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Commercial Property
  • Commercial Property

    Your local commercial property experts.

    The Commercial Property team at The McKinstry Company combines depth of experience with high quality expertise, and standards of service.

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    Meet your Commercial Property expert Frances Evans

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    Frances Evans Partner

    Frances joined Team TMC as a Partner in 2017, and heads up the Property and Business Law team. Having trained at a large Glasgow firm, Frances has worked in commercial property since 2000. She is highly experienced in a wide range of commercial property work, including investment acquisitions and disposals, leasing and secured lending. She acts for a broad range of clients, including landlords, tenants, developers and industry.

    Frances enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid reader.

  • Property Law

    Your local property law experts.

    When you buy or sell any type of property in Scotland, you are required to use a solicitor. We can help you through each stage of the conveyancing process, making it as painless as possible for you.

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    Meet your Property Law expert Frances Evans

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    Frances Evans Partner

    Frances joined Team TMC as a Partner in 2017, and heads up the Property and Business Law team. Having trained at a large Glasgow firm, Frances has worked in commercial property since 2000. She is highly experienced in a wide range of commercial property work, including investment acquisitions and disposals, leasing and secured lending. She acts for a broad range of clients, including landlords, tenants, developers and industry.

    Frances enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid reader.

  • Business Law

    Your local business law experts.

    Our expert team can advise you on the full spectrum of business matters, including disposal, acquisition, merger and issues with employment or compliance. We also have extensive experience in advising on business structure, and have worked with a number of leading businesses to secure a successful outcome.

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    Meet your Business Law expert Graeme McKinstry

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    Graeme McKinstry Chairman

    Graeme founded The McKinstry Company in 1984, after successfully negotiating an earn-out from his previous partnership. He has overseen the development and consolidation of the practice from a predominantly litigation based service, to a thriving High Street firm across several legal sectors. His primary role now is Chairman, undertaking strategic review and development, while holding the Partners to account.

    Outside of McKinstry, Graeme has a Practice Management Consultancy where he focuses on management issues in small to medium sized legal firms. His business acumen and experience in the commercial world was recognised in 2015, when he was appointed President of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    In his spare time, Graeme can regularly be seen looking for his ball in the gorse of rough at Royal Troon or Turnberry Golf Course.

  • Wills & Estates

    Your local wills and estates experts.

    Our Private Client team, led by Partner Thiona McQuiston, can give you expert advice on all aspects relating to Wills and Estates. In line with other areas of the firm, we have recruited and trained outstanding solicitors to ensure you receive the best possible service. Stephen Neillie and Debbie Dunlop are experienced private client solicitors who have gone the extra mile and successfully completed the onerous examinations of the Society of Trust and Executry Practitioners.

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    Meet your Wills & Estates expert Thiona McQuiston

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    Thiona McQuiston Partner

    Thiona is Head of our Private Client Department where she is involved in all aspects of property, asset protection, Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, Wills and winding up estates.  

    Having joined TMC almost three decades ago in a support role, Thiona went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Strathclyde in 1999.  When embarking upon her Law degree, she was told by the late Professor Sinclair “My dear, you have the University of Life” and that as a bedrock equips Thiona to advise clients on the aspects of their affairs in which she is involved.

    Thiona enjoys walking, yoga, travel and spending time with her husband and family, including her dog Molly.

  • Family Law

    You local family law experts.

    We understand the breakdown of a relationship is a difficult and upsetting experience. We can help you deal with some of the challenges separation and divorce presents, with a sympathetic but practical approach.

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    What's next?

    Meet your Family Law expert Graeme McKinstry

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    Graeme McKinstry Chairman

    Graeme founded The McKinstry Company in 1984, after successfully negotiating an earn-out from his previous partnership. He has overseen the development and consolidation of the practice from a predominantly litigation based service, to a thriving High Street firm across several legal sectors. His primary role now is Chairman, undertaking strategic review and development, while holding the Partners to account.

    Outside of McKinstry, Graeme has a Practice Management Consultancy where he focuses on management issues in small to medium sized legal firms. His business acumen and experience in the commercial world was recognised in 2015, when he was appointed President of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    In his spare time, Graeme can regularly be seen looking for his ball in the gorse of rough at Royal Troon or Turnberry Golf Course.

  • Litigation

    Your local litigation experts.

    Our Litigation team, led by Partner Robert Honeyman, has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation. Dealing with a vast range of disputes which result in court action.

