Katie Russell and Caroline Shand have become partners at leading UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, further strengthening its position in employment and in the real estate and infrastructure sector.

Reflecting the firm’s continuous growth, the promotions take the firm’s number of partners to 80.

Having trained at Shepherd and Wedderburn, Katie Russell (pictured) spent over six years working in the City of London before returning to the firm three years ago. Katie is dual qualified and an experienced adviser, supporting clients on employment matters across the UK and globally.

Recently, she has spearheaded the employment practice’s international activities, working with clients in the UK and abroad, who have an international or mobile workforce.

Katie said: ‘Shepherd and Wedderburn is a fantastic firm to work for. I am looking forward to continuing my work there, advising great clients and working with great people.’

Caroline Shand joined Shepherd and Wedderburn’s leading real estate and infrastructure practice through the firm’s acquisition of Scottish firm Tods Murray in October last year. She advises on all aspects of real estate matters, with particular expertise in institutional investment, commercial development, landlord and tenant matters and property financing.

Dual qualified in both Scots and English law, Caroline regularly works on the Scottish side of cross-border portfolio acquisitions and financing deals alongside English lead counsel. 

Caroline, who acts for a wide variety of investors and lenders, recently advised a major bank on the Scottish real estate aspects of the financing of a UK hotel portfolio where the value of the Scottish assets amounted to circa £49m. She also acted alongside lead English counsel on the acquisition of a student accommodation portfolio, including five Scottish properties, with an overall value of around £1.1bn.

She said: ‘It is a real privilege to be in a position that allows me to advise and help a diverse range of clients achieve their objectives. I look forward to helping them and the firm grow over the coming years.’