About us

We are a leading 23 partner, medium sized law firm based in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, delivering legal services in the areas of dispute resolution, commercial and charities, and private client and property work. The firm has a distinguished track record since its inception in 1888. The firm combines the best of traditional values with a modern, progressive approach.

Our firm is headed up by Chairman, Elaine Motion.


The firm’s dispute resolution team is at the core of the business. David Short heads up our 12 partner strong Litigation team. The team is among the largest in Scotland, with an exceptional breadth and depth of experience across the litigation field. Our work ranges from routine Sheriff Court actions, through to novel, complex and high value cases in the Court of Session, the United Kingdom Supreme Court and cases before specialised tribunals and bodies. We have three solicitor advocates with extended rights of audience which entitles them to appear in the upper civil courts, they are Robert HollandElaine Motion and Fiona Muirs.

Our dispute resolution expertise covers a wide range of areas, including:

Commercial and charities

The legal services offered by our commercial and charities teams headed by partner Hugh Angus, covers several practice areas, including:

Private client and property

For over 30 years we have had a dedicated welfare team of Jo Downie and Fiona Shand who assist elderly and vulnerable individuals to be safe, supported, secure and well cared for.

Our private client and property teams, headed by partner Ken Robertson and Shona Brown offer legal services for individuals across a wide area, including:

Further afield

The firm is the sole Scottish member of The Parlex Group, an alliance of law firms. This ensures that our clients have instant access to specialist legal advice concerning their business affairs throughout the European Economic Area and beyond. Parlex has members in most European countries and affiliate members in the United States of America, China, Israel and Malaysia.

We take pride in delivering a personalised service to all clients, who include public sector organisations, regulatory and disciplinary bodies, companies, partnerships and individuals. The relationship we develop with our clients is central to the success of this approach.