On the day that DWF introduced it had damaged into the US authorized market, the agency’s Scottish apply has been dealt a blow with the lack of a nine-lawyer group to Shepherd & Wedderburn.

Property and infrastructure companions Joanna Hamilton, Anthony McEwan and head of planning Moray Thomson will be a part of the Scottish impartial agency bringing its total accomplice headcount to 81.

The trio have a selected concentrate on the power sector, whereas the transfer marks a homecoming for McEwan and Thomson who had been with the agency earlier of their careers.

The three companions will probably be joined three associates, in addition to three solicitors and two paralegals. The group will probably be primarily based in Glasgow.

DWF’s story in recent times has centered largely on its worldwide growth, although the final 12 months have seen a variety of departures from the agency’s UK places of work. Its Manchester headquarters have seen the best price of attrition, dropping groups to JMW, Addleshaw Goddard and Osborne Clarke on this calendar yr alone.

Shepherd & Wedderburn ranked because the UK’s 57th-largest agency in The Lawyer UK 200: Prime 100 2018, producing a file £53.5m in 2017/18 which was a 5.9 per cent improve on the earlier yr’s £50.5m. Its actual property and company practices are the principle areas for the Scottish agency.

The information additionally comes weeks after the exit of a 10-strong non-public consumer group to Morton Fraser from Addleshaw Goddard’s Scottish arm.

The pinnacle of Addleshaw’s non-public consumer group in Edinburgh, Gregor Mitchell, moved throughout to the impartial agency, alongside authorized director Euan Fleming and a group of eight consultants, solicitors, paralegals and government assistants.

Each DWF and Addleshaws entered the Scottish market after mergers with native companies. DWF mixed with Biggart Baillie in 2012, whereas Addleshaws acquired HBJ Gatelely in 2017. All of DWF leavers had been members of Biggart Baillie previous to the merger.