48 Cadzow Street,
Tel: 01698 281747
3 Bridge Street,
Tel: 01357 522959
Euan Stirrat LLB (Hons), NP
Joined John Jackson & Dick in 1976, partner in 1978, and Senior Partner / Managing Director since 1997
Has over 35 years experience in Commercial Property and Leasing transactions, for both landlords & tenants, in offices, shops, factories, hotels & licensed premises. Often transacts for pension SIPP's and SSAS's. Formerly accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Commercial Property Leasing.
Handles purchases and sales of business, from small to multi-million £, both share and asset transactions, MBO's, restructuring, and associated matters. Has handled all the firms' major commercial transactions since the late 1980's. Can deal with associated work in licensing, employment, intellectual property, etc.
Formerly handled a wide variety of work, including conveyancing, criminal trials civil litigation, employment tribunals, licensing appeals, and family law. Still regularly directs policy on difficult court actions, including Court of Session. Previous experience in litigation includes reported cases, in licensing, health & safety, pension division in divorce, and interest on damages. Rare among commercial lawyers in having practical experience of litigation.
User of IT to improve business efficiency, service, and communications. Enjoys practising law and new challenges, and has a 'can do' attitude to tight deadlines. Recognises that clients are entitled to high standards of expertise, delivered efficiently, professionally and courteously, at fair cost.
Kenneth Miller LLB, NP
After several years with major firms in Edinburgh, joined John Jackson & Dick in 1984, and assumed as partner 1985. Originally trained in commercial property and security work, and still handling some, but now in charge of the firm's substantial domestic conveyancing practice, covering offices in Hamilton and Strathaven. Works closely with the firm's successful estate agency department. Also handles site acquisition and sales for builder / developers, and property security work for bank clients.
Pauline Milligan LLB (Hons) DipLP NP
Director - qualified solicitor in Scotland 1994, also England 1998, and as Barrister & Solicitor in New Zealand 2005. Formerly in-house solicitor with a major insurance company, then Associate with Dundas & Wilson handling banking, regulatory and compliance work, and almost three years in New Zealand as general practitioner. Joined JJ&D in 2007 to head Private Client Department, handling Inheritance Tax and estate planning, Trusts and investments with associated taxation planning, and advising on administration of assets of elderly and incapacitated clients, with enduring financial & welfare Powers of Attorney and applications for appointment of Guardians. Appointed as Director on 6 April 2017.
John Gildea, LLB, DipLP, MSc.
John Gildea is our principal litigation solicitor. He followed his father into the legal profession. He trained as an Advocate rather than a solicitor and, therefore, learned how to quickly master briefs in many different areas of law, and to present legal argument before the highest courts, where solicitors are not qualified to appear. He practised as an Advocate for nearly 20 years, handling a wide variety of civil and criminal cases, not only in Sheriff Court, but also in High Court of Justiciary, Court of Session, and the Privy Council in London. He was frequently instructed by Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service to prosecute criminal cases.
In 2010, he changed to the Solicitor branch of the profession, and is now a Civil Solicitor-Advocate, one of only two in South Lanarkshire. As a Solicitor-Advocate, he is qualified to represent our clients in the Court of Session in Edinburgh, which deals with most important and high-value cases.
On joining John Jackson & Dick as an Associate, he took over our existing family law and commercial litigation caseload, and has already achieved notable success in difficult cases which he inherited. He has strengthened our capability in employment law and, having worked in the field of personal injury claims for several years before joining us, he has taken on claims work and already achieved successful results for clients. John lives in Hamilton, and after many years of travelling to work Edinburgh, he is enjoying the short commute and the interesting and varied work which a firm like this provides.
Jon Findlay joined us in November 2017, as an Associate, to take on much of our Commercial Property caseload, allowing Euan Stirrat to ease-off over a lengthy period until he wishes to retire. Jon attended the University of Glasgow in the same class as Pauline Milligan, graduated with Honours in 1992, and worked in private practice in large firms in Glasgow until 2004.
