Scottish law firm appoints five new partners


Independent Scottish law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has appointed five new partners along with a series of other promotions due to take effect on May 1.

The new partners are Alison Rochester from the media and technology team, Susan Swan in infrastructure, Leigh Herd in real estate and infrastructure litigation, Stephanie Hepburn in commercial litigation and Nathaniel Buckingham in real estate and infrastructure litigation.

“These well-deserved promotions recognize our lawyers’ specialist expertise, their knowledge and understanding of the industries in which they operate, and their ongoing commitment to building relationships of trust with our clients, supporting them with legal services from the highest quality,” management said partner Andrew Blain.

“We wish them every success as they embark on the next stage of their careers and thank them for their continued commitment to the firm and its clients.”

Ms. Rochester, who joined the firm as an articling student, leads the firm’s commercial team focusing on international trade matters and complex commercial contracts, particularly for regulated companies.

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Ms Swan, who was trained at Shepherd and Wedderburn, is a key member of the company’s clean energy team providing advice on grid, regulation and commercial contracts.

Ms. Herd joined the firm as an articling student in 2012. She specializes in contentious construction disputes through various resolution forums. She is vice-president of the Scottish branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, external examiner for the LLM in construction at the University of Strathclyde and a member of the Future Leaders Group of the Confederation of British Industry.

Ms Hepburn joined Shepherd and Wedderburn in 2014 and specializes in the resolution of property disputes – with a particular focus on the rural sector – as well as private client disputes and contentious executions.

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Mr Buckingham is a Chartered Civil Engineer who worked for an international consultancy before requalifying as a law graduate and joining Shepherd and Wedderburn as an intern in 2013. He specializes in resolving construction disputes for main contractors and employers.

Shepherd and Wedderburn also made six promotions to general counsel: Amie Bain (pensions), Lisa Renwick (English property unit), Daniel Bain (property and infrastructure litigation), Christopher Garden (commercial litigation), Phil Harris (private and taxation), and John Townsend (Glasgow property).

In addition, Gillian Buchanan (Edinburgh/Aberdeen property), Lily Manser (commercial litigation), Katie McNab (rural), Thomas Keenan (banking and finance), Matthew Lamberton (English property unit) and Daniel MacKinnon (Glasgow property) will become partners on May 1.


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