Ashurst’s flower of Scotland

Monday morning quiz question for you: Which office is set to be Ashurst’s fourth largest within the year?

If you said ‘Glasgow’ you win haggis for two at the Edinburgh Festival this summer. As we report today, the firm’s low cost support base in Scotland, which currently houses 100 employees, is expanding a lot faster than expected.

So much so in fact that if, as planned, Ashurst quadruples the number of legal analysts based in the city over the next 12 months its Glasgow arm will be the fourth-biggest behind London, Sydney and Melbourne.

Who saw this coming? Possibly Ashurst, though our guess is that even the firm’s partners hadn’t realised the appetite for its services when they set it up last year, with some help from Scottish Development International (SDI).

Chances are demand will keep on growing from Ashurst’s offices around the globe, a network boosted by its 2013 merger with Blake Dawson.

And no doubt SDI’s hunt for more firms to head north will continue.

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