Margaret Taylor

Mags worked at The Lawyer from April 2007 to August 2016, spending time as City editor, then news editor.

Scotch Whisky Association legal chief on protecting a £4bn industry

Landing a job at an organisation whose sole purpose is to promote, protect and represent the interests of the scotch whisky industry sounds like a dream come true for any lover of the so-called water of life. But, as Alan Park, director of legal affairs at the Scotch Whisky Association, points out, the chances of him getting to sample the good stuff in the line of duty are slim to none.

Can Ireland cope with the Brexodus?

A month on from the Brexit vote and Prime Minister Theresa May appears to have brought a little calm to the wounded markets. The leaders of Germany and France may be no more enamoured with the idea of the UK exiting the EU than nearly half of our citizens are, but May’s meetings with them […]

In-house interview: Andrew Garard, ITV

If there’s one thing ITV group legal director and company secretary Andrew Garard thrives on, it is a challenge. So when the media company’s then-executive chairman Michael Grade tried to tempt him away from Dewey & LeBoeuf legacy firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae just a year into his partnership there, he jumped at the chance

Never too senior to seek outside counsel

The Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the word mentor is ‘an experienced and trusted adviser’. In the popular imagination that has come to mean a relationship where someone very senior imparts wisdom to someone very junior. But does it have to be that way?


Turnover up 16 per cent at Harper Macleod

Scottish firm Harper Macleod has reported a 16 per cent rise in turnover for the 2015/16 financial year, with the figure increasing from £22.1m to £25.7m. This is the first full-year results since Harper Macleod took over private client practice Bird Semple and represents a return to form for the firm, which essentially had flat […]