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.
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).
Katharine A. Wilson – LLB (Hons.) Dip LP. – Solicitor
Katharine joined Primrose and Gordon in March 2016. A graduate of Dundee University, Katharine is an experienced litigator with a background in personal injury claims.
Katharine appears regularly in Dumfries Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts and has a varied court and tribunal caseload including personal injury, matrimonial, employment, guardianships and road traffic work.
Recognising that litigation can be a stressful time for clients, Katharine reassures her clients by taking a proactive approach to identifying the most pragmatic strategy to bring cases to a successful conclusion while offering practical and straightforward advice.
Katharine lives in Moffat with her husband and three children. In her spare time she is an active member of her children’s school Parent Council fundraising group and is secretary of her local tennis club.
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.
Neil Henderson – Trainee Solicitor BSc (Hons) LL.B Dip.L.P
Neil Henderson joined Primrose and Gordon in April 2017 as a first year trainee having graduated from Strathclyde University in 2015 and completing his Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2016. Neil is a late starter to the legal profession having spent many years working in a veterinary laboratory before deciding on a change of career.
After a short spell as an In-Court Adviser with the Citizens Advice Service, Neil has recently completed his first year as a trainee concentrating mainly on conveyancing, and private client work but also covering a variety of other legal work.
‘Having never worked in the legal profession before, my first year as a trainee has been an eye opener regarding the day to day work of a law practice. Its been a very busy and interesting year with the work varied and covering many areas of the law. As a trainee (particularly in view of my age) the pace can be daunting and the learning curve steep but fortunately the staff at P&G are happy to help whenever necessary. Its hard to believe I’m in my second year already. I’m looking forward to the next few months and hope to provide a first class service to our clients at all times’
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.