NICHOLAS S GORDON
Nick was born and educated in Glasgow, undertaking a history degree before qualifying in Law in 1992. After training in Glasgow, Nick joined the Firm in 1995 to specialise in the Personal Injury Department. Since then he has represented injured clients and families in work accident claims, road traffic accident claims and medical and dental negligence claims – many of which have involved catastrophic injuries or death.
Since 1996, Nick has been a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) dedicated to claimants’ interests. Over the last 10 years the Firm has undertaken more clinical negligence cases than ever as clients now better appreciate their right to question treatment and outcomes from health professionals. The public awareness of this right to be able to make informed consent choices about treatment risks has vastly changed the medical and dental negligence landscape in the last few years.
Nick heads up the Personal Injury Department together with colleague and Partner, Mark Marshall. They have a bespoke Personal Injury service to offer clients that is unique to Dumfries and Galloway. In that mission they are greatly assisted by support staff, Lindsey and Nicola, both very experienced in the often emotionally difficult first contact that clients and families need to make to look into a claim.
Married with three children, Nick’s assortment of hobbies of motorcycling, hill running and open water swimming are his antidote to most things.
ALASDAIR D BRYCE
Born, raised and educated in Dumbarton, Alasdair went on from Dumbarton Academy as Dux of the School to Strathclyde University where, in 1995, he qualified in Law with Honours.
Alasdair is a Partner and key member in our busy Court Department, specialising in both Civil and Criminal Court work. He is a member of United Employment Lawyers and advises both employers and employees alike in the ever increasingly complex area of Employment Law.
In November 2018 Alasdair was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Procurators of Dumfriesshire, but he assures us that this accolade will in no way affect his continued support for Dumbarton F.C. or his desire for foreign travel!
Alasdair works alongside fellow Partner, Lynn McMurchie and Senior Solicitor, Vicky Raymond. The team is complimented by support staff, Lynette, Roxanne, Tammy and Jamie.
IAIN S MURRAY
Although born in Edinburgh, Iain was raised from the age of three in Dumfries, attending St Joseph’s College there before going on to graduate in Law at Edinburgh University. Iain was one of the very few first Trainee Solicitors to qualify from the University’s Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Unit in 1981.
After a two-year spell as an in-house Solicitor with Nithsdale District Council, Iain joined the Firm in 1985 where he now heads up our Commercial and Residential Conveyancing Department along with fellow Partner, Sharon Fyall.
Iain specialises in Commercial and Residential Conveyancing and Leasing, takes a great interest in Licencing Law and is generally seen as the ‘go to’ Solicitor for complex transactions.
Iain speaks fluent French, is a member of the Dumfries and Galloway branch of the Franco-Scottish Society and is married to Caroline from the Isere region of France.
The Firm’s busy Conveyancing Department is also home to Senior Solicitor, Steven Whitelaw; Trainee Solicitor, Neil Henderson and Paralegals, Jamie Sneddon and Amanda Stewart. The team is supported by Jennifer, Gillian and Kim.
The thriving Estate Agency division of the Department is overseen by our team of Property Assistants, Maureen, Donna and Susan; along with Consultant, Paul Matthews.
SHARON A GALLOWAY
Sharon was born and raised in Clackmannanshire. She attended Alloa Academy and moved on from there to Dundee University, graduating in Law in 1990 – the same year she married and moved to Dumfries to commence her apprenticeship as a Doonhamer.
Sharon trained with a local Firm of Solicitors, before moving to JHS LAW in 1995. Whilst she has extensive previous experience in conveyancing, Sharon has chosen to specialise into Private Client, enjoying the high level of client contact involved in that work.
Sharon now heads up our Private Client Department along with fellow Partner, Rebecca Pickering. The Trust and Executry team also comprise of Senior Solicitor, Lorraine Nicol; Trainee Solicitor, Laura Robb and Senior Paralegal, Linda Donaldson – all of whom are supported by Rachel, Claire, Fiona and Mariann.
