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02 May 2019 News

Learning and Lawyers: Ross MacRae

Ross MacRae is a senior solicitor specialising in Banking and Finance matters and is a member of our Corporate and Commercial team and is a lawyer in our Edinburgh office.  Ross has been answering some questions about his professional and personal ambitions and his pride in our expert law firm.


What is your role at Gillespie Macandrew?

I am a Banking and Finance lawyer with a particular focus on Real Estate and Development Finance. I assist both borrower and lender clients in arranging and managing debt finance transactions and collaborate with both of them and their other advisors to facilitate smooth and efficient drawdowns within the desired timescale.


What about your role do you particularly enjoy?

Deals move quickly and timelines are often pretty tight which keeps things interesting – my days are rarely predictable!


Since joining the firm what has been your proudest moment?

It was great to see our team win the award for Corporate Deal Team of the Year at the 2018 Scott + Co Legal Awards. It was good to see recognition of GM’s increased activity in this area.  I had the opportunity to assist on the financing aspects of a number of our corporate team’s deals and was pleased to have made a contribution towards this achievement.


What have you been working on recently that is of particular interest?

We’re pleased to have garnered significant expertise in the P2P / Alternative Finance sphere which has grown considerably over the past few years and I am keen to see how this sector evolves for both our borrower and lender clients.


Is there anything you still hope to achieve in a personal or professional capacity?

I’ve never yet managed to tick getting a hole in one at golf off the bucket list!


What advice would you give to someone entering the legal profession?

Keep an open mind as regards practice area. You never know what might just turn out to be interesting.


What do you enjoy doing when not in the office?  

I have a keen professional and personal interest in Scotch Whisky and am a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.


Who would be your top three dinner party guests?

Tom Hanks, Keith Richards, Karamo from Queer Eye.


What three words best describe Gillespie Macandrew as law firm?

Ambitious, Collaborative, Respected


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