Roy is a native Orcadian with a long family pedigree in local business – his father (John) having been our senior partner for many years. Roy graduated from The University of Aberdeen in 1986, going on to complete his post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice there the following year. His two year legal traineeship was spent with a large Edinburgh law firm, offering wide experience including work in the Court of Session.
After returning to Orkney Roy became a partner (now Director) of the firm in 1992. Over the years he has gained experience across the full spectrum of legal practice from civil and criminal court work, corporate and commercial deals, property (private and commercial) and wills, executries and estate planning. Roy’s current focus is primarily on assisting and advising Lows’ many valued private and high net worth clients – an area in which he has specialised. This includes drafting complex wills and offering detailed advice on estate planning, issues relating to care home costs and avoidance of Inheritance tax, as well as a busy caseload of trust and estate work. Roy is also our designated Director responsible for both Financial Services and Client Relations.
Unusually for a solicitor, Roy also has high level commercial experience outside legal practice. He was seconded from Lows for over four years to head up a new company backed by many of Scotland’s leading business figures. Roy served as Chief Executive of the company whose Board included directors of FT 100 companies and which raised in excess of £2.5M in funding. As Roy says “It was interesting and a real eye-opener to sit on the other side of the table from corporate lawyers and other deal-makers. This was a chance “to see lawyers as others see us” which is something I’ll never forget!” Experience of that kind and at that level is very rare for a solicitor; it enables Roy to offer a unique set of skills to help clients achieve their aspirations.
Roy is married with three children and lives just outside Kirkwall overlooking Scapa Flow. His interests include music (piano and singing), a variety of sports (black belt in Karate – “although that was a while ago”), astronomy and reading.