NATIONAL law firm Shoosmiths is to open a new Glasgow “hub” which it says is designed to build on the success of its Edinburgh office and further extend its operational footprint in Scotland.

Barry McKeown, Shoosmiths partner tasked with further developing the firm’s presence in the west of Scotland, said: “In a business sense, the Edinburgh and Glasgow markets are very different.

“Shoosmiths presence in Glasgow ensures we can directly support our west of Scotland client base, including those involved in the house-building sector and residential developers."

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He added: “Drawing upon Shoosmiths wide-ranging legal expertise across 13 locations, we can also offer clients in Scotland and throughout the UK invaluable industry insight and legal knowledge to support their businesses.

“This includes large UK employers who are currently based or aim to be based in Glasgow and have occupier requirements.”

The hub is based within the Spaces development on West Regent Street in Glasgow.

Craig Ormond, director for Mactaggart & Mickel, is among existing clients and welcomed the move.

He also said: “Strategically, it’s a positive step in the Scottish market and it will be beneficial in supporting our own plans for further growth and development in the west.”