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A fragile start

14 September 2012
MBM Legal

Today seems longer than the usual Friday after last night’s Law Awards of Scotland event at Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel - a great night in the company of folks from client, MBM Commercial, who had been nominated in no fewer than five categories.

In the presence of the great and the good drawn from the legal profession throughout Scotland, some thought was given around the table to the appropriate collective noun for that gathering. Cat Maclean suggested a few that might have boosted her workload as MBM’s Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

On the night, the MBM team scooped four awards, an impressive collection that wasn’t bettered by any other firm. On individual awards, Liina Tulk, Claire Corbin and Cat Maclean were acknowledged as Trainee, Paralegal and Solicitor of the Year. To round off that success, MBM Commercial carried off Firm of the Year from stiff competition. Congratulations from all at Springfords.

However, the sobering moment of the evening was in the moving tribute paid to the life and career of the late Paul McBride QC. His parents, Mary and George, joined by his partner and friends heard and saw the respect and affection there had been for their son.

I only met Paul McBride once, a good number of years ago, through the Scottish Young Lawyers Association but it was abundantly clear even then that he was destined for great things. The Paul McBride Justice Fund launched last night will help further the careers of other young lawyers and be a fitting tribute to what he achieved.

On the subject of achievement, congratulations also to Ahmed El-Rayis and his colleagues on the spin-out of Sofant Technologies from Edinburgh University, a transaction that completed seconds before the MBM team headed west for the night. One to watch.


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