Movers and Shakers in Corporate Scotland


Law firm Gillespie Macandrew has appointed two new partners following after making changes to its management structure.

Agnes Mallon and Alan White bring the Edinburgh-based firm’s partnr count to 18.

Ms Mallon is a contentious trusts and executries specialist, while White is an experienced member of the land and rural business team. He has particular expertise on agricultural holdings and renewable energy projects.

Gillespie Macandrew has made a further eight promotions. Alan Minty, James Mackinnon and Stephen Gamba have been promoted to legal director, Michelle McNeill has been elevated to associate and Collette Kerr to associate tax director.

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It’s Time to Hire!

Time to hire (TTH) is one of the most important metrics in our business.

In theory, as technology has improved, businesses should see times to hire reduce. However, the complexities of the labour market mean it’s not that simple. This is particularly true of the IT world, where skills shortages are not going away any time soon.

Our experience at Be-IT is that TTH in Q1 of 2015 was almost twice as long as for Q1 of 2014, and c. 25% longer than for 2014 as a whole.  This applied to perm and temp roles. In short, roles were filled more quickly in Q1 2014 because candidate availability was better and clients, buoyed by improved economic conditions, made new investments, needed staff and consequently made quicker recruitment decisions.

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