Dowle, Smith & Rutherford has been providing a comprehensive legal service in Shetland for over thirty years.

For professional, independent & local advice, contact our office on Church Road in the centre of town.

Legal Services

  • Property Sales & Purchases
  • Domestic Leasing
  • Wills, Trusts & Executries
  • Crofting & Agricultural
  • Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Court Work

Estate Agents

As estate agents we offer extensive facilities to our clients in the sale of their property to ensure optimum sales possibilities.

Robert Bell, Property ManagerRobert Bell, our Property Manager, has over 15 years experience marketing property in Shetland and has personally handled over one thousand property sales. He will be happy to provide general advice and details of our full property service.

Online, we have a complete list of our properties for sale, as well as short guides to buying property & selling property in Shetland.

If you are considering a move to the Shetland Islands, you may find our About Shetland page useful.

New Stamp Duty rules

Good news for buyers!

The Westminster Government has today (3rd December) introduced new stamp duty rates if you are buying a property for over £125,000. This will mean savings for most buyers.

The new rates which apply from 4th December throughout the UK, including Scotland, mean that whereas under the old rules you would have paid tax at a single rate on the entire property price, you will now only pay the rate of tax on that part of the price within each tax band. This will result in significant savings for most people, dependent on the purchase price level.

These rules apply till 1st April 2015 when stamp duty in Scotland will be replaced by the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax.

Our Offices

Dowle, Smith & Rutherford is at:-

St Olaf’s Hall, Church Road, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0FD

Dowle, Smith & Rutherford Office

St Olaf's Hall is situated in the centre of Lerwick by the roundabout at the top of Church Road, just up from Commercial Street.

To get to St Olaf's Hall from Commercial Street, walk up Queens Lane which is situated opposite the post office on Commercial Street, between the Shetland Times Bookshop and the Royal Bank. St Olaf's Hall is the large building on the right hand side of the lane just past Church Road car park on the left. We are on the first floor.


View a complete list of properties for sale or lease by Dowle, Smith & Rutherford, with full particulars of each property.

Latest Properties

Home Reports

Properties advertised for sale after 1st December 2008, have to be marketed with a Home Report which comprises a Single Survey / Valuation, an Energy Report and a Property Questionnaire.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Government Website or contact our Property Manager Robert Bell.

Although Home Information Reports (HIPS) have been scrapped in England, they are still required in Scotland which has a different form of Home Report.