Celebrating 175 Years
Celebrating 175 Years06 March 2019 Written by James & George Collie


We are delighted to be celebrating a landmark anniversary for James and George Collie!

In 1841, the practice was established by James Collie, making us one of the longest-serving legal businesses in the north-east of Scotland. Now, 175 years on, we continue to act for clients in this area and further afield, offering a complete range of legal services. Our aim is to be here for at least another 175 years, serving the future generations of our existing clients and strengthening our partnerships with businesses across the region.

After being founded in 1841, the practice grew into its existing partnership in 1856 when George Collie joined his brother. Since then, the firm has used its historic foundations to mature into the fabric of the Aberdeen business community. The firm is proud to have retained its status as a full service firm to ensure all of our clients’ needs are met. The blend of legal expertise and in-depth local knowledge ensures our clients are provided with a dedicated no-nonsense approach when our services are required.

In recent years, James and George Collie has acquired established law firms in the north-east, enhancing our position as a leading player in local sector. The firm acquired Cooper & Hay in 2005 with current partners Forbes F. McLennan and John W. Sinclair joining. In 2009, Aberdeen’s first female sole-practitioner, Anne-Maryse Churchill of Churchill & Co joined forces. Kinnear and Falconer, the highly regarded practice based in Stonehaven, was acquired in 2010. The firm of Kinnear and Falconer has served the Stonehaven area for over 150 years, mirroring the rich traditions and longevity of James and George Collie. The professional link between James and George Collie and Kinnear and Falconer ensures that some of the most valued members of the North-east's legal profession, covering all the professions disciplines, are in place to help our clients.

We look forward to celebrating our anniversary year and to serving you in the future. From property sales through our Aberdeen and Stonehaven estate agency offices and purchases using our expert conveyancing department to employment and family law, the firm will offer a bespoke service to suit your needs.  The Executry department encompassing wills, estates and trusts, as well as inheritance and income tax planning, will be readily available to assist you and your family when required. Our court department handles civil litigation, insolvency, debt collection and matrimonial work, while our commercial and corporate departments act for businesses of all sizes in the North-east.  Landlords and tenants can access advice and guidance from experts in our commercial leasing department where deals are facilitated.  We also offer one of the largest furnished property leasing departments in the area.

James and George Collie would like to thank you for all of your support in the past and look forward to servicing your needs and requirements over the next 175 years!

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