70 Year History

MacFarlane Young & Co

At the beginning of 2023 we took the exciting steps and launched our Estate & Letting Agency under the name of MacFarlane Young Estate & Lettings ltd. Directors Calum & Gillian are the driving force behind the Estate & Lettings sides of the business and it’s great to be able to offer a one stop shop all our clients

Highly Experienced Estate Agents

Dedicated Property Law Team

Local Legal Advice and Representation

Stellar Client Reputation

ARLA Registered Letting

Paisley's Longest Established Solicitors

Who We ARe

With over seven decades of steadfast service in Paisley and neighbouring regions, MacFarlane Young & Co has established a strong reputation as trusted legal advisors.

Our leadership team comprises of Directors, Valerie O’Neil and Anne Fletcher, who are flanked by the experienced solicitor, Kirsty Docherty, and Gary Burgess, our enthusiastic second-year trainee. A dedicated team of paralegals and administrative staff further bolsters our operations, ensuring we deliver top-tier service.

In our quest to diversify and better cater to our clients’ needs, we’ve recently initiated a subsidiary, MacFarlane Young Estate Agents and Lettings Ltd. With this addition, we’re proud to extend comprehensive estate agency and letting services alongside our robust legal services.

Directors Calum & Gillian are the driving force behind the Estate & Lettings sides of the business and it’s great to be able to offer a one stop shop all our clients

At MacFarlane Young & Co, our aim is to provide premier legal and property services with unwavering dedication. We prioritize our clients’ needs, ensuring they receive top-tier solutions accompanied by clear, transparent communication.

Our commitment extends beyond service provision to empowering our clients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. We believe in continuous team development to uphold the high standards our clients expect.

Our ultimate aspiration is to be more than just service providers; we strive to be reliable partners in your legal and property endeavors. We measure our success by your satisfaction and success.

At MacFarlane Young & Co, our core values underpin all we do.

Integrity: We adhere to the highest ethical standards, ensuring honesty and transparency in all our dealings.

Client-Centered: Our clients are our priority. We are dedicated to understanding their needs and providing tailored, effective solutions.

Empowerment: We believe in empowering our clients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

Professionalism: We maintain the utmost professionalism in our services, treating each client with respect and dignity.

Continual Development: We value growth and are committed to the continuous learning and upskilling of our team, enabling us to provide unparalleled services.

Partnership: We aim to be trusted partners for our clients, providing support and advice that goes beyond the traditional service provider-client relationship.

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A Rich History

With a rich and ever-evolving history, we are a dynamic group of solicitors and estate agents who aren’t afraid to change with the times.

As we reflect on our remarkable history, we are proud of the strong foundation upon which our firm is built. With our experienced directors, dedicated team members, and a commitment to providing exemplary legal services, we continue to uphold our legacy while embracing the opportunities and challenges of the present day.


Our firm's history is rooted in a legacy of dedication and evolution. Originating as David Campbell & Co in 1857, our journey through time has seen us undergo several transformative stages.

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In 1901, we became R & T Russell.

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Further progress led us to rebrand as MacFarlane Young & Co in 1936. This pivotal moment coincided with our acquisition of the office of Jack Young, an esteemed solicitor based in Milngavie. The passing of Robert and Thomas Russell prompted their family to erect the Russell Institute in Paisley, a testament to their enduring legacy.

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Current director Elizabeth Valerie O'Neil joins the company. Valerie O'Neil holds responsibility for overseeing all property and private client work.

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Current Director Anne Constance Fletcher joins the team. Anne Fletcher leads our family and court work, ensuring that our clients receive exceptional legal representation and guidance in these vital areas.

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In 2007, we incorporated as MacFarlane Young Limited, marking another significant milestone in our growth and development and moved to our current premises at 26 New Street, Paisley.

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Kirsty Docherty joined us in 2020, as well as our trainee Gary Burgess.

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At the beginning of 2023 we took the exciting steps and launched our Estate & Letting Agency under the name of MacFarlane Young Estate & Lettings ltd. Calum & Gillian are the driving force behind the Estate & Lettings sides of the business and it’s great to be able to offer a one stop shop to all our clients.

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Gillian Neil

Director / Estate Agent

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Gillian started her career in property back in 2005. She has worked in all aspects of the property world, with experience in Sales, Lettings, Property Management and New Builds.

Gillian is a fully registered ARLA Agent & prides herself on customer service and being approachable and supportive to all involved in the property selling or renting process.

Gillian is a proud mum of a very sporty daughter and spends much of her time supporting her at Highland Dancing and gymnastics competitions.

Gillian's passion is to travel, and she was lucky enough to see much of the world in her previous life as cabin crew.

Calum Dickson

Director / Estate Agent

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Calum has always had a keen interest in property and graduated with an Environmental Management & Town Planning Degree. Calum continues to be passionate about property and prides himself on providing a service to his clients that's second to none.

Calum continues to educate himself and is proud to be fully regulated by Property Mark, giving his clients absolute peace of mind that they are dealing with a knowledgeable, professional and regulated Estate Agent.

Out of work, Calum and his wife are busy running after their two young daughters, and also enjoys time on the golf course, playing for his local rugby club, Cartha Queens Park and an occasional malt whisky.

Anne Fletcher


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Throughout Anne’s career, she has had extensive experience in Civil Court Litigation, primarily focusing on Child and Family Law.

