Dallas McMillan

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Dallas McMillan's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Dallas McMillan is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.dallasmcmillan.co.uk

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
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Senior Partner Forbes Leslie
Glasgow law firm Dallas McMillan will be celebrating its
150th anniversary in 2025. Senior Partner Forbes Leslie
tells
TheParliamentary Review
that providing a high-
quality and personalised legal service to private clients and
businesses alike has been at the heart of the firm’s ethos since
its establishment in 1875. It covers areas including personal
injury, wills, executry and power of attorney as well as corporate,
commercial, property and employment law. Forbes elaborates on
the nature of Dallas McMillan’s business and focuses in particular
on its strength with regard to sporting estates.
Over the past 144 years, there have been substantial changes in the services we
provide, and by virtue of our size, we have continuously adapted to the requirements
of our client base.
We have a number of accredited specialists in personal injury and employment law.
This has become a real specialism of the firm. As senior partner, I have been involved
in commercial development both within the profession and representing, as a main
board director, a development company whose offices span from Reading in the
south to Inverness and Aberdeen in the north.
The firm continues to expand and its profitability has risen substantially in the last five
years following the recession of 2008.
We mainly focus on personal injury claims, including medical negligence; specialised
employment law advice for both individuals and trade unions; commercial property
work; and private house builders and sporting estate work.
Although we have changed over the course of history, we are committed to remaining
an independent practice. Over the years, we have declined a number of approaches
from larger firms from Scotland, England and abroad. We feel that we can best service
our clients by remaining a small, niche market firm covering a number of specialities.
This allows us to make decisions and implement them quickly rather than have a
formal, rigid structure. We value our independence, and this approach has been
rewarded through our substantial expansion in all of our areas of specialism.
Sporting estates: a particular strength
In particular, we are proud to have a number of connections to large sporting estates,
including Xavier Vuitton, owner of Fordie Estates Limited, and have dealt with a number of
clients in connection with the acquisition and sale of sporting estates. Clients value the
fact that this work is not delegated to junior staff but controlled by the partner or senior
associate dealing with the transaction. The ability to contact them at any time to seek
advice on any pressing matter is also something that is appreciated byclients.
In terms of our work in the public sector, we have a substantial and continuing
involvement in negotiations on behalf of employees for equal pay with various local
AT A GLANCE
DALLAS MCMILLAN
»Senior Partner: Forbes Leslie
»Partners: Forbes Leslie,
GordonBell, David McElroy,
Terence Docherty, David
Hutchinson
»Established in 1875
»Based in Glasgow
»Services: Niche market firm
»No. of employees: 35
»Forbes Leslie specialises in
commercial development,
sporting estates and security
»Gordon Bell and David
McElroy are personal injury
accredited specialists
»Terence Docherty is a specialist
in representing private clients
and housebuilders
»David Hutchinson is a specialist
in employment law and
commercial contractual disputes
Dallas McMillan
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authorities including South Lanarkshire
Council, North Lanarkshire Council,
Falkirk, Glasgow and Aberdeen. We
have been able to recover over £5
million for ourclients.
Supporting our local community
In order to give back to our community,
we have a continuing involvement with a
number of charities. This first began with
our sponsorship of a four-day football
event run by Giffnock Soccer Club. Our
sponsorship covered the attendance of
girls and boys aged four to seven.
In addition, we have raised, in the
last 18 months, over £30,000 for
The Good Morning Service and the
Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital,
something which involved almost all of
our employees. We have also started
running a Race Night for charities, and
this has now expanded into an annual
event. In Òran Mór, a well-known
venue in the West End of Glasgow,
we host a dinner for over 200 people
with sponsorship of races, an auction
and a raffle. This year it took place in
September and raised over £17,500.
One of the major challenges we face
is trying to compete with the larger
firms in terms of salaries, especially for
more junior positions. As a small firm,
we simply cannot match these salary
offers, but we always strive to persuade
each recruit about the benefits of
working with us. Beyond significant
career progression, we are able to offer
our employees a good workload and
the opportunity to work on interesting
projects. Although we are smaller, we
do just as much stimulating work as the
bigger firms, and this is something we
consistently convey to potential recruits.
Many of the other challenges we have
faced have been addressed through
our internal approach. By involving our
employees and inviting their thoughts on
how we can expand the firm, we have
been able to grow and tackle any issues
