Flood-hit legal firm to reopen office

Ballater branch of Laurie and Co.
Ballater branch of Laurie and Co.

A Deeside legal office damaged by flooding is set to reopen next week.

The Ballater branch of Laurie and Co was badly affected by floods in the aftermath of Storm Frank last December, but the newly-renovated office is opening on Monday.

The firm has welcomed a new associate solicitor to its team, expanding its workforce to three full-time and one part-time member of staff.

The Aberdeen-based solicitors first opened a branch in the village five years ago, after taking over from Gray and Kellas.

Directly following the floods, Alan Nicoll, a partner at Laurie and Co, held workshops providing legal advice for residents who were facing difficulties claiming insurance. Insurance information for those affected by flooding was also provided on its website.

Mr Nicoll said: “The floods were obviously a really distressing time for everyone involved, but the outpouring of support from all over really helped to lift everyone’s spirits. All of us at Laurie and Co wanted to do something to help.

“I’m so proud that the office is reopening next week, alongside a few of our neighbours.”