Legal firm Addleshaw Goddard has appointed David Kirchin as its new head of Scotland.

A private equity specialist and head of the firm's corporate team in Scotland, Mr Kirchin began his career as a trainee with HBJ and joined BP as legal counsel for in Aberdeen before returning to HBJ as a partner in 2002. He has led the corporate team of what is now Addleshaw Goddard in Scotland since 2012.

In his new role, he will also sit on the board of the company, which has 12 offices in Asia, the Middle East, Germany and the UK.

He succeeds Malcolm McPherson, who has retired as a partner but will remain with the business as a consultant developing client relationships.

Addleshaw Goddard managing partner John Joyce commented: "David is one of our best-connected partners, excellent at building strong relationships with clients and enthusiastic about growing AG's brand in Scotland, and so he is absolutely the ideal person to lead, encourage and ensure that we continue to expand our business in this key market.

"Malcolm has enjoyed a long and incredibly varied and successful career, leading HBJ through five mergers, the last one being the one which brought the firm to AG in 2017.

"He has our thanks for the important contribution he has made as senior partner for Scotland and as a board member, and for leading our Scottish business since the merger. We are delighted that Malcolm will continue to provide an invaluable resource in helping build relationships and support clients and people within the firm."

Mr Kirchin said: "I am delighted to succeed Malcolm in this role and am proud to have been a part of all that has been achieved in our business in Scotland. Our business has grown and developed significantly across the practice areas and sectors in which we operate."

He added: "We have a continued plan to invest in our business in Scotland and so I look to the future with a real ambition to continue that growth and development."