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Directors

Bob Murdach
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Bob Murdach
Bob Murdach Chief Operating Officer 30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee DD1 1RJ

Biography

Bob has over 20 years of experience in senior management and through the application of available technology aims to support our service delivery and quality assurance across all of our legal disciplines.

Bob has overall responsibility for the support services that enable us to maintain our quality service to our Clients.  Bob has worked for global businesses and also within  large legal practices both North and South of the border driving up quality, service standards and people development within these organisations.

Gail Clarke
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Gail Clarke
Gail Clarke Director, Rural Land & Business Rural Land & Business Edinburgh

Biography

Gail is a Director in our Rural Land and Business Department and is based in our Edinburgh office. She has many years’ experience in dealing with all aspects of rural property matters, and regularly advises landowners, developers and commercial clients in respect of land and forestry acquisitions and sales, agricultural law, farms, sporting and fishing rights, minerals and rural Estates.

She routinely deals with general Estate and Estate management matters- title issues, services, access, conservation, environment, estate planning /re-organisation and Estate/family business structures.

Gail is also a specialist in renewable energy matters, having been involved in over 100 windfarm, hydro and other renewable projects for clients.

Work Highlights

  • Re-organisation of portfolio of farm tenancies in the Inner Hebrides
  • Purchase of £7m sporting estate in Invernesshire
  • Advising on impact of Community Right to Buy-out on Bute
  • Sale of £3m forest in Argyll
  • Lease and other land documents relating to £8m anaerobic digestion plant in Central Belt
  • Option and Lease for 14 turbine project in Dumfries and Galloway
  • Option, Lease and security work for £1m hydro project for landowner in Invernesshire
  • Preparation of legal suite of documents for joint venture wind project in Renfrewshire
  • Preparation of drilling agreements for mineral extraction in Midlothian
  • Sale of £4m salmon fishing Estate in Roxburghshire
  • Preparation of agricultural diversification documents for tenant’s renewables project
  • Company buy-out of  £1.6m forestry plantation for Christmas tree investment
  • Purchase of £6m investment portfolio of forests in Scotland

Accreditations

  • Member of the Agricultural Law Association, the Confederation of Forest Industries (UK) Ltd and Scottish Land & Estates.
Hamish Fyfe
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Hamish Fyfe
Hamish Fyfe Director, Residential Property Dundee Download VCard

Biography

Hamish joined Blackadders in 2013 and works in our busy conveyancing department. Hamish studied law at the University of Aberdeen and graduated in 1975. He is a highly experienced residential conveyancer and specialises in purchases, sales, mortgages and discharge. 

Accreditations

  • Notary Public 
Gillian Gibbons
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Gillian Gibbons
Gillian Gibbons Director, Rural Land & Business Rural Land & Business 30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1RJ

Biography

Gillian is a Director in our Rural Land and Business Team.  Gillian obtained a BSc (Hons) in Physiology from St Andrews University before obtaining her LLB from Dundee University in 2004. 

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 Gillian has built up considerable experience advising farmers, landowners, developers and lenders on a wide variety of rural matters including the Agricultural Holdings legislation, agricultural tenancies, renewable energy projects, security work on behalf of lenders and borrowers, planning agreements and title conditions. 

Gillian has a particular interest in the sale and acquisition of farms, estates, forestry and other rural property as well as Option Agreements in relation to development

Janine Hall
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Janine Hall
Janine Hall Director, Paralegal Services Residential Property Division Aberdeen

Biography

Janine is a Director in our Residential Property Division. She joined Blackadders LLP in their Aberdeen office.

After gaining a PDA in Conveyancing in 2005, Janine has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience within the local area in and around Aberdeen.  She specialises in residential Purchases, Sales, re-Mortgages, Discharges, Transfers of Titles, Wills and Power of Attorneys.

Janine aims to provide a high level of service giving expert guidance and service for a smooth running transaction in what can otherwise be a very stressful time for clients. She assists clients with the purchase and sale of their home, including new build purchases, part exchange or shared equity purchases.

 

Accreditations

  • Accredited with the Law Society of Scotland as a Registered Paralegal.
Kevin Moran
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Kevin Moran
Kevin Moran Director, Information Technology 30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1RJ

Biography

Kevin joined Blackadders as the IT director in 2016. Kevin manages the IT team and oversees the use of technology for the firm, being responsible for strategic direction in alignment with the business need.

Kevin has considerable experience in Information Technology and has managed a wide spectrum of high-value projects. During his career Kevin has worked across various sectors including retail and education. He has also been involved in clinical informatics and high performance computing in a medical environment.

