DLA boosts Edinburgh with CC and HBJ hires

DLA’s aggressive recruitment campaign in Scotland will continue next month when former legacy McGrigor Donald (now McGrigors) lawyer John McIver joins the firm as a banking partner.

McIver, currently a senior associate in the London office of Cliffford Chance, will join the Edinburgh office of DLA on 8 March.

He will join a raft of former McGrigors lawyers that have joined DLA over the last year or so, including banking associate Peter Kelly, real estate specialist Nick Taylor and well-known technology head John McKinlay.

The latter narrowly missed out on an award for Partner of the Year at the annual Scottish Legal Awards on 6 February.

DLA Glasgow head Mike Collins said the recent arrivals were all of a similar generation and were attracted by the chance to be “part of a bigger organisation”.

McIver has a particular focus on real estate finance, which was his specialism at Clifford Chance. “I have good contacts in the Scottish banks,” he said. “And I see this as a good opportunity to build on those while helping to strengthen the banking team in Edinburgh.”

DLA’s Scottish banking practice is almost entirely based in Edinburgh. Part of Glasgow head Mike Collins’ remit in the next year will be to ramp up the banking capability in the west of Scotland.

DLA has also ramped up its Edinburgh litigation team with the arrival of Katrina Lumsdaine from Henderson Boyd Jackson as an associate.

DLA’s Scottish arm has a headcount target of 105 fee-earners by 2005. With the latest arrivals, it currently stands at 23 partners and 50 assistants.