Davidson Chalmers Stewart appoints Laura Irvine as managing partner

Davidson Chalmers Stewart appoints Laura Irvine as managing partner

Andrew Chalmers and Laura Irvine

Law firm Davidson Chalmers Stewart has appointed Laura Irvine managing partner.

She succeeds firm co-founder Andrew Chalmers, who is taking over the role of chair from Alan Stewart.

A regulatory and data protection expert with more than 25 years’ legal experience, Ms Irvine was initially recruited by Davidson Chalmers Stewart in 2018 as a partner and head of the firm’s regulatory team following previous roles in both the public and private sectors.

In her new role as managing partner, she will steer the firm’s strategic development and continued growth.

Commenting on the transition, Mr Chalmers, said: “I’m delighted to announce Laura’s appointment as our new managing partner, a key element of our longer-term succession plan to encourage younger partners into strategic leadership roles.

“Over the course of her career, Laura has developed into one of Scotland’s foremost data protection lawyers. Her formidable people skills and leadership qualities have been demonstrated time and again since joining our ranks six years ago.

“I have always been fully focused on ensuring the firm achieves the highest standards for our clients, while delivering commercial solutions. Laura’s appointment into this new role will enable Davidson Chalmers Stewart to carry that ethos forward into the future.”

Ms Irvine, who assumes her new role from 1 May, said: “I feel very honoured to become Davidson Chalmers Stewart’s new managing partner and particularly reassured that I will be able to draw upon Andrew’s considerable experience and support as he takes on his new role as chair.

“Over the past 30-plus years, Davidson Chalmers Stewart has grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent commercial law firms under Andrew’s direction. I look forward to working closely with him and our wider team as we embark on this exciting new phase in our development.”

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