Rangers EBT case lawyer switches firms for new partner role



Shoosmiths has appointed high-profile lawyer Michael McLaughlin from DWF as the third partner in its Glasgow office.

He joins after more than a decade as DWF and previously Biggart Baillie’s head of employment in Scotland. His appointment follows those of banking partner Fiona Cameron in January.

McLaughlin is an experienced litigator who represented Rangers FC during the SPL’s independent commission into whether the club broke rules on paying players through EBTs.

He has also acted for Graham’s dairy and a major distiller, among other high-profile clients.

Real estate partner Barry McKeown, who opened the office last year, promised more partner and senior appointments would follow as the Glasgow team expands its services on offer.

He said: “We’ve made it clear that we have major ambitions for Glasgow and beyond so we are pleased to welcome such a high-calibre lawyer as Michael to the national employment team, boosting our offering from this location and Scotland generally. Glasgow will play a large part in delivering our growth strategy across the UK given the depth and quality of legal talent we have in the city.”

Janette Speed, head of Shoosmiths in Scotland, said: “Our presence in Glasgow and Scotland in general is continuing to grow. It’s absolutely essential that we hire the right people at this point in the firm’s strategic journey in line with client demand. Michael’s reputation and track record is sure to be a good fit.

“The team we are building in Glasgow will complement and work closely with our existing specialist teams in Edinburgh, and will cement our reputation as a firm able to deliver strength and depth across Scotland alongside an exceptional client experience.”

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