Member of the Week - Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP
Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM) is a full-service, independent Scottish law firm, with a history stretching back over 160 years.
Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP was established in Glasgow in 1854 by Thomas Grieve Wright and George Smith. Alexander Johnston joined the practice in 1866, and in 1869 Dr James Mackenzie joined the firm. Since then, they have been called Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP.
In 1986, the firm opened an Edinburgh office through the acquisition of Haldanes, McLaren & Scott WS, and over the years other businesses have been assumed to help them better serve the needs of the wider Scottish business and private client communities.
2011 saw them opening their third office, this time in Inverness, allowing them to capitalise on the rapidly expanding economy in the north of Scotland, and in 2016 they merged with the established Inverness firm MacArthur & Co to strengthen their presence in the area.
In May 2017 WJM merged with BMK Wilson, expanding their operation in Glasgow and giving them a fourth office in Dunblane. The merger added to the ongoing implementation of their plans to strengthen and grow their key areas of Private Client, Commercial Property, Corporate and Dispute Resolution, whilst giving them geographical reach into Perthshire. WJM also took on the business of Robertson & Co in Kingussie, further strengthening their Highland practice.
Throughout their history, WJM have led through client service. Being a Client-centric practice, means that everything they do is to serve their clients best, by putting them at the centre of everything we do.
Angus MacLeod is the lead Partner at WJM Inverness and is an award-winning corporate & commercial lawyer. He enjoys helping clients set up, grow, buy and sell businesses. He also has particular expertise in commercial contracts, intellectual property, franchising and IT. Angus advises a wide range of clients, including numerous family businesses. Brought up in Inverness, Angus joined WJM in 1998 and has been a partner since 2005. He is a native Gaelic speaker with Hebridean roots. Outside of WJM he enjoys time with his young family, sings with Inverness Gaelic Choir, and is Chair of the Board of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture.
We asked Angus why WJM would like to feature as member of the week: “WJM is growing in the Inverness area, with the merger a few years ago with McArthur & Co and the acquisition of the clients of Robertson & Co in 2017. This opportunity to be member of the Week will let us promote and share our range of services and expertise to the wider Chamber community. Our aim is to continue to innovate in legal services to better serve our clients and we feel this opportunity will help us to showcase that.”
WJM would like to tell you about their ability to deliver joined-up legal advice to business owners who need both commercial advice for their businesses and personal advice for themselves and their families. They are Scotland’s leading law firm for family-owned businesses with a long pedigree in helping these businesses succeed across generations. Also, their expertise in tackling complex estate planning work which few others in the Highlands are comfortable with.
In the past year WJM have invested in their ability to deliver complex private client and estate planning work from our Inverness office, and also planning work, which is an essential service for their clients who invest and deal in commercial property or are looking at property development.
Angus shared with their business plans over the next 12 months: “Listed by both Chambers Guide and the Legal 500 as a leading firm in Scotland for several areas of our work, including those in the Highlands. We were also invited to join the Geneva Group, an international network of high-quality independent professional services firms. As the only Scottish legal firm in the network we are able to offer our clients unparalleled access to local advice right across the globe.”
Angus told us what they value most about Chamber membership: “The opportunities it affords us. We get to network with fellow members and attend events both socially and professionally. There are so many tools available to help develop and grow your business, and the team at the Chamber are always on hand to help. The contacts made are invaluable.”
Angus provided their top-tip for other Chamber members to maximise their membership: “Take the time to participate in and support Chamber events. Keynote events like the Highland Business Dinner are consistently high quality, and the smaller more regular events give an opportunity to network with new people and established contacts alike.”
Address: The Green House, Beechwood Park North, Inverness, IV2 3BL
Tel: 01463 234445