We all work well together. We know each other’s strengths and we are there to support each other. Everyone has a role to play, everyone matters in this firm, and that’s one of the things that sets us apart. When we all pull together, everyone – clients and staff – shares in the success of MacDonald Lynch.
Robert Telfer, Partner

Meet the team

At MacDonald Lynch, you’ll find a team that is hands-on, approachable and client focussed. Whatever your requirements, our goal is to get the best outcome for you.

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Elaine MacDonald, Senior Partner
"As a team, we have a wealth of experience and legal skills and, most importantly, we all have the enthusiasm and the determination to succeed and provide the best possible service for our clients."

After graduating in Law from Strathclyde University, Elaine worked in business development for several years. She decided to enter the legal profession and completed the Dip LP in 2011.

Elaine has worked in private practice for over 12 years and has a broad range of skills and experience in property sale and purchase, commercial leases, wills and estates, power of attorney, divorce and separation.

Elaine is determined that MacDonald Lynch should offer a personalised, approachable service to clients.

Elaine shares her life with her young daughter and their dog Milo. She is a keen fitness enthusiast, which gives her the energy and drive to deliver for her clients.

Robert Telfer, Partner
"This is an exciting time for MacDonald Lynch as we build relations with new and existing clients and support the business to grow."

Robert obtained a PhD in Law at the University of Glasgow before qualifying as a solicitor. In practice, he advises primarily on conveyancing, wills, power of attorney and executries.

In previous employment, Robert worked for a leading Glasgow estate agency. He gained in-depth market knowledge and is well-placed to advise on all aspects of buying and selling.

Robert is a car and pick-up vehicle enthusiast, having attended the Paris and Geneva motor shows as well as the Ford F:150 factory in Detroit. He is the proud owner of Hadley, a two year old blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier named in homage to one of his favourite films, Aliens.

He was appointed Partner in July 2022.

Colin Carr, Partner
"I come from the south side. Hampden Park and Queen’s Park used to be my stomping ground when I was younger, so I’m enthusiastic to develop this new business in the area where I grew up."

Colin is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. After eight years as a sole practitioner in Rutherglen, Colin became one of the founding partners of Carr Berman Crichton of Rutherglen and Glasgow. More recently he has worked as a freelance business development consultant for other legal practices. Colin deals in domestic property, wills, power of attorney and estates. He regularly conducts home, hospital and hospice visits for the infirm or elderly. He also deals with claims for mis-sold financial products and was instrumental in bringing forward PPI claims in Scotland, acting for some 30,000 clients and recovering £50 million.

Colin lives in the south side of Glasgow with his wife Yvonne and has three grown up children.

Tracey Matheson, Senior Paralegal
"We’re an incredibly good blend – to have those different experience levels, and those different age levels, is a really positive thing. All of us are going to bring a lot of energy to MacDonald Lynch because we're so determined to make it work. I might be approaching 60, but I’m going to throw all of my energy at it."

Tracey Matheson studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh but left to join Registers of Scotland (ROS) as a non graduate direct entrant. She later completed her degree through the Open University. At ROS, she gained a deeper understanding of the law and worked in a variety of roles handling customer services, Books of Council and Session and legal casework. Following redundancy, Tracey returned to University to retrain as a paralegal. More than six years into her new career, Tracey continues to expand her legal skills and experience in all aspects of conveyancing.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in the Dumfries and Galloway countryside with her family.

Gillian Coyle, Branch Coordinator
"I'm in such a fortunate position to be starting University soon and starting in a new, exciting firm. I’m an assistant to a solicitor at the moment, but the aim is obviously to go on and become a solicitor myself. Working here gives me a good grounding for university because I’ve got on the job experience. I'm just so excited."

Gillian has experience working in all areas of residential conveyancing and private client matters. She enjoys helping buyers navigate the property market and is committed to delivering excellent client service.

In previous employment, Gillian worked as a cashier for a major bank where she processed a high volume of customer transactions.

Gillian is studying law at the University of Glasgow and intends to train to become a solicitor.

Aylie MacDonald, Legal Assistant
"I’m really enjoying working at MacDonald Lynch as everyone has been really friendly and helpful. I’ve enjoyed learning all the new legal terms and processes and it has been good to get experience in the workplace."

Aylie is currently studying International Business and French at Strathclyde University.

Liz Coyle, Consultant
"I am flattered to be retained as a consultant in the new firm, and delighted to be working with the dynamic team at MacDonald Lynch."

After completing an honours degree in English & History at Glasgow University in 1980, Liz entered into a pre-diploma training contract and worked full time while doing her Law Society exams. She returned to Glasgow University to undertake her Diploma in Legal Practice and qualified as a solicitor in 1985.

In a varied career, she worked in a medium sized firm in Clydebank, then a sole practitioner’s office in Glasgow and then to Bird Semple Fyfe Ireland in Edinburgh which, at the time, was the largest law firm in Scotland.

After living in the United States for several years, she returned to Scotland to work as a solicitor, eventually launching her own firm Archer Coyle in 2012 with husband Gordon.

Liz specialises in conveyancing, wills, powers of attorney and executries.

The professional service delivered by Elaine MacDonald and Lorna Fernie is outstanding. I was selling my flat and all costs and procedures were explained clearly. This is the third time our family have used Elaine as our solicitor when buying and selling property. Couldn't recommend MacDonald Lynch more.
Lesley McKay
The team at MacDonald Lynch were very helpful and thorough when assisting in the sale of my old house and the subsequent purchase of my new property. I would highly recommend them.
David Campbell
The staff at MacDonald Lynch made my first home purchase a smooth and stress-free experience. The customer service was excellent and Robert was always available and quick to help with any queries I had. Thanks to Gillian as well who was great to deal with. I would thoroughly recommend.
Andrew Maclean
Excellent service from the team when we purchased our first property. Would highly recommend to any first time buyers.
Jordan Creasey
Excellent service from MacDonald Lynch and all the team. My recent sale and purchase transactions were handled professionally and efficiently. Elaine and the team were always on hand to respond to queries and to provide explanations. Would unreservedly recommend MacDonald Lynch.
James Pettigrew

Why choose us?

You want a team that can deliver for you. We are that team.

We’re not your typical stuffy lawyer; at MacDonald Lynch, we offer straightforward and jargon free legal advice.
Our priority will always be to get the best outcome for you. You can count on us to defend your interests.
We come from all walks of life, so we know the challenges that many people face. We can help because we’ve been there.
Supportive of you and of our team; we believe in celebrating success, respecting each other and giving everyone a voice.
Our team is highly rated by the people who matter most - their customers. The reviews speak for themselves. You’re in good hands.
Our experienced team offers a wide range of legal services. Whether it’s personal or commercial, it’s our business to help.

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