45 High Street
Dumbarton, G82 1LS, 01389 756 979

112 Main Street,
Alexandria, G82 1LS, 01389 756 979

Opening Times
Mon - Fri 9.00 - 17.00

Our aim is to find the best possible legal outcome for clients by providing experienced and sound advice to meet your individual needs, and effective representation in the courts where needed.
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Criminal

We represent clients daily in our local Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts in Dumbarton. However, we also regularly represent clients in courts throughout Scotland, and in particular in the High Court.

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Civil

Civil

Our civil solicitors undertake a wide variety of court work including, but not limited to, Dispute Resolution, Interdicts, Non-harassment Orders, Neighbour Disputes, Settlement Agreements, Civic Government Appeals, PPI Claims

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Legal Aid

Legal Aid

We undertake both legal aid and privately funded work. Legal Aid is available for clients who are unable to afford to instruct a solicitor privately and is based on your income and resources.

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Agency

Agency

We are in a position to undertake both civil and criminal agency work for other solicitors. All such agency work would generally be undertaken by one of our partners, all of whom have considerable experience.

Legal Team

Bill Cairns

Bill Cairns

Bill Cairns: LLB MBA, member of the Family Law Association
Having qualified in 1971 Mr Cairns has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of civil matters ranging from matrimonial and family disputes to, employment matters, damages claims and anything in between. He is one of the founding partners of Cairns Brown and manages the business aspects of the firm.

Tom Brown - Lawyer

Tom Brown

LLB
After qualifying in 1978 Mr Brown worked as a procurator fiscal for a number of years before moving to practice in criminal defence. Since then he has successfully represented clients in every manner of criminal trials, including Courts Martial. Mr Brown is located in our Alexandria office and can be contacted there for further advice.

Roddy Boag

Roddy Boag

LLB
Mr Boag qualified in 1981 and has now worked in criminal defence for over thirty years. During his 20 years as partner at Cairns Brown he has appeared in Sheriff courts throughout Scotland and defended clients in numerous High Court cases. To benefit from this level of experience, you can make an appointment with Mr Boag at our Dumbarton office.

Lauren Kerr

Lauren Kerr

LLB (Hons) Dip LP, member of the Family Law Association
Miss Kerr qualified in 2009 and has worked in the jurisdiction of Dumbarton for the entirety of her career. She is experienced in criminal and family law as well as children's referrals. If you need help with any of these matters you can arrange an appointment with her by contacting our Alexandria office.




Gillian Bowman

Gillian Bowman

BA LLB Dip LP, member of the Family Law Association
Having completed a traineeship exclusively in family law Mrs Bowman has a particular interest in this area and has experience representing clients in financial contact , interdict and children’s referral matters. Since qualifying in 2014 and joining Cairns Brown she has practised in many other general civil matters and can be contacted at our Dumbarton office.


Gerry Lee

Gerry Lee

LLB (Hons) Dip LP
Mr Lee is the most recent criminal defence solicitor to join our firm. He completed his legal training with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 2011 and has experience of working in the criminal courts all over Scotland, including Glasgow, Dumfries, Inverness, and now Dumbarton. You can arrange an appointment with Mr Lee by contacting our Dumbarton office.



Criminal

We represent clients daily in our local Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts in Dumbarton. However, we also regularly represent clients in courts throughout Scotland, and in particular in the High Court. We also have experience of representing service personnel in Courts Martial. We can deal with all aspects of criminal cases up to and including murder, as well as less serious cases such as breaches of the peace, thefts, fraud, drugs, proceeds of crime and money laundering, and breaches of health and safety rules.

Road traffic

This covers a wide range of possible offences where, often, the result of a conviction might include penalty points or disqualification. We deal with charges involving mobile phones, speeding, no insurance, careless or dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving and breaches of rules for HGV drivers.

Family

Family law covers a variety of matters including Pre-nuptial & Cohabitation Agreements, Separation, Aliment, Divorce, Financial Claims, Parental Rights & Responsibilities, Domestic Interdicts, Child Residence and Contact disputes. We have extensive experience in dealing with all areas of family law and treat each case on an individual basis. As members of the Family Law Association we are committed to finding the most constructive resolution; whether that is through negotiation, mediation or court action.