Kevin also acquired an MBA from the Dundee Business School (Abertay University) in 2010.

Work Highlights

  • Technical lead for Scottish Governments’ ChildSmile programme
  • Technical architect and Head of IT for the Health Informatics Centre (University of Dundee)
Claire Newton
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Claire Newton
Claire Newton Director, Private Client 30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1RJ

Biography

Claire joined the firm as an Associate Solicitor in October 2015 and was appointed Director of Executry Services in April 2018.

Born and educated in Dundee, Claire graduated from the University of Dundee with a first class honours degree in law and, after her successful completion of the Diploma in Legal Practice, she gained the accolade of being named the best student in her year group. 

A skilled legal practitioner, Claire provides tailored advice to her clients on a range of Private Client related matters including Wills, Powers of Attorney and, primarily, the administration of Executry estates.  Her calm and sensitive approach to these matters can be relied upon by individual clients and their families and Claire takes enormous pride in guiding her clients through this difficult time and nurturing and maintaining a lasting relationship with them.

Claire has also been a tutor on the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Dundee since 2016 where she teaches students on the core element of the Private Client module.

 

Accreditations

  • Notary Public
  • Full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) 
Martin Paterson
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Martin Paterson
Martin Paterson Director, Property Services Property Services 30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee DD1 1RJ

Biography

Martin is Blackadder’s Director of Property Services and heads up our successful estate agency team.

With nearly 30 years’ experience in property sales, Martin is also one of the few Fellows of the National Association of Estate Agents within Scotland. He is past chairman of the Scottish NAEA and is also council representative for Scotland, representing  the views of Scottish members to the UK council. Martin sits on the Property Information Advisory Committee which puts him in a good position to appraise any new property legislation from the Scottish Executive. He is an expert on the local housing market and works closely also with many leading developers.

Graham Keith
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Graham Keith
Graham Keith Director Residential Edinburgh
Nicola Porter
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Nicola Porter
Nicola Porter Director of Marketing 30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee DD1 1RJ

Biography

Nicola joined Blackadders in June 2003 and is responsible for the creation and development of the firm's marketing strategy and for the continuing development of the Blackadders' brand.

Nicola leads the marketing department on various ongoing projects as well as managing relationships with a number of support agencies. She and her team work closely with all practice areas within the firm. Nicola has many years of experience in marketing and business development across a wide range of industry sectors, products and services.

Dale Ross
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Dale Ross
Dale Ross Director of Private Client Services Private Client Dundee

Biography

Dale is the Director of Private Client Services at Blackadders.  He has 20 years of experience in Private Client work, and specialises in executry and trust matters, having dealt with many complex cases over the years, including estates with a foreign element work, and those with complex tax issues to be addressed. 

For the individual, he specialises in wills and tax planning.  Dale is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and can therefore advise clients with cross-border issues.

As Director of Private Client Services, he draws on his vast experience to streamline the administration of trusts and executry estates.

Dale initially studied Mathematics at the University of Aberdeen before undertaking an MSc in Operational Research at the University of Sussex. He was an operational research analyst in London with the British Rail Policy Unit and APACS (UK bank clearing system), before taking up a career in law, returning to Aberdeen to complete the Diploma in Legal Practice, since when he has specialised in Private Client work.

Dale has been a tutor on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh since 2002, and is now in his sixth year as  Senior Tutor, planning and directing the Private Client course.   He is also the external examiner for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, Private Client course, at the University of Dundee.

 

Accreditations

  • Notary Public
Keith Thomson
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Keith Thomson
Keith Thomson Director of Investment Services 30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee DD1 1RJ

Biography

Keith graduated with BA (Hons) in History from Hull University 1982. He has been in financial services providing independent financial advice since 1985 and joined Blackadders in 1991.

Keith has been instrumental in developing Blackadders Wealth Management into the position of being one of the leading solicitor run IFA and portfolio management practices in Scotland.

He specialises in Investment portfolios and strategies , Inheritance Tax planning and Trusts. Keith is quoted regularly in the national and specialist trades press on a wide range of topical issues as well as leading the local IFA Promotion Press club for the Dundee area.

He is an external examiner for the Business and Financial Services element of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with the University of Dundee. He was also previously a tutor on the Conduct of Investment Business rules for SOLAS and won the Scotsman IFA of the Year competition in 2008

Accreditations

  • Cert PFS
  • Winner of the Scotsman IFA of the Year Award 2008