Michael ThomsonScottish law firm Burness Paull has hired a senior figure from a rival firm to head up a strengthened restructuring and insolvency team.

Michael Thomson joins as a partner in the firm’s corporate finance division. He is joining from Pinsent Masons where he was a senior associate.

Burness Paull chairman Philip Rodney said: “Michael is a rising star. He has deep technical expertise, real commercial acumen and has built up a strong profile in the market, I know he will be an enormous asset to Burness Paull.”

Mr Rodney said the firm had identified specialist restructuring and non-contentious insolvency advice as a target for business growth and believes Mr Thomson is the ideal person to spearhead the firm’s development in that area.

Mr Thomson trained at Dundas & Wilson and has been a restructuring and insolvency lawyer for more than ten years.