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Family/Matrimonial — Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds


Anderson Strathern - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Covers both children and financial cases, including permanence orders, financial provisions and prenuptial agreements as well as cases involving abuse. Also advises businesspeople and agricultural landowners through separations. Increasingly active in cross-border matrimonial finance and children cases.

Strengths Clients say: "They are incredibly proficient and knowledgeable. They are efficient in terms of assessing the situation and advising on the options and how things would play out. They helped me to stay in front of all of the issues."

Other sources also note that they are "friendly, easily contactable, responsive and knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners

A source praises Janice Jones for being "one of the most professional and prepared lawyers I have worked with. Her court performance is second to none. At times when I am very nervous, she is able to calm me down." She is well recognised for her high-value Court of Session work. Her expertise covers financial provision, nuptial agreements and child-related issues.

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Balfour+Manson LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Experienced in cross-border disputes and handles an array of pro bono cases, assisting clients with little money on contentious separations. Equally experienced in handling high-value separation and cohabitation matters. Offers comprehensive service through its provision of property and private client experts.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very supportive, very informative but also caring," emphasising: "They care about the clients, and that is important."

Notable practitioners

Shona Smith is considered to be a "top expert in Scotland in matrimonial matters," thanks to her rich experience in matrimonial finance and cohabitation cases. Market commentators also describe her as being "very sensible, calm, pragmatic."

Kirsten Knight's practice covers a broad range of family law matters, including financial provisions, cohabitation issues and child cases. Clients find her to be "very calming and caring" and she is also noted for her collaborative family law work.

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Brodies LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Sizeable team handling prenuptials, cohabitation disputes, high-value financial provisions and international child abduction and relocation. Has notable experience handling cross-border matrimonial finance matters, often involving complex business and tax issues. Well versed in alternative dispute resolution, with experts in collaborative law, mediation and arbitration. Clients benefit from the team working closely with the firm's real estate, corporate and litigation teams.

Strengths An interviewee remarks: "I would say their strengths are offering balanced opinions and advice, as well as always being available. They take both my thoughts and opinions into account, providing a pleasant and attentive approach."

Other sources note that "they are very user-friendly, enthusiastic, timely and knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners

Aberdeen-based Shaun George is recommended for his expertise handling high-value divorce cases. Clients hold him in high regard, noting: "Shaun has the excellent ability to explain legal terms and difficult situations in a way that is easy to understand. You never feel pushed into a certain direction but given good, clear advice on the way forward. His ability to explain different financial scenarios is extremely helpful." He is also an accredited family law arbitrator.

Practising from the Edinburgh office, Scott Cochrane is well reputed for his experience advising on cross-border and complicated financial provision cases. Clients appreciate that he is able "to simplify the situation, taking away the emotion and doing things logically," adding: "He is calm, sensible and capable." He is an accredited specialist in family law and a family law arbitrator.

Lisa Girdwood is a highly rated practitioner with particular expertise in child-related family law matters, with clients remarking: "She is confident, understands the relevant points of law and has a good grasp of negotiations." She is also noted for her experience as a collaborative lawyer.

Richard Smith operates from the Edinburgh office and has been frequently singled out by sources, who note: "He is somebody who will cut through the issues and get the results in the most pragmatic way he can." He enjoys a "fantastic reputation" thanks to his experience in complex matrimonial finance cases. He is highlighted by clients for having "good empathy, and a good understanding of both the legal as well as the emotional positions."

Jennifer Wilkie continues to focus on financial proceedings in the Court of Session, and has been active in handling cross-border matrimonial finance and children cases recently. She also offers expertise in nuptial agreements. A source describes her as "extremely professional and knowledgeable," adding: "She always has my best interests at heart."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Notable expertise in complex children work, high net worth financial provision, adoption, surrogacy and Hague Convention cases. Active in alternative dispute resolution and has also acted on significant litigation in the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court. Its dual-qualified lawyers make it well placed to advise on cross-border matters. Has been active in multimillion-pound cohabitation cases.

Strengths Sources note: "They are one of the leading firms in Edinburgh for collaborative work. They are focused and seem to get some high-profile cases."

Clients appreciate that "the quality of advice given is excellent," and that "they are prompt in their response."

Notable practitioners

Lesley Gordon is praised by sources for being "extremely effective in dealing with clients who struggle to understand the financial side of things. She is very sensitive to clients' needs and the key thing for us is that she can explain things simply and effectively while also managing their expectation." She has an impressive track record in advising on cross-border and multimillion-pound financial proceedings and cohabitation cases.

Catherine Karlin is recognised for her collaborative work, with interviewees singling her out for being "very focused, superbly well organised and very personable." Other sources highlight the fact that "she manages to guide the clients along and get to the resolution" when cases are challenging. She is well versed in handling complex children cases and cross-border financial provision matters.

