About Fergusson Law

Janice Fergusson, Fergusson Law Principal

Janice Fergusson

Janice Fergusson Nisbet, the Principal of Fergusson Law, took her law degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh and qualified as a solicitor with an eminent Edinburgh law firm. She spent many years as a Private Client Solicitor with the same law firm.

Janice has qualifications from the Association of Taxation Technicians in personal taxation, business taxation, accountancy, and the taxation of trusts and estates. Janice has fifteen years of experience in giving inheritance tax advice. She is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and works part-time at the University of Edinburgh, tutoring on the Private Client course in the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Before becoming a lawyer, Janice worked for many years as an Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, covering a range of industries. She has a post-graduate Diploma in Safety and Occupational Hygiene from the University of Aston in Birmingham. 

She is a Technical Member of the Probate Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Janice has a degree in Modern Languages from St Andrews University and speaks French and German, having lived in both countries.

Janice is assisted at Fergusson Law by fellow solicitors Katy Hood, Cara Lawson,  Louise Patterson , and Keanu Newman

Katy Hood, Senior Solicitor at Fergusson Law

Katy Hood

Senior Solicitor Katy graduated from Aberdeen University with an LLB and went on to complete the one-year postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University.

Katy completed her formal traineeship at Fergusson Law incorporating continuing professional development in private client matters. She has Registration with the Law Society of Scotland as a Solicitor and Notary Public. She practices mainly in Conveyancing and Property Law whilst also undertaking her STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates. 

Cara Lawson, Senior Solicitor at Fergusson Law

Cara Lawson

Senior Solicitor Cara has specialised in conveyancing since 2014, having completed a conveyancing focussed traineeship in 2016.

She completed her undergraduate LLB and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice both at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She has registration with the Law Society of Scotland as a Solicitor, and with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a  Notary Public .

Louise Patterson, Associate Solicitor at Fergusson Law

Louise Patterson

Associate Solicitor Louise is an experienced private client practitioner working on the administration of estates, preparation of wills, powers of attorney, and succession planning for asset protection. Louise is also experienced in applying for  guardianships.  She holds the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates.

She has registration with the Law Society of Scotland as a Solicitor, and as a  Notary Public .

Keanu Newman

Keanu Newman

Keanu graduated LLB with Honours from Dundee University in 2018 and went on to qualify with a one-year Diploma in Legal Practice.  He completed a conveyancing-focused traineeship with an eminent Dundee firm.

He has Registration with the  Law Society of Scotland as a solicitor and Notary, and now undertakes private client matters including wills, powers of attorney and winding up estates.