Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ALEXANDER JUBB & TAYLOR, 5 Annfield Place, Glasgow intimate the retiral of David James Drain from the firm, and from practice, as at 31 December 2016.

BURNESS PAULL (pictured), Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, announces the appointment to its property team of Nicky Clemence, who joins from BRODIES and is dual qualified in England & Wales, as a partner, and of John Sinclair, who joins from MACLAY, MURRAY & SPENS, as a consultant.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, announces that accredited specialist Jennifer Maciver has joined the firm as a legal director and head of Family Law, from SHEEHAN KELSEY OSWALD; that Simon Williams, who is dual qualified in England & Wales, has joined its Energy, Natural Resources & Strategic Land team as a legal director, from TLT; and that Fiona Morton, a surveyor by profession and a former managing director of MILLAR & BRYCE LTD, has been appointed as its non-executive chair.

JUST EMPLOYMENT LAW, Glasgow, has appointed Amanda Deeley as a solicitor and Angela Strzyzewska as a trainee solicitor.

K W LAW, solicitors, Livingston and Bathgate, announces that the last remaining founding partner of the firm established in 1987, Raymond Anthony McMenamin, will leave the partnership with effect from 1 April 2017. He will continue to be associated with the firm as a consultant. Further, on that date Deborah Anne Fleming, currently an associate of the firm, will be assumed as an partner, and Gillian Sarah Reilly and Neil Conrad Stewart will both be appointed as associates.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and North Berwick, is pleased to announce that it has acquired BRODIES’ personal injury business with effect from 27 February 2017. David Armstrong and Jonathan Cornwell have joined Lindsays as partners, along with their 18-strong team of solicitors, paralegals and support staff.

LOCH ASSOCIATES GROUP, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has expanded its team in Scotland with the appointment of Gavin Macgregor, who joins from CLYDE & CO, as employment lawyer, and Wendy Davidson as HR consultant.

MITCHELLS ROBERTON LTD, Glasgow, and ADIE HUNTER, Glasgow, are pleased to announce the merger of their practices with effect from 1 March 2017. David Adie and Graeme Hunter, partners of Adie Hunter, will become consultants with Mitchells Roberton. The combined practice will operate from Mitchells Roberton’s existing offices at George House, 36 North Hanover Street, Glasgow G1 2AD.

MURRAY BEITH MURRAY, Edinburgh, has appointed Kerry MacBeth, chartered tax adviser, to the position of tax manager. She joins from TURCAN CONNELL.

THE PRG PARTNERSHIP, Glasgow, Clydebank, Kirkintilloch and Erskine, announce the retiral of their partner, Arthur W K McKay in January 2017. Arthur will remain with the firm as a consultant.

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has confirmed the promotion to partner of corporate lawyer, John Rutherford, who joined the firm in April 2016 as a consultant. The promotion coincides with Shepherd & Wedderburn’s acquisition of Aberdeen firm, THE COMMERCIAL LAW PRACTICE, on 1 January 2017.

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, has expanded its senior team in Fife with the appointment of Audrey Dishington as a partner specialising in private client work. She joins from PAGAN OSBORNE.

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, announces the appointment of Fraser Gillies as the firm’s managing partner from 1 April 2017, to succeed Liam Entwistle, who is stepping down after more than three years in the role. Andy McFarlane succeeds Mr Gillies as head of the Renewable Energy Team. Mr Entwistle remains as a partner in dispute resolution.

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