Montrose-based law firm in new merger

Pictured, from the left are: back ' Sandra Sutherland, Thorntons partner; Aileen Hunter, Watts partner; Anne McKeown, Thorntons partner. Front ' Jack Robertson, Thorntons chairman; Hamish Watt, Watts partner.
Pictured, from the left are: back ' Sandra Sutherland, Thorntons partner; Aileen Hunter, Watts partner; Anne McKeown, Thorntons partner. Front ' Jack Robertson, Thorntons chairman; Hamish Watt, Watts partner.

A Montrose legal firm is merging with an East Scotland law business which is seeking to widen its reach across the country.

Thorntons will combine resources with Montrose-based Watts Law from July 1.

The move will give the merged firm – to be known as Thorntons – a footprint stretching across Angus, Tayside, Perthshire, Fife and Edinburgh.

Former partners and now Thorntons’ consultants, Hamish Watt and Aileen Hunter, solicitors, support staff and all their team will continue to be based in the Montrose office, on the High Street, where they have been for the last 36 years.

They will be joined by Thorntons senior solicitor, Stuart Mackie.

Hamish Watt, partner of Watts Law, said: “Bringing Watts and Thorntons together will greatly strengthen both firm’s existing offerings, enhancing our resources to provide the highest quality services to our clients across Angus.

“The support network Thorntons can offer will allow the Montrose team to entirely focus on our clients and their specific needs. 

“We are in the process of contacting all our clients to advise them of the news and the arrangements that will be in place from July 1.”

Anne McKeown, partner with Thorntons in Angus, said: “The merger will allow us to provide further specialist services, such as employment law, agricultural and immigration advice for our business clients. 

“This will provide local businesses with a one-stop service for all their legal requirements.”

Thortons’ Montrose team will continue to provide all the advice and services locals have come to rely on.