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14 March 16

Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ACCESS LEGAL, the private client arm of SHOOSMITHS LLP, has appointed Judy Williamson as a senior associate in its medical negligence team in Edinburgh, joining from ANDERSON STRATHERN, and Sheila Byth as a family law associate, joining from BLACKADDERS.

ADIE HUNTER, Glasgow is pleased to announce the appointment of Mhairi McAllister as an associate with the firm from 1 February 2016.

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, has acquired the practice of ADLP LTD, Edinburgh and assumed its former managing partner Alistair Dean as a partner of the firm.

BLACKADDERS LLP, Dundee and elsewhere, is to merge with BOYLE SHAUGHNESSY, Glasgow, on 1 April 2016. The merged practice will trade as BLACKADDERS.

BONNAR ACCIDENT LAW LTD, Airdrie, Dunfermline and Edinburgh, intimates that Ronald E Conway resigned as a director on 9 October 2015. Mr Conway intimates that he is in practice on his own account as THE CONWAY ACCIDENT LAW PRACTICE, 71 Oxford Street, Glasgow G5 9EP (tel 0141 319 8240).

Peter Crooks, solicitor advocate, intimates that as from 16 February 2016 he has left the employ of BONNAR ACCIDENT LAW LTD, Airdrie and commenced practice as the principal solicitor of LANARKSHIRE ACCIDENT LAW, Solicitors, Unit 23, Coatbank Business Centre, Coatbank Way, Coatbridge ML5 3AG (tel 01236 222888; fax 01236 222889; email He has been joined in the new practice by colleagues Angela Ferguson, Liz Gray and Patricia Burke, also formerly of Bonnar Accident Law.

GILLESPIE MACANDREW, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, has appointed Isobell Reid, formerly with DWF LLP, to the litigation and dispute resolution team, and Eleanor Fitzsimmons, who joins from MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS, to the land and rural business practice, both as associates in its Glasgow office.

GILSON GRAY, Edinburgh and Glasgow, has appointed Deborah McCathie as a partner and Head of Residential Conveyancing, based primarily in the firm’s Edinburgh office. She joins from WARNERS LLP, along with Cheryl Anderson, senior solicitor, and Emma Mackenzie.

HARPER MACLEOD, Glasgow and elsewhere, has appointed Richard Murray, who joins from SHOOSMITHS, and Dawn Robertson, who has experience at a number of Scottish firms, as partners in its Edinburgh office in private client and employment respectively.

JOHN HENDERSON & SONS, Dumfries, are delighted to announce the appointment of Lynn McMurchie as an associate with the firm with effect from 1 January 2016 and also that Sharon Fyall, formally with POLLOCK & McLEAN (incorporating WHITELAW EDGAR & BALDWIN), has joined the firm as an associate as of 1 February 2016.

KERGAN STEWART LLP, Glasgow, announces the appointment of David Allan as partner with the firm. Mr Allan, who is also general counsel for ARIDHIA INFOMATICS LTD, was previously a partner at BRODIES.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, is delighted to announce the appointment of Gavin Buchan as partner with effect from 4 February 2016. Gavin has joined Lindsays’ Commercial Property team in the firm’s head office at Caledonian Exchange, Edinburgh EH3 8HE, from MACLAY MURRAY & SPENS.

LOW BEATON RICHMOND LLP, Glasgow and Largs, is delighted to announce the appointment of Scot Dickson as an associate within the firm’s Glasgow office, with effect from 29 February 2016, dealing with conveyancing and private client matters.

MILLER SAMUEL, Glasgow, and HILL BROWN, Glasgow, have merged their practices from 29 February 2016. The new firm, MILLER SAMUEL HILL BROWN, with 13 partners, will be based in Miller Samuel’s offices at 5 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 5EZ. Michael Samuel has been appointed chair of the merged practice.

MURRAY BEITH MURRAY, Edinburgh, announces that it has acquired NEIL ROSS & COMPANY, a tax advisory and compliance service, with effect from 15 February 2016. Founder Neil Ross becomes a tax consultant with Murray Beith Murray.

NAFTALIN DUNCAN & Co, Glasgow, announces that Derek Livingston has stepped down as a partner with effect from 31 January 2016 to take up a permanent position as summary sheriff in the Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central & Fife at Falkirk. Derek will remain as a consultant with the firm until 31 March 2016.

THORNTONS, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed Anneli Spence as a solicitor in its Perth office, advising on rural property issues.

WEIGHTMANS (SCOTLAND) LLP, Glasgow, has appointed real estate solicitor Afshan Khan as a senior associate. She joins from ACADEMY HOUSE SERVICES, where she was in-house legal counsel.

WILLIAMSON & HENRY LLP, Kirkcudbright, is pleased to announce that Graham Donnelly has been appointed as a solicitor. 

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