Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ABERDEIN CONSIDINE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has appointed two additional family law partners: April Campbell,a former associate at JEFFREY AITKEN, will lead the firm’s matrimonial and family law operation in Stirling and Glasgow, while Karl Brown, a founding partner of MURRAY & BROWN, has joined the firm’s Aberdeen headquarters. Phil Harris, a former partner of AITKEN NAIRN, has also joined the Stirling office as an associate in residential property. Aberdein Considine has also moved its Stirling office to 23 Port Street, Stirling FK8 2EJ.

ALLAN McDOUGALL SOLICITORS, Edinburgh, Dalkeith and Penicuik, and McQUEEN LEGAL,Edinburgh and Gorebridge, have merged practices with effect from 1 November 2017, creating ALLAN McDOUGALL McQUEEN LLP.The new entity will be headed by managing partner Gordon Bathgate. All seven existing partners will take up partner roles.

ALLAN McDOUGALL McQUEEN LLP, Edinburgh and Midlothian are pleased to announce that with effect from 22 November 2017 they have appointed as partners Ruaraidh Lawson and Jacqueline Raitt. Both Ruaraidh and Jacqueline operate within the firm’s litigation arm (which trades as ALLAN McDOUGALL SOLICITORS) and are based at the firm’s head office at 3 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh.

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, announces the promotion of Ann-Marie Chalmers to senior associate, and David Coutts to associate, both in the Family Law team.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, announces the promotion of Jamie Foulis to partner in the family law team, based in the Edinburgh office.

Balfour+Manson has further strengthened its family law team in the Aberdeen office with the appointment of Lynne Mulcahy as senior associate and Jan Mackintosh as paralegal. Both join from McINTOSH McTAGGART.

BURNETT & REID LLP, Aberdeen, are delighted to announce the assumption of Gillian Campbell as a partner in the Private Client department, and the appointment of Philip Anderson and Barbara Manson, both formerly partners in PETERKINS, as consultants within the firm. Kal Masia has also joined the firm from Peterkins to take up a position as a trainee solicitor and company registrar.

KEEGAN SMITH, criminal defence lawyers, Livingston, announce the appointment of Sarah Smith as associate partner of the firm with effect from 1 November 2017.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, is pleased to announce its planned merger with AITKEN NAIRN WS, Edinburgh, on 22 January 2018. The merged firm will be known as LINDSAYS. The merger will see Aitken Nairn WS partners Kenneth Stanley and Morag Yellowlees, along with 15 members of staff, joining Lindsays in its offices at Caledonian Exchange, Edinburgh. Lindsays is also delighted to welcome new associate Anna McLaggan, who has recently joined its rural services team in Edinburgh, from BRODIES.

Lindsays further intimates that, with effect from 31 December 2017, David Lindgren will retire from the partnership and J Ross Paton will retire from the firm. Lindsays wishes them both long and healthy retirements.

Dorothy McGhie, solicitor, Largs, intimates that she has ceased practising on her own account, and has taken up an appointment as a consultant with STEWART & BENNETT, solicitors, Dunoon.

MHD LAW LLP, Edinburgh, are delighted to announce that Raymond Fairgrieve, practising in family law, adults with incapacity, mental health and housing, has been promoted to partner with effect from 1 December 2017.

MILLAR & BRYCE, the land and property search organisation, has appointed Shona Smans, solicitor, as business development manager.

MITCHELLS ROBERTON, Glasgow, announces that it has merged with KERR BARRIE, Glasgow. The merged firm will continue to be known as MITCHELLS ROBERTON. Of Kerr Barrie’s two partners, Martin McLellan will become a partner and Margot Manson will become a consultant. All Kerr Barrie staff will transfer to Mitchells Roberton’s premises in North Hanover Street.

PINSENT MASONS, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announces that Roger Connon, the former head of its Aberdeen office, has been appointed head of oil and gas at VARIO, its operation that provides experienced lawyers freelance on short to long term projects.

ROLLOS LAW LLP, Cupar, St Andrews, Glenrothes and Auchtermuchty, announces that it has merged with BRADY LEGAL, Glenrothes, with effect from 1 November 2017. The merged practice, trading as ROLLOS, will operate from Rollos’ existing offices. Brady Legal’s managing partner Derek Brady and solicitor/consultant Iain Haywood have joined Rollos.

SCULLION LAW, Hamilton and Glasgow, announces that it has opened a third office in the West End of Glasgow at 730 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6RD.

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, announces 11 promotions to associate: in Edinburgh, Gina Johnston (commercial disputes and resolution), Alison Blair (banking and finance), Flora Asplin (private client), and Chris Devlin, Emma Paton and Julian Poullain (all property and infrastructure); in Glasgow, Chris Garden (commercial disputes and regulation) and Stephen Maughan (property and infrastructure); and in London, Charles Boyne (commercial disputes and regulation), and Ian Mack and Stephanie Mill (both planning and environment).

Shepherd & Wedderburn also announces that commercial disputes specialist Philip Sewell has joined as a partner based in the firm’s London office. He moves from MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS, and previously headed McCLURE NAISMITH’s dispute resolution practice in London. 

Paul Hally has been re-elected by his partners to serve a second consecutive term as chairman of Shepherd & Wedderburn.

SHOOSMITHS LLP, Edinburgh and elsewhere, announces the retirement of Anne Pacey, head of its private client team in Edinburgh, with effect from 30 June 2017. Her former partners and colleagues wish her a long and happy retirement.

Shoosmiths also announces the appointment of Derek Couper as a solicitor with the Scottish clinical negligence team of ACCESS LEGAL SOLICITORS, its private client arm. He was previously a solicitor with PLEXUS LAW in Edinburgh.

SKO FAMILY LAW SPECIALISTS, Edinburgh is delighted to announce that Caroline Millar has been promoted to associate.

SOUTH FORREST, solicitors, Inverness has acquired the practice of R W McCLURG & CO, Inverness. R W McClurg closed at the end of October 2017 following the retiral of the firm’s sole partner, Robert McClurg, after 47 years in the legal profession. Everyone at South Forrest wishes him a long and happy retirement.

STEWART & BENNETT, Dunoon, has appointed Dorothy McGhie as a consultant in its Property department. Stewart & Bennett also announces the promotion of Nicola Owens to associate within the Litigation team.

STEWART & McISAAC, Elgin announces that Alexander W Gordon has retired from the firm with effect from 31 October 2017.

THOMPSONS, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Galashiels, announces that it has promoted Seonaid Brophy from the Union Accident team and Jillian Merchant from the Employment Law department to associate.

VMH SOLICITORS, Edinburgh, are delighted to announce the promotion of Stacey Wilson to associate solicitor with effect from 1 November 2017.

WALKER MORRIS LLP, Leeds, has appointed Rob Aberdein as a partner in its Banking Litigation group. He joins from ABERDEIN CONSIDINE.

WATERMANS LEGAL, Edinburgh, announces that it has acquired WRIGHT & CO, Edinburgh. Wright & Co will rebrand as WATERMANS LEGAL and work alongside personal injury specialists WATERMANS ACCIDENT CLAIMS AND CARE. All five employees, including founder Donald Wright, will join Watermans Legal.

TC YOUNG LLP, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has appointed Evelyn Wallace as a solicitor in its Family Law team in Glasgow. She joins from NEIL KILCOYNE & CO.


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