Scottish law firm Morton Fraser has appointed Lynda Towers to the position of Director of Public Law, attracting this high-profile public sector legal player to the private sector for the first time in over thirty years.
Lynda has held top positions in Scotland’s public sector at the Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government) and the Scottish Parliament, most recently as Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament and Assistant Clerk/Assistant Chief Executive. This role saw her advise the Parliament up to, through and beyond the 2014 Independence Referendum from an independent legal perspective.
She has also been involved in drafting, interpreting and advising on primary and secondary legislation at both Westminster and Holyrood; advising Government ministers, Presiding Officers and Committee Convenors. This includes advice on data protection and minimum alcohol pricing matters, with litigation experience in the CJEU, the Supreme Court and Court of Session on issues such as mental health, benefits legislation, fox hunting, planning and state aid.
Lynda will further enhance Morton Fraser’s strength in the public sector. The firm already boasts one of the largest public sector teams in Scotland with over 80 specialists and more than 100 clients, including City of Edinburgh Council, Ministry of Defence and the Scottish Government Legal Directorate.
Maggie Moodie, Partner and Public Sector Lead at Morton Fraser said: “We are on the cusp of major legislative change in Scotland on the back of the Smith Commission and subsequent Scotland Act. Attracting someone of Lynda’s calibre at such a pivotal time is a real coup for us and testament to the quality of our team, our clients and our expertise. It underlines our commitment to appointing people that have a real insight into the public sector, having worked within it, who can therefore deliver an enhanced service for clients.
“We’re looking forward to working with Lynda and extending our reach at a time when there will doubtlessly be an increased demand for support in driving legislative and policy change.”
Lynda Towers, Director of Public Law at Morton Fraser added: “I’ve always been extremely impressed by Morton Fraser and I’m looking forward to working as part of the team on this side of the fence. There is so much going on across Scotland’s public sector at the moment and, as such, there is a huge opportunity to play a part in helping Morton Fraser’s clients to shape the changes. This role is an exciting new challenge for me.”