Morton Fraser lures Towers from public sector

Lynda TowersLaw firm Morton Fraser has appointed public sector stalwart Lynda Towers as director of public law.

Ms Towers has held top positions in the public sector at the Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government) and the Scottish Parliament for some 30 years, most recently as solicitor to the Scottish Parliament and assistant clerk/assistant chief executive.

In this role she advised the Parliament in the lead up and through the 2014 Independence Referendum from an independent legal perspective.

She has also been involved in drafting, interpreting and advising on primary and secondary legislation at both Westminster and Holyrood; advising government ministers, presiding officers and committee convenors.

This includes advice on data protection and minimum alcohol pricing matters, with litigation experience in the CJEU, the Supreme Court and Court of Session on issues such as mental health, benefits legislation, fox hunting, planning and state aid.

Ms Towers will join one of the largest public sector teams in Scotland with more than 80 specialists and more than 100 clients, including City of Edinburgh Council, the Ministry of Defence and the Scottish Government Legal Directorate.

Maggie Moodie, partner and public sector lead at Morton Fraser said: “We are on the cusp of major legislative change in Scotland on the back of the Smith Commission and subsequent Scotland Act.

“Attracting someone of Lynda’s calibre at such a pivotal time is a real coup for us and testament to the quality of our team, our clients and our expertise. It underlines our commitment to appointing people that have a real insight into the public sector, having worked within it, who can therefore deliver an enhanced service for clients.

“We’re looking forward to working with Lynda and extending our reach at a time when there will doubtlessly be an increased demand for support in driving legislative and policy change.”

Ms Towers said: “I’ve always been extremely impressed by Morton Fraser and I’m looking forward to working as part of the team on this side of the fence. There is so much going on across Scotland’s public sector at the moment and, as such, there is a huge opportunity to play a part in helping Morton Fraser’s clients to shape the changes. This role is an exciting new challenge for me.”

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