Promotions and new hires at law firm Gibson Kerr

Promotions and new starts: L - R: Rhian Mackay, Olivia Mcmurtrie, Donald Towsey, Nadine Martin, Nikki Lemon, Stuart Millar and Katie Marshall

RENOWNED law firm Gibson Kerr has bolstered its teams throughout the business with a raft of appointments and promotions. 

Among those is the advancement of one of Scotland’s best qualified family lawyers, with Nadine Martin promoted to Partner. 

As well as being Scotland’s first and only solicitor to be an accredited specialist in Family Law, Child Law, Family Law Mediation and a certified specialist in Trauma Informed practice, Nadine is also trained in collaborative practice and has impressed since joining the firm in July 2021. 

Her practice encompasses all areas of family and child law, including separation, divorce, financial provision, residence and contact disputes and relocation of children. An adept negotiator, Nadine is also a tenacious litigator and appears regularly in the Sheriff Courts and conducts divorce litigation in the Court of Session. She is frequently instructed in mediation work throughout Scotland. 

Nadine is a proponent of trauma informed law and works with the Law Society of Scotland to deliver a specialist certification in trauma informed practice to solicitors throughout Scotland. 

Outwith work Nadine is a trustee on the board of Glasgow East Women’s Aid which supports women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse. She volunteers for the Scottish Child Law Centre. She is a committee member of both CALM Mediation Scotland and Consensus Collaboration Scotland both of which work to promote forms of alternative dispute resolution in Scotland. 

Nadine Martin said: “Gibson Kerr is a firm that places huge value in the quality of its service and its people. In our family law team that is reflected in the seniority and experience of our members, many of whom are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialists in the field. For our clients, this means they can access top quality service at fair, transparent prices.” 

Experienced property lawyer Donald Towsey has joined the practice from McDougall McQueen and will focus on conveyancing, while Nikki Lemon takes up a paralegal role in the property department.

Internal promotions include Stuart Millar as a senior associate, Katie Marshall as a senior solicitor and Rhian Mackay as a paralegal in Gibson Kerr’s highly respected personal law unit. Stuart and Katie specialise in all aspects of wills, power of attorney and executry estate work and both are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Fiona Rasmusen, Partner and Head of Family Law, said: “Nadine’s promotion is well deserved and recognises the sterling work she has been at the centre of since joining Gibson Kerr last year. Along with other promotions and a number of key new arrivals, our firm is well positioned to maintain our position as one of Scotland’s foremost legal firms active in family law, personal law and property.”

Gibson Kerr dates back more than 100 years and was acquired by Partners Scott and Fiona Rasmusen in 2005. Fiona is Head of Family Law, Partner Lindsay Maclean, who joined the firm in 2007, is Head of Personal Law, and the Property team is headed by Beverley Cottrell. 

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