First female head in Aberdeen

Landmark hire for law firm Pinsent Masons

katie-williamsLaw firm Pinsent Masons has announced that employment law specialist Katie Williams will become the first female in the firm’s history to lead its Aberdeen office.

Ms Williams, who joined the practice in 2014, will succeed Roger Connon who will step down in April. 

She has championed the firm’s efforts to promote diversity within and outwith the Pinsent Masons business.

She takes up the role following a period of sustained success for the firm’s Aberdeen office. Pinsent Masons moved into new premises on Queens Road in 2013 and recently bought in offshore regulatory specialist Bruce Craig from Mackinnons.

Mr Connon will continue as a partner of the firm and will focus on promoting the firm’s regulatory compliance business, Cerico, and freelance lawyer service Vario.

Over the past 12 months the firm has won a number of outstanding mandates in Scotland including advising on the Aberdeen West Peripheral Route, the £410 million Aberdeen Harbour project and acting for Total on its £585m disposal of the St Fergus gas terminal and North Sea infrastructure.

Pinsent Masons also advised in connection with the landmark £370m bonds issue by Aberdeen City Council and last month advised on the largest Scottish corporate deal of the year, the £1.4bn sale of Skyscanner.

The Aberdeen office, which includes 10 partners and 25 lawyers, works closely with the firm’s international network of 21 offices including energy-focussed hubs in Dusseldorf, Singapore, Qatar, Melbourne and Dubai.

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