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    About Us

    Russel + Aitken have been practising in the Central Belt for nearly 200 years. Our range of expertise is broad and of the highest standard. There is nothing standard in our approach to each client. In every case, we tailor our advice to the matter in hand, using our experience and resources to find the best solution for our clients at every stage of their life.

    Our highly experienced legal staff is of the highest calibre and offer a comprehensive legal service to personal and business clients across the country.

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    What can we do for you?

    In addition to our estate agency service, we have a very experienced conveyancing team able to buy or sell any type of residential property. They can also advise on transfers of title, remortgages and deal with any title issues you may have. These services complement a broader range of services to assist clients throughout their lifetime. These include: -

    • Wills and Trusts
    • Executry and Estates Administration
    • Inheritance Tax Planning
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Financial Planning
    • Family Law Advice
    • Court and Criminal Support inc Road Traffic Offences
    • Employment Law Advice
    • Corporate Support and HR Consultancy
    • Commercial Support

    With a broad width of expertise and a team of highly professional solicitors, Russel + Aitken are happy to offer a professional, comprehensive legal service to the people of Central Scotland.
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Selling a Property
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    As each property is unique at Russel & Aitken we like to visit you in your own home at a time that suits you to draw together a realistic marketing strategy. Our experienced team of Estate Agents and Negotiators have been dealing with property for many years and know the importance of plain factual advice from the start. Russel + Aitken LLP combine the best of modern marketing methods with the element of personal attention which has been important since we started in 1818. We still believe in speaking to all our clients weekly (if not more frequently as and when required). Being able to draw all the necessary skills together under one roof means that your sale is looked after by the same team from start to finish saving time and possibly money but above all helping to eliminate stress when you least need it.

      • Free Pre-sales valuation.
      • Professionally printed sales brochures.
      • Individual marketing plan.
      • Free accompanied viewing (where requested available seven days a week)
      • Inclusive sales quotes with no hidden charges.
      • Computerised mailing list.
      • Eye catching For Sale Boards.
      • Experienced property staff.

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    Our Property Department

    Charles Bennett is the head of the Property Department and started as a trainee Estate Agent in 1987. He works closely with Elaine Wilson and Wendy Hartley (Russel + Aitken's LLP two Senior Negotiators). The property team pride themselves upon helping each client achieve the best result possible every time.

    "From my first day as a trainee valuer the importance of communication was highlighted to me that is why either myself or Senior Negotiators will update our clients personally every week so if necessary we can discuss any changes that may enhance or speed up the sales process".

    The Property Department is open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am till 1pm on Saturdays but Charlie is contactable out of hours via his mobile. Viewings are also available seven days a week and after 5pm. The ability to link with other departments to streamline the whole sale process eg Des Coyne (Senior Associate) pre-sale to resolve any title issue or our conveyancing department post-sale to deal with the legal necessities, helps us to build a lasting relationship with our clients rather than a one off transactions approach.

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Buying Property -
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    When it comes to buying residential property, whether that is a first home, a family home a buy-to-let investment property or holiday home we are on hand to assist you in securing your new property. Our level of experience in line with our knowledge of current market trends and forces allows us to deliver a conveyancing service of the highest quality that will be tailored to our client's individual needs and desires.

    Our property experts have extensive local market knowledge that can assist you with properties close by and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with the various scenarios that arise in purchasing property allowing us to ensure your experience is as hassle free as possible. Your transaction will be handled personally from beginning to completion by one of our residential property solicitors, with the backing of an experienced team and the latest technology allowing things to happen in the timescale you desire. We also share excellent connections with experienced surveyors who can offer clear and concise advice to clients on the right terms when it comes to purchasing property. Should you require a mortgage to assist in your purchase we also have connections with leading independent financial advisors and mortgage consultants who will be on hand to ensure all the options open to you in terms of securing the right mortgage product for you have been analysed.

