Its more than 100 years since the Anderson MacArthur was first established in Stornoway and the firm continues to serve the communities of the Highlands and Islands in providing legal advice in a range of different fields and to a variety of clients.
Anderson MacArthur is the oldest legal firm in Stornoway, having been established in 1897. More recently, its Portree office has provided services for the Isle of Skye since the 1990s.
A full range of legal services are offered between the two offices with all the solicitors experienced in crofting matters, conveyancing, powers of attorney, wills, executries and many other matters.
Both offices also offer estate agency services through the Hebridean Estate Agency in Stornoway and Skye Property Centre in Portree.
The company has a Portree-based Director, Duncan Burd; together with Directors Margaret MacKay and Isabel Macleod and Associate Janet Matheson, all three of whom are based in Stornoway. The solicitors are assisted by experienced paralegals and secretaries.
Isabel Macleod comments: “Having island solicitors with local knowledge can be very important to our clients.
“We offer home visits to clients who cannot make it into the office and we also have two Gaelic speaking solicitors. It is good to get out into the community and help people as they make important decisions.”
Simon Fraser was a partner with the firm for many years but sadly passed away in 2016. As an accredited crofting specialist, he was able to assist clients with many complex and significant transactions. His contribution to the world of crofting and land reform was very important. His reputation raised a loyal client base for the firm, but new clients are also taken on daily.
The firm has seen many changes in the last 20 years, not least with the loss of Mr Fraser. However, the outlook is bright and the present staff continue to build on the foundation already in place. The Stornoway office is proud to now be an all-female solicitor office which is a significant change to the legal world when the firm was first established.
Director Margaret MacKay is looking forward to the future saying: “The legal profession is becoming more and more challenging in terms of regulation and other aspects - in particular for small rural firms.
“Despite that, it is rewarding work and we are proud to serve our communities and hope Anderson MacArthur continues to do so for a long time yet!”
To speak to a member of the approachable and professional team, you can telephone the Stornoway office on 01851 703356 or Portree on 01478 612197.