Edinburgh legal firm Lindsays unveils record round of promotions including new partners

Lindsays, the Scottish legal firm, has announced a record number of promotions including two new partners, as part of its growth plans.

Kirsty Cooper and Vhari Selfridge both take up their partnerships within the firm’s residential property department, based in Edinburgh, as it responds to continued high demand for housing.

The two new partners head a field of 11 colleagues who begin work in their new posts from the start of this month. It marks the biggest tranche of promotions ever at one time at Lindsays.

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Cooper and Selfridge make the step to partner from their previous roles as directors in the residential property team, positions they had each held for the past three years.

Staff promoted at Lindsays from April 1, 2022. Left to right: Tim Macdonald, Gregor MacEwan, Leanne Gordon, Nimarta Cheema, Kirsty Cooper, Vhari Selfridge, Ginny Lawson, Claire Hurst, Emma Conway, Adam Gardiner (and Lewis Crofts, not pictured)
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Nine further promotions have been made among staff in Edinburgh and Dundee.

Managing partner Alasdair Cummings said: “We have enjoyed sustained success in recent years and are constantly alive to opportunities for growth. In order to achieve that, it is vital that we have the best people in place.

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“As a firm, we pride ourselves on the strength of our team and the opportunities we provide our colleagues for career progression, as is demonstrated by such a strong number of promotions. Each of them is thoroughly well deserved.”

Elsewhere in residential property, Emma Conway has been promoted from solicitor to associate at the firm’s Seabraes office in Dundee. She has been with the firm since 2016. Ginny Lawson has been promoted to senior paralegal in the same team.

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In the rural department, where clients include landowners, farmers and energy companies, Leanne Gordon and Tim Macdonald have each been promoted from associate to senior associate. Both joined the firm as solicitors in 2016. Lewis Crofts is stepping up from senior solicitor to associate within the same team.

In the dispute resolution and litigation team, Gregor MacEwan has been promoted to senior associate. He was previously an associate and has been with the firm since 2013 when he joined as a solicitor. Adam Gardiner, meanwhile, has been promoted to associate in the department.

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There have also been two promotions within the corporate and technology team, with Nimarta Cheema progressing from senior solicitor to associate. Claire Hurst has become a senior company secretarial assistant.

Meanwhile, global law firm Pinsent Masons has promoted six Scottish-based lawyers to partner in a 23-strong promotion round, while three senior associates in Scotland have been promoted to legal director. The promotions, effective as of May 1, strengthen the firm’s partnership outside of traditional legal services.

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Senior partner at Pinsent Masons, Richard Foley, said: “The provision of legal services has evolved beyond black letter law. Pinsent Masons has been at the forefront of this evolution and I’m proud to see that our 2022 cohort of new partners specialise in a range of legal and professional expertise from across our multinational network.”

Katharine Hardie, chair of Scotland and Northern Ireland, added: “The talent amongst our newly promoted colleagues this year is, once again, fantastic. The diversity of experience across sectors, and legal disciplines combined with broader professional expertise will enable us to continue to grow our business and redefine how we collaborate with and service our clients.”

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