About us

We are a leading 21 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. Elaine Motion is a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience which entitles her to appear in the upper civil courts.

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

Commercial and charities

The legal services offered by our commercial and charities teams cover several practice areas, including:

Private client and property

Our private client and property teams, headed by partners and Shona Brown and Ken Robertson 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.