02 Feb 2018
Aberdein Considine has boosted the strength of its finance and banking litigation team with the appointment of two senior lawyers from Ascent Performance Group.
Myra Scott has joined the firm as partner and Head of the Lender Services Practice Group. Myra was previously Director of Legal Services at Ascent and specialises in asset and debt recovery.
Myra has over 20 years’ experience dealing with high profile banking cases, particularly defended actions, as well as managing issues in a range of lending practice areas including property, litigation, title rectification, fraud, regulatory and mortgage matters. Myra will lead the practice group in guiding and advising clients on legislative changes and key projects, including bringing innovative solutions to lenders’ processes.
In addition to Myra, Laura Browne, formerly a senior associate at Ascent, joins the firm as a partner. Laura specialises in defended actions, the resolution of complex mortgage disputes, property litigation and professional negligence claims. She also has over 20 years’ experience in the lender services field, and regularly advises leading UK institutions on recovery strategies and key projects. Laura has developed further expertise in resolving security defects and claims concerning fraud.
The appointments of Myra and Laura further demonstrates Aberdein Considine’s growth strategy and is recognition of an increase in the volume and range of complex, non-standard mortgage litigation, asset and debt recovery cases that the firm is handling.
Jacqueline Law, Managing Partner, Aberdein Considine said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Myra and Laura join us as partners of the firm. Both are widely respected as specialists in their field and along with our existing team allow us to offer clients expertise in an ever changing and complex area of the law.”
The Lender Services Practice Group represents the majority of the UK’s banks and financial institutions, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Nationwide Building Society, Santander UK and Lloyds Banking Group.
Sixteen of the firm’s lawyers were ranked in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500. The listings were across five legal disciplines – Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery and Family Law, and followed a year of significant, acquisition-based growth throughout 2016, including the opening of multiple new offices in Glasgow and the first expansion into England and Wales.
The growth continued throughout 2017 with new offices in Edinburgh and Stirling. The main focus of expansion over the past 12 months has been on bringing additional, Partner-level experience into the business and scaling-up the key legal teams.