McQueen Legal

One of Edinburgh’s longest standing legal firms expanded into Midlothian thanks to the transport links the Borders Railway offered to the city centre.

Established over 30 years ago in Edinburgh, solicitors and estate agents McQueen Legal decided to take over the offices of Martin Gray solicitors in Midlothian’s Gorebridge in March 2015. 

The fact that the Borders Railway was opening later that same year was a major factor behind the decision.

Property Manager Angela Laird said: “The partners saw an opportunity of becoming involved in a community which was growing as a result of the opening of the Borders Railway line and, when Martin Gray’s office became available due to his retirement, they jumped at the chance. We already had some local contacts as four of our 22 staff live in the area. It is a growing area and, as a growing firm, McQueen Legal was keen to take part in a growth opportunity.”

Angela, who lives in Gorebridge, said: “The Borders Railway is a fantastic selling point for properties across Midlothian. In fact we include details of the railway, including the location of the stations and the fact it is an easy commute, in all our sales brochures.” 

The firm, which also has two offices in Edinburgh at Bruntsfield and Chesser, is growing quickly. Sales volumes for the first nine months of 2016 were up by around 20% on last year. Some of this is attributable to the growth in business coming from the Gorebridge office, said Angela.

The average house price in Midlothian is £192,530, up 6.7% on the same period last year according to the April to June quarterly figures from the Registers of Scotland. The average house price in Scotland is 2.3% down on the previous year’s figure. Midlothian is also outperforming the Scottish figures for number of homes sold, up 15.2% on the same period last year compared with 4.9% across Scotland.

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