Carty takes chair at Shepherd and Wedderburn
New chairman: Gillian Carty
Gillian Carty has been elected chairman of law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn and will work with fellow partners and Andrew Blain, managing partner, to chart the firm’s direction over the next three years.
Ms Carty joined Shepherd and Wedderburn as a trainee solicitor in 1993 and was assumed as a partner in 2001.
She specialises in insolvency and finance-related litigation, and will continue to advise clients. She is a licensed insolvency practitioner and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in insolvency law.
Prior to her appointment as chairman, Ms Cartyled the firm’s commercial disputes and regulation division. As a board member, she sponsored the firm’s People Strategy, taking a particular interest in furthering its diversity and inclusion initiatives and chairing the corporate social responsibility committee.
She succeeds Paul Hally, who was first elected chairman in 2014 and has stepped down after serving two consecutive terms.
Ms Carty said: “I would like to thank Paul for the very significant contribution he has made as chair to developing and implementing the firm’s business strategy, and representing the interests of colleagues and clients.
“Paul has led by example, mentoring many young lawyers who have gone on to build successful careers in private practice and with many of our clients.”
Mr Blain said Ms Carty “has shown herself to be a people person who is committed to widening access to the profession and to supporting initiatives designed to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we live and work.”
He added: “Gillian’s experience, empathy and legal expertise make her ideally suited for this role.”