Morton Fraser and MacRoberts merger FAQ

Morton Fraser and MacRoberts have announced their intention to merge, creating a new style of firm within the top tier of independent Scottish law firms and becoming the third largest independent firm by number of solicitors. 

Here you will find straightforward answers to some of the common questions you may have as a valued client or friend of the firm. For anything else, we encourage you to get in touch with us or your main contact to arrange a chat.

 

You can also find information on our new firm at our new Morton Fraser MacRoberts landing page

Why are the firms merging?

The merger of our two firms is a step change in our shared mission to become Scotland’s best independent law firm. This is very positive news for our clients, who will have access to a broadened and deepened range of expertise through the newly merged firm’s combined strengths. Our priority will continue to be to deliver user-friendly advice and exceptional client service.

What will the new firm be called?

It will be called Morton Fraser MacRoberts LLP, and work is now underway to create a new brand identity for the combined business. 

What size will the new firm be?

Each firm will double in size and scale, entering the ‘top tier’ of Scottish firms. The newly merged firm will have around 250 solicitors and £46m in annual revenues.

When is the merger going to complete?

Subject to regulatory and other approvals, the merger is projected to go live on 1 November 2023. 

Where will the new firm be located?

The merged firm will continue to trade from offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

You have said the firms have complementary teams and services – can you tell me more about that?

Our firms share some strengths but are broadly different in terms of the sectors and services we are most successful in. For example, while MacRoberts has deep specialism in energy and infrastructure, Morton Fraser has a wider and larger client base in corporate real estate and housebuilding. Additionally, clients of both firms will now have access to a range of complementary services, including advice on pensions, share schemes, corporate tax, intellectual property and immigration law.

Who should I contact about new and ongoing matters?

Your existing relationship partner will remain your primary contact during the merger process. They will be happy to speak with you, and they are committed - as ever - to serving your needs.

How will you deal with potential conflicts of interest? 

Both firms have robust conflict checking processes and have already undertaken an assessment of our current clients. Clients for whom potential conflicts may exist will be contacted individually, though we do not expect there to be many cases.