Aberdein Considine merges with A&S Ireland

Scottish law firm Aberdein Considine said it will merge with Glasgow solicitor estate agent A&S Ireland.

The combined businesses, which will trade under the Aberdein Considine brand, will employ 360 staff and have a total turnover of more than £21 million.

The expansion adds two more estate agency and leasing branches to Aberdein Considine’s Glasgow property network, which will now stretch from Byres Road in the west end, Kilmarnock Road in Shawlands and Ayr Road in Newton Mearns.

A&S Ireland’s legal office in Waterloo Street will become Aberdein Considine’s new headquarters in Glasgow, housing its dispute resolution and employment law teams as well as the firm’s national corporate real estate department led by partner Paul Jennings.

Aberdein Considine Managing Partner Jacqueline Law said: “A&S Ireland already has an established professional reputation in Glasgow and bring to the table a loyal client following, market knowledge and between the partners over 60 years of experience.”

Aberdein Considine’s clients include RBS, Barclays, Lloyds Group and Santander and retailers including Greggs and Rox.

The firm also does public sector legal work with NHS Grampian and the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

The A&S Ireland merger is Aberdein Considine’s eighth central belt expansion in the last five years.

Law added: “While we have traditionally expanded through organic growth, our recent merger with Muirhead Buchanan in Stirling showed the value of bringing an established local brand with experienced lawyers into our business.

“As well as property and private client services, we will now be able to offer A&S Ireland clients the full range of legal specialisms and financial services. In the Glasgow market, this is a unique proposition.”