MacRoberts LLP has topped Scottish Business Insider’s SME300 listing of the country’s best performing small to medium-sized businesses.

The firm’s turnover grew from £17.96m to £19.8m, with profits rising from £6.18m to £6.9m.

In other areas of growth for the firm, MacRoberts established Scotland’s first ever Corporate Defence team headed up by ‘Lawyer of the Year’ (Scottish Legal Awards 2016) John McGovern. The team specialises in the defence of high profile corporate criminal prosecutions raised in Scotland by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

MacRoberts also continued to attract new clients through competitive tendering, which included retaining their place on the highly regarded Scottish Government legal framework panel and being appointed to act for the Government on all contract and commercial matters. Other client wins or re-appointments included Breedon Group plc, City of Edinburgh Council, Fife College, C S Wind, Perth & Kinross Council and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.

The firm made significant lateral hires from major competitors and internal promotions saw Jennifer McKay (Construction) and Michael Kelly (Corporate) being made Partners.

MacRoberts invested in areas of the firm which support the delivery of legal services. With the support of HSBC, major investment was made on upgrading IT, finance and client systems as well as a full corporate rebrand, including the launch of a new website. This significant investment makes the financial results for the year even more impressive.

Managing Partner John Macmillan said, “Against a backdrop of continuing market uncertainty and political volatility, we have grown our turnover and profit, and generated new business from both new and existing clients.” He continued, “We are delighted to have come top of the SME300 listing. It has been a really interesting time for the firm, with signs of increased activity in a number of sectors, particularly investments, energy and public sector, and we are looking forward to seeing that continue.”


For further information, please contact Gill Low, Senior Marketing & PR Manager, MacRoberts LLP.

Capella, 60 York Street, Glasgow G2 8JX
T: 0141 303


MacRoberts LLP is one of Scotland’s leading commercial law firms with over 150 years of experience in the legal sector. The firm maintains strong links within the Scottish economy, working with large private and public companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, banks and financial services institutions, public sector bodies, charities and all levels of government.

MacRoberts has 44 partners and over 180 staff based across three offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.