Our People and Firm

For well over 100 years we have been providing high quality legal and ancillary services to a broad range of clients, covering all aspects of legal work. Over that time we have established a strong and loyal client base. We are not content, however, to rest on our laurels. On the contrary, our aim is to continue developing our expertise to provide a level of service which fully satisfies the changing needs of our clients.

While harnessing the benefits of technology, we always remember that the principal qualities which clients look for in their solicitors are the highest standards of performance, based on trust, integrity and confidentiality.

We provide an extensive range of expertise and areas of specialisation through a team of four Partners and two Associates, along with an experienced Legal Executive.

This page provides brief details of the firm's principal personnel and a guide to the areas of business handled by each. All the Partners have a background in general practice, other than Lesley Dowdalls, our senior Court Partner.

Campbell Fullarton

Campbell Fullarton

Campbell joined the firm in 1977 and is now our senior partner. Against a background of general practice, he has developed a particular interest in commercial conveyancing and general commercial work including partnerships, the purchase and sale of businesses and the many aspects of employment law, and has also built up expertise in coal development and extraction. He is also strong in private client work, dealing with estate planning, Wills and administration of estates.

He is a past Dean of Kilmarnock Faculty of Solicitors and holds the position of charity trustee for his local church and for a number of years was the principal trustee for a children’s charity in Bolivia.

Away from the office, Campbell is much involved in the activities of his local church, enjoys the experience of being a grandfather to five grandchildren, and would pursue a long-cherished ambition of lowering his golf handicap if he could just find the time!

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Lesley Dowdalls

Lesley Dowdalls

Lesley Dowdalls has over 25 years experience as a Court Solicitor and has been Court Partner in Mackintosh and Wylie since 1993, having joined the firm in 1989.
Lesley has wide experience of all matters relating to child and family law including divorce and cohabitation claims, financial provision, contact and residence cases, adoption cases and Children’s Referral proceedings. In recognition of her expertise in these matters Lesley is one of a small number of solicitors in Scotland accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in both Child Law and Family law.

Additionally, Lesley sits as a Convener in Mental Health Tribunals, is on the Law Society Family Law Committee, and Family Law Specialist Accreditation Panel.  She is also a member of the Family Law Association and is Faculty Civil Representative on the Kilmarnock Sheriff Court Consultative Committee.   Lesley enjoys spending her free time with her husband and 3 children.

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Alistair McDonald

Alastair McDonald

Alastair McDonald joined the practice in 1998. He has a wide experience of general practice both in the areas of private and commercial work. His workload involves all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing and he has acted in the acquisition and disposal of major development sites. He acts for banks and corporate lenders in private and commercial funding transactions. He undertakes work for utilities and infrastructure providers and for small business funders. Alastair also provides general estate planning advice, prepares wills and assists with our executry caseload. He oversees our local agency with the Scottish Building Society. Alastair is married with four children and in his spare time is a keen musician and enjoys camping and the great outdoors.

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Fiona Connolly

Fiona Connolly

Fiona Connolly was assumed as a Partner in 2015 having joined the firm in 2008, after qualified as a solicitor in 2006. Prior to that, Fiona was a paralegal for 10 years.  Fiona is experienced in a broad range of domestic and commercial property transactions, including leasing for both landlords and tenants and the purchase and sale of development property.  She also deals with more commercial/corporate work including the purchase and sale of businesses, funding and security work and portfolio management.  Her client base consists of both major companies and private property investors and she also has extensive experience in dealing with cross country energy and infrastructure projects, traditional and renewable energy and telecoms. Outwith the office environment Fiona is dedicated to her husband and two children, Crossfit and is an SPA Rock Climbing Instructor.

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Lynsey Murray

Lynsey Murray

Lynsey Murray was recruited to the firm in 2010 and was appointed as an Associate in 2013 and subsequently as a Partner of the firm in 2015. She deals with a broad range of civil court matters and has a strong interest in family law, particularly matters relating to the welfare of children. She has also developed her work in employment law and regularly advises in employment disputes and tribunal cases. Outwith working hours Lynsey is self-employed as a fully qualified figure skating instructor, and she also takes a keen interest in dance and musical theatre.

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Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart

Karen joined Mackintosh & Wylie as an Associate in May 2014, bringing with her over 8 years of experience of Private Client work.  She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and she specialises in Wills, Trusts, Executries, Deeds of Variations, Powers of Attorney, Guardianships, Tax Planning and Agecare.  Karen is also a Notary Public

Outside the office Karen enjoys travelling, socialising with family and friends, and with a varied taste in music going to as many concerts as she can.

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Donna Elsby

Donna Elsby

Donna Elsby joined the firm in May 2014 as a Solicitor in our Court Department and became an Associate in April, 2017. Having demonstrated her keen interest in the welfare of children by working as a volunteer for Childline, she went on to complete her traineeship in a practice dealing with Family and Child law, before joining Mackintosh & Wylie to develop her career in this specialised area of practice. Donna is also building experience in mental health law. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels, learning to horse ride and socialising with friends and family.

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Ian Sandison

Iain Sandison

Iain Sandison joined the former firm of Mackintosh & Bain as an apprentice solicitor in 1971. His work is what has been traditionally known as chamber practice, covering a range of issues for commercial and personal clients including business sale and acquisition, property marketing and conveyancing, estate planning and trust and executry administration. Issues faced by older clients have been a particular topic recently. In his leisure time Iain has varied interests in art, music and literature, and is a keen football supporter for both club and country (often disappointed but never despairing). In 2014 Iain stepped down from the role of senior partner, but continues to play an active part as a consultant with the firm.

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