Law firm Morton Fraser has appointed Lynda Towers to the role of director of public law, attracting her to the private sector for the first time in more than 30 years.
Towers has held top positions in Scotland’s public sector, most recently as solicitor to the Scottish Parliament and assistant clerk/assistant chief executive, where she advised the parliament up to, through and beyond the 2014 independence referendum from an independent legal perspective.
She will boost the firm’s public-sector team, comprising more than 80 specialists, and in excess of 100 clients, including City of Edinburgh Council, the Ministry of Defence and the Scottish Government Legal Directorate.
Maggie Moodie, partner and public sector lead at Morton Fraser, said: “Attracting someone of Lynda’s calibre at such a pivotal time is a real coup for us and testament to the quality of our team, our clients and our expertise.”
Towers added: “There is so much going on across Scotland’s public sector at the moment and, as such, there is a huge opportunity to play a part in helping Morton Fraser’s clients to shape the changes. This role is an exciting new challenge for me.”
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