A NEW legal firm, claimed to be the largest new full service practice to open in Scotland in over 100 years, has launched. Gilson Gray has been founded by Glen Gilson (pictured on left), previously part of the senior management team at HBJ Gateley, and Matthew Gray (pictured on right), former head of property and legal services and member of the managing board at Pagan Osborne.
Gilson has been appointed managing partner while Gray, a non lawyer who is not a partner in the law firm in line with regulatory requirements, is managing director of Gilson Gray Property Services.
The launch follows nearly a year of planning and negotiation which has seen the firm recruit nine solicitor partners and four other senior executives to head and develop the business’s legal, property and financial services divisions. Gilson says: “It is the first time in Scotland a new firm of this size and capability has been launched, bringing together a team of skilled partners already established at the top of their respective fields. “We understand clients want their lawyers and advisors to have a ‘can do’ approach as informed specialists in their field. We also believe our clients deserve straight talking, friendly advisors that understand and care about their objectives.
“We will provide the same full-service technical expertise as any of the largest law firms in Scotland. We believe, however, that we can offer a more cost effective solution.” Gray adds: “We are delighted to have assembled such an impressive team for our launch, and to have already secured a high level of support from the Scottish business community. “We believe discerning corporate, commercial and private clients are keen to see a major new full service firm enter the market, offering high quality legal, financial and property services which are neither impersonal nor impenetrable. “Our partner-led teams include accredited specialists and award-winning individuals, committed to providing an excellent client experience. We strive to be reliable, honest, strong and approachable.”