Edinburgh-headquartered firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has appointed Neil Maclean as a partner and head of its UK employment team.
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Since qualifying in 1997 Maclean has worked at Anderson Strathern, where he served six years as a board member and most recently was a partner and head of employment. His experience covers business reorganisation and trade union issues. Although his clients are drawn from across a range of sectors, he has particular experience in advising educational institutions.
John Clark has joined Farrer & Co as a partner in the firm’s property finance practice. He joins from DLA Piper, where he was joint head of the property finance team.
NORTH Berg Legal has strengthened its property team with the appointment of Ross Wellman as a partner. Wellman was previously a partner at Halliwells and has experience in the development and construction sector.
Liverpool-based EAD Solicitors has appointed a new solicitor to its clinical negligence team. Claire Hunt has joined the firm from the Dental Law Partnership in Nantwich, Cheshire, where she specialised in dental negligence claims.
MIDLANDS Lancashire law firm Harrison Drury has hired newly qualified solicitor Kate Thompson after she completed her training contract with the firm. Thompson has qualified into the firm’s litigation team. #Forbes Solicitors has boosted its commercial property team with the hire of Hannah Moody, who has completed her training contract with the firm. She joins the firm’s Preston office.
Paul Farrow is stepping down from his role as chief executive of Birmingham Law Society. He has been in the post since December 2006, when he became the society’s first ever chief executive. His appointment followed the shakeup of the legal services profession resulting from the Clementi review, in which regional law societies were expected to take on greater representation of its members. During his tenure the society has overseen the move of its former library to Aston University and the relocation of the organisation from its historic Temple Street base to new offices in Newhall Street. The society has no immediate plans to appoint a new chief executive.
SCOTLAND Edinburgh-based law firm Davidson Chalmers has added two partners in the shape of Sheila Webster, who was a partner and head of the dispute resolution team at Bell & Scott, and Douglas Taylor, who was an environmental partner at DLA Piper.
Commercial and private client solicitor Ronnie Wadsworth has joined Aberdeen firm Ledingham Chalmers as a consultant. He has joined from Stronachs, where he was a partner.
EUROPE Allen & Overy has appointed Kees Schillemans as a partner in Amsterdam. He joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was an associate.
US King & Spalding has revealed the names of its new Silicon Valley and San Francisco managing partners. Timothy Scott takes over the management of the former, with Donald Zimmer taking the reins in San Francisco. They replace Courtland Reichman, who has led both offices since setting them up in 2008. Silicon Valley-based Reichmann will continue in his role as chair of King & Spalding’s global IP practice.