McGrigors hands board seat to legacy L’Estrange partner

Edinburgh-headquartered firm McGrigors has restructured its management board as it seeks to reflect a more UK-wide business, with a Belfast partner from legacy firm L’Estrange and Brett joining the board.

Corporate partner Paul McBride, originally with L’Estrange, has become the first Northern Irish representative on the firm’s board following McGrigors’ 2009 merger with the Belfast firm.

Additionally, energy head Bob Ruddiman and professional and financial services chief Jason Collins have joined the board while head of infrastructure Michael Watson has retained his position.

Managing partner Richard Masters said: “McGrigors has changed a lot over the past three years and I think it’s only right that those changes be reflected in the composition of the firm’s board. We have a clear focus on our core sectors of energy, infrastructure and professional and financial services, so it makes sense to ensure that the heads of those teams have an appropriate level of input into the strategic direction of the firm.

“Similarly, our Northern Ireland practice has gone from strength to strength since the merger, so again it makes sense to bring in a representative of that office.”

Collins added: “When I speak to clients and intermediaries in the professional and financial services markets I’m left in no doubt that, while they take legal excellence as a given, a real understanding of their sector is the asset they prize most among their advisors.

“We have a strong track record in these areas, gleaned particularly through our market-leading tax practice, and I’m confident that the nature of our experience in the tax arena means that we offer a unique and credible perspective – particularly to financial services clients.”