The new rankings in this year’s Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories reflect the firm’s strategy of investing in legal talent to support its growth plans. Morton Fraser increased revenues by 9 per cent this year, topping the £20m threshold for annual billings for the first time in its history (£21.7m). This comes after five consecutive years of substantial growth, a period that has seen the firm become one of Scotland’s most successful independent legal firms.
Both directories are compiled independently using feedback from clients ranging from in-house counsel to C-Suite executives, brokers and introducers.
In Legal 500 Morton Fraser's Local Government and Planning teams have moved up to the top tier. Tier 1 rankings were retained for Real Estate - Retail Occupiers; Contentious Trusts and Probate; Debt Recovery, Immigration and Property Litigation. Their IP team made it in to the rankings this year and their Sport, Licensing, Personal Injury: Pursuer and Charities teams all moved up the ranks. In Chambers & Partners Morton Fraser retained Tier 1 rankings for Family and Immigration. Morton Fraser was happy to maintain rankings for many other areas in the firm across both directories.
Some of the firm’s brightest talents were also recognised by retaining their Leading Individual and Next Generation lawyer status in Legal 500. Elspeth Carson, Bill Stark, Jenny Dickson, Douglas Milne and Ursula Currie were praised for their unique experience and knowledge in Real Estate, Debt Recovery, Personal Injury: Defender, Planning and Property Litigation respectively. In Chambers & Partners the firm was delighted to see a number of their lawyers move up the individual rankings, namely Lucia Clark for Family; David Hossack for Employment; Jenny Dickson for Personal Injury (Defender) and Andrew Meakin for Social Housing: Finance; with David Stewart being ranked as "up and coming" for real estate.
Chris Harte, CEO of Morton Fraser, said: “The quality of our team underpins our growth strategy. We have some exceptional talent and some of the best specialist teams in the country. Our focus on talent is vital to sustain the kind of unique, independent proposition we know clients want and need here in Scotland. We are very proud of these results and are particularly pleased to see so many specialist lawyers recognised for their contribution to the industry.”