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Biggart Baillie named top firm in Scottish Legal Awards
Biggart Baillie were named Law Firm of the Year at the Scott & Co Scottish Legal Awards last night.
The title was one of three taken by the Glasgow and Edinburgh commercial firm, which also took the titles Energy Firm of the Year and Commercial Property Team of the Year.
In the top award it came out ahead of MBM Commercial, which was highly commended, and Lindsays, Harper Macleod and Thompsons Scotland, all three of whom took home other prizes.
Lindsays won Family Law Team of the Year and Residential Property Team of the Year, and licensing specialist Stephen McGowan of the firm was named Rising Star of the Year.
Harper Macleod took Employment Team of the Year and Public Sector Law Team of the Year, while Thompsons won Litigation Team of the Year and Laura Blane of the firm, who handles asbestos related claims including the Axa litigation on the pleural plaques legislation, was named Specialist Lawyer of the Year.
Thompsons' late senior partner Frank Maguire was posthumously chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award, collected on his behalf by his son Matthew.
Other winners on the night were Dundas & Wilson (Fundraising Achievement of the Year); Morisons (Private Client Team of the Year); and Scullion Law of Hamilton, whose Valerie Troop was named Paralegal of the Year. Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre took Support Team of the Year, while Millar & Bryce collected the Innovation Award.
The happiest winners, however, looked to be the Scottish Young Lawyers Association, whose volunteer efforts landed them the Training Provider of the Year title ahead of Central Law Training and the Laaw Society of Scotland's Update team.
The evening, in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, was hosted by BBC Scotland's Catriona Shearer and Dougie Vipond, and the audience of over 400 well entertained by comedian Simon Evans.