Hamilton - 01698 281747

Strathaven - 01357 522959

Hamilton - 01698 281747

Strathaven - 01357 522959

Our Team

We constantly strive to be different from most provincial law firms of our size.

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Euan Stirrat

Senior Partner / Managing Director

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    Euan 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.

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Pauline Milligan

Director

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    Pauline is a Director and heads up the Private Client department specialising in the preparation of Wills, Inheritance tax planning, Trusts, Executries, Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, with a particular emphasis on elder law and long term care planning. She also provides property advice including purchase and sales and transfers of title.
    She has also been involved in setting up, the administration and termination of trusts as well as providing expertise in complex executries, issues of succession, inheritance tax planning and management of individual and family assets, partnerships and small businesses.

    With over 30 years of experience, clients enjoy the excellent customer service whilst benefitting from her wide range of legal knowledge and professionalism.

    In addition to being qualified in Scot’s Law, Pauline is qualified in England & Wales as well as in New Zealand where she lived and worked for several years before returning to Scotland in 2007.

    Married to Alan, they have a son with whom she spends a lot of time cooking and eating or talking about cooking and eating. When time permits, she enjoys pilates, walking, travelling, cooking and she has been known to bake from time to time.

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John Gildea

Solicitor Advocate

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    John is an Associate and runs the Litigation Department in the Firm. He regularly appears at Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and also various Tribunals including the Housing Tribunal in Glasgow.

    He is one of only two civil Solicitor Advocate in South Lanarkshire and as such is also entitled to appear in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. He was advocate for 18 years with a tremendous about of court experience, before changing to a solicitor in 2010. He undertakes most types of litigation but particularly family law and debt recovery. In the Housing Tribunal he regularly appears for landlords in landlord/tenant disputes.

    Beyond that he has a particular interest in Guardianships not only for the elderly but also young adults unable to manage their affairs upon turning 16. John has over 30 years of experience in Court work and is a well-known face throughout the West of Scotland in all the Sheriff Courts.

    Married to Tanya they have two children and have lived in Hamilton for nearly 20 years. He is a keen sportsman and in recent years has been selected by British Triathlon to compete for Great Britain in his age group at the World and European Championships. You will often find him on a Saturday morning tearing round Strathclyde Park at the local park run.

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Paula McCrum

Associate

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    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.

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Alison Wilson

Executry Paralegal


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    Alison is a fully qualified Executry Paralegal registered with the Law Society of Scotland. She assists Pauline Milligan in the private client team providing advice to clients in administering executry estates.
    With over 10 years of experience, Alison advises on all aspects of executry administration including the preparation of the Application for Confirmation, Inheritance Tax returns and Estate Accounting. Her attention to detail and dedication to executry work helps clients through what is often a very distressing time in their lives in the knowledge that they are in good hands.
    Alison is married and has two children. She enjoys football, netball and socialising.

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Debbie Lusk

Senior Secretary, Private Client


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    Debbie is a Senior Legal Secretary and heads up our Secretarial Department. Debbie joined John Jackson & Dick in 1999 and is our longest serving member of staff.
    Debbie assists Pauline Milligan in our thriving Private Client Department in the preparation of Wills, Inheritance tax planning, Trusts, Executries, Guardianships and Powers of Attorney. She also assists with conveyancing transactions. Debbie particularly enjoys assisting in the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and in the administration of Executry estates. With over 25 years legal experience Debbie is keen to advance her knowledge further and obtain her Paralegal Qualification in Wills, Trusts & Executries.

    Debbie is married with a daughter and enjoys spending time with her family, catching up with friends, reading, cooking and walking her beloved dog, Molly.

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Julieann Rae

Legal Secretary


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    A very experienced legal Secretary, another of the class of 2018, who job-shares with Liz Young in Strathaven.

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April Hogg

Legal Secretary


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    April is a Senior Legal Secretary who assists and supports our Commercial and Conveyancing departments. She has a great understanding and knowledge of our clients and their needs and enjoys meeting clients to have documentation signed when assisting the Property department.

    April started with us in 2014 as an Office Junior and has progressed to Legal Secretary and is now looking to progress further with a Paralegal qualification.

    She enjoys spending time with her partner, family, friends and going on holiday.

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Karen Buddo

Legal Secretary


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    Karen has over 40 years’ experience in the legal profession and joined us in June 2021. She provides secretarial support mainly to the conveyancing department and enjoys dealing with clients in helping with their queries.

    Karen is married, has 2 children and 5 grandsons, all of whom keep her very busy. She loves spending time socialising with friends and family, going on holiday and weekend trips. She also likes pottering about her garden especially when the sun is shining.

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Lindsay Smith

Legal Cashier


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    Lindsay is our Legal Cashier and responsible for the firm’s Cashroom.
    With over 20 years’ experience in the Insurance, Banking and Customer Service industry, Lindsay changed her career path and joined the firm in October 2017. She successfully completed The Society of Law Accountants in Scotland (SOLAS) - Cashroom Accounting and Administration in December 2018.
    Lindsay lives with her partner and their two children who keep them busy with their many after school groups and sporting activities. When time allows, Lindsay likes to spend family days at the beach with their pet dog.

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Emily Blair

Legal Secretary


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    Emily is a Junior Legal Secretary who joined us in October 2021.

    She graduated from City of Glasgow College in 2020 with a HND in Legal Services and is excited to have her first Legal job. She is currently providing support to our private client and conveyancing departments.

    Outside of work Emily enjoys gardening, baking and loves watching Greys Anatomy.

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Rebecca Dorricot

Office Junior


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    Rebecca is our office Junior who joined us from school in September 2021. She is kept very busy with a variety of duties in the office such as answering the telephone, looking out client documentation, copying, scanning, managing the incoming and outgoing mail as well as dealing with clients when they come into the office.
    In her spare time, she likes to visit family and friends. She enjoys going to the cinema and going out to restaurants.

Tina Garcia

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Linda Hoffman

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Chris Addington

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Brian Johnson

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Robert O'Neill

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