Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ABERDEIN CONSIDINE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announces that Harvey Aberdein, who co-founded the practice, has retired as managing partner. He will remain as a consultant to the business. Robert Fraser becomes senior partner, and Jacqueline Law is the new managing partner.

ABERDEIN CONSIDINE also announces that it has expanded into a fifth Scottish city, with the completion of a merger with MUIRHEAD BUCHANAN, Stirling. Philip Anderson and Anthony Quin, the partners of Muirhead Buchanan, have become partners at Aberdein Considine as part of the transaction.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, announces two associate appointments for its Edinburgh headquarters. Alan Gilfillan joins the commercial team from GILLESPIE MACANDREW, and Linda Walker, formerly with TODS MURRAY, joins the family law team.

BRECHIN TINDAL OATTS (bto), Glasgow and Edinburgh, and LEVY & McRAE, Glasgow, have reached agreement for the transfer of Levy & McRae’s corporate team to bto. Partners Andrew Sleigh and Gary Booth, and senior solicitor Craig Daniels, will move to work alongside bto partners Jeremy Glen and Alastair Dunn.

CAMPBELL SIEVEWRIGHT & Co, Hamilton, Glasgow and Kirkmuirhill, announce that Robert Andrew McDougall retired as a partner of the firm on 31 October 2014.

DWF, Edinburgh, Glasgow and elsewhere, has announced the strategic appointment of two partners to its corporate and banking practice in Scotland. Chris McLauchlan joins the Glasgow office as an associate partner in the banking team from FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER, London, where he was a senior associate. Gary MacDonald joins the Edinburgh office as an associate partner in the corporate team from PINSENT MASONS, where he was a legal director.

FRASER & MULLIGAN, Aberdeen and Ballater, have pleasure in announcing the assumption of Dawn Clark and Mary-Jay C Morton as partners of the firm with effect from 1 June and 1 August 2014 respectively.

GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL has announced the appointment as chief executive of Annemarie O’Donnell, solicitor, who first joined the then Glasgow District Council in 1991 and who has achieved successive promotions, serving since 2011 as executive director of corporate services at the council.

LEDINGHAM CHALMERS LLP, Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and Stirling, announces the appointment of Lesley Currie as a senior associate working in commercial property. She joins from BURNESS PAULL.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Jedburgh and North Berwick, has added to its family law team with the appointment of Lucy Metcalf as a senior associate based in Edinburgh. She was formerly head of family law services with TODS MURRAY.

MACDONALD HENDERSON, Glasgow, is delighted to advise that it has promoted Alan McKee to the position of director of the firm with effect from 1 November 2014. Alan joined Macdonald Henderson in November 2010 and both founded and leads the firm’s Commercial Dispute Resolution team.

MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has appointed Alexis Graham as a partner in its Private Client & Charities department, based in the Glasgow office. She joins from TURCAN CONNELL, where she moved from Maclay Murray & Spens earlier this year.

MORISONS solicitors, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has appointed Victoria Moore as an associate within the Business Team. Victoria joins from BRODIES and specialises in IP, technology and commercial contracts. She is dual qualified in England & Wales and in Scotland.

MORTON FRASER, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, has announced the promotion of three senior associates to partner with effect from 3 November 2014: Donna Brennan (private client, Glasgow), Amy Entwistle (commercial property, Edinburgh), and Bev Wood (banking & asset finance, Edinburgh).

PAGAN OSBORNE, Cupar, St Andrews, Anstruther and Edinburgh, has set up a family law service from early 2015, with the appointment of Jacqueline McRae, who is also a qualified social worker, as a partner, and Cameron Shaw as a solicitor. Both join from MHD LAW.

THOMPSONS, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has announced the promotion to associate of David Martyn in the employment department, and Roz Galloway in the Aberdeen office.

Professor Peter Watson, solicitor advocate, Glasgow, announces that Ross Cameron, who trained with RS VAUGHAN & CO, Glasgow, will join him as a newly qualified solicitor on 1 December 2014. 

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