Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haddington and Lerwick, has appointed three directors: Gillian Harkness-McKinlay (Public Sector & Charities), who joins from BURNESS PAULL; Chris Devlin (Planning & Environment), who joins from SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN; and James McMillan, head of Corporate Crime, Regulatory & Investigations), who joins from AL TAMIMI & COMPANY, Dubai.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has appointed Katie Albiston, who joins from TAGGART MEIL MATHERS as a solicitor in its family law team in Aberdeen. Alastair Milne, an accredited specialist in family law and in the regulation of professional conduct law, retired as a partner on 25 June 2021 after almost 35 years in the legal profession.

The firm’s Aberdeen office has moved to new premises at 6 Albyn Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1YP.

BANNERMAN BURKE LAW, Scottish Borders, announces that as of 1 June 2021 the partnership comprises Rory Bannerman, promoted to senior senior partner and Heidi Kandyba-Callis, promoted to senior junior partner, both in charge of everything.

BBM SOLICITORS, Edinburgh and Wick, has promoted Ewan Hazelton to senior solicitor in its Commercial Litigation & Insolvency team in Edinburgh. Thomas Holligan becomes a solicitor in the same team following completion of his traineeship, and Vajiha Ali has joined as a senior solicitor dealing with employment matters.

BLACKADDERS, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed to its Commercial Property team Andy Yule, who joins from GILLESPIE MACANDREW, as a director in the Edinburgh office, and in Glasgow, Richard Duffy, who joins as a senior solicitor from McEWAN FRASER, and recently qualified solicitor Natalia Bell

BURGES SALMON, Edinburgh and UK wide, has appointed Sophie Black, previously senior legal counsel at Edinburgh Airport, as a senior associate in the Projects team; and in the Banking & Finance team, Samir Younes (previously with DENTONS) as an associate, and recently qualified solicitor Natalie Bennett.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has appointed Allana Sweeney, an accredited specialist in insolvency law, as a director in its Restructuring and Insolvency team. She joins from SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN. 

CMS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and globally, has appointed Michael Urquhart as of counsel to its Banking & Finance team in Edinburgh. He joins from DLA PIPER. 

JAMES & GEORGE COLLIE, Aberdeen (incorporating KINNEAR & FALCONER, Stonehaven) has announced the promotion of Steven Allan to partner. 

DAVIDSON CHALMERS STEWART, Edinburgh and Glasgow, has announced the promotion to director of Lisa Kitson in the Corporate team, Lizzy Enayati (Commercial Property), and Steven McAllister (Renewable Energy). Craig Jackson, previously with McCLURE SOLICITORS, joins as director to head a new Private Client service, and Keith Rawlinson joins as an associate in Commercial Property. Ellis Walls (Commercial Property) and Andrew McDonald (Dispute Resolution) are promoted to associate; and Alex Irwin to senior solicitor. 

DICKSON MINTO, Edinburgh and London, announce the promotion of two new partners, Craig Roberts in Commercial Property, and Nicola Mitchell, head of Employment. Alex Smith has joined the firm as finance director.

DIGBY BROWN, Edinburgh and elsewhere, has promoted Trish McFadden (Clinical Negligence, Edinburgh) and Matt Leckie (Insurance Litigation, Glasgow) to partner, and Kim Catterall and Theresa Mutapi (both Network department, Edinburgh), and Sarah Ennis (Professional Support, Glasgow) to associate. 

GILSON GRAY, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, has promoted Gregor Duthie to legal director in Real Estate; Iain Grant to senior associate in Commercial Litigation; Joe Davies to senior associate in Private Client; Fraser Cameron to associate in Litigation; and Charlotte White and Scott Runciman to senior solicitor in Corporate and Private Client respectively. Karen Henderson has been promoted to finance director. 

LEDINGHAM CHALMERS, Aberdeen, Inverurie, Inverness, Stirling and Edinburgh, announces that private client lawyer JP (James Peter) Campbell will join the firm in Inverness later this year from WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE.

LINDSAYS LLP, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, announce the promotion to partner of Douglas Roberts (Corporate & Technology, based in Edinburgh) with effect from 1 July 2021.

Lindsays has also welcomed Alexandria McNeill as a solicitor in Residential Conveyancing in Edinburgh, joining from WARNERS.

Angus N G Macdonald announces that he retired from BAILLIE GIFFORD on 30 June 2021 after a 31 year career starting with MILLER HENDRY WS (HENDRY & FENTON), then DUNFERMLINE BUILDING SOCIETY before joining Baillie Gifford as their first dedicated in-house lawyer. He served as Group Head of Legal for 20 years, and in 2015 moved to Hong Kong to set up and lead their offices in Asia.

