The Scots GC debate: Force multipliers

The Scots GC debate: Force multipliers

Hamish McNicol, Legal Business: How do you build your identity and culture as a legal team? And how do you then communicate your teams’ qualities to the wider business?

Findlay Anderson, Baker Hughes Oilfield Equipment: The culture of the legal team comes from two different sources. One is the general counsel setting the rhythm for how they want their team to operate with the business. A lot of that comes down to the personality of the GC. The other factor is how the business sees its legal team: are they a hired function that sits in a corner and you call on them when you need them, or do you put them right in the middle of the decision-making of the company? Continue reading “The Scots GC debate: Force multipliers”

‘Bumpy year’: Burness Paull posts flat revenue and profit as muted Scots performance continues

‘Bumpy year’: Burness Paull posts flat revenue and profit as muted Scots performance continues

Scottish independent Burness Paull has posted flat financials for 2016/17 with turnover up 1% from £53.3m to £53.8m, while profit per equity partner stands at £453,000 compared to £451,000 last year.

Additionally, overall profit was down 2% from £22.5m to £22m in what the firm’s chairman Philip Rodney described a ‘bumpy year for the Scottish economy’. In 2015/16, the firm saw stronger revenue growth of 4% but PEP was down by 6%.

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Better together? – Those Anglo-Scots unions in focus

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Legal Business looks under the bonnet to assess how the Scottish arms of Pinsent Masons and CMS have fared post-merger.

The ‘Better Together’ campaign, in favour of preserving Scotland’s union with the UK in 2014, maintained that Scotland was stronger as part of Great Britain, winning that particular argument by a margin of around 11%. But while the battle may have been won for now, a number of Scottish law firms are still wrestling with the decision of whether to tie-up with an English suitor – a fact most recently indicated by Maclay Murray & Spens’ aborted merger talks with Addleshaw Goddard in February.

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Scottish Brexit reaction: Firm leaders urge calm in an even more uncertain environment

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With First Minister Nicola Sturgeon calling for a second Scottish referendum on UK independence amid Scottish voters overwhelmingly backing a vote to remain in the EU by 62% to 38%, law firm leaders in Scotland have urged for composure in a region which is likely to see a longer period of uncertainty than the rest of the country. Continue reading “Scottish Brexit reaction: Firm leaders urge calm in an even more uncertain environment”

Bucking the trend: Shepherd and Wedderburn to re-enter Aberdeen with Pinsents hire

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Despite predictions of doom and gloom around Aberdeen and its oil and gas offering, Scottish LB100 firm Shepherd and Wedderburn is bucking the trend and will re-enter the market with the recent hire of Pinsent Masons‘ John Rutherford as a consultant.

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