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15 May 17

Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

ABERDEIN CONSIDINE, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announce that David Burnside has joined the firm as a consultant. He is one of two former BURNESS PAULL employment lawyers joining the firm: former colleague Jennifer Gardner has also joined Aberdein Considine following a one-year career break.

The partners of AITKEN NAIRN, Edinburgh, wish to intimate that Andrew William Stevenson WS has retired from the firm with effect from 31 March 2017. The remaining partners wish him a long and happy retirement.

ANDERSON STRATHERN, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Haddington, announce that transpost and infrastructure legal specialist Neil Amner, current President of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, has joined the firm as a director. Until August 2016 he was a partner at MACROBERTS.

ARCHIBALD SHARP, Glasgow, are delighted to announce that Lynsey Ross Clelland has been appointed a director of the company with effect from 1 April 2017.

BALFOUR+MANSON, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, is adding to its Private Client department with the appointment of Karen Phillips as a partner. She joins the firm from BRODIES in June.

BLACKADDERS, Dundee and elsewhere, has appointed Susan McFadyen as a partner in its Corporate & Commercial team.

BTO SOLICITORS, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has announced the promotion to associate of four senior solicitors: Eileen Sherry (insurers’ representation), Jennifer King (professional discipline and clinical defence), David Cairns and Andrew Phillips (both health and safety, regulatory and criminal).

CMS LLP, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and elsewhere, announce the promotion of three Scottish based solicitors, among 48 partner promotions worldwide: Amy Norton (real estate) and Duncan Turner (technology, media and telecommunications) in Edinburgh, and Kirsten Partridge (real estate) in the Glasgow office, with effect from 1 May 2017.

CMS has also completed its three way merger with law firms NABARRO and OLSWANG.

DAC BEACHCROFT SCOTLAND, Glasgow and Edinburgh, are pleased to announce that Alasdair Irivine has joined the firm as a solicitor in the Regulatory team.

Colin Heggie of HEGGIE ALEXANDER, solicitors, Edinburgh, and FLEXLAW, solicitors, Edinburgh, are pleased to announce that from 1 May 2017 Mr Heggie will become a consultant with Flexlaw. His new email address will be, and his phone numbers remain unchanged: 0131 226 1970, and mobile 0777 911 8952. He will continue to practise in the areas of employment law and civil litigation.

KEOGHS, Bolton, Coventry, London, Manchester and Southampton, which specialises in representing defender insurance clients, has opened an office at 2 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 1RW (t: 01204 677000; f: 01204 677111). Stefanie Johnston, formerly of BRODIES, and Douglas Cowan, formerly of HARPER MACLEOD, have joined as partners, while two further Brodies lawyers, David Hennessy and Emily Jeffrey, will join as partners in May.

LINDSAYS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and North Berwick, is delighted to welcome new director, Laura McKinnon, previously with SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, and solicitor, Kirsty Strachan, previously with STEWART & WATSON, Turriff, who have recently joined their rural services team in Edinburgh. 

Fiona McKinnon intimates her resignation as a partner in CONROY McINNES, solicitors, Glasgow with effect from 17 April 2017. She will continue to practise on her own account as McKINNON & CO, solicitors, 51 Gartcraig Road, Carntyne, Glasgow G33 2NW (t: 0141 770 8777/4111; f: 0141 770 8400; e:

THE McKINSTRY COMPANY, solicitors, Ayr and Girvan, intimates that John Paul Fulton resigned from the partnership with effect from 24 March 2017. The business continues from the same addresses and the remaining partners are Frances Evans, Robert Honeyman, Graeme McKinstry, Thiona McQuiston and Stephen Neillie. 

MACKINTOSH & WYLIE LLP, Kilmarnock and Stewarton, are pleased to intimate the promotion of Donna Elsby to associate with effect from 1 April 2017. 

THE MORGAN LAW PARTNERSHIP, Dunfermline, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Tait as a partner with effect from 1 June 2017. Specialising in litigation, Brian joins the firm from DRUMMOND MILLER LLP, Dunfermline and Edinburgh.

MORTON FRASER, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, announce the promotion of Paul Geoghegan to partner in its Corporate Law team, with effect from 1 May 2017. The appointment coincides with the retirement of Joyce White as a partner with effect from 30 April 2017.

SHEPHERD & WEDDERBURN, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, has appointed three rural lawyers to its Aberdeen office: partner Hamish Lean, senior associate Emma Robertson and solicitor Alex Smith. All three were formerly with STRONACHS.

URQUHARTS, solicitors, Edinburgh are pleased to announce that Stephen Webster WS has been assumed as a partner with effect from 1 April 2017. He will head the firm’s Commercial Property practice.

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