New team recruited to further boost expansion plans
Leading Scottish law firm MacRoberts has significantly enhanced its regulatory expertise by recruiting acclaimed legal figure John McGovern as a partner.
He heads a three-strong team appointed by the growing firm to further strengthen the already highly-respected Intellectual Property, Technology & Commercial (IPTC) practice group at MacRoberts.
The former Glasgow Bar Association president, who is a finalist in the Specialist Lawyer of the Year category at this year’s Scott & Co Scottish Legal Awards, has joined from DAC Beachcroft Scotland (formerly Andersons).
Together with James McMillan, who becomes an associate, and David Magee, he will bring additional skills to MacRoberts’ renowned regulatory compliance expertise.
John McGovern is the fifth new partner appointed by MacRoberts in the last two weeks and the seventh in four months as it continues an ambitious growth drive.
The new IPTC team, which will operate Scotland-wide from MacRoberts’ Glasgow office, has expert knowledge in commercial regulatory work, including health and safety, environmental breaches, fatal accident inquiries, corporate homicide and financial irregularities.
This adds significantly to MacRoberts’ wide range of current specialisms, particularly those in regulation and compliance.
John is a Solicitor Advocate who has been practising criminal and regulatory defence work for over 25 years. He is also a part-time tutor in advanced criminal law at the University of Glasgow.
John said: “MacRoberts is a firm for which I have great admiration and I am delighted to have this opportunity to join them with my team to provide specialist services to their existing clients and to expand their practice in this area.”
The latest additions were welcomed by John Macmillan, who last September was elected as MacRoberts’ Managing Partner for a second time and set out plans for significant development, including increasing the workforce by ten per cent within a year.
Mr Macmillan said: “I am delighted that John, James and David are joining us, and bringing their considerable experience in regulatory work to complement the skills and expertise already at MacRoberts.
“Following on so quickly of the recruitment of 4 new partners from DWF, this is further evidence of our expansion plans. Our aim is always to bring in high-calibre staff to be able to enhance the quality offering available to our clients.”
Earlier this month MacRoberts announced it had recruited new partners Neil Amner, Robin Corbett, Martin Sales and Martin Gallaher from DWF (which merged with Biggart Baillie in 2012) to further strengthen the highly respected construction, real estate and projects practice groups.
They will work Scotland-wide from MacRoberts’ Glasgow and Edinburgh offices in sectors including transport, energy, construction, projects and planning, A team of 8-10 suitably qualified solicitors is also being recruited to support the new partners.
Last year the firm announced a rise in profits and saw turnover grow to just under £18 million.
Two new partners arrived in October when Rod Munro, who specialises in project finance, and Craig Bradshaw, whose specialism is in non-contentious construction work, joined from Maclay Murray and Spens (MMS).
MacRoberts also expanded operations by opening a new office in Dundee and aims to enhance the firm’s presence there and double the workforce over the next 12 months to meet increasing demand for legal services.
MacRoberts LLP is one of Scotland’s pre-eminent law firms, specialising in all aspects of commercial law.
MacRoberts maintains strong links with all aspects of the Scottish economy, working with private companies, public sector institutions, charities and all levels of government. With vast experience and an impressive track record in areas including commercial law, employment, construction, transport and major infrastructure projects, through to growth industries such as renewables, food and drink, IP and technology.
MacRoberts provides a full-service legal offering across corporate, taxation, employment, property and infrastructure practices.
The firm employs around 220 people in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.
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