Alison Gilson (left) partner and head of corporate team in Shoosmiths Edinburgh office with newly appointed corporate solicitor Emily McQueen (right)

Shoosmiths adds to Edinburgh headcount

National law firm Shoosmiths has underlined its confidence in 2018 by announcing two key January appointments to its growing real estate and corporate teams in Edinburgh.

Emily McQueen joins Shoosmiths’ corporate team as a solicitor from the family business / corporate team at Turcan Connell.  Emily is experienced in advising clients on UK and cross-border commercial transactions and joins a dynamic team led by corporate partner Alison Gilson.  Building on impressive results achieved over the past twelve months, this latest appointment reflects Alison’s anticipation of further strong growth for the business during 2018.

Alison commented: “Emily is an experienced solicitor with an impressive skill set who will further complement our busy corporate team. I anticipate we will also make further appointments as Shoosmiths aims to attract engaging and talented lawyers with the ability to advise our broad client base on large and complex deals in Scotland and further afield.”

Complementing Emily’s appointment in Edinburgh is the addition of Lauren Gibson as a solicitor within Shoosmiths real estate practice. Lauren provides further strength and resource to a highly experienced team with a growing client base and that is led by Steve Dougherty, partner and head of real estate in Scotland.

Lauren is the latest appointment by the real estate team which late last year also recruited Gillian Wood as a senior associate.

Lauren was previously with R & R Urquhart LLP in Forres, Moray where she gained invaluable legal experience across conveyancing, litigation and a wide range of property matters. This included advising on commercial leases and acting on behalf of landowners and Estates with respect to sales, telecoms leases and securities.

Janette Speed, real estate partner and head of Shoosmiths’ Edinburgh office, added: “We are continuing to see investment interest in Scotland and these latest appointments within our corporate and real estate teams reflect the fact that at Shoosmiths we envisage further opportunities for growth in 2018.

“The opportunity to welcome two new colleagues to our teams in the Edinburgh office also highlights the ability of our progressive law firm to offer promising young legal talent the opportunity to engage with and advise an extensive client base while progressing their careers within a dynamic and innovative large firm.”