A law firm for life


The McKinstry Company has been featured in The Ayrshire Post’s ‘Business of the Week’. See the full article below:

Top award winning legal firm, The McKinstry Company, celebrates 35 successful years being at the heart of the provision of first-class legal services throughout South West Scotland and beyond.

From its inception in October 1984, the business has grown from the middle floor at Queen’s Court House in Sandgate, Ayr to occupying the entire prestigious and iconic grade A listed town centre landmark.  The Head Office houses a team of 35 comprising the Chairman, Partners, solicitors, and a host of dedicated and diligent support staff serving all aspects of the business.

Substantial investment over the past two years has seen a modernisation of the ground floor reception and client meeting offices.  The extensive refurbishment delivers ease of client access and modern meeting space while retaining the grandeur of the old banking hall for which Queen’s Court House was originally constructed.  On entering the office you will be welcomed by the receptionists, always on hand to help you; whatever your enquiry.
During its 35 years The McKinstry Company has made four acquisitions, the most recent of which was the established Girvan legal practice Murray & Tait.  The Girvan office is managed by Partner, Debbie Dunlop, who along with her team have continued the tradition of Murray & Tait providing dedicated legal service to the people of Girvan and beyond maintaining strong local connections.  The entire business now comprises over 40 people operating from the two offices in Sandgate, Ayr and Dalrymple Street, Girvan.

The acquisition of Murray & Tait in Girvan has allowed The McKinstry Company to offer its expertise and services to existing and new clients in Girvan, its surrounding areas and beyond into Dumfries & Galloway.  The provision of legal services is evolving and people in more rural communities need and demand access to expert legal advice.  The McKinstry Company have the experience, people and infrastructure to provide the level of legal services that people in the area want.  This strategic development has proven to be a success with a range of new work coming through the door from across the South of Scotland from private individuals, local companies, farmers and charities.  There is great expectation that the Girvan office will continue to grow both in terms of staff and geographical prominence.

The Chairman and Partners believe their vision and drive to focus on building client relationships rather than simply completing their transactions, whilst delivering a highly professional and friendly service, makes The McKinstry Company a Law Firm for Life. In the words of the Chairman;

“With a dynamic, forward thinking and a strategic approach, we are fully committed to each of our clients and strive to provide the best service and advice to each one of them at all times.”

The McKinstry Company work with private clients and local businesses from manufacturing, retail, agriculture and the service industries throughout South West Scotland.  They are winners of the prestigious awards of High Street Firm of the Year and Managing Partner of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland and have achieved a host of other accolades, including being the first law firm in Scotland to win the coveted Quality Assurance kitemark and being recognised as Investors in People.

The McKinstry Company has experts in Litigation, Property Law, Business, Wills and Estates, Family Law matters, effectively covering all aspects of business and family life.

Investment in technology plays a huge part in the future direction, drive and development of the business with plans underway to work on its online communication with clients which can be found as far South as the Borders and with a strong client presence up North in Orkney.

The McKinstry Company it is not all about earning fees. They are serious about delivering as stakeholders in the local community.  The McKinstry Company was integral in working behind the scenes delivering legal services to various charities including Whiteleys Retreat, the formation of the Ayr Gaiety Theatre Rescue Plan and the Belleisle Conservatory Limited. Providing in each case skill and guidance through the legal labyrinths of setting up Companies limited by Guarantees and securing the coveted charitable status.  Their charitable efforts do not stop there and over the years the business and its staff have raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities with events including:

  • Will donation scheme
  • the Colour Dash for Ayrshire Hospice
  • Zipline across River Ayr
  • Tough Mudder
  • Glasgow Kiltwalk in support of Whiteleys Retreat

Being a close-knit team with a cohesive culture, recognising the hard work which is contributed by colleagues The McKinstry Company have celebrated landmark anniversaries with office-wide trips to Dublin, Paris, Florence and Rome. Currently, plans are well underway to acknowledge our 35th celebrations and next year we plan to take the whole office on a celebratory trip to a European capital.

Head receptionist and social media co-ordinator Ashley Thomson said, “We are a great team and enjoy spending time together to celebrate special occasions where we can, in order that we both work hard and play hard.  It’s great being part of a team that has grown over the years and I am proud to work here in the heart of Ayr Town Centre.”


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Some of our happy clients
  • Really helpful and friendly always replied to calls and emails. Thank you very much for all your help and advice and hard work.

    Mr S, Auchinleck
  • First class throughout 100% better than last time we moved house and used a different firm. Always responded to promptly with appropriate detailed replies. First Class

    Mr N, Ayr
  • Thank you for the support during a difficult time.

    Mrs M, Ayr
  • Every email was timely and actioned quickly. Kirsty and Libby were exceptional to deal with. They kept me informed in a timely manner with the added complication of our sale being carried out whilst we are currently based in America.

  • My emails were always responded to in a timely manner no matter who I was dealing with. Thank you to Nat and Kirsty who helped throughout our move and during some difficult times when lock down was first announced! They have both been great.

    Miss K, Dalry
  • Everything was done extremely professionally.

    Mrs G, Ayr
  • Very happy with the way my case has been dealt with despite working restrictions due covid 19 - thank you. Calls & emails always responded to within reasonable timescale. Very impressed with lawyers and staff I have dealt with during current case and previous divorce case very friendly and efficient.

    Mrs H, Ayr
  • All very prompt, efficient, clear, friendly and personable. Not overwhelming with legal jargon. Many thanks for making the process of setting up a will so straightforward.

    Mrs D, Troon
  • We required our Wills to be amended and that was done without any problems whatsoever.

    Mrs F, Ayr
  • Very business-like and helpful

    Mr M, Ayr
  • I was very impressed with the professionalism shown by all members of staff I had any dealing with. All calls and emails were relevant to the sale of my flat. All questions I had were dealt with at the time. For any further legal matters I will certainly be using The McKinstry Company

    Mr H, Ayr
  • Excellent service most happy with attentiveness and customer service.

    Mr F, Condorrat
  • Nat & Libby efficiently dealt with every question I had.

    Mrs K, Ayr
  • Kirsty understood our weird schedule when we were often 8 hours behind UK time, and simplified things for us by liaising via email. She was extremely approachable and dependable. In Kirsty’s absence, Jodie and Nathaniel would step in and communicate with us, and were very helpful too.

    Mrs N, Ayr
  • Great service and always on hand to answer our questions. Prompt and efficient response.

    Mr H, Ferniegair
  • Questions and communication were answered promptly

    Mr W, Sinclairston
  • Speaking from my own personal experience I was perfectly happy with the service I received. Everything was done to my satisfaction.

    Mrs I, Largs
  • Very efficient, timely and very mannerly on the phone

    Mr McN, Mauchline
  • The service was superb.  Kirsty and team were extremely helpful.

    Mr and Mrs R, Ayr
  • First class service from start till finish. Always there to give help and advice.

    Mr R, Ayr
  • Great service and advice from a good professional company.

    Mr R, Kilmarnock
  • Excellent, very friendly and professional. I will be using you for all my property transactions in the future!

    Mrs S, Godstone
  • My case was handled sensitively and smoothly.

    Mr N, Ayr
  • Everyone concerned in the sale of our property was very efficient and kept us up to date with all happenings.

    D Ferguy, Cookstown
  • Great service.  Would recommend you to others.

    Mr S, Kirkmichael
  • Communication was always available when required. Made me feel confident throughout the process.

    Mr L, Ayr
  • Always replied or phoned back when I needed my questions answered.

    Miss McF, Patna
  • A very prompt and friendly service, a pleasure to deal with.

    Mr R, Aberdeen
  • 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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