Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has appointed Coral Riddell as a consultant in its Construction team. Ms Riddell’s most recent role was as head of the Professional Practice team at the Law Society of Scotland.

BELLWETHER GREEN LTD, Glasgow, announces the promotion of Stephanie Farrell (corporate) and Steven Templeton (real estate) to senior associate. Kate Faulds has joined the firm’s employment team from SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, and Dario Demarco has joined as a newly qualified solicitor in the corporate team.

BERLOW RAHMAN SOLICITORS, Glasgow, are pleased to announce that Haseeb Ul Hassan has recently been made an associate of the firm.

BLM (BERRYMANS LACE MAWER LLP), Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has announced five promotions in Scotland among a total of 45 across its offices. Iain Buchanan (Glasgow) has become a partner, and Victoria Anderson, Kelly Brotherhood and Zoe McDonnell (all Glasgow) and Claire Raftery (Edinburgh) have become associates. BLM also welcomes new solicitor Claire Thomas, a former advocate, to the family law team.

BURNESS PAULL LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has made appointments and promotions in its Intellectual Property team. In the contentious IP team, Neeraj Thomas has been promoted to senior associate and Megan Briggs to senior solicitor. They have been joined by recently qualified lawyer Rebecca Ablett in Glasgow. In the non-contentious practice, Ross McKenzie (Aberdeen) is promoted to senior associate, Joanne Snedden (Edinburgh) is promoted to senior solicitor, Jen Kantharia (Glasgow) joins as solicitor from DLA PIPER, and newly qualified lawyer Grant McGregor (Aberdeen) joins the firm.

DAVIDSON CHALMERS LLP, Edinburgh, announces the appointment from 15 August 2016 of Alan Strain, who joins from MULLINS, Brisbane, Australia as partner to lead its employment team, and of Jenny Davies, who joins from WEST LOTHIAN COUNCIL, as a senior solicitor in the Environmental, Waste and Renewables department.

GALLOWAY & AYRSHIRE PARTNERSHIP LLP, trading as McCORMICK & NICHOLSON in Newton Stewart and SMITH & VALENTINE in Girvan, announce that they have promoted Harry Sheddon to associate in the Newton Stewart office, and appointed Craig Currie as an assistant solicitor in the Girvan office.

GILSON GRAY, Edinburgh and Glasgow, has appointed Stuart Robertson (formerly with LEDINGHAM CHALMERS) as an employment law partner, and Gregor Duthie (formerly with DWF) as an associate in real estate.

GRANT SMITH LAW PRACTICE, Aberdeen and Turriff, has promoted Garry Sturrock and Amy Young to associate in its Aberdeen office, and Calum Slessor to associate in the firm’s Banff office, which operates as ALEXANDER GEORGE & CO. 

HARPER MACLEOD, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Lerwick, has appointed solicitor Dominic Ritchie and paralegal Nikita Mae Young to its Personal Injury & Reparation team. Both join the firm from GILDEAS SOLICITORS.

INNES & MACKAY LTD, Inverness, announces that Susan Bird has joined the firm as a solicitor in general chamber work.

LAWSON COULL & DUNCAN, Dundee has appointed Ross D Donnelly as an associate in the firm from 1 August 2016.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, is delighted to announce the appointment of Alison Mackay as Professional Support Director – Property with effect from 8 August 2016. Formerly with the LAW SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND, Alison will be based in the Commercial Property team in the firm’s head office at Caledonian Exchange, Edinburgh EH3 8HE.

McCARRY SOLICITORS, Glasgow have closed their office of 4 St Andrews Street, Glasgow with effect from 27 May 2016. On the same date Gerard Peter Hazelton retired as a consultant within the firm. The firm continues to practise at 1980 Maryhill Road and 157 Maryhill Road, Glasgow.

D M MACKINNON, Oban, is delighted to announce the appointment as partners of Louise Anne Fraser and Sally Orr with effect from 26 July 2016. It further intimates the retiral of Duncan Durbin as partner as of 25 July 2016, and his appointment as consultant to the firm.

McQUEEN LEGAL, Edinburgh and Gorebridge, announces the promotion of Pamela McKeand to partner.

MTM DEFENCE LAWYERS, Falkirk, announce the opening of an office at i2 Office, 5 Semple Street, Edinburgh EH3 8BL (t: 0131 306 0115; f: 01324 611694; e:

PATIENCE AND BUCHAN, Family Lawyers, Aberdeen announce that their senior partner, Iain Patience, retired from the partnership on 31 August 2016, but will continue with the firm thereafter in the role of consultant. The firm is also pleased to announce that Gillian Smith, solicitor, joined the firm from LEDINGHAM CHALMERS on 1 August 2016. The firm name, address and contact details remain unchanged.

THORNTONS LAW LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has promoted Anne Miller (Dundee) and Lynne Sturrock (Forfar), both Dispute Resolution and Claims, from senior solicitor to associate; and Robin Dunlop (Land and Rural Business) and Lauren Fettes (Personal Injury), both Edinburgh, Graham Lambert (Private Client), Perth, and Lynne Macintyre (Residential Property), Forfar, to senior solicitor.

WEIGHTMANS LLP, Glasgow and elsewhere, has appointed Cassandra Auld, formerly with PINSENT MASONS, as partner in the Real Estate team in Glasgow.

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