Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has promoted three senior associates to director: Laura McCabe, solicitor advocate (Commercial Litigation, Edinburgh), Danielle Edgar (Family Law, Edinburgh), and Ewan Regan (Corporate, Edinburgh). Anne Lawrie and Mandy Armstrong are promoted from associate to senior associate; Laura Bowen, Liam Smith, Lucy Thornton and Jemma Forrest from senior solicitor to associate; and Stuart Orr, Kirsty Nicoll, Emily Fleet-Grant, Nick Dobbs, Ysabeau Middleton, Francesca Glendinning, Sarah Donnachie, Jamie Devlin, and Rory Knox from solicitor to senior solicitor. Arlene Hall, Kirsty Maitland and Elaine Caricato move up to senior paralegal, and Jackie Curran to senior accredited paralegal.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen has appointed Russell Eadie as a senior associate in the Employment team; and Stephanie Nicol as a senior associate in Commercial, initially as maternity cover for partner Stephanie Zak. Both join from DENTONS. Iain Balfour, who joined the firm as an apprentice in 1952, has retired as a consultant.

BELL + CRAIG, Stirling announce the promotion of Aran Wilson (Private Client) and Abby Kemp (Conveyancing) to associates with effect from 6 August 2021. 

BLACKADDERS, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed Stephen Connolly as a partner from 13 September 2021, in the Glasgow office. He was previously an employment partner with MILLER SAMUEL HILL BROWN.

BURNESS PAULL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen has acquired the practice of immigration firm McGILL & CO. Grace McGill, who becomes head of Immigration at Burness Paull, and four colleagues have moved to Burness Paull.

CAMPBELL RIDDELL BREEZE PATERSON LLP, Glasgow, has become part of HOLMES MACKILLOP LTD from 1 October 2021. The merged business will trade initially as “Holmes Mackillop Solicitors incorporating Campbell Riddell Breeze Paterson”, and then as “Holmes Mackillop Solicitors”. Members Richard Leggett and Robert Stewart will become directors and voting shareholders in Holmes Mackillop, and all their staff will join the firm.

Richard Donaldson, formerly of HARPER MACLEOD LLP, Lerwick office, is now practising as a sole practitioner, under the name RD LAW PRACTICE, Eastbye, Exnaboe, Virkie, Shetland ZE3 9JS (w:; e:; t: 01950 310125).

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, has appointed Gordon Clark, formerly with DENTONS, as an associate in the Planning team; Kevin Sturgeon, formerly with HARPER MACLEOD, as a senior solicitor in Commercial Property; and Ross Baron (formerly with WATERMANS LEGAL) and Catherine Wyllie (formerly with RAWORTHS) as solicitors in the Energy team.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, has appointed Alison McKay as a director in its Private Client team in Glasgow. She joins from the PRG PARTNERSHIP

Lindsays has also promoted Alastair Smith to director in the Corporate & Technology team, and Darren Lightfoot and Brian Pollock to senior associate in Commercial Property and Dispute Resolution & Litigation respectively.

LIVINGSTONE BROWN, Glasgow and London, has moved its Glasgow headquarters to 250 West George Street, Glasgow G2 4QY (t: 0141 673 0169).

Laura McCallum has been appointed general counsel of ABERDEEN FOOTBALL CLUB. She joins from DUNDEE UNITED FC where she was head of football administration and legal affairs.

MACKINNONS LLP, Aberdeen, Cults and Aboyne, has appointed Gregor Sim as a senior associate in its Property team. He joins from BRODIES.

PACITTI JONES, Glasgow, Lenzie and Bishopbriggs, has acquired the practice of ALEXANDER, JUBB & TAYLOR, Glasgow. Principal Bill Nugent has joined Pacitti Jones’ office at 648 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow.

PINSENT MASONS, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and globally, has appointed Michael Watson, previously head of Global Finance & Projects, as the new head of the Climate Change Mitigation & Sustainability team. Euan McVicar, formerly OFGEM general counsel, rejoins the firm as senior climate adviser.

SHOOSMITHS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and UK wide, has appointed partner Janette Speed, previously head of Edinburgh, as head of Scotland for Shoosmiths; Alison Gilson, head of Corporate in Scotland, to also head the Edinburgh office, and partner Barry McKeown as head of the Glasgow office.

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed Karen Cornwell, an accredited specialist in professional negligence law, as a legal director. She joins from KENNEDYS.

URQUHARTS, Edinburgh, has appointed Andrew Graham-Smith as a solicitor in the Commercial Property department, and Ashley French as a solicitor in Dispute Resolution & Litigation. 

WRIGHT, JOHNSTON & MACKENZIE, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dunblane and Dunfermline, has promoted Nicola Martin (Planning, Edinburgh) to partner; Stephen Grant (Corporate, Glasgow) to senior associate; and Amy McDougall (Planning, Glasgow and Edinburgh) to senior solicitor.

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