D M MacKinnon Solicitors

Solicitors & Notaries Oban, Argyll, Scotland
01631 563014

Lismore Lighthouse

Our People

All of our partners and staff are supported by a full compliment of clerical and other administrative staff.

The Partners

Alan Manson

Alan Manson

Alan joined D M MacKinnon in 1994 after completing his legal training in Edinburgh. He became a partner with this firm in 1999 and now deals with a broad area of legal work. He specialises in conveyancing and all aspects of property law relating to landed estates and farms. He has recently been involved with a number of renewable energy projects as well as the commercial development of agricultural land for a number of farming clients.

Away from the office, Alan enjoys outdoor pursuits particularly fishing, walking and sailing.


Karen MacAllister

Karen MacAllister

Originally from Durban, South Africa where she qualified as a lawyer, Karen joined the firm in 1989 as a Legal Assistant and re-qualified to practice in Scots law, becoming a partner in 2006. She deals mainly with wills, trusts and executries, elderly client advice, commercial and private leases and general private client business.

Out of the office Karen is actively involved in a number of Trusts and in her leisure time enjoys swimming and is an avid reader.


Louise Fraser

Louise Fraser

Louise is native to Oban and a former pupil of Rockfield School and Oban High School. After obtaining an MA (Hons) in English Language, Louise then completed the accelerated LLB, both at the University of Glasgow. Louise returned to Oban and joined D M MacKinnon in 2010 after working for three years in a commercial firm in Glasgow and deals mainly with conveyancing and employment law matters.

Outside work, Louise enjoys reading, socialising, swimming and walking her dog Mabel.


Sally Orr

Sally is a former pupil of Oban High School. After obtaining a BA (Hons) and PGCE, Sally taught Art and Design in Edinburgh and Kent. She returned to Edinburgh to work as a designer and latterly UK General Manager of a bespoke jewellery design Company then worked as an Office Manager for an Edinburgh Architect and Property Development Company. She returned to university in 2007 to complete the accelerated LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice and joined D M MacKinnon in December 2014 as an Associate Solicitor after working for four years with MacPhee & Partners in Oban.

Sally deals predominantly with residential conveyancing matters.



Laura McManus

Laura McManus

Originally from West Lothian, Laura studied Law at the University of Edinburgh and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She lived and worked in West Lothian before joining the court department at DM MacKinnon in October 2010. She specialises in criminal court work of all levels and particularly enjoys appearing before the jury.

Having recently moved to Oban, Laura spends her spare time outdoors and is enjoying discovering the surrounding area and especially the islands. She also enjoys playing and writing music on her guitar.




David Lane

David Lane

David, an Oban native, gained his LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University before going on to qualify as a solicitor with a Fort William based firm. David joined D M MacKinnon in December 2016 and deals with rural and commercial property including purchases, sales, leases and general conveyancing work for landowners, developers and community groups. David is also part of our residential conveyancing team and regularly assists clients with the purchase and sale of residential properties.

Outside the office David enjoys spending time with his family and attempting in vain to get his garden in order!


Duncan Durbin

Duncan Durbin

Originally from Edinburgh, after qualifying in 1988 Duncan worked in the Borders and in Edinburgh before joining D M MacKinnon in 1992. Duncan became a partner with this firm in 1996. He specialises in criminal advocacy, family law, personal injury cases and contract disputes.

Duncan has many interests outside work including reading, walking, cycling, running, fishing and gardening.


Senior Paralegal

Alison Dunn

Alison Dunn

Alison, who has lived most of her life in Oban, joined our firm as our first Paralegal in August 2002. She has worked in the legal profession since 1993. In 1999 Alison qualified from Strathclyde University as a Conveyancing Paralegal at an advanced level. She deals with both domestic and commercial conveyancing and liquor licensing.

Away from the office Alison enjoys music, bridge and outdoor pursuits including hill walking, cycling and running.



Linda Duncan

Linda Duncan

Linda is a paralegal specialising in Family Law.

She is also a member of the Children's Panel.


Law Accountant

Allan MacLellan

Allan MacLellan

Allan, who has lived in Oban all his life, is a former pupil of St. Columbas and Oban High Schools. After leaving school Allan obtained an HND in Legal Studies before joining the firm in April 1988 and is now a qualified Law Accountant having gained his certificate from Strathclyde University in 1992.

Outside work Allan’s main interests are sport. He particularly enjoys coaching primary children’s football teams.