Blackadders, the Tayside headquartered legal firm which has now expanded into the four main Scottish cities, has a new chairman as from today (1 April) as Scott Williamson takes over from Sandy Meiklejohn.

Mr Williamson, a longstanding private client partner, was elected to succeed Mr Meiklejohn who has retired after 42 years' service at the firm.

The change comes on the day of the opening of Blackadders' Glasgow office following the merger with Boyle Shaughnessy. Partners Paul Devine (commercial and residential property) and Colin McCulloch (private client and property) become partners in Blackadders, and senior solicitor Kirsty Dickson (residential property) and associate solicitor Siobhan McGuigan (private client) also become part of the Glasgow-based team.

The firm has also announced the promotion of Jack Boyle (employment), Stewart Dunbar (trust, tax and care), Sienna Sproson (private client) and Sarah Winter (corporate and commercial, including charities) from senior to associate solicitor. In the residential conveyancing team, senior solicitor Hamish Fyfe and senior paralegal Janine Hall have been promoted to director; and Ruth Weir, a solicitor in the corporate and commercial team, has been promoted to senior solicitor. 

In addition, operations director, Bob Murdach becomes chief operating officer, responsible for infrastructure, IT and support services, and Kevin Moran, previously IT manager with the University of Dundee, has joined the firm as IT director.

Managing partner Johnston Clark commented, “I am delighted to announce these new appointments and promotions. We are committed to investing in good people and want to attract, retain and develop high calibre individuals. We believe that by having the best people in our firm we can take advantage of future opportunities as they arise. I congratulate them and wish them every success in their new positions.”

Mr Williamson added: “I am very much looking forward to taking up my role at a time when the firm is embarking on an exciting new phase with the opening of our Glasgow office."