Leading Aberdeen and North-east legal firm, Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace (RCC&W), is saying a fond farewell to its longest serving member of staff. After 48 years of loyalty and dedication to the firm, Secretary Aileen Taylor is leaving to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.
Starting as an Office Junior with a pay packet of £6 per week, Aileen joined Messrs Christie Buthlay & Rutherford (now RCC&W) in August 1969, her first ever job at the age of just 16. Back then the firm had 13 employees with 3 Partners and was based at 70 Queens Road.
Aileen was soon appointed as Secretary to Mike Taylor, who began on the same day as an Apprentice Solicitor. She continued in this role for 35 years following Mike as he climbed the legal ladder right up to his appointment as Managing Partner in 2004.
That same year Raeburn Christie merged with Clark & Wallace and Aileen joined the Corporate Department where she stayed for 4 years. Her final move was to join the secretarial pool in the Commercial Property team.
Aileen has witnessed various changes over the years from the growth of the firm to the introduction of computers and other modern technology. She said “My funniest memory of the Queen’s Road days was during the miners’ strike in the 70’s when, due to the fact there was no heating or lighting, Mr Christie said the ladies could wear trousers to keep warm. It was winter time and got dark between 3pm and 4pm and for this reason we all thought we would be sent home early but instead they brought in Calor gas lamps and put one on each desk so that we could see. The problem was that they gave off black smoke so, by the end of the day, we all looked as though we had been down the mines!”
Finishing in late November, Aileen is really looking forward to the festive period, the first she hasn’t worked since she was 16. Beyond that, Aileen plans to catch up with friends, carry out house renovations and, to keep active, join a fitness class and walking group.
When asked what made her stay all this time, Aileen replied “Over the years I’ve found the job rewarding and have worked for and with a lot of nice people along the way.”
Callum McDonald, Head of Commercial Property, commented “Aileen is a very capable and competent member of our team. She is loyal, extremely hard working and lovely to work with. We will be lost without her!”
Managing Partner, Keith Allan, enthused “We are absolutely honoured that Aileen has given the firm 48 years’ of service. She is a real asset to us and probably knows more about RCC&W and its history than any of us. I would like to thank her for the continued contribution she has made to the success of the firm and wish her all the best for a long and happy retirement.”