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Change at Morton Fraser

Moodie steps up as Urquhart retires

Maggie MoodieLinda Urquhart (far left) has announced her retirement from law firm Morton Fraser after 33 years. She will be replaced as chairman by Maggie Moodie (left), who leads the public sector practice.

Mrs Urquhart became the first female managing partner of a major law firm in Scotland in 1999 and the first female chairman of CBI Scotland in 2009.

She took on the role of chairman of Morton Fraser in 2011 and received an OBE for services to business in Scotland the following year.

Since she became managing partner the firm has seen partner numbers double and revenues increase more than three-fold.

Mrs Urquhart will continue as a portfolio non-executive director. She is currently chairman of Investors in People Scotland, a non-executive director of Adam & Company and Edinburgh Airport.

She is also a trustee of Marie Curie and of the Royal Scottish Academy Foundation, and an Ambassador for Girlguiding UK.

She said: “The legal profession has changed significantly since I became a commercial property lawyer in the 1980s. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as partner, CEO and chair of Morton Fraser and am confident in its continued success. Morton Fraser is a great place to work, whatever your gender.

Maggie Moodie will be chair for three years while continuing to lead its public sector team.

Chris Harte, CEO, said: “Linda has been breaking glass ceilings throughout her professional career and we are immensely proud of her achievements.

“In Maggie Moodie we could not have hoped for a more accomplished successor. Maggie is herself a keen advocate of gender parity in the workplace and has grown our public sector team into a market-leading position.”

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