Gilson Gray has appointed Richard Shepherd as Partner in its real estate team. Bringing more than 30 years of experience, and a wealth of industry and local knowledge, Mr Shepherd joins as the practice continues to accelerate its growth in the North-East.

Based in Aberdeen, he will support Gilson Gray’s established team with his strong network and connections as well as his deep insight into the local commercial property market. He joins the firm from James & George Collie, where has been the Managing Partner since 2014. Having studied Law at Aberdeen University and spent his entire career in the area, his local knowledge will play a pivotal role for Gilson Gray.

Murray Stewart, partner and head of real estate at Gilson Gray, said: “Richard’s appointment is a key step in our growth. His well-established relationships throughout the area, coupled with his decades of local experience will enhance our offering in the North-East. I’m delighted he’s joining the team at such an exciting time.”

Glen Gilson, managing partner at Gilson Gray, said: “We are committed to significant expansion in Aberdeen via the appointment of leading local talent. Richard is an experienced commercial property expert, and we are lucky to have him on board. We will continue to add to the senior base in the immediate future.”

Mr Shepherd said: “This was an opportunity I could not turn down. It’s a truly exciting time to be joining the team at Gilson Gray, especially as it continues its rapid expansion in the North-East. The Aberdeen market has experienced a particularly turbulent time of late.  However, when the market is in flux, creativity, the use of technology and innovation always come to the fore. With Gilson Gray’s reputation for doing things a little differently, it’s a perfect fit both for me, and the changing market, right now.”