Find out what happened when a Scottish law firm collapsed, and what it means to you.

McClure was a law firm based in Greenock, Scotland. They specialised in setting up Wills and Trusts for clients all over Britain, but went bust in 2021. Their work was taken on by another law firm, Jones Whyte.

Trusts are often used as a way to manage money, property or other assets.

However, some of McClure’s clients have since found that their Trust doesn’t represent their wishes, and that it will cost them more in legal fees in order to fix the issue. They’ve formed the McClure Action Group to complain that they were misled into buying a Trust, and that the company was trading fraudulently and criminally.

Police Scotland is now assessing correspondence and information in relation to McClure. There have already been two public meetings since the start of this year. And Stuart McMillan, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, says the initial priority should be helping its former clients, and is calling for an enquiry after that.

McClure’s former managing director is Andrew Robertson. He says the firm was brought down by Covid, and strongly disputes any claims of fraud or criminality.

For more about this story, you can read about it on the BBC website: Calls for inquiry into collapsed law firm.

Wills, Trusts & Tax planning

When set up properly, a Trust can be a useful way to arrange your financial affairs and perhaps protect your beneficiaries from Inheritance Tax.

When you choose the experts at Harrisons LLP to advise you in this complex area, you can be assured that what you get is what you wanted – unlike the unhappy clients at McClure’s.

For more information about Wills, Trusts & Tax planning, please click the button below or call us on 01938 552545Jane Walker and Rhian Morgan are the specialists to ask for when you get in touch.

How to complain

All solicitors should follow the Code of Conduct set out by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA).

(Of course, we hope you’ll never need the next bit of information in relation to Harrisons!)

If you’re not satisfied with how your solicitor handled your case, or the fees they charged, you should:

If you’re in Scotland, and wish to complain about a law firm, you should go to The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

For more information, please see the Law Society website: How to complain about a solicitor.

For more information about Wills, Trusts & Tax planning, please call us on 01938 552545.