Gilson Gray makes history with launch

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Glen Gilson and Matthew Gray

A new legal firm, hailed as the largest new full service practice to open in Scotland in more than 100 years, has launched this week.

Gilson Gray has attracted a significant team of market-leading specialists from across the Scottish legal, property and financial sectors to front the business, which has bases in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The senior figures are Glen Gilson, one of the leading private client lawyers in Scotland and previously part of the senior management team at HBJ Gateley, and Matthew Gray, former head Head of Property and Legal Services and member of the Managing Board at Pagan Osborne.

Glen has been appointed managing partner while Matthew, 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 of Gilson Gray follows nearly a year of careful planning and negotiation which has seen the firm recruit an expert team of nine solicitor partners and four other senior executives to head and develop the business’s legal, property and financial services divisions.

Glen said:

“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 that clients want their lawyers and advisors to be have a ‘can do’ approach as informed specialists in their field.  We also believe that 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.”

The other senior figures in Gilson Gray include Head of Renewable Energy, Andrew Fleetwood, formerly principal at Fleetwood Legal, ex magic circle Freshfields and Head of Energy, Eversheds Scotland.

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