Burness continues hiring spree with financial services capture

Scottish firm Burness has beefed up its financial services regulatory practice with the hire of former Weil Gotshal & Manges associate Lorna ;Finlayson ;as ;a partner.

Finlayson, who left Weil earlier this year, will join Burness in July, just months after Travers Smith associate Mark Ellis joined the firm as a partner.

Burness chairman Philip Rodney said: “The financial services sector powers Scotland. The addition of a top-flight partner with City firm experience focused specifically on regulatory issues further strengthens the firm’s ability to provide a comprehensive service to our clients in this specialised sector and defines ourselves in the market.”

Prior to joining Weil, Finlayson worked within the legal department of Direct Line’s financial services division.

The hire is the latest in a recent line at Burness, which last month boosted its property practice with the addition of partner Nick Naddell from Scottish rival McClure Naismith. He brought associate Emma Millar with him and was also joined by MacRoberts associate Graeme Bradshaw (The Lawyer, 14 April).