Gilson Gray bolsters real estate team with senior appointment
Gilson Gray has set its sights on nation-wide expansion of its real estate team, following the appointment of senior expert, Gregor Duthie.
Joining from DWF (formerly Biggart Baillie), where he spent more than 13 years, Mr Duthie will join as an associate and will work primarily from Gilson Gray’s Glasgow office.
Mr Duthie was the leading associate in the Scottish real estate finance team at DWF and the appointment represents another significant addition for Gilson Gray.
Mr Duthie is also a prodigious musician, having performed at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and also serves as an artistic director at Glasgow Music Theatre.
He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at DWF and I am appreciative of the opportunities it gave me to develop my skills, client understanding and reputation, working on top international and domestic projects.
“It would always take something exceptional to make me consider leaving after 13 years – and in Gilson Gray I believe I have found just that.
“There is a real energy here, the firm is new – and yet for a legal business of its age boasts the talent to match the biggest entities out there.
“After the downturn, when so many Scottish firms sought solace with mergers, or broke up entirely, it left a real gap in the market. Gilson Gray has filled that gap and its success since launching is testament to its level of service.”
Mr Duthie is one of only 13 solicitors accredited by the WS Society (The Society of Writers to HM Signet) for commercial property work, and is recognised for his ability to handle complex legal matters and his ability to understand a client’s perspective.
Partner and head of real estate at Gilson Gray, Murray Stewart, said: “Having worked across the table from Gregor on various occasions, I know the high level that he works at, his professionalism and commercial nous.
“We were at the stage where we needed to bring in a senior appointment, to handle our growing list of clients but also to give us scope to manage our service offering across Scotland. Having Gregor in Glasgow will give us the balance and depth of talent to do just that.”
As well as acting for leading London and international investment funds, Mr Duthie has been involved in the funding, acquisition and development of various residential new-build and conversion programmes, including acting for Close Brothers Ltd in funding the redevelopment by Chris Stewart Group of Advocate’s Close in Edinburgh’s UNESCO designated Old Town heritage area. This was later voted project of the year 2015 by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Glen Gilson, managing partner at Gilson Gray, said: “Gregor has outstanding credentials. It will be exciting to watch the development of the real estate team as they further our influence and reputation in the sector.”