Austin is an award winning-lawyer and a Partner within our Corporate Division in Edinburgh.
He is a recognised expert in corporate and commercial law, with over 30 years' experience. His expertise has been acknowledged by Chambers and Legal 500 where he has been described as exhibiting "great knowledge and professionalism".
Austin is dual-qualified (Scotland and England/Wales) having practised in England for seven years before moving to Scotland in 1997 and becoming Scots qualified. He is also a non-executive director of West Lothian Chamber of Commerce and of Castle Community Bank.
He is known for finding practical, commercial solutions for his clients, helping them to solve problems that are impeding their business objectives and ensuring that deals are completed in the most commercially expedient manner.
Austin also provides commercial legal services to businesses in the healthcare sector. From 2018 until its dissolution in 2021, Austin's team sponsored the Scottish Institute for Enterprise. Austin and his team also support entrepreneurs via the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network.
Austin served two three-year terms as manager of the Corporate Division and sat on the firm's Management Board. During that period, the turnover of the firm's corporate practice doubled. Austin then stepped down from that role to focus on driving further growth in the practice, with a keen interest in the management of business risk: he sits on the firm's Risk Management Group, its Information Security Forum, and is Morton Fraser's Data Protection Officer.
Austin has previously won the Law Awards of Scotland's 'Corporate Lawyer of the Year' award.
Austin has been described over the years in Chambers and Legal 500 as exhibiting ‘great knowledge and professionalism’, ‘inspiring great confidence’ being ‘unflappable, rigorous and diplomatic’ and 'a very good corporate lawyer. He puts more into the relationship than he takes out'. His clients say that he has 'a laser-like focus on always moving forward
"Austin is completely unflappable and has a remarkable ability to cut to the heart of the matter."
Head of the corporate team Austin Flynn is described as "an experienced and respected practitioner." He regularly advises SME and family-owned businesses, and a client states that "he is a good source of information and connections. We see him as more of a consultant to our business."
Highly regarded for his expertise in corporate matters on behalf of owner-managed businesses. He is described as "knowledgeable, approachable and commercial" .
‘In Austin Flynn, Morton Fraser are blessed with an individual with a unique skillset’.
‘I have found all interactions with Austin Flynn and Julie Nixon to have been particularly effective for the clients, with a direct, honest and transparent approach’.
"He is straightforward, analyses the situation well and has always given spot-on advice."
"Austin Flynn acted for me in what was a very acrimonious business deal; he was absolutely brilliant, never missed a trick, and had my back throughout."
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