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Top moves at Wright Johnston & Mackenzie

27 January 2010

A chief executive and deputy, and two new partners, have been appointed at Glasgow and Edinburgh solicitors Wright Johnston and Mackenzie.

Ken McCracken, who heads the firm's Family Business Solutions unit, has been appointed as chief executive and insolvency specialist Graham Bell as deputy chief executive.

The new partners are Andy McFarlane, who takes over as head of the WJM energy team from David Bone, who is joining Harper Macleod, and Fraser Gillies, who will lead the firm's growth in planning law and continue to develop a broad practice in commercial dispute resolution. Both appointments take effect from 1 February.

The firm aims to drive the firm forward with its client centric strategy of providing inter-disciplinary teams to look after the needs of the firm's broad range of clients.

Mr McCracken said: "The client-centric approach changes the way that W JM lawyers think and act.

"It's an alternative business model to the conventional idea that clients' affairs, whether they are a major corporate, a family enterprise or a private individual, can be best looked after by breaking everything down into different specialisms.

"This can too easily lead to fragmented advice which doesn't always suit the client."

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