A law firm for life

Like any good journey in life, planning and preparation is vital to produce the right experience, and it all started for me, at The McKinstry Company.

I joined the firm in August 2018, taking up a position as a Conveyancing Secretary.  Previous to that I had 25 years of legal experience, working in a similar role for two established law practices.  I saw an opportunity to join The McKinstry Company and had long admired their high profile and well-regarded services.  My personal aim was to progress my legal career and as a girl in her 50s! I needed to work for an organisation that would value my years of personal and extensive experience.   In the words of a past American President…Do what you can, with what you have, where you are…and these words of wisdom were to carry me through my training and studying for my Paralegal Qualification.

I was working for TMC for about six months when I was approached by the partners and asked if I would like to start the process of becoming a Conveyancing Paralegal, for the firm. You can imagine my shock at the opportunity to become a mature student, and my first task was to write a letter to the partners, explaining why I would like to do the Paralegal Qualification and what positive outcomes I could bring to The McKinstry Company.

So the journey began, and from the outset, I was counselled and supported throughout the entry and administrative process of getting my course started, even down to applying for my study book pack, which upon arrival looked daunting.

Fortunately, I had excellent contact at Central Law Training from the University of Strathclyde and internal support from my immediate boss at The McKinstry Company.

I never felt any pressure of time and was told by the company that the process would take up to two years, but with my previous legal experience, I should be familiar with some of the subjects as I had done Conveyancing work in the past as well as criminal, civil, matrimonial and divorce work. During the weeks and months to follow I worked my way through the various modules and assignments, which were marked and returned to me from my tutor at the University of Strathclyde.

The anticipation of getting a good mark on my current assignment helped me to stay on track and motivated.  I can confess to sitting on the beachfront at BENIDORM on holiday one day and texting my tutor to see if my current assignment had been marked, such was my enthusiasm!  Gradually, I progressed through the allotted modules and assignments and felt happy with my general performance on achieving some good pass marks.

Finally, it was time to approach The University of Strathclyde to enquire about the Exam diet dates.  In true form, they came back to me with two options on sitting the exam and perhaps finally gaining my Conveyancing Paralegal Qualification. I was offered a Diet date at University or the option to sit the exam at The McKinstry Company under exam conditions with an invigilator from the firm.  I opted for the latter and after discussions with my team leader, Kirsty McDonald, Solicitor, we set about agreeing a date and the process of getting the exam papers and an office in which I could take the exam, under supervision in a familiar environment, which was an immense help to me, right down to the 3 large signs on the door saying, DO NOT DISTURB, EXAM IN PROGRESS!

….Several weeks later my result came in as a PASS with a score of 92%…I could not have been happier and was truly humbled by the depth of affection and genuine support from everyone at The McKinstry Company.

So where are we now, I can tell you I have drunk the Champagne and have actually started work, as a Conveyancing Paralegal. WOW.

I now speak to clients on all matters conveyancing and its really great when the work is complete and clients are so pleased when they get the keys to their new home and onwards to a new journey for them. It’s very satisfying for me as part of the team at The McKinstry Company and, in the knowledge, I can make a greater contribution by developing my own skills and upholding the firm’s name, as A LAW FIRM FOR LIFE.

On a personal note, this has been a fantastic journey, as a mature student, and hope more organisations see the real benefits of turning experience into tangible benefits for both individuals and forward-thinking, modern organisations.

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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.

    Anon.
  • 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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