Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS), the UK law firm, has hired Stewart Maciver from CMS as a partner in its capital projects practice to add experience in public procurement and infrastructure projects.
Maciver first joined MMS in 2002 as an assistant solicitor and became an associate before leaving the firm in 2006 to join the projects division of an Australian law firm in Melbourne.
Since returning to the UK, he has spent a number of years with law firms Dundas & Wilson and CMS working on infrastructure and project finance transactions.
Specifically, he has advised on a number of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) deals as well as deals within the Scottish Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) model framework.
He has acted on behalf of public authorities, project consortia and funding institutions in the transportation, waste, water, energy and outsourcing sectors.
Kenneth Shand, chief executive of MMS, said Maciver’s hire “reflects the growing importance of capital projects and instructions relating to project financing, and our commitment to building the strongest possible team in that area of law”.
MMS says it has been involved in all of the NPD projects that have come to market in Scotland to date. In recent months, it was an adviser on the financing of a £45 million (€62 million; $70 million) secondary school in Lerwick in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, and on the purchase of the long-term concession to run the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland.
Formed in 1871, MMS was the first commercial law firm to be established in Scotland. It has offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London.