Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has appointed chartered accountant Graeme Bissett to its board as a non-executive director.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, is pleased to welcome Karen Wilkie as a solicitor in the Aberdeen employment team. She joins from PETERKINS.

BRECHIN TINDAL OATTS (bto) solicitors, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has announced the appointment of Graeme Kelly and Elaine Del Valle to its Edinburgh based property team. Graeme Kelly joins from DWF (formerly BIGGART BAILLIE) as a partner; Elaine Del Valle joins as an associate from PAGAN OSBORNE.

The firm has also promoted Caroline Earnshaw of the construction and engineering team in the Edinburgh office to associate, whilst in the Glasgow office Calum Sweeney and Angus Gillies of the insurance team, Lindsay MacNeill of the health and safety team, and Ross Campbell of the commercial litigation team have all been promoted to senior solicitors.

BRODIES LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has expanded its corporate & commercial team with the partner appointments of Douglas Crawford and Helen Machin, who join the firm from CMS CAMERON McKENNA and will be based in Aberdeen, and Karen Fountain, who previously worked with FRESHFIELDS, London and is now based in Edinburgh.

Brodies has also moved its Glasgow office to 110 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3BX.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, announces the retirement from the firm of Gordon Buchan, former governance and strategy board member and partner in its Aberdeen office.

DIGBY BROWN, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has opened its seventh office in Scotland at 24 Sandgate, Ayr KA7 1BW. The office will be led by partner Damian White.

DWF, Edinburgh Glasgow and elsewhere, has announced eight promotions in its Scottish offices. Robin Watt (commercial real estate) has been made a partner, and Douglas Jefferies (commercial) a director. Six senior solicitors have been advanced to associate: Philip Knight and Emma Forester (commercial litigation), Alicia Ebdy (employment), and Ashleigh Farrell, Andrew Martin and Gregor Duthie (real estate).

GALLOWAY & AYRSHIRE PARTNERSHIP LLP, trading in Girvan as SMITH & VALENTINE and in Newton Stewart as McCORMICK & NICHOLSON, announce the retirement of Stewart Sheddon with effect from 31 December 2015. Shirley McNeill and Veronica Love shall continue as members, assisted by Harry Sheddon. Stewart Sheddon will continue as a consultant.

GIBSON KERR, Edinburgh and Glasgow, announce that their associate, Lindsay Maclean, has been appointed as partner. A STEP member, she continues as head of the firm’s Personal Law Department.

HARPER MACLEOD, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso and Lerwick, has appointed two associates to its Inverness office: Ewan Stafford, who joins from MACLEOD & MACCALLUM, and Emma Linn, who most recently worked for ANDERSON, SHAW & GILBERT.

FRANK IRVINE SOLICITORS, Glasgow, announces the promotion of Stewart Pettigrew to senior solicitor and the appointment of newly qualified solicitor Ross Graham.

JOHNSON LEGAL, Edinburgh, are delighted to announce the appointment of Hayley Mitchell as an associate in their Family Law team as of 5 November 2015.

MACROBERTS, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, has promoted Jennifer McKay (construction, Edinburgh) and Michael Kelly (corporate, Glasgow) to partner.

MILLER HENDRY, Perth, Dundee and Crieff, has appointed Gabrielle MacDonald as a residential property solicitor in its Perth office.

MSM SOLICITORS, Paisley and Glasgow, are pleased to confirm the acquisition of the firm of HART SMITH, Glasgow. The former Hart Smith office at 43 Crow Road, Glasgow G11 7SH, now trades under the name MSM HART SMITH. John Hart continues to work from this office as a consultant of MSM Solicitors. Euan Smith has retired from practice with effect from 31 October 2015.

PAGAN OSBORNE, Cupar, St Andrews, Anstruther and Edinburgh, has appointed Sue Arrowsmith Rodger as partner at its St Andrews practice. She joins from THORNTONS, Anstruther.

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE, Aberdeen, Ellon, Banchory, Inverurie and Stonehaven, are delighted to announce the appointments of Alasdair Smith as a partner and Gordon Davidson within the Corporate Department at their main Aberdeen office. Alasdair, who was working in-house with PIPELINES 2 DATA, joins as a partner to head the department going forward; Gordon joins as a consultant from a similar position with BURNESS PAULL.

IAIN SMITH & PARTNERS WS, Galashiels, announces the retirement of its former partner John (Ian) Grant from the firm on 30 April 2015. The firm ceased practising from its former Offices at National Bank Chambers, 11-13 Murray Street, Duns, Berwickshire TD11 3DF on 19 June 2015. Recently qualified solicitor Thomas Alexander Johnstone joined the firm’s Private Client department on 9 November 2015.

STREFFORD TULIPS, Hamilton, announces that Lynn Pacitti has been appointed as a director with effect from 2 November 2015.

STRONACHS LLP, Aberdeen, Inverness and London, has appointed Ross Gardner as a partner in its corporate team. He moves from RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE.

ELIZABETH WELSH FAMILY LAW PRACTICE, Ayr, is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn J Paton, formerly with THE McKINSTRY COMPANY, as a partner of the firm with effect from 1 November 2015.

WINCHESTERS, solicitors, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, announce the retirement of John G Boyle from the firm on 31 October 2015. He will continue to be associated with the firm as a consultant. They are also delighted to announce the appointment of Loren Kelly, solicitor, formerly with MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS LLP.

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