Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington has appointed David Campbell as a partner in its private client team, based in the Edinburgh office. He joins from BALFOUR & MANSON.

With effect from 1 May 2017, Messrs BARROWMAN & PARTNERS, solicitors, Cumbernauld and Messrs IAN S SMART & CO, solicitors, Cumbernauld, have merged to form the new practice of THE CUMBERNAULD LAW PRACTICE. The partners in the merged business are Ian Smart, Sharon Gardner and Lisa Marie O’Neil. Gerald Dunkley, formerly senior partner of Barrowman & Partners, remains with the firm as a consultant. The firm will continue to trade from the former Barrowman & Partners’ office at 30 Ettrick Walk, Town Centre, Cumbernauld G67 1NE.

BLM, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has appointed two Glasgow-based partners to management roles. Karen Dance becomes head of the Scotland business stream, while Gillian Rushbury has been appointed head of office in Glasgow. David Taylor, previously head of Scotland, remains on the executive board and a serving partner at BLM.

BRODIES, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has expanded its family law team with the appointment of Jennifer Wilkie as an associate based in the Edinburgh office. She joins from ANDERSON STRATHERN.

GILSON GRAY, Glasgow and Edinburgh, is launching a family law division, headed by Philippa Cunniff, who joins as a partner from HBJ GATELEY where she was a partner and head of family law.

HAMILTON BURNS WS LTD, Glasgow, has gone into administration. Tom MacLennan and Iain Fraser of FRP ADVISORY have been appointed joint administrators. They have agreed deals for the transfer of four directors and three trainees to two other firms, together with certain work in progress: directors William Criggie and Andrew Knox move to LATTA LAW, Glasgow, while Gary Moss and Lorraine Kelly have formed a new firm, MOSS & KELLY SOLICITORS, Suite 5, Legal House, 101 Gorbals Street, Glasgow G5 9DW. The remaining nine staff (two solicitors and seven administrative staff) have been made redundant with immediate effect.

HBJ GATELEY, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has appointed employment lawyer David Hughes as partner. He rejoins the firm from CLYDE & CO, having moved to its Scottish legacy firm SIMPSON & MARWICK in 2009.

With effect from 1 June 2017, HBJ GATELEY has merged with ADDLESHAW GODDARD, Leeds, Manchester, London and elsewhere. The combined practice will be known as ADDLESHAW GODDARD. Malcolm McPherson, former HBJ senior partner, joins the board of Addleshaw Goddard alongside his role as senior partner for Scotland, and four HBJ partners will join the executive team leading Addleshaw Goddard’s four operating divisions: David Kirchin (corporate & commercial), Alan Shanks (finance & projects), Simon Catto (litigation) and Miles Ede (real estate).

Kay McCorquodale, formerly deputy solicitor to the EDINBURGH TRAM INQUIRY, has been appointed chief development and innovation officer with SCOTTISH COURTS & TRIBUNALS SERVICE, with effect from 8 May 2017. She will be based at both Saughton House and Parliament House, Edinburgh.

MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has appointed Carolyn Bell (right) as director of its financial services group in Edinburgh. She was formerly in-house managing legal counsel with LLOYDS BANKING GROUP and ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT. 

MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS LLP has also announced the promotion of 20 lawyers, including two new partners, in its 2017 annual round, effective from 1 June. The new partners are James Wilson (banking and finance, Edinburgh) and David Rose (commercial property, Aberdeen).

In addition there are two new directors, 11 new associates and five solicitors who become senior solicitors. The new directors are Mark Stewart (corporate) and Lyndsey O’Connor (property), both in London. Promoted to associate are Anna Crosby (banking & finance, Aberdeen), Roisin Forde (banking & finance, London), Ferky Azib (commercial dispute resolution, London), Sarah McCormick (commercial dispute resolution, Edinburgh), Linzi Hedalen (construction & engineering (contentious), Edinburgh), Sophie Applewhite (employment, pensions & immigration, London), Jennifer Connolly (private client & charities, Glasgow), Fiona McDonald (housing & care, London), and Donna Bryson, Jayne Ferguson and Tom Hepburn (all property, Glasgow). Newly promoted senior solicitors are Nicola Watson (banking & finance, Aberdeen), Susan Currie and James Todd (both capital projects, Edinburgh), Jamie Dunne (EU, competition & regulatory, Edinburgh), and Iain Smith (property, Glasgow).

MLS LAW (SCOTLAND) LTD is pleased to announce that it has commenced practice as of 1 April 2017. The directors are Ross Slater and Abbie Keech (a registered foreign lawyer), and the contact address is PO Box 19619, Greenock PA15 9DL, with a place of business at 635 Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 4BA.

MUIR MYLES LAVERTY, solicitors, Dundee are delighted to announce that Ryan R Russell has been appointed to the position of partner running the Employment Law department.

Richard Murray WS intimates that he resigned as a partner from HARPER MACLEOD LLP on 31 May 2017 and joined CONNELL & CONNELL WS, Edinburgh as a consultant as of 1 June 2017.

PETERKINS, Aberdeen, Inverurie, Huntly, Keith and Alford, intimate the retiral of Barbara Ann Manson from the partnership with effect from 30 April 2017.

STRONACHS, Aberdeen and Inverness, has announced the promotion of four of its senior associates to partner. Inverness-based Ross Linn, in corporate and commercial, and Jaclyn Russell (private client) and Bob McDiarmid (dispute resolution), both in Aberdeen, were assumed as partners from 1 June 2017, while Emma Stephen, of the Aberdeen commercial property team, will become a partner on her return from maternity leave on 1 September. The firm has also promoted Bess Innes (commercial property), Callum Armstrong and Laura Bisset (corporate and energy), Jennifer Love (dispute resolution) and Rowan Alexander (employment) to senior solicitor.

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, intimate the appointment as partner of Morna Coutts, who has joined the private client team in the Edinburgh office from MORTON FRASER, and the promotion to partner of their associates Jacqueline Henderson (residential property, Dundee) and Chris Byrne (corporate, Dundee).

THORNTONS also announce the retirement of partner and former chairman Jack Robertson, after 45 years with the firm. He will continue as a part-time consultant.

TC YOUNG, Glasgow and Edinburgh, announce that Claire Mullen and Katharine Smith have been promoted to associate and that John Norrie has joined as an associate from MORGANS. 

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