04 Jul 2016
The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed Caitlin O'Donnell as
legal counsel, joining a team of lawyers specialising in
safeguarding Scotland's national drink.
O'Donnell has joined the industry trade body from Maclay Murray
& Spens LLP where she was a senior solicitor in the commercial
dispute resolution team. She joined the law firm as a trainee in
2011, after graduating from the University of Glasgow. She provided
advice and representation to clients on a range of civil and
commercial matters. She also spent 12 months on secondment to
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited.
The SWA team, led by Alan Park who was promoted to director of
legal affairs in May when Magnus Cormack left the organisation
after 33 years, now has two senior legal counsel, two legal counsel
and a paralegal.
The team's core function is protecting Scotch Whisky from unfair
competition, one of the main responsibilities of the SWA.
Scotch Whisky is a geographical indication (GI), meaning it must
be produced in Scotland in accordance with UK law from water,
cereals and yeast and matured for at least three years. GI status
is of great commercial value to the Scotch Whisky industry and
gives consumers confidence in the quality and provenance of what
they are buying.
David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
"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. We are ideally positioned to safeguard Scotch
globally and ensure it remains the world's leading high-quality
Caitlin O'Donnell, new legal counsel at the Scotch Whisky
Association, said: "I'm delighted to join the SWA to work with the
team to contribute to the protection of Scotch Whisky around the
The SWA works to sustain Scotch Whisky's place as the world's
leading high quality drink and its long-term growth worldwide.
Picture: Caitlin O'Donnell
The legal team comprises: Alan Park, director; senior legal
counsel - Kenneth Gray and Lindesay Low; legal counsel - Andrew
Swift and Caitlin O'Donnell; Dawn Bellamy, paralegal.
For more information on the SWA visit www.scotch-whisky.org.uk
and follow us on Twitter @ScotchWhiskySWA.
With media queries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA head
of communications, Tel 0131 222 9230/07432 605385,