Address Munro & Noble, 26 Church Street, Inverness IV1 1HX, Scotland, UK
Telephone: 01463 221727
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Law firm reveals its secret to success!
As one of the longest standing legal firms in the Highlands, Munro & Noble has established an enviable reputation as a trusted ally to businesses throughout the region and beyond. The secret? Having an in-depth appreciation for the community, its people and how they like to do business.
“I have been practising commercial law in the Highlands for over 30 years and I have a wealth of knowledge of the type of businesses operating here and the people involved,” senior partner, David Eason says.
“We have a long-established client base and a lot of repeat business so that must say something!”
Joining David in the commercial department is partner, Irene Walker, who will mark her 10th year with Munro & Noble. Between them they provide a full range of commercial legal services including all types of company work, including business start-ups, company restructuring, shareholder and director contractual agreements, sales and acquisitions of shares and assets, together with all commercial property work including sale, purchase and leasing of all types of heritable business assets.
Although a department in its own right, the commercial team enjoys the support of the entire Munro & Noble organisation and can draw on the skills and experience of the firm’s other departments as and when required. This breadth of service has allowed the firm to manage the affairs of clients who are based in the Highlands but whose business portfolios include assets elsewhere in the country.
Recently the firm has become involved in a new sector of business which is of particular relevance to the Highlands, namely the fast growing renewables industry. Typically acting on behalf of landowners, David and Irene have worked on various windfarms, hydro schemes and other energy projects over the last few years developing invaluable experience in this new field.
“Renewable energy is one area which has been relatively unaffected by the recession, and where there is much exciting and interesting legal work around and we have been keen to become involved,” explained David. “There are many diverse standard property related legal issues in renewable energy developments, but the documents associated with projects of this sort are quite specific, and there are aspects of the documentation which are completely different from any other type of commercial contract and we have had to become familiar with die special considerations and terminology involved. It has been a steep learning curve, but it has been worthwhile and we are now comfortable with our ability to deal with this type of work.
“We expect this area to continue to grow and become a bigger part of the work we do. It is a specialist area and the more you are involved, the more you are seen as being a player in the game.”
Another new development for the firm has been its involvement recently with the social enterprise support agency, Firstport’s new” Startbright” programme.
Backed by the Scottish government, Firstport is the “first port of call” for prospective social enterprises and is working with legal firms and other organisations which can provide specialist services to them.
Munro & Noble is a partner supplier within the programme and will provide targeted legal advice to aspiring social enterprises in the Highlands and host a series of business seminars. In just one month, according to Firstport, there were 58 new social enterprise start-ups and £44,000 invested in them.
Munro & Noble practice manager, Gordon Mclntosh, explained that Firstport’s objective is to ensure social enterprises make the best use of the funds they receive and to achieve that, they would need access to the best business and legal advice available. That’s where Munro & Noble fit in and as a result has allowed the firm to make a further contribution to the local community. “Businesses in general are moving more and more in the direction of Corporate Social Responsibility. For us, it is a way to give something back to the community.”
Although a well established part of the Highlands business and wider community, Munro & Noble has not become complacent and has been developing its range of services to its clients in the area and further a field.
A new addition is residential leasing operated from a dedicated office also on Church Street, which will compliment the firm’s already successful estate agency. A recruitment drive is currently ongoing to staff the new service.
It may be a new development for the firm but with Munro & Noble’s knowledge and expertise this latest service is sure to be another winning venture to add to the firm’s already successful history.
“Renewable energy is one area which has been relatively unaffected by the recession, and where there is much exciting and interesting legal work around and we have been keen to become involved”
The secret? Having an-depth appreciation for the community, its people and how they like to do business.
Born and brought up in Dunfermline, educated at Duntermline High School and studying Physics at Edinburgh University, David then joined Cable & Wireless as a trainee electronics engineer. After a secondment in Bermuda and completion of his studies with Cable & Wireless in London, David saw the light and left to study Law at Erie University of Dundee, graduating with Honours in 1976. Following his apprenticeship with Munro & Noble, David had a spell as an assistant with the firm before becoming a Partner in 1979.
In 1980 he set up the Court Department and then in 1985 he formed the Commercial Department, which he still heads today. He undertakes all aspects of company law, including acquisitions, restructuring, sale & purchase of shares and assets, and incorporation. He also undertakes work for charitable organisations working for the community benefit, often involving both local and national government bodies.
Irene was educated at Wellington School, Ayr. She moved to Arbroath in 1992 and later graduated from the University of Dundee with an Honours Degree in English Law. By 2001 Irene had qualified in Scots Law and had successfully completed the Diploma in Legal Practice, also at the University of Dundee. She joined the Firm in 2001 as a Trainee and upon completion of her traineeship, Irene joined the Commercial Department as an Assistant, and has since worked on a broad range of company/ commercial matters.
She was made an Associate of the Firm in April 2005 and became a Partner in April 2008.
Ex-Royal Naval engineering submariner; upon leaving the service Gordon established and ran his own successful business prior to realising his investment. Since selling, he has worked with various Highland companies, both on an employed and sub-contractual basis. Gordon’s expertise and qualifications are in General Business Management.As you visit ‘Munro & Noble’, you may find interest in following listings . . .