    Need a solicitor to act on your behalf in purchasing a residential property? We are on hand to discuss the purchasing process with you and deal with any queries you have regarding your next steps. We are happy to discuss the possible options open to you and the best approach including:

      • Noting interest on your behalf
      • Making a formal offer on your behalf
      • Advising on closing dates and ensuring you have the best possible chance when offering
      • Offering a clear guide to the conveyancing process, protecting your interest and providing you with regular updates through the transaction towards completion

    Choosing Russel +Aitken to act on your behalf provides you with access to an experienced professional with in-depth knowledge of the field and the local area who will negotiate on your behalf, based on your needs, to secure a timeous and efficient result with the use of the most up to date technology allowing the conveyancing process to be streamlined to suit your particular transaction.
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Russel + Aitken offers a broad range of services
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    Wills and Trusts

    If you want to ensure your assets are left to the person or people of your choosing, it is imperative that you make a Will. If there is no Will an application has to be made to the court for the appointment of an Executor which leads to delay and further expense. In some cases if you do not have a Will and your house is over a certain value, your spouse may not even be entitled to your property. Making a Will is simple and relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of not having one.

    Trusts can be set up during your lifetime or in a Will and are not necessarily for people with lots of money. Your Trustees control the assets in the trust and decide when and how they should pass to your chosen beneficiaries. A Trust can be used to preserve assets for future generations or to hold assets on behalf of beneficiaries who have lost capacity. They are also a good way to reduce inheritance tax liability.
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    Executry and Estate Administration

    Suffering bereavement is never easy and the thought of all the associated formalities and paperwork can become very distressing. To help our clients at such times, we offer a dedicated, professional and sympathetic service that recognizes how important it is to beneficiaries that estates are administered as quickly as possible.

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    Inheritance tax planning

    Inheritance tax is charged at 40% on assets over the nil rate band. With ever increasing property prices and more and more families are affected but with careful planning your liability can be reduced or even eliminated.

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    Powers of attorney

    A Power of Attorney can be used to regulate your affairs if you are temporarily or permanently unable to deal with matters. A Continuing Power of Attorney allows a family member or person of your choosing to deal with your financial and property affairs whenever it becomes too much for you and would also continue to be effective if you lost mental capacity. A Welfare Power of Attorney can be granted to deal with your personal welfare. It is worth noting that once you have lost mental capacity it is too late to grant a Power of attorney and a complex and expensive Guardianship application via the courts would be required to have a family member appointed to look after your affairs.

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    Financial planning

    In conjunction with our financial adviser partners, we can offer clients financial advice throughout their life. From planning your retirement, to funding care for elderly parents or children entering further education, questions about your pension or investments, we can assist with friendly easy to understand independent financial advice.

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    Family law advice

    The breakdown of any relationship is difficult for all concerned. Even when legal help is the last thing on a client's mind, it is still important to seek professional advice at an early stage. We aim to relieve some of the emotional pressures through a speedy and cost effective resolution.

    Our dedicated and experienced team of family law solicitors provide sympathetic advice in cases involving:

      • Mediation
      • Separation
      • Divorce
      • Children
      • Pre-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements
      • Pension Sharing

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    Court and Criminal Support 

    Clients sometimes have reason to take legal action. Although never an easy decision, it is important that clients seek the best advice as quickly as possible. We can offer that advice in disputes such as breach of contract, commercial disputes, outstanding debts, damages claims and those arising from property ownership. Should full redress not be possible through the courts, our excellent negotiating skills can often achieve a good settlement for clients, without the need for litigation.

    We can provide advice and representation covering the full range of criminal work from motoring offences to murder. If you are suspected of a criminal offence don't delay, give us a call. We can advise you on your legal rights, prepare the most effective defence and provide representation should the matter proceed to court.

    We are experts in the field of road traffic law, working closely with the country's leading expert witnesses. We can help if you are charged with any driving offence and may be able to stop the courts from taking your license away.

