National law firm Shoosmiths has confirmed the opening of a Glasgow hub, building on the success of its Edinburgh office and further extending Shoosmiths’ operational footprint in Scotland.
Barry McKeown, who recently joined Shoosmiths growing real estate team as a partner, is responsible for further developing the firm’s presence in the west of Scotland. The hub is based within the Spaces development on West Regent Street in Glasgow city centre.
McKeown, who has a formidable track record of advising clients across the commercial and residential development landscape, believes the decision to put down roots in Scotland’s largest city will be well received by both existing and potential new clients.
He commented: “In a business sense, the Edinburgh and Glasgow markets are very different. Shoosmiths presence in Glasgow ensures we can directly support our west of Scotland client base, including those involved in the house-building sector and residential developers.
“Drawing upon Shoosmiths wide-ranging legal expertise across 13 locations, we can also offer clients in Scotland and throughout the UK invaluable industry insight and legal knowledge to support their businesses. This includes large UK employers who are currently based or aim to be based in Glasgow and have occupier requirements.”
Craig Ormond, director for Mactaggart & Mickel is among existing clients to have welcomed news of the Glasgow move. He said: “As part of a family owned, award winning group of companies with UK-wide interests in the construction industry, I welcome Shoosmiths’ decision to open a hub in Glasgow city centre. Strategically, it’s a positive step in the Scottish market and it will be beneficial in supporting our own plans for further growth and development in the west.”
Janette Speed, head of Shoosmiths in Scotland, added: “Shoosmiths strategic decision to open a hub in Glasgow underlines our confidence that Scotland offers further opportunities for sustained growth. The development of our hub in the west of Scotland will further increase Shoosmiths capacity to advise our growing and valued bank of clients, including those operating within the real estate and corporate sectors.”