By Scott Wright

SCOTTISH law firm Gilson Gray has moved into the world of liquor licensing with its latest acquisition.

The firm has taken over Glasgow-based Millar Campbell Solicitors, a specialist in advice and training for the licensed trade which also handles commercial property and corporate work.

The deal will see legal director Joanna Millar and solicitor Laura Campbell, as well as all of Millar Campbell’s clients, transfer to Gilson Gray, which has grown rapidly since its formation in 2014.

It now has around 150 staff across offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and North Berwick, having completed a deal in September to acquire property specialist Coulters Lettings. That saw Coulters’ founders Sam Paulo and Marcus DiRollo join the Gilson Gray team, together with their entire staff,

The year before, Gilson Gray took over the North Berwick offices of Lindsays.

The former Millar Campbell team will be based in Gilson Gray’s real estate division in Glasgow.

Ms Millar said: “We are delighted to be part of Gilson Gray and look forward to working with such a progressive team.”

Derek Hamill, head of Gilson Gray’s Glasgow office, said: “Our philosophy is to grow Gilson Gray by recruiting the best legal talent.

“The transfer of the Millar Campbell team, with over 40 years’ experience between them is fantastic for all of our clients. We increase our service offering, grow our team in Glasgow and add licensing expertise to our real estate and commercial property teams.”

Murray Stewart, partner and head of real estate at Gilson Gray, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jo, Laura and their team to Gilson Gray which further strengthens our real estate offering and, in particular, enhances the services we are able to provide clients in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Jo and Laura both come with fantastic reputations and I’m looking forward to working with them to identify further opportunities to develop and grow our business.”