Masons gets corporate capability in Scotland

Masons has hired its first corporate partner in Scotland from leading Scottish firm Dickson Minto.

Derek Stroud will be working primarily with the firm’s fast-growing IT client base, but will also work with construction and energy clients.

Until now, the corporate requirements of the firm’s Scottish-based clients have been handled from its London and Leeds offices.

Alistair Morrison, joint managing partner at Masons in Scotland, says: “We recognised that we needed a corporate presence to take advantage of what we’re doing in IT and in construction.

“If you’ve got a client base here that’s demanding corporate advice, then you need to have high-level corporate support on the ground.”

Stroud brings particular experience working for clients investing in the IT sector.

His appointment is part of a rapid expansion since Masons’ launch in Glasgow three years ago, when the backbone of its practice came from McGrigor Donald and Dundas & Wilson. Since then it has grown from four to 32 fee-earners and opened an office in Edinburgh.