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    Employment Law Advice

    Whether employer or employee, we can help clients understand their rights and options and offer the most appropriate solutions, including mitigation and dispute resolution.

    Our extensive experience allows us to offer advice in every area of employment law, including:

      • Contracts of employment and directors' service contracts
      • Disciplinary procedures
      • Dismissal
      • Employment policies
      • Sex, race and disability discrimination
      • Transfer of undertakings
      • Tribunal representation

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    Corporate Support 

    Working with sole traders to SMEs and PLCs, we understand the demands and the pressures that businesses face. We aim to relieve that pressure wherever possible by offering a straight-talking, comprehensive legal service that is both personal and proactive. We take the time to get to know our clients and their business needs in great detail - and tailor our service accordingly.

    Our services include:

      • Asset purchase and sale
      • Contract
      • Formation and administration of companies
      • Franchising
      • Insolvency
      • Partnership
      • Share purchase and sale

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    HR Consultancy

    When you need additional support in your company, either as a special project, or as an ongoing out-sourced service, we can provide you with a fully comprehensive and cost effective Human Resources (HR) Consultancy Service, whatever the size of your organisation.

    Our HR Consultancy combines the knowledge and expertise of a long established in-house HR Department with the flexibility that outsourced HR Consultancy services can provide.

    Whether you are an established company or a new startup, we offer a range of consultancy packages, tailor-made to your requirements.

      • Employment law
      • Recruitment
      • Employee contracts
      • Administrative HR functions
      • Policies and procedures

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    Commercial Support

    We advise all types of commercial clients, from sole traders to major lenders and public companies. Our experienced team can give advice on buying and selling all types of commercial property and on the acquisition and sale of businesses.

    We frequently provide advice to landlords and tenants on all aspects of commercial leases, sub leases, rent review agreements, licences etc and to borrowers and lenders on the giving and taking of commercial securities
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    With a broad width of expertise and a team of highly professional solicitors, Russel + Aitken are happy to offer a professional, comprehensive legal service to the people of Central Scotland.
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    Property Manager - Charlie Bennett
    I started as trainee Valuer in 1987 and worked until the mid nineties with two of Scotland's most respected estate agencies. I then joined a national housebuilder working as the Marketing Manager for a number of years returning to pure estate agency work in early 2000. Since joining Russel + Aitken I have loved having the ability to deal directly both with vendors and buyers in a much closer way than is possible in the corporate world. 

     In my free time I enjoy returning to Ardnamurchan where I grew up either diving for scallops or fishing upon Loch Shiel. A chance to recharge my batteries in the beautiful isolation and solitude of Scotland's wilderness always helps me to remain calm and collected during the busier periods of work.
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    Senior Negotiator - Elaine Wilson
    I've worked with Russel + Aitken since 2003 and joined the Property Team in 2007. I enjoy speaking with clients on a daily basis and enjoy negotiating sales to obtain the best price possible for client's properties. 

     In my spare time I like eating out at nice restaurants and have just discovered the Far East for a holiday destination which I have enjoyed visiting very much.
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    Senior Negotiator - Wendy Hartley
    I've worked with Allan Grant/Russel and Aitken since 1992.  That makes it twenty five years on 6th July 2017.    "How time flies when you are enjoying yourself!"    I love meeting people and enjoy negotiating sales. 

    In my spare time I enjoy going to the theatre especially musicals, looking after my grandchildren, our allotment and holidaying in Lanzarote every December.
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    Managing Partner - Karen McLachlan 
    I joined Russel + Aitken in 1998, initially for 6 months to assist with conveyancing. Still here after nearly 20 years, I am now Managing Partner directly overseeing the Estate Agency and Conveyancing Departments and having overall responsibility for the day to day operation of the business and strategy implementation. I enjoy what I do. No two days are ever the same and I love interacting with staff and clients to find the best solutions. 

