About the Firm
Established in 1967, MacArthur & Co. took over much of the business of the former firm of Stewart Rule & Co., which had previously operated in Inverness for over 100 years. Our business aim has traditionally been to provide a high quality legal service whilst maintaining a friendly personal family Solicitor approach or a commercially assertive approach as appropriate.
Our office is situated at 7 Ardross Street, Inverness, on the west side of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Cathedral and just a few hundred metres from the headquarters of The Highland Council.
We provide a wide range of legal services and on the occasion when we cannot personally assist we can refer people to other specialist firms either within or outwith the area.
Our office is open Monday to Friday 9a.m. to 1p.m. and 2p.m. to 5p.m. Between 1pm and 2pm the telephone will normally be answered. Outwith these hours you may well find that the telephone will still be answered, probably by a Solicitor. Otherwise an answer-phone will take a message. We can also be contacted by fax and e-mail. Consultations outwith normal office hours in our office or at the client’s home or place of business are available by arrangement. We close down for the Easter weekend, the May Day holiday and the Christmas and New Year period (during which times the answer-phone, fax and e-mail are monitored), but remain open at all other times regardless of local or Bank holidays.
There are six Solicitors within the office:
Ian MacDonald our Senior Partner, undertook his training with Baillie & Gifford, W.S. (now Biggart Baillie WS.) in Edinburgh, and has been with the firm since 1971. His main areas of work are in Trust and Executry Administration, day to day management of clients affairs, Domestic and Commercial Conveyancing, Company Secretarial, general Company and Commercial work and Agricultural Law. Ian is an Invernessian and his interests outwith work include rugby, football, hill walking and curling. Until recently he was a Director and is now Company Secretary of Inverness Thistle & Caledonian FC Ltd, the local Scottish Premier League football team. He is a former player with, and now life member of, Highland Rugby Club, founder member of the Rotary Club of Loch Ness and has a working knowledge of French.
George MacWilliam is also an Invernessian having worked in both Glasgow and Stirling before returning to Inverness in 1983. Domestic and Commercial Conveyancing are his main areas of work. He also undertakes both Domestic and Commercial Leases, the day to day management of clients’ affairs and other areas of a commercial nature. Outwith the office George is an enthusiastic exponent of golf, curling, yoga and gardening. He is a former Dean of the local Faculty of Solicitors and was appointed as an Honorary Sheriff at Inverness Court in 2013. He is also a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland.
Ian Donaldson joined MacArthur & Co. in 1986 and deals with a variety of work including Domestic Conveyancing and Leasing as well as Reparation, Contract Disputes and Family Law. He will also advise on crofting related matters. Ian is a Director and Company Secretary of the Highland Solicitors Property Centre. Outwith the office Ian enjoys spending time with his young family and is the current Chairman of the Inverness Group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Alec Keith is a Consultant, having joined the firm in 1997 from Scottish Homes (the former National Housing Agency) where he was a Senior Solicitor based in Edinburgh. Alec advises on Domestic and Commercial Conveyancing, Commercial Leases and Executry work. He also deals with liquor licensing - an area in which MacArthur & Co has specialised over the years. Alec is a keen outdoor enthusiast. He is a member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, Inverness Harriers, Hunters Bog Trotters and Inverness Orienteering Club, competing in various races and endurance events.
Caroline McIntosh grew up in Ayrshire and qualified and trained in Edinburgh. After a short spell south of the border in Newcastle and a family career break Caroline settled with her family in the Highlands in 1992 and has worked in the Moray and Inverness area ever since. She joined MacArthur & Co in 2007 and deals mainly with Conveyancing and Property Law. Outwith the office Caroline enjoys walking, yoga and learning languages.
Torquil Macleod joined the firm as a Partner in 2013, and deals in Domestic and Commercial Conveyancing and Executries, as well as Company Secretarial, general Company and Commercial work.
In addition to the Solicitors within the office we also have Secretarial, Cash Room and Clerical Staff providing us with support.
Our firm provides a full estate agency service and we are a member of the Highland Solicitors’ Property Centre. The HSPC Website provides full details of all the properties which this firm and other Solicitors’ firms in the area have available for sale. In addition the SPC Scotland website gives details of all properties being sold by most Solicitors Property Centres throughout the country.