Legal practice Stronachs has taken its partner count to 16 after taking on a lateral hire and promoting one of its senior associates.
The full-service firm, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, said David Chalmers was joining its employment law team from North-east rival Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace.
Meanwhile, James Muir has been promoted from senior associate after ten years in the firm’s specialist energy department.
The brace of partner appointments comes as corporate and commercial lawyer Ross Linn, who is based at Stronachs’ Inverness office, and dispute resolution solicitor Bob McDiarmid are promoted to senior associate status.
Making the step up to associate from senior solicitor are corporate team lawyer Jamie Hunter and private client solicitor Karen Oliver.
Stronachs’ managing partner, David Rennie, said: “The drop in oil price and the challenges in the North Sea sector are having repercussions across the region from which we are not immune.
“But these appointments demonstrate our commitment to broadening and deepening the expertise we offer to support our clients, particularly in turbulent times.
“Demand for employment law services has risen and we are seeing growth in sectors such as property and construction.”
The firm, which has 115 lawyers and legal support staff, has a string of legal and estate agency operations.