Clydesdale Bank plc.
Messrs. I. A. Stewart & Co., Chartered Accountants, The Mechanics Workshop, New Lanark, ML11 9DB. Contact Alan M. Kerr, Partner.
The Firm carries full compulsory Professional Indemnity Insurance cover (claim-free) under the Law Society of Scotland Scheme.
LL.B., S.S.C., N.P., M.C.I.Arb., F.B.S.C., FSA Scot.
WALTER studied Law at Edinburgh University, graduated LL.B. in 1968 and served his Apprenticeship with West Lothian County Council, qualifying in 1970. From 1968 to 1972 he worked with 3 local authorities, latterly as Principal Solicitor with Edinburgh Corporation. He obtained wide conveyancing, contract, committee and administrative experience and was admitted in 1972 as a full Member of the Institute of Local Government Administrators (now incorporated in the Chartered Institute of Secretaries). In 1972 Walter moved to private practice as a partner with a small practice in Edinburgh and in 1977 left to develop his own practice in Whitburn, West Lothian which became a successful and very busy general law practice.
For 5 years Walter taught Town and Country Planning Law (part-time) at post-graduate level in the Faculty of Law at Edinburgh University and, earlier, taught Mercantile Law to accountancy students at West Lothian College of Further Education.
Three times in 20 years Walter began studies for part-time research degrees (at Edinburgh, Stirling and Heriot-Watt Universities) but the demands of his busy practice and looking after his expanding client base simply made it impossible for him to find adequate time to complete any research thesis. As his practice steadily flourished and as his research ambition then still burned bright Walter, when he was 40, agreed with his partners in his law practice that he would retire as their Senior Partner at 50 and would then work half-time as a Consultant to the Firm, which would allow him (the eternal optimist!) to undertake a Ph.D. in the other half of his time.
Although Walter managed to complete Stage 1 by retiring as Senior Partner on schedule in November, 1995 (by which time his practice had a complement of 11 lawyers) to become Consultant to the practice, the considerable number of clients who continued to engage his professional services and expertise yet again put the block on any University research commitments. Walter, not at all unhappy to be so much in demand, therefore worked nearly full time as a Consultant until 1998. However, Walter missed being his own boss and the challenge of developing his own Firm. He therefore retired as Consultant to his former practice in 1998 and left in Spring of that year to establish his new practice - Sneddon & Son SSC. Hundreds of his clients have already followed him to the new Firm so the Ph.D. is again firmly on the back burner!! Maybe some day...
Walter has been married since 1968 to Linda who for more than 15 years was the Practice Manager of his former practice and left with Walter to become the Practice Manager of the new Firm. They have 2 children, Scott and Caralyn.
Walter's other interests include travelling abroad, fishing and writing. He is actively involved in various other organisations, and has acted as Secretary to a number of organisations for many years.
B.A., LL.B., Dip. L.P., S.S.C., N.P., A.B.I.I.
SCOTT always intended to follow his father into the legal profession. He left Stewarts Melville College in Edinburgh in 1990 at the end of his Fifth Year (much to the disappointment of the School Jazz Band of which he was pianist!) but, a bit young for admission to the main Law Schools, he entered the School of Social Sciences at Strathclyde University and studied for a BA degree in Politics and Law.
After graduating BA in 1993 Scott moved to the Faculty of Law at Dundee University to continue his Law studies. He graduated LL.B. in 1995 and then returned to Strathclyde Law School to study for the professional Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip.LP) which he obtained in 1996. He then served a busy traineeship with a one man practice in Lanarkshire and on the expiry of his traineeship in 1998 Scott joined Walter as the "Son" in Sneddon & Son SSC.
Like his father, Scott also enjoys fishing and likes foreign travel and motor sports (preferably combined!). He is active in several other organisations and also has acquired administrative experience. Scott is an accomplished musician and, starting when he was 7, has won many accordion championships and titles over the years.
The People and the Business of the Practice
Walter is based at the Firm's Armadale office where he specialises in conveyancing, commercial transactions, property and development work and business law. He is Company Secretary to various busy limited companies in Central Scotland including civil and structural engineers, painting contractors, haulage contractors and builders
He undertakes many interesting, important and (sometimes!) complex conveyancing and commercial transactions, including high value transactions. Walter has handled several M.B.O.'s and regularly receives instructions to act for commercial lenders, often in high value securities. He acts for builders, developers, clubs and charities as well as for many private clients.
Walter also undertakes reparation claims including negligence cases.
Scott is based at the Firm's Bo'ness office. He deals with business transactions, executries, commercial and residential conveyancing, house purchases and sales, security transactions and general business, including reparation claims. He also has a developing practice and reputation looking after many unincorporated associations, clubs, etc. throughout Scotland.
Ray Newton FSA Scot., is the Firm's Admin Officer, based in the Armadale Office. In January, 2005, after many years with a major Scottish Life Assurance office, Ray took up the challenge of bringing his administrative and other skills to the Firm. He quickly developed a particular interest in the adminstrative aspect of the practice. Ray now deals with those often unseen but very important administrative matters within office which assist in ensuring the smooth running of such a busy legal practice. He also assists house purchasers, when required, with their administrative arrangements.
Nick Solley MNAEA, joined us as the Firm's Property Manager in December 2007. Nick gained extensive knowledge of the local property market while working with an international real estate marketing company from one of their West Lothian offices. He is an Associate member of the National Association of Estate Agents and undertakes our property valuations, drafts sales particulars and negotiates property sales for our clients. Nick is readily available to provide valuable advice and guidance to sellers and potential sellers alike and can give a no obligation free assesment of the value of your residential property during normal business hours.
Linda Sneddon SLA, ABSC is the Firm's Practice Manager and has many years experience in management, cashroom work and executry practice. She has been a qualified Law Accountant for more than 20 years and looks after the day to day running of the business. Linda attends to many of the executries handled by the Firm.
Caralyn Rowe, BA, SLA, FSSP, is Walter and Linda's daughter and Scott's sister and assistant Practice Manager, which makes Sneddon & Son SSC a real family business. Caralyn graduated BA with distinction from Napier University in 1999 and was also awarded the University medal as the top graduate in her department. She is a qualified Law Accountant and Executry Paralegal
Claire Fernie, LL.B. (Hons), Dip. LP. is the most recent staff member to leave University. Claire hails from Fife and obtained a very good Honours degree and then obtained her professional Diploma at the University of Aberdeen in 2007. She is the Firm's Associate Solicitor.
- Lorraine McDonald
- Moira Downs