Appointments

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Scottish ministers have appointed 15 part-time sheriffs and 17 part-time summary sheriffs. The new part-time sheriffs are: Robert Carr, Duncan Hamilton QC, Kirsty Hood QC, Krista Johnston, Gareth Jones, Neil Kinnear, Mark Lindsay QC, Scott Manson, Christian Marney, Robert More, James Mulgrew, Iain N

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Susan Scott has been promoted to partner at McCash & Hunter LLP. Ms Scott undertook her traineeship with McCash and Hunter and worked with the firm for a number of years. She spent a period of time working in Inverness before rejoining the firm in 2018.

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Celtic Football Club has announced the appointment of Michael Nicholson as chief executive with immediate effect. Mr Nicholson has held the position of acting chief executive since early September. He was formerly Celtic’s director of legal and football affairs and has been with the club

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James Wolffe QC will be rejoining Brick Court Chambers in London – where he was a door tenant between 2013-16 – as a door tenant in the New Year. Before his appointment as lord advocate, Mr Wolffe had a substantial and wide-ranging public and commercial law practice at the Scottish bar.

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Gordon Lindhurst has rejoined Westwater Advocates. Mr Lindhurst, who is also qualified as a barrister in England, was appointed an advocate depute ad hoc in 2009 and is a visiting lecturer in British court practice at the University of Bonn.

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Lady Poole has been appointed chair of the public inquiry into the handling of Covid-19 in Scotland. In a statement to Parliament, Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed the appointment and published the terms of reference for the inquiry covering 12 areas of investigation.

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RTALS LLP has made a series of appointments and promotions. Jo Clancy has joined as an associate from Thorntons and will be working on cycling and pedestrian injury claims. Ms Clancy is a keen cyclist and has just returned from an extended cycling holiday in Tenerife.

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Susanne Tanner QC has been commissioned by the Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC as assistant principal crown counsel. Ms Tanner, whose appointment has been planned for some time, called to the Scottish bar in 2000 and took silk in 2016. From 2019 to 2021, she held the office of director of Ampersand Ad

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Tony Graham QC, stable director at Optimum Advocates in Glasgow, has been elected as the new chairman of Faculty Services Limited (FSL). FSL is the service company established by the Faculty of Advocates to provide administrative and support services to advocates.

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Commercial law firm MacRoberts has announced the appointment of Jonathan Gaskell as a partner and Rod Hutchison as a legal director. Mr Gaskell is an experienced construction lawyer specialising predominantly in transactional matters. His work involves all aspects of non-contentious work, from initi

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Edinburgh commercial litigation solicitor Sheila Webster has been confirmed as the Law Society of Scotland’s 2023-24 president elect. Ms Webster will assume her new role in May 2022, succeeding current vice president Murray Etherington when he takes up the reins from current president of the L

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Aberdeen-based Mackinnons Solicitors LLP has announced nine new appointments across its property, private client and dispute resolution teams. Pamela Bursill, Gregor Sim, Laura Totten and Jackie Cocker have joined the property team.

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Perth-based McCash & Hunter LLP has announced the promotion of Susan Scott from senior associate to partner with effect from 1 January 2022. Ms Scott, who deals with private client work, began her career with McCash & Hunter in 2005 and rejoined the firm in 2018 after a period in Inverness.

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The Catholic Church in Scotland has appointed Lady Rita Rae QC, a former Senator of the College of Justice, as the first board chair of the new Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA). Lady Rae will begin to recruit board members to the SCSSA – which will operate as a priv

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