Davidson Chalmers Commercial Lawyers

The partners at Edinburgh-based Davidson Chalmers knew that they wanted to make the most of the Borders Railway when the line was launched in September 2015.

As the “go to” legal advisers for Owner Managed Businesses (OMBs) in Scotland, and with several clients located in the Scottish Borders already, the Borders Railway represented a real game-changing opportunity for their service delivery.  

Before the rail service launched, the firm’s lawyers and clients had become used to travelling for hours by car to meet and do business. But with several staff located along the line and a desire to grow the business in the region, opening in the Scottish Borders was an obvious choice.

St. Boswells resident and Davidson Chalmers’ Partner Andy Drane explains more: “With so many SMEs in the Scottish Borders and so much potential for growth, the decision to open in the region was easy once we knew that the line was opening.

“We had the staff here and we already had clients – it was the location that we thought might be tricky. However, with the opening of the Galashiels Transport Interchange just shortly before the line launched, it was clear that the space we needed was to be found at the new Interchange’s Waverley Chambers and so far it’s going really well. 

“We opened as a direct result of the opportunities that the line would bring. Our opening has meant that as well as being better-able to service our existing clients and saving travel time for our staff, we have been instructed by several other Borders-based businesses who would not otherwise have chosen us if we hadn’t had a presence.

“For those staff who live locally it has been a real boon in terms of significantly enhancing the journey experience into Edinburgh and further afield. For instance the lead partner working from the office will routinely travel to other parts of Scotland including to the Central Belt and the Highlands by train, whereas before he would have driven.  

“Additionally, through the opening of the new office, the ability to work locally has definitely enhanced the quality of life for those staff.

“We are still measuring the precise impact on fee income but anecdotally it appears that fee income from Borders based clients will have doubled over the period since the railway opened.  Much of that is related directly or indirectly to the opening of the local office which in turn only opened as a consequence of the new railway.” 

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