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Our History 

The firm’s origins under the name Stewart & Bennett go back to about 1891 and it has operated, in various versions , at the same address of 82 Argyll Street ever since. Many of the documents held in its strongroom are recorded in the National Archives of Scotland as historically significant – for example, the ancient title deeds for Toward Castle. The premises were substantially modernised in 2010 and the firm looks forward to providing legal advice to the people of Dunoon and Cowal, and elsewhere, for many years to come.

Possibly its most famous case was the Kim Galbraith murder trial in 1999 which attracted enormous publicity, and was instrumental in changing the criminal law of Scotland.

One little-known fact about Dunoon, is that it had one of the earliest public motor services in Britain - long before Glasgow and Edinburgh. Major Bennett (founder of the firm) was a shareholder in the business which ran two Daimler 8 seater open wagonettes to and from Sandbank. It is believed that the first motor accident in Argyll occurred on 16 March 1898 outside 82 Argyll Street, when one of these vehicles collided with a horse-drawn carriage. It is not known whether any of the lawyers rushed out saying: ’Had an accident?.....’

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