Your Scots Counsel

Key contact

Morton Fraser_Ross Caldwell
Ross Caldwell
Ross Caldwell is a partner in our Banking & Finance team, based in our Edinburgh office.
0131 247 1149

Law firms acting as lead counsel for key clients in cross-border transactions or litigation matters have a number of commercial issues to consider when choosing firms to partner with in other jurisdictions. Here at Morton Fraser, we understand that it is vital that you can engage with a law firm in Scotland on behalf of your clients which understands the challenges you face, the pressures you're under and the commercial factors which need to be considered in terms of your own business interests.

Benefits we bring to you 

We are a Scottish based legal practice with offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a long and distinguished history at the heart of the legal community in Scotland.

We do not have a presence in England or anywhere else other than Scotland, and we intend to keep it that way. Many of our competitors have forsaken their independent status by entering into mergers with your competitors. Others have established a presence in London on a directly competitive basis. We have no intention of following suit in either respect; we are proud of our position as a leading independent Scottish law firm, focussed on Scotland. Our lawyers are acknowledged experts in Scots law and the commercial markets in Scotland, and our business focus and network of contacts reflects this.

Please read on to learn more about our 'Your Scots Counsel' services and our approach to partnering with instructing law firms on client engagements.

The natural choice 

We frequently act alongside law firms based in the City of London and other major financial and commercial centres. Our legal specialists include a number of lawyers who have practised in the City of London for well-regarded City and international law firms. We therefore have an inherent understanding of the challenges faced by lead counsel on cross-border international transactions under demanding time pressures.

When partnering with lead counsel law firms, our primary focus is to work seamlessly with you to ensure a collaborative approach throughout so that together we deliver results on time, on budget and in a manner that reflects the commercial requirements of your client.

We are therefore the natural choice for you and your clients, regardless of the size or complexity of the relevant transaction or dispute, or the technical difficulty of the Scots law advice required.


Our brand is built around the guiding principle of clarity, which informs our approach to legal advice, dispute resolution and transaction execution. We have also applied the principle of clarity to billing.  We offer completely transparent billing and flexible billing arrangements which are not based on the traditional 'time on the clock' approach. Our commitment to clarity in billing is such that we undertake to all of our clients that we will never ask them to pay an invoice that they weren’t expecting.

Insights and thought leadership

Our lawyers are experts in their fields, providing insightful analysis into legal developments and issues faced by you and your clients. We have included links to a number of our relevant articles below.  Please don't hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss further.