Marjory Blair is particularly skilled in handling children matters, with a focus on child protection, contact and residence issues. Sources are impressed that "she maintained her position and represented the client well under a great deal of pressure." She also provides advice on divorces that involve significant assets.

Associate Denise Laverty continues to advise on financial proceedings and child arrangement cases with international aspects. Clients hold her in high regard, noting: "She is always well prepared and very personable." Commentators also highlight that "she is very knowledgeable and she has a pragmatic approach. She is good at finding practical solutions for her clients."

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Family Law Matters Scotland LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Notable emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, with numerous lawyers trained in collaborative law, mediation or arbitration. Covers a range of family matters such as separations, nuptial agreements and surrogacy issues. Well versed in cross-border matters, especially in relation to international child abduction cases.

Strengths A source notes: "Family Law Matters was both professional and welcoming. I could not have asked for greater support during the separation."

Notable practitioners

Anne Dick is widely praised for being at the "forefront in family law in Scotland." She has rich experience when it comes to collaborative processes and mediation. Clients also highlight her "very meticulous" approach.

Karen Gailey is considered to be a "specialist in child abduction cases," and is also experienced in advising on international relocation and surrogacy cases. Clients appreciate that she is "always able to pick up the small detail."

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Harper Macleod LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Recognised for its broad coverage of family matters, offering expertise in divorces, cohabitation claims and child relocation matters. A popular choice among clients for separations with bankruptcy and trust issues. Offers trained collaborative lawyers and mediators, in addition to skilled litigators.

Strengths A source says: "My impression is that they provide an excellent service in relation to both money and children. When I have seen them in court they do appear to enjoy the confidence of the court."

Notable practitioners

Dual-qualified in Scottish and English law, Jenny Smith is particularly experienced in handling matrimonial finance cases arising from separations, often with business issues involved. Clients praise the level of service she delivers, describing it as "efficient, straightforward and uncomplicated."

Associate Karen Gibbons offers advice on financial provision, cohabitation claims and child-related matters. She is also highlighted as an accredited mediator and family law specialist.

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Lindsays - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Collaborative practice covering both children and financial matters. Well versed in cross-border disputes, such as child contact and divorce matters. Also experienced in Hague Convention and surrogacy cases.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "proactive, offering a consistent approach across personnel and being very responsive providing level-headed advice and support during some testing times," adding: "They are able to offer pragmatic, sensible advice in the heat of the argument."

Another source notes that they are "very knowledgeable in family matters and have the ability to empathise with the client."

Notable practitioners

Alison McKee possesses expertise in international child abduction work, especially in relation to Hague Convention cases. She also has considerable experience in advising on divorces and separations. Sources describe her as "incredibly understanding, consistent and balanced."

Nina Taylor "takes a pragmatic approach to the challenges and provides a good sounding board. Her wealth of experience in family law matters provides confidence and support," clients observe. She is especially well versed in cross-border matrimonial finance and children cases. Another commentator notes that she is able to "lay out options in a level-headed way but always with a caring, supportive manner."

Lucy Metcalf is experienced in both children and financial provision cases, with sources saying: "She is patient and able to explain the legality well to someone who is not in the legal industry." Another interviewee describes her as a practitioner who is "approachable, good at listening and takes a good 360 degree view."

Department profile by Lindsays

Our expert family law teams offer advice in all family law matters including niche areas with international elements, including:

  • Financial provision on divorce and separation

  • Child law matters including adoption cases and disputed cases

  • Court of Session and Sheriff Court Litigation

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution methods

  • Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements

  • The particular issues affecting matrimonial clients with family farms, farming issues and inherited land

  • Surrogacy law, including surrogacy arrangements with an international element. There is little regulation in this area and the issues of consent and contact which arise are complex

  • Guardianship applications for adults with incapacity

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Morton Fraser - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Long-established team with an array of dual-qualified experts capable of handling complex English law matters and jurisdictional battles. Respected litigation practice with an increasingly impressive collaborative focus. Well recognised for its breadth of expertise in cross-jurisdictional disputes, including family matters ranging from cross-border permanence orders to high-value divorces with international assets.

Strengths A source says that the team is "immensely informative, helpful and supportive," and "kept me updated constantly and explained the whole process including what might be expected."

A client notes: "I have felt supported in this process and they have provided great assistance in my divorce proceedings which had become mired in non-essential arguments."

Notable practitioners

Rhona Adams continues to be a popular choice for cross-border financial remedy cases, thanks to her rich experience and knowledge of both Scottish and English law. Market sources note that "she listens to the clients and is able to process cases in a calm and straightforward way." Over the past year she has been active advising on high-value cross-border nuptial agreements.

