The articles listed below on the Grigor & Young Website deal with various newsworthy items, including stories relating to the firm as a whole and particular members of staff.

Wills promotion proceeds donated to CLAN

On 17 February 2020, Carol Holmes (Registered Trust & Estate Practitioner), Rory Anderson (Trainee Solicitor) and Elin Jones (Solicitor), all of Grigor & Young LLP, presented a “large pretend cheque” for the real money amount of £4,111.11 to Julie Muir of CLAN.

This was the proceeds of the firm’s will promotion run during 2019, presented to CLAN as the firm’s charity of the year.

Many thanks to Tracy Sellar and Julie Muir of CLAN for their assistance in helping set up the handover of the cheque.

CLAN Cancer Support is a well-established, local charity providing emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer, together with their families, carers and friends.

Their services are freely offered to all – from pre-diagnosis and diagnosis through treatment and beyond – at support and wellbeing centres located across north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Carol, Rory and Elin present the cheque to Julie from CLAN

Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

Grigor & Young’s Elgin office will host a Coffee Morning on Friday 27 September 2019 from 10:30am to 2:00pm as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.

Our Reception area will be open for you to pop in for a cuppa, cake and chat. In return, we ask you to make a donation to our collection for Macmillan Cancer Support.

There will also be a Raffle.

Many of the raffle prizes have kindly been donated by local businesses (for more details, see below).

The first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning took place in 1990.

It was a humble beginning with a simple idea behind it.

Guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their drink to Macmillan in the process.

Since that time, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.

We hope to see you on the 27th!

The following are kindly donating food and drink.

Starbucks – Coffee
The Little Lunchbox – Traybakes
Ashers Bakery – Fruit scones

Thanks to the following businesses which have donated prizes for the raffle.

The Macallan – Bottle of Gold Double Cask
Batchen Street Coffee – Huskee travel cup and coffee
M & Co – Scarf
BeJewelled – Record clock
Keith Brewery – Gift pack of 6 beers
Moray Leisure Centre – 2 x family passes for swimming/ice skating.
Pinz – Voucher for 6 people bowling
Chuck McCall Highland Wear – Voucher for kilt hire
Royan of Elgin, Butchers – £10 voucher
J C Dawson Butchers – £20 voucher
Walkers Shortbread – Hamper
Alluring Boutique – £15 voucher
The Loft – £10 voucher
Waterstones – Various books
Tamdhu – Bottle of whisky
Sunrite Blinds – Bottle of Aberlour 10yr old and bottle of Smirnoff Vodka
Grigor & Young – Voucher for simple, ‘mirror’ Wills

What is involved in being a lawyer?

Comedian, Eddie Izzard, has described his stand-up routine “Death Star Canteen” as his “Hotel California”.

That may be because it has become so closely associated with him that he can “never leave” it behind.

Strangely, Lego has had an important part to play in popularising Izzard’s imaginary scenario, which takes place in the bowels of the Death Star. Darth Vader argues with a canteen assistant over various matters relating to the Jedi’s order of Penne all’Arrabbiata (caution: some sweary bits in Death Star Canteen).

It’s a revealing commentary on aspects of people’s jobs we might not otherwise consider.

On the one hand, here’s something of what Darth Vader does in his down time, when he’s not killing people or blowing things up.

On the other hand, the lowest-ranking workers – in the canteen, for example – are so out of touch with “management” that the assistant thinks Vader’s first name is “Jeff” and he does not even know that his workplace is within a “star”.

What is involved in different people’s jobs (including solicitors) was up for discussion at an Industry Insight Event in Elgin Academy on 15 May 2019. Coincidentally, Lego also played a part in the discussion, as we go on to explain below.

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How Your Will Can Help CLAN Cancer Support in March 2019

As in previous years, Grigor & Young LLP will be running a promotion in March 2019 designed to encourage you to make a Will and help charity at the same time.

Would you be willing to support CLAN Cancer Support this March?

This year, we’ve chosen CLAN Cancer Support as our nominated charity.

CLAN is a well-established local charity that provides emotional and practical support to those affected by cancer across Moray, the north-east of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.

