Freeths strengthens its Scotland presence with senior hire

National law firm Freeths has appointed Gary Georgeson as a Legal Director in its real estate team. This comes just one month after the firm announced its strategic launch in Scotland.

Joining from CMS, Gary Georgeson has over 17 years’ experience in the commercial property sector advising on all aspects of real estate matters, but with a particular emphasis on development and investment work.

He has worked on some of the most prominent developments in Scotland in the last ten years acting for a wide range of clients from institutional investors, funders, investment companies, developers through to SMEs and individuals.

Well known for his commercial awareness, Gary will join Partners Paul Ockrim and Nick Taylor at the firm’s Glasgow base at Atlantic Quay, Robertson Street.

Commenting on the recent hire, Paul Ockrim said: “Just weeks after our launch in Scotland, we’re starting as we mean to go on and looking to grow the office into a full-service offering. We look forward to expanding the team and this latest hire is just the beginning.”

Nick Taylor continued: Gary has a first-class pedigree in the Real Estate investment market. He will help establish Freeths as a leading player in the Scottish market. His expertise will boost our client service and reinforce our team as being a place where people want to come and work.”

The Scottish launch followed another year of outstanding growth for the firm as it increased revenues by 15% taking turnover to £129m, up 220% from £40.2m in 2014 all through organic growth.

The Glasgow site is Freeths 13th office in the UK, with the entrepreneurial firm having a well-known reputation for establishing successful operations across its locations.

Gary Georgeson added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Freeths at such an exciting time with the opening of their first Scottish office.  The firm has grown significantly in recent years, and I look forward to working with Paul Ockrim and Nick Taylor in making Glasgow a success.”