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Holmes Mackillop Law Firm Hires BTO Lawyers

A HISTORIC Scottish law firm has welcomed a series of new appointments from the same law firm.

Holmes Mackillop, whose roots date back to 1783, appointed Ross Brown as director, Emma Donaldson as senior partner, Elaine Clark as senior enforcement assistant and Shona Currie as tax assistant.

All four joined BTO Solicitors.

Glasgow-headquartered Holmes McKillop said the move brings “expert knowledge and a wealth of experience” to enhance its wills, trusts and executions offering across its four offices.

Mr. Brown and Ms. Donaldson specialize in helping individuals put in place appropriate mechanisms to protect their family and assets using wills, trusts and powers of attorney.

They are also experts in Inheritance Tax (IHT), protection of vulnerable beneficiaries, asset protection and planning for care costs. They are both members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) which is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and estate planning.

Ms. Clark focuses on the administration of estates and deceased trusts. Having qualified as an Accountant in Scottish Law in 1992 and as a Paralegal specializing in Wills and Executions in 1998, she “has a wealth of experience in this area and takes pride in assisting clients in a pragmatic yet empathetic way”.

Ms Currie also brings with her extensive experience as a tax adviser and paralegal and is an integral part of the team, the firm said.

Mr Brown said: “Holmes Mackillop is a highly respected firm with a strong reputation for providing top quality legal services.

“I’m excited to join as an administrator to lead the firm’s wills, estates and tax offering and take it to the next level.”

Ralph Riddiough, director of the company’s corporate department, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ross and his team to Holmes Mackillop, to meet the needs of our growing customer base.

“Following the successful merger of our firm with Campbell Riddell Breeze Paterson last October, this gives our clients access to a tremendous resource of expertise and capability and will complement the commercial law services our firm is also known for. .”

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