Matthew James Pumphrey – Senior Partner – LL.B, W.S.

Matthew studied at Edinburgh University and gained an LLB in 1968, qualified as a solicitor in 1970 and joined us in 1981 when he immediately became a partner. He has been in charge of the litigation department since then. He is a member of the local Bridge Club Committee. He is involved in amateur dramatics and has taken part in several local productions including one play which went to the Scottish One Act Festival Finals in Inverness. He is a Writer to the Signet. He belongs to several committees, including Couple Counseling and Pass Direct. He is the Clerk to Urr District Salmon Fishery Board. He is a part time Chairman of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal sitting on average weekly in both Dumfries and Stranraer. He is a member of the National Appeal Panel for entry into Pharmaceutical lists


John Francis Lawson – Partner – BA. LLB. Dip.L.P. N.P Dip.Fr

A former pupil of St Columba’s Preparatory College, Largs, Ayrshire and St Joseph’s College, Dumfries, John is a graduate of Edinburgh University-BA (English and Philosophy) and LLB. He has a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Aberdeen. He served his legal Traineeship in the Granite City with the Firm of Edmonds & Ledingham (now Ledingham Chalmers). He was assumed as a Partner in Primrose & Gordon on 6th April 1988.  As well as being the Managing Partner of the Firm John is also the mentor for our Legal Trainees. He is versatile in both Court and Chamber Practice. He is Solicitor to the Guild of Players, Theatre Royal, Dumfries, a founder Trustee of the Ian Wardlaw Drama Trust, former Chairman of St Teresa’s Primary School Board, Dumfries (during the period when they successfully fought school closure plans), Administrator of The Mouswald Trust, and Legal Adviser to Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust amongst other roles. His main outside interests are music and history. John Lawson is married with two children and lives at Trohoughton just outside Dumfries.


Isabel Storey – Law Accountant and Wills and Executry Paralegal – S.L.A

Isabel began her career as a Law Accountant when she became a cashier in 1988. She joined us in 1991 and in 1993, qualified with the Society of Law Accountants Certificate in Glasgow.

She deals with the majority of the firm’s Executry work and can advise on the steps involved in administering and winding up estates as well as any tax implications which may be relevant.

Elaine Kennedy-Walton BSc (Hons), LLB, DipLP. – Solicitor


Elaine is delighted to join Primrose & Gordon as a Trainee Solicitor. She completed her Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde in May 2014 following receipt of a prestigious Clark Legal Foundation award. She was a finalist in the Glasgow Bar Association competition for delivering the best “Plea in Mitigation” at Glasgow Sheriff Court and obtained Merit passes in each of her exams.


Elaine is a former Headgirl of Moffat Academy and originally studied science, gaining a BSc (Hons) in Immunology and Microbiology before working as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. She began studying her LLB in Law part-time at the University of Strathclyde before returning to her hometown of Moffat and working as a College and University Lecturer teaching both Law and Science. She then took up a post as a Lay Representative at Citizens Advice Bureau where she gained valuable Sheriff Court experience, appearing for clients in landlord and tenant disputes, heritable property repossessions and small claims actions.

In her spare time Elaine runs as part of Annan and District Athletics club and has completed several half marathons. This training also allows her to run around after her 3 sons (and husband).


Susan Turner – Executry Paralegal – S. L. A.

Susan joined our firm as an Executry Paralegal in May 2014. Qualified as a Scottish Law Accountant,

she brings to the firm many years of experience working in a busy legal environment. She became a member of SOLAS (The Society of Law Accountants in Scotland) in 2011, having achieved passes with Distinction in Law Society of Scotland Trust, Executry, Taxation and Accounting Examinations.

Susan provides the Partners and their clients with a comprehensive knowledge of every aspect of administering and winding up a deceased’s estate.

In her spare time, Susan is a keen hill walker and particularly enjoys fell walking in the Lake District.


Anna-Marie Airley – Conveyancing Paralegal – M.S.S.P.

 Anna-Marie is Primrose and Gordon’s first Conveyancing paralegal.  She joined the firm in 2005 as a legal secretary and later became a Member of The Society of Specialist Paralegals in 2009 when she qualified as a Paralegal.  She attended both primary and secondary school in Dalbeattie and currently lives in Castle Douglas. Anna-Marie is involved with residential conveyancing primarily and works closely with our solicitors in completing purchase and sales.



Laura Elizabeth Robb – Court Paralegal – BA (Hons) Law, M.S.S.P.

Laura joined the firm in 2010 after graduating from Stirling University with a First Class Honours Degree (BA) in Law. She was also the recipient of the Oxford University Press law prize 2008-09 award for best graduating student. Laura qualified as a Court Paralegal in 2012 and subsequently became a member of the Specialist Society of Paralegals.  Laura is local to Dumfries and Galloway, her family farm being situated just outside Lockerbie.  She attended Johnstonebridge and later Lockerbie Academy.

Laura presently works as a Court Paralegal and is actively involved with many aspects of litigation, ably assisting our Court partner, Matthew Pumphrey.  She is also involved in other areas of law including family, criminal and employment law.  Primrose and Gordon are delighted to assist Laura to continue her studies with the intention of fully qualifying as a Solicitor.


Jennifer Rodriguez – Property Manageress

Jennifer is our Property Manageress who deals with clients and potential purchasers’ enquiries on a daily basis. Friendly and enthusiastic, Jennifer has been with the firm since 2002 and is on hand to arrange the marketing of your property, arranging viewings and answering general queries.

Jennifer is local to Dumfries and attended Lincluden Primary School and thereafter Maxwellton High School before joining Primrose and Gordon.



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