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Introducing Callum Macleod

3rd February 2022

As one of the oldest and largest legal firms in the region, Garden Stirling and Burnet have been practising law and representing the people of East Lothian for generations.

And today, with offices spread across the region, we are proud of the easy accessibility of the firm and our team of legal experts. One of this hard-working team is Assistant Solicitor in the Dunbar Office, Callum Macleod, who gives you a personal insight into his life as a busy solicitor and why he loves living and working here so much.

Introducing Callum Macleod

I am originally from Edinburgh but moved out to East Lothian just before finishing secondary school. I studied Law at the University of Edinburgh as it was an area in which I was keen to progress. Furthermore, my aunt and uncle are both Solicitors, and it was their passion for their work that encouraged me to turn my hand to the Law.

How long have you been with the firm?
I joined as a Lettings Assistant in July 2018 and started my Traineeship later that year. I completed my training in September 2020 and have worked as an Assistant Solicitor in the Dunbar office ever since. So, three and a bit year’s in total!

What is the best thing about living/working in East Lothian?
For me, the best thing is leaving the office at night and heading out for a run along the coast. There is nothing better than the sea air after a long day at work. During the summer, you can nip out for a quick nine holes after closing time, and there is always the option of having a nice dinner or drink out at the local East Lothian eateries.

What do you like to do when not busy at work?
I really enjoy spending time with family and friends and retain a keen interest in most sports. I try to go for a run or go to the gym four or five times a week. I also try to catch my beloved Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the flesh when I can, even if it means trekking across the Forth to Dunfermline to watch a dour goalless draw!

What are your specialisms in the firm and what legal issues, situations do you deal with?
I routinely deal with purchases and sales through East Lothian and beyond. I also have some experience with commercial work, whether that be providing advice to someone looking at purchasing a business premises or otherwise. I also deal with private client matters, which can extend to preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney.

Can you provide an overview of conveyancing and what it entails?
Conveyancing is the process by which properties are bought and sold in Scotland. This will include an examination of title deeds, studying loan papers and potentially visiting a property to see whether it matches up to what is listed on the title. It is a bit of a cliché, but no two days are the same, and there are often unexpected problems which can crop up during the course of the work! Our job is to ensure that these problems are solved and we can continue with the transaction.

Within your areas, are there changes in the law or things people should do or be aware of, or is there any general advice you would like to give?
One particular area to be wary of is the ever-changing landscape of residential lettings. The Scottish Government extended the minimum notice period required for both Short Assured Tenancies and Private Residential Tenancies with the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 (“the Extension and Expiry Act”), so it is important that anyone looking to serve notice on their tenant is especially clear on the Notice period required in the circumstances.

Why should clients choose GSB and what benefits can you bring? What sets you apart?
Our approach is to try and be as approachable as possible. We have so much technology in our hands, yet we never forget how important it can be for most clients to come into the office and actually have a face-to-face conversation. We always try to use our local knowledge to set us apart from other firms, and I think that this is one major advantage of choosing GSB in the future. We are all passionate about the work that we do, and simply want to do a good job for our clients, in an efficient yet friendly manner.

And finally, any advice you would give to young people thinking about going in to law? Any advice you would have given to your younger self?
If a young student is pondering law as a career, I would recommend that they seriously consider getting some work experience in a high street firm when they are at school or university. This will allow you to get an insight into the day-to-day procedures of working in a firm and would also give you the opportunity to make long lasting connections for your future. Getting a traineeship at the end of your studying can be really challenging, so maintaining connections with lawyers is really important.


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