Over the last 30 years, CLAN has developed specialist knowledge and understanding of how a diagnosis of cancer impacts not just the person diagnosed but also their wider circle of family and close friends.

Their range of person-centred services – delivered using qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists – offers a holistic approach for the general well-being of their clients.

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Presentation of cheque to Moray Foodbank

As reported earlier this year, Grigor & Young LLP raised over £4,500 for Moray Foodbank through a Wills Promotion.

Moray Foodbank provides food parcels to people who lack the means to feed themselves properly. With the support of the local community, its aim is to provide a minimum of three days’ food to people in crisis. The food parcels include a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, together with tinned and dried food.

The firm recently presented a cheque to Mairi McCallum, project manager at Moray Foodbank.

The picture above shows (L to R), Elin Jones (Trainee Solicitor), Greg Robertson (G&Y Partner), Mairi and Rory Anderson (Trainee Solicitor).

Greg said: “We’re delighted we’ve been able to raise this money for Moray Foodbank. They help many families each year. We hope the money we have raised will allow them to help even more people in Moray over the coming months and especially around the Christmas period.”

Licensing The Macallan’s £140 million boost to the Moray economy

The Macallan Distillery recently opened the doors to its new £140 million home.

The impressive new distillery and visitor experience is set to deliver a boost to the local tourism industry in Moray – and to the Scotch whisky industry as a whole.

At Grigor & Young, we are proud to have been a part of the process.

We handled the licensing matters in relation to the visitor experience. We worked closely with the team at The Macallan to deliver our professional and specialist services. [Read more…]

Central Elgin “open for business” despite temporary closure of North Street to vehicles


Problems with the masonry on the Poundland building (formerly Woolworths) on Elgin High Street have led to the temporary closure of North Street to vehicles

The Grigor & Young Elgin office is on North Street.

We – and other businesses in central Elgin – would like to emphasise that North Street still provides a means of access to High Street for pedestrians in both directions. In other words, for example, you can still get from Elgin Bus Station to the High Street on foot by the usual route. [Read more…]

8 ways to self-educate about personal injury compensation claims in Moray (and avoid getting ripped off)

One copywriting formula for drafting a magnetic headline for an article employs the Four U approach. The headline should be:

  1. Useful
  2. Ultra-specific
  3. Unique
  4. Urgent

We like Demian Farnworth’s explanation of this system, building an example headline with all 4 elements.

“How to wash dishes”.

Technically, that’s a “useful” headline but it’s too generic to move readers enough to read the article that follows.

So, you make the headline not just useful but also “unique”: [Read more…]

Job Opportunities with Grigor & Young

Solicitor Vacancies

Grigor & Young are a well-known, established High Street firm. We are currently recruiting solicitors for our Elgin and Forres offices. Applications are invited from Solicitors with experience in conveyancing/ commercial and private client areas. You should be a strong team player with the ability to manage a large workload on your own initiative. You will be expected to build up good client relationships and be active in the community. You will be required to live in the area. Regular training will be provided.

Moray is an area of outstanding beauty and provides an ideal opportunity to have a good work/life balance.

Applications in writing to Ann Cruickshank.


Grigor & Young
1 North St


Audio Typists / Secretaries

2 Audio typists/secretaries required by us – a busy law firm. One will be based in our Forres office and the other in our Elgin office. Previous experience would be an advantage but an essential requirement is to have the ECDL qualification or have experience with both Word and Excel.

34 hours per week.

Applications in writing to

Grigor & Young
1 North St

Moray Foodbank is Grigor & Young’s new nominated charity

According to one definition, food poverty occurs when individuals and households are unable to obtain an adequate, nutritious diet. This may be because they cannot afford to buy healthy food or because there is a lack of readily accessible shops.

13 Million people live in poverty in the UK. Every day, people are forced to go hungry. It could be due to delays in benefits coming through or because they have received an unexpected bill which is beyond their means on a low income.

Over 40,000 people volunteer at foodbanks across the nation and some of them channel their efforts into Moray Foodbank. [Read more…]