Stewart Watt & Co.
Solicitors & Estate Agents
Straightforward, practical advice given to you by friendly professionals.
The Firm of Stewart Watt & Co. was set up in 1979 by Charles Stewart Watt. The firm is now run in partnership by Zara Mair and Elaine Del Valle.
Zara holds a distinguished academic background, having graduated from both the University of St. Andrews and Edinburgh University. Zara's expertise encompasses a wide range of Private Client services, ranging from the intricacies of Wills to proficient Estate Administration. Her dedication extends beyond her specialized practice, as she manages the ongoing efficiency of our firm while creating an approachable environment for all.
Elaine is a distinguished alumna of The University of Glasgow, having earned her LLB (Hons) DLP degree. Elaine has amassed a wealth of expertise in conveyancing encompassing a wide spectrum of services ranging from title transfers to high-value property sales as well as extending to her role as Notary Public. Her extensive career, spanning over two decades, underscores her depth of knowledge and experience in property. This achievement has earned her a partnership position within the firm, where her wealth of experience continues to benefit our valued clients.
Meet the Team
Elaine Del Valle
Elaine is a graduate of The University of Glasgow where she graduated LLB(Hons) DLP. She is also a Notary Public. Elaine specialises in residential property transactions and has over 20 years’ experience representing clients.
Zara is a graduate of both The University of St Andrews and Edinburgh and is the managing Partner of the Firm. She provides advice on all aspects of Private Client law including wills, trusts, the administration of deceased persons’ estates, tax planning & asset protection, powers of attorney, adults with incapacity and advice for the elderly.
Jennifer is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh and specialises in both residential and commercial property. Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience representing clients and is now the consultant for the Firm.
Lorraine obtained her BA in Law at The University of the West of Scotland in 2021 and is currently training as a Paralegal in our Residential Conveyancing Department. Lorraine has a lengthy background in the property sector, starting her career with a large financial corporation, working within the mortgage sector.
Tida is a graduate of the University of St Andrews. She graduated in 2022 with an MA(Hons) degree in Psychology.
Tida assists Zara and Elaine with both Private Client and Conveyancing matters. She also plays a vital role in dealing with the Firm’s social media and marketing requirements.
Property is perhaps the area where most people will come in direct contact with the law. It can be complex but taking the correct steps today can go a long way in preventing substantial issues down the road.
Elaine possesses a wealth of experience in the Edinburgh and Lothian's property market spanning two decades. 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 can help you with:
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!
Discharging Mortgages once the secured loan has been paid off
Negotiating and preparing Loan Agreements between private individuals
Sale and purchase of small business premises and ongoing businesses
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
Get in Touch
Where to Find Us
Tel: 0131 337 9692
Tel: 01506 872911
DX: ED166 Edinburgh
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"Excellent service from Elaine and her team when dealing with our house sale. Friendly, helpful and professional at all times with the different stages of the house sale. Would highly recommend."