Dundas & Wilson’s bonny U-turn

The Edinburgh festival may be over, but it looks like that won’t stop Dundas & Wilson getting the bagpipes out for its own reasons. It only seems five minutes ago that the firm was trumpeting a major push at growing in London, but it has now decided to return to its Scottish roots.

Co-managing partner Allen Wernham admitted Dundas had been through a period of reshaping and had decided to “refocus” on its Scottish roots as well as zone in on three core areas in London.

“People come to us because of our reputation in Scotland,” Wernham told us. “However, in the previous years, we were focusing on building the firm as a major UK firm and had not invested much in Scotland. We need to refresh and refocus our strategy to Scotland, because a quality Scottish offering is what makes us stand out.”

Better late than never we suppose. Most recently, Dundas has started a new round of recruitment for its Glasgow-based paralegal Legal Services Unit (LSU), effectively an in-house outsourcing team. According to Wernham, the firm looks to double the size of the unit in the next few years.

The firm’s dwindling revenues and dithering over strategy are, however, less indicative of a firm that knows precisely where it is going – other than back to the start.

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