Gilson Gray boosts licensing offering with Aberdeen appointment

Karen Gatherum (Gilson Gray)

FULL-service legal firm Gilson Gray has appointed Karen Gatherum as a new Licensing solicitor, bolstering its fast-growing corporate practice.

Karen joins Gilson Gray from Ledingham Chalmers, where she specialised in licensing and planning. She previously worked for Aberdeen City Council and has appeared before licensing boards throughout Scotland, with particular expertise in liquor, short-term lettings, HMO and civic matters.

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Karen will work closely with Gilson Gray’s Scotland-wide licensing experts, including head of litigation Rosie Walker, who represented operators in the recent high-profile case which found the City of Edinburgh Council’s short-term let licensing policy to be unlawful. 

Karen Gatherum said: “I’m excited to be joining Gilson Gray, particularly during this period of rapid expansion for the firm. Licensing is my passion and continues to be a prominent topic across Scotland. I look forward to working with a dedicated team that has the expertise and experience to support clients all over the country.”

Derek Hamill, Partner and Head of Corporate at Gilson Gray, added: “Karen is a talented solicitor and will be an invaluable addition to the team, further strengthening our licensing offering. We have ambitious plans for further growth and Karen’s appointment will be a key part of that, enhancing the capabilities of our corporate practice.”

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