News & Information
To cope with a heavy and expanding caseload in most areas of the practice, preparation for the future development, and transition from current senior solicitors, we seek applicants for several positions:
- Associate Commercial Solicitor
A solicitor of at least Associate or comparable level with substantial (5 or more years PQE) experience of commercial property law (leases, purchases & sales) and business acquisitions & sales, but versatile enough to cover related areas of work. The successful applicant will take over an established client base during phased-retirement of partner/director. As we are a small practice, versatility to cover for colleagues in diverse areas such as private client, residential conveyancing, and corporate law will also be useful.
- Qualified Assistant – Private Client & Conveyancing
A Qualified Assistant, with 1 to 2 years PQE, to assist in the busy Private Client and Conveyancing departments of our practice, dealing primarily with administration of executries and trusts, and also assuming a caseload of conveyancing transactions, both residential and light commercial.
- Conveyancing Paralegal
A conveyancing paralegal, primarily in our Strathaven office but also spending some time in Hamilton office.
- Executry Paralegal
An Executry paralegal based in our Hamilton office to assist solicitors in the administration of executries. Suitably experienced applicants may also wish to combine this with feeing of legal files for all departments of the practice.
- Cashroom & Feeing
We require a part-time, book-keeping / credit control assistant in our cashroom. This may be a standalone position, but suitably experienced applicants may wish to combine this with feeing of legal files for all departments of the practice.
Full and part-time applicants will be considered.
Please apply with CV to John Jackson & Dick, 48 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6DT -
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.