MacRoberts announces another increase in profits and turnover
At MacRoberts we have had another successful year, with increased profits and turnover and seven new partners.
In the year-end to April 2015, turnover was up by 2% to £17.959m and profits increased by 1.3% to £6.183m. The seven new partners brought the total to 47, allowing MacRoberts to further expand the range of specialist legal services it offers. Additionally, the number of people the firm employs has increased by 18%, nearly doubling targets for the year.
The new partners include Neil Amner, who is one of Scotland’s leading transport and parliamentary lawyers; Martin Sales, one of the foremost authorities on the law relating to extraction industries; and John McGovern, who heads up the newly formed Corporate Defence team specialising in ‘white collar crime’.
The Managing Partner of MacRoberts, John Macmillan, said: “The most impressive aspect of our annual results is that we continued to increase turnover and profits while investing in the future of the firm. Bringing in seven new partners in 12 months has increased the scope and range of services we can offer to clients and puts in place very strong foundations for further growth.”
He added: “Last year we set ourselves an ambitious target of increasing the headcount across the firm by 10%. In fact we expanded much more quickly, increasing the number of staff across our three offices in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow by 18%. With the support of HSBC, we are investing heavily on upgrading our IT, finance and client systems as well as a full corporate rebrand, including the launch of a new website.”
2015 also saw MacRoberts move up four places from seven to three in the Scottish Business Insider’s Top 100 SMEs. In the Legal 500 annual guide, the Projects team achieved a tier one ranking for the fifth year in a row and is the only Scotland-based firm that received this result. The Commercial Property team also achieved a top ranking for the second year running. Two partners at MacRoberts were named in the elite “Leading Individuals” category.
In the recent Chambers Guide, David Arnott and Neil Kelly were ranked at band one in Construction, with Neil Amner at band one in Transport. Twenty-five of the MacRoberts lawyers were ranked as ‘leaders in their field’, with Robin Fallas, Duncan Osler and Neil Amner ranked in more than one category.
John Macmillan added: “Legal firms in Scotland must evolve and develop into new markets to grow and flourish. During this coming year we will continue to grow the business by focusing on our core areas such as construction, projects and employment. Our new partners will also allow us to expand into the new areas of Corporate Defence, Mineral Resources and Transport. The next 12 months promises to be exciting with further growth based on providing a first class service to our clients.”
About MacRoberts LLP
MacRoberts is one of Scotland’s leading commercial law firms.
We maintain 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.
The firm has vast experience and an impressive track record in areas including all aspects of corporate law; taxation, pensions and share schemes; employment law; construction, transport and major infrastructure projects; real estate and energy. We also provide a select service to private individuals.
Our clients find us professional, approachable and – above all – straight-talking.