A law firm for life

Family Law

Your 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.

We offer you professional and expert advice on all financial issues involved, as well as arrangements for the welfare of your children. Dealing efficiently with all matters, we will provide realistic timescales and information on costs involved, so you know what to expect during the process.

Certain aspects of separation and divorce can be made a bit easier through pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, which are becoming more popular. We can help you make sensible and fair arrangements now, to ease a potentially difficult situation later on.

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Contact The McKinstry Company Family Law Solicitors

We understand the difficulties you might be facing if relationship has not gone as planned. Our lawyers aim to relieve some of the stress you are experiencing and give you confidence to move on with your life. We will make sure every detail is taken care of and strive for a favourable outcome for you and your family. To discuss your specific circumstances with our expert team, contact us today by calling 01292 281 711. We look forward to helping you.

Why choose McKinstry

We are dynamic and forward thinking. We are a Law Firm for Life.

As a firm we never lose sight of the importance of the client and the outcome which the client seeks from the employ of our services.

Our approach to service provision is to afford our clients with the breadth and depth of expertise that they will require to guide them successfully through all aspects of their professional and personal life. Our goal is to generate and maintain strong and lasting client relationships rather than a transactional approach to the work which we undertake.

It is our role whenever presented with a problem or an issue by our clients to guide them to the outcome they are seeking to achieve. This proactive and “can do” approach is what sets us apart from the crowd.

With our strength and depth of talent The McKinstry Company is truly A Law Firm For Life.

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.

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.

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.

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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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