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Gordon Buchan Steps Down After 40 Years

Aberdeen solicitor Gordon Buchan has brought down the curtain on his distinguished legal career, which spanned more than 40 years.

Mr Buchan, whose early career included a spell as a footballer, recently called it a day after standing down from his role on the governance and strategy board of Burness Paull.

His career in law began when he was hired as an apprentice solicitor by Granite City law firm Paull & Williamsons (P&W) following his graduation from Aberdeen University in 1974. Mr Buchan became a partner in 1981 and went on to occupy several key positions at P&W before it merged with Burness in 2012.

He joined the P&W’s executive committee in the mid-1990s, became its first managing partner in 2005, and was appointed chairman five years later. Following the firm’s merger, Mr Buchan became the senior member in Burness Paull, serving on its governance and strategy board.

Burness Paull chairman Philip Rodney said Mr Buchan was a terrific lawyer and hailed his impact on the firm over the four decades.

Mr Rodney said: “From early on in his career, he quickly built a formidable reputation for the excellence of his legal work and forensic analysis but, beyond that, he had a huge influence on the practice as a mentor being a support to all those who worked with him. Universally liked and respected by his colleagues, he was an architect in the success of Paull & Williamsons and then Burness Paull.”

As a footballer, Mr Buchan donned the colours of a number of clubs in the north and north-east, including Elgin City, Arbroath and Forfar Athletic. He became a board member of Aberdeen Football Club in 1991, a position he still holds.

This article featured in the Press and Journal on 3 November 2015.

04 November 15