A Scottish legal firm is hunting out older lawyers who have been pushed out of their former firms because of their age.

Many larger law firms have an aggressive approach to pushing out partners once they pass the age of 50. Research published early this year by law firm management consultancy Edward Drummond found that 72 per cent of partners at the UK’s top 10 law firms are 50 years old or younger, compared to 60 per cent of partners at UK firms overall.

Peter Boyd, managing partner of Edinburgh’s Boyd Legal, said: “We are actively looking and very keen to hear from experienced, skilled professionals who feel the time has come to move or who have been overlooked – to ensure their remaining years in the industry are their most enjoyable.”

“Lawyers that are getting closer to retirement age are increasingly being left feeling undervalued and in some cases are effectively forced out the door. 

“In commercial terms, this represents a real opportunity for firms such as ourselves. Experienced operators can often bring in major business and, of course, have the depth of knowledge to tackle any kind of appointment – and too little importance is placed on their positive impact throughout the practice.”

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