Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM) has announced the appointment of Stephen Grant to Partner

WJM Promotes First Partner Amid Irwin Mitchell Collaboration

Leading law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM) has announced the appointment of Stephen Grant to Partner, marking a significant milestone as the first promotion since its investment from Irwin Mitchell and the recent regulatory approval for the deal.

Speaking of his promotion, Stephen Grant, who has specialised in Corporate, Commercial and IT work for the Scottish firm for almost nine years, said: “It’s a huge privilege to be the first Partner promotion post-collaboration, signifying an exciting phase for both of our teams.

“Linking up with Irwin Mitchell will open doors to a range of new opportunities to work together. I’m very much looking forward to being able to expand my knowledge across the border and progressing further in my career.”

The promotion comes as Irwin Mitchell Partners Bruce Macmillan, Craig Marshall, and Mark Higgins recently joined the newly formed WJM Management Board as the two firms seek to share best practice and take advantage of opportunities to further grow their businesses.  

The firms have complementary skills north of the border with Irwin Mitchell Scotland operating out of Glasgow predominantly in banking and 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, Stephen commented: “The synergy and shared values between our firms presents avenues for diverse and compelling work. I am particularly eager to advance our corporate and commercial endeavours, encompassing a spectrum from business sales to intricate commercial contracts, including specialised areas like data protection for esteemed blue-chip clientele.

“Our combination with Irwin Mitchell positions us as a local Scottish legal resource with the benefit of a top tier UK behind us.

“As part of my new role, I’ll continue to contribute to this Scottish resource, extending our services seamlessly to clients with Scottish interests.”

Reflecting on recent developments, Grant shared insights from his first ever inaugural partners meeting, following a series of other promotions and appointments across the business.

He said: “The celebrations surrounding the investment have been both exciting and inspiring. I look forward to deeper collaborations with both internally and our colleagues at Irwin Mitchell, tapping into their renowned expertise and resources.

“In addition, I’m looking forward to developing my own technology practice, engaging with trailblazing clients at the bleeding edge. Educating clients and peers on the transformative potential of AI will definitely be a key focus, emphasising it as a tool for growth and generating efficiencies.”

Fraser Gillies, Managing Partner at WJM, offered congratulations to Stephen in his new role, stating: “Stephen’s promotion to Partner is a testament to his dedication, expertise, and invaluable contributions to our firm over the years. We are immensely proud of his achievements and the role he will play in shaping our collective future.

“Stephen embodies the collaborative spirit and commitment to excellence that defines our firm, and I have every confidence that he will continue to thrive in his new role. On behalf of everyone at WJM, I extend our warmest congratulations to Stephen and look forward to the continued success and growth he will bring to our team as we begin the next chapter in our history.”

For more information on WJM go to www.wjm.co.uk.  

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