Boss of ambitious professional services group reunites with former colleague

ONE OF the most successful partnerships in lender services has been rekindled following a major appointment at Scottish law firm, Alston Law.

The recruitment of Joseph Bowie to the firm sees him reunited with Rob Aberdein. When they previously worked together the pair helped dominate the lender services niche in the UK.

Now father-of-two Joseph, 36, is looking forward to reviving that working relationship as he takes up his role as the UK Head of Lender Services at the Glasgow-based firm. He joins from Aberdein Considine, where he first worked with Rob 10 years ago.

He said: “Rob and I worked closely together for more than six years and we made a huge success of it during that time. Neither of us have any doubt that we can do so again.

“This is an area we both know inside out and at Alston Law we are working with a sizeable team of other experts in the sector, who are equally passionate about making a positive impact.

“We will do that by taking the best possible care of our clients and their customers – that means outstanding customer service and risk management, delivered by excellent lawyers, backed up by the most committed and capable staff.”

Alston Law’s 40-strong team is best known for its lender services, in particular remortgages and debt and asset recovery.

It provides legal services almost exclusively to FCA-regulated companies in the financial sector where its specialisms include litigation to recover loans, commercial debt and assets including property. It also has extensive experience in the asset and motor finance recovery sector.

In 2020 the firm became part of the Moray Group, a new umbrella brand for multiple legal and professional services firms. Others firms in the group, which was created in 2020, include upmarket legal and estate agency specialist Simpson & Marwick in Edinburgh and the disruptive legal start-up Esson & Aberdein in Aberdeen.

Joe, who lives in Inverurie with his family and will be based in Aberdeen, is relishing the opportunity to deliver carefully-managed growth, firstly in Scotland, but with ambitions to develop across the UK.

He is particularly keen to repeat the success he delivered for his former employer – enabling expansion into England via the acquisition of a 12-person lender services firm in Newcastle.

He added: “Acquisitions can be difficult, but if you get the main elements right the rewards can be exceptional. The acquisition in Newcastle saw us grow it from 12 people to 80 people over three years – a testament to what can be built when you get it right.

“We will absolutely be looking at England and Wales as an avenue to explore as well because we want to offer pan-UK legal solutions.”

Well-established Alston Law plays a crucial role in the ongoing growth of the Moray Group.

It provides the IT, HR, finance and marketing backbone to the group, as well as conveyancing services to other Moray Group firms.

Rob, who founded the group in 2020, added: “Alston Law is a key part of the Moray Group in many ways and it is impossible to overstate its importance to us.

“Having Joseph back on the team is crucial to ensure we can achieve everything we want to. Growth in lender services will underpin growth across the Moray Group, which will span an extensive range of legal and other services.”

Moray Group has a financial target of achieving a turnover of £10m by the end of 2022.

With offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and North Berwick, the group intends further rapid expansion, driven by acquisitions of well-established legal and professional services firms with untapped potential. It will also bolt on services including financial services and property letting.

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