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Hastings Legal are General Practice Solicitors in the Scottish Borders

We are here for all the usual matters for you, your family and your business.

We specialise in people-friendly advice and services for later years. We are well known for our Integrated Property Services and Rental Management,

“A better name for the General Practitioner might be Multi-specialist.”Martin H. Fischer (1879-1962)

our story

  • Hastings Kelso Legal Office


    It all started here in 1998 when Ron Hastings left the firm he was with to set up independently. He was soon joined by Alan Livingstone and the Legal Practice has burgeoned since. We now have offices throughout the Borders.  However, our Property and Legal Specialists can come to you if you can’t come to us.


    Back in the day we were one of the first firms of solicitors in the Borders to use the internet for marketing properties. Our Estate Agency department quickly expanded and we opened the Property Shop to accommodate our expanding workforce and showcase our Properties for Sale.

  • borders-country-lets


    Times were tough in 2008 and properties were not selling well. Rather than take a drop in price, many people opted to rent their property out until times improved. Borders Country Lets evolved to help find tenants and also to manage the properties for absent landlords. Lettings is another situation that benefits from our Integrated Marketing and Legals Service.


    We opened in Selkirk in 2007 and gradually we have built up a visible presence. We believe that with the re-opening of the Waverley Line more people will want to live in the Borders and commute to Edinburgh for work which will bring greater prosperity to the area. Now is the time to buy!


    In 2016 the firm of Smiths Grant, became incorporated with Hastings Legal. We are very happy to play our part in the continuation and development a long established and respected firm of Solicitors, to serve their clients and offer our services to new clients.


    In June 2019 Hastings Legal amalgamated of Doughtys WS. This respected local firm has provided high quality legal advice to individuals and businesses since 1840 and we are proud to continue this tradition.

  • Team Hastings


    We make no secret of the fact that our success is due largely to our dedicated and enthusiastic team. Many of our staff have been with us since leaving school or university. Anyone wishing to develop their skill sets is encouraged to take further training so their careers can progress within the company.

  • internet-connected


    It might just be a website but technology and our online presence is integral to what we do and gives us a marketing reach that extends well beyond the Borders and Scotland. It was originally set up in 1999 and was rebranded and developed in 2016.

  • working together


    We have a policy of embracing not just technology so that we can deliver the very best personal service for our clients but also by networking with specialised service providers and subscribing to top-rated property and business portals. We deliver what you would expect of a City Service but at Country Rates.

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