Donald Elliot is the senior partner of the firm. Born in Aberdeen and educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond and the University of Aberdeen, Donald served his WS apprenticeship with Messrs Boyd Jamieson & Young in Leith. He joined the long-established firm of Rollo, Steven & Bond in Dundee in around 1976. He founded our firm Elliot & Company WS in 1981.
As well as managing the firm, Donald deals with client work for a number of local businesses and for individuals. He focuses on company and commercial practice, charity law, and civil litigation. Donald takes an interest in personal injury law. A well-known individual in Perthshire, Donald acts for a number of private clients and advises on matters of estate planning, succession and trusts, as well as more esoteric matters such as heraldic law and peerage law. With more than forty years’ experience in the law, Donald is able to turn his hand to most matters and is keen to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges faced by his clients.
He is a former member of the Council of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, and a former secretary of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce. In the past Donald has chaired both the local Citizens Advice Bureau and Perth Civic Trust, and has served on the boards of Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service and the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society. He has just handed over his chairmanship of a local residential school for children with emotional and educational difficulties, Balnacraig, and as President of the Society of Solicitors and Procurators in the City and County of Perth.
Donald was a territorial officer for many years, having had the honour to serve in the TA Battalion of what was then the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Donald retains his interest in matters military, serving on a number of committees and Boards.
Catherine, known as Katie, was born in Perth. In 2007, she graduated in History of Art from the University of Aberdeen. She then undertook a Law degree and the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh, before commencing her traineeship with the firm in 2011. Katie has, of course, known the firm throughout her life, and spent many summers during holidays from school or university assisting in the office. This means that she has known many of our clients for very many years.
Katie qualified as a solicitor in 2013, since when she has focussed her practice on private client work, including executries, wills, powers of attorney, guardianships and trusts, and in civil court work, including debt recovery, separation and divorce, child contact and personal injury law, primarily for pursuers. Katie is assisted by our executry paralegal, Caroline Carroll, in the administration of the estates of those who have died, and in the preparation of wills and powers of attorney. Katie is keen that as many of our clients as possible are aware of the advantages of preparing wills and powers of attorney. To this end, the firm volunteers to assist with many charity will drafting schemes, such as Will Aid, Will Relief Scotland, and Free Wills Month amongst others.
Katie has recently completed a postgraduate degree course in Mediation at the University of Strathclyde. She continues to volunteer with the university’s Mediation Clinic. As a mediator, Katie is keen to assist clients to reach their own resolution of disputes outwith the setting of a court or tribunal. Katie is happy to accept instructions to act as a mediator if clients believe that mediation would be a more cost effective and useful means of resolving disputes that the traditional judicial options.