Author Archives: Alison Gourley

About Alison Gourley

Alison graduated from Edinburgh University School of Law in 1991. She joined Mitchells Roberton in 1996 and became an Associate thereafter. Alison specialises in both commercial and residential conveyancing, advising individuals, large and small businesses, banks, charities and further education institutions on all property transactions. Having 20 years experience in property law Alison has developed excellent relationships with surveyors, independent financial advisers and banks so is ready to act swiftly and effectively to meet her clients’ needs in an ever changing property market. She enjoys getting to know her clients and is committed to giving them an efficient service and is always friendly and approachable. She is also involved with the marketing aspects of the firm. Alison is a residential conveyancing tutor in the paralegal course offered by Central Law Training through the University of Strathclyde. Alison is married to a photographer and has one child. In her free moments she likes to keep fit. She is a talented amateur artist and loves nature and the great outdoors. Email:

Lose the High Heels and the Make-Up and Make a Fuss

Shocking examples of workplace sexism were laid bare in a major Government report prompted by a London office worker being sent home from work without pay for refusing to wear high heels. Nicola Thorp who was employed as a temporary … More

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Home Ownership Is Still The Aim for Many

The Council of Mortgage Lenders recently carried out a survey that showed home ownership as the nation’s distinct preference and aspiration and not just for financial reasons. The research interestingly revealed that: The two most popular reasons for valuing home … More

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Airbnb Boom

Founded in August 2008 and based in San Francisco, Airbnb is a “trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique accommodation around the world”-online or from a mobile or tablet. Whether a room for a night, a … More

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Private Landlords Should Ready Themselves For New Legislation

Major new legislation is on the horizon which will make significant changes to renting and letting residential property in Scotland. The time of arrival is as yet unknown but it is expected to be late 2017 or early 2018. At … More

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Right To Buy Has Ended

On the 1 August 2016 the Right to Buy, which allows tenants in social housing to buy their homes came to an end in Scotland. Tenants with a right to buy had until the 31 July 2016 to submit an … More

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‘Traditional Methods’ are often the Best for Homebuyers

Today there are many apps and websites in existence to help homebuyers find their dream home but many people still find that the more ‘traditional’ methods are the best. Which? questioned 2000 purchasers about how they found their property . … More

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“Project” Properties can be Popular with Homebuyers

Here at Mitchells Roberton we have a busy private client department and an active estate agency and we are used to selling a number of properties which form part of a deceased person’s estate or are being sold by a … More

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4.6% Increase in Average House Prices In Scotland

The latest publication of the UK House Price Index (UK HPI) reveals the following interesting information relating to the Scottish property market: The average house price of a property in Scotland in June 2016 was £143,282 an increase of 4.6% … More

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Staff Development at Mitchells Roberton

Mitchells Roberton are proud of their nurturing approach towards their staff and I feel privileged to play a part in this.  Keri Russell joined the firm straight from school when she was 17 and began working as my legal secretary … More

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Improvement in Top Tier Residential Property Market

An article by Faisal Choudry of Savills has confirmed that Scotland has recently seen a rise in demand for prime property in commuter locations. Initially the recovery in the Scottish market began in select city localities such as New Town, … More

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