As Dunfermline celebrates its recently bestowed city status, legal firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP believes it marks an exciting new chapter.

There is no doubt that being labelled a city is a sought-after accolade – there were 39 applicants in the running to achieve the status this year as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

While Dunfermline residents celebrated as they joined the Scottish Cities Alliance as its 8th member, it is fair to say its people already understood the local pride and reputational power that being a city brings.

In 1856, the burgh of Dunfermline resolved to use the title of ‘city’ in all official documents, even although it was never officially recognised.

Alison Marshall is a Partner at WJM’s Dunfermline office, specialising in SMEs and owner-managed family businesses, and believes the formal recognition has the potential to bring an array of benefits.

She said: “To many people, Dunfermline was already a city. But that official status can make a real difference when it comes to reputational enhancement and attracting inward investment.

“When Perth achieved city status its economy reportedly grew by twelve per cent and it would be great to see Dunfermline on the same trajectory.

“The city is already home to some big names including e-commerce giant Amazon, so who knows what the future holds.”

WJM is a full-service law firm with a proud history of supporting companies of all sizes operating across Dunfermline and beyond. Its specialist services and sector areas include commercial contracts, property, healthcare, renewables, construction, employment, family law, renewable energy and more.

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