McLaughlin & Co, Solicitors and Notaries have acted in cases before the Mental Health
Tribunal for Scotland, the Employment Tribunal, SSSC Fitness to Practise Sub-Committees, the Sheriff Court both at First Instance and on appeal, the Outer and Inner House of the Court of Session and
the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. We have an outstanding record in SSSC Hearings, SSSC Representation and generally as SSSC lawyers.
McLaughlin & Co generally act in the following areas of law but please contact us to see
if we can assist in any way.
We have clients across the country but regularly assist clients in our local areas of Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath, Glenrothes, Burntisland, Dunfermline, Kelty,
Cupar, St. Andrews, Methil and Leven.
Family and Child Law
The breakdown of a relationship is a stressful and difficult time for all involved. When children are involved emotions and tensions naturally run higher. You need
your solicitor to be professional and compassionate and there when needed. We offer robust and sensitive advice always looking to resolve differences amicably and cost effectively where
possible. Our practice covers divorce, separation agreements, child contact and residence orders, parental rights and responsibility claims and dissolution of civil partnership.
Parental Rights and Responsibilities
We have acted for countless carers, grand-parents, uncles and aunts who have been looking after other people’s children and who have wished to obtain an official
award of parental rights and responsibilities.
Guardianships and Powers of Attorney
We pursue welfare and financial guardianship orders on behalf of carers and family members concerned about their loved one's decision-making ability. This includes
applications in respect of elderly family members with a diagnosis of dementia or young adults diagnosed with a learning disability or with a physical disability. We can also prepare powers of
attorney which avoid the need for the more time-consuming guardianship process. All powers of attorney are tailored to each client's specific needs and provide peace of mind that should a loved one
lose capacity there will be no need for guardianship proceedings.
McLaughlin & Co are successful employment lawyers and act for employers and employees in
both contentious and advisory matters including contracts of employment, terms and conditions, work place grievances, disciplinary and absence policies, discrimination claims, unfair and constructive
dismissal claims, employment tribunal hearings and compromise and settlement agreements. We offer straight-forward and affordable service always aiming to minimise litigation and expense where
McLaughlin & Co Debt Recovery Service
We offer a low-cost debt recovery service on an affordable fixed fee monthly payment plan for all types of businesses and sole traders.
We are experienced in all types of criminal court cases including assault, theft, sexual offences, breach of the peace and domestic abuse charges. We are available
to assist you throughout Scotland and always aim to preserve your reputation and keep matters out of the public eye where possible. We offer Legal Aid where available and are happy to agree
straight-forward and transparent fees. We can also attend at police stations to provide the vital legal advice needed before being questioned by the police.
We can also provide you with immediate reliable and cost effective legal advice in relation to all types of road traffic law offence in Scotland. Our aim is always
to keep your driving licence and minimise the impact on your business and family life. We assist in all aspects of road traffic law matters including speeding, driving without insurance, drink
driving and dangerous and careless driving charges. We also try to keep matters out of court where possible where early legal assistance is vital. Contact us for confidential advice.
Notary Public Services
A Notary public can be required for the execution of foreign registered deeds, affidavits and other formal legal processes. We are pleased to offer a fixed fee for
Notary Public work.
Housing Law and Evictions for Landlords
We assist both landlords and tenants with specialist legal advice for the housing sector. This includes repossession proceedings and eviction order, recovery of rent
arrears, housing repair disputes, tenancy status and provision of lease documentation ensuring compliance with the ever-evolving legislation. Andrew has acted for local authorities, large social
landlords, private investors and both private and local authority tenants in the full spectrum of Scottish housing litigation.
Mental Health Law
We act for patients, carers and family members across all aspects of mental health and incapacity law. We have significant experience in contentious and
non-contentious welfare and financial guardianships and intervention orders and highly specialised proceedings before the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. Andrew McLaughlin has also been
appointed Curator ad Litem by the Tribunal demonstrating his commitment and experience in this area of law. Unlike many other solicitors we offer welfare guardianships on a Legal Aid basis where
appropriate. In respect of mental health law, we advise patients and their families in relation to all aspects of statutory detention and treatment; including short term detention certificates,
compulsory treatment orders, and compulsion orders with or without restriction orders monitored by the Scottish Ministers. Andrew has been at the forefront of this area of law for many years and has
pursued many of the leading cases in this field. He also has experience of advising social work and clinical team members on behalf of a local authority providing Andrew with a unique insight into
these legal issues.
Fitness to Practise
We provide expert legal advice across the spectrum of Fitness to Practise areas including Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council
(NMC). This includes representation at all tribunals and hearings.
We are members of the leading nationwide no win no fee network. If you have had an accident at work or been injured through no fault of your own contact us to
arrange for a free no obligation consultation.
Services for Solicitors
We regularly appear as local agents in Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. We can appear for you in procedural cases, chambers hearings, opposed motion hearings and also in
proofs and debates courts. We are happy to accept instructions to appear in any civil business in Kirkcaldy
We assist businesses and private individuals in a variety of issues including volume and large debt recovery work, contractual disputes, property and boundary
issues, landlord and tenant disputes, interdict and regulatory matters. We are able to assist businesses across Scotland and always look to minimise legal expense and consider alternative dispute
Inheritance disputes can occur due to a number of reasons and we understand that disputes within the family can be distressing. We are able to offer robust and
sensitive advice on inheritance disputes regardless of the nature.