Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

ABERDEINS has launched as a practice offering legal and other professional services, with offices at 5 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 5EZ, and 4 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2AS (t: 0344 571 5200; e: Its managing director is Rob Aberdein, formerly of ABERDEIN CONSIDINE, Aberdeen, and WALKER MORRIS, Leeds, and its board will be led by chairman Tom Barrie.

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has announced a round of 18 promotions. There are six new senior associates: Kate Bond (Rural), Danielle Edgar (Family), Sarah Lonie (Private Client), Gillian Murray and Laura McCabe (both Commercial Litigation), and Robin Turnbull (Employment). Eight advancing to associate are Fionn Blair (Public Law), Ross Cameron and Nichola McAtier (both Commercial Litigation), Scott Fyfe (Corporate), Gregory Gardiner and Derek Morrow (both Commercial Real Estate), Laura Murray (Private Client), and Catherine Macdonald (Rural); while Laura Flounders (Commercial Real Estate), Kimberley MacNeil (Corporate), Liam Smith (Commercial Litigation) and Ilaria Moretti (Employment) are promoted to senior solicitor.

BLACKADDERS LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed four newly qualified solicitors to positions on completion of their traineeships with the firm: Stephen Annis (Commercial Property), Rachel Crighton (Commercial Property) and Millie Crocker (Private Client Executries), who are based in the Dundee office, and Andrew Shaw (Private Client) of the Glasgow office. Nine new trainees have joined the firm across its offices.

BTO SOLICITORS LLP, Glasgow and Edinburgh, is delighted to announce the recruitment of senior associate and corporate lawyer, Michael Cox. Based in BTO’s Edinburgh office, he joins from GILLESPIE MACANDREW.

DLA PIPER SCOTLAND LLP, Edinburgh, has promoted Carolyne Hair to partner, Real Estate, and Sarah Letson to legal director, Finance, Projects & Restructuring.

FIFE LAW CENTRE, Lochgelly, has appointed Louise Laing, an accredited specialist in child law, as a solicitor.

JUSTRIGHT SCOTLAND, Glasgow and Edinburgh, is delighted to announce the following promotions: Farida Elfallah, Lyndsay Monaghan and Anushya Kulupana to associate solicitor, and Jenny Cook to head of Operations. It also welcomes Maria MacLeod as a solicitor on completion of her traineeship, and Hanan El-Atrash as a first-year trainee solicitor.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, has appointed Caroline Fraser as a partner in the Private Client team at its Dundee office. She joins from MILLER HENDRY.

MBM COMMERCIAL, Edinburgh and London, has announced the promotion of Alexander Lamley to director and Craig Edward to senior associate in the Corporate team; and of Susan Donald to senior business development manager. Harry Martin has joined the firm as an associate in the Employment team, having recently completed his traineeship at ANDERSON STRATHERN.

Duncan and Rosemary MacPhee, Fort William, intimate their retiral from practice on 31 October 2020, after a collective period of over 80 years practising law in the Highlands. The firm of MACPHEE & PARTNERS, Fort William, Oban and Tiree, continues to thrive, and has their full support, under the leadership of Christine MacKay, senior partner.

Mr and Mrs MacPhee thank all professional colleagues for the cordial and harmonious relations over the years and wish all in the law every future success.

SCULLION LAW, Glasgow and Hamilton, has promoted solicitor advocate Urfan Dar to senior associate. In addition, the firm has appointed Anna MacKay, who joins from BRIDGE LITIGATION, as an associate, and road traffic litigator Lucy McKenna, who joins from PATERSON BELL on 4 November 2020, as a solicitor.

SHAKESPEARE MARTINEAU, Birmingham and elsewhere, has appointed Scots and English qualified Amal Kaur as a partner in the Commercial Real Estate team, based in Birmingham. SHAKESPEARE MARTINEAU (GLASGOW) LLP has opened at 272 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JR.

SOUTH FORREST, Inverness, are delighted to announce the assumption of their associate solicitor, Rebecca Fraser, as a partner of the firm with effect from 1 October 2020.

TAYLOR & HENDERSON, Saltcoats, are delighted to announce the appointment of Emma Pyper as a partner with effect from 1 October 2020. 

WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and internationally, has appointed Paul Mason, previously a partner at DWF, as a partner in its Real Estate practice in Edinburgh.

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Dunfermline, has appointed its former chief executive Liam Entwistle as the firm’s new chairman. He succeeds Colin Brass, who has served as chairman for the past 15 years.

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