By Ian McConnell

A NEW legal and professional services firm promising a relentless focus on technology to disrupt the sector has been launched in Scotland with more than £1 million of initial backing.

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Aberdeins is the brainchild of 40-year-old Scottish lawyer Rob Aberdein, who is its managing director. He oversaw significant growth for Scottish law firm Aberdein Considine, then became the youngest-ever equity partner at English firm Walker Morris. The new Scottish legal firm will also seek rapid growth by creating and buying businesses in areas such as estate agency, property letting, accountancy and financial services.

The Aberdeins board will be led by chairman Tom Barrie, the former managing director and owner of transport and logistics operation Currie European.

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Mr Aberdein said: “The Aberdeins name will become an umbrella for a wide range of professional services, done differently. At its core will be legal services, but we are not just launching a law firm."

He claimed: "We are about to deliver the biggest shake-up to the Scottish legal scene in decades."

Mr Aberdein added: "Make no mistake, our intention is to be disruptive and we know that won’t make us popular with everyone. But this is long overdue.”

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He believes the timing is ideal to use technology to meet the changing demands of ordinary people and small businesses across law and other professional services.

Mr Aberdein highlighted his view that professional services must be far less transactional, with a focus on building long-term, meaningful relationships.