Maclay Murray & Spens

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Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
Limited liability partnership
Industry Commercial law
Founded Glasgow, 1871 (1871)
Founder David Maclay, David Murray and John Spens
Headquarters Glasgow (HQ), Edinburgh, Aberdeen, London
Area served
Scotland and UK
Services Legal advice
Revenue £52.5m (2010)[1]

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP is one of the UK's leading commercial law firms and one of Scotland's 'Big Four', with offices in Edinburgh, London and Aberdeen and headquartered in Glasgow.

The firm was founded in 1871 in Glasgow by David Maclay, David Murray and John Spens[2] as the first law firm in Scotland with a specifically commercial practice. Its practice areas now encompass:[3] Banking & Finance; Capital Projects; Commercial Dispute Resolution; Construction & Engineering; Corporate; Oil & Gas; Employment, Pensions & Benefits; EU, Competition & Regulatory; Housing & Care; Intellectual Property & Technology; Planning & Environmental; Private Client; Property; and Tax.

The firm is currently ranked as 'regional heavyweight' by independent directory legal 500 [1], and has Tier 1-ranked expertise within:

General Corporate and Commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow; Corporate Tax; EU and Competition; Banking and Finance; Unit Trusts; OEICS and Investment Trusts; Commercial Property: Edinburgh and Glasgow; Environment; and Property Litigation.[2]

As well as Tier 2-ranked expertise within:

Transport; Commercial Litigation; Insolvency and Corporate Recovery; Employment; Personal Tax, Trust and Executries; Energy (Excluding Oil and Gas); Projects; Education; and Intellectual Property. [3]

One of Scotland's 'Big Four', in 2010 it was listed by The Lawyer as the fifty-fourth largest firm in the UK, with a turnover of £52.5m.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Top 100 UK law firms". The Lawyer. 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Murray Collection". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Practice Areas". Maclay Murray & Spens. Retrieved 17 December 2011.