As the firm of Williamson and Henry approaches its 80th year in practice, it is worthwhile reflecting on the history and evolution of a business which started out in 1937 when the founding partners James Williamson and Alex Henry set up chambers in the former Sheriff Court in Kirkcudbright. When Ross Ireland joined the firm 25 years ago there were 3 solicitors and 7 support staff since when there have been many changes along the way.
Following recent restructuring of the firm the business continues to evolve and goes from strength to strength with Ross Ireland and Ian Rodger at the helm supported by 3 Solicitors, 2 paralegals and a great team of 12 support staff working out of 4 offices throughout the Stewartry and ably supported by a team of viewing agents and professional photographers who all strive to provide a high quality, friendly and personable service to a wide range of clients throughout Dumfries and Galloway and beyond geared towards property marketing and conveyancing but with a broad range of private client legal services for all of your family’s needs.
The firm’s ethos, enshrined over the generations, is founded upon the core principles of honesty, integrity and good old fashioned no nonsense advice combined with hard work and a sense of humour. The firm positively embraces change and appreciates the importance and use of modern technology to keep clients well informed, particularly digital communications and a wide range of new and exciting ideas to enhance the services provided to clients. Never complacent and never seen to be standing still the firm appreciates the importance of new marketing techniques and ideas and promotes the use of social media, videography and aerial photography to ensure they stand out from their local competitors and remain a prominent firm of solicitors and estate agents in The Stewartry.
Following the retirement of the “well kent” faces of Willie Henry and Ian Steele the firm has been lucky enough to bring together the next generation of local legal talent to look
after your family and family’s family for many years to come. After 39 years in practice, Ian Steele retired just over a year ago in anticipation of which some nine months ahead of this the firm welcomed his daughter, Helen, to the team to provide continuity to many of Mr Steele’s long established clients in Kirkcudbright as well as many clients in the Glenkens. Helen operates from both our main office in Kirkcudbright and satellite office in New Galloway.
Helen has brought with her knowledge of guiding families through the difficult time after a loved one passes and has a keen
interest in all aspects of property law and marketing. She is able to cater to the needs of clients both new and old and prides herself in being thorough and methodical. A local girl, she needed no introduction to the firm by clients as many have known her all of her life.
To help cope with an ever increasing workload, the team at W & H were delighted to welcome Graham Donnelly in February 2016.
Talking of this latest appointment, Ian Rodger says, “We are incredibly lucky to be in a position where we can attract skilled solicitors to our firm. Not only have we managed to do this but our three young solicitors are all local. Graham trained locally and thereafter gained experience with Anderson Strathern in the central belt in the rural properties department. This made Graham the perfect fit”.
W & H have always wanted to provide a solicitor for everyone and the partners have always appreciated he benefi ts of having different skills and interests in all of their solicitors. Graham, who is currently finishing off a PhD, is a director of the Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service in Dumfries and can just about hold a conversation in Russian! Living in Dalbeattie and with a good knowledge of the local area he is very well placed and looks forward to assisting clients new and old in Dalbeattie and the surrounding Solway