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Trust an accessible and friendly family law firm

Fiona Rasmusen, Gibson Kerr, Family Law Manager

Everyone’s journey in life is different, but we all need to be able to turn to someone we trust for help and advice.

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As a family law firm, Gibson Kerr’s expert and friendly lawyers in Edinburgh and Glasgow are here to help you with your family’s legal needs. Our teams of personal and family law experts can offer in-depth specialist advice in a range of legal areas.

Over the years we have helped hundreds of families with their legal needs. Whether you’re going through a divorce or separation, negotiating a “marriage contract,” settling a cohabitation dispute, or dealing with family disputes involving children, our friendly and approachable family law experts know that Everyone’s situation is unique and we treat each client as an individual, with understanding and respect.

If you need help and advice on personal law matters, such as planning your estate and writing a will; establish a power of attorney; deal with disputes concerning the estates of deceased persons or the liability that accompanies the appointment of an executor – our personal law lawyers can give you personalized and reliable advice.

They also help clients establish trusts, resolve cost of care issues, and many other areas of law. The Gibson Kerr estate team can handle all your estate agency needs in the Edinburgh area, as well as house selling and buying for any property in Scotland.

Fiona Rasmusen

Gibson Kerr has been providing legal services to people in Edinburgh and Glasgow for many years. We recently moved to larger premises and made a number of key appointments and promotions as part of our ambitious growth strategy.

Nevertheless, we remain a friendly and accessible firm, dedicated to providing quality advice to our clients.

An incredibly busy year with a host of exciting developments

Fraser Gillies, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie, Managing Partner

Fraser Gillies

It’s been an incredibly busy year for Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie, which has seen a host of exciting developments, including two office moves and a series of promotions and new hires.

In April, our Glasgow team moved into their new offices on St Vincent Plaza, where the open-plan layout has greatly enhanced our collaborative working.

The opening of the office was marked by a fantastic exhibit reflecting landmark legal cases in our firm’s 165-year history, including our work with the Roslin Institute when Dolly the Sheep was cloned, and our involvement in Space Hub Sutherland.

Our Dunfermline team have also moved into impressive new office space following the continued success of the past year. And our Inverness team celebrated their 11th anniversary – from opening with just one solicitor, they now number 21 and have a diverse client base.

John Morrisson. Photo: Jo Hanley Photography

We have seen a series of promotions and appointments across the company over the past 12 months, and we were delighted to welcome four new aspiring lawyers to our graduate program this year.

Repower, recharge, rethink

Renewable energy remains a priority for us and it is clear that the industry is likely to play a central role in the UK economy over the next decade. We look forward to our annual Renewable Energy Seminar on Thursday 10th November in Glasgow as it is always a great opportunity to take stock of where we are and where things are going in the sector.

The economic and political climate will continue to present challenges, but I am confident that we can continue to build on the progress made in 2022, and I look forward to supporting our customers through next year.

Allan Wernham

Essential ingredients for an ambitious entrepreneurial ecosystem

John Morrison, Shepherd and Wedderburn, Partner

As a nation, we are renowned for our thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Despite the challenges of recent years, venture capital investment in the UK reached a record £26bn in 2021, including £626.9m in Scotland.

What makes us a nation of entrepreneurs? We have direct access to the essential ingredients necessary for an attractive and ambitious entrepreneurial ecosystem: talents; mentoring; incubators and accelerators, and seed funding. Innovative start-ups have access to – and often originate from – world-class universities with a pool of bright and promising graduates and top researchers, and are well served by incubators and accelerators.

The challenges of scaling

However, our ecosystem does not always adequately support promising start-ups through the scale-up phase and beyond to progress.

Maintaining momentum in the face of current economic uncertainty will be no small feat for the start-up community. Entrepreneurs and their fledgling businesses must navigate tricky questions and make tough decisions that will inevitably determine the speed and scale of growth.

Failing to be prepared and missing out on a key funding opportunity or market entry could prove costly, while expanding too quickly could mean they have to pick up the pieces if the landscape changes next.

The right course for each business depends on a wide range of factors from personnel to market movements. That’s why, in order to overcome these challenges, we launched our Start-toScale campaign aimed at connecting start-ups with trusted advice from experts. Visit for tips.

See firsthand how creating a great culture can pay dividends

Alan Wernham, CMS, Managing Director (Scotland)

The competition to attract the most promising talents in the Scottish legal sector is fierce. To succeed in this competitive landscape, Scottish law firms need to look beyond the salary and terms they can offer.

As an international company with a significant presence in Scotland, CMS has seen firsthand how creating a great culture, where we can offer our colleagues high quality work and opportunities around the world, bears its fruits.

This has been nurtured over the long term and is underpinned by an investment in people, a commitment to customer relationships and contributions to the communities we serve.

We are also able to offer our colleagues a global perspective through our more than 70 offices around the world. This ensures that we leverage the talent we have here in Scotland in local and international markets. It also offers our associates opportunities to gain experience and develop as lawyers.

One of the things I’m most proud of is how CMS’s diversity and inclusion policies have ensured that progress within our firm is based solely on ability, attitude and ethics. work. An example of the positive results of this commitment is that currently 45% of our partners in Scotland are women, which is well above the industry average.

CMS is committed to achieving net zero status by 2025. We are also involved in promoting sustainability through a number of other initiatives, including the establishment of beehive gardens in our three offices Scotland and delivering our Young Citizens climate action education program for secondary school students. .

Our long-term investment in people, clients and communities and our broader commitment to diversity, inclusion and sustainability help ensure that CMS continues to attract the best legal talent to Scotland.

Welcoming a “unique opportunity” for financial services

Jonny Williams, Womble Bond Dickinson, UK Head of Financial Institutions Sector

The Financial Services and Markets Bill has reached public bill committee stage.

At this stage of the procedure, the first (and usually numerous) amendments to the published draft are raised and debated, so the version of the bill that emerges at the end of this stage may be very different from the original. The bill, described as a “unique opportunity to improve regulation, strengthen consumer protection and create a more competitive financial services industry,” is framework legislation that will underpin new, disparate regulatory measures.

Among the key initiatives is the repeal and replacement of all EU measures in UK law – offering the government the opportunity to create a suitable regulatory environment for UK financial services markets.

But the bill also proposes a regime to oversee the largest unregulated providers of critical services to financial institutions, the regulatory framework for crypto-assets and their providers, and the regulation of buynow-pay-later products and services.

The Scottish financial centre, and in particular the retail banking sector, will be particularly interested in the mandatory refund proposal for victims of push payment scams, but also in proposals to ensure access to cash.

Given the Scottish Affairs Committee’s summer report on access to cash in Scotland highlighting a greater reliance on cash in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, the Government’s commitment to continue to ensure access to those who need it and its cash support The initiatives of the action group and the banking framework will be welcome.

But in this turbulent time for politics, we’ll have to wait and see how the original proposals change before we get a new law.

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