LAW firm Aberdein Considine has launched a major push into the Glasgow market as part of an investment of more than £1 million.

Commercial property specialist Paul Jennings, formerly managing partner of Bell & Scott and most recently at Anderson Strathern, will lead that operation which will see a new city centre office opened.

The firm is also putting money into a property centre and pension advice centre on Union Street in Aberdeen while a revamp of its headquarters on Bon Accord Crescent in Aberdeen is in the pipeline.

The firm suggests those developments will help to underpin a five-year growth plan during which it hopes to grow turnover from £20m to £35m and add around 100 staff to the current 350 workforce.

The new Glasgow office, which will be populated with new staff and some relocating from other locations, will initially focus on commercial property, litigation and public sector work.

Managing partner Jacqueline Law said: "The arrival of Paul Jennings - with all his commercial property experience - adds a new dimension to what we offer.

"We opened a legal office in Edinburgh 18-months-ago and that was a huge success for us. I fully expect us to repeat that in Glasgow."

Mr Jennings, who has worked with high street brands such as Krispy Kreme, Greggs, Austin Reed and jeweller Rox, said: "The expansion not only completes our full service offering in Glasgow, it also further strengthens our commercial property and corporate service throughout Scotland."

The firm, which has 19 offices around Scotland, has also promoted eight lawyers and hired its first chief financial officer.

John Perry joins from accountancy firm Baker Tilly where he led its restructuring and recovery commercial finance team.

Ms Law added: "Our new Aberdeen property office is second to none and gives us a real high-profile presence in the city.

"With the changes to pension regulations coming in April, we also felt it was important to make advice easily available on the high street."