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Tie-up strengthens east of Scotland presence

Thorntons and Watts Law to merge

ThorntonsLaw firms Thorntons and Watts Law are to merge in a move that will extend the combined practice’s presence across the east of Scotland.

The new firm – to be known as Thorntons – will have offices in Angus, Edinburgh, Fife, Perthshire and Tayside.

All former Watts Law partners, solicitors and support staff will continue to be based in the Montrose office.

Former partners and now Thorntons’ consultants, Hamish Watt and Aileen Hunter, will be joined by Thorntons senior solicitor Stuart Mackie.

Hamish Watt, partner of Watts Law, said: “Bringing Watts and Thorntons together will greatly strengthen both firms’ existing offerings.

“The support network Thorntons can offer will allow the Montrose team to entirely focus on our clients and their specific needs.  We are in the process of contacting all our clients to advise them of the news and the arrangements that will be in place from 1 July.”

Anne McKeown, partner with Thorntons in Angus, said: “The merger will allow us to provide further specialist services, such as employment law, agricultural and immigration advice for our business clients.  This will provide local businesses with a one-stop service for all their legal requirements.  For our personal clients the merger will give access to Thorntons wide estate agency network plus specialist financial and future planning expertise.”

Jack Robertson, Thorntons’ chairman, added: “Thorntons will become one of Scotland’s largest full service firms.”

Having merged with Steel Eldridge Stewart and Murray Donald in 2014, Thorntons will now have 42 partners and more than 400 employees and will operate from 10 locations. No jobs will be lost as part of the current merger.

Photo (click on photo to enlarge): 

Back from left – Sandra Sutherland, Thorntons partner, Aileen Hunter, Watts partner, Anne McKeown, Thorntons partner

Front from left – Jack Robertson, Thorntons chairman, Hamish Watt, Watts partner

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