About Miller Gerrard
The firm was established in the mid 19th century and has provided legal services to the towns of Blairgowrie, Coupar Angus and Alyth and the rural hinterland over many generations.
The present partner, John M. Hart, after studying and practising law in Edinburgh, has been with the firm since 1975.
John now specialises in providing Estate Agency and Conveyancing for a wide clientele. He acts also for two of the largest residential property developers in Tayside.
The firm's Associate Solicitor, Elaine Smith, after graduating in law at Dundee University in 1997, has brought a wealth of life experience to the firm.
Elaine specialises in Family law, Consumer law and Executries. In her Family law practice she seeks conciliation-based solutions to marriage breakdowns and custody access problems and has the personality and expertise to ensure that her clients' interests are best served.
In her Executry work she has developed a technique of overcoming administrative delays to find out speedily the extent of a person's estate and liabilities in order to release the estate to the beneficiaries as soon as possible.
In 1999 the firm moved to its present location in the High Street at the former office of the town's photographer; hence the address "The Studio". Since then the estate agency practice has expanded by leaps and bounds. At that time John was joined by his wife, Margaret, who studied and qualified in an estate agency course and who is the mainstay of the property department, treating the firm's clients with kindness and efficiency and, perhaps just as importantly, prospective purchasers, in the same way.
The secretarial and accountancy staff have a wealth of experience which assists the firm in meeting clients' proper expectations.
We pride ourselves on our accessibility. If a client calls by phone and the solicitor instructed is not available, our target is to call back as soon as possible the same day. When instructing legal work, clients are able to rely on their business being handled throughout by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner and are not at risk of the matter being handed on to a less qualified and less experienced person.
When making the choice of which solicitors to appoint, the acid test is past performance. Most of our new business is based on personal recommendation by existing clients.