Harper Macleod has announced 26 new promotions, with female lawyers representing two-thirds of those winning recognition.
The Glasgow-headquartered law firm has unveiled 10 new senior associates, four new associates and 12 new senior solicitors, in addition to the five new partners promoted with effect from 1 April.
Advancing from associate to senior associate are Andrew Ronald (banking), Paul Macdonald (corporate); Laura McCorquodale and Lewis Kemp (dispute resolution), Ewan Stafford (employment), Nadine Martin (family), Victoria Buchanan (personal injury and reparation), Kathleen Martin (private client), Kelly Fraser (public sector) and Jacqueline Meikle (residential property).
Promoted from senior solicitor to associate are Ricardo Matteo (banking), Louise Torr (corporate), Rory Byrom (employment) and Leigh Beirne (private client); and from solicitor to senior solicitor are Angus Brown and Graham Horsman (dispute resolution), Angela Gray and Roslyn MacDonald (energy and natural resources), Lynsey Brown (family), Lyndsay McMahon (debt and asset recovery), Elizabeth Wilson (residential property), Cinzia Duncan and Karyn Richmond (private client) and Lisa Hemphill, Mandy Chow-Chin and Rory Paterson (real estate).
Professor Lorne Crerar, chairman of Harper Macleod, commented: "Every single one of these promotions is richly deserved and recognises the quality of service each individual has provided to our clients. One of the most rewarding parts of leading a law firm is seeing young, talented people you have brought into the business progressing through the business. As the firm continues to grow, last year we took the decision to radically reshape our legal structure last year to ensure Harper Macleod was still truly a place of opportunity. This approach has borne fruit and it is particularly pleasing to note that many of those just promoted originally joined us as trainees."
Chief executive Martin Darroch added: "As a firm Harper Macleod is committed to promoting equal opportunities and developing a diverse and flexible workforce; however advancing through our career path is based purely on merit and performance. Nevertheless it is clear that both of our most recent rounds reflect what has been a noticeable trend in the profession, with women making up two-thirds of those promoted, and I believe this reflects well on the working environment we have created at the firm."