Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

BLACKADDERS solicitors, Dundee, Perth, Arbroath, Forfar, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has appointed Fraser Hardie, who joins the firm from LINDSAYS, to head the firm’s Edinburgh office, working within the commercial property group; Joanne Grimmond, partner in the residential property department in Dundee, to head the Perth office; and Ryan McKay, partner and head of the dispute resolution team, to lead the office in Aberdeen. Gail Clarke has also joined the firm as a director in its rural land and business department. She was previously with TODS MURRAY.

BRECHIN TINDAL OATTS solicitors (bto), Glasgow and Edinburgh, has announced the promotion of Karina McShane, of its Insurance Personal Injury team, and Jilly Petrie, of its Construction and Engineering team, to partner. Claire Mills has also joined the latter team as an associate from BURNESS PAULL LLP.

BRODIES, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, announces that onshore renewables and commercial property specialist Kirsty Macpherson is to join its real estate department as a partner. She moves from GILLESPIE MACANDREW.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has added to its health, safety and environment (HSE) division with a partner appointment. Ray Gribben joins the Glasgow office from DLA PIPER.

BURNETT & REID LLP, Aberdeen, has announced promotions and new appointments, effective from 1 January 2015. James Herbertson is assumed as a partner in the Agricultural Department. Also joining the partnership board are the firm’s estate factor, Shane Greig, who will act in an advisory capacity, and its new practice manager, Helen Strachan, a former tax specialist with PwC, who will serve as a financial adviser to the firm and as secretary to the board. Rosemary O’Neill, who recently joined the firm to lead the Court Department, is promoted to associate. The firm also announces that Alastair Robertson, senior partner for the last 18 years, has moved to a consultancy role within the firm.

GILDEAS LTD, Glasgow and Edinburgh, is delighted to announce that Fergus Thomson joins as a solicitor advocate and associate at its Glasgow office. He was formerly with HARPER MACLEOD.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh and Perth, has announced the promotion of two new associates, Fiona Cameron in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team, and Amy McDowell in the Commercial Property department.

GILSON GRAY, Edinburgh and Glasgow, has appointed Craig Darling as a partner and head of business restructuring and recovery. He joins from HBJ GATELEY.

International law firm KENNEDYS has opened in Scotland with offices at 38 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7HA, and 12 Office, 2 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 1RW. Kennedys has recruited Frank Gill, the principal of FRANCIS GILL & CO, Edinburgh, and his team, and insurance liability and regulatory partner Rory Jackson, from McCLURE NAISMITH.

Nicholas Colin Kilpatrick and John Walker are delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Sarah Gray as a partner of their firm, KILPATRICK & WALKER, solicitors, Ayr, with effect from 1 February 2015.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Jedburgh and North Berwick, has announced two senior appointments to its Dundee office. Family law and family mediation specialist Jennifer Gallagher joins as a partner from BLACKADDERS from 5 January 2015, and Miriam Rennet, a director with DUNDEE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION, also becomes a director in Commercial Property.

McCASH & HUNTER LLP, Perth, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Cranston, solicitor, to the firm’s Rural and Commercial Teams, and the appointment of Duncan Adam and Laura Sutherland as solicitors to the Private Client Team. The firm also wishes John Hadden, a longstanding associate with McCash & Hunter, a long and happy retirement.

McCLURE NAISMITH, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, has promoted five partners and one associate. The new partners are: Colin Brown and Robert Binning (Real Estate, Edinburgh); E-Ming Fong and Suzanne McGarrigle (Dispute Resolution, Edinburgh); and Nils Reid (Commercial and Financial Services, London). Lewis Kemp is promoted to associate (Dispute Resolution, Edinburgh).

MORISONS SOLICITORS, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has appointed Claire Reid as an associate in the firm’s residential conveyancing and estate agency business, known as More Property, based in the firm’s Glasgow office. She was formerly with BANNATYNE KIRKWOOD FRANCE & CO, and before that MACROBERTS LLP.

MURRAY BEITH MURRAY WS, Edinburgh, has announced the appointment of Susan Mendelssohn as an associate. Susan joins from BLACKADDERS, having previously been with McKAY NORWELL.

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, announces that international arbitration lawyers Jane Wessel and Claire Stockford, from US firm CROWELL & MORING, are joining as partners in the firm’s Commercial Dispute Resolution team in London.

STRONACHS, Aberdeen, Inverness and London, has appointed Mark Brady as a partner in the firm’s corporate team in its Aberdeen office, specialising in banking and finance. He was previously with BOND DICKINSON.

THORNTONS LAW LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has announced the promotion of personal injury solicitor advocate Caroline Kelly to partner, and private client lawyer Lynne Hopkins to associate, both in its Dundee office.

UK law firm WEIGHTMANS LLP has appointed partner Douglas Keir and associates Sarah Phillips and Julia McDonald to the Insurance team in its Scottish practice in Glasgow. All three join from ANDERSON STRATHERN.

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