Renowned lawyer a sweet fix for accountants

Former top legal counsel Greig Honeyman joins the growing Edinburgh office

A leading accounting firm has increased its presence in Edinburgh with the appointment of one of the city’s best known former barristers.

Greig Honeyman will advise senior figures at Douglas Home & Co, drawing on his extensive network of family businesses, foundations, lawyers and decision makers.

The move to strengthen the board comes after Honeyman stepped down from Shepherd and Wedderburn, where he was a partner for six years and an advisor for the last 18 months. Currently, this prominent Edinburgh figure is a non-legal adviser to some of Scotland’s wealthiest families.

Greig was Managing Partner of Fyfe Ireland until 2012 and joins Douglas Home & Co to help the company implement its successful growth plan after the Kelso-headquartered company opened its Edinburgh office in 2019.

He will act as a non-legal channel for new business, assist with the company’s long-term strategy and use his knowledge and experience to advance the company’s business and corporate finance departments.

Greig said: “Supporting the board and commercial ambitions of one of the most exciting brands in Scottish accounting is a great opportunity for me.

“Douglas Home & Co has incredible growth potential that I hope to support in any way I can.

“By working closely with the team members at Douglas Home & Co, I hope to add significant value to the business through my own business and professional connections, which I have accumulated over many years working with private clients and commercial affairs across Scotland .

“Accountants, lawyers and all other businesses are incredibly busy right now. By formalizing relationships with key connections, we can draw attention to real solutions that make life easier for clients and potential clients of this top law firm.

“It is a growing goal for everyone at Douglas Home & Co to be able to respond to customers’ problems faster than the customer can himself. I hope to play a prominent role in fulfilling these goals.

“As the special non-legal advisor to many families, businesses and foundations, including family and charitable foundations, I believe I am well placed to advise Douglas Home & Co on matters that will give it a significant edge on its competitors in the future .”

Greig studied at the University of Edinburgh and has since worked for a number of leading law firms including Honeyman & Mackie and Tods Murray LLP.

Greig, known as the “man of business” and trusted advisor in the capital, gave up his license to practice law just two months ago to focus on non-legal consulting work.

The appointment comes at a crucial time for Douglas Home & Co as they look to expand their range of corporate clients to include their Edinburgh client base while continuing to expand their ever expanding range of rural and agricultural clients.

Darren Thomson, Chief Executive of Douglas Home & Co, added: “Greig is one of Edinburgh’s most well-connected businessmen – and brings a wealth of knowledge that will guide our continued development.

“We are confident that Greig’s vast network from his impressive career as a professional services provider in Edinburgh will prove invaluable. Alongside this, his consulting expertise is second to none and brings a lot of fresh thinking to an already high-performing team.”

Douglas Home & Co originally opened a small branch in the city’s Rutland Square in March 2019. However, just six months later it expanded to larger offices in Charlotte Square, where it continues to support clients across the country.

The accounting specialist was founded in the Scottish Borders and is headquartered there, where it has four offices, with additional offices in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Cumbria and Northumberland. It has 70 employees, has served more than 1,000 rural businesses and reported a 4% increase in turnover to £4m last year.

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