Latest legal tie-up
Allan McDougall and McQueen merge operations
Mary McQueen and Gordon Bathgate: ‘perfect fit’
Allan McDougall Solicitors and McQueen Legal have merged practices, creating an expanded business with more than 70 staff, offices across nine locations in Edinburgh and Lothians and fee income in excess of £4m.
The new entity, Allan McDougall McQueen, will be led by managing partner Gordon Bathgate. All seven partners, including Mary McQueen, former managing partner of McQueen Legal, will take up partner roles. Mr Bathgate said the firms were a “perfect fit”.
It is the second merger this week following the tie-up of Mitchells Roberton and Kerr Barrie.
Mr Bathgate added: “Coming together with McQueen Legal significantly strengthens our property and estate agency offering.”
It is expected that staff numbers will rise in the new entity once new systems are bedded in.
Ms McQueen commented: “Merging with Allan McDougall Solicitors allows us to expand our geographical reach and service offering without compromising our personal approach.”
The new business will operate under two brand names. Private client, family law and property teams will trade under the McDougall McQueen banner, while the personal injury and employment teams will continue under the Allan McDougall Solicitors.
The merger is effective from 1 November 2017.
The merged firm has offices in Bruntsfield, Chesser, Dalkeith, Gorebridge, Meadowbank, Newington, Penicuik, Tranent and West End Edinburgh.