Boyd Legal Solicitors has expanded its Fife operation by opening a new base in Kirkcaldy.

The firm has moved into showpiece offices at 1 Townsend Place in what it calls a "stepped move to develop its presence in Fife, especially for private client legal services". It will offer commercial, corporate, wills and estates, later life and family legal services, backed up by Boyd Legal’s headquarters in Edinburgh.

Peter Aitken, former proprietor of legacy firm Gibson & Spears, Dow & Son, will continue to be the main principal but the Kirkcaldy team will augmented with the appointment of experienced corporate/commercial solicitor Kelly Matthews, who joins from Russel & Aitken in Falkirk. Her specialty is in assisting entrepreneurs and company boards on commercial matters, from securing equity investment or conducting due diligence on a business, through to helping them review critical contracts with suppliers or customers or handling shareholder disputes.

Managing director Peter Boyd said: "We are a family firm with a family-run ethos.

"That means we are big enough to offer high quality levels of expertise that smaller legal practices in Fife may find difficult to provide, yet we can be accessible and approachable at all times."