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Austin Lafferty

Austin Lafferty

Austin is the founding partner of Austin Lafferty Solicitors and Estate Agents, having qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and opened his own firm in 1987. As well as managing the firm, Austin has expertise in various aspects of private legal practice, now dealing mainly with business clients in commercial property transactions, leases, general business advice and support, and company acquisition.

He is also involved in a full range of legal services for individual clients, from wills and powers of attorney to conveyancing, civil disputes and family problems, working with solicitor colleagues in the firm on cases and transactions.

Austin is also a well-known broadcaster and writer on legal and other matters, and is a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland.

Austin has been asked by his friend and colleague Mike Dailly, principal solicitor of Govan Law Centre, to help in the development of a law centre in Cameroon, Africa. The venture has already attracted interest from the BBC.

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AFLA Logos2We are proud to announce that we joined the Armed Forces Legal Action group to offer reduced-price legal services to serving and former members of the armed forces. AFLA was set up by a Scottish Solicitor in recognition of the hard work and sacrifice made by members of HM armed forces.

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I want to get a divorce but I don't know what to do about it if I can't get hold of him to come to court.

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MY husband and I broke up after eight years of marriage. We have two children, a girl and a boy, aged six and seven. I am in another relationship now, but my ex has said that he is now intending to fight for sole custody as he does not approve of me being with a "strange man" and says it will confuse our children to have another daddy.

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With May's Marathon just around the corner, Austin takes inspiration from London as he finds running Glasgow's Paisley Road a slog - but plans to return nonetheless!

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Austin was one of the chairs of the recent Law Society of Scotland Conference on Scotland’s Constitutional Future.

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Recent research by the University of Bristol and the Department for Education has revealed that adoption placements are ten times more likely to breakdown in the teenage years compared with children under the age of four.

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Reality starts to sink in for Austin as the marathon is less than a month away!

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I STAY in a council house and have had problems with rain water coming in through the roof or roughcasting (where it comes from is debatable).

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Austin looks forward to rolling back the miles - if not the years, as he suffers for his cause.

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MY neighbour refuses to trim his massive branches that hang over my side of the fence. They are causing all sorts of problems - including leaves blocking gutters and us having to clean our monoblocking five times a year.

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Healthy eating occupies Austin this week, as his training suffers a setback.

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A breakdown of civil justice statistics have been published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, including details of the number of family cases being heard in Scotland’s civil courts.

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I bought a display cabinet from a furniture retailer. It was flat-pack and was to be assembled at my house by a joiner. When he opened up the packaging, we discovered that as well as a handle and two hinges missing, the drawer fronts are cream while the carcass is brown as I wanted. Numerous calls and visits later we are no further forward. What can we do?

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In this week's Marathon diary, Austin laments the amount of 'faffing' around required to go for a run but finds joy in the technology available to today's runner: running shoes, portable radios and, of course, the internet.

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I live just off a road where each of our houses has a parking bay. They are currently installing parking meters nearby and my worry is that cars will come into our estate and park. The factor erected a sign at the entrance of our estate saying private parking only. What can we do with any illegal parked vehicles who want to avoid the meters?

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In this week's installment of Austin's Evening Times fitness blog, he discusses the mental component of fitness and exercise. Waiving the wine in favour of tying the trainers is, according to Austin, an exercise of the mind as well as the body.

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My sister had power of attorney, and I was not involved in dealing with my mother's finances. I am now neither consulted nor advised on what is happening with the estate - I have not seen a copy of her will. How can I be sure everything is being done properly?

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 Family law south of the border could be set to undergo an important change after a recent report from the Law Commission for England and Wales recommended the introduction of “qualifying nuptial agreements” to allow couples to decide how their assets should be shared if they separate.

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Glasgow

213 Fenwick Rd,
Giffnock,
Glasgow,
G46 6JD
Tel: 0141 621 2212
Fax: 0141 621 1342
e-mail: giffnock@laffertylaw.com

Hamilton

23 Townhead Street,
Hamilton,
United Kingdom,
ML3 7BQ
Tel: 01698 477 614
Fax: 01698 476 613
e-mail: hamilton@laffertylaw.com

East Kilbride

213 Edinburgh House,
East Kilbride,
South Lanarkshire,
G74 1LJ
Tel:01355 263 777
Fax:01355 263 886
e-mail: eastkilbride@laffertylaw.com

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