Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has appointed partner Jonathan Guy as head of its Insurance and Health & Safety Unit.

The firm has also appointed four new partners: Andrew Brown (employment), Anne Chapman (land resources), John Peutherer (private client) and Martin Whiteford (corporate), and promoted 12 solicitors: Gary Burton, David Coutts, Kiera Dargie, Michael Higgins, Seonaid Sandham, Dominic Scullion and Jennifer Wilkie (all dispute resolution), Robin Beattie (land resources), Elizabeth Hore (commercial real estate), Bruce Harvie (corporate), Susan Waudby (private client) and Angela McMahon (Anderson Strathern Asset Management/private client).

Recent lateral hires have included Paul Brown (partner, employment), Douglas McLachlan (senior associate, corporate) and Anne Henderson (senior associate, private client), all from DWF, and Mark Cowie (partner, corporate), formerly with McCLURE NAISMITH.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has appointed Peter Lunny as a consultant in its dispute resolution team. He joins from TECHNIP UK, where he was latterly a vice president.

CONNELL & CONNELL WS, Edinburgh, announce the appointment of Lesley Elrick as a partner with effect from 17 August 2015. A STEP member, she joins from WRIGHT JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE. In addition, on 1 September 2015 Emma Purdie and Alison Rowatt were promoted to associates.

DIGBY BROWN, Edinburgh and elsewhere, announces that family lawyer Roger Mackenzie has joined as an associate in the firm’s Glasgow office from TURCAN CONNELL.

DWF, Edinburgh, Glasgow and elsewhere, has appointed Andrew Lothian, former managing partner of ANDERSON STRATHERN, as Head of Casualty and General Insurance in Scotland.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, has appointed Fraser Leslie, who joins from BOND DICKINSON, as partner in its energy practice, and Peter Drummond, formerly with McCLURE NAISMITH, as housebuilder associate.

GILSON GRAY, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has recruited the solicitors then comprising the Commercial Dispute Resolution team at MORISONS LLP, including Alex Garioch, solicitor advocate, Rosie Walker, partner, and Keith Anderson, associate.

HARPER MACLEOD LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Thurso, announces that it has acquired the business of DOWLE, SMITH & RUTHERFORD, Lerwick. Partners Christopher Dowle and Paul Rutherford, and all 12 staff joined Harper Macleod from 1 October 2015.

HUNTER & ROBERTSON LTD, Paisley, announce that their associate, Jilly-Ann Melrose, is appointed director with effect from 1 October 2015. John Alasdair Munro Armit and William Hill have retired as directors on 30 September 2015. Both will continue to work with the company as consultants from 1 October 2015.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, announces the appointment of Debbie King (previously with WRIGHT JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE) as an associate with effect from 7 September 2015 and the promotion of Lynsey Kerr to associate with effect from 1 October 2015, both within the Private Client department. Debbie will be based in the firm’s Glasgow office at 1 Royal Bank Place, Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 3AA and Lynsey continues to be based in the head office at Caledonian Exchange, Edinburgh EH3 8HE.

MACALLANS, Burnside, Glasgow, announces that Diane Adam and Ian Grant have retired from the partnership with effect from 30 September 2015, and that Margaret Reid and Lesley Hurst (formerly TC YOUNG) shall continue the business under the name of MACALLANS LTD in Burnside, where Diane Adam and Ian Grant shall continue to work with the company as consultants.

MACDONALD HENDERSON, Glasgow, advises the following four appointments and two promotions: Fraser Morrison as associate director (corporate team), joining from WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE; Laura Forrest as a solicitor (corporate), joining from RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE, Aberdeen; Alasdair Swanson as a solicitor (corporate), following completion of his traineeship; Caitlin O’Dowd as a trainee solicitor (commercial property), joining from ASHURST LLP; Michael Hankinson, promoted to associate director (dispute resolution & corporate recovery); Maureen Matheson, promoted to associate director (private client services).

MACROBERTS, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, announces the appointment of Laura Wilson, who joins from HARPER MACLEOD, as procurement director, based in Glasgow; Fiona Sharp, formerly with McCLURE NAISMITH, as a senior associate, based in Glasgow; Stephanie Baynham, who joins from BURNESS PAULL, as a senior solicitor in banking and finance, based in Edinburgh; and newly qualified Alasdair Irvine as a solicitor in the corporate defence team in Glasgow.

MORISONS SOLICITORS, Glasgow and Edinburgh (above), has appointed a five-strong dispute team, formerly with McCLURE NAISMITH: Ewen Brown, as Head of Disputes, along with associates Alan McCormack, Carol Boyd and David Forrester, and recently qualified assistant, David McAlpine.

Morisons has also promoted Jan MacKay from associate to partner, based in Edinburgh and working in telecommunications and renewable energy; and has appointed Pamela Muir, formerly with PINSENT MASONS, as a partner, based in Glasgow, heading the Restructuring and Insolvency team, and Steven Harte, who joins from DWF, as a solicitor in the Employment team, based in Glasgow.

MURRAY BEITH MURRAY, Edinburgh, has appointed Philip Buchan as an associate in rural property. He joins from R & R URQUHART, Forres.

NIMMO WS, Edinburgh, has signed a deal with Manhattan law firm ROONEY PC to create ROONEY NIMMO, a joint legal venture with a presence in Edinburgh, New York and London. A new office has been opened in the City of London.

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announce that they have appointed Ian Angus, formerly with STEWART & WATSON, Turriff, as a solicitor based primarily at the firm’s Inverurie office.

SIMPSON & MARWICK, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and North Berwick, has announced its merger with global practice CLYDE & CO from 1 October 2015. The merged firm will be known as CLYDE & CO, and will combine Simpson & Marwick’s 45 partners with Clyde & Co’s 320-plus partners in 39 offices on six continents worldwide. Simpson & Marwick’s residential property division will continue to trade under the Simpson & Marwick name.

STRONACHS LLP, Aberdeen, Inverness and London, has appointed Liz Stewart as a partner in its commercial property department. She joins from RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE.

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, has appointed Colin Millar, as a partner in corporate; Stewart King as a partner in commercial property; Julie Terrey as an associate in private client; and Stephen Grant as corporate assistant. All were formerly with McCLURE NAISMITH.

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