Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

BLACKADDERS, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed Philip Buchan as a director in its Rural Land & Business team. He joins from ANDERSON STRATHERN and will be based in Blackadders’ Edinburgh office.

BLM, Glasgow, Edinburgh and UK wide, has promoted Glasgow-based solicitors Lorna Ferguson and Zoe McDonnell to partner and Nicola Buchanan to associate. In total, the firm has promoted 12 of its associates to partner and 23 solicitors to associate, across nine of its 13 locations.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has appointed Fiona Killen as a partner in its new Public Law & Regulatory division. She joins from ANDERSON STRATHERN.

CMS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and internationally, has appointed Jae Fassam as a partner in its UK Pensions practice. He joins from PINSENT MASONS and will be based in CMS’s Edinburgh office.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, has launched a human resources consultancy, prism HR, to complement its Employment Law department. It is headed by HR professional Jane Watson.

ALLAN McDOUGALL Solicitors, Edinburgh are pleased to intimate that as of 1 October 2020, Sean White has been promoted to associate. Sean is based in the firm’s central Edinburgh office, predominantly within the Personal Injury team.

MACROBERTS, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, has announced the promotion of property lawyer Kyle Moir to the partnership and the appointment as associate of private client specialist Chris Gardiner (previously with THORNTONS), both in its Dundee office.

PBW LAW, Glasgow, announces that it has promoted litigation solicitor Pamela Rodgers to associate.

SHOOSMITHS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and UK wide, has appointed three more senior lawyers to its Glasgow office: corporate lawyer Tom Maxwell, who joins the firm as a legal director from DWF; Jennifer Wright, who joins as principal associate (employment) from DWF; and Lewis Ritchie, who joins as senior associate (plot sales manager) from SHOOSMITHS.

SIMPSON & MARWICK, Edinburgh and North Berwick, the residential property and estate agency arm of global law firm CLYDE & CO, is to demerge from its parent and become part of the newly launched ABERDEINS GROUP. Clyde & Co’s Commercial Real Estate practice in Scotland is unaffected.

Simpson & Marwick’s 26-strong team has moved into a dedicated new office at 23 Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PS, while its East Lothian office remains at 88 High Street, North Berwick EH39 4HE. Partner Richard Loudon steps up to chairman. Aberdeins Group founder Rob Aberdein joins as managing partner. The firm will also be led by the existing team of solicitor director Bobby Fife and property directors Louisa Raistrick, Katie Macdonald and Di Jennings.

ST LAW has launched as a practice offering private client legal services. Its address is PO Box 5918, Forres, Moray IV36 9AY (t: 01309 752022; e: Its principal is Laura Thomson, formerly of Civil Legal Assistance Office, Inverness.

THORNTONS LAW LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, has welcomed eight newly qualified solicitors following a two-year traineeship: in Dundee, Hayley Blackman in Corporate & Commercial, Angela Robertson in Dispute Resolution & Claims, Jillian McLaughlan in Employment, and Alex Hirst Dawson in Residential Property; in Edinburgh, Maria Gravelle in Employment & Immigration, and Scott Douglas in Corporate & Intellectual Property; in Glasgow, Lindsey Cross in Commercial Property & Insolvency; and in St Andrews, Chloe Anderson in Private Client.

TLT LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh and UK wide, has appointed Ainslie Benzie as legal director in Scotland, advising in restructuring and insolvency. She joins from PINSENT MASONS.

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