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Hiring the team: 15-strong group exits Simpson & Marwick to join Brodies

Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick’s well-regarded, 15-strong, family law team, including its current head Shaun George, has quit the firm to join Brodies.

Alongside George, family law partners Richard Smith and Lisa Girdwood will also join Brodies in a bid to expand the firm’s client base among international families with Scottish members and interests. The trio are joined by a team of 12 including three associates and four solicitors, who will all join Brodies’ personal and family department on 1 June 2015.

George will be based in Brodies’ Aberdeen office and will head the firm’s family law team, succeeding Edinburgh-based partner Scott Cochrane, who has led the team for 13 years. George leaves Simpson & Marwick after eleven years having joined from Burnside Kemp Fraser, where he was a partner for three years from 2001.

Smith will be based in Brodies’ Edinburgh office alongside Scott, while Girdwood, was previously head of family law and litigation at Bonar Mackenzie before joining Simpson & Marwick in 2011, will primarily be based in the Glasgow office.

Bill Drummond, managing partner of Brodies, said: ‘Shaun, Richard and Lisa have an outstanding reputation among their clients and the Scottish legal sector alike for their expertise, which extends to mediation and collaborative family law.’

‘This move is designed to enhance the breadth and depth of those services in a world where longevity, multi-jurisdictional asset ownership and growing legal and tax environment divergence and complexity all require careful consideration by individuals and families.’