Gillespie Gifford & Brown

Legal Services

Solicitors through Life ®

Our aim is to assist you through the various matters that can arise in a lifetime, helping you manage your property, finances and other assets for your benefit and that of your loved ones.

While not an exhaustive list, the most common areas discussed are:


It is often commented that buying or selling a property is one of the most stressful experiences in life. Our aim is to make the legal aspects of the purchase or sale process as simple and straightforward as possible. We have extensive experience in dealing with all of the conveyancing elements of purchase and sale including negotiating the contract (missives), liaising with your mortgage provider and completing the transfer of title. We strive to deliver a high standard of service and make it a priority to keep you fully informed at every stage of the transaction. We are always happy to answer in plain English any queries you may have.

Wills and Powers of Attorney

These documents are increasingly being considered together. Dying without an up to date Will in place can see your affairs taking much longer to be settled, usually involving additional expense and can bring worry into the lives of your family at a difficult time. We can review with you your wishes and also consider whether any planning is appropriate at present to ensure your Estate passes to whom you would wish and having regard to Inheritance Tax and the potential impact of care home charges.

Wills take effect on someone’s death and increasingly, thanks to the wonders of modern science, we are living longer but requiring assistance in our later lives. Even for younger people, issues of managing their affairs can arise following sudden illness or an accident. A Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust to take care of your affairs, both financial and welfare, to ensure who you would wish to manage your affairs is able to do so. Without this in place applications require to be made to the Court for appointment and these can be very expensive and time consuming.

Winding Up Of Estates

All our Offices are able to give first hand assistance in what can be a daunting and complex matter at a stressful time. We are in a position to take care of all that is required, including compiling the detailed Inventory and Valuation of Assets which requires to be lodged with the Sheriff Court and, dependant on the size of the Estate, the relevant HM Revenue and Customs Inheritance Tax Forms, thereafter settling any debts, distributing the assets and completing all necessary forms.

Agricultural Law

Being a Firm situated in the country, our Firm has Solicitors experienced in the many and varied elements of Agricultural Law. This includes the purchase and sale of Farms, Forests and Buildings, the varied legal aspects of Estate Management, advising upon all relevant legislation, assisting with employment matters, providing help with Partnership arrangements and addressing all aspects of Agricultural Leasing.

Commercial Conveyancing/Leasing

Our experience and knowledge of the local commercial property market and dealing regularly with commercial transactions across Scotland, means that we are well equipped to carry out all aspects of your commercial property dealings including the purchase and sale of property, development and leasing.

We appreciate that no two commercial property transactions are the same and that what is of greatest importance in any negotiation will be the achievement of your personal commercial goals.

We will take the time to ensure that the often complex legal paperwork is as clear as possible so that, for example, you fully understand your obligations and entitlements as landlord or tenant in terms of any Lease. We will also make sure that all the pertinent points are covered so that your position is best protected.


Leasing a property can often make good financial sense but it is important to take appropriate advice to ensure that you are complying with all current regulations.

We are well placed to guide your through the leasing process from advertising your property for let, to advising on the Landlord Registration and Tenancy Deposit Scheme to drafting the Lease documentation itself. We can also draft the required paperwork to bring an existing tenancy to an end. Our experienced staff are always on hand to offer sound and practical leasing advice

Family Law

A break up of a marriage or long term relationship is a difficult and emotional time. The division of assets can involve difficulties, in particular when these assets are locked into pensions or businesses. Assets can also be "hidden" or overlooked and careful consideration of the family circumstances requires to be given. We have lawyers experienced in this sensitive area.


Gillespie Gifford & Brown LLP take a zero tolerance approach to being involved in illegal/illicit activity, and will fully comply with all relevant sections of the Money Laundering Regulations (ML Regs), the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA), and the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT)

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you so very much for all of your work over the last, how many years that I have been involved with yourself in relation to my Uncle…..You were always very caring with him, and made my involvement so much easier than it might have been, given the distance …I always felt you were very much in his corner…
- Valerie McElroy, Dumfries Office, Power of Attorney, House Sale, Executry

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