North east Fife and Tayside legal firms in three-way merger

Thorntons partner Margaret Allan (left), is joined by former Steel Eldridge Stewart partners Jim Steel and Hilary Eldridge, now Thorntons consultants.
Thorntons partner Margaret Allan (left), is joined by former Steel Eldridge Stewart partners Jim Steel and Hilary Eldridge, now Thorntons consultants.

Cupar solicitors and estate agents Steel Eldridge Stewart has joined Tayside’s largest legal firm in the first stage of a three-way merger.

Thorntons and Steel Eldridge Stewart will be joined by leading Fife law firm Murray Donald on November 1, creating one of the largest legal practices in the East of Scotland.

The merged business – to be known as Thorntons – will have a footprint stretching across Angus, Dundee, Fife, Perthshire and Edinburgh.

All former Steel Eldridge Stewart partners, solicitors, property consultants and support staff will continue to be based in the Cupar office.

Former partners, now Thorntons consultants, Hilary Eldridge and Jim Steel said their team would deliver the same quality, expert advice they have done for the last 30 years.

They will be joined in Cupar by Thorntons partner, Margaret Allan, who brings 25 years’ experience to the mix.

Jo Henderson, property consultant, will continue to provide estate agency services to house sellers, and buyers, in and around Cupar.

Jo will also gain the support of Thorntons’ property sales teams.

Thorntons’ Cupar team will continue to provide its existing services, which will be complemented by additional specialist business services new to the branch, as well as bespoke financial and investment services.

Hilary Eldridge said: “This merger has been a long time in the planning and we are delighted with the response from both our clients and staff.

“Cupar is an important location for Thorntons and it will very much be business as usual.”

Jack Robertson, Thorntons’ chairman, added: “Whilst Thorntons will become one of Scotland’s largest full service firms, our eye is very much on delivering a local, yet specialist, service.

“We greatly appreciate the support and encouragement we have received from clients following the merger announcements and we can assure each and every one that they will remain our priority.”

When Murray Donald joins later this year, the new firm will have more than 400 employees, operating from 11 offices and property shops across Tayside, Fife and Edinburgh.