Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

ABERDEIN CONSIDINE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, has announced 10 promotions including two new partners. Leanne Warrender in Residential Conveyancing, Aberdeen, becomes a partner, as does Laura Browne (Banking Litigation, Glasgow), who moved from partner to consultant two years ago.

Kayleigh MacLaren (Corporate Property, Aberdeen) has been promoted to director; Eleanor Comfort (Dyce) has been promoted to senior associate, as have Catriona Ramsay (Employment), and John Di Paola (Banking Litigation), both in Glasgow. Joelle Neep (Banking Litigation, Glasgow) becomes an associate, and Katie Hutchinson (Westhill) and Danny Anderson (Corporate, Aberdeen), become senior solicitors. Tahir Bashir, lender services operations manager in Newcastle, is promoted to associate director.

BANNATYNE KIRKWOOD FRANCE & COMPANY, Glasgow, are pleased to announce the appointment of Alan William Eccles, formerly a consultant with the firm, as a partner of the firm, effective as from 1 May 2021.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has appointed Bob Ruddiman as head of Energy. He joins from PINSENT MASONS, where he held senior leadership positions including heading the Global Energy Sector team.

CAESAR & HOWIE, Bathgate, Livingston, Falkirk, Alloa, Bo’ness and Whitburn announces the retiral of its senior partner, David Haig Borrowman on 31 March 2021 after 45 successful years with the firm. David will continue to be associated with the firm as a consultant. The partners and staff wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement. Graham Pattison Irvine has been appointed senior partner from 1 April 2021. 

CLYDE & CO, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and internationally, has announced the promotions of Alison Tyler and Ann Bonomy to legal directors in Edinburgh and Glasgow, respectively, as part of its 2021 promotions round.

COLLEDGE & SHIELDS, Dumfries, announce that Hannah Stokes has been promoted to associate with effect from May 2021. 

DAC BEACHCROFT, Glasgow, Edinburgh and UK wide, has re-elected John Maillie, a partner in the Glasgow office, for a third consecutive three-year term as location head for DAC Beachcroft in Scotland, beginning on 1 May 2021. 

DENTONS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and globally, has appointed Edinburgh-based partner Brian Moore as divisional leader for Corporate, covering the practice’s operations across the UK and Ireland. His appointment is part of a wider restructuring within the UKIME region under Abu Dhabi-based Paul Jarvis, who became UKIME chief executive on 1 May. 

DLA PIPER, Edinburgh and internationally, announces the appointment of Stuart Murdoch as partner in its Edinburgh Litigation & Regulatory practice. He joins from BURNESS PAULL, where he was also a partner.

DRUMMOND MILLER LLP, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has announced the following promotions: to partner, Sharon Fleming (Private Client, and head of the Bathgate office), Sarah Jack (Immigration), and Ailsa Meiklejohn (Conveyancing and Property); to senior associate, Anna Rani and Lorna Hale; and to associate, Carrie Burrows and Aine McShane.

INKSTERS, Glasgow and elsewhere, have grown their consultant solicitor practice with three new appointments: Stephanie Christie-Carmichael, based in Glasgow, who joins from EBS TRUSTEES and deals with executry and estate administration and succession planning; Jackie Jobson, who has established an office for Inksters on the Isle of Eigg, where she lives, and now covers dispute resolution for Inksters in the western Highlands & Islands; and Sarah Windsor, based in Inverness, who joins from INNES & MACKAY and deals exclusively in family law matters.

JACKSON BOYD, Glasgow, has announced the promotion to partner of Laura Macdonald, head of the Employment team, and Alan Cameron (Dispute Resolution); to senior associate, Dave Berry (Personal Injury); and to senior solicitor, Jennifer Rowlinson (Personal Injury).

KIPPEN CAMPBELL LLP, Perth, is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert Simon Macduff-Duncan WS as a partner with effect from 1 May 2021. Robert was formerly a senior associate with Kippen Campbell and will assume responsibility for the firm’s Residential & Commercial Property department. 

