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Donald Reid steps down as chairman of Glasgow’s oldest law firm


Senior leadership changes are set to take place at Mitchells Roberton, Glasgow’s longest-established firm of solicitors.

In an initial move towards retirement and after a long career focused on property law, Donald Reid is stepping down as chairman and partner in the firm from 1 April.

Appointed chairman in 1997, he will remain as a consultant and as Dean of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.

Managing partner Morag Inglis, who has been with the firm throughout her entire career and was appointed the first female partner in 1993, will take up the role of chair.

Meanwhile, professor Roderick Paisley will join Mitchells Roberton as a consultant.

Inglis said: “I have a hard act to follow, Donald has been an outstanding leader of the firm, and I hope to build on his legacy in taking Mitchells Roberton into a new era which I believe will be fruitful both for our clients and our staff.

“I am delighted also that Roderick Paisley is joining as a consultant – as professor of Scots Law at the University of Aberdeen, he is a specialist in the law of property, conveyancing, succession, and trusts.”

Inglis added: “In my role as managing partner I have had huge support from Mark McGorm as partnership director so I am delighted that he and I will continue to work together in the development and management of Mitchells Roberton.”

As of 1 April, the partner head count will be 12, supported by 65 team members.

The firm was formed in 1985 by the merger of Mitchells Johnston Hill and Hoggan and Mackenzie Roberton & Co.

Mitchells Johnston Hill and Hoggan was created by a merger in 1972 of Mitchells Johnston & Co. and Hill & Hoggan.

Both have long histories. Hill & Hoggan traces its origins as far back as the 1740s, the decade of the second Jacobite rebellion.

One of the firm’s antecedents, Robert Robertson, was admitted as a member of the Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow in 1686.

The Robertsons were related to the famous Glasgow family of Hutcheson, who founded Hutchesons’ Hospital and Hutchesons’ Grammar School.

The firm’s history is touched also by the first Jacobite rebellion as well as the second.

In 1715, Robert Robertson’s son, John, is noted in Glasgow’s records as being the lawyer sent to Stirling by the town council to report on the progress of the rebels.

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