Law firm Aberdein Considine has set out its stall to become one of the sector’s biggest players after unveiling a further expansion of its office network and a string of new hires and promotions.
The Aberdeen-based practice, founded in 1981 by Harvey Aberdein and Iain Considine, currently has a turnover of £20 million and about 350 staff. It is understood that over the next five years it is looking to grow revenues to £35m in a move that could add as many as 100 staff.
The firm is opening a legal base in Glasgow after landing one of the country’s foremost commercial property lawyers, Legal 500-listed Paul Jennings.
It has also expanded in its home city with the addition of a flagship property branch on one side of Union Street and a pensions advice centre on the other.
The new Glasgow office will be the partnership’s 19th in Scotland and adds to the specialist property branch already located in the city.
The move comes just months after it expanded into a fifth city – Stirling – with the acquisition of Muirhead Buchanan.
Managing partner Jacqueline Law said: “The arrival of Paul Jennings, with all his commercial property experience, adds a new dimension to what we offer.
“We opened a legal office in Edinburgh 18 months ago and that was a huge success for us. I fully expect us to repeat that in Glasgow.”
Jennings, who lives in the Central Belt but grew up in Aberdeen, was managing partner of commercial property specialist Bell & Scott before the business merged with Anderson Strathern in 2011.
To support the expansion, Aberdein has also promoted eight lawyers and appointed its first chief financial officer.
Chris Comfort, Mairi Kennedy, Douglas Telfer and Sean MacMillan have been promoted to associates, while Samantha Morrice, Kirsty Allen, Vicki Alexander and Nicola Jane Scott have been made senior solicitors.
John Perry joins from accountancy giant Baker Tilly to become chief financial officer.
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