Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

BTO SOLICITORS LLP, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has appointed David Gibson as its new chairman, succeeding Alan Borthwick, and David Walker as its first chief operating officer.

CMS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announce that Laura McIntosh has joined the firm as a corporate partner based in its Edinburgh office. She joins from DICKSON MINTO.

ELP ARBUTHNOTT McCLANACHAN, Edinburgh, announce the appointment of Lisbeth-Ann Pay, an associate at the Leith office, as a director from 1 April 2019. After 41 years in residential property, Bob Arbuthnott has resigned as a director but continues as a consultant with effect from 31 March 2019.

GALLOWAY & AYRSHIRE PARTNERSHIP LLP, trading as SMITH & VALENTINE in Girvan and Stranraer, and McCORMICK & NICHOLSON in Newton Stewart, announces the assumption of Craig Stewart William Currie as a member, effective 1 April 2019.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, has promoted charity and private client associate Lianne Lodge to partner.

KW LAW, solicitors, Livingston and Bathgate, announces that Gillian Knox has been appointed as a consultant to the firm with effect from 1 April 2019.

Brian Lanigan announces that he has recommenced practice on his own account, after a gap of some years, with effect from 1 February 2019. He will practise as BJ LANIGAN & COMPANY, 14 Drumchapel Road, Glasgow G15 6QE, and accordingly, he resigned from the partnership with FINNIESTON FRANCHI & McWILLIAMS with effect from 31 January 2019.

LEVY & McRAE, Glasgow, announces that Sofia Crolla and Amanda Buchanan have been promoted to senior associates and Frank McKnight, Hannah Beaumont, Andrew Park and Christopher Reid to senior solicitors.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, has promoted Lynsey Kerr to partner in the private client team with effect from 1 April 2019, based in the firm’s Edinburgh office.

LIVINGSTONE BROWN, Glasgow, has appointed Ximena Vengoechea, advocate to the role of consultant in its Financial Crime team.

McLEAN & STEWART, Dunblane, announces the retirement of its senior partner, Bill Peebles, with effect from 29 March 2019.

MACNABS, Perth, Blairgowrie, Pitlochry and Aberuthven, has promoted Alan Roughead to director and head of the private client department, and Sharon Connolly, Law Society of Scotland accredited paralegal, to director of compliance. The firm’s new Blairgowrie office is at 21 Allan Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH10 6AB.

MACROBERTS LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, announces that partners Gillian Craig and Jennifer McKay have been elected to the management board following the departure of Euan Duncan, who steps down to focus on his role as chair of the firm. John Macmillan has also left the board after many years in the firm’s management.

MORISONS LLP, Glasgow and Edinburgh, entered administration on 29 March 2019. The firm’s Glasgow business has been acquired by BLACKADDERS LLP, to which partners Peter Duff, Gillian Brown and Lucy Gannon and 30 staff, are transferring, and the Edinburgh business by THORNTONS LAW LLP, to which eight other partners and 41 staff are transferring. Three individual partners are moving to GILSON GRAY, Edinburgh, WEIGHTMANS, Glasgow, and an undisclosed firm.

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE, Aberdeen, Ellon, Stonehaven, Inverurie and Banchory, has appointed Ishbel Nunn, who joins the Aberdeen office from CLYDE & CO, as an associate, and promoted Aaron Doran to associate, both in its court department. It has promoted Anna Moir to associate and appointed solicitors Mairi Innes and Jennifer Yeats (both formerly of ABERDEIN CONSIDINE) in its commercial team.

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE has also acquired the practice of CONNONS, Stonehaven. Connons’ principal Gordon Ritchie is retiring and associate Scott Rennie will join RCCW’s Stonehaven office. The transfer completes on 30 May 2019.

SCULLION LAW, Hamilton and Glasgow, announces that Gordon Lennox has rejoined the firm from LESLIE WOLFSON & CO as associate director in its private client department.

ARCHIBALD SHARP, Glasgow, announces that from 1 April 2019 Michelle Dawn Rankin has been appointed a director.

SHOOSMITHS LLP, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has made three new appointments to its real estate team in Edinburgh: senior associate Gillian Ralph, previously a partner with MACNABS LLP, Perth, and solicitors Gillian Sidey (formerly with BRODIES LLP) and Rachael McCallum (formerly with FRAZER COOGANS).

THORNTONS LAW LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed Neil Darling, who joins from WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE, as an associate in the land and rural business team at its Edinburgh office; and Gurjit Pall, who joins from an in-house position at FIVE STAR INTERNATIONAL LTD, as an associate in its immigration team.

WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has recruited Lisa Dromgoole as a managing associate in its construction team in Edinburgh. She joins from MORTON FRASER.

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE LLP, Glasgow and elsewhere, announces the appointment of associate Elisa Miller to its Inverness office. She joins from LEDINGHAM CHALMERS LLP.

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