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McCluskey recognised for lifetime career

Lord McCluskey

Lord McCluskey: recognition (photo by Terry Murden)


Lord McCluskey was last night recognised for a long career in the legal sector.

Accepting the lifetime achievement award at the Scottish Legal Awards he said it was “immensely flattering” and joked that some of his contemporaries would be “appalled” if they were not turning in their graves.

“Why me? I could only think of 18 reasons, and the first is in recognition of my modesty,” he said.

He added: “You do not get to the top without a great deal of luck.”

He was among 17 winning businesses and individuals in the annual competition which rewards the best of Scottish legal practice across the country. 

Firm of the year was Clyde & Co which has spent the year embedding its Scottish operations after merging with Simpson & Marwick. 

Chairman of the judging panel, Shonaig Macpherson, said: “Alongside my 11 colleagues on the judging panel, we draw together a wide range of expertise which allows us to make informed and independent decisions on all our entries.  This year we received a large increase in the number of entries which allowed us to review a great volume of work in real depth. 

“With two honorary awards for Lifetime Achievement and Managing Partner of the Year, I think our awards offer a fantastic insight into the highest performing individuals and businesses in Scottish law.  Congratulations to all our finalists and winners this year and I hope to see them make the most out of their major wins in the coming year.” 

Aamer Anwar

Aamer Anwar: Lawyer of the Year (photo by Terry Murden)

Hardeep

Hardeep Singh Kohli, co-presenter with KD Media staff Gayle Mackail and Pippa Barker (photo by Terry Murden)

Maloco

Jim Graham and wife Chris of Maloco Associates: commended at awards (photo by Terry Murden)

Guests gathered at the awards

Guests gathered at the awards (photo by Terry Murden)

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hardeep Singh Kohli (photo by Terry Murden)

Catriona Stewart

Catriona Shearer, co-host: photo by Terry Murden)

Awards

Community Contribution Award sponsored by Frasia Wright Associates

Finalists:

Bond Dickinson

Faculty of Advocate

Innes & Mackay Solicitors & Estate Agents

Joint Winners: Faculty of Advocates and Innes & Mackay Solicitors & Estate Agents

 

Excellence in Client Care sponsored by Barr Printers

Finalists

McEwan Fraser Legal

Blackadders LLP

Harper Macleod

Maloco + Associates

Winner:  Blackadders LLP

 

In House Legal Team of the Year             

Finalists:

Aberdeenshire Council

CYBG

Sainsbury’s Bank plc

Scottish Social Services Council

Winner:  CYBG

 

Family Law Team of the Year sponsored by Brewin Dolphin

Finalists:

Family Law Matters Scotland LLP

Livingstone Brown

Macleod & MacCallum

Morton Fraser Family Law Team

MacRoberts

Winner: Macleod & MacCallum

 

Pro Bono Award sponsored by LawWorks Scotland        

Finalists:

Clan Childlaw

DLA Piper (Scotland) LLP

Glasgow Caledonian University Law Clinic

Winner:  Clan Childlaw

 

 

Employer of the Year    

Finalists:

McEwan Fraser Legal

Watermans

Winner: McEwan Fraser Legal

 

Support Team of the Year sponsored by Wolffe

Finalists:

Anderson Strathern

ESPC

Innes & Mackay Solicitors & Estate Agents

Moore Legal Technology

Millar & Bryce

Winner: Innes & Mackay Solicitors & Estate Agents

 

 

Innovation in Practice

Finalists:

Altis Legal

Harper Macleod LLP

Weightmans Scotland LLP

Brodies LLP

DLA Piper (Scotland) LLP

DWF

Winner:  DWF Scottish Counter Fraud Team

 

Residential Property Team of the Year 

Finalists:

Maloco + Associates

McEwan Fraser Legal

McQueen Legal

Simpson & Marwick

Winner:  McEwan Fraser Legal

Highly Commended:  Maloco + Associates

 

Litigation Team of Year

Finalists:

Allan McDougall Solicitors

Clyde & Co

Harper Macleod LLP

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

Winner:  Harper Macleod LLP

Highly Commended: Clyde & Co

 

 

Paralegal of the Year

Finalists:

Bilaal Shabbir – MBS Solicitors

Beth Taylor – Watermans

Winner:  Beth Taylor – Watermans

 

Rising Star of the Year

Finalists:

Dominic Scullion, Anderson Strathern

Andrew Wallace, Blackadders LLP

Helen Callaghan, DWF

Ryan Russell, Muir Myles Laverty Solicitors

Martin Campbell, Scottish Social Services Council

Caroline Pringle, Murray Beith Murray

 

Winner: Dominic Scullion, Anderson Strathern

Highly Commended, Andrew Wallace, Blackadders LLP

 

Lawyer of the Year sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

Finalists:

Simon Allison – Blackadders LLP

Aamer Anwar – Aamer Anwar & Co

Stuart Munro – Livingstone Brown

Winner: Aamer Anwar, Aamer Anwar & Co

 

Judges Award of Merit

Harper Macleod for their 10 year work with the National Autistic Society of Scotland

 

Managing Partner of the Year

Craig Nicol and Scott Milne, Joint Managing Partners for Thorntons.

 

Firm of the Year

Finalists:

DLA Piper (Scotland) LLP

Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Harper Macleod LLP

MacRoberts

Thorntons

Clyde & Co

Winner:  Clyde & Co

Highly Commended: Thorntons

 

 

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