Collected news of Scottish legal appointments and practice changes

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, announces the retirement of litigation partner David Flint on 31 October 2021, after more than 40 years in legal practice.

COMMERCIAL LEGAL CENTRE LLP, WS, 36 Tay Street, Perth announces the retiral from private practice of its partners, Alistair G Napier and Mrs Joanne Smith, and the closure of the practice from 31 October 2021.

DLA PIPER, Edinburgh and globally, announces the appointment of dual qualified Allan Leal as a partner in the Finance practice, based in Edinburgh. He joins from BURNESS PAULL, where he was a partner.

GILSON GRAY, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, has taken over Dundee legal firm BAILLIE SHEPHERD. All Baillie Shepherd employees have joined Gilson Gray, including directors Alan Baillie and Peter Shepherd, and court solicitor Ken Glass.

THE KELLAS PARTNERSHIP, Inverurie, has announced the promotions of Catherine McKay (Private Client) and Dan McFarlane (Residential Property) to associate.

KERR STIRLING LLP, Stirling and Falkirk, have as at 1 April 2021 promoted Russell Spinks (Commercial Property) and Marc Quinn (Private Client) to partner; and Matthew McKeown (Commercial Property) to associate. Andrew J Ion has ceased to be a partner but remains with the firm as a consultant. Graham Sutherland and Des Coyne have joined the firm as a senior property solicitor and a senior private client solicitor respectively.

LINDSAYS LLP, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, intimate that, with effect from 31 October 2021, Ross Hadden will retire from the firm. Lindsays wishes him a long and healthy retirement.

Lindsays has promoted the following paralegals to senior paralegals: Cheryl McCourt, Christine Jamieson and Sandra Reid (all Glasgow), Fiona Yuill and Patricia Adams (both Edinburgh), and Tracey McCardle (Dundee).

MACDONALD HENDERSON, Glasgow, has announced the promotions of Laura McKnight to director, and Hilary Malone to associate director, and the appointments of Ryan Macready (who joins from GILSON GRAY) as a senior solicitor, and Christopher Wheeler as a corporate analyst, all in its Corporate team; the appointment of Gordon Lennox, who joins from SCULLION LAW, as a director, and Peter McEwan as senior solicitor, both in the Private Client team; and the appointment of Callum McInnes, who joins from BTO SOLICITORS, as an associate in the Commercial Property team.

ALLAN McDOUGALL SOLICITORS, Edinburgh announce that as of 1 November 2021 Alexandra Robertson (formerly of WATERMANS SOLICITORS) joins the firm as an associate.

Tom Marshall, solicitor and solicitor advocate, of TOM MARSHALL LAW LTD, Burntisland, has retired from practice with effect from 1 November 2021.

MILLER SAMUEL HILL BROWN, Glasgow, has appointed Siobhan Kelly as consultant and head of its Family Law department. She joins from BELTRAMI & CO.

SCULLION LAW, Glasgow and Hamilton, has promoted Charmaine Trainor, who joined the firm as a receptionist in 2012, to executive director and head of Client Care.

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, London and Dublin, has promoted 16 associates to senior associate: Neil Casey, Nathaniel Buckingham and Leigh Herd (all Property & Infrastructure Disputes); Laura McMillan and Andrew Winton (both Commercial Disputes); James Bulpitt and Katy Fitzpatrick (both Banking & Finance); Alexandra Lane and Emma de Sailly (both Rural); Pamela Binnie, Siobhan Dunphy, John Townsend and Emma Guthrie (all Property); Magdalena MacLean (Planning); John Vassiliou (Immigration); and Gillian Moore (Employment).

The firm has also promoted 12 new associates: Abby Doig and Lucy Mulreany (Banking & Finance); Roddy Forgie (Media & Technology); Dan Boynton (Pensions); Sarah Leslie (Employment); Kara Gallagher and Alistair Kennedy (both Infrastructure); Gabby Ives, Craig Brodie and Scarlett Leigh (all Property); Kirsten McKinnon (Private Wealth & Tax); and Thomas McFarlane (Commercial Disputes).

All the promotions take effect from 1 October 2021.

SHOOSMITHS, Edinburgh, Glasgow and UK wide, has moved its Glasgow office to The Garment Factory, 5th Floor, 10 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1RE (t: 03700 86 3000).

International firm SPENCER WEST LLP has launched a Scottish practice, led by former DLA PIPER Banking & Finance partner David Morton, assisted by former FENWICK ELLIOTT Construction partner Jonathan More as business growth director, based at 57-59 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AH (t: 020 7925 8080; e:

STIRLING & MAIR LTD, Johnstone, has announced the promotion to associate of Ashlee Waton in its Conveyancing team.

THOMPSONS, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Galashiels, has appointed Craig Snee as senior solicitor and head of its Dundee office. He joins from DIGBY BROWN.

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed Karen Cornwell, who joins from KENNEDYS, as a legal director in Dispute Resolution & Claims, and Ruth Pyatt, who has moved to Scotland from East Anglia, as a legal director in Wills, Trusts & Succession Planning, both in its Dundee office; recently qualified corporate solicitor Aadil Anwar also to the Dundee office; and corporate solicitor Sabihah Ahmed, and Andrew Wallace, an associate in the Employment team who joins from BALFOUR+MANSON, both in its Edinburgh office.

YUILL+KYLE, part of the MACROBERTS GROUP, has appointed Denise Loney as its new managing director. Formerly director at ALSTON LAW, which joined the SIMPSON & MARWICK stable earlier this year, she succeeds Stephen Cowan, who will remain as a consultant to help withthe transition.

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