Partners

THOMAS ELDER SHAW

Tom graduated in law from the University of Glasgow in 1979 with an honours degree in Forensic Medicine, a major part of which involved mental health and the law.

After his legal apprenticeship with the Glasgow firm of Robertson, Chalmers & Auld, he moved to Ayr in 1981 to join AC White with whom he became a Court partner in 1984, appearing for clients in Courts and Tribunals throughout Scotland on a wide range of issues, both civil and criminal.

His particular interest is in the representation of those with mental health problems, their families and their carers when they come into contact with the law, whether civil or criminal. He has represented many clients in connection with the wide ranging issues arising from mental health such as representation in mental health or Guardianship applications and also covering a whole range of legal issues. He has had numerous appointments from the Courts and Tribunals as Safeguarder or curator ad litem, protecting those with mental health or other problems who are unable to look after their own interests. He has been involved in the further education of solicitors and other professionals in the field of mental health and has sat as a solicitor representative on, and also advised, many committees and organisations dealing with such issues.

He was appointed in October 2005 as a part time Legal Member and convenor of the Mental Health Tribunal of Scotland which has responsibility under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 for issues relating to the compulsory care and treatment of those with mental health problems.

Contact Tom Shaw: tom.shaw@acwhiteayr.co.uk

LESLEY McMATH

Lesley graduated from Aberdeen University and completed her training at a local firm in Ayr. She joined AC White as an assistant solicitor in 1993 before becoming a partner in 1998.

Lesley is a highly experienced civil court practitioner. She now concentrates on the area of family and child law where she brings a practical and commercial approach to bear in what can be one of the most acrimonious fields of legal practice. Lesley is also involved in the related areas of executries and guardianship.

Lesley holds appointments as Safeguarder and Curator ad litem in two local authority areas, and prepares Bar Reports for the Court.

She is a lifelong supporter of Ayr United FC.

Contact Lesley McMath: lesley.mcmath@acwhiteayr.co.uk

GREGOR FORBES

Gregor has worked in Ayrshire for over 25 years. He joined AC White in 2001 becoming a partner in 2004. His principal area of practice is criminal law.

Contact Gregor Forbes: gregor.forbes@acwhiteayr.co.uk

EWAN MOWAT

Ewan joined AC White in 2005, having practised law previously in Glasgow. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law. He represents both employers and employees advising on all aspects of employment law including unfair dismissal, business transfers, discrimination and restrictive covenants.

Ewan’s approach is practical and commercial. He assists clients with the full spectrum of situations that can arise at work such as dealing with flexible work requests, advising on disciplinary and grievance procedures, handling redundancy exercises and business restructuring, negotiating settlement agreements and preparing written contracts and staff handbooks.

He appears regularly at the Employment Tribunal and has considerable court experience, both criminal and civil. He has also spoken on employment law issues at continuing professional development events for solicitors and HR professionals. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Prior to studying law, Ewan obtained an honours degree in modern languages from the University of London before living and working in Germany for three years. He is a fluent German speaker.

Contact Ewan Mowat: ewan.mowat@acwhiteayr.co.uk

DAVID PAUL MITCHELL

Since graduating from Glasgow University David has accumulated 25 years experience of working in Ayr.

He joined the firm in 2006 to concentrate on conveyancing and executry work having previously been engaged in general legal practice.

David and his team of assistants and paralegals provide services in domestic and commercial conveyancing and leasing, wills and estate planning and executry administration.

In his spare time he can often be found trying to wrestle a tune out of a set of bagpipes.

Contact David Mitchell: david.mitchell@acwhiteayr.co.uk

MARTINE WALKER

Martine grew up locally and graduated from Glasgow University in 1992. She returned to Ayrshire to undertake her traineeship and has always worked locally. She joined A C White in January 2007, becoming a partner two years later.

Martine is a busy civil court practitioner and can regularly be found at both Ayr and Kilmarnock Sheriff Courts. She specializes in all areas of family and child law and is a member of the Family Law Association. Martine is committed to bringing resolution to what can be a very emotive area of legal practice in a sensitive and practical manner.

Contact Martine Walker: martine.walker@acwhiteayr.co.uk

Solicitors

FIONA MACDONALD

Fiona has been with the firm since 2008. She studied law at Strathclyde University and after obtaining the Diploma in Legal Practice she completed her traineeship with us, qualifying as a solicitor in 2010. Fiona was appointed an Associate Solicitor on 1st January 2014. Fiona carries out the full range of executry work.

Contact Fiona MacDonald: fiona.macdonald@acwhiteayr.co.uk

ANGELA GOLDIE

Angela originally trained as a Chartered Surveyor and became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the early 1990’s. Following a change of career Angela obtained an LLB from Strathclyde University in 2006, and after training locally qualified as a solicitor in 2008. Angela deals with all aspects of civil court work including personal injury, debt recovery, housing and family law.

Contact Angela Goldie: angela.goldie@acwhiteayr.co.uk

LAURA CRAWFORD

Laura grew up in Ayrshire and, after completing her training with a firm in Renfrew, she qualified as a solicitor in 2014. Laura joined AC White in 2015. She deals with all aspects of conveyancing as well as some executry work. Before completing her studies, Laura worked for the Scottish Court Service.

 Contact Laura Crawford: laura.crawford@acwhiteayr.co.uk