Anne Shipton Middleton
It is with deep sadness we must announce the passing of our colleague and beloved friend, Anne Shipton Middleton.
Anne was not only a loving and inspirational wife and mother, she was also a mentor and friend to many of us here at Greenbelt.
Regarded in the legal world as an innovator and leader, she was a strong advocate for positive change, especially in the sphere of land legislation.
Anne attended Mary Erskine School before going on to graduate in Economics and International Relations at Aberdeen University.
It was here too she met her husband Alex Middleton.
She qualified as a solicitor in 1992 after studying Scots Law and completing the Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University.
She would go on to gain a broad legal training during her two years at Wright Johnson & Mackenzie in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Upon qualifying she began work at Clairmonts Solicitors in Glasgow.
Anne’s professional skills and experience focused on corporate law and commercial property (retail leasing) in Scotland. She would, however, make her mark in her career when she joined Greenbelt in 1997 as inhouse solicitor.
Our Glasgow-based company was then a small team but on the cusp of major growth.
Anne proved integral in this journey, which saw Greenbelt become a major force in the UK as a property and land management business.
As our inhouse solicitor she would be at the centre of many important decisions over the years. Working alongside her husband, Alex, our Chief Executive, they committed themselves to 20 years of building the business and ensuring customers were offered the best quality service.
Anne would go on to become Company Secretary, overseeing many complex land transactions. She was also involved in wider business matters.
Often the question “What is an inhouse solicitor and what do they do?” was asked by many outside the business. The recommendation would always be: “Go meet Anne Shipton at Greenbelt – she can show you exactly that.”
Well respected and trusted in our UK-wide business network, she was loved most by the team she oversaw and cared for, especially younger employees who were just setting out in their careers.
For them she was a mentor and a friend and she loved to see her young charges develop.
Here at Greenbelt Anne will always be remembered fondly for her easy company and natural gift for nurturing friendships earned her enduring relationships that span from pre-school days to her professional life.
To all she would often say: “Just get on with it! Life is too short!”
Anne is survived by her loving husband and two children.