Biggar: 01899 220058 | Lanark: 01555 666111

About Smail and Ewart

Smail and Ewart dates back to 1876 when Andrew Smail came to practice in Biggar and to take up the part-time post of Town Clerk of the then Burgh of Biggar. William Ewart, the son of tea clipper captain, joined him in 1912. The firm presently has offices in Biggar and Lanark and provides a wide range of legal services to the local community and beyond.

John Armstrong is the firm's Senior Partner. Admitted in 1971 he has been with Smail and Ewart for 35 years. His main areas of work at present at present are in the fields of Wills and Executries (Probate), Financial Management of the elderly client including Powers of Attorney, Guardianship and Rural Property matters.

He compliments his long held interest in horses as one of Scotland's principal Solicitors in matters of Equine Law. More details on Smail and Ewart’s equine law division can be found at

Jane Robison was admitted in 1997 and spent 10 years at a Glasgow firm as a trainee, assistant solicitor and then finally as a partner dealing with commercial and residential conveyancing and estate agency matters. Originally from the Biggar area, Jane returned to her roots in 2005 after starting a family and is based in the Biggar Office.

Alex Devanny our Senior Solicitor in Lanark Office graduated LLB from Glasgow University in1978 serving his apprenticeship with Wm. B. Thomson & McLean, Solicitors, Wishaw where he became a partner in 1980.

Following a brief spell as a Solicitor with the Home Office he joined a large respected Lanarkshire practise doing general civil work and conveyancing which he continues to do since joining Smail & Ewart in March 2010.

Alex has a particular interest in family and personal injury work and is based in our office in Lanark. He is currently a tutor in the Diploma in Legal Practice at Glasgow University Law School

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