about us

Lawson & Thompson was founded by property developers Alex Thompson and James Lawson in 2013. Both landlords with experience of refurbishing and managing student rental properties in St Andrews, they were frustrated at being unable to find a local letting agent who provided the scope and quality of service they were looking for. It seemed the more landlords and tenants they spoke to, the more horror stories they heard. This is where the idea for starting Lawson & Thompson came about.

Alex and James spent over two years planning the business from the ground up, using their experience of being landlords AND tenants to create a service that would genuinely address the needs of both groups. A business devised solely around the unique demands of the student lettings sector.

Lawson & Thompson introduced a number of unique and innovative features to market, many of which remain unique to them to this day. These include detailed MONTHLY inspections of ALL properties, highly proactive maintenance and improvements (including project management), professional photography and movies for every property, an all-new property application process for students, detailed knowledge of HMO regulations, and a team consisting of the very best local independent contractors.

At the core of everything we do is our commitment to providing the very best in customer service. We genuinely care about what we do. We manage every property as if it were our own. We always go that extra mile for our clients.

Fast forward five years to 2018, and Lawson & Thompson has grown to become the leading student letting agent in St Andrews. We were voted best agent by St Andrews students in the 2017/18 student survey (a University-wide survey conducted in-house by the University). Our service has also won national awards - including Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year. We have a rating of 4.9 out of 5 by our tenants on Google Reviews. And our landlords have said some wonderful things about our service, the majority having moved to us from other agents. See our landlord testimonials here.


our team

  • Alex Thomson

    Alex Thompson

    Alex holds a RICS-accredited degree in Building Surveying and spent 4 years working as an Estate Manager for one of Scotland's largest property management companies. Alex has over 8 years experience in property management.

  • Jamie Lawson

    James Lawson

    James graduated from the University of St. Andrews before studying for a postgraduate degree in Building Surveying. James has worked as a project manager on several building refurbishment projects in St. Andrews and has a broad technical knowledge of building standards, repairs and maintenance. As a retained firefighter, James is well qualified to advise on fire safety.

  • Wendy Lawson

    Wendy Lawson

    Wendy spent 11-years working as a Property Manager for a high-street agent before joining Lawson & Thompson, so is vastly experienced in the St. Andrews student lettings market. Wendy is well known for providing an exceptional level of service for her clients and always ‘going that extra mile’ - traits which complement the Lawson & Thompson ethos. 

  • Max Lawson

    Max Lawson

    Max is our retained handyman, undertaking all manner of odd jobs! Max has worked as a handyman in St Andrews since 2003.

  • Phillipa Smith

    Philippa Smith

    Philippa is one of our seasonal team, joining us during the peak advertising and summer periods. 

  • Hollie Lawson

    Hollie Lawson

    Hollie is one of our seasonal team, joining us during the peak advertising and summer periods.


our office

Introducing our newly refurbished town-centre office, located on the top floor of the old Malt Barn just off South Street, St. Andrews.



coffee bar & lounge

We wanted to create an informal
, relaxed space in which to work and entertain clients, and hence created a tea / coffee bar together with a lounge area. 

We have a wide selection of teas and coffees on offer. 


malt barn history

The Malt Barn building was built in 1870 and formed part of the South Street Brewery. Brewing ceased in 1880, however malting continued until 1896. The building was then used for storage until it was purchased by the current owner in 1982. Between 1982 - 2015 it served as an upholstery studio, before being let to us in mid 2016.