DLA loses last Glasgow real estate partner

DLA loses last Glasgow real estate partnerDLA Piper has been hit by another departure from its Scottish real estate practice, with the exit of its sole remaining Glasgow property partner.

Anne McGregor is ­leaving the firm ­following the departure of property ­partners David Thomson and Graeme Sunter last month.

One associate has been made ;redundant ;and two assistants are set to leave when a redundancy ­consultation is completed.

McGregor’s departure leaves the Glasgow real estate group staffed by one associate and two assistants.

Scotland ;managing ­partner Bruce Westbrook denied that the firm was planning to close the city’s property department.

“We’re not shutting up shop and we’re not closing our real estate practice,” he insisted. “We want to be a ­substantial real estate ­practice in Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

He added that Edinburgh-based partner Sheila Irvine would move to Glasgow, while real estate head Drew Wallace would spend more time in that office.

McGregor is the seventh partner to leave DLA Piper’s Scottish practice this year and one of the few remaining partners from Bird Semple, which merged with DLA Piper in 2000. Her departure leaves just four former Bird Semple partners at the firm out of the 19 who joined as part of the merger.