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Shepherd and Wedderburn targets growth in Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland

Shepherd and Wedderburn targets growth in Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland

Shepherd and Wedderburn has today announced further expansion of its Aberdeen

operations through the acquisition of The Commercial Law Practice (CLP), an independent

business law firm, which has provided legal services dedicated to the business community in

Aberdeen and surrounding areas for more than 20 years. The deal is expected to be

completed by 1 January 2017 and Shepherd and Wedderburn will operate from the current

CLP premises in Aberdeen’s commercial district. CLP partners Mike Anderson and Keir Willox

will become partners at Shepherd and Wedderburn, and Ma’aruf Razzak becomes a director.

Widely recognised as the go-to firm in the energy sector, Shepherd and Wedderburn currently

advises 25 per cent of companies listed in the BRINDEX, and from its newly expanded base

in Aberdeen and its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, the firm is confident of being

able to grow that business stream further, harnessing its in-depth industry knowledge and

expertise to do so.


Shepherd and Wedderburn Chief Executive, Stephen Gibb, said: “Aberdeen and the north

east remain a cornerstone of the Scottish economy. This acquisition means that we now have

a significantly bigger footprint in the region and that in turn means that we can offer clients the

benefit of an enhanced raft of services such as litigation; planning, banking & finance, rural

and private client advice together with the corporate, commercial real estate and business law

advice already offered.


“We have an excellent team. This acquisition represents a great investment for the firm and

will be followed by further senior hires in the new year.”


CLP’s Mike Anderson added: “We believe that there is a huge opportunity for Shepherd and

Wedderburn to cement its position in the north east, building on our combined strengths. The

partners and staff are excited to be joining a UK firm of the stature of Shepherd and

Wedderburn and I look forward to the challenge of helping to drive the business forward in this

part of the country and beyond.”


The acquisition comes hot on the heels of two local hires made by the firm in April and October

of this year: John Rutherford, formerly a senior corporate partner at Pinsent Masons

Aberdeen, and Charles Scott, formerly Managing Partner of Mackinnons, a long-established

firm in the region. Rutherford and Scott will join forces with Anderson and Willox to drive

forward the Aberdeen business.


Rutherford said: “Working in Aberdeen, I certainly understand the current economic

challenges facing businesses in the region. However, I also see businesses which are robust

and innovative and adapting well to a difficult economic climate. I look forward to working with

our new colleagues from CLP in order to help these inherently strong organisations find the

right solutions to enable them to forge ahead.”