Movers and Shakers in corporate Scotland

TradingPlaces2x4claCONNECT2LAW, the referral and support network for Scottish law firms, has added solicitor Stephen Vallance to its team.

Mr Vallance joins the network, operated by Harper Macleod, after building up his own practice, Vallance, Kliner & Associates.

Anne Macdonald, head of Connect2Law and partner at Harper Macleod, said: “We’re delighted that Stephen has agreed to join our team as we look to improve our service to members and work with even more of Scotland’s law firms. Stephen has a wealth of experience and the distinct advantage of having been there and done it.

“He knows exactly the challenges facing smaller, independent firms and what they have to do to survive and thrive in a difficult market.”

New promotions at Miller Samuel

SCOTTISH legal practice Miller Samuel has promoted two new partners, Stephen Connolly, left, and Deborah Carmichael, below left.

Mr Connolly, who joined the firm in 2006, specialises in employment law. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Scottish Discrimination Law Association.

Ms Carmichael, who also joined in 2006, has become a partner in the firm’s litigation department. Currently working towards a masters in advocacy at the University of Strathclyde, her areas of expertise include debt, recovery and insolvency. She also works on construction, property and contractual disputes.

Michael Samuel, chairman at Miller Samuel said: “We are delighted to announce the assumption to partner status of both Stephen and Deborah and as the firm continues to grow, it is particularly pleasing that we have been able to promote from within. The undoubted talent and dedication which both Stephen and Deborah have demonstrated over many years with the firm has now been appropriately rewarded.”

Piper brings in Clark as legal director

DLA Piper has expanded its litigation and regulatory team in Edinburgh with the appointment of Joanna Clark, pictured, as a legal director.

Ms Clark, who joins the firm from Brodies, brings almost 20 years’ experience to the role.

This includes 16 years with Shepherd and Wedderburn, where she specialised in dispute resolution.

At DLA Piper she will focus mainly on commercial dispute resolution, but will also cover insolvency, tax and public law disputes. Simon Rae, office managing partner of DLA Piper in Edinburgh, said: “Our litigation and regulatory team in Edinburgh is experiencing great success with clients across the UK, Europe and further afield.

“Joanna brings 20 years’ experience to this role along with a strong reputation for delivering high quality service to her clients. We are confident that she will be an asset to the team and will play an integral role in DLA Piper’s continuing success in Scotland.”

Core strengthened with Zadravecz appointment

CORE-Asset Consulting has appointed Donat Zadravecz as a recruitment consultant, focused on placing staff in investment management roles.

The arrival of Mr Zadravecz, formerly a risk consultant in Budapest, follows the arrival of Oscar Silberg in a similar post.

Their appointments mean the company has boosted its headcount by more than 70 per cent to 23 staff in the past 12 months.

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Originally Published: 23.06.2014