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Four staff join MacRoberts offices in central belt

Laura WilsonFour recruits have joined law firm MacRoberts to further strengthen key areas as it continues its recent expansion drive.

The hired staff coincide with the launch of a revised website and branding as part of its ongoing growth and development plans.

Laura Wilson (left), who joins from Harper Macleod, becomes MacRoberts’ first procurement director. She is based in Glasgow and has responsibility to oversee all tenders and bids.

The move follows the firm being among those appointed to the Scottish Government’s legal panel framework over the next four years, offering multi-million pound opportunities.

MacRoberts secured places on two framework panels, covering corporate and commercial contracts and major projects.

The growth of business in family law has led to Fiona Sharp joining as a senior associate. Ms Sharp, who will also be based in Glasgow, arrives from McClure Naismith, now in administration.

Stephanie Baynham, who has been recruited from Burness Paull, becomes a senior solicitor in banking and finance, based in Edinburgh, while Alasdair Irvine joins as a solicitor in the corporate defence team in Glasgow having just completed his traineeship with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Corporate defence is another major growth area for MacRoberts and Mr Irvine is the latest addition to the team which is headed by John McGovern, a former Glasgow Bar Association president, who joined MacRoberts in February with two other staff.

Over the last year MacRoberts has seen a steady rise in staff numbers, including the addition of seven partners, at a time when other firms in Scotland have closed or merged.

Today it also launches a website, designed and developed by Edinburgh company Stance, as part of a corporate re-branding. The re-brand gives MacRoberts a much more contemporary ‘look and feel’ and focuses on a proposition around being ‘straight-talking’ and giving clients sound, practical advice.

Managing partner John Macmillan said: “As our latest arrivals demonstrate, we are bucking the trend in the legal profession by continuing to see significant growth in both our staff numbers and our business.

“The new website and re-branding also show that we are an ambitious and forward-thinking firm with plans to grow even further in future.”

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