Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ABERDEIN CONSIDINE (pictured), Aberdeen and elsewhere, has merged with A&S IRELAND, Glasgow, under the Aberdein Considine brand. A&S Ireland’s office at 18 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6DB, will become Aberdein Considine’s new headquarters in the city.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, is to merge with DUTHIE WARD, Aberdeen, from 30 June 2016. Balfour+Manson will move its Aberdeen staff into Duthie Ward’s offices at 42 Carden Place, Aberdeen AB10 1UP, from its current premises in Albyn Place. Duthie Ward’s partners, Alastair Duthie
and Richard Ward, will join Balfour+Manson as consultants. Their staff will also join Balfour+Manson.

BRODIES LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has appointed Derek Stroud as a partner in its corporate and commercial team. He joins in the summer from PINSENT MASONS. The firm has also promoted Helen Abrams (real estate) and Sarah-Jane McArthur (energy and infrastructure) to partner. Other promotions include four new managing associates: Scott Logan (land and rural business), Angela McCulloch (personal and family), Rhona McFarlane (energy and infrastructure) and Fiona Morrison (employment), and nine new associates: Ciaran Dougherty, Lynn Livesey, Caitlin McNeish and Ryan Openshaw (all litigation and regulatory), Danny George and Gillian Watson (both real estate), Kimberley Forman and Jack Moir (both banking and finance), and Paul Breen (corporate and commercial). The firm has also announced the creation of a new advocacy unit, led by its chairman Christine O’Neill, supported
by Laura Brain, who as been promoted to director of advocacy.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has appointed Callum Sinclair as the new head of its commercial division, succeeding David Goodbrand, and head of technology. He joins the firm’s Glasgow office from DLA PIPER.

CAIRN LEGAL, Glasgow, is delighted to announce that Iain Nisbet, a specialist in education law, has joined the firm as a consultant solicitor.

CLYDE & CO, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and elsewhere, has promoted Toni Ashby and Bruce Goodbrand in its Edinburgh insurance team to partner from 1 May 2016, among 16 partner promotions internationally.

CMS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has promoted Jenny Allan (banking and international finance, Edinburgh), Jack Letson (corporate, Glasgow) and Graeme Clubley (energy, Aberdeen) to partner, and John Craske and Fiona Letham to directors in its Scottish-based legal services
unit, among 31 promotions internationally.

COULTERS, solicitors and estate agents, Edinburgh, has merged with HBJ PROPERTY, a division of HBJ GATELEY. The merged business will trade under the Coulters name, with HBJ Gateley as majority shareholder. Ross MacKay, Alastair Shepherd and Louise Williams, the partners in HBJ Property, become partners in Coulters.

DAVIDSON CHALMERS, Edinburgh and Galashiels, has appointed Jim Warnock, formerly a commercial property partner with MORISONS, as a consultant, and promoted Lizzy Enayati (commercial property) and Louise Jones (environment, waste and renewables) to associate.

DIGBY BROWN, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has promoted Euan Love (Glasgow), Stuart Barton (Glasgow) and Lianda Barnes (Kirkcaldy) to partner, and Catriona Headley (Edinburgh), Elizabeth Morrison (Glasgow) and Matt Leckie (Glasgow) to associate.

DWF, Edinburgh, Glasgow and elsewhere has moved its Glasgow office to new premises at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3HD.

GIBSON KERR, Edinburgh, has appointed Angela Agrawal and June Paterson as solicitors in its property team.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, has appointed Greg Peebles as a commercial property partner in its Glasgow office, joining from DWF, and Nadine Martin, formerly with BLM, as a family law associate in its Edinburgh office.

HARPER MACLEOD, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Lerwick, has appointed Elaine Russell as a partner in its personal injury and reparation team. She joins from IRWIN MITCHELL.

INKSTERS SOLICITORS, Glasgow, Forfar, Inverness, Portree and Wick, has appointed Derek Flyn and Angus Mackay as consultants working in crofting law.

KERR STIRLING LLP, Edinburgh and Stirling, is delighted to announce the acquisition of GIBSON & KENNEDY WS, Falkirk. The trading name Gibson & Kennedy WS will be retained
in the short term, and partner Chris Forrest joins Kerr Stirling LLP as a consultant.

