SWA appoints new legal counsel

4th July, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed Caitlin O’Donnell as legal counsel, bolstering its team of specialist lawyers.

Caitlin O’Donnell has joined the SWA's legal team

Caitlin O’Donnell has joined the SWA’s legal team

O’Donnell joins the SWA from law firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP where she served as senior solicitor in the commercial dispute resolution team. She joined the company is 2011 as a trainee after graduating from the University of Glasgow.

With the appointment, the SWA team, led by Alan Park who was promoted to director of legal affairs in May, now has two senior legal counsel, two legal counsel and a paralegal. Its core function is to protect Scotch whisky from unfair competition, one of the main responsibilities of the SWA.

“Our new legal counsel Caitlin O’Donnell brings further commercial and civil law expertise to the SWA to support the skills of the existing team,” said David Frost, SWA chief executive.

“We are ideally positioned to safeguard Scotch globally and ensure it remains the world’s leading high-quality spirit drink.”

O’Donnell, added: “I’m delighted to join the SWA to work with the team to contribute to the protection of Scotch whisky around the world.”

The SWA’s appointment of a new legal counsel comes as Frost joins a group of experts formed by Nicola Sturgeon to advise on Scotland’s relationship with the EU following the UK’s Brexit vote.

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