27 Apr 2018
Aberdein Considine has completed a multimillion pound expansion and created more than 100 new jobs as it looks to enhance its range of property, legal and financial services across Scotland.
The partnership will this week launch its flagship new legal headquarters in Edinburgh’s Multrees Walk, just off St Andrew Square.
The office is the firm’s seventh new site in 24 months and rounds off more than £3million of investment across the capital, Glasgow and Stirling.
The expansion – together with a number of new client wins – has resulted in 110 new positions being created across Scotland and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the business’s first office south of the border.
Managing Partner Jacqueline Law said the new Edinburgh office, which will eventually house up to 40 legal staff, marks a significant milestone for the business.
“We are very excited to be able to offer our clients a full range of legal services from a prime location in the capital city,” she said.
Aberdein Considine – which now has a turnover of close to £24million – launched in 1981 and offers property, legal and financial services to private and commercial clients across Scotland and the north of England.
It is Scotland’s largest solicitor estate and letting agent, but increasingly the firm’s focus has been on expanding its legal teams and specialisms throughout the country.
Today it works with global banking giants such as Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, as well as major high street retailers such as Greggs PLC and Rox.
The firm also acts for a number of large public sector organisations, including NHS Grampian and the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
Since acquiring Glasgow’s A&S Ireland in 2016, it has opened three new offices in Glasgow, in Waterloo Street, Byres Road and Newton Mearns.
Last year it added a new property, legal and financial services office in Stirling to its network, before opening similar premises on Edinburgh’s Elm Row last month (March).
The new Multrees Walk office is nestled among Scotland’s only Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Nespresso outlets and is located directly above Hugo Boss.
With the current phase of expansion complete, the firm now has 20 offices across Scotland and Newcastle and has grown its staff and partner headcount from 350 to 460.
Mrs Law said: “With Multrees Walk, Waterloo Street in Glasgow, Bon-Accord Crescent in Aberdeen and Newcastle, we now have four major legal offices from which to offer our clients truly national coverage.
“We have added talented and experienced commercial and private client legal teams in these offices to service our existing and prospective clients.
“We have also added further specialisms into our UK-wide lender services team due to an increase in the volume and range of complex, non-standard mortgage litigation, asset and debt recovery cases that the firm is handling.
“All of these sectors represent significant opportunities for Aberdein Considine across Scotland and beyond.”
The firm has also announced several promotions bringing non-lawyers into senior, typically partner-held, roles within the business.
Corporate Benefits Director Peter Mutch has been added to the business’s senior board, joining Chief Financial Officer John Perry and Financial Services Director Allan Gardner.
Six further members of senior management take up key roles, including National Estate Agency Director Alan Cumming, National Lettings Director Adrian Sangster and Director of Marketing Ryan Crighton.
Mrs Law added: “The legal sector and the make-up of legal firms is changing.
“At Aberdein Considine, we aim to service all of our clients’ needs – and that means offering a diverse range of services, including non-legal services.
“We welcome the introduction of alternative business structures to allow skilled non-lawyers to fully participate in the running of the business.
“The opportunities for all are the same for everyone working within Aberdein Considine and we are excited about the positive, inclusive culture this is creating.”