About Charles Wood & Son

History

Founded on 1 February 1907 when Charles Wood, Solicitor, opened an office at 242 High Street, Kirkcaldy. The business moved to premises at 113 High Street in 1912 and then again to its current location at 37 Kirk Wynd in 1964.

Charles Wood was joined by his son, Thallon Wood, in 1929 and the business was renamed Charles Wood & Son. Between 1955 and 1975 the family line was extended as successively Thallon Wood’s three sons, Brian, David and Angus became partners in the firm.

Brian retired as a partner in 1996 and as a consultant in 2017, David retired fully in 2003 and Angus in 2012.

Charles A. Cant, who was a partner between 1985 and 2010,continues as to work in the firm and his two sons, Charles T. and Colin are the dircetors and members of Charles Wood & Son Limited.


Meet the Team

Charles T. Cant
Charles graduated with a LL.B. Honours degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1999. He joined the firm shortly thereafter, becoming partner in 2007 and senior partner in 2012.

Charles has a wealth of experience in most areas of private client work including conveyancing, family law, powers of attorney, wills, trusts and executries.

charles@charleswoodlaw.co.uk


Colin W. Cant
Colin heads up Charles Wood & Son’s Business Law service.

Colin has over 15 years’ experience working within the Glasgow and London offices of one of Scotland’s largest commercial law firms.

Colin advises on and handles various types of corporate and commercial transactions including mergers, acquisitions and disposals (shares and assets), management buy-outs, reorganisations/restructurings and corporate finance. He conducts detailed due diligence and disclosure exercises in large corporate transactions.

Colin drafts, negotiates and advises on various types of commercial contracts including partnership and shareholder/JV agreements, distribution and supply agreements, standard terms of sale and purchase and investment documentation. He also advises on non-contentious employment matters including TUPE.

colin@charleswoodlaw.co.uk


Brian C. T. Wood
Brian is the grandson of the firm's founder, Charles Wood. Brian graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1955, and joined his father, Alexander Thallon Wood in the firm in 1956. Brian was the firm's senior partner between 1974 and 1996 and then a consultant until 2017.

Brian has held many public and Law Society of Scotland appointments in an illustrious career including being made an Honorary Sheriff from 1988 onwards. He also edited the Scottish Law Agents Society's Journal Notes on Decided Cases between 1957 and 1972.

Brian is now retired but still acts as consultant to the firm.

reception@charleswoodlaw.co.uk


Charles A. Cant
Was fomerly a partner in the firm between 1986 and 2010 and has over 40 years' experience across a broad spectrum of legal matters (including, in particular, on employment law matters).

reception@charleswoodlaw.co.uk


Jim H. D. Young

Jim graduated from Glasgow University in 1972 and has been a partner in a well-respected Glasgow law firm for more than 35 years. His main areas of expertise are Wills, Powers Of Attorney, Executries, Commercial Contracts & Conveyancing (both residential and commercial). Jim is a past president of the Scottish Cricket Union and was formerly a director of Cricket Scotland and chairman of their disciplinary committee.

jim@charleswoodlaw.co.uk


Graham Reid

Since qualifying in 1986, Graham has specialised in litigation dealing with a wide range of topics including property and business disputes, private client problems including divorce and other family law matters as well as criminal issues . Hugely experienced, he has dealt with cases at all levels of the courts in Scotland, the UK Supreme court and also in tribunals, arbitrations and adjudications. Having spent most of his working life as a partner in a long established firm in Edinburgh that latterly became part of a large national law conglomerate , Graham is delighted to have joined Charles Wood & Son in 2017 and to be able to bring his city firm experience for the benefit of the firm's business and personal clients.

graham@charleswoodlaw.co.uk


Dionne Brady

Dionne graduated in 2017 from Edinburgh Napier University, having obtained her LL.B. degree and then subsequently graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2018 having obtained her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. Dionne previously worked for a well-established Edinburgh firm for five years prior to joining Charles Wood & Son, and has experience in property sales, marketing and commercial property transactions. Dionne focusses on all aspects of civil litigation, and advises both commercial and private clients. She manages her own caseload and works closely with Graham Reid on larger/more complex cases.

dionne@charleswoodlaw.co.uk


Fraser Tait

Fraser graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2013 with a LL.B. Honours degree before deciding to spend some time working and traveling abroad. He returned to The University of Edinburgh in order to complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice which he obtained in 2017, with distinction. Fraser moved on to complete his traineeship with 2 very well-respected law firms situated in Edinburgh and joined Charles Wood and Son shortly after qualifying.

Fraser primarily assists clients with any estate planning and the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney. Fraser also deals with executries, the administration of trusts and conveyancing matters.

fraser@charleswoodlaw.co.uk

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