Colin Styles

Colin Styles

Senior Partner

Colin is the firm’s senior partner based in Forres. He graduated with a Law Degree in 1981 and Diploma in Legal Practice from Glasgow University in 1982. He then joined a local Forres Practice where he served as a Trainee, then an Assistant Solicitor and finally a Partner until 1995. In 1995 he joined Cockburns and opened their office in Forres. His main areas of work are domestic conveyancing (house sales and purchases) commercial conveyancing, commercial leasing and the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney.
David Adams

David Adams


David is a partner in the firm and graduated from Glasgow University in 1984. He spent the next 14 years practising Law in Glasgow and around the Clyde coast. He moved to Moray with his family in 1998 to take up a post at Cockburns. He specialises in Civil Court work with an emphasis on family law and debt collection. He assists clients in the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney.
Heather Patterson

Heather Patterson

Estate Agency Manager

Heather is our Estate Agency Manager who joined us in 2007 with considerable experience in such matters. Heather spent 12 years as an Advertising Field and Telesales Executive for the Moray and Nairn Newsgroup after 2 years with General Accident Property Services as property valuer and sales negotiator. She also worked at Robertsons of Elgin Limited for 3 years as the residential sales and marketing co-ordinator and in total has over 16 years direct experience of the property market in the local area.


We also have a number of qualified Paralegals covering domestic conveyancing and executry work.

Michelle Ettles has been with the firm for 18 years and deals with executry matters as a qualified paralegal.

Sandy Symon-More joined the firm in March 2018. She graduated in 2000 from the University of Abertay, Dundee BA (Hon) Law with a Diploma in Conveyancing and Executry work. She has 17 years experience in dealing with executry matters and also deals with Wills and Powers of Attorney.

Valerie Ritchie qualified in 1998 as a paralegal through the University of Strathclyde and has been with Cockburns for 10 years. She undertakes residential conveyancing.

In addition we have an excellent support team comprising administrative and secretarial staff with a wealth of experience and many have been with the firm for a considerable number of years. They offer a friendly and professional backup service.

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