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Leading Scottish law firm Blackadders has further strengthened its private client team with the appointment of a new partner.

Lynn Melville, who is an accomplished lawyer in the private client field, will be based in the Dundee and Perth offices. She was formerly a partner at BTO Solicitors.

A specialist in tax planning, wills and estates, powers of attorneys and trusts, Lynn has over 20 years’ experience in providing tailored advice to high net-worth individuals and families on succession planning and legal and inheritance issues.

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She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) which is the worldwide professional association for practitioners.

Johnston Clark, managing partner at Blackadders, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome a solicitor of Lynn’s calibre to our team. Her enthusiasm for the business was clear from the outset and I am confident that her appointment will enhance our offering and allow us an opportunity to further develop in Perth and Perthshire.”

Commenting on her new role, Lynn said: “Blackadders is a very forward-thinking firm which has grown and evolved.”

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