Mackinnons Solicitors Look to Future during 175th anniversary
Celebrating a landmark anniversary can give any business the opportunity to reflect on past achievements and look to secure a successful future.
Aberdeen-based law firm Mackinnons is known as one of Scotland’s leading legal firms and is marking its 175th anniversary throughout 2017.
Established in Aberdeen in 1842, Mackinnons is known for its long-standing expertise in fishing, shipping and marine law, and the firm is also a leading provider of private client legal services with a team of experienced and specialist lawyers.
In its anniversary year, the firm’s partners and employees are raising money for The Fishermen’s Mission.
Senior marine law partner Graham Jones is one of the UK’s leading lawyers specialising in commercial shipping and fishing industry law and has worked with fishermen and fishing vessel owners throughout his career.
Coming from a fishing family himself, Graham said: “We have a long tradition of working with, and supporting The Fishermen’s Mission which provides invaluable support and care to fishermen and to their families.
“We have always encouraged our team to participate in fundraising events, whether for one of the firm’s nominated charities or one that they personally feel passionate about and, as a firm, we are working to raise as much as we can for The Fishermen’s Mission this year.”
As for Mackinnons’ history, Aberdeen advocate Lachlan McKinnon opened an office in 1842 at 54 Union Street, Aberdeen and the firm then practised as L Mackinnon & Son from premises at 239 Union Street, on the corner of Union Street and Huntly Street, in the 1870s.
The business then moved to 23 Market Street in 1892, where it remained until moving to 21 Albert Street in June 1986, when the current name Mackinnons was adopted.
The firm moved to its current headquarters at 14 Carden Place in Aberdeen’s West End in May 2005 and now has offices in Cults and Aboyne, across which its experienced teams of solicitors and staff provide professional, pragmatic, bespoke advice to clients, whether they are multinational corporations, local businesses or individuals.
The firm offers a range of legal services including residential property, personal advice, wills and estate planning, commercial property, business and corporate matters, renewables, employment and dispute resolution in addition to its internationally renowned shipping law practice.
Senior partner Keith MacRae said: “We are very proud to mark the firm’s 175th anniversary and have held a number of special events throughout the year for our staff, clients and business contacts.
“At a time when many professional firms believe big is beautiful, we have managed to retain our identity while offering high-quality legal services. The way we work allows us to remain close to our clients and to understand their legal needs. That is at the very heart of what we do.
“While it is important to acknowledge our long and successful history, we are also looking confidently to the future with a young and dynamic team which possess an impressive wealth of experience and expertise in our specialist fields.”
As well as providing legal services, Keith MacRae is consul for Norway and vice-consul for Denmark in Aberdeen, and Mackinnons provide consular services and assistance to Norwegian and Danish citizens and businesses in the north-east of Scotland.
He said: “Our consular work is a service for Norwegians and Danes in our community. It is something a little bit different, which adds an extra dimension to what we can offer and fits in well with the other work we do.
“The firm’s worldwide scope has also increased with our involvement in the offshore, shipping and commercial community over the last 30 years and many of our partners spend most of their time engaged in sea-related or commercial legal work.
“Our marine law practice is the most experienced in Scotland with a team of marine law and Admiralty specialists dealing with all aspects of this law, providing our clients with practical and commercial solutions.
“We also offer a 24-hour on-call emergency service for shipping clients and regularly deal with serious incidents and casualties and their consequences.
“Alongside that we have developed a very successful private client and property practice, which delivers high-quality legal services under the leadership of our partner Pat Gray. We put our clients’ needs at the heart of everything we do and are proud of the longstanding connections we have with so many of those who instruct us.
“While shipping law and private client advice may seem quite different, our principles remain the same – to provide experienced and specialist services to all of our clients. This is echoed by our business law and employment teams and throughout the firm.”