Oban rising star wins top legal award

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Oban solicitor Billie Smith has been crowned winner of the Rising Star of the Year category at the prestigious Scottish Legal Awards.

Billie joined MacPhee and Partners, solicitors and estate agents in Oban, Fort William and Tiree, as a trainee solicitor, and has gone from strength to strength since qualifying in 2017.

She now specialises in family and private client law, and is highly respected by clients and colleagues.

Billie has also recently taken up an additional role, with Argyll College UHI, as a lecturer on the Legal Studies course for senior school pupils of Oban High School and relishes the prospect of inspiring the next generation of Argyll solicitors.

On receiving the award at the ceremony in Glasgow last Thursday, Billie said: ‘Such a respected panel of judges selecting me as the winner of this award has cemented for me that I’m on the right path in my professional career.

‘It is also recognition of the hard work of our team as all that I have achieved over this difficult year is largely thanks to the contributions of dedicated secretarial staff, reliable colleagues and supportive superiors.

‘Of course, nothing could be achieved without my clients placing their trust in me, so being able to provide them with the independently-assessed assurance that they’re in good hands is wonderful.’

Claire MacAlpin, partner, said: ‘We are delighted that Billie’s efforts, particularly over the last year, have been recognised and the award is thoroughly deserved.

‘The rising star category contained some of the best young solicitors in Scotland and Billie’s win is a fantastic achievement.

‘As Billie says, everything we do is very much a team effort and we intend to celebrate this accolade, as a team, as we also mark 25 years of MacPhee & Partners.’

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Oban solicitor Billie Smith receives the Scottish Legal Awards’ Rising Star of the Year, beside the evening’s host, comedian and TV presenter Des Clarke. Photo by Gerardo Jaconelli.