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Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

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London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP is a forward-looking, practical, commercial legal firm which has a stated objective of providing its clients with the best possible service across the broad range of legal advice provided by the firm. Maclay Murray & Spens LLP is well-placed to offer clients throughout the UK and beyond commercial advice at competitive prices. The firm’s Aberdeen office is home to an oil and gas practice and offers clients in the north east of Scotland access to the full range of specialist expertise in the firm, including employment, banking, health and safety, corporate, property and planning.

The firm: Maclay Murray & Spens LLP has a significant UK, European and international client base, which can be serviced from any or all of the firm’s four offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London. These are linked by an integrated computer, video-conferencing and telephone network, ensuring that a fast, efficient service and expert advice are delivered. The London office offers a full English Law service, which provides an ideal platform both for Scottish clients doing business in the City and for London-based clients looking for a premier law firm without City overheads. The London office has particular strength in financial services.

The firm is a member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Established in 1989, Lex Mundi now boasts over 160 law firms with 560 offices and 21,000 lawyers between them. The firm’s status as Scotland’s representative also benefits its English clients as Lex Mundi has a policy of not taking on an English member, so the firm’s London office provides an opportunity for English clients to access the network. The advantages are considerable. Laws and regulations vary wildly and can be highly complex, so local expertise is essential when companies seek to compete in the global economy. Lex Mundi allows the firm’s clients to access these legal resources quickly and efficiently.

Types of work undertaken: The firm is structured into 17 main practice areas: banking and finance; capital projects; commercial dispute resolution; construction and engineering; corporate; employment and pensions; energy and natural resources; EU, competition and regulatory; financial services, food and drink; housing and care; IP and technology; planning and environmental; private client and charities; property; public sector; and tax. The corporate practice covers four key areas: M&A/private equity, financial services, capital markets and restructuring.

The firm has exceptional quality in all of the departments listed and continues to strive towards pre-eminence in these areas of work. The firm recognises that many transactions require hand-picked teams made up of lawyers with differing skills from differing departments if the specific needs of the client and the transaction in question are to be fully met. To this end, the firm ensures that all departments and units are closely linked to give the client the best possible service.

The skills developed by the firm over the years and the commitment not just to meet but to anticipate the needs of clients, both corporate and private, gives Maclay Murray & Spens LLP its competitive edge, and clients are given a comprehensive legal service.

Breakdown of work    %
Company/commercial    40
Commercial property    28
Litigation    17
Private client     15

Number of UK partners 61

Number of other UK fee-earners 258

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