DAVID Kirchin has been appointed head of Scotland for law firm Addleshaw Goddard.

He will combine this responsibility with his advisory role as a corporate partner.

Mr Kirchin succeeds Malcolm McPherson, who has retired from the partnership but remains with the business as a consultant. In this consultant role, Mr McPherson will help “build new and grow established client relationships”, Addleshaw Goddard said.

Mr Kirchin started his career with Addleshaw Goddard legacy firm HBJ as a trainee, joining oil giant BP's upstream business in Aberdeen as a legal counsel before returning to the law firm as a partner in 2002. He has led the corporate team in Scotland since 2012.

Addleshaw Goddard managing partner John Joyce said: "David is one of our best-connected partners, excellent at building strong relationships with clients and enthusiastic about growing AGs brand in Scotland and so he is absolutely the ideal person to lead, encourage and ensure that we continue to expand our business in this key market."