Morton Fraser appoints three new partners

Morton Fraser Chief Executive Chris Harte
Chris Harte
Chief Executive and Partner
01 December 2021
Press Release

Morton Fraser, one of the largest independent law firms in Scotland, has appointed three partners across its real estate, corporate and private client teams.

Two have come from other firms, with Chris McLeish joining Morton Fraser’s real estate team from DWF and Andrew Walker joining the corporate team from Addleshaw Goddard. Marking ongoing investment in existing talent, Jack Kerr has been appointed as a partner in the private client team.

The new appointments are a direct reflection of Morton Fraser’s talent first strategy, which seeks to invest in and develop the best possible legal talent through external appointments as well as internal promotions.

Chris Harte, CEO at Morton Fraser, said: “As businesses emerge from what are hopefully the most severe impacts of coronavirus, we have our sights set firmly on the firm’s future and are continuing to invest in our talent first strategy. At a time when top talent is in such high demand, we’re delighted to appoint these three ambitious and talented individuals who will really bolster some of our key practice areas.”

Chris McLeish, partner in the real estate team, commented: “The Scottish commercial real estate market is particularly buoyant and as investment in the sector is starting to pick up, I’m delighted to make the move to Morton Fraser to focus on the Scottish market and work with an impressive roster of clients.”

Andrew Walker, partner in the corporate team, added: “Morton Fraser’s corporate team is committed to helping Scottish businesses of all sizes grow, which is perfectly aligned with my expertise. Like Chris I’m looking forward to working with Morton Fraser’s clients, and with the wider corporate team, to help businesses navigate a challenging time.”

Private client partner Jack Kerr has been with Morton Fraser for eight years, since joining as a trainee solicitor. He said: “I’m thrilled to become a partner at the firm where I have learned and developed for the past eight years. The mentorship and development opportunities I’ve had through the partners in the private client team and wider business have been invaluable.”


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