History of Hadden Rankin

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Ross Hadden and Dorothy Rankin set up Hadden Rankin, Solicitors, Estate Agents and Property Managers on 5th November 2001.  Prior to that they had been longstanding partners in a well established Edinburgh firm called Alex Morison & Co. which had merged with a Glasgow firm to form a 30+ partner legal practice called Morison Bishop.  Rather than stay with a large corporate legal practice, Ross and Dorothy took their existing residential, private client and property management clients into their new firm which focused mainly on buying and selling residential properties and property management. 

At that time, the buy-to-let property market was booming and Hadden Rankin could offer a specialist residential investment property service.  In addition to having over 30 years experience between them in the residential property market, they could rely on 10 years of experience in the letting market.  The combination of this experience and expertise allowed them to grow Hadden Rankin quickly and within a year they were joined by a third partner, Helen Baptie, also formerly of Alex Morison & Co. and Morison Bishop.  

Hadden Rankin continued to grow and within a further year took over another small legal practice called Ballantynes based in Canonmills.  Further growth in all areas of the practice saw them take over another legal firm called Gilmore Lewis based in Newington and bring in Alasdair Soutar from Soutar & Co., also based in Newington, both in 2007.  This gave them a very visible property shop at Hope Park Terrace in Newington.

The recession brought an end to the growth in the residential property side of the business but Hadden Rankin continued to grow its private client services and Hadden Rankin Property Management performed strongly throughout the downturn in the property sales market, now managing over 320 residential properties.

The recession between 2008 and 2013 was undoubtedly a very hard time for all small legal practices but Hadden Rankin has survived well and is now set for strong growth as the residential property market recovers.  The firm offers services in all residential property matters, buying and selling and letting; private client services dealing with wills, trusts, executries and inheritance tax planning; and commercial property services dealing with buying, selling and leasing.

The vast majority of clients who use Hadden Rankin do so through either long family or personal connections with Ross Hadden or Dorothy Rankin or by referral from existing clients. 

The aim of the firm is to provide an excellent standard of service to all clients in the service areas provided and by doing so to become a more successful and prosperous legal and property management practice.