Austin is a Partner and head of our corporate division, based in Edinburgh.
Austin is dual-qualified (Scotland and England/Wales) having practised in England for seven years before moving to Scotland and becoming Scots qualified in 1999.
A former winner of the Law Awards of Scotland's 'Corporate Lawyer of the Year', Austin's corporate and commercial practice mainly advises owner-managed SMEs and has particular expertise in private equity/angel investment (advising investees as well as investors), company share/asset sales and purchases, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, contractual commercial matters (agency, distribution and franchising etc), IP, IT and data protection.
From 2011 to 2017, Austin's team sponsored the annual Converge Challenge, the competition run to support the next generation of research entrepreneurs in Scotland, advising the winners as part of the sponsorship.
Austin is qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales as well as in Scotland and he also sits on Morton Fraser's Management Board.
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What our clients and peers say
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
Clients say: "Austin is completely unflappable and has a remarkable ability to cut to the heart of the matter."