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.

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…]

How Making a Will can help The Oaks Palliative Care Unit this November

Would you be willing to support a scheme to donate money to The Oaks?

It was as a result of the campaign for a Hospice in Moray during the 1990s that The Oaks was built on the western outskirts of Elgin. It opened in 2003.

It is administered by NHS Grampian and provides specialist care and support for people in Moray with cancer or other progressive illnesses.

The aim of the palliative care offered by centres such as The Oaks is to help the patient – and everyone affected by their illness – achieve the best quality of life.

The facility is an important resource for Moray.

Although it is located close to the main Inverness to Aberdeen A96 trunk road, it has a leafy, detached setting. The high standards reached in the design of the building were recognised in 2010 (and again in 2015) by the award of a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark.

For the month of November, Grigor & Young will be donating £100 from each fee for preparation of a Will to The Oaks.

[Read more…]

Exam Success Allows Carol to STEP On Top Of The World

We have previously highlighted the exam success of Carol Holmes of Grigor & Young and we are delighted to add further important information to that.

As reported in the July edition of the STEP (Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners) Journal, Carol was one of the students who gained a pass with distinction.

However, she did even better than that, in terms of worldwide exam results in the period July to December 2015.

Carol had the highest score for the Graduate of STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (Scotland) AND Advanced Certificate in Accounting (Scotland).

Below is an excerpt from the announcement in the online version of the STEP Journal: [Read more…]

Sea Scouts Take Back Control

1st Avoch Sea Scouts provide nautical and land based adventure training for young people aged 8 to 18.

They’re based on the Black Isle and operate from their Training Centre next to Avoch School and also the nearby Sailing Club at Chanonry, Fortrose. They use Avoch and Fortrose Harbours for the fleet.

Following their Training Centre closing about 4 years ago, the Sea Scouts undertook the management of the Centre to reopen it for scouting and the local community.

With the help of the Highland Council and Grigor & Young they have been able successfully to reassign the Centre to the Sea Scouts

By formalising the arrangement, they have been able to ensure that they are in a position to seek Grant Aid to make further improvements to the facilities. [Read more…]

Cold Calls For Personal Injury Claims Targeted By Campaign

Between 1937 and 1994, if you used the word ‘spam’, people would understand you to mean a form of tinned pork.

It was useful for feeding soldiers during the Second World War, because it could be eaten straight out of the can.

No agreed origin of the name exists. An acronym (or similar contraction) is likely – e.g. ‘SPiced hAM’ or ‘Shoulders of Pork and Ham’.

The physical product still exists and apparently passed 7 billion sales in 2007.

Monty Python’s famous sketch from 1970 portrayed the canned meat as all-pervading and unavoidable. The chanting of the word drowns out all other dialogue.

Where ‘spam’ is now

With the rise of the Internet, the Monty Python definition of the word has become its primary meaning.

Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines spam as ‘unsolicited, usually commercial, e-mail sent to a large number of addresses’.

The breadth of topics to which the term applies has continued to expand.

Personal injury claims and spam

In relation to personal injury claims, we have all suffered the harrassment of unsolicited texts and cold calls – ‘spam’. [Read more…]

Moray Holiday Lettings Highly Ranked In TripAdvisor Survey

The Holiday Lettings website from TripAdvisor has published (27 November 2015) a list of the Top 12 counties in the UK for holiday lettings ratings.

Moray appears at number 3 on the list, making it the highest-ranked county in Scotland. The average rating achieved by Moray businesses in this category was 4.91 out of 5. [Read more…]