Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

BALFOUR + MANSON LLP, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has appointed Beth Saddler as an associate in its personal injury team in Aberdeen. She was previously legal counsel to JOHNSON & JOHNSON MIDDLE EAST.

BLACKADDERS LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has announced its acquisition of MARJORY MACDONALD SOLICITORS, Arbroath, with effect from 22 May 2015. Marjory MacDonald becomes a consultant to Blackadders.

Blackadders has also appointed Susan McFadyen as a director in its corporate and commercial team in Dundee. Formerly a partner in TODS MURRAY LLP, she joins from SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN LLP.

BLACKWOOD & SMITH WS, Peebles, are delighted to announce that their associate, Lawri James Shanks, was appointed as a partner with effect from 1 April 2015.

BLM, Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has appointed Frank Hughes, formerly with DAC BEACHCROFT, as a partner in its Glasgow office. It has also recently appointed two new associates, Murray Steel, formerly with HARPER MACLEOD, and Kirin Binning, formerly with BRODIES; and two solicitors, Zoe McConnell, formerly with CROWN OFFICE & PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE, and Judith Hutchison, who was practising on her own account.

BRECHIN TINDAL OATTS (bto) solicitors, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has appointed Denise Laverty as an associate in its family law team, based in the Glasgow office. She joins from ANDERSON STRATHERN.

BRODIES LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has appointed Derek Stillie as an associate in its sports law practice, based in the Glasgow office. He joins from KENNEDYS, London.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has reappointed Philip Rodney and Ian Wattie respectively as chairman and managing partner until 31 July 2018.

From 1 June 2015, the clients and files of CAMPBELL CATHCART, Glasgow, have been taken over
by ARCHIBALD SHARP & SON LTD, 270 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6TX.

DIGBY BROWN LLP, Glasgow and elsewhere, has relocated its Aberdeen office to 220 Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1TL.

DWF LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has appointed partners Paul Pignatelli and Wayne Lawrence as executive partners for the firm’s Glasgow and Edinburgh offices.

FRAZER COOGANS LTD, Ayr, has moved into Prestwick, taking over the former practice of LAWSON RUSSELL & CO, solicitors, 163 Main Street, Prestwick KA9 1LB. Donald Russell and Iain Lawson, the partners of Lawson Russell & Co, have retired.

HARPER MACLEOD, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Thurso, has appointed Jennifer Jack, who joins from DWF, and Sophie Coffey, who joins from BRODIES, as partners in its Edinburgh office. It also announces that with effect from 29 June 2015 the Edinburgh office has moved to Citypoint, 65 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5HD (DX ED167).

MACHARDY ALEXANDER & WHYTE, WS, Forfar are pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer E M Strang and Hamish W Whyte to partners of the firm.

MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has announced 40 promotions, effective from 1 June 2015. New partners are (Edinburgh) Gareth Hale, Allan Cairns; (Glasgow) Derek McCombe, Rona Hutchison, Jo Campbell-Smith, Barry Edgar. Promoted to director are (Edinburgh) Sandra Hartley, Alan Delaney; (Glasgow) Alison Weatherhead, Helen Hutcheson, Kenneth McLaren. Associates are (Edinburgh) Anne-Marie Bradshaw, Christopher Smith, Suzanne Sutherland; (Glasgow) Claire McCarte, Steph Innes, Laura Edgar, Sheena Mackintosh, Lauren Miller; (Aberdeen) Adam Watson; (London) Jon McKay, Lyndsey Barr, Theresa Ferguson-Battershill. Senior solicitors are (Edinburgh) Keith McLaren, Robert Swinton, Catriona Wolstenholme, Lucy Brown, Bruce McCombie, Linzi Coates-Hedalen, Elise Kinghorn, Claire Nisbet, Laura O’Neill, Euan Taylor; (Glasgow) Jennifer Connolly, Julie Connolly, Jayne Ferguson; (Aberdeen) Anna Crosby; (London)
Lucia Avignone, Ferky Azib, Sophie Brock.

McLENNAN ADAM DAVIS, solicitors, Ayr are delighted to announce the assumption as a partner of Euan Cameron, solicitor advocate, formerly of CAMERON & CO, Glasgow with effect from 29 March 2015, and the appointment of Stuart Paterson, formerly of OPTIMA LEGAL (SCOTLAND) LTD, Glasgow, as an associate in our property department.

McQUEEN LEGAL, Edinburgh, has appointed Susan Oates as a senior associate solicitor in its Edinburgh conveyancing team, operating out of the Chesser office. The firm has also recently opened a new office in Gorebridge after taking over the business of MARTIN GRAY & CO.

MILLER HENDRY, Perth, Dundee and Crieff, has announced the promotion to associate of Aileen Scott, and to senior solicitor of Mhairi Cage, Leann Brown, Lyndsey Foggarty, James Reekie and Julie Darroch.

MITCHELLS ROBERTON LTD, Glasgow, are pleased to announce that their associate Paul Neilly is appointed partner/director with effect from 1 July 2015.

MORISONS LLP, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has relocated its Edinburgh office to 1 Exchange Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 8AN. The firm has also promoted Lucy Gannon to partner and appointed Jacqueline McCluskey, who joins from HBJ GATELEY, as a partner, and Rachel MacDonald, previously with THORLEY STEPHENSON, and Vicky Baird, who moves from THOMPSONS, as solicitors.

POMPHREYS, solicitors, Wishaw and Hamilton, announce that with effect from 1 June 2015, Sarah Dodds has been promoted to associate.

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announce the retirement of partners Verity Jenner and Keith Napier. From Monday 1 June 2015 Verity will continue to work with the firm as a consultant until the end of the year when she will fully retire. All enquiries will be directed to her successors, Faye Donald and Fiona Coutts. Keith’s successor is Ross Gardner, partner and new head of the corporate department.

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, is merging with THE WATTS LEGAL PRACTICE LLP (Watts Law), Montrose, from 1 July 2015. Hamish Watt and Aileen Hunter are now consultants with Thorntons. They will be joined in Montrose by Thorntons senior solicitor Stuart Mackie.

Thorntons has also promoted Debbie Dewar to associate in the Perth office, Robin Beattie, Lauren Rae, Cheryl Wallace, Lindsay Bryce, Robert Barr, Caroline Pigott, Kim McNaughton and Gemma McClelland to senior solicitor, and appointed Aimee Gibbons, Lisa Mannion and Lynsay McFarlane as solicitors on completion of their traineeship.

TURNBULL McCARRON LTD, Glasgow has announced the promotion to associate of Lorna Clark and Joanne Gray, based at their Duke Street office.

WEIGHTMANS (SCOTLAND) LLP, Glasgow, has appointed Elaine McIlroy as a partner. She joins from MACROBERTS LLP.

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