Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ANDERSON STRATHERN LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has announced further promotions. Douglas McLachlan, an accredited specialist in public procurement law, becomes a partner. Margaret Coady and Jon McGee (both in commercial real estate), and Gary Burton, Tom Docherty and Dominic Scullion (all in dispute resolution) have been made senior associates. Sophie Noble (rural) along with Scott Flannigan and Natalie McCartney (both dispute resolution) are promoted to associate; and advanced to senior solicitor are Ailidh Callander and Lindsay Robertson (both dispute resolution), Mandy Armstrong and Robin Turnbull (both employment), and Jane Pendry (commercial real estate). Three trainees have also been taken on as solicitors Tom Croy (corporate), Geum Chrystal (rural) and Katie Kearney (dispute resolution).

BALFOUR + MANSON LLP, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has promoted four of its litigation team to associate level: Mark Boni, Paddy Fulton and Iain Thomson, based in the Edinburgh office, and Jenna Dicken, based in Aberdeen.

BLACKADDERS LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed John McKie as a commercial property partner in its Glasgow office with effect from 5 December 2016. Dual qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and England & Wales, he was previously a senior associate with DWF, Edinburgh.

BROWN & McRAE, Fraserburgh and Turriff announces that Staci-Ann Buchan has joined the firm as a private client solicitor.

DIGBY BROWN LLP, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has announced four promotions to associate or equivalent across its Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness offices. David McGowan and Sam Cowie (Inverness), become associates, as does Mark Nicholson (Edinburgh). Laura Campbell becomes manager of Digby Brown’s First Response Unit, having previously been supervisor in the same department.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW LLP, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, has appointed Douglas Reid as an associate in its Land and Rural Business team. He joins from ANDERSON STRATHERN.

GILSON GRAY LLP, Edinburgh and Glasgow, announces the appointment of Julian Scott, previously a partner with ABERDEIN CONSIDINE, as Residential Conveyancing director.

JOHN HENDERSON & SONS LLP, Dumfries are pleased to announce that Lynn Lillian McMurchie and Sharon Stewart Fyall have been promoted to partners with effect from 1 January 2017.

INNES JOHNSTON LLP, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Leven are pleased to confirm that they have acquired the practice of McKINNON & CO,13 Postgate, Glenrothes with effect from 1 November 2016. Donald McKinnon joins Innes Johnston LLP as a consultant and will work from the Kirkcaldy office at 197 High Street, Kirkcaldy KY1 1JE. They are also delighted to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Mitchell as a partner from 1 August 2016, based in their Leven office at 5-7 Commercial Road, Leven KY8 4LE.

McLENNAN ADAM DAVIS, Ayr, is delighted to announce it has promoted Christopher Munro as an associate within the firm’s Court department from 1 January 2017.

MORISONS LLP, Edinburgh and Glasgow are delighted to announce the appointment of Janette Kenny as an associate within their Residential Conveyancing department with effect from 1 December 2016.

PINSENT MASONS LLP (pictured), Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has announced that employment law specialist Katie Williams is to lead its Aberdeen office. She will succeed Roger Connon, who steps down in April. Mr Connon will continue as a partner and will focus on promoting the firm’s regulatory compliance business, CERICO, and freelance lawyer service VARIO.

PRP LEGAL LTD, trading as PETERKINS ROBERTSON PAUL, Glasgow and McCUSKER COCHRANE & GUNN, Paisley, announce that Alan Paton ceased to be a director with effect from 15 November 2016, and that Robert Brendan Cameron retired as a director on 31 October 2016 but continues with the business as a consultant.

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has acquired independent Aberdeen firm THE COMMERCIAL LAW PRACTICE (CLP) with effect from 1 January 2017. CLP partners Mike Anderson and Keir Willox become partners, and Ma’aruf Razzak becomes a director, in Shepherd & Wedderburn. Shepherd & Wedderburn will operate from the current CLP premises in Rubislaw Terrace.

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE LLP has announced the promotion to senior associate of Martin O’Neill in the Corporate team, and the promotion to associate of Nicola Martin, who specialises in planning and development law and is dual qualified in Scotland and England & Wales.

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