About us

Since opening our Edinburgh Office in 1995, our practice has grown to include offices in Galashiels and Hawick. We represent clients in the Justice of the Peace and Sheriff Courts in Edinburgh, Selkirk and Jedburgh, although we will routinely travel to courts in the Central Belt, Fife and even as far afield as the Highlands and Islands.

We also enjoy a good reputation in the High Court with David Allan holding rights of audience as a Solicitor Advocate.

Our Partners are David Allan, Mark Harrower, Mathew Patrick and Ross Dow. We are supported by a team of dedicated and well supervised qualified Assistants.


Dave Allan, Solicitor Advocate (Partner)

A founding Partner of WSA Bannerman Burke, with over twenty years experience as a defence solicitor, appearing in Sheriff courts throughout Scotland. Dave is also qualified as a Solicitor Advocate, with rights of audience in the High Court, enabling him to offer his expertise at all levels, from minor road traffic offences to the most serious prosecutions such as murder, rape, large-scale drug cases, frauds and assaults. With such a broad range of experience, clients always find Dave a reassuring presence.

Contact Dave Allan:
Tel: 07813 029 926
Email: dave@wsalawyers.com


Mark Harrower (Partner)

Well known in courts all over Scotland as a defence solicitor who offers a personal touch, Mark has built a reputation as a lawyer who goes the extra mile whatever the case. Practising in Lothian and Borders courts for over twenty years, Mark has tackled every conceivable type of criminal prosecution in his career. Clients represented by Mark are notoriously loyal to him, having seen the lengths he will go to defend them.

Contact Mark Harrower:
Tel: 07814 032 295
Email: mark@wsalawyers.com



Ross Dow (Partner)

Ross heads up WSA Bannerman Burke’s Borders team. Based in Galashiels and Hawick and representing clients in Courts throughout the region, he is renowned for his meticulous approach to each and every case he is involved in. Ross offers almost twenty years of criminal defence experience and having conducted countless Summary and Sheriff and Jury trials, there is little that he has not encountered in the courtroom. Appearing on a daily basis in the Justice of the Peace and Sheriff Courts, Ross is also regularly involved as instructing Solicitor in complex and serious High Court cases..

Contact Ross Dow:
Tel: 07595 279331
Email: ross@wsalawyers.com

Mat Patrick (Partner)

Based in Galashiels and Hawick, and appearing on a daily basis in Selkirk and Jedburgh Sheriff Courts, Mat prides himself on the thorough service he provides to his clients. With an enviable knowledge of the intricacies of Scots criminal law, he is always able to reassure those he represents by explaining their case in simple terms. Mat deals with cases in courts at all levels and is often involved in complex prosecutions with the prospect of grave consequences for the client. His reassuring approach is much sought after and appreciated.

Contact Mat Patrick:
Tel: 07825 959 328
Email: mat@wsalawyers.com


Ed Hulme (Partner)

Also based in our Borders office, Ed recently joined the firm from Bannerman Burke Defence bringing with him 10 years of experience in criminal defence court work. Known for his attention to detail, Ed particularly enjoys Sheriff and Jury work where he has an enviable record of success. His calm and personable character is consistently recognised by clients and colleagues alike.

Contact Ed Hulme:
Tel: 07982 713 693
Email: ed@wsalawyers.com