LEXLEYTON, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and London, has appointed newly qualified Calum MacLean as a solicitor in its Glasgow Employment Law team.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, has appointed Mike Piggot to its Dispute Resolution team in Dundee. Newly qualified, he has also worked for several years with the DUNDEE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU.

LYNCH & CO, Glasgow has been rebranded MACDONALD LYNCH under a new team led by Elaine MacDonald, a former associate at AUSTIN LAFFERTY LTD, Newton Mearns, who becomes a partner along with Colin Carr, who was a consultant to that office. Founder Gerry Lynch will remain as a consultant.

MACKINTOSH & WYLIE LLP, Kilmarnock, Stewarton and Irvine, is delighted to announce the assumption of Karen Stewart, head of the Private Client department, as a partner from 1 May 2021. 

MACROBERTS, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, has moved its Edinburgh office to 10 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF (t: 0131 229 5046; f: 0131 229 0849). 

MASSON GLENNIE, Peterhead and Fraserburgh, announce the appointment of Louise Kershaw as a partner in their Private Client team and Andrew Mackey as an associate in their Court department, with effect from 1 April 2021.

MORTON FRASER, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, has appointed Jenny Dickson, a partner in the Litigation team as its chairman, succeeding Maggie Moodie, who retired in April. She also succeeds her as head of the firm’s Public Sector practice. Morton Fraser has appointed Martin Minton as a senior solicitor to its Agricultural & Rural team. He joins from INKSTERS. 

PETERKINS, Aberdeen, Inverurie, Huntly and Keith, intimate the retiral of Graham George Matthews from the partnership with effect from 30 April 2021.

PINSENT MASONS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and internationally, has appointed Glasgow partner Rosalie Chadwick as global head of Oil & Gas.

RAESIDE CHISHOLM, Glasgow are delighted to announce the appointment of Alison Gourley as a senior associate in Residential Conveyancing with effect from 19 April 2021. She joins from MITCHELLS ROBERTON.

Scott Colquhoun has been appointed legal director – Scotland for TAYLOR WIMPEY UK LTD from 1 April 2021.

SHELTER SCOTLAND has appointed Andy Knox, formerly principal solicitor at LANARKSHIRE COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE, as national legal services manager. 

SHOOSMITHS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and UK wide, has confirmed the appointment of seven solicitors and two paralegals across its teams in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Lauren Miller, who joins from SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, becomes a legal director in the Glasgow based Real Estate team. Also in Glasgow, Geraint Hughes, previously with BRODIES, joins on 1 June 2021 as a senior associate in the Planning team; and Eilidh Durkin joined in March from DWF as an associate in the Corporate team.

In Edinburgh, Courtney Clelland returns to Shoosmiths as a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation team after several years working in Jersey. Nina Oliver, previously with DENTONS, is appointed as an associate in Real Estate (construction); and Grace Watson and Samantha Mackie join as associates in the Employment team, from DWF and LAW AT WORK respectively. Alice Gray (Planning) and Gillian Todd (Real Estate) have been appointed as paralegals in Edinburgh.

SIMPSON & MARWICK, Edinburgh, has appointed David Coutts as head of its new Family Law practice. He joins from TURCAN CONNELL, where he was head of the Glasgow team.

TLT LLP, Glasgow, Edinburgh and UK wide, has announced the promotion of five lawyers to partner, including Glasgow-based financial services disputes lawyer Louise Chopra, effective 1 May 2021. Lucy Harrington, a property and commercial contract litigator based in TLT’s Glasgow office, is one of 11 associates promoted to legal director.

Michael Walker, head of Casework & Information Governance at the SCOTTISH CRIMINAL CASES REVIEW COMMISSION, has been named as the Commission’s next chief executive, succeeding Gerard Sinclair, who retires in September after more than 18 years in post. Mr Walker began working with the Commission as a legal officer in 2001.

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