Armed Forces Day 2021
I would like to wish all those who are currently serving in or with the Armed Forces, or have served in the past, and their families, all the very best for this year`s Armed Forces Day on 26 June.
Before I moved into a career in the law back in 1996, I was fortunate enough to have had my first career as an Army officer in The Gordon Highlanders, now the 4th Battalion – The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Regiment was almost 200 years old when I joined as a young platoon commander shortly after finishing my degree and on the eve of a two week NATO exercise in, what was then, West Germany (This was in the days of the Cold War!)
I met my platoon of 30 “Jocks” in the field and they were mainly from Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland, Glasgow and one or two fellow “southerners” like me! It was the beginning of a highly rewarding and worthwhile career, with some incredible people and times, which all provided me with an invaluable experience for life and work outside the military for the future.
I think the two most influential experiences from my time serving were comradeship and the wish to provide a worthwhile and important service. I find this is the same with the wide number of clients and colleagues I have worked with over the last 25 years who are serving still, or have served in the past.
My career in law as a private client lawyer, and now as a consultant, has been significantly influenced by my time in the Armed Forces, and particularly with my time in the Regiment. It was, still is, and always will be, a very important and influential part of my life.
Since setting up my own Wills and Estate Planning Consultancy early last year, I have been able to begin to do something I have wanted to do for a long time, and that is to try and put something back into the military.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to begin working with some local stations (bases) offering services such as free drop-in Wills and Estate Planning Clinics (where anyone on the stations – military or non-military – can discuss any questions, concerns or matters regarding Wills and related matters), and information briefings. These are currently being offered virtually, but will continue on station once the current Covid restrictions allow. I am hoping to be able to offer these, and similar, services to other military bases, organisations and charities in the future.
I am pleased to hold a registered Armed Forces Covenant and offer a 10% discount to all military personnel and their families, whether serving or retired, on any legal work I carry out for them.
If you would like to discuss any matters with me at any time, or have any questions, please contact me on [email protected] or 01296 415700.
Happy Armed Forces Day!
With my military background, I am delighted to be working with military personnel, both serving and retired. I am also working closely with certain military bases, offering both free Wills and Estate Planning Clinics and giving briefings on related matters.
Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney
Having served in the army (The Gordon Highlanders, now 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland) and then having specialised in private client law, I do recommend that serving (and retired) military personnel consider having a professionally drawn up Will prepared.
Conveyancing, Family Law and Financial Planning
There are some areas of law and advice, that overlap closely with the legal work I specialise in. For those that I am not qualified to advise on myself, I have developed strong and long-term professional relationships with other advisors who could assist you in these areas.
The three main areas are listed below:
Visit the Armed Forces Covenant website for more information on how to support those who serve.