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Brexit vote boosts income at law firm Morton Fraser

Law firm Morton Fraser today announced a year-on-year jump in revenues, pointing to “several positive outcomes” from the Brexit vote.

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Maclay Murray & Spens chief Kenneth Shand, left, with Dentons' Jeremy Cohen. Picture: Contributed

Maclay Murray & Spens name to disappear in Dentons tie-up

Scots commercial law firm Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) is to merge with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm as measured by number of lawyers.

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Paul Noble says anyone who has benefited from an EBT 'should take appropriate advice on their affairs'. Picture: Contributed

Paul Noble: Putting Employee Benefit Trusts in the spotlight

There may never be an outright winner in the ongoing debate of whether Rangers are rightful winners of championships won during the years that the infamous Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme was in operation.

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Is Chris Evans worth four times as much as Claudia Winkleman? Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Deborah Miller: BBC salaries shine spotlight on gender pay

The BBC’s annual report and accounts made for some interesting reading; not least because of the gender pay gap they revealed.

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Burness Paull chairman Philip Rodney hailed the law firm's 'depth of talent'. Picture: Greg Macvean

Partner appointments poised to fuel growth at Burness Paull

Scottish legal heavyweight Burness Paull has signalled its growth intentions after unveiling a raft of appointments and partner promotions.

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Police had number plates data dating back to 2009. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Police delete half a billion records of drivers’ plates

A Police Scotland move to delete more than 500 million records from its vehicle number plate recognition database has been welcomed by the Lib Dems.

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Ewan Alexander, partner and head of Pinsent Masons' Edinburgh office. Picture: Contributed

Fee income jumps at legal heavyweight Pinsent Masons

Legal heavyweight Pinsent Masons today reported double-digit turnover growth, though the figure was flattered by currency movements.

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Murgitroyd is led by chief executive Keith Young. Picture: Contributed

Glasgow patent law firm Murgitroyd hails record trading

Glasgow-based patent and trademark attorney Murgitroyd today said that its second-half results would show a “significant improvement” on the first six months of the year.

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Gillespie Macandrew chief executive Chris West. Picture: Contributed

Law firm Gillespie Macandrew sees profits take a dip

Law firm Gillespie Macandrew has reported a record rise in turnover although investment in staff and premises saw profits dip.

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Dickson Minto partner Douglas Armstrong sees 'many exciting opportunities' to advise clients on flotations. Picture: Stuart McClay

Law firm Dickson Minto breaks into City’s top three

Dickson Minto, the Edinburgh-based corporate legal boutique, has broken into the top tier of advisers to Britain’s biggest listed companies.

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The challenge of inadvertent mental health discrimination 'should not be underestimated', says Alan Delaney of law firm Maclay Murray & Spens. Picture: Jane Barlow

Alan Delaney: Tackling mental health discrimination

General election promises from the main political parties to tackle discrimination against those with mental health conditions in the workplace show that a rare instance of political agreement exists in this area.

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Vialex co-founder Keith Anderson says the firm has invested heavily in technology. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh legal services outfit Vialex looks south

An Edinburgh-based legal services company whose clients include online retailer Atterley and craft beer maker Innis & Gunn has outlined plans to expand south of the Border.

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David Rose, left, and James Wilson have been promoted to partners at Maclay Murray & Spens. Picture: Contributed

Promotions for 20 at law firm Maclay Murray & Spens

Commercial law firm Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) has unveiled the promotion of 20 lawyers, including two new partners.

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Brewdog fought legal battles to protect its trademark

Ruth Weir: Avoid legal wrangles and protect your trademark

Craft brewing has become big ­business. Across the UK, craft breweries have hit a record high with 520 opening last year alone.

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Grant Campbell of law firm Brodies said an information audit is an 'essential building block' for companies' compliance strategies. Picture: Contributed

Firms unprepared for tough new data protection laws

One in four UK businesses are deaf to the biggest shake-up in data protection law in 20 years, a report out today suggests.

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Addleshaw Goddard's John Joyce, left, and Malcolm McPherson of HBJ Gateley have spent months finalising their merger plans. Picture: Chris Watt

Latest cross-border legal merger set to complete

It may not grab the headlines like Pippa Middleton’s wedding did over the weekend, but the senior partners who have thrashed out next Thursday’s official tie-up between Scotland’s HBJ Gateley and England’s Addleshaw Goddard argue it will be a good marriage for all.

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Joey Barton departed Rangers following a training ground bust-up. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Paman Singh: Tackling player issues off the pitch

The annual circus that is UK football’s summer transfer window is fast approaching and many struggling clubs (and their supporters) are looking for a significant turnover of players in the hope of a better season ahead.

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Anderson Strathern managing partner Murray McCall said the law firm had delivered a 'very steady set of numbers'. Picture: Jane Barlow

Anderson Strathern returns to growth after client wins

Law firm Anderson Strathern has revealed a slight dip in turnover in its latest annual results, but said it has returned to growth this year with a series of high-profile client wins.

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Could artificial intelligence have a place alongside the law books? Picture: Robert Perry

Legal firms plugging into technological changes

Technology is set to have the greatest impact on law firms over the next five years, according to a new poll of industry leaders.

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Deployment of solar power in the UK has been rapid, writes Ronan Lambe of law firm Pinsent Masons. Picture: Contributed

Ronan Lambe: Shining a light on solar power advantages

The recent end to subsidies has resulted in something of a cliff edge for the development of new large scale solar parks in the UK.

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