17 Aug, 2012

Steven Jansch has joined Edinburgh law firm Gillespie Macandrew as an Associate in their Litigation and Dispute Resolution department.


Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Gordon Innes, states:


“We are very pleased to recruit someone with Steven’s skills. We are handling an ever increasing volume of work in this department, and his knowledge and experience will be a valuable addition to the team.”


Steven Jansch is a WS accredited specialist in Commercial Litigation and is a Solicitor Advocate. He has worked with a number of firms in Edinburgh and Glasgow, including DWF Biggart Baillie, Dundas & Wilson, Mitchells Roberton and Davidson Chalmers, which included a six month secondment with Stirling Council. He comments:


“I am delighted to be joining Gillespie Macandrew at a time when our skills in litigation and dispute resolution are in increasing demand. The impact of the sustained recession is clear for all to see, nowhere more so than in the area of insolvency, which accounts for around 50% of my client work. It’s an area where, increasingly, we see more company directors pushing the limit in terms of trying to keep trading beyond the real breakpoint. Often it can be out of loyalty to employees, but they need to be aware that the courts will be firm when such action is deemed to be reckless.


“Businesses and individuals are facing challenging times with banks, largely, remaining inflexible and pressure on cash flow a major concern in a raft of sectors. For example, the property sector remains under significant stress and I am dealing with a number of cases where mid-landlords are being caught between tenants and head landlords over a range of issues, with many disputes arising due to, ultimately, cash shortages.


“I am also seeing increasingly complex cases arising in relation to professional negligence, particularly in relation to pensions.  While the miss-selling of pensions’ products is one aspect of which people are reasonably aware, fund mismanagement is a less generally recognised problem but one which can have an equally detrimental effect on one’s pension at retirement.&ddquo;


Outwith his role at Gillespie Macandrew, Steven Jansch is also a Director of the Franco-Scottish Business Club.


This is the latest in a  series of recruitments by the firm which has recently added a solicitor to its energy team, a solicitor and two paralegals in private client, a new start in corporate and it has retained four of its six trainees this summer, creating new posts in the employment, litigation, energy and rural departments.  

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