New Lindsays partner’s rapid rise through the ranks

Louise Norris, Partner in the Commercial Property department at Lindsays

Sixth promotion in seven years for Scottish lawyer .

A LAWYER has hit another new high in her rapid rise through the ranks by being promoted to Partner at Lindsays, the Scottish legal firm for people and businesses.

Louise Norris has stepped up into her new role as Partner in the Commercial Property department, where she previously worked as a Director.

It is her sixth promotion in seven years at Lindsays, having joined as solicitor in June 2014.

Ms Norris, a Glasgow-born graduate of the University of Dundee, previously spent 10 years working in the USA, where she specialised in property law, acting on behalf of high net worth individuals, developers and insurance companies.

Speaking about her latest promotion, which will see her based with Lindsays’ Glasgow team, she said: “I could not be more delighted. This is a great opportunity. 

“The firm is proactive in recognising and rewarding hard work and I look forward to continuing to develop our practice and build on new and existing client relationships in my new role.”

Ms Norris acts for clients across the full spectrum of commercial property, including acquisitions and disposals, leasing, security and dealing with complex title issues. She has also worked with all sectors – from retail, hospitality and office to industrial, development and the third sector.

Outside of work, she is chair of trustees at Norton Park, the historic Edinburgh school transformed to become Scotland’s first shared premises only for third sector organisations. It is home to more than 20 charities.

Her promotion comes at a pivotal time for her area of specialism as the commercial property sector evolves on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said: “There’s no doubt that the market is adapting at the moment – and it’s clear that, despite the predictions of this time last year, that the days of office working are not over.

“Post-pandemic, however, companies will be taking a different approach. They may be looking for – or adapting their premises – to become more flexible workplaces to better cater for a hybrid of home and office working. And they are undoubtedly going to be looking to secure value for money as they do so.

“Retail has obviously had its difficulties, but it will be interesting to see how consumers react as non-essential shops reopen. I suspect physically bigger stores may face more challenges longer term and that will have an impact on how our high streets look.”

Elsewhere, Lindsays has promoted Rachel Holt to Associate in the firm’s Personal Injury team. She was previously a senior solicitor, having joined as a solicitor in 2018.

Alasdair Cummings, Managing Partner at Lindsays, said: “We are delighted to welcome Louise and Rachel to their new roles. These promotions are testament to both their personal talent and hard work, as well as our firm’s commitment to recognising and rewarding that by providing opportunities for progression.

“They also demonstrate the strength of the people who are at the forefront of Lindsays’ offer to the people and businesses with whom we work.”

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