Maclay Murray & Spens

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Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
Maclay Murray & Spens LLP Logo.jpg
Headquarters Glasgow, United Kingdom
No. of offices 4
No. of attorneys 143
No. of employees 450
Major practice areas Commercial Law
Key people Kenneth Shand (CEO)
Revenue £52.5m (2010)[1]
Profit per equity partner £248,000 (2015/16)
Date founded 1871 - Glasgow
Founder David Maclay, David Murray and John Spens
Company type Limited liability partnership
Slogan Expertise, you expect. The difference is our people.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP is a British law firm headquartered in Glasgow with offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London,[2] and is one of the UK's leading commercial law firms.

The firm was founded in 1871 in Glasgow by David Maclay, David Murray and John Spens[3] as the first law firm in Scotland with a specifically commercial practice. Part of Scotland's 'Big Four', it is now one of a few remaining large independent Scottish law firms.

The firm currently employs over 450 people and is ranked in the Legal 500 as a top tier firm, and has over 40 lawyers ranked as leaders in their field in Chambers 2016. In 2010 it was listed by The Lawyer as the fifty-fourth largest firm in the UK, with a turnover of £52.5m.[1]

The firm is the exclusive Scottish member of the international law firm network LexMundi, allowing it to service its clients' international needs.


Maclay Murray & Spens has the following offices in the UK:

Practice Areas[edit]

The firm's practice areas presently encompass:[4]

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

Legal 500[edit]

The firm is currently ranked as 'regional heavyweight' in Scotland by independent directory Legal 500 [1], and is listed Tier 1 and Tier 2 as follows [2]:-

Practice Area Tier Office
Banking and Finance Tier 1 Edinburgh & Aberdeen
Commercial Litigation Tier 2 Edinburgh & Glasgow
Commercial Property Tier 1 Edinburgh & Glasgow
Construction Tier 2 Edinburgh & Glasgow
Corporate Tax Tier 1 Glasgow
Education Tier 2 Edinburgh & Glasgow
Energy (Excluding Oil & Gas) Tier 2 Edinburgh
Environment Tier 2 Edinburgh & Glasgow
EU & Competition Tier 1 Glasgow
General Corporate and Commercial Tier 2 Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Tier 2 Glasgow
Intellectual Property Tier 2 Edinburgh & Glasgow
M&A (up to £50m) Tier 2 London
Property Litigation Tier 1 Edinburgh
Transport Tier 2 Edinburgh & Glasgow
Unit Trusts, OEICS and Investment Trusts Tier 2 Edinburgh


  1. ^ a b "Top 100 UK law firms". The Lawyer. 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Maclay Murray & Spens Llp". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Murray Collection". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Practice Areas". Maclay Murray & Spens. Retrieved 17 December 2011.