New partner Donna Brennan has joined the Private Client team in the city and Julie Niven has joined the firm as the Head of People and Culture and will work across Blackadders’ offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Donna has a vast range of experience in Private Client work at Partner and Director level for a number of years in top tier firms.
She specialises in all aspects of succession planning and asset protection, mitigation of inheritance tax, administration of estates, creation and management of trusts, elderly client law including advice in relation to long term care, incapacity issues, guardianships and powers of attorney. Donna previously worked for BTO Solicitors LLP and was a Partner at Morton Fraser for a number of years.
Donna said: “I am delighted to join Blackadders as a Partner in the highly regarded and extremely skilled Private Client team. I’m joining at a key stage where the firm has set ambitious goals and is already making good progress towards them. I’m looking forward to playing my part in its next exciting phase.”
Julie, Blackadders’ new New Head of People and Culture, has experience of working with global brands and at senior executive level. She is a highly motivated, strategic thinker who aims to help organisations foster cultures where people feel able to perform at their very best.
She said: “I am looking forward to working with the great team at Blackadders. The energy and ambition is fantastic and we are determined to remain an employer of choice, attracting the best talent in the country.”
A series of recent high-profile recruits and promotions has strengthened the firm’s offering including Gillian Donald as Employment Partner in Aberdeen, Fiona Muirs as the new Head of Dispute Resolution in Edinburgh, Neil Crockatt as Head of Residential Property and Suzi Low being assumed as a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial team.
Emma Gray, Joint Managing Partner, said: “Our aim is to continue to recruit the best people we can and the new members of our team demonstrate our commitment to being a home for talented people across the country. We look forward to building our team even more this year.”
The Blackadders’ board has introduced a 5 by 25 Strategy to ensure the firm is as well placed as it can be to benefit from any sustained upturn in the economy. The five initiatives the firm is aiming to achieve by the end of the 2025/26 financial year are:
- Increase turnover to £25 million
- Achieve a profit margin of 35%
- Be regarded as an employer of choice in the industry
- Act as a destination lawyer for clients
- Secure Blackadders’ position as a top five Scottish law firm.