Boyd Legal has taken over the client business of Musselburgh solicitors Somerville & Russell, which has entered administration.

The office in Bridge Street, Musselburgh closed recently after more than 30 years, with a number of redundancies.

Boyd Legal, which formed in 2004, has a practice in private client, property, estate agency and lettings. Based in Queensferry Street in Edinburgh’s West End, with an office in Kirkcaldy and other facilities around Scotland, it has promised a smooth transition to Somerville & Russell’s clients in its practice areas – which will not cover court work and family law services.

Managing director Diana Boyd commented: "We have worked closely with Somerville & Russell to ensure there will be a stress-free and efficient transfer of the firm’s private client business and would assure those clients that they are guaranteed a professional service which will meet all of their requirements."

She added: "While there will be no longer a presence in Musselburgh, the important thing is that clients who are transferring over to Boyd Legal will notice no discernible difference in the quality of legal advice and professional and personal support that will be at their disposal.

"We have Somerville & Russell clients’ deeds and wills in safe storage and will be writing to clients to reassure them about continuity of service. For all Musselburgh and East Lothian clients we can offer telephone and online assistance, and home visits where requested."