“Very professional in every respect, all the staff are very helpful.”.. “This was the first time that I have had any dealings with solicitors and I can honestly say that I have been treated fairly and professionally by both solicitors who dealt with the two issues I had. I thank you both for taking the stress away from what had been quite an emotional time and would happily recommend MacDonald Oates to anyone.”

Daphne Davidson-Kelly

Consultant Solicitor


Daphne is a Consultant Solicitor, in the Wills, Probate and Trusts department  specialising in the management of the affairs of elderly clients

Work Areas

While a specialist in wills and probate, Daphne also has extensive experience of residential conveyancing and obtained the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation for her firm.

She also has experience of dealing with estates with property in France, and has a working knowledge of the French language.

Career History

Daphne studied for an MA LLB at Edinburgh University and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland with W & J Burness WS in 1970. For some years she was an Assistant Secretary with the Scotch Whisky Association specialising in export-related issues.

She moved to England and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1991. She ran her own practice as a sole practitioner for nearly 20 years before amalgamating her practice with MacDonald Oates in October 2015. Daphne is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).


In her spare time Daphne enjoys literature, sculpture, gardening and travelling to her property in Normandy.