Address Anderson MacArthur, Anderson MacArthur, Old Bank of Scotland Buildings Isle of Lewis, Stornoway LHS1 2BG, Scotland, UK
Telephone: 01851 700 800
Longevity, it seems, is a rare asset in business these days but Stornoway-based law firm Anderson MacArthur is one of those exceptional companies that has stood the test of the time.
The firm is now operating in its third century having been established in 1897 on the Isle of Lewis and has acted on behalf of generations of clients over the years as well as many clients throughout the world who have interests in the Highlands and Islands as ex-pats or those looking to relocate to the area.
Run by partner Simon Fraser, the Stornoway office is the firm’s head office and provides specialist legal advice in land law, crofting and community buy-outs which include the high profile acquisitions of Assynt, Eigg, Galson and West Harris. A wide variety of crofting and land issues is dealt with on a regular basis in the Stornoway office ranging from sales of crofts to large scale commercial transactions.
The Stornoway office primarily offers private client services and also works with the Stornoway Trust which is actively involved in a number of commercial and community renewables projects including wind and hydro developments in and around the Western Isles.
The growth of the renewables sector across the islands has seen an increase in the number clients requiring advice on selling their land to developers.
Fellow partner Duncan Burd, who specialises in crofting law and community buyouts, is confident the renewables industry is going to continue to grow and will benefit the local area.
“Stornoway is ideally placed to deal with offshore and onshore activity and if Highlands and Islands Enterprise can continue to expand the Arnish yard it will benefit the local community,” he said.
In addition to its specialist fields, Anderson MacArthur also offers a wide range of traditional services including leasing, wills, executries, and commercial and domestic conveyancing through its own brand Hebridean Estate Agency.
Added Duncan: “Estate agency is a substantial component of the overall business.
“There is a micro economy in Lewis and Harris and the market over the last few years has been healthy. It is supported by locals such as young local people who are first time buyers or people moving within the marketplace. It is not so dependent on people moving into the area.”
As well as the main Stornoway office, Anderson MacArthur has a second branch in Portree, Skye which opened in 1987.
In Skye, Anderson MacArthur also assisted in the community buy-out of the Sleat filling station three years ago, advised staff at the West Highland Free Press weekly newspaper on their employee buy-out of the company and was involved in the high profile Edinbane renewable development, north of Portree.
With a steady local housing market and growing renewables industry, the firm is continuing to thrive and due to current market forces will be recruiting further qualified staff to deal with land related matters in the near future.
Anderson MacArthur looks well on course to make its third century in business a highly successful one.
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