24th May 2017

Laura McDowall accredited as specialist in Incapacity and Mental Disability Law

Blackadders are delighted to announce that Laura McDowall has been accredited as a specialist in Incapacity and Mental Disability Law by the Law Society of Scotland.

The accreditation system recognises lawyers with exceptional quality and skill that have developed specialist knowledge during their careers. Laura joins an elite group of solicitors after becoming only the 9th person in Scotland to receive the accreditation in what can often be a very challenging area of the law. She is also the only solicitor in Dundee with this qualification.

Laura joined Blackadders as a trainee in August 2006 and was made Partner in April 2013 and has specialised in private client work for more than 10 years. Laura has been influential in growing the guardianship unit at Blackadders having developed a high level of expertise in Adults with Incapacity, dealing with incapable adults of all ages. She is instructed by local authorities, throughout Scotland, to assist with their duty to make arrangements for financial intervention and guardianship orders. She also regularly prepares financial suitability reports for other firms of solicitors, in applications for guardianship and intervention orders. Laura also advises on, and prepares, Wills and Powers of Attorney.

Laura has a number of other roles outside of Blackadders that include being the course organiser and tutor for the Private Client course of the legal diploma at the University of Dundee, whilst also being a tutor and examiner on the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma for Scotland.  Laura is also a Director at Wave 102’s Help for Kids charity and secretary to the City of Dundee Burgess charity.

Johnston Clark, Managing Partner of Blackadders commented: “We are thrilled that Laura has received this award. We have always rated very highly the work and level of expertise that Laura has delivered for our business and to our clients; being awarded the specialist accreditation further affirms that view”.



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