Scottish lawyers step up into new senior roles

Louise Shiels, Marion MacInnes, Emily Pike, Stephen Goldie, Claire Reid, Scott Logan and Kirsteen Milne

Scottish law firms Brodies and Shepherd and Wedderburn have announced the latest new partners and other promotions.

At Brodies, Edinburgh-based rural business and natural capital lawyer Scott Logan steps up to partner, as do renewables specialist Claire Reid and construction law expert Kirsteen Milne.

Private client partner Emily Pike joins the firm which has promoted a further six colleagues; three to legal director, and three to senior associate.

Today also sees Stephen Goldie take over as managing partner from Nick Scott, who retires from the partnership following his second term of office. Mr Goldie joined Brodies in 2002, becoming a partner in 2007 and then practice area leader for the firm’s disputes practice in 2016. 

Partners Louise Shiels and Marion MacInnes become heads of the firm’s dispute resolution and risk, and banking and finance practice areas, respectively. 

Mr Goldie said: “I’m delighted to take on the role of managing partner at a time when our firm is in robust health, and has much to look forward to.”

Kirsty Headden and John Townsend

Shepherd and Wedderburn has promoted two of its lawyers to partner and seven to Legal director, also with effect from today.

The newly-appointed partners are Kirsty Headden (pensions) and John Townsend (property and infrastructure).

New legal directors are: Leonore Dupont (commercial disputes), Alison Blair (banking and finance), Neil Campbell (banking and finance), Hannah Swinton (property and infrastructure), Daniel MacKinnon (property and infrastructure), Alexandra Lane (property and infrastructure rural) and Gillian Gibbons (property and infrastructure rural).

Andrew Blain, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s managing partner, said: “We are grateful for their continued dedication to the firm and our clients and wish them well as they embark on this next phase of their careers.”

CMS has appointed Carol Nisbet, a real estate specialist lawyer who works across the local and Scottish market, as its new Aberdeen office managing partner. She succeeds Norman Wisely, who served in the role for the past 10 years.

Ms Nisbet joined CMS’s Aberdeen team in 2014. She was promoted to partner in 2019 and also appointed as head of the firm’s Aberdeen real estate team.

A former Scotland board member of Women in Property, she is currently on the Scotland chapter committee of the British Council for Offices.

Colin Bremner, partner at Aberdeen-based Burnett & Reid, will oversee an expanded operation after the firm’s merger with Gavin Bain & Company and Taggart Meil Mathers.

Burnett & Reid, which was founded in 1754 and is the longest-established practice in the city, will be the trading name of the new business which will have 70 personnel across two offices.

“We are excited about the opportunities this merger presents,” he said.

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