Inverness firm Anderson Shaw & Gilbert joins Ledingham Chalmers

Inverness firm Anderson Shaw & Gilbert joins Ledingham Chalmers

Pictured (L-R): Iain McDonald, Kirk Tudhope, Victoria Leslie, Joe Duncan, Jennifer Young and Findlay Boyd

Ledingham Chalmers LLP has announced the acquisition of Inverness-based legal practice Anderson Shaw & Gilbert (ASG).

The deal, part of the Aberdeen-headquartered firm’s nationwide growth plans, creates a business with around a £14 million annual turnover and headcount of 196 including 29 partners.

All 19 ASG personnel will join Ledingham Chalmers.

Ledingham Chalmers’ managing partner, Jennifer Young, said this deal is an important milestone in its strategy to double its revenue to £25m by 2025.

ASG’s commercial property, corporate, rural, and private client teams will trade under the Ledingham Chalmers brand with Joe Duncan joining as commercial property partner.

Its estate agency practice will retain its name, with Findlay Boyd as conveyancing partner, along with Iain McDonald as director.

Mrs Young said: “Strategic acquisitions are part of our ambitious growth plans to double our revenue to £25million by 2025. This deal, bringing ASG’s extremely well-respected commercial, corporate and private client expertise to our firm, is the latest part of our commitment to actively pursue acquisition and merger opportunities across Scotland — including in the central belt — that add measurable value to clients.

“Locally, it’s a milestone in the evolution of our Inverness office where our offering has grown over the last couple of years beyond what remains a strong public sector client base, and specialised business law practice, to the full-service model that has served us so well in Aberdeen.”

Mr Boyd said: “This is a mutually beneficial deal and gives ASG the opportunity to access a larger team of solicitors providing a broader range of advice in what is an impressive service for clients ranging from first-time buyers looking for a home, to multinationals considering global mergers and acquisitions.

“All clients can expect a seamless transition and we’ve already been in touch with them to let them know what they can expect over the coming days and weeks, and that includes continuing to deal with their usual contacts.”

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