Solicitors and Estate Agents

Who we are

Our firm had its genesis when John Pattison and William Sim, both solicitors in Paisley, joined forces in 1905. We have occupied our office at 19 Glasgow Road, Paisley, since the 1950s, having moved there from St Mirren Brae. In 2000, we opened our office at 117 Byres Road, in Glasgow’s West End.

Who we are   Who we are

Since 2006 the firm has been run by the two current partners, David J. Howat and Bridget M. McLaren.

Our estate agency department is one of the most successful in the west of Scotland. Based in our Byres road office the department can market your property in any part of Glasgow or Renfrewshire. We’ve been selling houses for one hundred years, and our team has a vast wealth of experience, which will ensure that your property sale is dealt with professionally and efficiently, and that the maximum price is achieved.

David J. Howat

David J. Howat LL.B; Dip.L.P; N.P.

Managing Partner

A graduate of Edinburgh University, although a native of Glasgow’s West End, David trained with Brown & McRae solicitors in Fraserburgh, where he learned many aspects of legal work, but quickly developed an enthusiasm and aptitude for appearing in court. A move back to Glasgow followed, and then David joined the firm in 1987, becoming a partner in 1991.

David has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, including family and divorce work. He is frequently appointed to prepare reports in disputed residence and contact cases, acts as ‘curator’ in adoption cases, and is appointed as commissioner relative to specifications of documents.

From March 2013 to March 2015, David was Dean of the Faculty of Procurators in Paisley.

Since 2000, David has managed the estate agency side of the business, which is based in our office on Byres Road. He has considerable knowledge and experience of the property market, and the local area, being a West Ender.

David has many and varied extracurricular interests. In 2007, he was sufficiently outraged by proposals to develop a night-club in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens that he ended up chairing the campaign group that successfully stopped it. Since then, he has been actively involved in Friends of Glasgow West, a local community pressure group that seeks to preserve the built environment in the West End, and has given talks on various aspects of the heritage of the West End.

David has chaired Byres Road & Lanes Business Improvement District from its inception in 2015.

David is also interested in music and photography (he often takes the photographs and prepares the schedules of properties we are selling) and has a passing interest in the gym.


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Bridget M McLaren

Bridget M. McLaren LL.B; Dip.L.P; N.P.


Born in Paisley and raised in Elderslie, Bridget graduated from Strathclyde University. Bridget joined the firm in 1991, completed her traineeship, and became a partner in 1999. A background in a variety of the firm’s work gradually evolved into a specialism in conveyancing and general chambers work, such as forward planning (wills, powers of attorney) and executries.

Already experienced in the Renfrewshire property market, since we opened our office in the West End of Glasgow in 2000, she has gained considerable experience of the West End property market. Bridget acts for clients in the purchase and sale of properties in the West End, Renfrewshire, and beyond, from first time buyer properties, to high value transactions. Bridget has a reputation as a canny advisor, and for leading clients through difficult transactions. She also deals with commercial conveyancing work, and advises corporate clients on purchase and leasing of premises.
Bridget also has a burgeoning practice advising clients in relation to forward planning, such as making wills, powers of attorney, and Inheritance Tax Planning, and she finds advising our older clients particularly rewarding. She also deals with the winding up of estates.

From 2013 Bridget has been the treasurer of the Faculty of Procurators in Paisley.

Out of the office, Bridget enjoys watching football and is an avid supporter. She is usually a regular visitor to the gym, and enjoys spending time with her family.


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Melanie Paterson LL.B (Hons); Dip.L.P


Melanie has recently completed the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde.

She attained her Batchelor of Laws degree in 2015 and joined the team in December.

Melanie is based in our Byres Road office part time and also assists Maureen and Natasha with the estate agency work. She has a keen interest in Conveyancing and Private Client work.

Out of the office, Melanie enjoys travelling up to the North of Scotland and spending time with friends and family.


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Alison Baker

Alison Baker


Alison is a paralegal, and personal assistant to the partners. She is registered as a para-legal with the Law Society of Scotland and is a member of the Scottish Paralegal Association. Alison trained as a legal secretary, and worked in a number of firms gaining experience before joining Pattison & Co. in 2002.

Multi-talented, Alison takes all the work the partners throw at her in her stride. From conveyancing, to court work, and everything in-between, Alison is extremely knowledgeable and able.

Partners in law firms can be very busy people, and are often out at court or seeing clients. Alison is an excellent port of call for clients, as she is always in, and she likes to keep her finger on the pulse.

Alison organises the court diary. Court instructions can be emailed to – but please take a minute to ‘phone to make sure we have them.

Out of the office, Alison looks after her two young children, keeps fit, and enjoys going to gigs.


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Natasha van Doornewaard MA. MSc

Estate Agency Manager

Natasha is a Glasgow University graduate with several years of experience in Estate Agency. She began her career in Keith Pattinson Estate Agents in the North East of England in 2013 as a Negotiator before becoming a Senior Negotiator. Natasha then took a Senior Negotiator’s position with Churchill’s, the biggest independent estate agents in York. There Natasha remained for the next three years until she relocated to Glasgow, joining Pattison & Co. in October 2016. Natasha has successfully completed the associate level for both Sales and Lettings for the Guild of Professional Estate Agents. Natasha picture

In her spare time Natasha has a keen interest in hill walking, skiing and horse riding.


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Maureen Ferguson

Maureen Ferguson

Sales Negotiator

Maureen is the doyen of our estate agency department. She grew up in Kilmalcolm, then spent many years in the aviation industry, and latterly had a senior position with American Airlines. Maureen then switched careers to estate agency, starting in Countrywide in Paisley.

In 2001, she joined Pattison & Co. at our estate agency office in Byres Road. Maureen has considerable estate agency experience therefore in both Renfrewshire and Glasgow’s West End, the two biggest areas in which we sell property.
As well as selling and letting our client’s properties, Maureen often assists Bridget with noting interest for purchase clients.

Maureen now lives in Kilbarchan, where, in her spare time she tends her garden. She still loves travelling, and enjoys cooking. Her household is dominated by Jonny the cat.


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Susan Reid

Susan Reid

Cashroom Assistant

Prior to joining Pattison & Co., after a career break, Susan was employed for 20 years as a civil servant, with responsibilities that included marketing and interviewing. Susan’s administrative skills are second to none: she has been a member of the Old Paisley Society for 10 years, and is currently their secretary.

Apart from looking after her family, Susan’s interests include walking and reading.

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Brian Daly

Viewing Agent

Brian is a retired Police officer who joined the team in April 2017 after working in the public sector for more than 30 years.

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Brian conducts our accompanied viewings, puts up (and takes down) ‘for sale’ boards, checks our managed tenanted properties, and drives our wee white van.

In his spare time he enjoys hillwalking and playing badminton.


Glasgow: 0141 334 7706
Paisley: 0141 889 3296