Coronavirus Update

This is a general update page – any specific impact on any individual matter will be communicated directly to you by whomever is handling your case.

We are open for business - click here for contact details

Wallace Quinn are open for business and we’re taking new instructions to buy and sell property, along with all other legal matters. you can get a real time quote for the legal costs involved in buying new build property at wallacequinn.co.uk/new-build-calculator.


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Guidance for client appointmentts
  1. Our offices have now reopened for prearranged appointments.  Appointments will be for a limited range of purposes, most likely short appointments for clients to sign legal documents.  All other business will continue to be progressed using telephone, video conferencing and other digital solutions. 
  1. Government Guidelines on facemasks say they are advisable rather than compulsory.  We have taken the decision not to compel staff or clients to wear masks for appointments but will keep this under review. However, if clients or staff would rather masks were worn at appointments, this should be accommodated by everybody involved.
  1. No more than two people will be permissible at any appointment and both must be currently living in the same house. We will come up with a bespoke solution if more people are required to attend and / or any two people required don’t live in the same property. 
  1. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot offer waiting rooms or toilets to clients.
  1. Please do not arrive early for your appointment. If we are running late for any reason, you may be asked to return to your car and wait for a few minutes.  In this unlikely circumstance, we would telephone you when we are ready for your appointment. If using another form of transport, talk to us when making your appointment and we will schedule in line with timetables.
  1. All rooms will be cleaned after each meeting in preparation for the next appointment. You will be escorted from the door to the meeting room by a member of staff. Our offices in both Livingston and Glasgow have been arranged to facilitate social distancing in meeting rooms and when travelling to and from the street.If you have any accessibility requirements it would be helpful if you could inform us in advance of your visit. 
Direct Dial contact details for solicitors

Many of our staff are furloughed, but our solicitors are still working from home.  The following people are contactable, preferably by email:

Information on New Build Construction during Covid-19

The Scottish Government has green-lit support for the first three steps in a six-step plan put forward by Scotland’s builders:

  • Phase 1 – planning
  • Phase 2 – pre-start site prep
  • Phase 3 – ‘soft start to site works (where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 4 – steady-state operation (where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 5 – steady-state operation (with physical distancing and / or PPE use)
  • Phase 6 – increasing density / productivity with experience

Read more in our latest blog: https://www.wallacequinn.co.uk/construction-industry-restart/

Help To Buy and Other Government Assistance Schemes during Covid-19

If you were eligible for a scheme before the lockdown, you are still eligible now.  But recognise that everything is taking a lot longer to process, including the government schemes such as Help to Buy Scotland and the First Home Fund.  The Scottish Government has announced that they will be extending the Help To Buy scheme until 2022, which is great news for home buyers and the construction industry.

I need to create / update a Will or Power of Attorney

No problem- we're here to help.

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I want to talk to you about Equity Release

If you are over 55 and own your own home, you could unlock some of the cash value of the property through equity release – and use the money on whatever you want.  Get in touch to find out more:

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I have a property I want to sell

No problem!  We work with Keys Estate Agents in the West and the ESPC in the east.  Fill in this form and we'll have an experienced Estate Agent contact you to discuss your requirements

If you are looking to buy property and there is a closing date in the next 24 hours, please telephone to discuss