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New partners appointed at three Scottish law firms

Judith StephensonLaw firms CMS, Morton Fraser and Shepherd and Wedderburn have announced promotions of lawyers to partners.

CMS has promoted four Scotland-based lawyers to partner. Paula Kidd and Carol Nisbet, from the firm’s Aberdeen offices, along with Mark McMurray and Jenny Walker, who are based in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively, become partners from 1 May.

Ms Kidd works in CMS’s Oil & Gas practice while her Aberdeen-based colleague Ms Nisbet operates within the firm’s Real Estate team. Mr McMurray is part of the CMS Planning team and Ms Walker serves within the Infrastructure & Projects team.

Morton Fraser has appointed two partners across its litigation and private client divisions. Stuart McWilliams, a senior associate, becomes a partner in the immigration team. Catriona MacPhail, who was an associate at Morton Fraser between 2014 and 2016, will join the firm as partner in the growing private client team.

Shepherd and Wedderburn has promoted Judith Stephenson, pictured, a property and infrastructure specialist who joined the firm’s Glasgow office as an associate in 2014, and private client and tax specialist Douglas Sinclair, who joined as a trainee in 2005.

Ms Stephenson has experience in the full spectrum of commercial property transactions. Mr Sinclair advises on UK tax matters. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and is a former tutor at the University of Edinburgh on the private client course as part of the diploma in legal practice. He is also one of a small number of Scottish solicitors who are also chartered tax advisers. The latest partner promotions take the total to 80.

Four senior lawyers at Shepherd and Wedderburn have been promoted to legal director. They are property and infrastructure specialists Kirsteen Milne, Euan MurrayGeorge McKinlay and Lesley Proctor.

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