New family man

New family man

SCOTTISH legal firm Miller Samuel has added to its private client department by appointing Charles Brown as a partner and head of family law.

Mr Brown brings extensive experience to the Glasgow-based practice, having been partner and head of the family law at his previous firm, McNairs, for more than 10 years.

His fields of expertise include pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, child residence and contact and relocation of children in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the Family Law Association.

Miller Samuel chairman Michael Samuel said: "We are delighted to welcome Charles to the firm and believe his experience will bring added benefit to our Private Client team and our clients.

"He brings fresh skills to the firm in all areas of Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, both rapidly growing areas of our business."

Events specialist

THE Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) has hired Lisa Maule as commercial director for The Royal Highland Centre (RHC).

Ms Maule, who joins from DF Concerts & Events, brings with her a wealth of events expertise to the newly-created role. She led moves to expand the DF brand globally and worked in marketing roles for Glayva at Whyte & Mackay and Setanta Sports.

Ms Maule, who takes up the post next month, will be tasked with attracting new events to the venue and maximising the commercial opportunities for the 280-acre site, based next to Edinburgh Airport.

RHASS chief executive Stephen Hutt: "Lisa brings valuable know-how to the Royal Highland Centre and will be an asset to the RHASS management team.Her knowledge of business development strategies and brand management will be invaluable as we look to build on the Royal Highland Centre's already well-established reputation as one of Scotland's premier event spaces."

Planning head hired

SCOTTISH creative design agency Tayburn has appointed a new head of planning.

Vaila Robertson joins the Edinburgh-based firm from Brooklyn Brothers in London, where she focused on the retail and financial services sectors.

Ms Robertson, who has worked for Tesco Bank, Brewin Dolphin and Magners, says her biggest challenge to date has been working with the Icelandic Tourist Board to re-build the country's reputation following the volcanic eruptions in 2010, which led to disruption around Europe.

She said: "I'm delighted to be joining an ambitious and fast-growing agency that is competing with all the major players in the UK market.

"Tayburn has a burgeoning reputation and a client base that includes many household names such as Heineken, Standard Life, and my alma mater, Edinburgh University. There are definitely exciting times ahead."

Property firm boss

GLASGOW-based estate agent Stafford & Clark has a new managing director. Jamie Osborne, 38, brings 18 years' experience to the firm, having started his career in the surveyor sector in 1997.

He then moved to Slater Hogg & Howison, where he has worked for the last 14 years, latterly as a senior valuer.

Stafford & Clark, which is based in Bearsden, recently opened an office in Glasgow's west end. It plans to recruit staff for both branches and expand its office network further.

Mr Osborne said: "This is an exciting opportunity. We combine the best of new technology within a good old-fashioned estate agency.

"Good client service and relationships are important and we offer a personal service tailored to each individual client".