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MTM Defence Lawyers

Work 01324 633221
Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow

Neil Hay, Director and Solicitor/Advocate

Director and Solicitor-Advocate Neil Hay explains how MTM Defence Lawyers continue to adapt to their clients’ needs and offer high-quality counsel in criminal law issues in the Scottish courts.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate MTM Defence Lawyers from your competitors?

The firm appears in all Scottish courts for clients and referring firms
With in-house Solicitor-Advocates and many other experienced solicitors (all specialists in this field), MTM can represent clients in all courts – from the Justice of the Peace Court to Sheriff Court and the High Court.  This capability sets it apart from many other criminal law firms, and, combined with a criminal law specialism, makes the firm an ideal partner for other leading law firms who do not have their own criminal law team. 

The firm receives referrals from leading UK law firms for its Scottish criminal defence expertise
MTM receives regular referrals from many of the biggest law firms in Scotland and in London.  These referring firms can be from any area of the law, although we receive a particularly significant volume of referrals from family, corporate, litigation and regulatory lawyers.

The firm is instructed for international cases and by international clients
Many of the firm’s private client cases have an international reach (Europe, Australia, Middle East & USA), which is not generally the case with traditional Scottish criminal defence firms.  MTM acts for many high-profile, high-net-worth individuals, which means that service levels have to be of the very highest standard and highly personalised.

Service levels match those of the UK’s leading law firms
Everything has been designed to reflect the high standard of the leading UK and international law firms who refer their clients for criminal law matters (see 2) below for more details). 

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The size of the firm’s private client base has grown exponentially over the past two years and MTM has opened offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, as well as taking on additional members of the legal team to service private client work. 

The firm has bucked the trend in criminal law firms by finding new markets for its expertise.  These have included complex regulatory and fraud cases, often with a wide-ranging international scope involving cross-border and multi-jurisdictional work.  Complex family law cases, again often with an international dimension involving child custody and business/professional issues, are also integral to our work.

Growth is being driven by an expanding network of referrers from leading UK law firms, and from private individuals, who are looking for a complete service.  MTM takes on these cases to solve a legal and business problem for its clients: it’s about taking ownership of a case and delivering results to the highest standards.  It is this ability to service top firms and blue-chip/white-collar clients that is central to the development of the firm.  MTM also receives a high number of recommendations from satisfied former clients.

What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

The firm has expanded its legal team and the quality and geographical spread of its offices to ensure the highest levels of availability and personal service to its clients. 

The firm has also continued to invest highly in technology to deal with some of the most complicated cases to come before the courts, enabling it to process huge volumes of data as part of its detailed investigations and preparations.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?


MTM has long been an advocate of the latest technology and uses the solutions that meets its clients’ requirements - from video conferencing to WhatsApp.  It has made it easier to share to share documents and advice with clients as appropriate.

IT has made communication instantaneous. A legal firm has to be able to provide an immediate response through safe, secure methods that are instant and brief.  These are vital considerations for our clients who are busy people across the world.  Technology is also vital for case conferences with other lawyers in London, around the UK, the USA and Europe.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

In a recent regulatory matter, a substantial commercial housebuilder was involved in a case where environmental issues were of prime importance.  MTM managed the case with the least disruption to the client’s ongoing business interests and least damage to their reputation.  Essentially, our work enabled the client to continue trading with an unblemished brand name. 

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms - how do you see the firm contributing to this?

Referring law firms are looking for a seamless level of service in managing their legal cases for clients.  They are looking for criminal law issues to be dealt with as efficiently as possible.  The ability to do this consistently is driving repeat business for MTM, which is seen by many UK leading firms as the ‘go-to’ firm for solving criminal law issues in the Scottish courts. It allows referring firms to build MTM into their client offering and business strategy, based on the service and results that we deliver.
Private clients too are looking for the same.  They use MTM to deal with criminal law issues that would otherwise derail their business or professional life. 
MTM regularly addresses professional legal associations and runs seminars with other law firms to develop ways of working together strategically to the benefit of all.

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