Our History

Brian Inkster formed Inksters on 1 May 1999.  At that time Team Inksters consisted of just Brian Inkster and Fiona Bracelin.  The firm has continually grown in size since then.

Our first website was launched in November 1999.

We moved from Inter-City House into Baltic Chambers in April 2000 which remained our Glasgow HQ until 2013.

We obtained recognition as an Investor in People in 2000.

Brian Inkster was awarded the prestigious Solicitor of the Year award at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2006.

Inksters were one of the six finalists for Litigation Firm of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2008.

This website was launched in November 2008.

The team behind Inksters' new websites were one of the four finalists for the Support Team of the Year Award at The 2009 Legal Awards.

Inksters became the first law firm in Scotland to Twitter on 11 February 2009.

Inksters celebrated 10 years in business on 1 May 2009.

Inksters became the first and founding Scottish member of QualitySolicitors when it was launched on 11 May 2009 (later leaving that organisation in 2011 to develop and enhance brand Inksters).

In May 2009 Inksters achieved Recommended Law Firm status following independent research carried out by The Firm Magazine. In September 2009 this was published in the Recommended Law Firms Guide 2009 launched at the Law Awards of Scotland 2009.

Inksters received 4 nominations at The Law Awards of Scotland 2009: Law Firm of the Year (under 50 fee earners), Family Law Firm of the Year, Marketing Team of the Year and Trainee of the Year (Kathleen Simmonds).

In September 2009 Inksters became the first law firm in Scotland and one of the first in the UK with a dedicated YouTube channel. In the same month the Web Marketing Association presented Inksters with a Real Estate Standard of Excellence WebAward. This was for outstanding achievement in the web development of scotsproperty.com.

Inksters were finalists for Marketing Team of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility Firm of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland 2010.

At the Scottish Legal Awards in 2011 Inksters were nominated for the Innovation Award and Fundraising Achievement Award.

We opened an office in Inverness in May 2011 with Eilidh Ross joining us to strengthen our crofting law team.

In August 2011 we moved all our IT systems into the cloud.

Louise King became Trainee Solicitor of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland 2011.

We re-branded in December 2011 and revealed the new brand with our Inksters Christmas Hats.

In 2011/12 we took the law to our customers with Pop-Up Law.

In January 2012 we became the first Estate Agents operating in Shetland to use QR Codes to market properties for sale.

A Valuable Content Award was presented to Inksters in February 2012.

In March 2012 we became the first law firm in the UK to pin at Pinterest.

In September 2012 we won Corporate Social Responsibility Firm of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland.

We opened an office in Wick in January 2013 with Sylvia MacLennan joining us to run things from Caithness.

In March 2013 we launched a crofting law helpline for members of the Scottish Crofting Federation and a dedicated Crofting Law Blog.

We opened an office in Portree on the Isle of Skye in July 2013.

We sponsored the Scottish Ensemble's mini-residency to Shetland in July/August 2013.

Brian Inkster had his very own Edinburgh Fringe Show in August 2013 when he was put on 'trial' for a laugh.

In September 2013 we won The Chairman's Award at the Law Awards of Scotland.

We moved into a new much larger Glasgow HQ in November 2013: The Inksterplex.

In March 2014 we introduced The Legal Process Engineer.

In the Summer of 2014 we sponsored This is Your Trial at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In September 2014 Brian Inkster won the Managing Partner of the Year Award at the Law Awards of Scotland.

In October 2014 we and Scottish Ensemble were awarded the Arts & Business Scotland Placemaking Award.

In December 2014 we launched a dedicated website for the sale of property on the Isle of Skye. The West Highland Free press covered our enhanced legal and property services on the Isle of Skye in early 2015.

In January 2015 a Social Media Report on UK Law Firms has ranked Inksters as having the most mentioned Twitter Account. In the same month we were shortlisted for the Most Innovative Use of Social Media Award at the 2015 Managing Partners Forum Awards for Management Excellence.

Inksters were a founding member of OnTheMarket.com when it launched at the end of January 2015.

In October 2015 we opened an office in Forfar with Robert Wild and Joanne Romanis joining us there.

We sponsored the first Arts & Business Scotland Business Creativity Award in February 2016.

Crofting Law legend Derek Flyn joined our Crofting Law Team in May 2016.

Our base in Inverness changed to the Ness Horizons Business Centre in July 2016.

In October 2016 we were shortlisted for three awards at the Law Awards of Scotland: Solicitor of the Year (Brian Inkster), Trainee Solicitor of the Year (Alistair Sloan) and Litigation Firm of the Year.

In August 2018 we opened an office in Aberdeen wiith Rory Cradock joining us.

In September 2018 Steven McDonald joined us in Edinburgh.

In May 2019 David Flint joined us in Glasgow.

We won the Niche Law Firm/Specialist Team of the Year and the Most Innovative Marketing Award of the Year both for our Crofting Law prowess at the Symphony Legal Awards in 2019.

Plug & Play Law was formally launched in 2019.

We have built up a strong reputation in certain niche areas of the law including in particular property transactions, family law, information law, crofting law and parking law.

We act for a diverse range of clients, including:- private individuals, builders, shopkeepers, publicans, bakers, farmers, crofters, owners of landed estates, fishermen, salmon farmers, mussel farmers, shipping companies and computer software developers.

Inksters... Forward Thinking Law

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