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2014

CONFIDENCE

THROUGH CLARITY

CLEAR VALUE - NOT JUST BILLABLE HOURS


Who we are Morton Fraser is a leading Scottish law firm working closely with UK businesses and the public sector as well as individuals and families. Our clients tell us we do things differently. We have an open, collaborative approach that our clients like and we help people understand where the challenges lie, and how to overcome them. With over 260 people working with us, we provide highly rated legal services across the UK, and have links to over 160 international firms. We know that clarity is fundamental to great advice. To us, it's the cornerstone of any valued relationship - internal or external, business or personal. That's why we promise our clients that they will get clear advice, including clarity on cost, at every stage of our relationship.

Where we are We have large and modern offices in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. To complement this, we also have a base in London to meet the needs of clients and contacts located south of the border.

Our Edinburgh offices at Lister Square, Quartermile

Clarity and transparency of pricing The single word which captures what Morton Fraser stands for is "clarity". We have open and transparent feeing discussions with our clients at all times and are happy to agree fixed fees wherever possible. We also do this when working in collaboration with other law firms. We are also clear that any proposed pricing must be sustainable and realistic in the current market place and demonstrate genuine value for money for the service being delivered.

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Our strategy As merger activity over recent years indicates, a Scottish law firm of any size has to decide whether it sees its future as being an independent firm head-quartered in Scotland or as being part of a UK-wide or multi-national legal franchise. For us, the anser can only be arrived at through speaking with clients (existing and prospective) to understand what they value about us now and what they are likely to want in the future. Our clients want us to deliver a high quality service while demonstrating great value for money - not offices across the world. Our clients also like the fact that we are free to partner with whichever firm they are working with in another jurisdiction - whether south of the border or anywhere else. So our choice is to be a thriving independent Scottish firm with a clear focus on delivering quality and value for our clients. Our strategy has been and remains to be a balanced business, operating in 4 main business areas: •

Banking and Corporate

Commercial Real Estate

Litigation

Private Client

Banking and Corporate We advise on dozens of corporate and commercial transactions every year so we know the likely pitfalls and how to pre-empt problems. Whatever comes up, the chances are that one of our experienced lawyers has seen it before. Our award-winning team is rated by both Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the best in Scotland. Our clients range from PLCs and household-name corporate clients to sole traders. If we think there's a better way of achieving your business goals, we'll tell you quickly and clearly why and how. Our lawyers are straight talking, pragmatic, accessible and commercially minded. For further information, please contact:

Austin Flynn, Partner E: austin.flynn@morton-fraser.com T: 0131 247 1260

Commercial Real Estate Clients benefit from our expertise gained in acting in in some of the largest property deals ever completed in Scotland.


We have a full service real estate team who deal with all aspects of commercial property work. We are experienced in sale and purchase, leasing, funding, investments, developments, occupier requirements and house building. We also have expertise in real estate support services such as construction, planning and environmental law. Our real estate lawyers are straight talking and will deliver clear, pragmatic advice. We will identify the issues quickly and find solutions. For further information, please contact:

Michael Ramsay, Partner E: michael.ramsay@morton-fraser.com T: 0131 247 1044

Litigation We specialise in negotiation and dispute resolution and will always try to resolve your case as economically as possible; but when litigation becomes necessary, we will fight your corner robustly. You can rely on us for a range of practical and innovative solutions. We work with clients to understand the challenges they face and deliver solutions which fit their needs. We provide clear advice and strategic input to guide them through what can often be complex legal issues. From the outset, we give realistic views on prospects of success, along with a cost benefit analysis, ensuring they get not just a first class legal service but sound commercial advice. We won't confuse you with jargon. We tell it like it is. Consistently ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers, our litigation team is one of the largest in Scotland. With acknowledged and accredited experts throughout the team, you can be sure we have the skill and experience necessary to resolve your particular problem. In addition to complex disputes, we conduct bulk litigation across Scotland and England and can provide bespoke management reporting information and 24 hour access to your files. For further information, please contact:

Maggie Moodie, Partner E: maggie.moodie@morton-fraser.com T: 0131 247 1019

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Private Client

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Austin Flynn, Partner & head of our Corporate Division E: austin.flynn@morton-fraser.com T: 0131 247 1260

You'll be in good company Some of our current clients and their views on Morton Fraser:

'The advice is very concise, commercial and the rollout seemingly effortless.' Tim Draper, Diageo

'We have always found their lawyers to be resourceful and commercial with a real willingness to get the deal done. We would not hesitate to recommend Morton Fraser to other

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significant estate holders.' John Fletcher, Nationwide

The last word goes to our clients

'Morton Fraser provide swift, reliable and incisive advice, and they always have regard to the practical commerciality of a deal.' Peter Lowrie, Granite Edge

'We continue to receive a highly professional and responsive service suited to our needs.' David Carter, Property Director, Diageo

"The overall level of service is outstanding. They're very quick, efficient, on the point and commercially oriented. The value for money is impeccable." Chambers & Partners

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Morton Fraser LLP Edinburgh

Glasgow

London

Quartermile Two | 2 Lister Square | Edinburgh EH3 9GL

145 St Vincent Street | Glasgow G2 5JF

St Martin’s House | 16 St Martin’s le Grand | London EC1A 4EN

T: 0131 247 1000 | F: 0131 247 1007

T: 0141 274 1100 | F: 0141 274 1129

T: 020 7397 8621 | F: 020 7397 8400

morton-fraser.com The contents of this document are for information only and are not intended to be construed as legal advice and should not be treated as a substitute for specific advice. Morton Fraser accepts no responsibility for the content of any third party website to which this document refers. Morton Fraser LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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