Turcan Connell is delighted to announce a hat-trick of female partners leading twenty-six legal and tax promotions

Partner Promotions 2024


Specialist private client firm Turcan Connell, a leading UK provider of legal, tax and business advisory to private individuals, families and their businesses has promoted 26 professionals across their firm including three new female partners. This latest round, announced on International Women’s Day, demonstrates the business’s strong talent pipeline and a clear commitment to breaking down barriers and to diversity at the leadership level.

Today Turcan Connell announced the partner promotions of Jenny Younger, Simran Panesar-Saggu and Alice Warne.

Managing Partner Gillian Crandles shares her comment on the partner promotions:

Although 60% of solicitors in Scotland are female along with over half of the UK’s practitioners, women are still less visible in top roles at a national level. We are delighted to welcome Simran, Alice and Jenny to the partnership and are working hard to break down any barriers, perceived or real so that all can progress their careers with us based on ambition, ability and talent. Technical excellence and emotional intelligence are incredibly valuable skills when dealing with private and complex family matters and are characteristics we foster and develop in all at Turcan Connell. Our business is committed to providing flexibility and to helping our colleagues realise their ambitions whilst championing positive change in our profession. Congratulations to all our newly promoted colleagues.

Jenny joined the Edinburgh office as a trainee in 2003 in the Tax & Succession team to advise on estate planning and capital taxation matters. Jenny also leads training & development for the Tax & Succession Group to help maintain best practices across the growing team.

Alice also trained with the firm and her key focus will be on continuing to develop the firm’s high-value residential property offering, alongside continuing to advise on wider estate property matters and development work.

Simran began her career with Turcan Connell as a trainee in 2006 before returning to the Glasgow office in 2015 to support the expanding team advising entrepreneurs and professionals on tax and succession planning in the west of Scotland. Simran also leads the co-ordination of the business development strategy for the Glasgow office which has grown work each year since its inception in 2012. Her promotion to partner closely follows the recent appointments of Directors Katy Burke in tax and succession and Yvonne Byrne in land and property as the Glasgow office bolsters its breadth and depth of expertise to support its client base in the west of Scotland.

In addition to the partner-level appointments, the promotions also secured the progression of three legal directors, six senior associates and associates, five senior solicitors, a senior tax assistant, a senior paralegal and a trainee paralegal. Furthermore, 18 of those promoted including partners, represent “homegrown” talent and demonstrate the firm’s successful strategy in nurturing and retaining experts, helping colleagues to realise their ambitions and providing clients with a consistently high level of service and quality of care.

Irene Steel has also been recruited as Turcan Connell’s Chief Finance and Operations Officer to work closely with Gillian Crandles, Managing Partner, and to oversee all aspects of the firm’s financial and operational functions.

This promotion round and ongoing investment in talent shows Turcan Connell’s clear commitment to providing clients with the best standard of legal and tax advice in private client services in Scotland, the UK and internationally. The firm’s retention of talent, growth across specialisms and diverse approach to promotions now position the firm’s workforce to be almost 70% female-represented.