Dickson, a partner in the firm’s litigation team, replaces Maggie Moodie who retired last month. She has also replaced Moodie in leading the firm’s public sector practice.
Chief executive Chris Harte said: “Jenny’s passion and experience makes her an excellent choice for chairman.
“I am looking forward to working with her to continue to evolve Morton Fraser as a modern, flexible and inclusive business and place of work which, in turn, means we can continue to deliver the best possible service to our clients. I’d also like to thank Maggie for her outstanding stewardship over the past four years.”
Dickson, who joined the firm in 2008 and became a partner in 2011, added: “Driving the legal industry forward for the better starts from within, and as chairman I will be advocating for more inclusive practises where possible to level the playing field with our own recruitment to identify outperformers from diverse backgrounds, while exploring other diversity access schemes that can help make a difference to the sector across Scotland.”
Morton Fraser has revenues of more than £24 million and employs some 280 people. It has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow with links internationally to a further 160 law firms.
Meanwhile, in another high-profile appointment, Wheatley, the housing, care and property management outfit, has announced Jo Armstrong as its new chair. She will succeed Alastair MacNish when he retires at the group annual general meeting in September.
Armstrong, who joined the Wheatley board in 2015 and is chair of the group development committee, said: “I look forward to working with my Wheatley colleagues and key strategic partners in implementing our renewed and ambitious five-year strategy.
“We have supported tens of thousands of households in hardship across central and southern Scotland during the pandemic and we are determined to contribute creatively to the country’s recovery.
“This will involve continuing to build, maintain and invest in great affordable homes and – working with Wheatley Care and Wheatley Foundation – to improve the life opportunities of people living in our communities, wherever and whenever we can.”