Sharon is married with two daughters who have absorbed the majority of her free time for some 20 years! As they move on now to other things, Sharon is enjoying finding time for her own interests. These currently include keep fit, some tentative hillwalking, even more tentative sailing and as much socialising as she can fit into a busy schedule!
REBECCA J A PICKERING
Born in Stirling, raised in Dumfries and educated at the High School there, Rebecca went on to graduate with Honours from Glasgow University’s Faculty of Law in 2002. Thereafter, she remained with the University as a Tutor in Executry Practice.
Rebecca undertook her traineeship in Glasgow and became an Assistant Solicitor with Maclay, Murray and Spens. Several years later, she returned to Dumfries to join our Private Client Department, working alongside colleague and fellow Partner, Sharon Galloway.
Rebecca is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has gained her T.E.P. qualification.
An avid reader with a voracious appetite for books (ten over the course of an average holiday!), Rebecca is on first name terms with the staff at the local library!
MARK K MARSHALL
Mark is a Partner in the Firm’s dedicated Personal Injury Department. He qualified as a Solicitor and Notary Public in 2007, having undertaken a two-year specialist litigation traineeship with one of the country’s largest Personal Injury Law Firms.
Mark has worked almost exclusively in litigation and dispute resolution within the field of reparation since becoming a Lawyer. He joined the Personal Injury Department of JHS LAW in 2009 to work alongside Partner, Nick Gordon.
Mark handles a broad range of general and often high-value personal injury work on behalf of claimants, litigating predominantly in the Sheriff Courts. He has extensive experience of road traffic accident claims, employer liability litigation arising from workplace accidents and general public liability cases. Mark also deals with a growing number of clinical and medical negligence actions.
Mark, along with Nick, is a member of both the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).
LYNN L MCMURCHIE
Lynn is a Partner in the Firm’s Family Law Department. She completed her two-year legal traineeship locally in Dumfries and qualified as a Solicitor and Notary Public in 2011.
Lynn deals predominantly with Family Law disputes including separation, divorce, child contact disputes, co-habitation claims and children’s hearing cases. She has a particular interest in working with families in the child adoption process.
Lynn joined JHS LAW in 2013 to work alongside Anne Guthrie. Following Anne’s retirement in 2017, Lynn now heads up the Family Law Department. She is a member of the Family Law Association and is a Family Collaborative Lawyer.
Lynn’s training allows her to offer her clients the option to explore alternatives to Court-based methods of resolving Family Law disputes, through the process of four-way Solicitor and client collaborative meetings. Although Lynn is one of only four Solicitors in Dumfries and Galloway who are currently able to offer the collaborative service, she also has extensive experience of conducting Court hearings, appearing in Dumfries Sheriff Court on a weekly basis.
SHARON S FYALL
Born in Glasgow, raised and educated in Fife (Wade Academy, Anstruther) and Perthshire (Blairgowrie High School), Sharon graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1992 with a BA in Business and Administration. She then embarked upon her Law Degree and the Diploma in Legal Practice at Dundee University, where she was also awarded the Law School’s Business Law Prize.
Sharon decided to settle in Dumfries in 1998 and, after undertaking her traineeship, she became a Partner in the well-regarded local Law Practice of Whitelaw, Edgar and Baldwin. She sampled what life is like in New Zealand for a year in 2006, before returning to Dumfries.
Sharon was assumed as a Partner within the Conveyancing Department of JHS LAW in 2017. She brings to the Firm her considerable experience and specialism in all aspects of Property, Commercial and Agricultural Law.
Sharon is a past director of Women’s Aid and is a serving committee member of the Solicitors Property Centre.
When not behind her desk, Sharon enjoys her young family to the full and encourages their participation in swimming, running, ballet, horse-riding and football.
Behind the scenes providing the backbone to many aspects of the business are some of the Firm’s longest serving members of staff – from Linda, Anne, Jackie and Eileen in the Cash Room to Evelyn and Debbie in general Office Management and IT roles.
Muir and Gary complement the workforce as the Firm’s Messengers.