JOHN R. MUIR & CO.

John R. Muir & Co. Solicitors are an innovative legal firm with offices in both Airdrie and Carluke. We offer professional solicitor services at affordable prices. Established since 1976, our team of lawyers and property agents have built a strong reputation based on our exceptional legal services.

We try to we provide client services in a different way to our competitors. We only give clients advice in areas of law in which we are experienced. A significant part of our work is referred to us by reputation. We strive to resolve clients’ legal issues in a practical way using common sense and plain English. We are down to earth and very approachable. We try hard to ensure clients are satisfied with our service levels and that our staff enjoy working for us.

From buying and selling a house, to negotiating a commercial lease, John R. Muir & Co. Solicitors can provide a full property and estate agency service.  In addition, our experienced legal team can assist with a wide range of legal services from the winding up of a loved ones estate to guiding you through the whole process of setting up or reviewing your will.

If you have mobility problems, we will be happy to arrange an appointment to visit you in the comforts of your own home.

What's New?

21/05/17

EXCITING NEWS COMING SOON!!!! WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS.
 
21/05/17

We are pleased to announce that we have updated this website to include the entire range of services that we can provide. These include areas such as Family Law, Court Services, Personal Injury, Business Law, Agricultural Law and much more. For the full range please explore this website or contact us for more information.

21/12/15

We are now pleased to announce that we have moved our Carluke office to 39 High Street. This move will give us some much needed space as well as the opportunity for us to put our own stamp on the look and feel of this office. I think you will agree that it's not your typical Solicitors office.

Housing Issues

We have experience of pursuing actions for recovery of possession (eviction) and for payment of rent due on behalf of a range of clients, including local authorities, registered social landlords and private landlords.

We can advise you on the statutory pre action requirements and prepare and serve the various notices which require to be served prior to raising court proceedings, including notices of proceedings, notices to quit and notices of irritancy.  

In the event that court proceedings are necessary (you will need to raise proceedings and secure a court judgment to evict someone from your property if they refuse to leave) we will take action as soon as possible after your instruction to us to proceed and we will always keep you up to date with the progress of the action.

For Employees

We recognise that employment law is a minefield for employees and we are committed to helping you understand your employment rights.  We are approachable and knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law and, importantly, we understand the personal impact which an employment dispute may have.

We can give you straightforward and practical advice in the following areas:

  • Advice on your contract of employment, including proposed changes to your terms and conditions
  • Advice on your employer’s policies and procedures
  • Negotiating with your employer, including on the terms of a proposed settlement agreement
  • Assistance with pursuing a grievance with your employer (or dealing with a grievance raised by another employee which impacts on you)
  • Disciplinary matters, including appeals against disciplinary sanctions
  • Advice on bringing Employment Tribunal proceedings
  • Conducting Employment Tribunal proceedings
  • Unfair dismissal, including constructive dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Discrimination
  • Maternity and paternity rights
  • Working time regulations
  • Deduction of wages

There are strict timescales within which you have can enforce your employment rights.  For example, any claim for unfair dismissal must generally be made within 3 months of the date of termination of your employment.  It is therefore important to speak to us as soon as possible.  We understand that the prospect of bringing a claim can be daunting but we are compassionate and on hand to support you through the process.

For Employers

Employment law is an increasingly complex area of law and we have many years of experience in this field. We understand the various pressures which businesses face and we keep up to date with legal developments to allow us to offer a full range of specialist employment law services for employers.

It is important that any employer has in place sound policies and procedures and that they issue terms and conditions of employment which not only meet legal requirements but also protect the business in the event that a dispute arises. We can help to minimise risks by drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, employment policies and handbooks.

We are able to assist you in the event that you are faced with an employee grievance or if you have to take the step of taking disciplinary action against an employee, including dismissal. We can give you clear and straightforward advice about the process you should undertake and the options available to you.

We can draft and negotiate settlement agreements (previously called compromise agreements) to resolve employee disputes, which is a cost effective way to ensure that Employment Tribunal proceedings are not raised against you in respect of that dispute.

If you are faced with an Employment Tribunal claim, we can investigate the circumstances and advise you on the most prudent course of action, including negotiating withdrawal of the claim or settlement. Where you instruct us to defend the claim on your behalf, we can guide you through the process and provide a skilled response to the proceedings.

We offer advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Contracts, including restrictive covenants (placing a restriction within an employee’s contract so that for a time limited period after the employment relationship ends your legitimate business interests will be protected for example from competition, solicitation of clients/customers and disclosure of information)
  • Policies and procedures
  • Grievances
  • Disciplinary investigations
  • Dismissal
  • Redundancies/restructuring
  • Transfer of undertakings (your obligations on the transfer of a business or a service provision change)
  • Maternity and paternity rights
  • Discrimination
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Equal pay