The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Clydesdale Bank teleconference lets
law firms quiz leading legal light

AYRSHIRE'S legal community got the chance to question one of the UK’s leading lawyers, as part of a nationwide conference series organised by Clydesdale Bank’s Financial Solutions Centre.

Peter Scott, the former managing partner of top London and European law firm Eversheds, was the key speaker on a national teleconference hosted by Clydesdale Bank on the subject of how legal practices need to change following the recession.

Twelve law firms from in and around Ayrshire joined Clydesdale Bank’s managing partner Willie Mackie (pictured above) to question Peter on how the sector needs to be able to respond to the differing needs of clients following the economic downturn.

Willie Mackie, managing partner at Clydesdale Bank’s Financial Solutions Centre on Alloway Street, Ayr, said the teleconference was a great opportunity for local law firms to quiz one of the UK’s top legal professionals.

Willie said: “Peter was able to pass on a wealth of experience and insight gained from his career at a leading international legal practice. The market in which law firms now operate is very different as the UK economy looks to grow out of recession, and many clients have very different needs. Lawyers have to adapt, as most businesses do, and Peter discussed how firms need to continue to focus on fundamental principles such as identifying client needs.”

Stuart Paterson of Frazer Coogans Solicitors in Ayr (pictured above)commented: "Peter Scott's interpretation of client expectations of a legal firm in the 21st century was both informative and thought provoking. The format and content of the conference was innovative, and will assist local firms as they strive to provide a top service to clients."

This legal sector teleconference was part of a nationwide series of events being hosted by Clydesdale Bank to allow corporate and business customers the chance to network and hear from of the UK’s leading economists and professionals.

Future events will focus on the economic impact of the general election, exchange rates affecting farmers, food manufacturing and charities.

Clydesdale Bank

Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities. With over 150 retail branches and a network of Financial Solutions Centres, Clydesdale is one of Scotland's largest banks. The Bank is currently expanding its operations into the South of England with its innovative Financial Solutions Centres, offering customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.

Financial Solutions Centres

Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centres (FSC) offer Members a tailored range of business and private banking services under one roof. A team of specialist partners, each with considerable local experience, work together to provide Members with end to end solutions for their business and private banking needs. In addition to banking services, the FSCs also operate as a hub for local business, with a range of networking opportunities and meeting facilities available as a benefit of membership.

Over 70 FSCs are located around the UK and in 2006 represented over half of the National Australia Bank Group’s UK income.

Clydesdale Bank
Financial Solutions Centre
43 Alloway Street
Ayr KA7 1SP
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Willie Mackie, Managing Partner
Tel: 01292 272072
Fax: 01292 280202



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