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WJM celebrates first partner promotion amidst Irwin Mitchell collaboration

WJM celebrates first partner promotion amidst Irwin Mitchell collaboration


Stephen Grant ascends to Partner in a significant milestone post-investment from Irwin Mitchell at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM)

Leading law firm WJM proudly announces the promotion of Stephen Grant to Partner, marking a historic achievement since the firm's collaboration with Irwin Mitchell. The recent regulatory approval for the deal signifies a transformative phase for both firms, with Grant's promotion serving as a notable milestone.

With nearly nine years of specialisation in Corporate, Commercial, and IT work at WJM, Stephen Grant expresses his excitement about the opportunities arising from the collaboration. He anticipates expanding his knowledge across borders and progressing in his career with the support of Irwin Mitchell. Grant emphasises the privilege of being the first Partner promotion post-collaboration, highlighting the exciting phase ahead for both teams.

The collaboration also sees Irwin Mitchell Partners Bruce Macmillan, Craig Marshall, and Mark Higgins joining the newly formed WJM Management Board. This strategic move aims to foster best practices and capitalise on growth opportunities for both firms.

WJM and Irwin Mitchell bring complementary skills to the table, with Irwin Mitchell Scotland focusing on banking, finance, and complex personal injury work, while WJM specialises in corporate, private client, property, renewables, and asset management.

Acknowledging the potential for cross-border engagements, Grant sees synergies and shared values between the firms, presenting avenues for diverse and compelling work. He expresses eagerness to advance corporate and commercial endeavours, encompassing business sales, intricate commercial contracts, and specialised areas like data protection for esteemed blue-chip clientele.

Grant sees the combination with Irwin Mitchell positioning WJM as a local Scottish legal resource with the backing of a top-tier UK entity. His new role involves contributing to the Scottish resource and extending services seamlessly to clients with Scottish interests.

Reflecting on recent developments, Stephen Grant shares insights from his inaugural partners meeting, expressing excitement and inspiration surrounding the investment celebrations. He looks forward to deeper collaborations internally and with Irwin Mitchell, tapping into their renowned expertise and resources.

As part of his new role, Grant aims to develop his technology practice, engaging with clients at the forefront of innovation. Educating clients and peers on the transformative potential of AI will be a key focus, emphasising it as a tool for growth and efficiency.

Fraser Gillies, Managing Partner at WJM, extends congratulations to Stephen, highlighting his dedication and invaluable contributions to the firm. Gillies expresses confidence in Stephen's ability to shape the collective future of WJM and anticipates continued success and growth under his leadership. The promotion represents a significant chapter in WJM's history as it forges ahead with its collaborative approach and commitment to excellence.