Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

BALFOUR+MANSON LLP, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has appointed Karen Phillips as a partner in its private client team. She joins from BRODIES.

BRODIES, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has announced a round of 19 promotions, headed by the appointment of corporate lawyer Paul McLaughlin to partner. There are eight new managing associates: Fiona Cameron, Billy Kay (both banking & finance), Andy Forsyth, Keith Kilburn (both insurance & risk), Charles Hay, Elizabeth Ward (both commercial property), Andy Nolan (commercial services division) and Ali Rimell (commercial services division and energy & infrastructure). Ten promoted to associate are Duncan Cathie (corporate & commercial), Breda Deeley, Jenna McCosh (both commercial property), Liam Lane (employment), Ramsay Hall, Gemma McKinlay (both public law & regulatory), Kate McLeish (land & rural business), Rachel Rennie (energy & infrastructure), Monica Ross (business disputes & asset recovery), and Zoe Wray (family).

CLOCH SOLICITORS LTD, Glasgow is very pleased to announce that solicitor Sheona Burrow has been promoted to associate, effective 1 July 2017. 

DAC BEACHCROFT SCOTLAND LLP welcomes two new solicitors to its Real Estate team in Glasgow. Ameeta Panesar, senior associate, started on 31 January 2017 and Laurie Houston, associate, joined on 1 May 2017.

DIGBY BROWN, Edinburgh and elsewhere, announces the promotion of two partners, Ruth Kelliher (clinical negligence) and Catherine Hart (head of professional support), and three associates, Gary Ross (industrial disease team, Glasgow), Suzanne Hedderman (insurance litigation, Kirkcaldy) and Ashley Sturrock (Compensate Personal Injury Network, Edinburgh). 

GALLOWAY & AYRSHIRE PARTNERSHIP LLP, trading as McCORMICK & NICHOLSON in Newton Stewart and SMITH & VALENTINE in Girvan, are delighted to announce the promotion of Craig Currie to associate, based in their Girvan office.

GEBBIE & WILSON LLP, Strathaven are delighted to announce the assumption of their associate, Jan Margaret Bayley as a partner with effect from 1 July 2017.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, has appointed Viktoria Wahle as an associate in its Land & Rural Business Team in the Perth office. She joins from STRONACHS, Aberdeen.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, is delighted to announce that its associate Peter Murrin has been promoted to partner in its Private Client team in the Glasgow office with effect from 1 July 2017.

MACNABS, Perth, Pitlochry, Crieff, Blairgowrie and Auchterarder, has appointed Gillian Ralph, formerly of BRODIES, to lead its property team, based in its Perth head office. 

MACROBERTS, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, has appointed corporate lawyer Iain Hutcheson, previously with BRYMER LEGAL, to its team in Dundee. 

MARTIN, JOHNSTON & SOCHA LTD, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Alloa, announce that with effect from 1 July 2017 they have appointed Kelly Howe as a director of the company. She will continue to be based in the Alloa office. They are also pleased to announce that they have appointed Christine Hagan and Sarah Meehan as associates of the firm. They will be based in the Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline offices respectively.

MILLER HENDRY, Perth, Dundee and Crieff, announces that David J Smart has joined the Crieff office as an associate, following the closure of GRAHAM & FINLAYSON after the retiral of its senior partner Robert B A Bolton. David’s colleague, paralegal Liz Dawson is also making the move. All deeds, wills and documents held by Graham & Finlayson will also transfer to Miller Hendry’s Crieff office. 

MORTON FRASER, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, announces that it has appointed two senior associates: Melanie Schwindt, dual qualified in English and Scots law, who joins the corporate practice from MBM COMMERCIAL, and Sarah Gilzean, who joins the employment law team from HBJ GATELEY (now ADDLESHAW GODDARD).

PATIENCE & BUCHAN, Aberdeen are delighted to announce the promotion of their assistant, Gillian Smith, a trained collaborative lawyer, to associate with effect from 1 July 2017. 

PINSENT MASONS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announces that David Young has joined the firm’s funds and asset management practice as a partner, based in Edinburgh and London. He was previously with MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS.

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, are delighted to announce the appointment of Loren Kelly as a solicitor in their corporate team. She joins from WINCHESTERS, Ellon.

ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT LAW SCOTLAND (RTALS) announces that Jodi Gordon has been promoted to associate solicitor. A further lawyer, Carrie Burrows, joins RTALS from Thompsons Solicitors and the firm has recruited two trainees, Thomas Mitchell and Zara Jones

TURCAN CONNELL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, has appointed Stuart Gibb as a senior associate in land and property in its Glasgow office. He joins from WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE.

LESLIE WOLFSON & CO, Glasgow, are delighted to announce the promotion of Donna Strong to partner within the Property department, and Gordon Lennox to associate within the Private Client department, both with effect from 1 July 2017.

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