Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ABERDEIN CONSIDINE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has promoted senior solicitor Jennifer Matthew to associate in its Dispute Resolution team in Edinburgh.

BRODIES LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dingwall, has appointed David Gallagher as partner in its Commercial Services team, based in Glasgow. He joins from clinical development company TC BIOPHARM LTD.

BTO SOLICITORS LLP, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has appointed Mark Colquhoun as a senior associate in its Real Estate team, based in Edinburgh. He joins from MORTON FRASER.

DICKSON MINTO WS, Edinburgh and London, has promoted Harriet Balloch to partner in its Intellectual Property & Technology team.

DIGBY BROWN LLP, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has promoted five of its solicitors to associate: Lisa Byrne, Melissa Christodoulou and Caitlyn Maccabe in the Glasgow office, Carrie-Anne Mackenzie (Aberdeen) and Laura Wilson (Edinburgh).

DWF LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has appointed Kevin McGlone as a partner in its Real Estate team in Scotland. He joins from BRODIES LLP.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, has promoted Andrew Leslie, Sarah Jane Macdonald, Jennifer Munro and Arlene Taylor to associate, and Jamie Reid, Grace Watson and Caitlin Keegan to senior solicitor. Andrew Yule, previously with BURNESS PAULL, has joined the Commercial Property team as legal director, and Heather Clark has joined the Dispute Resolution team as an associate.

GILSON GRAY LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh and North Berwick, has promoted Lorna Davidson to associate and Iain Grant to senior solicitor in Litigation & Dispute Resolution, and Shona Young to senior solicitor in the Family Law team. Gilson Gray has also appointed Denise Laverty, dual qualified and an accredited family law specialist, as a legal director. She joins from BTO SOLICITORS.

HARPER MACLEOD LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso and Lerwick, has acquired the business of WINK & MACKENZIE, solicitors, Elgin. Partners Ian Davidson and Lauren Wright and their 15 staff will become part of Harper Macleod from 2 September 2019. Partner Damian Marinello will join Harper Macleod as a consultant. The firm will retain its Elgin premises and in Moray will initially operate as HARPER MACLEOD INCORPORATING WINK & MACKENZIE.

HASTINGS LEGAL, Kelso, Selkirk and Duns, announces the amalgamation of DOUGHTYS WS, Eyemouth, with the firm. The combined practice will operate from the existing premises at 3 & 7 Church Street, Eyemouth. Doughtys’ sole partner, Marina Kerr, will remain at the office.

Robbie McKenzie has been appointed to general counsel and chief risk and compliance officer at LENDINGCROWD, a fintech lending platform. Dual qualified in Scotland and England, he joins from private equity fund manager POLLEN STREET CAPITAL.

Michelle Macleod, solicitor, has been appointed as the new Police Investigations and Review Commissioner. Currently HM Chief Inspector for the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland, she will take up her new role on 17 August 2019.

MACLEOD & MACCALLUM, Inverness and Invergordon, has opened a new branch at Office 1, Old Bank House, Somerled Square, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9EH (t: 01478 611336).

MARTIN, JOHNSTON & SOCHA LTD, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Alloa, has appointed Roshni Joshi as an associate in the firm as from 1 July 2019. She will continue to be based in the firm’s Dunfermline office.

MORTON FRASER LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, has appointed rural property law specialist Alistair Anderson as consultant to its Agricultural & Rural Property team. He joins from GILLESPIE MACANDREW, where he was a partner.

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE, Aberdeen, Ellon, Stonehaven, Inverurie and Banchory, has announced the retirement of Anne Boyd, Barbara Calderwood and Pamela Bursill as partners in the firm with effect from 30 April 2019. They are delighted that all will be remaining with the firm as consultants. Keith Allan retired as the firm’s managing partner at the same time, after eight years in the role and almost 40 years as partner. His successor in the role is Callum A McDonald, who has also been with the firm for almost 40 years.

RAEBURN HOPE, Helensburgh has become part of BTO SOLICITORS LLP from 1 July 2019 and will be known as BTO RAEBURN HOPE. Partners Alastair Hope and Kirstine MacRae have become partners in BTO, and their personnel have joined the BTO team.

THORNTONS LAW LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has opened a new office at 1 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 1RW. Partners Hugo Allan (commercial property), Pamela Muir (insolvency) and Liam McMonagle (intellectual property, media and technology) will now split their time between Thorntons’ Glasgow and Edinburgh offices. Working alongside them will be Gurjit Pall (immigration and visas), Aimee Gibbons and Richard Duffy (commercial property), and Iain Boyd, a trainee in business law. Thorntons’ Arbroath office has marked the retirement of partner George Dunlop and associate David Dundas, following a combined 82 years’ service to the firm.

TURCAN CONNELL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, announces that Alexander Garden, previously head of Tax & Succession, has taken over as chairman on 1 July 2019 from Simon Mackintosh, who remains with the firm as a consultant. Partner Alix Storrie steps up to Mr Garden’s former position.

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE, Glasgow and elsewhere, has announced the appointment to its Inverness office of Rod MacLean, who joins the Private Client division as a partner, and solicitors Hannah Prentice and Lauren Farquhar, all of whom join from MURCHISON LAW; and Roddy Cormack, who joins from LEDINGHAM CHALMERS, to head its Construction team as a legal director.


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