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Chairman: Maggie Moodie
Chief Executive: Chris Harte
Number of partners: 49
Number of other fee-earners: 143

Agriculture & Rural Land & Business: James Rust
Asset Finance: Bev Wood
Banking & Finance: Andrew Meakin
Clinical Negligence - Claimant: Jenny Dickson
Construction & Development: Jonathan Seddon
Consumer Finance: John Lunn
Corporate: Beverley Wood
Dispute Resolution: Innes Clark
Education: Institutions: David Walker
Employment: Innes Clark
Energy & Utilities: Nick Atkins
Environment: Nick Atkins
Family/Matrimonial Law: Rhona Adams
Financial Services & Products: John Lunn
Health & Safety: Jenny Dickson
Hotels & Leisure: Elspeth Carson
Immigration: Stuart McWilliams
IP/IT: Austin Flynn
Infrastructure & Project Finance: Andrew Meakin
Insolvency: Iain Young
Local Government: Rory Alexander
Licensing: David Hossack
Mediators: David Hossack
Parliamentary & Public Law: Rory Alexander
Personal Injury: Jenny Dickson
Planning: Douglas Milne
Private Client: Sue Hunter
Private Equity: Austin Flynn
Projects: Suzanne Hardie
Real Estate: Michael Ramsay
Real Estate Litigation: Douglas Milne
Retail: Elspeth Carson 
Restructuring/Insolvency: Nicola Ross
Social Housing: Suzanne Hardie
Sports Law: Paul Geoghegan
TMT: Austin Flynn 

THE FIRM Morton Fraser is a leading independent Scottish law firm delivering clear legal advice to businesses, the public sector, families and individuals. It operates from offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with a headcount of around 300 people including 49 partners. It has links internationally to a further 160 law firms around the world. With a highly talented team of lawyers, Morton Fraser provides specialist expertise across its main business areas of commercial real estate, public sector, private client, banking, corporate and litigation.

Morton Fraser has highlighted clarity as its guiding principle. This directs the way it communicates, the way it advises, the way it conducts relationships with its clients and the way it is totally transparent and upfront about its charges. This applies to all its services from the straightforward to the more complex.

Morton Fraser was awarded the Business Insider’s Scottish SME of the Year Award in 2018 and was the only Scottish law firm in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for 2019.

CLIENTS Morton Fraser’s impressive client base includes: AGS Airports Limited, Diageo, Historic Environment Scotland, The Ministry of Defence, Nationwide, Robertson Homes, Rockspring, Royal Mail Group, Schuh, Scottish Canals, Scottish Government, Skyscanner, Standard Life plc, Stewart Milne, Persimmon, City of Edinburgh Council, Superdrug, Tesco Stores Limited, UK Government and Volkswagen UK.


Morton Fraser has one of Scotland’s largest dedicated finance practices. Clients include all of the UK’s clearing banks, along with building societies, leasing companies and overseas financial institutions. The team offers real expertise from transaction-driven finance to consumer finance and consumer credit regulation. Advising on deals with values running into billions of pounds a year and frequently providing specialist Scottish advice to English and overseas law firms.

Commercial Real Estate:
The commercial real estate team advises clients on the full spectrum of commercial real estate work including regeneration projects, retail and general leasing, property investment, property development, portfolio management, property finance, lender services and house building. The lawyers also have expertise in real estate support services such as construction, planning and environmental law. Clients benefit from their expertise gained in acting for some of Scotland’s largest property owners.

Corporate: The corporate team has extensive experience in a wide range of corporate matters throughout the UK, including share and business sales and purchases, mergers and acquisitions, capital reductions, restructuring, advising investors and investees in private equity transactions, joint ventures and shareholder disputes and advising on insolvency and data protection and GDPR matters. The team works with a wide variety of organisations from PLCs and household-names to small and medium sized organisations including charities, ownermanaged businesses and start-ups in all industry sectors.
The team is involved in many technically-complex and commercially-significant transactions across a range of sectors.

Litigation: The litigation team is one of the largest in Scotland. It includes experts in specialist areas such as fraud and financial crime, child and adoption law, immigration law, contentious planning law and alternative dispute resolution. The team also includes three solicitor advocates offering clients seamless and cost-effective representation in civil courts throughout Scotland; a substantial debt team with particular expertise in volume recoveries for public sector clients; and one of the most respected employment teams in Scotland. The team’s approach to litigation involves partnering with its clients and basing its strategy around their goals in order to get the best result possible. The core of its work is the commercial practice dealing with business to business disputes. The majority of these involve issues of contractual interpretation.

Private Client: The private client team have over 50 specialists, including two chartered and certified independent financial advisers. Together, they are all passionate about the work they do for people and their families. They advise on a wide range of areas of expertise including divorce and family law, wills, powers of attorney, finances, tax planning, family succession, pensions, later life care and trusts.

Public Sector: Morton Fraser has a huge amount of experience of working with public sector clients who appreciate the firm’s sensitivity to the political, administrative and financial demands faced by the sector. The firm acts for over 70 public sector organisations including the Ministry of Defence, the Scottish Government, UK Government departments and agencies, Non-Departmental Government Bodies, education institutions as well as many local authorities.