Leading Scottish law firm, Gillespie Macandrew, announces the appointment of former RBS/NatWest Group General Counsel, Michael Shaw, as their new chair. Michael brings a wealth of legal, commercial and business expertise to Gillespie Macandrew and replaces Fiona Morton, who retired from the role in early July after five years with the firm. Michael spent over 20 years in private practice at Herbert Smith Freehills and Clifford Chance, before becoming Deputy Group General Counsel at Barclays in 2009, and then RBS/NatWest Group General Counsel in 2016, prior to retiring earlier this year.
Chief Executive Officer Robert Graham-Campbell commented: “Michael’s appointment reflects the continued ambitions we have for our business. He has a remarkable track record and brings further depth and commercial expertise to our Board. We are also grateful to our outgoing Chair, Fiona Morton for her significant contribution and leadership over the past five years and who has nurtured our culture of transparency, professionalism and inclusion.”
Michael Shaw added: “Gillespie Macandrew is an ambitious and forward-thinking firm and I look forward to working closely with Robert and the other Board members at what is an exciting period of growth for the firm.”
Gillespie Macandrew has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth and in the last six months welcomed three new partners. Lois Newton was promoted to partner in the firm’s market-leading rural team, experienced lawyer Sandy Telfer joined the planning team from DLA and most recently, the firm appointed construction specialist Ross Taylor from Wright Johnston & Mackenzie. The firm advises clients on all areas of land and rural business, private client, commercial real estate, energy, tax and disputes, combining a personal approach with industry-leading expertise.