Andrew was brought up on a hill farm in South Wales where he played, rode horses, helped on the farm and did a bit of studying. Although he did not do particularly well at school, he managed to read History and Politics at Edinburgh University and graduated with a 2.1 Honours in 1976.
For the next 4 years he worked with one of the banks in Edinburgh and studied Law and Accountancy at night. He could not cope with Accountancy but enjoyed Law and decided to commit financial suicide by returning to Edinburgh University to undertake an accelerated Law Degree in 1980. On graduating in 1983 he commenced his 2 year traineeship with the prestigious Edinburgh Firm W & J Burness (now Burness Paull) of Charlotte Square. Having completed his traineeship he decided to move out of the city and secured a position as a Solicitor with the highly respected Firm of Pagan Osborne in 1985. His son and daughter were born in 1986 and 1989 and he was assumed as a Partner in 1987. In 1992 he acquired the Kirkcaldy office business from Pagan Osborne and commenced practise on his own account.
Professionally, his time is spent advising various business clients, preparing wills/powers of attorney, providing advice on inheritance tax and care costs and undertaking residential conveyancing. In addition, he is responsible for managing the business.
Outwith the office he enjoys hillwalking, running and cycling with family and friends (although there’s no denying his Friday night runs to the pub are his favourite!) and enjoys reading primarily autobiographies and biographies.
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Siân joined the firm in 2010 having obtained an honours degree in Reproductive Biology at Edinburgh University and then having had a change of heart!
Rather than returning to university to study law, Siân decided to sit the Law Society of Scotland’s professional exams while undertaking a 3 year pre-diploma traineeship at the firm. This enabled Siân to get plenty of practical experience before returning to university to complete her postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Dundee University in 2013-14.
Siân completed her “post-diploma” traineeship in 2016 and now undertakes mainly conveyancing and private client work.
Siân loves a night out in Edinburgh for dinner and cocktails but is truly a country bumpkin at heart. She likes to get out and about in the fresh air as much as possible and dreams of one day living “the good life” out in the country with a menagerie of animals. All while practising law, of course! For now, she makes do with living in town with her husband and dreaming of getting a dog.
Siân also regularly walks up local hills and goes to the gym in an attempt to defeat the dreaded calories contained in her favourite cocktails and chocolates and to unwind after a busy day at work.
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Alistair was born and brought up in Dunfermline before attending Aberdeen University where he obtained his law degree and subsequently his post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Alistair was determined to do more than simply study law during his time at University and, amongst other things, he enrolled with the University Air Squadron where he learned to fly and now holds a private pilot’s licence.
After leaving Aberdeen, Alistair returned to Fife to work as a trainee solicitor and was made a partner in Pagan Osborne at the age of 26. It was whilst working there that he first met Andrew.
Alistair has a broad range of both personal and business clients and now specialises in the purchase, sale, development and lease of commercial and residential development sites including the purchase and sale of businesses including a property element.
He was a Law Society of Scotland Council Member for 24 years prior to becoming President of the Law Society of Scotland in 2014/2015 and was appointed a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for four years from 2015.
Outwith the law, Alistair has many interests principally involving sports of all kinds, motor cars (particularly rallying) and, lastly, for relaxation, gardening!
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Terri is our longest-suffering member of staff having worked with Andrew since 1989! She had ten years off to dedicate her time to bringing up her son Mark and returned to the firm in 2013. In 2019, she passed her paralegal qualification in residential conveyancing through the University of Strathclyde (with flying colours!) and now works alongside Siân.
When she's not beign kept busy at work, Terri enjoys holidays abroad with her family to soak up the sun. Terri is a very keen artist and regularly delights the office with her work, a favourite being one of Julie’s son, Austen. She loves both drawing and painting and shows her completed work at local exhibitions. She is a member of Kirkcaldy Art Club and enjoys attending classes there (although we are convinced she’s good enough to be running the classes!).
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Myra is our Cashier and has worked with us since 2006 having previously been a book-keeper at an electrical retailer. Myra handles all of the firm’s financial transactions including dealing with clients’ monies and, importantly, staff salaries!
Myra is a keep-fit aficionado and is a member of Core Studio in Markinch. She loves participating in HIIT classes, Metafit and Grit.
To balance out this saintly side, Myra is also very active socially and often has plans to go out with friends for dinner, drinks, shopping, spa days and trips to the theatre.
To recover from all this activity Myra enjoys trips to Portugal twice a year to unwind and also loves relaxing with her favourite TV shows, Masterchef and Strictly Come Dancing.
Angela is one of our Secretaries and has a wealth of experience having been a Legal Secretary for in excess of 30 years! She joined us in 2012 following our acquisition of Beveridge, Herd and Sandilands. Prior to turning to the dark side (i.e. law) Angela worked at the Head Office of a local travel firm as an Accounts Clerk.
Outwith the office, Angela enjoys reading, walking and can often be spotted at our local gym and Zumba classes working up a sweat!
Angela enjoys regular holidays abroad with her family (and is often sporting an enviable tan!).