     In my spare time, I love most sports, gardening and indulging in good food and nice wine. I regularly play netball at a local sports centre albeit at a different pace from university days. I have a young son who keeps me busy most weekends. I come to the office on a Monday for a rest!
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    Senior Solicitor - Marc Convery
    I qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and joined Russel and Aitken to head up the residential conveyancing team in 2015 following spells in Kirkintilloch during my traineeship and then Dunfermline. This afforded me the opportunity to deal with an array of different types of client, properties and markets and widening my experience in the field. Since coming to Falkirk I have enjoyed the close relationship the firm has with its returning client base and having a greater opportunity to deal with clients in person than at previous firms as well as being part of a strong team of solicitors and support staff that pull together a pool of knowledge in various areas to deliver a quality service tailored to our client's needs. 

     Away from the hustle and bustle of life in the office I like to relax on the golf course in my never ending pursuit of a reasonable handicap. I am also an avid football fan and spend many weekends following my team or watching various games both locally and on television. I also, like most, enjoy jetting off to warmer climates and exploring new cultures and cuisine to recharge my batteries whenever I have the opportunity.
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    Senior Solicitor - Joanne Waters
    I have been a Solicitor in private practice specialising in both residential conveyancing and private client work for over thirty years, and have been part of the Russel + Aitken conveyancing team in Alloa since June 2014  having previously worked at Savage Law Practice and Allan Grant, after spells in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. I consider myself to be very much a "people" person, so enjoy the client contact which conveyancing offers, and I strive to make the process of buying or selling a house for clients as least stressful as possible.
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    Solicitor - Jenny Wild
    I qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and joined Russel + Aitken's Conveyancing department in 2015. I find it a rewarding experience meeting with clients and offering help and guidance if required during potentially stressful sale or purchase transactions. 

     When not working I enjoy various activities with my family, in particular visiting historic buildings throughout Scotland
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    Arlene Eadie - Conveyancing Administrator
    I started working with Russel + Aitken in 2009 and joined the conveyancing team in 2014. I really enjoy meeting and helping clients and enjoy the challenges of a busy conveyancing department. 

    Away from the office I love eating out, going on holiday and spending time with my family and dog.
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    Katryna Longmuir - Conveyancing Administrator
    I have worked for Savage Law Practice/Russel +Aitken since 2005 in the Finance Department and I joined the Conveyancing Team in 2015. I enjoy speaking with clients and the excitement at the fact we are helping people buy/sell properties. We understand that it may be a very stressful time in a person's life moving home and we are here to make that easy and less stressful for them. 

    In my spare time I enjoy socialising and working out at the gym.
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    Des Coyne - Head of Commercial Department
    I joined Russel + Aitken in 2009 as the Head of the Private Client Department.  I have since moved over to the Commercial Department and although I do still carry out some private client work, I spend most of my time helping out businesses or people creating businesses.  It is very challenging but also very satisfying work.

    In my spare time I enjoy playing the occasional round of golf and spending time with my children.
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    Angie Colbecki - Commercial PA
    I started working with Thompsons Solicitors in 1996 as a filing clerk and then was moved up the Finance Department after 6 months. After almost 9 years with Thompsons I left and took on a pub!  I had the Lease on that for 18 months, then returned to the Legal world when I began working for Aikman Russell Dunlop in 2006 .  After 6 years my boss left the partnership and started his own firm, Aikman Bell.  I joined him and stayed until 2015

    I joined Russel + Aitken in September 2015 and began working with Des Coyne in the Commercial department.  We deal with all kinds of commercial work so no 2 days are the same.  It can make life very interesting!

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    Testimonials from Sellers

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      You went the extra mile
      Dear Charlie
      Do you think I have forgotten about you - no way!!  I will never forget your help and kindness and the caring way you dealt with the sale of No. 40..  You went the extra mile.  A big thank you to you and your team.
      Best Wishes
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      Very much appreciated
      To Charlie & Elaine
      Thank you both for all your efforts in the sale of our house.  Its very much appreciated.

      Ann & Bill Swanston
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