Over the next six issues we gain insight into the working lives of the people who make up Garden Stirling Burnet, one of East Lothian’s oldest law firms.
For many, if not most, the law can be, well, a bit intimidating. Perhaps it’s all the TV shows that depict drama within, and between firms, cases and lawyers. One of the most popular television series of our time is the legal drama, Suits. However, viewers often forget that the programme is fictional and not always close to reality. Yet shows such as this can also make the legal process more human and lawyers seem more approachable. Directors of local law firm Garden Stirling Burnet, Angela Craig and Alan Borrowman are keen to introduce a more human-side to law firms.
With origins dating back to the early 1900s in Haddington, Garden Stirling Burnet (GSB) have been practising law in East Lothian for generations. Naturally, they are proud of their heritage as one of the oldest and largest law firms in East Lothian, but they are also just as proud of their commitment to investing in the local community today.
We speak to Angela and Alan, who are happy to give us a personal insight into their lives as busy solicitors and tell us why they love living and working here so much.
How long have you been with the firm?
AC: Alan joined the firm in 1988 and I followed a year later in 1989.
How long have you lived in East Lothian?
AC: I’ve been here 25 years.
What do you love most about East Lothian?
AC: What is there not to love about East Lothian? I love the beautiful and varied scenery, but in particular the coastline and the sea air are breath-taking.
What is the best thing about living and working in East Lothian?
AC: East Lothian is rural, yet still feels very cosmopolitan probably due to its proximity to the city of Edinburgh.
What do you like to do when not busy at work?
AC: The great thing about living is East Lothian is the incredible countryside and the beaches. I find both walking and swimming help me unwind after a busy day at work.
What are your specialisms in the firm and what legal issues, situations do you deal with?
AC: Court work, specialising in criminal work.
Within your specialism, are there changes in the law or things peoples should do or be aware of, or is there any general advice you would like to give?
AC: Appearing in court or any issue relating to a court matter can be confusing and daunting for people. The law is constantly changing and I would recommend that people seek legal advice in such situations at the earliest possible stage.
Lastly, why should clients choose GSB and what benefits can you bring? What sets you apart?
AB: We are a highly experienced team and by being East Lothian based, there is a long-standing association with the people, businesses and local communities, meaning we’re able to provide clients with the benefit of that expertise and local knowledge over a diverse range of legal matters. We are unique within the county, as we have offices spread across the region, which means easy accessibility and local services.
We are conscious of the challenges that have had to be faced in recent times. And we’re proud to have been able to meet those challenges and be able to continue to offer an efficient service to our clients. We, as a company, are committed to continuing to do so, whilst in turn investing in the local community and supporting local charities.
GARDEN STIRLING BURNET