More than 100 people attended the first networking event of the new group Young Professionals in Construction (YPiC), set up following an initiative by two solicitors at Maclay Murray & Spens.

Young lawyers met up with their counterparts in professional services, contractors, architects and others at MMS's Edinburgh offices, to further YPiC's aim of addressing the lack of forums for young professionals in the construction sector to meet and build the relationships needed to take their career to the next level.

A collaboration between MMS, BAM Construction and architects 3DReid, YPiC has gathered 250 names on its mailing list since being launched less than a month ago.

Linzi Coates-Hedalen of MMS, one of the founders, said: “After many meetings, debates and questions about whether anyone would turn up, it was great to see so many young professionals from the construction and engineering sectors join us and make our maiden event a success.

“The attendance, and the further interest YPiC has attracted in just a short time, proves there is a need for a relaxed forum for young professionals in the construction industry – whether it be professional services, contractors or the design team – to network with their peers.”

YPiC is now planning its second event. Visit for more information and to sign up to the mailing list.