Acquisition sees financial advisers accelerate Highlands growth

Chris Tweed, Alison Welsh and Peter Mason

The partnership brings together dominant forces in law and wealth management

AN EXPANDING team of financial advisers has acquired the wealth management arm of the biggest local legal firm in the Highlands.

The tie-up means Macleod & MacCallum Wealth Management will become part of Tweed Wealth Management consolidating the latter’s position as the dominant financial advisory force in the region.

As part of the deal, the legal firm’s Directors will take on a minority stake in Edinburgh-headquartered Tweed Wealth Management.

The move comes two years on from the acquisition of Inverness’s John Home Wealth Management with half of the 30-strong business’s client-facing team now working from the city. Its total assets under management across the entire business now exceeds £435 million.

Alison Welsh, co-founder and Managing Director with Tweed Wealth Management, said: “This deal is a big step forward for the business. It takes us to six client-facing advisers working from Inverness alone – but through our growth plans believe we can get that up to at least 14 within the next three years.

“Macleod & MacCallum is a prized brand in this part of the world and over more than 50 years has served as trusted partner to thousands of families in the Highlands and Islands.

“We are excited to grow its wealth management arm and believe that its clients new and old, irrespective of financial background, will benefit from using the service.

“The market in this region is incredibly entrepreneurial and has a buoyant economy so we believe there is still a lot of untapped potential.”

Peter Mason, Joint Managing Director with Macleod and MacCallum, believes the deal will serve as another opportunity to highlight its financial advisory services for its existing legal and property clients.

Peter said: “Our ethos has always been to be able to help our clients at every stage of life, and to be able to offer our services to each generation of a family.  One of the attractive aspects of the Tweed team is that they shared our vision, and it was really important for us to have a partner with the reputation and track record of Tweed, and that we know will offer them a service second to none.

“Tweed Wealth Management’s expertise will offer our clients financial solutions that will be able to help our clients at any stage of their lives. It’s a young, dynamic and client focussed team, and so it was a natural stepping stone to help grow our services.”

This is Tweed Wealth Management’s fifth acquisition in recent years, following on from its deals to secure John Home Wealth Management, Melville Wealth Management, Stevenson-Hamilton Wealth Management and Jamieson Wealth Management.

Chris Tweed, co-founder and CEO of Tweed Wealth Management, said: “We are one of the only chartered firms working in Inverness and our focus is to deliver unrivalled service and expertise for everyone.

“The potential to expand is truly exciting and I look forward to forming a formidable partnership with the wider Macleod & MacCallum team.”

Chris, who set up the practice with wife Alison in 2014, said the aim for Tweed Wealth Management was to create a forward-thinking financial advice practice that supports families and business clients as well as providing a wealth of opportunity for talented people to work and achieve great things.

Clients of Macleod & MacCallum Wealth Management will continue to be served by the Inverness team, with additional administrative and back-office support provided by the Tweed team based in Edinburgh.

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