Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

APPLEBY, Jersey and globally, has appointed Scottish solicitors Mark Watson and Benjamin Bestgen (who joins as an associate) among six appointments and promotions in its Corporate team in Jersey.

Allan Argue, formerly of CARPENTERS, has started his own practice, ARGUE & CO LEGAL, specialising in personal injury claims and employment law, at First Floor, 9 George Square, Glasgow G2 1QQ (t: 0141 378 4145).

BALFOUR + MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has announced the retirement of partner and family lawyer Anne McTaggart, a solicitor since 1976, who formerly practised at McINTOSH McTAGGART, Aberdeen. 

BTO SOLICITORS, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has appointed Stephen Humphreys as a consultant in its Litigation department, with a special focus on social housing litigation. He joins from SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, where he was a partner.

BURGES SALMON, Edinburgh and UK-wide, has hired dispute resolution practitioner Ewan McIntyre, who will be based in its Edinburgh office. He joins from BURNESS PAULL, where he was a partner for eight years, before which he was head of Litigation at MORTON FRASER.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has promoted to partner Ruaridh Cole in its Funds team. 

GIBSON KERR, Edinburgh, has appointed Beverley Cottrell, who joins from MOV8 REAL ESTATE LTD, to a newly created role as head of Property, and Karen Sutherland, previously with SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S REPORTER ADMINISTRATION, as a solicitor in the Family Law team. 

KILPATRICK & WALKER, Ayr is pleased to announce the appointment of Harry Stewart Peter Sheddon as an associate with effect from 12 October 2020. He joins the firm from McCORMICK & NICHOLSON, Newton Stewart.

MILLER HENDRY, Perth, Dundee and Crieff, has appointed recently qualified solicitors Fiona Kelly to its the Court department, and Erin Peoples to its Residential Property department, both based in Dundee. Shona Douglas, of the Residential Conveyancing department of the Crieff office, has recently been promoted to paralegal after becoming a Law Society of Scotland accredited paralegal.

Ashleigh Morton, formerly with RUSSEL & AITKEN, Falkirk, has started her own practice, MORTON BRODY LAW, PO Box 21768, Falkirk FK1 9GQ (t: 07368 136435), specialising in children, family, debt, housing and employment matters. 

MURRAY ORMISTON LLP, Aberdeen are pleased to announce the appointment of Morag Stevenson, from 1 September 2020, and Sarah McPherson, from 1 December 2020, both as associates in the Family Law department.

Magdalen A Ogilvie, sole practitioner with FORRESTER OGILVIE & CO, Edinburgh, has retired from practice.

David Rennie, former managing partner of STRONACHS, has joined MANSEFIELD INVESTMENTS LTD, Aberdeen, as legal counsel. 

The directors of THE SCOTTISH BARONY REGISTER have appointed Alastair Shepherd, a partner in COULTERS, Edinburgh, as custodian of THE SCOTTISH BARONY REGISTER from 1 December 2020. He succeeds Alastair Rennie, who has retired. See Barony Register in new hands

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, announces that Gillian Carty has been elected chair of the firm, succeeding Paul Hally who has completed two terms since 2014. An accredited specialist in insolvency law and licensed insolvency practitioner, she steps up from leading the Commercial Disputes & Regulation division.

SIMPSON & MARWICK, Edinburgh and North Berwick, has appointed Jill Andrew as a director. She joins from SHOOSMITHS, where she was principal associate. 

STEWART & WATSON, Turriff and elsewhere, announces the appointment of Catherine Bury, an accredited specialist in agricultural law, as an associate in the Agriculture team in its head office in Turriff. She joins from LEDINGHAM CHALMERS, where she was a senior associate. 

THOMPSONS SOLICITORS SCOTLAND, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Galashiels, has promoted mass litigation lawyer Amy Haughton to associate. 

URQUHARTS, solicitors, Edinburgh, intimate that on 31 October 2020, James Baird WS retired as a consultant to the firm. The partners and staff wish him a long and well earned retirement. 

Amanda Wilson, previously a partner at THORNTONS, Dundee, has started her own practice, AMANDA WILSON FAMILY LAW, at Office 12, 4th Floor, Dundee One, 5 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee DD1 3JT (t: 01382 219004). She is an accredited specialist in family law, a trained collaborative lawyer and an arbitrator with the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland. 

WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON, Edinburgh and internationally, has promoted Richard Pike, a dispute resolution private client lawyer, to partner in its Edinburgh office, one of 31 promotions across its UK offices. 

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Dunfermline, has acquired the business of J GIBSON ASSOCIATES LTD, Edinburgh, whose founder Jeff Gibson is stepping down from the business.

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