Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

Joan N Aitken OBE SSC announces that she has retired from her appointment as the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland and does not intend to return to practice. She can be contacted at

Lesley Anderson, solicitor advocate, accredited specialist in family law and vice chair of the Family Law Association, announces that she has set up her own firm, LESLEY ANDERSON LAW LTD, at 5 Manse Place, Falkirk FK1 1JN (e:; t: 07444 889193).

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has promoted six solicitors to director: Victoria Simpson (Private Client), Gary Burton, Sarah Philips and Robbie Wilson (Dispute Resolution), and Neil Fraser and Jon McGee (Commercial Real Estate).

BASTEN SNEDDON COURT SOLICITORS, Dunfermline are delighted to advise that Ian Beatson, formerly a consultant with STEVENSON & MARSHALL, solicitors, Dunfermline, has joined them with effect from 3 January 2019.

BLACKADDERS LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, announces its merger with PLENDERLEATH RUNCIE, Aberdeen. Partners at Plenderleath Runcie, John Plenderleath, Colin Runcie and Neil Robb, will become partners with Blackadders under the merger which is set to be complete in April 2019, and will see both companies trading as BLACKADDERS.

BOYD LEGAL LTD, Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, has moved its Kirkcaldy office to 1 Townsend Place, Kirkcaldy KY1 1HB. Peter Aitken, former proprietor of GIBSON & SPEARS, DOW & SON, will continue to be the main principal but the team will be augmented with the appointment of corporate/commercial solicitor Kelly Matthews, who joins from RUSSEL & AITKEN, Falkirk.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has promoted Theresa Hunt, a specialist planning lawyer based in the firm’s Aberdeen office, to partner.

CAESAR & HOWIE, Bathgate, Livingston, Whitburn, Alloa and Falkirk, announce the retiral of Robert Smith from the partnership and the promotion of Greg Douglas to the position of associate.

FLEXLAW SOLICITORS, Edinburgh are delighted to announce that John M Fotheringham has joined the firm as a consultant solicitor operating from a central belt base. Providing advice and opinions in child support and aliment, John joins from MORTON FRASER LLP.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, has expanded its Glasgow office with the opening of new premises at 163 West George Street, Glasgow G2 2JJ (t: 0141 473 5555; f: 0131 225 4519).

LEDINGHAM CHALMERS, Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh, Stirling and Inverurie, has appointed John Lee, a solicitor advocate, dual qualified solicitor in Scotland and in England & Wales and accredited specialist in both employment and discrimination law, as a partner in its Edinburgh office. He joins from LINDSAYS.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, announces that it has appointed Vhari Selfridge as a director in its Residential Property team. She joins from CONNELL & CONNELL WS.

MORTON FRASER, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, announces that it has appointed Alan Stewart as partner to its Commercial Real Estate team, based in the Edinburgh office, with effect from 4 March 2019. He joins from DENTONS.

TURCAN CONNELL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, announces that it has appointed Peter Murrin, a tax and succession specialist, as a partner in its Glasgow office. He joins from LINDSAYS.

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