Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

ADDLESHAW GODDARD, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and UK-wide, has promoted Jan Gruter (Corporate & Commercial, Glasgow), to partner as part of a UK promotions round.

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haddington and Lerwick, has appointed Max Scharbert as a director in its Corporate practice. Qualified in German, English and Scots law, he joins from ROONEY NIMMO.

Anderson Strathern has appointed accredited agricultural law specialist Linsey Barclay-Smith as a partner in its Rural Land & Business team. She joins from MORTON FRASER.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has appointed Carolyn Jackson, who joins from NEWLAW SCOTLAND, as an associate in the Litigation division; Martin Lavery, who joins from McCLURES, as a solicitor in Private Client; and Will Wallace, who joins from McCASH & HUNTER, as a solicitor in Residential Property. 

BRODIES LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dingwall, has named nine new partners along with 23 other promotions.

Mark Meiklejohn (Banking & Finance), solicitor advocate Craig Watt, and Hayley Robertson and Nick Marshall (both Personal & Family) are promoted to partner. They are joined by lateral hires Allan Cairns and Colin Keenan (both Real Estate), and Gareth Hale (Litigation), all formerly with DENTONS, and Martin Ewan and David Millar (both Corporate), who join from PINSENT MASONS.

Shirley Li-Ting is promoted to legal director in Banking & Finance, and Fiona Dromgoole to managing associate in Real Estate, both in Glasgow. Advancing to senior associate are Graham Imrie (Real Estate, Aberdeen), Duncan Cathie (Corporate & Commercial, Glasgow), Bob Langridge (Corporate & Commercial, Edinburgh), Monica Connolly, Fehmida Hanif and Laura Fell (all Litigation, Edinburgh), Claire Rice (Litigation, Glasgow), Jessica Flowerdew (Personal & Family, Edinburgh), and Peter Brading (Banking & Finance, Edinburgh).

Newly promoted associates are Guy Grant (Real Estate, Edinburgh), Kirsty MacAulay (Real Estate, Glasgow), Laura Lawson (Corporate & Commercial, Aberdeen), Kirsty Cooper (Corporate & Commercial, Edinburgh), Christina Barr, Clare Kelly, Melissa Mavor, David Nelson and Douglas Waddell (all Litigation, Edinburgh), Craig Donnelly and Katy Angus (both Litigation, Glasgow), and Edith Calvert (Banking & Finance, Aberdeen). 

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has appointed Emma Smith, HR business partner for Dispute Resolution, to the newly created, full time role of inclusion and wellbeing manager.

CLYDE & CO, Edinburgh, Glasgow and globally, has promoted insurance litigator Sarah Crewes to partner in its Edinburgh office as part of its 2021 promotions round.

CMS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and globally, has announced five partner promotions in Scotland as part of a global round: Catriona Aldridge (Employment, Edinburgh), Claire Wallis (Real Estate, Edinburgh), Mike McColl (Real Estate, Glasgow), Christopher Dickson (Construction, Glasgow), and Neeraj Thomas (Intellectual Property, Glasgow). 

COWAN & CO, Glasgow announce the retiral of their senior partner, Allan Cowan, from 1 June 2021. He will continue to be associated with the firm on a part time basis as a consultant. Helen McWilliams has been assumed as a partner in the firm, joining Gerald McWilliams

ESSON & ABERDEIN launched on 26 April 2021 as part of the MORAY GROUP. It is led by Joni Esson, formerly with STRONACHS, and Rob Aberdein, founder of the Moray Group. Its office is at 66 Queens Road, Aberdeen AB15 4YE (t: 01224 606210; f: 01224 606211; w: www.essonaberdein.com). Julie Hamill has been appointed a senior associate.

JONES WHYTE LLP, Glasgow, has taken over the goodwill, work in progress and certain assets of McCLURE SOLICITORS, Glasgow and Greenock, which is now in administration. All 84 partners and staff have transferred to Jones Whyte. The former McClure Solicitors 13 satellite offices, 11 of them in England, will close. 

LANARKSHIRE COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE, Airdrie, has appointed its assistant solicitor Nicola Rylatt as principal solicitor.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, has promoted Rachel Holt to associate in the Personal Injury team in the Edinburgh office, and appointed Leann Brown, who joins from MILLER HENDRY, as an associate in the Dundee Private Client team.

McKEE CAMPBELL MORRISON has been launched by Alan McKee, Stacy Campbell, Maureen Matheson and Fraser Morrison (managing director), all former directors of MACDONALD HENDERSON. The firm is based at The Hatrack, 144 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5LG (t: 0141 488 3680; f: 0203 318 4190; w: mcmsolicitors.co.uk). Victoria Lawson has joined the firm as conveyancing executive.

MACROBERTS, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, has promoted Corporate senior associate Gary Baines, based in the Glasgow office, to partner with effect from 1 May 2021.

MORTON FRASER, Edinburgh and Glasgow, has appointed Yvonne Brady to the specially created role of head of strategy for Restructuring & Insolvency, with effect from 12 April 2021. She joins from SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN.

MTM DEFENCE LAWYERS, Falkirk and Edinburgh, has appointed Andrew Seggie as a senior solicitor. He joins from FINNIESTON FRANCHI & McWILLIAMS.

Four partner promotions, along with two legal directors, have been announced by SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. The four partner promotions are: Nigel Sievwright and Fraser Grant (Property & Infrastructure), Matt Phillip (Commercial Disputes), and Kevin Clancy (Health & Safety/Regulatory). They are joined by the promotion to legal director of Vikki Henderson (Commercial Property) and Peter Alderdice (Banking & Finance), all with effect from 1 May 2021.

SLATER & GORDON, Edinburgh and globally, has promoted Sarah McWhirter, head of the Edinburgh Medical Negligence team, to principal lawyer. 

WARNERS SOLICITORS, Edinburgh, has promoted Jim Maclachlan to partner with effect from 1 May 2021.

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