Our History

In 1793 Erskine Beveridge was appointed Collector of Customs Duty for the Port of Leith.

This prestigious appointment enabled him to afford to send his two sons Samuel and Patrick to Edinburgh University to study law. Samuel set up his own law firm in 1821 serving the growing commercial Port before the Admiralty and Bailie Courts of Leith. The Victorian industrial revolution saw Leith grow in prosperity and importance and in 1840 Samuel expanded the firm and assumed his brother Patrick as a partner. Patrick became a member of the prestigious Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland (SSC).

He died in 1879 and the firm was continued by his son in law, under the name Beveridge Sutherland and Smith. This was later changed to Beveridge & Co. In 1962 the now venerable firm of Beveridge &Co amalgamated with another Leith practice to become Beveridge & Kellas. The firm is proud of its deep roots. In 2021 we will have served the needs of the people and businesses of Leith and Edinburgh for two hundred unbroken years.

Public service has been at core of the firms ethos. Partners, over the years, have served as Presidents of the SSC, sat on government commissions on law reform and been elected to the Council of the Law Society of Scotland.

The collective experience of the firm has been highly valued. In the 19th and early 20th Centuries young lawyers, who were to end their careers as High Court judges ( including Lord President Dunedin, Lord Guthrie and Lord Carmont) spent time training at the firm to acquire knowledge of commercial contract and shipping law.

In more recent times our former senior partner George Way SSC (Past President of the SSC and Council of the Law Society of Scotland) was appointed to the permanent judiciary and since 2009 has sat as resident Sheriff at Dundee.

Our Partners

Our Solicitors

Our Senior Support Staff

Angela Connery
Estate Agency Manager

Billy Gibbs
Estate Agency Team Member

Karen Herd
Conveyancing Executive

Douglas Elliot

Douglas Elliot
Executries Executive

Tammy Logan

Tammy Logan
Paralegal, Executries Team

Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas