Combined business has £21m turnover
Aberdein Considine merges with A&S Ireland
Law firm Aberdein Considine is merging with Glasgow solicitor estate agent A&S Ireland, creating a business with 360 staff and a turnover of more than £21 million.
The combined businesses will trade under the Aberdein Considine brand from next month and will add two estate agency and leasing branches to the firm’s Glasgow property network.
A&S Ireland’s legal office on Waterloo Street will become Aberdein Considine’s new headquarters in the city. It will host its dispute resolution and employment law teams, as well as the firm’s national corporate real estate department led by partner Paul Jennings.
Aberdein Considine managing partner Jacqueline Law said: “A&S Ireland already has an established professional reputation in Glasgow and brings to the table a loyal client following, market knowledge and between the partners over 60 years of experience.”
Aberdein Considine clients include RBS, Barclays, Lloyds Group and Santander, as well high street retailers such as Greggs and Rox, the jeweller. The firm has recently secured its first public sector legal work with NHS Grampian and the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
The A&S Ireland merger follows the partnership’s acquisition of Stirling firm Muirhead Buchanan in 2014 and is Aberdein Considine’s eighth central belt expansion in just five years.
Mrs Law added: “While we have traditionally expanded through organic growth, our recent merger with Muirhead Buchanan in Stirling showed the value of bringing an established local brand with experienced lawyers into our business.
“As well as property and private client services, we will now be able to offer A&S Ireland clients the full range of legal specialisms and financial services. In the Glasgow market, this is a unique proposition.”
All 20 jobs at A&S Ireland are being retained and staff will transfer to Aberdein Considine when the transaction concludes on 27 May.
A&S Ireland’s partners, Gavin Crowe and Bryden Crearie, will become partners.
Mr Crowe said: “The merger with Aberdein Considine allows us to offer a greater range of services including property leasing and financial services to our clients. It also provides to our clients national coverage.”
Photo: Aberdein Considine managing partner Jacqueline Law (centre) with (l-r) Michael Sinclair, partner, Aberdein Considine; Paul Jennings, partner, Aberdein Considine; Brydon Crearie, partner, A&S Ireland; and Gavin Crowe, partner A&S Ireland (contributed)