MEMBER NEWS: Partner appointments at MacRoberts

May 19, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: Partner appointments at MacRoberts

Leading Scottish commercial law firm MacRoberts has strengthened its corporate finance and employment practices with the promotion of two new partners.

Bonar Mercer specialises in corporate law, focusing on transactional work including mergers, acquisitions and investments. He advises on transactions across numerous sectors of the economy, with particular experience in healthcare, financial services and energy. Bonar has experience advising owner-managed businesses, corporate acquirers, PLCs, investors and public sector bodies.

Kenny Scott is a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in Employment Law and advises employers across a wide range of sectors on the full spectrum of employment law and HR matters.

Kenny has extensive experience of advising on workplace disputes, discrimination matters, the conduct of ET claims, whistleblowing and employment data protection issues as well as partnering with clients on restructurings, TUPE, organisational change, the employment aspects of insolvency situations and the provision of tailored employment law training for managers. He also regularly advises senior executives and individuals on settlement agreements, restrictive covenants and bringing employment tribunal claims.

MacRoberts’ award-winning Corporate Finance team is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading corporate practices and has worked on some of Scotland’s most high-profile deals. In 2022, the team advised PLCs, owner-managed businesses and investors across various sectors on a large number of sales, acquisitions and equity investments with an aggregate value of over £1 billion.

The firm’s Employment team is the longest-established specialist employment law team in Scotland and advises some of the best-known employers across Scotland and the rest of the UK, including SMEs, national PLCs, utilities companies, charities and local authorities, on all areas of employment law.

Neil Kennedy, Managing Partner, said:
“Bonar and Kenny are both extremely talented lawyers, and we are delighted to have promoted them to the partnership in recognition of their success and contribution to the firm. I wish them the very best for this next stage of their careers and have no doubt that they will continue to make a significant contribution to the success of their teams and the firm.”



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