LEDINGHAM CHALMERS, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has promoted Hazel Moir (Aberdeen) to partner in its rural team, Sine Mackay (employment, Inverness) to associate, and Joanna Lang (litigation, Aberdeen), Amy McMillan (litigation, Edinburgh) and Craig Falconer (commercial property, Aberdeen) to senior solicitors.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and North Berwick, has elected Peter Tweedie as chairman, succeeding David Reith who has held the role for five years.

MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has announced 26 promotions with effect from 1 June 2016. Promoted to director are James Wilson (banking & finance, Edinburgh); Julie Devlin and Craig Kennedy (both commercial dispute resolution, Glasgow); Caryn Auld (property, Glasgow) and Nick Mole (property, London). There are eight new associates: Owen McLennan (financial services, London); Mark Meiklejohn (banking & finance, Glasgow); Roddy MacDougall and Bruce McCombie (both commercial dispute resolution, Glasgow); Florinda Soldani (commercial dispute resolution, Aberdeen); Sarah Wardell (commercial dispute resolution, Edinburgh); Paul Young (non-contentious construction, Edinburgh); and Amal Kaur (property, London). Becoming senior solicitor are Peter Brading and Deborah Stefani (both banking & finance, Glasgow); Jane McKeown (financial services, Edinburgh); Harpreet Gundara, Daniel Staunton and Sarah Walker (all commercial dispute resolution, London); Sarah McCormick (commercial dispute resolution, Edinburgh); Caitlin O’Donnell (commercial dispute resolution, Glasgow); Nicola Bain (property, Glasgow); Kirsty Dickson and Graeme Myles (both property, Edinburgh); Craig Turok (property, Glasgow); and Gordon Wallace (property, Aberdeen).

MACLEOD & MACCALLUM, Inverness, has acquired the practice of MACNEILL & CRITCHLEY, Inverness, with effect from 1 June 2016. MacNeill & Critchley staff have relocated to Macleod & MacCallum’s offices at 28 Queensgate. Partners Alastair Robb and Neil Speight join the firm as consultants.

MELLICKS, Glasgow, and NAFTALIN DUNCAN & Co, Glasgow, are pleased to announce the merging of their practices on 1 June 2016 under the name of MELLICKS (incorporating NAFTALIN DUNCAN & CO), at 160 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 2TL. All personnel hitherto with Mellicks and Naftalin Duncan & Co have transferred to the new firm.

PETERKINS, Aberdeen, Inverurie, Huntly, Keith and Alford, are pleased to announce that Alastair Currie MacDonald and Jamie Charles Melville Craig have been assumed as partners with effect from 1 May 2016.

PINSENT MASONS, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announces three partner promotions in its Scottish offices among 18 worldwide: Nick Carlin (Glasgow, energy); Caroline Ramsay (Glasgow, EU and competition); and Jae Fassam (Edinburgh, pensions). Three senior associates, Stacey Cassidy (projects), Lesley-Anne Todd (property) and Joanne Stewart (technology, media, telecoms) have been promoted to legal director.

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has announced the retirement of Elizabeth Merson, partner and branch principal at its Inverurie office, after more than 40 years with the firm.

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has announced the appointment of John Rutherford (formerly with PINSENT MASONS) as consultant and head of its Aberdeen office, and of corporate lawyer Carl Powlson, most recently with Australian firm ATANASKOVIC HARTNELL, as a corporate partner in its London office.

SHOOSMITHS, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has appointed John Fotheringham, an accredited specialist in both child and family law, previously with BRECHIN TINDAL OATTS, as a consultant.

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, has merged with CLARKSON HAMILTON, Kirkcaldy, from 1 June 2016 under the Thorntons name. All of Clarkson Hamilton’s employees remain with Thorntons. Grant Hamilton remains a partner, while Graeme Clarkson becomes a consultant. THORNTONS has also announced the appointment of Gordon Cairns, previously with GILLESPIE MACANDREW, and Christian Melville, who joins from MORTON FRASER, as private client partners, and Graeme Wilson as area property manager, all in its Edinburgh office.

TLT, Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has appointed Richard Turnbull as a real estate partner, working out of the firm’s Scottish offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. He joins from PINSENT MASONS, where he was a senior associate.

TC YOUNG, Glasgow and Edinburgh, is delighted to announce that Alison Hempsey has been promoted from associate to partner in the private client team, and that Marianne McJannett has been promoted to associate in the employment team. 

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