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Anne McKenzie

Anne McKenzie

Partner

A Partner at Connell & Connell, Anne joined the firm in 1981 having graduated from Edinburgh University. She qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has been a Partner since 1984. Experienced in all aspects of private client work, Anne primarily deals with house purchases and sales, wills, executries, tax planning, powers of attorney and advice for the elderly. She has particular expertise in advising families who have a member with a disability. In addition, Anne deals with the purchase, sale and leasing of small commercial properties.
She is also a Writer to the Signet, Notary Public and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

ammck@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
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Andrew Ogilvie

Andrew Ogilvie

Partner

Andrew has extensive knowledge and experience in buying and selling residential properties and is also involved in the buying, selling and leasing of commercial property. He is happy to advise on all aspects of private client work including wills, executries and tax planning. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Andrew joined Connell and Connell in 1990, qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and became a Partner of the firm in 1994.
He is a Writer to the Signet and a Notary Public.

ajo@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
Lesley Elrick

Lesley Elrick

Partner

Lesley joined Connell & Connell as a partner in August 2015. She has experience in a broad range of private client work including, Wills, Powers of Attorney, succession, asset protection, setting up and managing  trusts and inheritance tax planning. Lesley also provides practical and technical advice and support to families through what can be a difficult and distressing time following the death of a loved one.   Lesley graduated in 1990. She is a Writer to the Signet, Notary Public and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She holds the STEP advanced certificate in Family Business Advising (2012).   This qualification sets the benchmark for professionals who want to work with family business clients.

lme@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
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Richard Murray

Richard Murray

Partner

Richard joined Connell & Connell as a Partner on 1st April 2020. He has long years of experience in dealing with private client matters for his clients and his area of work include Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration, Asset Protection, the setting up and managing Trust arrangements, and Inheritance Tax planning.

Richard is a qualified Scottish Law Accountant (“SLA”) and has been a member of the Society of Law Accountants in Scotland (“SOLAS”) for more than 30 years. He was President of the Edinburgh Branch of SOLAS for many years and is a SOLAS  Past President.

Having a keen interest in charity law, Richard holds a Trustee position with John Watson’s Trust (administered by the WS Society) and Families Outside. He also is the Secretary and Treasurer of The James & Grace Anderson Trust. This is a charity that helps to fund research into a cure for cerebral palsy and alleviate the suffering of children and adults who live with this illness on a daily basis.

Richard is a Writer to the Signet and a Notary Public.

rjm@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
Gordon Cairns

Gordon Cairns

Consultant

Gordon has been a private client solicitor in practice since qualifying in 1981 and has considerable experience in the purchase and sale of residential property, the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney and the care of the elderly.

Formerly a senior partner in the firms of Garden Haig and Gillespie Macandrew till 2015 he was until this year a senior tutor in conveyancing in the Law Faculty Diploma at Edinburgh University for 30 years.

Gordon also sits as a fee paid judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber of the Tribunal Service and as the vice convenor of the Business Committee of the General Council of the University of Edinburgh.

gdc@connellws.co.uk
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Alison Rowatt

Alison Rowatt

Associate

Alison is an Associate at Connell & Connell. Alison attended Edinburgh University, graduating in 2002 and gaining the Diploma in Legal Practice in 2004. Alison joined Connell & Connell in the same year to complete her 2 year traineeship and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She specialises in all aspects of buying, selling and re-mortgaging property. Alison is also a Notary Public.

air@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
Jenny Boyle

Jenny Boyle

Associate

Jenny is an Associate at Connell & Connell. Jenny attended Aberdeen University, graduating in 2008 and gaining the Diploma in Legal Practice in 2009. Jenny joined Connell & Connell in 2010 to complete her 2 year traineeship and qualified as a solicitor in 2012. She specialises in private client work including executries, tax planning, wills, advice to the elderly and powers of attorney. Jenny is also a Notary Public.

jlb@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
Chloe Davidson

Chloe Davidson

Solicitor

Chloe joined Connell & Connell as a Solicitor in 2020. After graduating with an LLBT in 2012, she gained her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. Chloe went on to undertake her two year traineeship and qualified as a Solicitor in 2017. In her role at Connell & Connell Chloe carries out all aspects of residential conveyancing; this includes purchases, sales, re-mortgages and security work. Chloe is also a Notary Public.

cd@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
Ailie Christie

Ailie Christie

Solicitor

Ailie is a Solicitor in our Private Client team. Ailie completed her LLB (Hons) Degree at The University of Dundee and gained her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from Edinburgh University. Ailie joined Connell & Connell in 2018 as a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in 2020. She specialises in private client work including the administration of executries, Wills and Powers of Attorney. Ailie is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is currently undergoing professional examinations required to become a full STEP member. STEP is the professional association for practitioners specialising in family inheritance and succession planning.

aec@connellws.co.uk
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Jo Kelly

Jo Kelly

Paralegal

Jo is a qualified Executry Paralegal with over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of private client work. Jo joined Connell & Connell in 2019 and deals with wills, executries and powers of attorney.

jek@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
Allan Brown

Allan Brown

Property Manager

Allan joined the firm in 2003 and works in our Property sales department as a Property Manager. Allan can advise you on the local market and is able to co- ordinate the marketing of your property from initial valuation, preparation of schedules and arranging the Home Report survey through to managing closing dates and acceptance of an offer.

arb@connellws.co.uk
0131 556 2993
Buying or Selling a Property

Buying or Selling a Property

Connell and Connell has a wealth of experience in dealing with the property market of Edinburgh and its outlying areas.

Wills & Executries

Wills & Executries

Whether a will is straightforward or complex, everybody needs one.

Tax Planning

Tax Planning

We can advise you on tax planning to maximise the use of exemptions and reliefs to save income tax, capital gains tax or inheritance tax.

Advice for the Elderly

Advice for the Elderly

When it comes to planning for old age we can advise you on the best way to manage your affairs and assets.

Commercial Property & Family Business

Commercial Property & Family Business

Our team has a wealth of experience in dealing with small to medium size commercial properties.

Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney can be used when you need someone to act or make decisions on your behalf.