Law firm Munro and Noble, which has opened offices in Dingwall and Aviemore, set to expand in 2022 with investment in Caithness and Sutherland
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Inverness law firm Munro and Noble now has clients all over Scotland thanks to virtual meetings, and is set to expand further in 2022 following a significant recruitment drive.
The company created 14 new jobs in 2021 and believes this bold approach in the midst of a pandemic is now paying off.
Munro and Noble has opened offices in Dingwall and Aviemore and plans to invest in Caithness and Sutherland.
Senior partner Mary Nimmo said: "It would have been easy to contract our business during 2021 in the face of Covid-19.
"We chose to do the opposite and invest significantly in our future, so we now have a record number of more than 60 employees.
"The aim was to strengthen departments with extra expertise. As well as bringing in senior legal people we’ve also invested in professional training for trainees and junior solicitors.
"For instance, our wills, trusts and executry department, facing increasing demand and complexity of challenges, has enjoyed a major reinforcement."
Ms Nimmo said the firm had successfully adapted to hybrid home/office working, coupled with major investment in online technology to offer virtual viewing of properties.
This enabled Munro and Noble to carry on with house sales during lockdown, and sales activity has reached record levels in the last quarter of 2021.
"We enter a new year with clients all over Scotland thanks to our ability to hold ‘virtual meetings’ with them, so distance is no longer a factor," she explained.
"Clients in the central belt or Borders are extremely comfortable in dealing with us on an online basis.
"The Highlands, however, will always be our core area.
"Our aim is to be friendly, approachable, affordable and helpful and this recipe is generating significant new levels of business.
"One side effect of the pandemic is that more people are getting the message that, if they think they need a lawyer, they should act on that rather than delaying.
"Coming to see us after the fact can often be a much more difficult scenario."
Three new partners – Laura McCarthy, James Noone and Kay Bevans Brown – were appointed during the year while Duncan Chisholm was recruited to head sales and marketing activities.
"We’re now being run as a business as well as a law firm," Ms Nimmo said.
"We’ve stretched our wings from being an Inverness-only firm, opening offices in Dingwall and Aviemore.
"We’ve evolved a strong client base in Caithness and Sutherland and it’s our intention to invest more heavily in that area."