As we are sure you will be aware, the impact of the Covid-19 Coronavirus continues to accelerate and affect many people’s lives in every aspect including the industries and workplaces they are part of.  We have been closely monitoring the guidance given by both the Government and the Legal Services Governing bodies about how and what work we can continue during this time to ensure we keep staff, clients and their families safe and help slow the speed of the virus.

With such uncertain times, the third party services and other industries we rely on to progress the work we do for clients are having to take unprecedented measures (such as the recent temporary closure of the Land Register of Scotland for Applications, and direct guidance from The Law Society of Scotland that conveyancing and transactional work should be ‘paused’) to ensure their staff are safe also.  Much of what we do cannot be done without these third party services being operational. 

The Governments have not categorised workers in our field to be ‘key workers’ who can continue to travel to work and therefore in these circumstances of national emergency, we feel that we are left with no other option but to close our office premises with immediate effect until further notice or until the restrictions placed on us by our Government are lifted. This action has been taken in the interests of public health and to ensure we are not putting our staff at risk.

We have been working remotely as much as possible to date to attend to client business but there is only so much that can be done from home without our main office being operational.  We also need staff in the office to operate. As we cannot have staff in the office, we cannot have staff working from home either. Therefore we are extremely limited in what we can do for you at present.

At this time, we would ask our clients and third parties to communicate by email to . If your matter is urgent, please call 01557 330 692, However, there are currently only two of us (Ian Rodger and Ross Ireland) to deal with everything. We may not be able to respond quickly. We will try to help if we can, but are very limited in our capacity to do so at present.

We will of course continue to closely monitor the Scottish and UK Governments advice and await the release of any further information or details that will impact on the welfare of our employees, clients and our business.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we all try to adjust and allow our country to ensure the safety of its people during these unprecedented times.  We hope that we will be able our doors again soon to continue servicing the needs of our clients and community.

Stay well and stay safe.


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Graham Donnelly | Solicitor



Practice Areas:
Private Client (Residential Conveyancing (Sales and Purchases), Wills, Powers of Attorney and Adults with Incapacity Issues, Executries and Letting).

About Graham:
Graham studied law at the University of Edinburgh before moving to Dumfries and Galloway with his wife, a native of the region, where he qualified as a Solicitor with a local firm. After qualifying, he worked for a number of years with a large Edinburgh firm, in their Land Resources (rural law) Department, before winning an academic Scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Glasgow.

Upon nearing completion of his academic work, Graham has returned to Dumfries and Galloway full time, having spent several years working and studying in the countries of the former Soviet Union as part of his PhD, and now prefers the rather more challenging prospect of bringing up his two, rather lively children! Throughout his time at the University of Glasgow, Graham remained active in and committed to the region and remains a board member of a large, local charity, and a member of many of the Stewartry’s sports clubs (outdoor swimming and squash being particular favourites). During his studies, Graham also worked for a variety of legal and regulatory bodies, including: as a freelance case reviewer on the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission’s reporter panel; as a researcher for the Scottish Government; and as a legal researcher and consultant for a number of international and national legal human rights charities. At Williamson and Henry, Graham works mainly on residential property transactions and general chamber practice (Wills, Executries and so on), though retains an interest in general rural law.

Graham currently lives in Dalbeattie with his wife and two children. Outside of work and when not exploring the coasts or forests of Galloway with the children, Graham enjoys playing squash, running and (strictly in the summer only) spending the odd evening swimming in Loch Ken and taking part in open water swim events around the country. Graham does not bake!

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