Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh
What the team is known for Sizeable team which handles prenuptials, cohabitation disputes, high-value financial provisions and international child abduction and relocation. Well versed in alternative dispute resolution, with experts in collaborative law, mediation and arbitration. Benefits from working closely with the firm's real estate, corporate and litigation teams.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"As a whole they are very efficient and friendly, even from when you arrive at reception."
"I appreciate their support, advice and patience - they've been magnificent, really."
Work highlights Represented the father in a Hague Convention case following a mother's abduction of her two teenage children to Scotland.
Aberdeen-based Shaun George is an accredited family law arbitrator, family law mediator and specialist in family law. He heads the family department at Brodies and is especially talented in the field of high-value divorces. One client appreciates that "he took solicitor jargon down to layman's terms," while another reflects: "I was impressed from the first meeting - there's a kindness about him, an empathy for how I'm feeling."
Scott Cochrane operates from Edinburgh and is an accredited specialist in family law and family law arbitrator. He is highly regarded within the market for his straightforward approach and has recently acted on a series of complex divorces and children law issues. One client comments: "He was very helpful, very clear, and he took the emotion out of the situation too, which was good."
Lisa Girdwood is an "extremely highly regarded family lawyer" based in Glasgow. Clients praise her accessibility and sympathetic approach, while peers consider her "sensible and nice to deal with." Sources commend her "very good knowledge of child contact issues and the law surrounding them."
Practising from the Edinburgh office, Richard Smith is trained in collaborative law and is "always a pleasure to work with." Sources laud him as "very well organised, with a strong grasp of issues and an excellent relationship with clients." An authority on separations involving farming families and corporate assets, he has lately advised on a series of high-value collaborative divorces.
Edinburgh-based Leonie Burke is highly praised by clients, who cite her thoroughness and ability to work collaboratively. One notes: "She was totally professional, efficient and always on the ball."