teams respectively.
Fraser paid tribute to the work done by his predecessor in establishing Aberdein Considine as a ‘Top 10’ firm in Scotland with several lawyers listed in the Legal 500.
“We owe a huge debt to Harvey for his leadership and ability in taking us from a provincial firm to one of the largest in the country,” he said.
“He is passing over the management with the firm in fantastic health, and I will ensure the transition a smooth one.”
Jacqueline Law, head of corporate and commercial, joined the firm as a trainee in 1993 and said its growing diversity would be important.
She said: “We are now certainly Scotland’s biggest solicitor-estate agents, but property accounts for just one-third of our business.
Fellow co-founder and senior partner, Iain Considine, will continue to run the firm’s operations in Banchory and Stonehaven.