Stewart Watt & Co.
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About Stewart Watt & Co

The firm of Stewart Watt & Co was set up in 1979 by Charles Stewart Watt. The firm is now separately owned and run in partnership by Jennifer Mair and her daughter, Zara Mair.

Stewart Watt & Co. operates from two locations: 202 Dalry Road, Edinburgh and 42 Main Street, West Calder.

I recently used Zara’s services to set up a Will for my husband and I. It is something I had been meaning to do for some time and I hadn’t realised how important it was to get this in place as quickly as possible. Zara provided us with advice in a simple, efficient and professional manner and made the whole process very straightforward. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to my friends, family and clients.

Leeanne Bradley, Financial Advisor

I would like to thank Zara for all her advice and assistance, both with the discharge of my mortgage and with preparing my Will. Particularly with the latter, her relaxed manner and conversational approach made planning my estate much less stressful than I had anticipated. I would happily recommend her to others looking either for help with estate planning or with property matters.

Gordon McCulloch

I have always found Jennifer and Wendy to be fully professional and knowledgeable in dealing with all our property matters. They are helpful and respond to our requests quickly.

Alan Ilesley, Technical Services Manager, Manor Estates Housing Association

Property Services

Property is perhaps the area where most people will come in direct contact with the law.
It can be complex and massive problems can be avoided in the future if things
are completed in the right way today.


    Jennifer has a huge amount of experience in the Edinburgh and Lothian’s property market. She will help you market your current house in the most effective way as well as making sure buying your new home is as smooth as possible.

    Getting things right for our clients today is vital to us. Only then will they have peace of mind knowing their property transaction is watertight.

    Here’s a little more detail about the areas of property law we get involved in:

    • Buying: whether you’re a 1st time buyer or looking to expand your property portfolio
    • Selling: we provide a full estate agency service and can deal with the conveyancing work which follows
    • Mortgages: whether you are taking out a mortgage for the first time, re-mortgaging, using the government’s Help To Buy Scheme or releasing equity, we can help!
    • Transferring Title
    • Discharging mortgages once the secured loan has been paid off
    • Commercial leasing: we can assist landlords in the preparation and review of leases, we also provide advice to tenants to ensure their lease is fair and balanced
    • Negotiating and preparing Loan Agreements between private individuals
    • Sale and purchase of small business premises and ongoing businesses

    View our Property Listings

Private Clients

We offer a wide range of advice and services to help our clients either prepare
for the unexpected or cope with it if something has already happened.


    The most important thing for us, whether we’re helping a client prepare for the future or deal with the unexpected, is to make sure we understand what has to be achieved. We work with our clients, getting to know them so the legal solutions we put in place do what’s required.

    But there’s more to it than that. We’re often working with our clients as they are experiencing difficult or challenging events. We are sensitive in our approach, always putting ourselves in our clients’ shoes to help them through what can often be difficult situations.

    There are lots of things we do, but here’s a selection of some of the work completed for our private clients:

    • Providing expert legal advice on Wills
    • Estate and tax planning to help mitigate Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax bills
    • Providing advice on the creation, running and termination of trusts – used to help protect assets and/or beneficiaries
    • Advising the elderly and helping them prepare for the future including benefits entitlement, care options and protecting their assets from nursing home fees
    • Creating Powers of Attorney, advising on incapacity issues and applying for Guardianship and Intervention Orders from Court
    • Administering a dead person’s estate is known as an executry. We can help at this difficult time, whether there’s a Will in place or not

Other Services

There are many other services we provide for our clients, some
of which are one off services and others long term.

    Two additional areas of law we work in are Employment and Family Law, both of which need specialist knowledge and a steady hand as they can be emotional and contentious.

    In our view, it’s always best to arrive at an amicable resolution in disputes, whether it’s an employment or family issue. Our advice is always practical and delivered from the point of view that resolution is better than litigation.

    In fact, having the right foundations in place can often avoid disputes altogether and we work with clients to get to this position.

    Here’s some examples of the services which we offer:

    • Advising both employers and employees on subjects such as contracts, disputes, employment rights, unfair dismissal, redundancy and compromise agreements
    • We provide help, advice and guidance to families going through separation and/or divorce
    • Negotiating and preparing contractually binding Minutes of Agreement between individuals
    • Notary Public Service: notarising and certifying important deeds and documents as well as taking sworn statements (known as Affidavits)

Get in Touch

If you are interested in working with us or just have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the details below.

Edinburgh Office

202 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2ES

t: 0131 337 9692
f: 0844 682 5529
DX: ED166 Edinburgh

West Calder Office

42 Main Street, West Calder, EH55 8DR

t: 01506 872911
f: 0844 682 5529
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