Burness hires two dept heads

Scottish commercial law firm Burness has recruited two new partners to head its pensions and finance departments.

After only nine months, Andrew Fleming is leaving City firm Richards Butler, where he heads the pensions unit, to become Burness’ head of pensions and share schemes. He was previously at Maclay Murray & Spens.

John Miller, a PFI specialist who has spent the past three years at Scottish firm Tods Murray WS, is joining as head of capital projects.

Burness chairman John Rafferty says: “Our policy is aggressive organic growth and these two hires will bring the total number of lateral hires in the past three years to seven.

“Until three years ago we were a broadly-based practice but then our private client practice was hacked off and we now specialise in corporate, commercial property and dispute resolution with a growing involvement in PFI work and banking.”

Fleming, who has developed an expertise in managing pensions, was unavailable for comment, as was Richards Butler.