GILLESPIE MacandREW REcRUIt LEadInG RURaL BUSInESS LaWYER
Mike Blair, one of the leading lawyers specialising in land and rural business issues in Scotland, is joining Gillespie Macandrew as partner. He was formerly a partner with Thorntons, based in their Perth office as head of their rural legal business section.
Ian Turnbull, Gillespie Macandrew Managing Partner, states: “This is a watershed appointment for us as it means we now have two of the four solicitors in Scotland rated Band 1 Agricultural & Rural Affairs lawyers by Chambers UK. Bringing Mike on board to join the team led by Robert Scott-Dempster, also rated Band 1, adds significant experience to an already highly qualified and knowledgeable department. With the opening of our Perth office scheduled for early August, on-going investment in our land and rural business service continues to be a major objective for the firm.”
Robert Scott-Dempster continues: “Mike is a specialist in rural legal matters and has worked with solicitors’ firms in Edinburgh, Arbroath, Forfar and Perth, following some time spent in the army. He advises clients on a wide range of issues relating to farm and estate business and his areas of particular expertise are forestry, sporting,
environmental matters and renewables. In common with other team members at Gillespie Macandrew, Mike also advises on succession planning, trusts and capital tax matters.
“One of his key strengths is a deep understanding of the challenges facing those working in the agricultural and rural sectors, something reflected in the number of times he has been asked to speak at sector conferences. Mike has also chaired the Law Society of Scotland Rural and Agricultural Law Annual Conferences and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Environmental Law Committee.”
Mike Blair adds: “I am convinced that rural Scotland, and what happens there, is becoming increasingly significant to the whole country and I am very much looking forward to the new challenges that will come from the work which I and my new colleagues are undertaking across the country. Our intention is to continue to grow the firm in this important sector of the Scottish economy, and provide the essential support that will ensure our clients achieve their aims.”
BaKER & McKEnZIE addS coMPEnSatIon and BEnEFItS tax attoRnEY annE BattER
Anne G. Batter has rejoined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in Washington, DC, adding 25 years of experience in the taxation of executive compensation and benefits to the Firm’s highly regarded Tax Practice.
Ms. Batter has extensive experience in planning executive compensation and fringe benefits arrangements, assisting clients in executing their plans, and successfully defending her clients' positions both before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and in court. She also handles excise tax matters, particularly those involving the air transportation excise tax. Earlier in her
career, she was an attorney in the Income Tax & Accounting Division of the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel and an Attorney-Advisor with the US Tax Court. From 2000-2008, she was an attorney at Baker & McKenzie. Most recently, she was the vice chair of Miller & Chevalier’s employee benefits practice.
“Anne’s unique combination of tax and compensation and benefits experience will be a great asset to clients,” said Elizabeth Espin Stern, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, DC office. “We are delighted that she has rejoined Baker & McKenzie to enrich our premier tax and compensation, labor and employment capabilities.”
PaRtnER PRoMotIon and coUnSEL annoUncEMEntS
Appleby, the world’s largest offshore provider of legal, fiduciary and administration services, has announced the promotion of four lawyers to the partnership and the appointment of five lawyers to the position of Counsel.
Michael O’Connell, Group Managing Partner says, “These appointments support our growth strategy and our positioning as the leading offshore firm, providing a first-class service to international clients and their advisers from a greater choice of jurisdictions than any other offshore law firm.
“Corporate and Litigation are two of our core legal service lines and the promotion of four new partners and five counsel in these areas demonstrates the continuing strength of these practices”.
Appleby’s new appointments are effective 1 April 2012 and include:
Partners Alan Bossin is a member of Appleby’s insurance team, which is part of its Corporate and Commercial practice Group, and is based in Bermuda. Sarah Demerling is Appleby’s local team leader for Islamic Finance and a senior member of both the Funds & Investment Services and Structured Finance teams within the Corporate & Commercial department in Bermuda. Victoria Myerson is Head of Family Law at Appleby in Jersey. She specialises in matrimonial disputes for high net worth clients. John Wasty is the Insurance and Reinsurance Dispute Resolution Team Leader in Bermuda. He has extensive experience in international insurance and reinsurance, and professional indemnity (particularly directors and officers, and accountants) dispute resolution, including insurance and reinsurance insolvency issues.
counsel Mark Cummings is a member of the Corporate and Commercial team in Hong Kong. Adam Geldard is a member of Appleby’s Property Practice Group, based in the Cayman Islands. Caren Hyde is a member of Appleby’s Litigation and Insolvency team in the Isle of Man. Andrew Willins is a barrister and member of the Litigation & Insolvency department in Appleby’s British Virgin Islands office. Robyn Wood is a member of Appleby’s Corporate & Commercial department in the Isle of Man.