McLaughlin & Co has 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
We act in relation to divorce and dissolution of civil partnership proceedings. Our professional and common sense approach will be on hand to guide you through every step of the process to ensure that a swift and favourable agreement is reached protecting your interests. We will robustly act on your behalf whilst ensuring that any unnecessary litigation is avoided where possible, resolving matters economically and efficiently.
We act for birth parents, step-parents, grandparents and other relevant individuals in the sensitive area of child contact issues. Early legal advice and representation can ensure sustainable and amicable agreements can be reached and adhered to providing stability for all concerned. We can pursue and defend actions for contact (formerly known as access), residence (formerly known as custody) and parental rights and responsibilities. We take proactive measures to avoid any such court proceedings being required.
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 appropriate.
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 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.
Housing Law and Evictions
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.
Notary Public Services
We provide fully accredited Notary Public services in relation to the registration of foreign documents, affidavits and sworn statements in depositions.
Fatal Accident Inquires
We provide advice on all aspects of Fatal Accident Inquiries as well as offering representation to family members wishing to participate in the proceedings. We offer Legal Aid where appropriate.
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.
Commercial Disputes and Debt Recovery
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 resolution procedures.
Mental Health and Incapacity
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.
McLaughlin & Co
Evans Business Centre
1 Begg Road
John Smith Business Park
Tel: 01592 645 772
Fax: 01592 807 067
McLaughlin & Co
Fife Renewables Innovation Centre
Tel: 01333 424482
Fax: 01592 807 067
Open Saturdays, evening appointments available.