Corporate and construction partners for HBJ Gateley

Anna BrownHBJ Gateley has appointed Anna Brown (pictured) as corporate partner and Alison Horner as construction partner after several years as partners at Pinsent Masons and MacRoberts respectively.

HBJ last month announced seven senior appointments, including six partners.

Ms Brown’s recent experience includes acting for Aberdeen Infrastructure Fund in the acquisition of a portfolio of 16 PPP/PFI projects across the UK and Europe. She also acted for Edinburgh AIM firms Craneware and Castle Street Investments.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in acting for companies and entrepreneurs through all stages of their growth and development from start up, investment, acquisition, reorganisation, IPO and other exits.

Ms Horner, who is dual-qualified in Scotland and England, has specialised in non-contentious construction law for more than 20 years and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.

She has experience in all aspects of private and public sector construction, including energy projects and various project finance models, across Scotland and England.

Her recent client work has included advising Muse Developments on construction contracts for the £100m Marischal Square redevelopment in Aberdeen and advising on a construction joint venture in relation to a significant energy from waste project.

Senior partner Malcolm McPherson said: “Bringing in people of Alison’s and Anna’s calibre provides additional expert capacity across the firm as we continue to experience increasing client demand.

“The businesses we work with want to know they’re getting advice from the best legal teams available and we’re very focused on continuing to build our base of expert advisers across our chosen market sectors.”

For the year to April 2015, the firm reported a 9.2% increase in operating profits to £9.3 million, on turnover 11.3% higher at £19.7m.

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