Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ADAMS WHYTE, Edinburgh, Livingston and Kirkcaldy, are delighted to announce that with effect from 1 January 2016, Elspeth McPartlin, Jennifer Cameron and Alan Jackson have been promoted to the position of associate within the firm.

AITKEN NAIRN WS, Edinburgh, intimate that James Alexander Kinloch has resigned from the firm as a partner but will continue with the firm as a consultant.

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has appointed Janice Jones as a partner and head of its family law team. An accredited specialist in family law, she joins from HARPER MACLEOD. The firm has also promoted Catriona Miller, head of its Haddington office, to partner in its private client team.

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, announces that JEFFREY AITKEN, Glasgow, will merge with the firm with effect from 11 April 2016.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen has appointed Kirsten Lobban, previously wth LEDINGHAM CHALMERS, as an associate in its family law team, based in Aberdeen, and Jamie Robb, who joins from LEVY & McRAE, as an associate with the litigation team in the Edinburgh office.

BANNATYNE KIRKWOOD FRANCE & CO, Glasgow, intimate that with effect from 6 April 2016 their associate, Alison McKenna, is to be assumed a partner of the firm.

BLACKADDERS LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has elected Scott Williamson as chairman from 1 April 2016. He succeeds Sandy Meiklejohn, who has retired as a partner after 42 years’ service at the firm. The firm confirms the appointment of partners Paul Devine (commercial and residential property) and Colin McCulloch (private client and property), associate solicitor Siobhan McGuigan (private client) and senior solicitor Kirsty Dickson (residential property), following the merger with BOYLE SHAUGHNESSY, Glasgow, also with effect from 1 April 2016.

BLACKADDERS has also announced the appointment as director of Gillian Gibbons, previously with PAGAN OSBORNE, and the promotion to director of Ellen Eunson, both in the rural land and business team; the promotion to director of senior solicitor Hamish Fyfe and senior paralegal Janine Hall in the residential conveyancing team; the promotion from senior to associate solicitor of Jack Boyle (employment), Stewart Dunbar (trust, tax and care), Sienna Sproson (private client) and Sarah Winter (corporate and commercial, including charities); and the promotion to senior solicitor of Ruth Weir (corporate and commercial).

BRECHIN TINDAL OATTS (BTO SOLICITORS), announces the promotion to partner of David Young (commercial litigation), Scott Wyper (corporate) and Claire White (personal injury); the promotion to associate of Ross Brown (private client), Cara Docherty (professional discipline and clinical defence), and Michael Collins (insurers’ representation); and the appointment as associate of Nicola McCluskie, who joins the real estate team from BRODIES LLP.

CAIRNS BROWN, Alexandria and Dumbarton intimates the retiral of Bert Thomson as a partner with effect from 31 March 2016. Mr Thomson will remain as a consultant with the firm.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, has announced six promotions, effective from 1 March 2016: to legal director, Elizabeth McLaughlin in the litigation team and Margaret Day in energy and strategic land; to associate, Gillian Campbell in estate agency and residential conveyancing, Lois Browning in land and rural business, and Michael Cox in corporate; and to senior solicitor, Judith Joy in private client.

HARPER MACLEOD, Glasgow and elsewhere, has appointed Jenny Smith as a partner in its family law team. An accredited specialist in family law, she joins from FAMILY LAW MATTERS.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, announces the promotion to partner of Nina Taylor (family law, Edinburgh), Kate Wyatt (employment law, Dundee) and Sandy Lamb (private client, Glasgow); the promotion to senior associate of Kirsty Cooper (residential conveyancing, Edinburgh); and the promotion to associate of Lauren Cook (rural services, Edinburgh) and Louise Norris (commercial property, Edinburgh).

WW & J McCLURE LTD, Glasgow, would like to congratulate Ross Anderson and Craig Jackson on becoming associates within the company.

MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, announces that Michael Livingston has been elected chairman from 1 June 2016, following Robert Laing’s decision to retire after 32 years at the firm.

MACLEOD & MACCALLUM LTD, Inverness, intimates that Graham P Watson retired as director on 31 March 2016. The firm is also delighted to announce, with effect from 1 April 2016, the appointment of Gary Webster as director, heading the rural land department, and Scott Dallas as associate in the
family law department.

MACNEILL & CRITCHLEY, Inverness, announces the retirement of Gillian Mary Silver as partner of the firm with effect from 31 December 2015. The continuing partners, Alastair Robb and Neil Speight, wish Gill a long and happy retirement.

MITCHELLS ROBERTON LTD, Glasgow, and J E MARR & CO, Glasgow, are pleased to announce the merging of their practices on 1 April 2016 under the name MITCHELLS ROBERTON LTD at George House, 36 North Hanover Street, Glasgow G1 2AD. James Marr of J E Marr has become a consultant with Mitchells Roberton and all personnel hitherto with J E Marr have transferred to Mitchells Roberton.

IAN MOIR & CO, Glasgow, is pleased to announce that Robin White has joined the firm as an assistant from BRIDGE LITIGATION with effect from 26 February 2016.

PATIENCE & BUCHAN, family lawyers, Aberdeen are delighted to announce that their associate Ashley Simpson has been appointed as a partner of their firm with effect from 6 April 2016.

RUSSEL + AITKEN LLP, Denny, Falkirk, Alloa and Edinburgh, intimate that Kenneth Forbes Donald has retired as a member of the LLP at the Denny office with effect from 31 January 2016. He will continue as a consultant.

STEWART & WATSON, Turriff and elsewhere, is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Liddiard as a partner of the firm based in its Peterhead office, with effect from 1 April 2016.

TURCAN CONNELL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, has announced the promotion to partner of Don Macleod in the firm’s land and property team.

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, announces the promotion to partner of Graham Murray, solicitor and chartered financial planner; and the promotion to senior associate of John Grant in the conflict resolution team.

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