Frank has been a lawyer for nearly 50 years.

Frank holds the degree of LLB from the University of Glasgow, is qualified as a pilot and also speaks French having studied in Paris.

In his time, Frank has carried out every type of lawyer’s work.  As a young lawyer, he defended those accused of crime – including cases involving murder and terrorism.  He famously defended a man wrongly accused of 26 charges of serious fraud and in which the jury returned 26 unanimous verdicts of “not guilty”.  He progressed onto civil litigation, working on cases from negligence to commercial fraud.  He is the first UK lawyer to recover damages in the American Courts (in Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas) for widows and children in respect of North Sea oil related fatal accidents.  He was involved in the Piper Alpha recovery.

As a consultant, Frank is now available to lend a wise ear and sound advice to exuberant young lawyers whose enthusiasm is not matched by their experience.  Frank is often called upon to give a second opinion on a wide range of legal matters.

Frank is well known in aviation as he is in law.  He flew innumerable missions as an air ambulance pilot from 1975 until 1995 and also carried out transatlantic, and other long distance, ferry flights.  He ran an airline in the 1980s before selling this on to others.  Frank specialises in Aviation Law and has been called on to act for airlines, pilots and other aircrew as well as flight passengers.  He gave advice in the first accident involving overhead lockers when a woman sustained a serious eye injury when a fellow passenger opened an overhead locker and an article fell out, injuring her.  He has frequently defended pilots in respect of blame for accidents, especially when they were no longer around to defend themselves.

Nicola is one of his two daughters; the other one being an airline Captain. 

Not at all a golf person, when not at the coal-face of the law, Frank likes to indulge in his passion for aerobatic flying and sailing his boat quietly out of Inverkip marina. 

Frank is married and lives in Glasgow’s West End.



Nicola holds the degrees of BA and LLB from the University of Strathclyde. She trained in Edinburgh in all aspects of solicitors’ work, including all work in the Supreme Courts. Nicola has been a qualified lawyer since 1997. She is also a Notary Public.

Mostly, Nicola’s work-load involves commercial property, leases, retail and licensed trade. She is also the firm’s compliance partner. Nicola provides all the drive and enthusiasm for the ethos of the firm, and keeps everyone on their toes – staff, clients and other lawyers alike!

Nicola is married and lives in Glasgow during the week; but her real home (and her heart) is on the island of Mull, at Tobermory, where she tries to live every weekend. Her husband, Robert, a merchant navy officer, is now a marine advisor and also has 20 years of service in the Tobermory Lifeboat crew. Together, Nicola and Robert are responsible for a wee bag of nonsense named Magnus Francis MacLeod (born 2012) and his younger sister Orla MacLeod.

When not working, Nicola and her family indulge in their passion for West Coast sailing. Nicola and Robert also own and run a steakhouse and seafood restaurant (The Galleon Grill) and recently purchased The Tobermory Hotel. Both ventures, sometimes stressful, but very enjoyable hobbies!



John holds the degree of LLB from the University of Strathclyde and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1997.

Following many years of successful practice throughout Scotland’s Courts and Tribunals, John joined our practice in 2007 to head our litigation and dispute resolution team. With 18 years of experience conducting all types of Civil Litigation, particularly private client, commercial and property litigation, he has proven himself to be a highly motivated and successful court practitioner with strong technical abilities.

Admitted as a Solicitor Advocate in 2010, he has extended rights of audience to appear before the Court of Session and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (formerly the House of Lords). Although John maintains a busy Sheriff Court and Tribunal practice, he now regularly appears before the Court of Session, particularly in relation to professional negligence, property and insolvency matters. His caseload has given rise to appearances before the Inner House of the Court of Session.

John has trained at advanced advocacy courses with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and is an accredited trainer in advocacy techniques. He is a Member of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet.



Yousif Ahmed, Esq. is an award-winning senior international lawyer. His client base stretches from Scotland and the UK to across Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

Yousif maintains a broad and varied practice in all aspects Commercial Law. His core practice areas include: Real Estate (both residential and commercial); Corporate and Company Law; Commercial Contracts; Dispute Resolution; Employment Law; and general counsel corporate and commercial advisory work.

Prior to his appointment as a specialist Consultant for our practice, Yousif held the position of Director of Legal Services with us before taking his career internationally. In the more distant past, he worked at one of Scotland’s premier commercial law firms and was also a former Crown prosecutor at one point.

Clients particularly value Yousif’s ability to combine legal advice and representation with pragmatic commercial solutions. He is focused and committed to providing and delivering a high quality, first-class, client-driven service.

Yousif is registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, UK and is authorised to notarize UK documents for use in foreign jurisdictions. He is also multi-lingual and can speak fluently in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

Yousif has a keen interest in charitable work and in offering his time and assistance to help people, particularly those in need or suffering in hardship. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of a Scottish registered charity and some of the pro bono campaign work he has led has featured in mainstream press reports.

Legal Awards

  • Awarded “International Lawyer of the Year” at the UAE Business Awards 2019
  • Shortlisted for a “Rising Star” award at the prestigious Middle East Legal Awards 2019
  • Shortlisted for a “Lawyer of the Year” award at the prestigious Law Awards of Scotland 2018



Derrick graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1986 and has been involved in the legal profession since 1988.  He joined our practice in March 2014 and specialises in all aspects of litigation and property work. As a highly experienced lawyer, he is often thought of as a fountain of knowledge and can find solutions to even the most challenging of legal issues.

Jane Whyte


Jane is an Associate specialising in private client work, asset protection, wills, executries and trusts.

Valerie Swan


Valerie is a Paralegal specialising in residential conveyancing and commercial property transactions.

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