Donna McKay

Brodies family lawyer receives Law Society accreditation

Donna McKay, Associate with Scotland’s largest law firm Brodies, has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law. Donna has trained as a family law mediator and is an…

From left- Kenneth Shand and Jeremy Cohen

Maclay Murray & Spens combines with world’s largest law firm

Scottish law firm Maclay Murray & Spens has combined with Dentons, the world's largest law firm. The combination, which is expected to complete later in 2017 following approval by the partnerships of both firms, will…

Chris Harte

Morton Fraser turnover hits nearly £20 million

Law firm, Morton Fraser, has consolidated its recent growth with a year of increased annual billings, major investment in I.T. and some key hires. The firm has increased revenues by 2.5% year-on-year, and by 46…

Jody Crockett

Burness Paull appoints six new partners

Scottish commercial law firm, Burness Paull, has made a raft of appointments and partner promotions. Jody Crockett joins as partner in the firm’s dispute resolution team. A former Burness Paull associate, Jody spent the last…

Laura Burns and Shirley Li Ting

Gilson Gray makes double appointment

Legal firm Gilson Gray has made a double appointment at its Glasgow office. Shirley Li-Ting and Laura Burns add to the ongoing growth across Gilson Gray’s services, fresh from their roles at Maclay Murray &…

Peter Boyd

Scots Slow To Unlock Housing Wealth Potential

Scotland is lagging behind in seizing opportunities to unlock housing wealth through equity release, according to a leading property expert. Plans for equity release in Scotland, where homeowners can cash in, tax free, on the…

Helena Brown

New guide for Scottish solicitors sets out how to avert cyber attacks

Cybersecurity risks can be particularly severe for solicitors – but simple steps will help to reduce the risk of cyber attacks, according to a new guide published by the Law Society of Scotland. The Law…

Shepherd and Wedderburn banking team enjoys strong year with £93.4bn worth of deals

It was a successful year for the banking and finance practice of Scottish law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn with a total of £93.4bn worth of deals. According to its recently published Banking Deals Review 2016-17,…

Malcolm Kelly

HFI Consulting International appoints lawyer to senior Aberdeen role

Middle East business expansion experts HFI Consulting International has made a key appointment to its legal management team. Malcolm Kelly, who amassed over 20 years of experience with global engineers Weir Group, has joined the…

The SEMLA launch with young lawyers and law students along with leading figures in the Scottish legal profession including Graham Matthews, President of the Law Society of Scotland, The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, Gordon Jackson QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman Harper Macleod LLP

New Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers’ Association launched

Some of Scotland's leading legal figures joined together to support the launch of a new body which aims to 'open doors' for the country's young ethnic minority lawyers. The Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers’ Association (SEMLA)…

Liz Stewart

Stronachs partner named UK’s Business Premises Lawyer of the Year

Liz Stewart, a partner at Stronachs LLP in Aberdeen, is one of only three Scottish lawyers to be recognised in The Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards 2017. Ms Stewart has been named the UK’s…

Nicola Irvine

After 349 years, first woman is elected Dean of Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow

Nicola Irvine, a partner in Glasgow law firm Russells Gibson McCaffrey, has been elected Dean of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow. She is the first woman to be elected to the position in…

Roz Wood

Flexible working – Employers should consider a flexible attitude

With recent news that B&Q, Dixons and Tesco are running pilot programmes to encourage flexible working and on the other hand IBM has stopped allowing thousands of its US staff from working from home, Law…

Ewan Alexander, Partner and Head of Edinburgh office, Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons increases global turnover to £423.1m

Unaudited 2016-17 global turnover at international law firm Pinsent Masons has increased by 11% to £423.1m. Almost 85% of revenues were generated from clients operating in the firms' five global sectors, with the largest contributors…

Front: Hazel Mclauchlan, Stuart Millar Back left: Fiona Rasmusen, Partner and Head of Gibson Kerr Back right: Lindsay Maclean, Gibson Kerr Partner

Edinburgh law firm Gibson Kerr promotes two solicitors

Gibson Kerr, one of Edinburgh’s longest standing law firms, specialising in personal, family and property law, has promoted Hazel Mclauchlan and Stuart Millar to the position of Senior Solicitor. Hazel Mclauchlan has been working as…

Brenda Mitchell

Growth of legal firm justifies move to set up specialist services

Specialist legal firm, Road Traffic Accident Law Scotland (RTALS), is expanding, with a series of new appointments and promotions. Over the past 12 months, RTALS, which operates specialist services Motorcycle Law Scotland, Cycle Law Scotland…

Chris West

Scottish law firm reports fifth consecutive year of growth with turnover reaching £11.36m

Scottish law firm Gillespie Macandrew LLP has reported an 8.4% increase in turnover, worth £0.88 million in growth over the year. The audited annual accounts show that the firm’s turnover reached £11.36 million in the…

Melanie Schwindt

Two new senior associates at Morton Fraser

Melanie Schwindt and Sarah Gilzean have been appointed as Senior Associates at Scottish law firm Morton Fraser. Schwindt, dual qualified in English and Scots law, joins Morton Fraser’s corporate practice from MBM Commercial. She has…

Left to right: Jack Gardiner, Partner (Business Law), Peter Littlefield, Partner (Tax and Succession), Stuart Gibb, Senior Associate (Land and Property) and Noel Ferry, Partner (Divorce and Family)

Land and property hire gives Turcan Connell full private client service in west

Legal firm Turcan Connell is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Glasgow by recruiting an experienced land and property specialist to service the west of Scotland. The hire of Stuart Gibb as Senior Associate from Wright,…

SBNN releases five new sector specific weekly newsletters

Scottish Business News Network (SBNN) has added five sector specific weekly newsletters to complement its six geographic newsletters that currently go out daily to a readership of over 7,500. The sectors being covered are Legal,…

From left - Alison Cowperthwaite, Anne Harris-Evans and Allan MacKenzie

Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace adds 3 to Commercial Property Department

Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace (RCC&W), an Aberdeen and North-east legal firm, has appointed Allan MacKenzie and Alison Cowperthwaite as solicitors and Anne Harris-Evans as a second year Trainee to its Commercial Property team. Allan…

Daniel Lee

MedSource expands into UK with Datatrial acquisition

US firm MedSource has acquire the data services division of Datatrial, a UK based international biometrics and technology company that supports clinical trials. MedSource, a Houston-based clinical research organization, has experienced significant growth in the…

Paul McLaughlin

Brodies LLP announces total of 19 Partner, Managing Associate and Associate promotions

Brodies has promoted corporate lawyer Paul McLaughlin to Partner, bringing the number of Partners at Scotland’s largest law firm to 93. Paul joined Brodies in 2005 and has carried out a wide variety of corporate…

Keith Dinsmore (left) and Andy Lowe

Legal services company Vialex strengthens transaction team with key appointment

Vialex, the Scottish legal services firm, has signalled the expansion of its transactions business with the hire of another corporate lawyer. Andy Lowe, who has been a partner with Maclay, Murray & Spens since 2013,…

Karen Phillips

Balfour+Manson strengthens private client team

Legal firm Balfour+Manson LLP has strengthened its private client team by hiring Partner Karen Phillips from Brodies. Phillips  is a specialist in areas including incapacity law, care and Personal Injury Trusts, which are established to ensure the…

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