She regularly draws upon her litigation experience in appearing in Sheriff Courts and has been involved with various actions at the Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh.

Anne has a very varied case load and advises on divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, cohabitation, pre-nuptial agreements, child support and child residence, adoption and contact. Anne advises clients both in and out of Court.

In all cases, Anne strives to help clients find a resolution to their family problems, which creates the best outcome for their family, without ending up in Court where that is possible.

She is frequently appointed to prepare Child Welfare Reports and disputed Residence and Contact Actions by Paisley Sheriff Court.

Valerie Oneil


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Valerie is a Graduate of Strathclyde University and has been with the firm for over 30 years and is married with two sons, both currently at Universtiy.

Valerie specialises in Property Law, both residential and commercial, and also in other areas of Private Client work such as applying for Guardianships for vulnerable adults, the creation of Powers of Attorney and Wills and also deals with Executries in the Company.

Valerie has been a tutor in Property Law and Private Client at The University of Glasgow for the past 7 years and enjoys the interactions with students.

Valerie is a member of Cartha Queens Park Women’s Rugby section and is currently Vice President of Cartha Queen Park Rugby Club with responsibility for the women’s section.

Valerie is also a member of Cartha Lightning, a touch rugby team founded 3 seasons ago.

Gary Burgess

2nd Year Trainee

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Gary graduated in law from the University of Glasgow, thereafter attending the University of Strathclyde to complete his Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. While at Strathclyde, Gary was awarded the Family Law Association prize for best performance in Family Law.

Gary joined MacFarlane Young in 2021 and has gained experience in all areas of the Firm’s work, initially focusing on Conveyancing to build on his experience gained immediately after graduation at a well-known Glasgow Firm. Gary now works regularly on Private Client matters including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Adults with Incapacity, as well as Executry work. Garyalso assists in Family Law matters. As a relative latecomer to law, Gary has extensive experience in management and finance, which he considers invaluable in his practise of law.

Outside of work, Gary enjoys rock climbing and is a member of the gym albeit with a somewhat sporadic attendance history.

Kirsty Docherty


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Kirsty qualified as a Solicitor in 2018, having undertaken a varied traineeship in a Glasgow firm and then specialising in residential conveyancing.

She joined MacFarlane Young in 2020 and focuses mainly on residential and commercial conveyancing. Kirsty can also advise on wills, executries and Powers of Attorney.

She prides herself on her down-to-earth approach which often leads to repeat instructions from clients.

Kirsty is married with a young family. In her free time she enjoys socialising with family and friends.

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What Our Clients Say

At MacFarlane Young & Co, we take pride in providing our clients with exceptional service, and our many 5-star reviews speak for themselves. Our team is dedicated to delivering the best possible outcomes for our clients, and we are thrilled to have received such positive feedback.

Don’t just take our word for it – read our reviews and see why our clients choose us for their legal and property needs.



Ross Fullhart

Recently bought a house with the aid of Macfarlane young (specifically with lawyer Gary Burgess) to say it was a smooth process would be an understatement. This was due to Gary's efficiency and diligence. He was so thorough and communicative it made the process as easy as possible and we felt in very competent hands. What more could we ask for!? Most certainly we will be dealing with Gary and the firm for any future legal assistance.
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Ailish Sheridan

In our experience, MacFarlane Young Ltd have proven to be a responsive, competent, professional and approachable organisation. Our solicitor, Valerie, has dealt with any situation in a most timely and efficient fashion. Valerie has acted on our behalf on a number of occasions and without doubt, is our first point of contact for legal representation on matters relating to house conveyancing. We are confident that she will provide an excellent level of service.

Gill Craig

Valerie at MacFarlane has acted on my behalf recently for both a business purchase and a business sale and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Prompt, professional and efficient service throughout from all the team.

Jennifer Greer

I have used MacFarlane Young both for the sale of my previous home, the purchase of my new one as well as the legal work for a business premise. I had an excellent and personal experience on all occasions and found the whole team really approachable and thorough. They kept everything on track and informed me at each stage.

Alan Caldicott

Great service provided by the team. Always friendly and keep you up To date on everything this is going on. Keep up the good work.

Norrie S

Over the years I’ve used the services of MacFarlane Young (specifically Valerie) on a number of occasions. Always found them to be professional, respectful and efficient.

Lee-anne G

Very professional and efficient service. Thank you very much for helping me and my family with varying stuff over the past few years. Greatly appreciate the smooth process and speed of how everything was handled.

Ellen Jensen

I have just used MacFarlane Young for my conveyancing work and both Valerie and Caroline were extremely helpful. Would definitely recommend using them

Mike Bruce

Valarie O’Neil and staff acted on my behalf with sale and purchase of my in-laws house. At the same time I was using a solicitor recommended by our estate agents for the sale of our own house. The difference was night and day. Val was quick to reply and deal with issues as they arose and was highly competent in dealing with other solicitors. The bigger solicitors recommended by my estate agents did not come close to Mcfarlane and O’Neil.

Some of the negative comments on here are not reflective of the experiance I had in the slightest. Many thanks Val

Jo Gatley

Excellent practice. I would have no hesitation in recomending this firm for its services.

Abrar Ahmad

Very good dealing and service and always had quick response whenever contacted for advice.

Alan Gilmour

Excellent service, Thanks

Alan Gilmour

Excellent service, Thanks

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