Ledingham Chalmers has announced five solicitor promotions in its Aberdeen and Inverness offices, effective 1 April 2021.

Three senior solicitors are promoted to associates: Sarah McCaffery from the Litigation team in Inverness, along with Mhari Michie and Pamela Sargent, who both work in commercial property in Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen Residential Property team sees Claire Ogston promoted to senior associate and Claire Woodward to senior solicitor.

David Geddie, who joined Ledingham Chalmers in 2019 when Simpson & Marwick Aberdeen’s estate agency team transferred to the firm, has retired as a consultant but continues as a property adviser with Ledingham Chalmers Estate Agency.

Ledingham Chalmers is also marking recent successes in gaining additional qualifications. Partners Rod Hutchison and Sarah Stuart obtained first class results in the University of Aberdeen's online short course on Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects, part of the MSc Decommissioning course.

Client wellbeing advisers Alison Sansbury and Sophia Keay achieved the Society of Law Accountants in Scotland (SOLAS) qualification, and private client solicitors Jenna Hendry and Natalie Coll both secured, with distinction, modules in the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) accreditation, Jenna Hendry completing full STEP accreditation as a result.

Managing partner Jennifer Young commented: “The last 12 months have been extraordinary for us all. But what has reassuringly remained the same has been our colleagues' focus on doing great work for our clients and helping us put in place plans for growth, with the SME sector an area of particular focus.

“The promotions are well deserved recognition of the talent of each of these lawyers, and the impressive dedication of those who completed training – sitting exams and finishing coursework often alongside working, looking after family and supporting remote learning – is no mean feat. Well done, all.”