12.08.2021 COVID/19

Notice to all our Clients and Customers

With Scotland being moved into in Level 0 and with further restrictions having been lifted we have taken the decision to remain closed to the public for the time being as a precaution. We will continue to operate a strict appointment only system should a face to face meeting be required with the team.

The Housing Market continues to remains open and and all viewings and market appraisals of properties will require an appointment to be booked in advance. The Property Team will continue to follow the guidelines issued by the Scottish Government.

Our Team can be contacted either by email at info@hewats.co.uk. or by telephoning 01556 502391 or 01556 502946.

The continued Welfare and Health and Safety of our Staff and Clients remains our top priority.

We thank you for your continued support. Stay Safe & Stay Well.

The Hewats Team.

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The Hewats Team

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Andrew Malone


Our principal partner, Andrew was locally educated at Kirkcudbright Academy after moving to Kirkcudbright from the Falkland Islands. After graduating from Edinburgh University, he was admitted as a Solicitor in 1985. His main areas of are of work are in Residential, Commercial and Agricultural Property, Wills, Trusts and Executries, Powers of Attorney.  He also works in the small business and family business areas of practice.

Andrew is the Client Relations Manager of Hewats and oversees the management of Hewats. He is an active member of the local Solicitors’ Property Centre Management Committee an extension of his interest and involvement with Hewats Estate Agency services. He is also a past Dean of the local Faculty of solicitors. He is keen to maintain the advantages of a local high street legal practice at Hewats while adapting to the new challenges and opportunities that technology and changes to the legal sector offer.

Outside the office he is a keen target archer as a member of the local Threave Bowmen Archery Club and is also involved in archery coaching. He enjoys reading and his wife often complains, that he has far too many old books.

E: AJMalone@hewats.co.uk
Tel: 01556 502391

Helen Prentice


Helen grew up and was educated locally before graduating from the University of Dundee with an LLB (Hons) degree in Scot’s Law in 2012. Helen then moved back to the area and initially joined Hewats as a trainee solicitor in the Autumn of 2013 after obtaining her Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Glasgow earlier that year. After successfully completing her traineeship and qualifying as a solicitor in 2015, Helen then took a sabbatical to travel around New Zealand and Australia, before returning to the firm in the spring of 2016.

Helen’s main areas of practice are residential and commercial property and private client matters, such as the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney and the administration/winding up of deceased people’s estates. Helen also deals with other small business-related matters, including debt recovery and some family law matters. She also has an interest in agricultural matters having grown up on local farm.

Outside of the office Helen enjoys travelling, socialising with family and friends, and trips to the theatre. She also enjoys being out and about in the countryside, whether that be walking, cycling or horse riding.

E: helenprentice@hewats.co.uk
Tel: 01556 502391

David Currie


Originally from Glasgow, David moved to the area with his family in 1980 and was locally educated at Castle Douglas High School. Thereafter, he obtained an honours degree in law at Aberdeen University, and completed his traineeship at Hewats. David then spent a number of years in Dumfries before returning to run a branch office in Castle Douglas for a Dumfries based firm.  A move to Dalbeattie followed with almost 12 years running a legal practice. David returned to Hewats in November 2018, and continues to practice in his preferred areas of work, property, wills and Powers of Attorney.

Outside the office David spends his time walking the family Dalmatian and attending football matches. He enjoys holidaying with his wife and step daughter in the North of Scotland, particularly on Royal Deeside.

E: davidc@hewats.co.uk
Tel: 01556 502391

Robert Oliver

Law Accountant

A longstanding employee of the firm, Robert became a member of the Society of Law Accounts in Scotland in November 1991. Following on from this, he studied for his paralegal qualifications in Wills, Trusts and Executries through Strathclyde University, qualifying in February 2007.

Robert assists the solicitors in the firm with Executry and Trust matters. Outside of work Robert is an elder of Tarff and Twynholm Church of Scotland, and is also their treasurer.

E: roliver@hewats.co.uk
Tel: 01556 502391

Bethany Butler

Property/Office Manager

Hewats’ Property Department is headed up by Bethany Butler, our new Property/Office Manager.
Bethany recently re-joined us in June 2021 after working within the Health and Safety Sector for two years for a major organisation.
During her time away Bethany came to realise that her passion and interest lay within the Property Industry. Due to her previous experience of working for the firm and the department, Bethany comes with a sound knowledge of the firm, our client basis, and the property department ethos.

During lockdown in 2020, Bethany commenced her training with Propertymark and is currently sitting her Level 6 National Association of Estate Agency course, in the hope to complete this in the coming months and becoming a fully qualified member and attaining accreditation within the industry. (MNAEA).
Bethany’s career to date has been working with the public in the various sectors and therefore she wishes to expand on her skill set to help all clients, new and old achieve the best outcome when either selling or buying that new property.

Outside of the office, Bethany’s interests are, socialising with family and friends and crafts. She is also interested in going out into the countryside camping in her recently kitted out jeep.

E: bethanyb@hewats.co.uk
Tel: 01556 502946

Kerri Johnston

Property Assistant

Kerri has over 25 years’ experience with Hewats Solicitors & Estate Agency and over the years has become an integral part of the firm’s team, covering a multitude of key roles crucial to the efficient operation of the office and the Estate Agency Department.

Kerri is experienced in several areas of property management, enjoying liaising with clients and potential purchasers and sellers. Kerri’s role in property is to smoothly co-ordinate the administration and listing of new properties, viewings, and dealing with day to day sale enquiries, along with assisting new purchaser enquiries.

Outwith office hours, Kerri enjoys gardening, watching ice hockey (both home and away games) and spending time with family and friends.

E: kerri@hewats.co.uk
Tel: 01556 502946

Lisa Brown

Reception/Property Assistant

Lisa joined Hewats in September 2018 having had extensive experience in various administrative roles, including 8 years within the Planning and Building Standards Department of Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Lisa thoroughly enjoys her role as Property Assistant / Receptionist within the firm, particularly the aspect of liaising with clients and members of the public on a face to face basis.  Lisa lives in Castle Douglas and works part time. During her spare time she enjoys running, long walks and socialising with friends.

E: reception@hewats.co.uk
Tel: 01556 502946

"Sold my house through Hewats recently - excellent service from all - very impressed and thanks to Marion Walker and Andrew Malone."

Alison Hughes

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