MACFARLANE YOUNG, Paisley has appointed recently qualified solicitor Cati Johnstone to its Conveyancing team (residential and commercial). 

MALOCO & ASSOCIATES, Dunfermline intimate the appointment of Stacey Parker as a director from 14 June 2021. She joins from LYNN HERBERT, Leven. 

MILLER SAMUEL HILL BROWN, Glasgow has announced the promotion of Eilidh McGuire in Licensing, and Laura MacSporran in Employment Law, to senior associate.

Sam Moore, solicitor, has joined legal tech implementation platform REYNEN COURT, from BURNESS PAULL, where he was the firm’s innovation manager. 

MORTON FRASER, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, has announced 17 promotions with effect from 1 July 2021: to partner, Matthew Barclay (Agricultural & Rural team); to legal director: Gail Watt (Agricultural & Rural), Fiona Hogg (Real Estate) and Jennifer Thomson (Litigation); to associate: Nikki Hunter and Lesley Holloway (both Private Client); Alyson Cowan and Jamie Reid (both Real Estate & Infrastructure); and Cameron Greig, Derek Couper, Laura McKenna, Jennifer Andrew and Ailie Crawford (all Litigation); and to senior solicitor: Ellen Robinson (Real Estate & Infrastructure), Fiona Meek (Litigation), and Laura Purves and Finlay Leggat (both Corporate & Banking).

MOV8 REAL ESTATE, Edinburgh, Glasgow and elsewhere, has promoted Stephen Dickson from solicitor to associate in its Private Client department. Omar Mohammed has joined its Conveyancing department as a solicitor from RALPH HENDRIE LEGAL. 

RAEBURN CHRISTIE CLARK & WALLACE LLP, Aberdeen, Banchory, Ellon, Inverurie and Stonehaven, has announced the promotion to associate of Craig Veitch (Aberdeen) and Gillian Smith (Banchory), in Commercial Property and Private Client respectively. 

SCULLION LAW, Hamilton and Glasgow, announce these recent appointments: as solicitors in Wills & Future Planning, Hope Raleigh, from BARNETTS SOLICITORS, and Laura Kerr, from THOMPSONS; as a solicitor in Residential Conveyancing, Paul Fletcher-Herd, from ABERDEIN CONSIDINE; and as a senior associate in Family Law, accredited mediator Nicola Buchanan, from BLM. 

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has appointed Euan Murray as a partner in its Construction & Infrastructure team. Dual qualified in Scotland and England & Wales, he has rejoined the firm after working for a year with SP ENERGY NETWORKS.

STRONACHS LLP, Aberdeen and Inverness, has announced the promotion to partner of David Marshall of the Agriculture & Rural team; to senior associate, Adele Anderson (Commercial Property) and Karen Oliver (Private Client); to associate, Annika Neukirch (Employment); and to senior solicitor, Patrick Norris (Energy) and Jonathan Wemyss (Dispute Resolution).

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, has announced a total of 25 promotions: to partner, Stuart Mackie and Stephanie Pratt (Wills, Trusts & Succession), Robin Beattie (Dispute Resolution & Claims), and Steven Drake (Residential Property); to legal director, Angela Wipat and Elaine Sym (Family Law), Anne Miller and Michael Kemp (Dispute Resolution & Claims), Amy Jones and Kirsty Stewart (Business Law), Debbie Dewar (Land & Rural Business) and Graeme Dickson (Wills, Trusts & Succession); to associate, Megan Maclean and Rachel Anderson (Wills, Trusts & Succession), and Neil McWilliam, Stephanie Gallacher and Victoria McLaren (all Business Law); and to senior solicitor, Daniel McGinn, Jamie Lyons, Kirsty Waughman and Sarah Cooper (Dispute Resolution & Claims), Katie Hobkirk and Katy Williams (Business Law), and Rebecca Ellwood and Zoe Irving (Land & Rural Business).

Thorntons has appointed Victoria Wright as a senior solicitor, and Roisin Donnelly, as a solicitor, in its Edinburgh Intellectual Property team. Both join from the University of Glasgow In-House Contracts team.

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dunblane and Dunfermline, has promoted Sarajane Drake (Commercial Property, Glasgow), and Kirstin MacDonald (Corporate, Inverness), to associate; and Kathleen Docherty (Private Client, Glasgow), and Lauren Farquhar (Private Client, Inverness), to senior solicitor.

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