Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

ABERDEIN CONSIDINE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has announced the following seven promotions: to associate, Sarah Jack (Commercial Real Estate, Glasgow); and to senior solicitor, Megan Hannah (Family Law, Glasgow), Erin Shand (Corporate & Commercial, Aberdeen), Tom Main (Family Law, Aberdeen), and in Residential Conveyancing, Stevie Kelman (Banchory and Stonehaven), Jordan Watt (Peterhead and Ellon), and Mairi Innes (Perth and Dundee). 

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has announced two further promotions in its Litigation team: Adelle Walker to senior associate, and Lauren Smith to associate, both from 1 March 2021. 

BTO SOLICITORS LLP, Glasgow and Edinburgh, is delighted to announce the recruitment of Angus Wood as a partner in its Commercial Dispute Resolution practice, based in the Glasgow office. Dual qualified to practise in Scotland and England, he joins from MACROBERTS, where he was a senior associate.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, announces the appointment of Caroline Stevenson as partner and head of its Financial Services Regulatory team. Dual qualified, she joins from WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON, where she was a legal director in the Financial Services team.

COMPLETE CLARITY SOLICITORS and SIMPLICITY LEGAL, Glasgow, announce the promotion of Craig Chisholm and Shannon Gaughan to senior solicitor, and the appointment as solicitor of Dionne Hunter (formerly with KINGSLEY WOOD& CO) and Susan Grierson (formerly with THE GLASGOW LAW PRACTICE). The firms’ previous legal assistants, Scott Stevenson and Siobhan Brown, have been taken on as first year trainees, and Kirsten Bruce has joined as a first year trainee.

DENTONS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and globally, has appointed Claire Armstrong, an investment funds and corporate finance partner in the firm’s UK Corporate practice, to the newly-created role of Scotland managing partner. 

DENTONS’ Scottish private client team is joining SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN from 1 April 2021. The 20-strong team, led by partners Eleanor Kerr and Alexis Graham, will continue to be based primarily in Glasgow.

DWF, Glasgow, Edinburgh and globally, has appointed Ann Frances Cooney as a partner based in the Glasgow office and leading its Employment practice in Scotland. She joins from ADDLESHAW GODDARD, where she was a legal director and head of the Glasgow Employment team. 

INNES & MACKAY, Inverness, has appointed Laura Cormack, who first joined the firm over a decade ago as a legal secretary, as a director.

JONES WHYTE, Glasgow is delighted to announce the promotion of Phulah Pall to associate, and head of Immigration.

LEGAL SERVICES AGENCY (LSA), Glasgow, welcomes four new trustees: Grant Carson, director of Housing & Employment Services at Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, Kirstie Cusick, social movement development manager at SAMH, Mhairi Reid, evidence and influencing coordinator at the Life Changes Trust, and Peter Beckett, retired, whose expertise is in risk management, financial acuity, and effective process management. All have an overriding commitment to promoting access to justice.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, intimate that, with effect from 30 March 2021, Douglas Millar and Ken Stanley will retire from the partnership. Lindsays wishes them both a long and healthy retirement.

ALLAN McDOUGALL Solicitors, Edinburgh have appointed Alice Bowman as a solicitor in the Employment Law team. She joins from THOMPSONS.

Andrew Phillips has been appointed compliance officer at the SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION from 1 March 2021, succeeding Clare Whyte. Dual qualified in the state of New York, he joins from JONES WHYTE, where he practised as a solicitor advocate in criminal and regulatory defence. 

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has appointed accredited specialist John Vassiliou as an associate in its Immigration team. He joins from McGILL & CO, where he was a partner.

SIMPSON & MARWICK, Edinburgh and North Berwick, has merged with ALSTON LAW, Glasgow. The Alston Law brand will continue for all litigation and debt recovery services, but property and conveyancing services, including remortgages, will now be part of Simpson & Marwick. Denise Loney, the outgoing managing director of Alston Law, will remain as a director with Simpson & Marwick. 

Catherine Smith, advocate has joined COMPASS CHAMBERS from ARNOT MANDERSON ADVOCATES.

TENEU LEGAL has opened as a new immigration practice that its founder and principal, Blair Melville, hopes to run as a social enterprise. It is based at 2/2, 21 Thistle Terrace, Glasgow G5 0SJ (t: 07877 347695).

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, has announced the appointment as managing partner of Lesley Larg, an intellectual property specialist and partner with the firm, and a board member for several years. She will succeed Craig Nicol, who will stand down on 31 May 2021 after 10 years as managing partner, seven of them jointly with Scott Milne.

WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON, Edinburgh and internationally, has promoted Richard Pike, in the Private Client team in Edinburgh, to partner as one of 31 promotions across the firm’s UK offices.

Womble Bond Dickinson has also appointed Clare Lamond as a managing associate in its Real Estate practice in Edinburgh. She joins from DWF.

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