Miller to boost MacRoberts’ growth in Dundee

Deborah MillerScottish legal firm MacRoberts has strengthened its Dundee base by recruiting employment law specialist Deborah Miller as a partner.

In what is seen as an appointment coup, Ms Miller joins from Simpson and Marwick.

She is the eighth new partner recruited in the last six months by MacRoberts as part of an ambitious growth drive.

The expansion included the move this month to new premises in Dundee with the aim of doubling the workforce there over the 12 months to meet increasing demand for legal services in the city.

Also joining the MacRoberts’ team are partners Robin Corbett and Martin Sales. As previously announced, they have been recruited with Neil Amner and Martin Gallaher from DWF (which merged with Biggart Baillie in 2012) to further strengthen the construction, real estate and projects practice groups.

They will work Scotland-wide from MacRoberts’ Glasgow and Edinburgh offices in sectors including transport, energy, construction, projects and planning.  A team of 8-10 solicitors is also being recruited to support the new partners.

A new regulatory team started at MacRoberts, headed by new partner John McGovern, will look at corporate crime and white-collar fraud.

Deborah Miller has extensive experience in employment law litigation and has represented public and private sector clients at employment tribunals throughout the UK. Her expertise includes advising on discrimination, equal pay, disciplinary issues, redundancy and severance matters, harassment and the TUPE regulations.

For the last year, she had been chairman of Women Ahead, set up in 2001 to encourage, support and connect women in business and the professions in Dundee and Angus.  She is also a board member of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce and a part-time tutor at Dundee University on the advanced employment law module, part of the Diploma in Legal Practice.

She said: “The firm has made a big impact in Dundee and Angus in a short time and I look forward to helping it build further as part of wider expansion ambitions.”

John Macmillan was elected last September as the firm’s managing partner for a second time and set out plans for significant development, including increasing the workforce by 10% within a year.

Mr Macmillan said: “Deborah’s appointment is another sign of our determination to build on our existing strengths and enhance the service we offer our clients.

“She is extremely well thought of in the profession and a much sought-after lawyer so we are delighted she has agreed to join the MacRoberts’ team. She will be a great asset to our Dundee operation and the firm in general.”

Last year MacRoberts announced a rise in profits and saw turnover grow to just under £18 million.

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