A law firm for life

Our Solicitors

Located in our South Ayrshire offices.

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.

Debbie Dunlop Partner View Debbie's Profile

Based in our Girvan office, Debbie is a Partner who is highly experienced in Private Client work, particularly in the agricultural and farming sectors. She used to enjoy travelling the world, but now married to a farmer, she spends her weekends in wellies, feeding cattle or on the back of a quad bike. Debbie is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

Having lived in Rome for a number of years, Debbie also studied Law at the Université d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand – as a result, she is fluent in both Italian and French. She can also speak a bit of Spanish, thanks to travelling around various Central and South American countries, including walking the Inca trail. She has managed to convince her husband that the cattle in Argentina will be worth a look at some time soon!

A keen runner, Debbie has competed in 10Ks and half marathons, even completing the Rome Marathon. This now comes in handy during lambing time chasing after ewes.

Kirsty McDonald Associate 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.

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.

Nathaniel Duncan Alexander Solicitor View Nathaniel's Profile

Nathaniel’s expertise sees him cover all types of conveyancing and property work including residential and commercial transactions, leasing including private tenant and landlord as well as commercial, new housing developments, land acquisition and division, Help to Buy and acting for individuals, developers, investors, companies and lender’s alike.

Nathaniel has developed his expertise throughout Ayrshire having worked in both East and South Ayrshire extensively and was previously on the Board of Irvine Housing Association where he served on the Governance & Staffing and Audit & Risk Committees.

Nathaniel follows the Ayrshire property market closely allowing him to provide constructive and relevant advice for all clients and types of transactions.

Nathaniel is a family man who enjoys keeping himself fit when he gets the chance, is an avid reader and dedicated supporter of St Mirren.

Karen Prendergast Trainee Solicitor View Karen's Profile
Katie Russell Solicitor View Katie's Profile

Katie is a Solicitor in our Property Team and deals primarily with residential conveyancing transactions consisting of sale and purchases, part-exchanges, re-mortgages, general security work, transfers of title and residential leasing. She also has some experience in assisting clients with small commercial property transactions and rural conveyancing.

Katie has acted for a broad range of clients on various different types of transactions and enjoys building strong client relationships and providing an excellent service.  Katie has been praised for her clear guidance and advice during a time that can be very stressful for clients and she thrives on making sure that her clients experience a seamless transaction from start to finish.

Katie has extensive experience in property law transactions consisting of residential, commercial, rural and estate conveyancing.

Katie grew up in Ayr and then moved to Aberdeen to study law at the University of Aberdeen. During this time, Katie also worked in various estate agency firms and law firms developing her skills and interest in residential property. She graduated in 2013 and continued her studies there to complete her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2014. She then undertook her traineeship with a law firm in Perth and qualified as a solicitor in 2016.

Before joining The McKinstry Company, Katie worked in a large private client law firm in Edinburgh dealing with rural and estate conveyancing on behalf of private land and estate owners, commercial organisations and charities.  Thereafter she joined a national firm based in Glasgow where she predominantly dealt with residential conveyancing. Having worked in both Edinburgh and Glasgow acting for clients all over Scotland, Katie has a good understanding of the Scottish property market in general as well as locally in Ayrshire.

Outwith work, Katie enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and friends, painting and walking her dog, Freddie.

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Some of our happy clients
  • 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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