Our Partners

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Senior Partner: Colin Whittle

Colin Whittle graduated from Cambridge University with Honours in land economy and was the FRICS gold medal winner in his year. After working as a land agent he then read law at the University of Aberdeen, joining R & R Urquhart in 1976. Colin represents a large number of private and commercial clients throughout Scotland and abroad advising on a significant range of issues from land development to capital taxation, commercial law to rural estates, and from agricultural law to executries amongst other areas. He is a director of a number of companies and has extensive trustee responsibilities. For a number of years he sat on the Highlands & Islands Development Board where he oversaw property, planning and development issues across the region.

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Jane Ferguson

Jane Ferguson studied law at the University of Edinburgh, graduating LLB. in 1989. She worked in Australia in the Attorney General's office in Sydney and travelled extensively in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. She trained and then worked for five years with leading Edinburgh firm, W & J Burness (now Burness) before moving back North to Moray to take on responsibility for the Litigation Department at R & R Urquhart LLP. She covers a wide area of court related matters before Sheriff Courts, the Court of Session, the Scottish Land Court, Employment and other tribunals. Jane is also a qualified mediator and a member of CALM Mediation, as well as being a member of a specialist Employment Law Group.

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James Hotchkis

James Hotchkis runs the Nairn office of the Firm and was a Partner with MacGregor & Co before it then merged with R & R Urquhart in 2002. James' work covers a wide range of issues including property conveyancing, commercial and development law, wills, trusts and executries, family and child law, separation agreements and divorces, accident claims, liquor licensing and general business.

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Will Cowie

Will Cowie joined R & R Urquhart in 1994 having worked with W & J Burness and MacClure Nasmith in Edinburgh and Glasgow. A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Will's areas of speciality include property law, general practice, company and commercial law. He represents a number of corporate and commercial clients throughout the Moray Firth region, and is currently Clerk to the Spey and Findhorn Salmon Fishery Boards as well as being a trustee to a number of charitable foundations.

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Jamie Whittle

Jamie Whittle was a Morehead Scholar to the University of North Carolina where he gained a BA (Hons) in modern languages, before receiving an LLB in law at the University of Edinburgh and an MSc with distinction in human ecology. His main areas of work include environmental and planning law, commercial law and renewable energy, agricultural law, litigation and mediation. He is a referral solicitor for the Environmental Law Foundation and Scottish Tenant Farmers Association, and a Council Member of the UK Environmental Law Association. Jamie is a part time lecturer in environmental law at the University of Edinburgh School of Law.

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Managing Director: Lesley Laughton

Lesley Laughton graduated BSc Hons from Aberdeen University in 1985. After a brief spell working in Pathology at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Lesley joined the Inland Revenue, initially based in Sunderland and latterly in Aberdeen. From there she moved into the accountancy profession and joined Price Waterhouse in 1989 where she gained the professional qualification, ATII. Lesley joined R & R Urquhart as Financial Controller in April 1996, and is the firm's Managing Director with responsibility for all administration matters.