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    Meet your Litigation expert Robert Honeyman

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    Robert Honeyman Partner

    Robert is Head of our Litigation Department, where he oversees all contentious cases. His remit includes employment, contract disputes, commercial court work and all aspects of personal injury litigation. With extensive experience of handling cases in the Employment Tribunal, Sheriff Court and Court of Session, Robert was recognised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society of Scotland in 2010, as a Specialist in Personal Injury Litigation.

    Having joined the firm in 1997, Robert is well respected among clients and peers, and is widely regarded as an organised, proactive and diligent litigator, who will go the extra mile to get the best results for his clients.

    Robert is a keen golfer (although not reflected in his handicap) and enjoys running. He also supports a number of charitable and community projects, and is Past President of Largs Cronies Burns Club.

  • Accident Claims

    Your local accident claims experts.

    As the only firm in Ayrshire with two Accredited Experts in Personal Injury Law – Robert Honeyman and Alastair Cameron – we have the knowledge and expertise to professionally guide you through your entire litigation journey.

    If you have been involved in an accident in the last three years, you are probably entitled to compensation. We can help you make a personal injury claim and will strive to achieve the very best result for you.

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    Meet your Accident Claims expert Robert Honeyman

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    Robert Honeyman Partner

    Robert is Head of our Litigation Department, where he oversees all contentious cases. His remit includes employment, contract disputes, commercial court work and all aspects of personal injury litigation. With extensive experience of handling cases in the Employment Tribunal, Sheriff Court and Court of Session, Robert was recognised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society of Scotland in 2010, as a Specialist in Personal Injury Litigation.

    Having joined the firm in 1997, Robert is well respected among clients and peers, and is widely regarded as an organised, proactive and diligent litigator, who will go the extra mile to get the best results for his clients.

    Robert is a keen golfer (although not reflected in his handicap) and enjoys running. He also supports a number of charitable and community projects, and is Past President of Largs Cronies Burns Club.

Expert solicitors serving Ayrshire for over 30 years. We're here for the journey.

The McKinstry Company flourished and quickly gained an excellent reputation in litigation. The business has since diversified and now offers a spectrum of advice across 7 distinct areas of knowledge and experience, including: Property Law; Business Law; Wills & Estates; Family Law; Litigation; Accident Claims & Commercial Property.

The McKinstry Company offices are in Ayr town centre, located at Queen’s Court House, 39 Sandgate and Girvan, located at 146 Dalrymple Street.

Having celebrated our thirtieth anniversary the firm continues to go from strength to strength.

Ayr Sandgate

Queen’s Court House
39 Sandgate
Ayr, Ayrshire
KA7 1BE

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Girvan

146-148 Dalrymple Street
Girvan, Ayrshire
KA26 9BQ

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Some of our happy clients
  • Robert was very supportive.

    M Carruthers, Kilmarnock.
  • Great, Rebecca was very pleasant to deal with and went out of her way to help with our case

    S Everett, Kilbarchan
  • The solicitor / paralegal I was dealing with was very professional and performed to a high standard. I was very impressed.

    B Ferguson, Methil
  • Local firm, word of mouth good reports.

    K Rooney, Glasgow
  • All queries were dealt with in a prompt and professional manner and I was kept informed of progress as events developed. Thank you very much for making a difficult situation much easier to deal with.

    Mrs McG, Ayr
  • Communication via telephone and email was regular, prompt and comprehensive. All queries and questions were answered with no delays or problems. My experience with the McKinstry Company was pleasant and smooth.

    Mr McK, Ayr
  • My family and I received excellent service from everyone with whom we had contact. The service was of the highest standard and, as I have in the past, I will continue to recommend the company to anyone seeking legal assistance.

    Mrs S, Ayr
  • All emails and calls were dealt with promptly. Very impressed. Very very pleased with service.

    Mr and Mrs H, Hull
  • I enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Very professional.

    Mrs A, Ayr
  • Mr Honeyman was very professional and knowledgeable which made us feel reassured. Very happy with the service and if I needed a solicitor again I would get in touch.

    Mr B, Ardrossan
  • Prompt quick efficient communication.

    Mrs K, Cumnock
  • Ease of making appointments and timescale for completion of business all good.

    Mr & Mrs T, Maybole
  • Gave reassurance and comfort at a stressful time. I felt ten times better after our first meeting and support provided ultimately exceeded my desired outcome.

    Mr N, Saltcoats
  • The supportive way that the advice was provided along with the willingness to fit appointments in with our requirements

    Mr R, Ayr
  • The whole process was handled with upmost professionalism throughout.

    Mr McN, Kilwinning
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