Seven more McClure Naismith partners secure new firms

A further seven partners of defunct Scottish firm McClure Naismith have found new homes, with virtual law firm Excello Law taking one, Scotland’s Wright Johnston & Mackenzie (WJM) hiring two and London firm Marriott Harrison picking up four.

London project finance partner Ashok Ghosh has joined Excello, which is backed by former Dragon’s Den star James Caan via his private equity vehicle Hamilton Bradshaw, while financial services partner Colin Millar and real estate partner Stewart King have joined WJM in Glasgow.

One associate and one assistant have also moved across to WJM.

Meanwhile London firm Marriott Harrison has hired partners Andrew Williamson, Kit Stenning, Nils Reid and Jim Mackie and associates Callum Robertson and Deirdre O’Neill. Stenning and Mackie are joining as consultants.

This means that 22 of McClures’ 26 partners have now found new positions after their firm went into administration last Friday, leaving four partners yet to resurface at other firms.

The firm appointed FRP Advisory partners Tom MacLennan and Iain Fraser as joint administrators after suffering several years of falling revenues coupled with unmanageable fixed costs.

While the administrators have worked to save as many jobs as possible, 42 partners and staff have been made redundant.

Other firms to take teams from McClures are Burness Paull, Harper Macleod, HBJ Gateley, Maclay Murray & Spens and Morton Fraser.

McClure Naismith’s partners – who is going where:

Burness Paull

Bob Binning – real estate, Edinburgh
Colin Brown – real estate, Edinburgh
Stephen Scott – real estate, Edinburgh

Excello Law

Ashok Ghosh – project finance, London

Harper Macleod

E-Ming Fong – disputes, Edinburgh
Scott Kerr – corporate, Edinburgh
Suzanne McGarrigle – disputes, Edinburgh
John McHugh – disputes, Edinburgh
Philip Sim – real estate, Edinburgh

HBJ Gateley

John Blackwood – banking, Edinburgh

Maclay Murray & Spens

Wilson Aitken – property, Glasgow
Morag Campbell – corporate/finance, Glasgow
Frank Johnstone – consumer finance/debt recovery, Glasgow
Philip Sewell – dispute resolution, London
Robin Shannan (McClures chairman) – corporate/finance, Glasgow

Marriott Harrison

Jim Mackie – disputes, London
Nils Reid – financial services, London
Kit Stenning – financial services, London
Andrew Williamson – financial services, London

Morton Fraser

Paul Kenneth – property finance, Edinburgh

Wright Johnston & Mackenzie

Stewart King – real estate, Glasgow
Colin Millar – financial services, Glasgow

Partners yet to find a new firm:

Ewen Brown – disputes, Glasgow
Alistair Croft – disputes, London
Mark Parkhouse – financial services, London
David Thomson – real estate, Glasgow