Lindsays and RSB macdonald to merge

Lindsays and RSB macdonald
L to R: Derek Duncan, Partner at RSB macdonald; Lesley Macdonald, Partner at RSB macdonald; (at front) Alasdair Cummings, Managing Partner, Lindsays; (at back right) Derek Petrie, Partner, Lindsays

Scottish law firms RSB macdonald and Lindsays are set to merge with effect from 6 July 2015, both companies announced today.

The merged firm, which will be known as RSB Lindsays in Tayside, will have 38 partners and operate in Dundee from offices in the City Centre and West End.

The five partners from RSB macdonald who are joining the merged firm will help to offer clients a ‘wider range’ of services to help with their personal, family or business affairs, the firms said.

RSB macdonald already has offices in Dundee, while Lindsays has offices in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and North Berwick.

Lindsays moved into larger premises in the Seabraes development just last Summer after seeing operations increase since a successful merger with Dundee legal firm Shield & Kyd in May 2012.

At the time of the move, the firm said its “ambitious targets for growth in Dundee” were being achieved.

Alasdair Cummings, managing partners of Lindsays, said: “We are delighted with the merger. It is a perfect fit, as both firms share the same core values, our personal approach and focus on delivering an excellent service to clients.

“RSB macdonald is a well-established firm with an excellent reputation, in particular in residential property, family law and the services it offers to individuals and families. The addition of their clients and people will further strengthen our own teams and allow us to continue growing our business in this region.

“I believe that the historical synergy is also fitting given that Lindsays celebrates its 200th anniversary this year and is merging with another long-standing firm that can trace it roots back to the 1880s.”

RSB macdonald partner Derek Duncan said: “This is an extremely exciting time for us. We believe the merger will bring further benefits to our clients through access to additional areas of expertise such as employment law, licensing, and corporate and commercial advice for businesses throughout Tayside.”

Fellow partner Lesley Macdonald added: “Our firms have long-standing connections and a very similar approach to business. We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues.”

  • An earlier version of this story said the merged firm would be known as RSB Lindsays. The new firm will be known as RSB Lindsays in Tayside only, and Lindsays in the rest of Scotland.
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