MacRoberts moves forward with plans to increase presence in Dundee


18th December 2019

Leading commercial law firm, MacRoberts, will increase its presence in Dundee to take advantage of the vibrant opportunities in the city.

The firm intends to do this by doubling employee numbers and increasing floor size of its office after six years in Tayside. In an interview with The Herald, Managing Partner, Neil Kennedy said,

“We’re doubling our space in Dundee as we want to go from 20 people to 40. Client demand means we want to have a strong presence on the East coast.

Plans for team expansion follow a successful financial year for MacRoberts, who have enjoyed a four per cent increase in revenues, to £18.8m and a 12 per cent rise in profits to £5.9m.

This success is reflected in the firm’s recently overhauled remuneration system. Mr Kennedy said,

“During the last financial year we more than doubled our bonus to non-partners, paying out 120 per cent of what we paid out in the previous year,” he said.

“It’s based on individual achievement, the achievement of the teams people are in and there’s also an all-firm bonus. Some people received a total of 19 per cent of their salary.”

Working practices were also reviewed to ensure that in addition to getting paid well for the work they undertake, teams are able to work in a way that suits them, be it at home or in any of the firm’s locations.

This practice is championed by Mr Kennedy who himself is not tied to one particular desk. His strategy of spending time in each of the firm’s offices each week is designed not only to show leadership when it comes to working flexibly but to ensure he is accessible to all,

“In business, people talk about doing simple things well; in a people business if you’re not visible and speaking to people then you’re doing it wrong.”

Morton Fraser MacRoberts LLP

MacRoberts LLP, one of the largest independently owned law firms in Scotland, was founded over 150 years ago by the MacRobert family. We are a leading Scottish commercial law firm with full-service offices in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow with a client base that reaches across Scotland and beyond.

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