For the second year in succession, leading law firm Harper Macleod has announced a large round of promotions in which female lawyers represent two-thirds of those making the step up.
The firm has unveiled 26 promotions across its business in the second round to take place since Harper Macleod added two new levels to its legal grades - Senior Solicitor and Senior Associate – to create a five-tier structure.
From 1 June 2019 there will be 12 new Senior Solicitors, four new Associates and 10 new Senior Associates – the level below Partner. Five new Partners had already been announced on 1 April this year.
Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, said: "Every single one of these promotions is richly deserved and recognises the quality of service each individual has provided to our clients. One of the most rewarding parts of leading a law firm is seeing young, talented people you have brought into the business progressing through the business. As the firm continues to grow, last year we took the decision to radically reshape our legal structure to ensure Harper Macleod was still truly a place of opportunity. This approach has borne fruit and it is particularly pleasing to note that many of those just promoted originally joined us as trainees.
Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of Harper Macleod, added: "Our career path restructure has proved successful, with the firm better placed to meet the varied needs of our clients at the appropriate level – something client feedback tells us has been appreciated. It has also been welcomed internally, with more opportunities for progression both incentivising and rewarding our people.
"As a firm Harper Macleod is committed to promoting equal opportunities and developing a diverse and flexible workforce, however advancing through our career path is based purely on merit and performance. Nevertheless it is clear that both of our most recent rounds reflect what has been a noticeable trend in the profession, with women making up two-thirds of those promoted, and I believe this reflects well on the working environment we have created at the firm."
Moving from Solicitor to Senior Solicitor are: Angus Brown and Graham Horsman (Dispute Resolution); Angela Gray and Roslyn MacDonald (Energy & Natural Resources); Lynsey Brown (Family); Lyndsay McMahon (Debt & Asset Recovery); Elizabeth Wilson (Residential Property); Cinzia Duncan and Karyn Richmond (Private Client); and Lisa Hemphill, Mandy Chow-Chin and Rory Paterson (Real Estate).
Moving from Senior Solicitor to Associate are: Ricardo Matteo (Banking); Louise Torr (Corporate); Rory Byrom (Employment); and Leigh Beirne (Private Client).
And moving from Associate to Senior Associate are: Andrew Ronald (Banking); Paul Macdonald (Corporate); Laura McCorquodale and Lewis Kemp (Dispute Resolution); Ewan Stafford (Employment); Nadine Martin (Family); Victoria Buchanan (PI & Reparation); Kathleen Martin (Private Client); Kelly Fraser (Public Sector); and Jacqueline Meikle (Residential Property).
Five new Partners - Andrew Upton, Collette Miller, Jill Fryer, Scott Milligan and Lorna Davis – had already taken up their positions from 1 April 2019.