About Cairn Legal

We are a specialist law firm that feels different to most traditional practices.

We want you to feel comfortable in the knowledge that we give high quality advice and focus on a few areas that we know really well. These are Wills, Personal Injury Trusts, Disabled/Vulnerable Trust, Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, Education Law, Later Life and Estate Administration.

We spend time getting to know our clients and are committed to building relationships and understanding the needs of you and your family. We are based in Glasgow but act for clients across Scotland.


Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith
Director & Principal Solicitor

Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has specialised in incapacity and the law since 2002. She can advise on wills, trusts, estate planning, adult support and protection and guardianship orders. She also acts for individuals as a professional financial guardian. She is co-author of Adult Protection and the Law in Scotland (Second Edition) (Bloomsbury Professional).

Sophie Dobson

Sophie Dobson
Specialist Paralegal

Sophie specialises in succession planning for individuals, families and trusts. She advises on will drafting, estate planning, asset protection and trust & executry administration. She also gives advice on powers of attorney and guardianship orders. With 15 years’ experience in the field, Sophie also holds a Specialist Paralegal Qualification in Wills, Trusts & Executries from the University of Strathclyde.

Clare Burnie

Clare Burnie
Solicitor

Clare joined Cairn in 2015 and specialises in the Adults with Incapacity Act. Her main focus is to assist clients in their applications for Welfare and Financial Guardianship and Intervention Orders. She works with clients throughout the whole process – from the initial enquiry call through the court application and then on to helping Guardians fulfil their duties.

Iain Nisbet

Iain Nisbet
Consultant Solicitor

Iain is a specialist in the field of education law, with particular expertise and interest in additional support needs law and the Equality Act 2010 as it applies to education. He is the Convener of the School Closure Review Panels and a trustee of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. Ranked within Band 1 in the Education (Individuals) category for the UK, Chambers UK 2020 notes that Iain is "regarded as a leading expert in education law in Scotland.

Get in Touch

Cairn Legal
Regent House,
113 West Regent Street,
Glasgow, G2 2RU.

 0141 221 7948
 info@cairnlegal.co.uk