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Change at the helm of law firm Anderson Strathern

Law firm Anderson Strathern today announced that chairman Robert Carr is to retire on Friday after 12 years at the helm.

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Morton Fraser's CEO said Linda Urquhart has been 'breaking glass ceilings' throughout her career. Picture: Esme Allen

Linda Urquhart to retire as chair of Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser today said that its chair, Linda Urquhart, is to retire after more than three decades with the law firm.

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Valerie Surgenor says firms 'should not delay' in preparing for the new regulation. Picture: Contributed

Valerie Surgenor: The impact of privacy rule changes

The European Commission has proposed a new e-Privacy Regulation that will replace the current directive and overhaul the rules in relation to privacy and electronic communications.

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Dame Katherine Grainger, with Glen Gilson, left, and Matthew Gray of legal practice Gilson Gray. Picture: Wullie Marr

Katherine Grainger makes waves at leadership event

Olympian Dame Katherine Grainger has returned to the podium to give a talk at the office of Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray.

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The merged firm will have offices across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Dunblane. Picture: Mark F Gibson

Law firm WJM in expansion mode with BMK Wilson merger

Law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie (WJM) is growing its services in Scotland by merging with BMK Wilson as of May.

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Kirk Murdoch was hailed as one of the most distinguished lawyers of his generation. Picture: Contributed

Kirk Murdoch, doyen of Scots law sector, passes away

Pinsent Masons has announced “with great sadness” that Kirk Murdoch, chairman of the law firm in Scotland and Northern Ireland, has passed away “following a brave battle with illness”.

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Eilidh Wiseman, President of the Law Society of Scotland

Opening the door to a bright future in law

The law is constantly evolving, both in terms of the legislation itself and the people who are shaping the profession. Where the law was traditionally dominated by educated men of a certain class, work is being – and has been – done to make the profession more accessible to people from backgrounds where a career as a solicitor may never previously have been an option.

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Family firms face unique challenges as time moves on

Relative issues for family businesses

Identifying a successor for a family firm is something that keeps many proprietors awake

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Catriona Watt is a partner at Anderson Strathern.

Vision Voices: How can we create a better gender balance in Scotland?

In the week of International Women’s Day, we asked a number of people from across business and industry what they thought could help create a better gender balance in Scotland. Here are their thoughts.

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Fiona Morton succeeds Murray Shaw as chair of Gillespie Macandrew. Picture: Simon Williams

Fiona Morton to chair law firm Gillespie Macandrew

Legal firm Gillespie Macandrew has revealed the appointment of a former managing partner and chair of property company Ryden as non-executive chair, noting that a non-lawyer is taking up the role.

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Mitchells Roberton chairman Donald Reid, left, with David Adie. Picture: Contributed

Glasgow law firms unite under Mitchells Roberton name

Glasgow law firm Mitchells Roberton, which can trace its involvement in Scottish legal affairs back to the 1700s, is to merge today with Adie Hunter, which is also based in the city.

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Bond Dickinson managing partner Jonathan Blair said Edinburgh was 'a natural choice' for the law firm's new office. Picture: Contributed

Law firm Bond Dickinson expanding into Edinburgh

Bond Dickinson is to bolster its presence in the Scottish legal scene with the opening of an office in Edinburgh.

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Elaine McIlory says the gender pay gap reporting rules are a 'positive change, not an operational headache'. Picture: Contributed

Elaine McIlroy: Positive step in bridging gender pay gap

From 5 April, businesses with more than 250 employees have a year to publish their gender pay gap. It’s hoped that a public airing of pay disparity will spur the UK’s larger employers into action.

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The UK government has vowed to tackle 'shocking' discrimination against mothers. Picture: Craig Stephen

Eric Gilligan: UK workers’ rights on the line

The European Union has been a major source of the development of workers’ rights in UK employment law.

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Public bodies like the NHS will be affected by changes to the regulatory regime post-Brexit. Picture: Greg Macvean

Duncan Osler: How will Brexit affect the public sector?

The EU referendum result in June spawned a host of consequences, and many a discussion about the impact and implications of Brexit.

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Grange's Gregor Mair, left, shakes hands on the deal with Scott Rasmusen of Gibson Kerr. Picture: Contributed

Law firm Gibson Kerr bolsters property team with merger

Edinburgh law firm Gibson Kerr has unveiled its second tie-up in just three months as it bolsters its residential and commercial property services in the capital.

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Murgitroyd's profits fell despite a record number of filings for the European Patent Office. Picture: Contributed

Patent firm Murgitroyd upbeat despite slide in profits

Murgitroyd, the Glasgow-based firm of patent and trademark attorneys, today expressed confidence in its long-term growth prospects after revealing that its half-year profits have plunged by almost a third.

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The City reacted negatively to Murgitroyd's profit warning. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Shares in Murgitroyd slump following profit alert

Murgitroyd, the Glasgow-based firm of patent attorneys, saw its shares slump by almost a fifth today after warning that its full-year results will fall short of City hopes.

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MacRoberts partner Katy Wedderburn examines the legal issues facing employers in the year ahead. Picture: Contributed

Katy Wedderburn: The year ahead for employment law

Brexit, Trump and celebrity deaths stole the headlines in 2016, and while perhaps not as newsworthy, it was also a busy year in the employment law arena. So what does 2017 hold?

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Colin Graham says the Thorntons chairman role comes at 'absolutely the right time'. Picture: Greg Macvean

Monday interview: Thorntons Solicitors chairman Colin Graham

Thorntons chairman’s destiny to return to City of Discovery as firm looks to build on deals

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