When a company decides to offer its products or services beyond a purely domestic customer base, they have to navigate a number of new challenges – not least, getting to grips with a new regulatory framework around key activities such as employing staff, doing deals, bringing products to market and tackling any disputes that may arise.
For SMEs who often have little or lean business support functions, this can sometimes be a barrier to targeting potentially lucrative international markets – especially those where the regulatory framework is completely different from what they are used to in Scotland.
At Morton Fraser, we understand why companies prioritise their domestic market. Morton Fraser's roots can be traced back to 1829 and since the firm began, we have invested in our business to become one of Scotland’s leading law firms. We pride ourselves on the way we support our clients with clear and commercially focussed advice, but also recognise the need for our clients to be able to access the same high-quality advice in overseas markets.
In 1982, the firm became a founding member of Interlaw – an elite global network of leading independent law firms, comprising 7,500+ high quality lawyers based in 87 independent firms in 150 cities around the world. As part of Interlaw, Morton Fraser is able to offer our clients a direct pathway to accessing expert ‘on the ground’ legal advice in any market across the world.
We have long and established relationships with our clients, which means we must have complete trust in any lawyer we recommend.
Interlaw is highly selective in the partner firms that it chooses to work with, with mandatory quality checks in place to maintain its commitment to best in class advice and service – this selection process also ensures a good cultural fit between firms, so that our clients can be assured of working with down to earth, straightforward and friendly advisers, wherever in the world they want to do business. This gives us the necessary peace of mind that our clients are always in good hands.
It’s important to underline that we are involved throughout the process, working hand-in-hand with our Interlaw colleagues across the globe. This gives clients the best of both worlds - a genuinely local expert in their international markets, with the reassuring presence of their ‘domestic’ lawyer.
Being part of Interlaw also gives our lawyers access to world-class training opportunities and the chance to learn and share best practice with colleagues around the world. Not only does this enhance our knowledge and skill set, but it means we have close and effective working relationships with our Interlaw colleagues that we can bring to bear for the benefit of our clients.
We’re proud of our Scottish roots, but we’re equally proud to be part of something even bigger. Something of great value, which enables us to offer our clients high quality legal advice anywhere in the world.