A law firm for life

Head Office

Ayr Sandgate

Queen’s Court House
39 Sandgate
Ayr, Ayrshire

Our Queen’s Court House building is 160 years old and has thrived from being our first office space to the flagship building of The McKinstry Company as it is known today.

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Ayr Sandgate

Queen’s Court House
39 Sandgate
Ayr, Ayrshire

  • Disability access
  • Parking close by


146-148 Dalrymple Street
Girvan, Ayrshire
KA26 9BQ

  • Disability access
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Meet the team

Graeme McKinstry Chairman View Graeme's Profile

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.

Thiona McQuiston Partner View Thiona's Profile

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.

Frances Evans Partner View Frances' Profile

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.

Robert Honeyman Partner View Robert's Profile

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.

Robin Corbett Consultant View Robin's Profile

Robin is a real estate lawyer with a wealth of experience in both transactional and advisory work for a wide range of clients in the private, public and third sectors. He is accustomed to working closely with other professional disciplines having worked on a range of complex or unusual projects and transactions.

In the private sector, Robin regularly works with property investors, developers and lenders. He often works with clients disposing of property for development; whether commercial or industrial property for re-development, or previously undeveloped land. He has extensive experience in leasing, purchase and sale of commercial premises for commercial clients ranging from SMEs to large corporates.

Robin also has experience working with public sector clients, including the Scottish Government, local authorities, and quasi-autonomous bodies. He has a particular interest in the education sector.

Robin has considerable experience with specialised property types, including retail filling stations, marine assets (harbours, for example), and quarries and mineral extraction projects. Taking a pragmatic and client-focused approach, Robin builds client relationships through a clear understanding of client objectives and consistent delivery of excellent results.

Robin is also an experienced speaker and presenter, and has provided expert opinions in relation to solicitor negligence in real estate matters.

Colin Duck Solicitor View Colin's Profile

Colin is a member of our Litigation team experienced in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, specialising in particular in debt recovery, contract disputes, property litigation, employment law and family law. Colin joined us having worked in a similar role for a well-respected Glasgow Firm for 9 years followed by 18 months experiencing life in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Colin takes an honest and commercially sensible approach to dispute resolution, always keeping an eye on the bigger picture and the client’s end goal.

Previously a keen rugby player for Stewartry, Watsonians and West of Scotland, Colin played age-group rugby for Scotland, captained the West of Scotland first team to promotion in 2007 and later joined the committee however his age now dictates that he is restricted to coaching, touch rugby and not more than a couple of over-35 games per year. He also enjoys travelling and other sports including football, fishing and golf.

Rosslyn Fowler Solicitor View Rosslyn's Profile

Ros joined our private Client Team in 2018 having previously trained and worked in Glasgow for 11 years.   She obtained an MA(Hons) in Politics from the University of Glasgow then worked for several years with the Scottish Court Service primarily in Edinburgh & Stirling.   Enjoying the Court environment, she returned to university to undertake the accelerated LLB at Strathclyde University. Upon graduating she initially specialised in litigation matters but developed a keen interest in Adult with Incapacity work which led to her moving into the Private Client field permanently which she enjoys immensely.

Outside of work, Ros has 2 young daughters who occupy most of her time!  When she can, she tries to get some me-time with hot yoga.  Ros is also an advocate and fundraiser for the National Deaf Children’s Society, a charity very close to her heart.

Ashlee Waton Solicitor View Ashlee's Profile

Ashlee joined our Property Department in 2018 having recently completed her Traineeship at a Glasgow based firm. As part of our Property Team, she deals primarily with residential transactions and will be assisting the Commercial Property Department as well.

Although Ashlee lives in the city she is very much an outdoorsy girl at heart and loves nothing more than taking to the Highlands at the weekend with her dog to bag Monroes.

During her spare time Ashlee enjoys staying fit and active by going to the gym and taking part in her local Park Run. With a keen interest in music and travel, Ashlee spends a lot of her spare time at live music events and planning her next holiday destination.

Jennifer Niven Solicitor View Jennifer's Profile

Jen works in our Litigation team, having been with the practice since 2007. Her case load comprises a variety of litigation matters, including personal injury, medical negligence, family law, licensing and employment law. With a particular interest in medical negligence litigation, Jen intends to pursue Specialist Accreditation in that field.

Jen is a Fundraising Ambassador for the BUY MSH Campaign (Ayrshire Holiday Dreams Foundation) and takes part in various sponsored events. Otherwise, Jen can be found at home with her husband and their Chihuahua, Pablo.

Kirsty McDonald Solicitor View Kirsty's Profile

Kirsty trained and worked in two long established Ayrshire firms before joining us in 2016. Part of our Property team, she deals primarily with residential transactions, while also liaising with our Private Client department, to support any property aspects of their work.

Kirsty loves spending time with her horse, Sprite and Shetland pony, Elmo. When not out competing locally with the horses, she can be found around the rugby pitches supporting Glasgow Warriors and the Scottish Rugby Team.

With a keen interest in travelling, Kirsty most recently visited Dubai, Mauritius and Venice. This summer she will be travelling down the west coast of the United States from San Francisco, before ending up in Vegas.

Rebecca Smith Solicitor View Rebecca's Profile

Prior to joining us in 2017 Rebecca trained and worked in two long established Paisley firms. Rebecca has joined our Property team and deals primarily with residential transactions, although she also assists our Commercial Property department. Rebecca studied at University of Glasgow and the Glasgow Graduate School of Law. Rebecca also spent six months studying at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2003 where she studied subjects like International War Crimes, which are not very relevant to her current work but very interesting nonetheless.

When not working Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband and young son which frequently includes trips to Murrayfield to support the Scottish Rugby Team. If Rebecca has any time to herself she enjoys sitting down with a cup of tea and a good book!

Calum Haswell Trainee Solicitor View Calum's Profile

Calum is born and bred in Ayrshire. Calum previously studied International Business at Glasgow Caledonian University before pursuing a legal career. Calum’s fascination with law and the legal world directed him to studying law at the University of Strathclyde before joining The McKinstry Company to begin his traineeship at the Ayr office working within the Private Client department. His work includes interpreting and executing the terms of the will and subsequent disbursement of properties and assets.

During his spare time Calum enjoys staying fit and active by going to the gym and officiating football throughout Scotland. His matches can range from Stirling to Stranraer. When not officiating football, he can be found watching more football and going to spectate at the occasional Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby matches. Calum enjoys exploring and travelling the globe, having previously studied in Italy and visited Australia, Dubai and more of Europe.

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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