Law Society comment on McClure Naismith
Commenting on the news that Scottish law firm McClure Naismith has gone into administration, Lorna Jack, chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland said,
“McClure Naismith is one of Scotland’s oldest firms and has been a proud part of the Scottish legal profession for almost 200 years. We are sorry to see it go into administration but understand this was the only viable option given the challenges faced by the business.
“It is clear that much work has already been undertaken to protect the interests of the firm’s clients and to minimise the disruption during the transfer of business which will now follow. Equally, it is good to see so many of the firm’s staff and trainees being placed into other Scottish and UK firms. However, there are many others who worked hard within McClure Naismith and who now face an extremely difficult and uncertain period. We have a package of support and dedicated staff available to solicitors who are affected by the announcement and we will be offering that help to anyone who needs it.
“Whilst today’s announcement is regrettable, our own research shows increased optimism within the legal profession as well as a more buoyant legal market. That said, the profession is undergoing phenomenal change with digitalisation and technology, changing expectations from clients and new entrants to the market all requiring firms to adapt and innovate in the way they do business. It underlines the need for firms to be flexible and to modernise in what is a highly competitive market.”
Information and advice on what to do if facing redundancy is available on the Law Society website. Any solicitors who have been affected can also contact Laura Malcolm at the Law Society: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clients of McClure Naismith can contact the firm's Glasgow office on 0141 204 2700
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