Law Department Office
Stephen has over 30 years experience acting in civil cases litigated in the Sheriff Court, as well as the Court of Session. His work encompasses a broad range of contentious legal matters in both civil and criminal proceedings. Stephen’s clients include both individuals and commercial organisations. Stephen has particular expertise in family law cases, including applications for divorce, financial claims on divorce and separation, co-habitation claims, and child related disputes. He also deals with a variety of contractual and building disputes. Stephen also acts on behalf of a wide range of clients in both summary and solemn criminal proceedings in the High Court, Sheriff Court, and Justice of the Peace Court. He is instructed by clients in a range of criminal cases including road traffic issues, allegations of assault, general anti-social behaviour, benefits fraud, and sexual offences. Over many years, Stephen has gained considerable court experience. Stephen has been appointed on a number of occasions by the Sheriff Court as a Curator ad Litem and/or Reporting Officer to provide independent reports and recommendations in cases relating to the welfare of children. Stephen also advises clients on “Adults with Incapacity” legislation, including matters which are becoming of increasing importance particularly to older clients such as Powers of Attorney and Guardianship Orders.
Colin practices mainly in residential and commercial conveyancing. He has over 25 years experience in the conveyancing field and deals with matters including purchases, sales, transfer of property and re-mortgages. Colin deals primarily with private client work and acts for a wide range of private and land owning clients. He has an in-depth knowledge of the housing market, particularly in the West Highland area. Colin also has significant experience in dealing with all aspects of winding up the estate of a deceased person, including the administration of both testate and intestate estates from the submission of applications to the Sheriff Court for Confirmation to the in gathering and distribution of assets to beneficiaries. Colin also has many years’ experience in the drafting of Powers of Attorney and regularly advises clients, including Attorneys, as to their rights and responsibilities when exercising such powers. Colin can also provide advice regarding the appointment of a Guardian, including advice as to when it might be appropriate to make an application to the Sheriff Court for a Guardianship Order.
Marie deals with all aspects of domestic and commercial conveyancing, and also residential and commercial leases. She also has a particular interest and expertise in advising the elderly and disabled in connection with the grant of Powers of Attorney and applications to the Sheriff Court for Guardianship Orders. Marie also has a number of years experience in dealing with the winding up of estates on death and the preparation of Wills. She often advises clients regarding the administration of both testate and intestate estates, from the stage of submitting applications for Confirmation to the Sheriff Court, to the ingathering and distribution of the estate. Marie also has experience in dealing with family law matters, including applications to the Sheriff Court for residence and contact orders. She has experience of drafting court papers and appearing in the Sheriff Court on behalf of both the Pursuer and the Defender in family actions. Marie also has experience in dealing with Children’s Referral cases in the Sheriff Court and is able to provide advice in relation to cases before the Children’s Panel.
Niall has a considerable number of years experience dealing with private client matters and advises on a wide range of legal issues. Niall’s particular areas of expertise include residential and commercial conveyancing, leases, executry administration and succession issues, including Wills and Trusts. Niall is also well versed in the drafting and administration of Powers of Attorney and advises clients in relation to the grant of such powers, as well as Attorneys, with particular regard to their rights and responsibilities. Niall regularly advises clients with regard to the “Adults with Incapacity” legislation, including disabled clients and the elderly. Niall has extensive experience in acting for individuals, commercial organisations, and charities. He has acted for local Housing Associations, including Lochaber Housing Association, for a number of years, dealing with the purchase of land, tenancy agreements, and actions of eviction in the Sheriff Court.