that have arisen. As an example of this
innovation and forward-thinking, we
have recently launched a smartphone app
which offers free legal expenses cover for
motorists. This app could save car owners
£61 million on their insurance every
year, a figure based on the potential
saving if people turned down an offer
of additional “legal expenses insurance”
when it comes up for annual review.
As we look to the future, we are in
discussions with a number of smaller
firms to expand the range of facilities
we can offer and also to ensure that
there is sufficient back-up to assure our
clients that matters will be dealt with
expeditiously.
Going forward, our intention is to expand
from within. In the summer months, we
have taken on students who have then
gone on to become trainees, assistants,
associates and ultimately partners. By
continuing to offer these placements, we
are confident we can continue to grow.
David Hutchinson, who was appointed
a partner on December 1, 2019, is an
example of this progression and we have a
number of other solicitors who are highly
regarded with prospects of partnership.
We are also looking to expand our work
within the Polish community and branch
out into different areas, widening
ourscope.
We have seen our turnover and
profitability increase over the last five
years, with our turnover increasing by
over 40 per cent in 2019. With a number
of new clients and additional work,
we are confident that this trend will
continue into the future and that we will
remain a strong, independent Scottish
firm for many more years tocome.
Partners of Dallas
McMillan at their
offices
The Dallas McMillan
charity dinner at
Òran Mór
We have seen
our turnover
and
profitability
increase over
the last five
years, with
our turnover
increasing by
over 40 per
cent in 2019
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authorities including South Lanarkshire
Council, North Lanarkshire Council,
Falkirk, Glasgow and Aberdeen. We
have been able to recover over £5
million for ourclients.
Supporting our local community
In order to give back to our community,
we have a continuing involvement with a
number of charities. This first began with
our sponsorship of a four-day football
event run by Giffnock Soccer Club. Our
sponsorship covered the attendance of
girls and boys aged four to seven.
In addition, we have raised, in the
last 18 months, over £30,000 for
The Good Morning Service and the
Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital,
something which involved almost all of
our employees. We have also started
running a Race Night for charities, and
this has now expanded into an annual
event. In Òran Mór, a well-known
venue in the West End of Glasgow,
we host a dinner for over 200 people
with sponsorship of races, an auction
and a raffle. This year it took place in
September and raised over £17,500.
One of the major challenges we face
is trying to compete with the larger
firms in terms of salaries, especially for
more junior positions. As a small firm,
we simply cannot match these salary
offers, but we always strive to persuade
each recruit about the benefits of
working with us. Beyond significant
career progression, we are able to offer
our employees a good workload and
the opportunity to work on interesting
projects. Although we are smaller, we
do just as much stimulating work as the
bigger firms, and this is something we
consistently convey to potential recruits.
Many of the other challenges we have
faced have been addressed through
our internal approach. By involving our
employees and inviting their thoughts on
how we can expand the firm, we have
been able to grow and tackle any issues
that have arisen. As an example of this
innovation and forward-thinking, we
have recently launched a smartphone app
which offers free legal expenses cover for
motorists. This app could save car owners
£61 million on their insurance every
year, a figure based on the potential
saving if people turned down an offer
of additional “legal expenses insurance”
when it comes up for annual review.
As we look to the future, we are in
discussions with a number of smaller
firms to expand the range of facilities
we can offer and also to ensure that
there is sufficient back-up to assure our
clients that matters will be dealt with
expeditiously.
Going forward, our intention is to expand
from within. In the summer months, we
have taken on students who have then
gone on to become trainees, assistants,
associates and ultimately partners. By
continuing to offer these placements, we
are confident we can continue to grow.
David Hutchinson, who was appointed
a partner on December 1, 2019, is an
example of this progression and we have a
number of other solicitors who are highly
regarded with prospects of partnership.
We are also looking to expand our work
within the Polish community and branch
out into different areas, widening
ourscope.
We have seen our turnover and
profitability increase over the last five
years, with our turnover increasing by
over 40 per cent in 2019. With a number
of new clients and additional work,
we are confident that this trend will
continue into the future and that we will
remain a strong, independent Scottish
firm for many more years tocome.
Partners of Dallas
McMillan at their
offices
The Dallas McMillan
charity dinner at
Òran Mór
We have seen
our turnover
and
profitability
increase over
the last five
years, with
our turnover
increasing by
over 40 per
cent in 2019

www.dallasmcmillan.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Dallas McMillan. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development