48 Cadzow Street,
Tel: 01698 281747
3 Bridge Street,
Tel: 01357 522959
News & Information
Having just appointed two solicitors, we have no vacancies for those positions. However, we anticipate that we will require to add secretarial and paralegal staff in 2020 to deal with increasing workloads. We are happy to receive both full-time and part-time applicants.
If you are interested, please email your CV to email@example.com
Following purchase of the former RBS branch at 50 Cadzow Street, below our office, work started in December 2019 on extensive refurbishment to combine it with our existing offices. The work has taken a bit longer than expected, but we expect to be operational in the new premises in the last week of March. After 87 years of upper floor offices, at last we will have a ground floor office, with easy access for clients who have difficulty with stairs. The prominent frontage will also make us much easier to find for clients and other people who are unfamiliar with us. The new premises increases our floor area by about one-third, providing additional rooms for larger meetings typically required during commercial transactions. One feature we have retained from the bank is the strongroom, which will be very useful as our existing strongroom is full!
It was our intention to invite many clients to an opening of the new office, but given the current concern about Coronavirus, we have decided that large gatherings are not a great idea just now, so will postpone until the crisis eases. However, once work is completed, we will be pleased to see any clients and others who wish to pop in for a look. Our existing entrance will be used only for servicing and emergencies, and the main entrance will now be at No 50. We are changing our address to 48-52 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6DU.
Like everybody else, we don't really know what impact this will have, and to a large extent it is a matter of luck. Our first concern is for the health and well-being of our staff and their families, and it seems probable that periods of self-isolation will be necessary to protect them. With IT and telecom suppliers, we are devising contingency plans. During periods of self-isolation, staff may be well enough to work from home, if the technology provides for that. Most of our solicitors have had home-working capability for years, and some of us use it regularly, so we are confident that, in many areas of work, we can maintain reasonable service. We are equipping support staff to provide, at least, some functionality from home, which may be necessary if the outbreak is serious enough to force complete shut-down of the office.
Shot in the foot
Trying to turn back time, Euan Stirrat headed for Australia to play in the Rotary International Cricket Festival, attended by about 180 Rotarian cricketers from many countries, in January 2019. Things were going well on the third day. By chance, the Festival photographer caught the very instant, pushing off for a run after a nice shot, when an ageing Achilles tendon went bang. Surgery, and a seven week absence from the office, followed, but Euan worked from home and maintained almost normal service. Back to normal since May.
1 November 2018
From 1 November 2018, Marshall Ross & Munro, Solicitors, Motherwell have merged with John Jackson & Dick and have relocated to JJD's office at 48 Cadzow Street, Hamilton. Charles Bow has joined JJD as Consultant.
At the time of the handover, we obtained client lists from Mr Bow from which we generated letters to many hundreds of clients. However, we are aware that there are many more to whom we have not written, simply because we did not have information which was sufficiently accurate and up-to-date. We issued releases in the press and other media, and via Law Society, to try to make contact. We apologise to clients who have not received letters. All title deeds and Wills were moved to our office in December 2018, and we are compiling updated lists, with the intention of notifying clients for whom we hold documents. We have been able to reassure clients who have contacted us. Mr Bow continues to work with us as a Consultant, and has now cut down to three days per week, Wednesday to Friday.
Euan Stirrat commented
“More than a few years ago, just before starting University, I bent my Dad’s car. Legal advice was required, so Dad took me to the family solicitors, Marshall Ross & Munro. That was my first practical experience of the law and lawyers. Dad and my grandfather, both quite well known in Bellshill during their careers, were friendly with MR&M’s then senior partners. I dealt with them later when they wound up my grandfather’s estate. So, even before I qualified as a solicitor and joined John Jackson & Dick, I had a good impression of MR&M, knew some of the partners quite well, and saw them as role models. Over the years I have dealt with MR&M often, and continued to hold them in high regard.
It was with some sadness that I heard that MR&M could not continue as an independent firm after Charles Bow’s retirement. However, I was delighted to hear that he regarded us as being the most suitable firm to look after MR&M’s clients. For me, it feels like completing an unforeseen circle.
Being around for ‘only’ 85 years, JJD also has its foundation in good, long-term relationships with clients who return again and again. Such relationships are built on consistent, quality service.
Charles will continue to practise with us as a Consultant, full-time for the first few months, then progressively reducing his time and transferring his caseload to our team until retirement. He joins our team of five experienced solicitors, each of us concentrating on specific areas of law, so that we can offer high standards across a range of work which is wide enough for the needs of most of our clients. To handle our own expanding caseload and ensure continuity of service to our clients and the future of the firm, we were already planning to bring in capable, additional solicitors, and will advance that to create capacity as Charles cuts back.
We look forward to welcoming MR&M’s clients as clients of John Jackson & Dick. Please feel free to call us, or drop in to meet us at our offices in Hamilton and Strathaven”
November 2017 - Appointment of Jonathan Findlay
Jonathan Findlay joined us as an Associate, to concentrate primarily on Commercial Property work. He taken over much of Euan Stirrat's caseload in Commercial Property and has been well received by clients.
30th May 2017 - Appointment of John Gildea
We are pleased to announce the appointment, from 30 May 2017, of John Gildea, Civil Solicitor Advocate, as our principal litigation and dispute resolution Associate solicitor. John has nearly 20 years’ experience as an Advocate, handling a wide variety of work, both civil and criminal, not only in Sheriff Court, but also in High Court of Justiciary, Court of Session and the Privy Council. As a Solicitor Advocate, he is qualified to appear in the Court of Session on behalf of our clients. In addition to taking over our existing family law and commercial litigation caseload, he brings experience of employment law and personal injury claims, having worked mainly in the latter for the last six years.
6th April 2017 - Pauline Milligan appointed as Director
Well merited, and long overdue, we were delighted to appoint Pauline Milligan as a Director of the firm with effect from 6 April 2017. Since joining the firm in 2007, Pauline has proved herself to be an exceptionally capable Private Client solicitor, and has strengthened the firm’s long-established reputation as one of the leading practitioners in that field in the Lanarkshire area. Through SOPS (Solicitors for Older People, Scotland) network, of which the firm is a member, Pauline has repeatedly been invited to present seminars to groups and organisations about retirement and succession planning, guardianships and Powers of Attorney, and related subjects. Her appointment as Director was originally planned for 2012, but due to unexpected changes in the partnership at that time, arising from David Darroch’s early retirement through serious ill-health and the departure of another partner to Aberdeen, the priority was to stabilise, incorporate and restructure the practice, before resuming on succession planning. Pauline is the first of a new generation of partner/Directors who may be expected to continue the practice to and beyond its centenary in 2033.
Estate & Letting Agency
From the 1970’s until 2016, as members of a succession of solicitors’ estate agency organisations, including GSPC from 1994, we offered estate agency and letting services, based in our Strathaven office from 1997. Like all estate agents during the property recession after 2008, it suffered and never fully recovered, whereas the commercial and private client areas of our practice flourished. In 2016, we decided to restructure and concentrate on our core business, and transferred our estate agency operations to Residence Estate Agents. Following a refit, they now share our Strathaven office, where we continue to provide solicitor services as normal.