Power of Attorney & Guardianships

Appointing a Power of Attorney allows you to ensure that someone you trust is able to act on your behalf in the event you are unable to manage your own affairs. We believe that everyone should have a power of attorney as you simply do not know if or when it may be required. Understandably, this is not always possible and therefore there may be occasion where it is necessary to apply for a Guardianship Order. We can take you through the process and discuss the most appropriate options available to you.

Children’s Hearings & Referrals

The Children’s Hearing system is intended to provide assistance to children and families in Scotland who require support. It is designed to be fairly informal. However, it does have significant legal consequences and we would therefore advise that you seek legal advice as early in the process as you are able to. We are regularly instructed by parents, children and relevant persons to represent their interests in relation to all matters arising from the referral process. We can advise you in regards to the Grounds for Referral, Compulsory Supervision Orders, Child Protection Orders, Appealing Hearing Decisions and all associated Court Hearings.

Personal Injuries

We can represent clients in all types of personal injuries cases, whether caused at work, in a public place or even in domestic premises. These might include cases of illnesses or injuries contracted by inadequate working conditions or equipment, falls or slips, road traffic accidents, assaults, or medical (including dental) negligence. We benefit from being involved in a network of solicitors dealing with personal injury cases; and can proceed with claims on a “no win – no fee” basis, where appropriate.

General Civil

Our civil solicitors undertake a wide variety of court work including, but not limited to, Dispute Resolution, Interdicts, Non-harassment Orders, Neighbour Disputes, Settlement Agreements, Civic Government Appeals, PPI Claims, Criminal Injuries Compensation, Housing Matters, Evictions and Debt Recovery. We are also able to provide a full Notary Public service to administer oaths and certify documents.

Legal Aid

We undertake both legal aid and privately funded work. Legal Aid is available for clients who are unable to afford to instruct a solicitor privately and is based on your income and resources. In the event you want to apply to the Scottish Legal Aid Board for funding you will have to provide them with your national insurance number and proof of your income and capital. You should bring your benefit award letter, wage slip or most recent bank statement to your initial consultation. We can assist you in the process of making an application to the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

PPI

We can represent clients in all types of personal injuries cases, whether caused at work, in a public place or even in domestic premises. These might include cases of illnesses or injuries contracted by inadequate working conditions or equipment, falls or slips, road traffic accidents, assaults, or medical (including dental) negligence.

We benefit from being involved in a network of solicitors dealing with personal injury cases; and can proceed with claims on a “no win – no fee” basis, where appropriate.

Criminal Injuries

We represent clients daily in our local Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts in Dumbarton. However, we also regularly represent clients in courts throughout Scotland, and in particular in the High Court. We also have experience of representing service personnel in Courts Martial. We can deal with all aspects of criminal cases up to and including murder, as well as less serious cases such as breaches of the peace, thefts, fraud, drugs, proceeds of crime and money laundering, and breaches of health and safety rules.


Testimonials

I sought support initially from Cairns Brown on recommendation to gain a financial separation and settlement of assets. They offered objective and excellent legal advice informing me fully on what options were available. They supported and advised me, allowing me to progress a very acrimonious situation with integrity and fairness. Circumstance led to further representation in a family court but their expertise meant the best interests of my child were prioritised which was the most important thing. CC April 2017

From initial enquiry to my divorce and financial negotiations being concluded, Cairns Brown were efficient, helpful and reasonable.  The advice I was given was excellent, and all the complicated procedures and paperwork were explained to me.  In fact, it couldn’t have been easier.  They were the third legal firm I spoke to, and were the best by far.   VL April 2017

Cairns Brown has  advised  and represented myself,  family and business over the past years (18 years) on many various matters successfully,  with the latest issue being with a major utility company and being successful with costs, £6,000 00 being repaid to myself. I would not hesitate to recommend these Solicitors for personal advice or  any possible litigations minor or major  they may have. DM April 2017

Locations

We have offices in Dumbarton and Alexandria

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