In addition to his career in law, he has an interest in politics, and in 2003 was elected as a Councillor on Glasgow City Council, serving three electoral terms until he decided to stand down 2017. He was appointed to senior positions on the Council being, at various times, Vice-Convenor or Chair of several Planning Committees, Convenor of Education, and serving two terms as Chair of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. He was appointed to the honorary position of Bailie, frequently deputising for the Lord Provost in representing the city at conferences and other events.
The heavy commitment in local government was incompatible with work as a solicitor in private practice, so he switched to practising law in local government, where he became Lead Solicitor for Assets & Estates, and Planning, in East Dunbartonshire Council. He dealt with all matters relating to property; planning agreements; compulsory purchase; development agreements; joint ventures, construction contracts, all legal aspects of the construction of many new community hubs, primary schools and community centres, and negotiated and completed large-scale housing development agreements with private sector house-builders and registered social landlords. Following his withdrawal from political office, he sought a return to a legal career in private practice, and joined John Jackson & Dick.
In addition to his considerable experience in Commercial Property, his experience in planning law and large-scale public-private contracts adds new dimensions to the firm's capability, so that we now offer services which are probably not available from other firms in the area. His experience of leadership in local government and associated boards and charities also strengthens internal administration within the firm.
Charles Bow, Consulting Solicitor
Inspired by my great uncle, a solicitor in Kelso, I graduated in law from Edinburgh University in the mid 1970’s, after completing an Honours MA in German and Modern History at Glasgow University. I trained as a solicitor and worked in Edinburgh before returning to Lanarkshire in 1979 to join the long-established Motherwell firm of William Marshall Ross & Munro. I was later assumed as a partner and practised in partnership for over thirty years, but after each of my former partners retired I found myself as sole practitioner in 2015.
Now in my late 60’s and under some pressure from family to retire, I had a difficult decision to make. To continue practising as a sole practitioner was not an option and so I decided to seek out another practice with a similar ethos and background to take over/carry on the business. I have dealt with John Jackson & Dick for many years, know them as a firm of similar history and experience, located fairly near to us, and consider them to be very well suited to provide continuing service to my clients. I am taking a role of Consultant Solicitor to John Jackson & Dick to ensure a smooth transition, with a view to winding down and retiring in 2020.
In more than four decades of practice I have specialised mainly in residential conveyancing, covering the whole of Scotland. Executry work has also been a specialism, where I have been involved in winding up both small and large estates with assets both in the UK and elsewhere in the world. One particularly memorable estate was that of a famous Scottish author.
Being fluent in German, over the years I have often been instructed by German clients requiring services of a solicitor in Scotland.
Lucy Conn, Solicitor
Lucy graduated with a First Class LLB (Honours) degree from the University of Glasgow before training at a long established firm in Perth and qualifying as a solicitor there in 2014. While subsequently working at a City Centre firm in Glasgow, she developed a specific focus on residential property, building up a busy residential department in an almost exclusively commercial firm.
She joined John Jackson & Dick in 2019 and now assists clients with all aspects of purchases, sales, remortgages and securities, as well as helping with the firm's heavy commercial property caseload.
Paula Speirs, Solicitor
Paula graduated with LLB (Honours) from University of Stirling in 2012, followed by Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP) at University of Strathclyde. She served her Traineeship in a Glasgow city centre firm, concentrating on Private Client law (Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Executry and Trust administration), and qualified as a solicitor in 2016. She then joined a long established firm in Lanark, further developing her expertise in Private Client, and extending into sales and purchases of residential properties, and related conveyancing.
She moved to John Jackson & Dick at the start of 2020, initially based in Hamilton office but will also be spending much of her time in our Strathaven branch. Her main areas of work will continue to be a mix of residential conveyancing, remortgages, securities, transfers of title and general property matters, working with Kenneth Miller and Lucy Conn, and Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Executry and Trust administration working with Pauline Milligan.