Law firm expands in Aberdeen

Shepherd & Wedderburn acquires CLP

Stephen GibbShepherd and Wedderburn has expanded its Aberdeen operations through the acquisition of the Commercial Law Practice (CLP).

CLP partners Mike Anderson and Keir Willox will become partners at Shepherd and Wedderburn, and Ma’aruf Razzak becomes a director. Eleven staff will make the switch.

The deal is expected to complete on 1 January and Shepherd and Wedderburn will operate from the CLP premises in Aberdeen’s commercial district.

Shepherd and Wedderburn currently advises 25% of companies listed in the BRINDEX, and from its newly expanded base in Aberdeen and its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, the firm is confident of being able to grow that business stream further.

Chief executive, Stephen Gibb, said: “Aberdeen and the north east remain a cornerstone of the Scottish economy. This acquisition means that we now have a significantly bigger footprint in the region.

“We have an excellent team. This acquisition represents a great investment for the firm and will be followed by further senior hires in the new year.”

Mr Anderson said: “We believe that there is a huge opportunity for Shepherd and Wedderburn to cement its position in the north east, building on our combined strengths.

“The partners and staff are excited to be joining a UK firm of the stature of Shepherd and Wedderburn and I look forward to the challenge of helping to drive the business forward in this part of the country and beyond.”

The acquisition comes hot on the heels of two local hires made by the firm in April and October of this year: John Rutherford, formerly a senior corporate partner at Pinsent Masons Aberdeen, and Charles Scott, formerly managing partner of Mackinnons, a long-established firm in the region.


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