Fiona Sasan is highlighted for her experience in advising on divorces and children matters, especially cases with business elements involved. Clients appreciate that "she gives clear, concise advice and she attempts to avoid going to court as far as possible."

Lucia Clark offers advice on divorces and children matters, and is noted for having "a lot of experience in cross-border work." Clients add: "Lucia's attention to detail is pure genius! Her ability to negotiate is very good and that helps you to reach a settlement."

John Fotheringham is widely recognised as "an expert in child support law in Scotland." He continues to be a popular choice for such work, thanks to his rich experience in the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session.

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MTM Family Law LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Glasgow

What the team is known for Family law boutique with a growing profile and an emphasis on alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Fields a team of trained mediators, arbitrators and collaborative lawyers, making it a popular choice for fraught children cases and high net worth divorces. Recognised for its matrimonial finance work, with cases involving business or inheritance issues.

Strengths Clients say: "They have been very helpful and clear in explaining things. They are absolutely approachable and personable."

Another client adds: "They are good at taking on board what I wanted to say. If I don't agree with something, they are open-minded and take my views on board. I feel I am being listened to and that is really important."

Notable practitioners

Carolyn MacBride is experienced in dealing with matrimonial finance cases, especially with those involving shareholding or business issues. Clients describe her as "personable and approachable," and note that they "feel they can speak to her about anything."

Collaborative lawyer Shona Templeton has significant experience in a range of family matters, particularly in relation to high-value divorces and complicated child issues. Commentators describe her as "approachable, objective, pragmatic, realistic and sensible."

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Shoosmiths LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Advises on a wide range of family matters, including complex matrimonial finance cases with cross-border elements and overseas assets, as well as child law issues. Has experience in handling Hague Convention and child abduction cases.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very well respected and knowledgeable, efficient and extremely professional, as well as empathetic to clients."

Other interviewees appreciate that the lawyers are "really quick in turning things around and being very thorough."

Notable practitioners

Neil Hobden is a key contact.

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SKO Family Law Specialists - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Well-regarded collaborative practice which frequently manages complicated arbitrations and mediations. Especially experienced in international matters, including separations and division of assets across multiple jurisdictions. Increasingly active in advising on both public and private children cases involving abuse allegations. Recognised for acting on novel cases and in niche areas, such as reproduction and fertility issues.

Strengths "Their performance has been exemplary," says a client. "I would say their strengths are being able to cut through legal jargon and express things clearly. They empower you with the rights to make the appropriate decision and are both very personable and friendly."

Another commentator remarks: "They are extremely reassuring and compassionate, which is hugely important. I have found them to be hugely helpful every step of the way."

Notable practitioners

Firm director Rachael Kelsey is regarded as a "well-known and high-profile" practitioner whose "direct advice is very appreciated by clients." Another source highlights that she is "dynamic, able to give very focused advice and also technically excellent." She continues to be a counsel of choice for high value cross-border separation cases.

Alison Edmondson is an experienced practitioner who specialises in separations, nuptial agreements and child residence order work. Clients describe her as "very sensible, practical, very constructive and reassuring." She is also an accredited specialist in family law.

A client reports that Robert Gilmour provides "support, guidance and advice which was invaluable through what was an incredibly difficult time. His knowledge within his field is undoubted and I feel assured and secure in the knowledge that I have him as my solicitor." He has significant experience in complex children matters, with sources remarking that "he is formidable in the courtroom."

Susan Oswald continues to offer advice on cross-border child relocation and adoption cases, earning particular praise for her mediation expertise. Sources note that "she knows what the clients' concerns are and deals with them appropriately."

John West has experience in novel cases, especially those involving European law and pension issues. He is also heavily involved in high-value and cross-border financial proceedings. Sources say: "He is a technically knowledgeable lawyer. In terms of strategy, he is brilliant and calm."

Department profile by SKO Family Law Specialists

TYPES OF WORK HANDLED:

Financial Matters. 

Implications of cohabitation, separation, inter-generational gifting and divorce. Often involves working with other specialists- tax, family office, trust, reputation management, corporate, immigration, property and employment lawyers, accountants, wealth management advisors and trustees.


Jurisdictional Matters.

International and intra-UK advice, forum shopping, ‘kilting’ contractual documentation, recognition and enforcement of court orders and contracts.


Novel and technical areas of law. 

HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act)/ART (artificial reproduction technology) and Surrogacy, human rights and equality of treatment for LGBTI individuals, forced and child marriage, reputation management, advising film and TV companies and complexities around pensions in the family law context.


Child Law. 

including residence and contact. Particular experience of relocation, inter-country adoption, abduction/Hague Convention and child support (domestic and international).


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Primarily private individuals, but also corporate entities (including partnerships and charities) and trustees. Often based outwith Scotland.

SPECIALISATIONS:

Heavyweight litigation experience; most extensive mediation practice in Scotland; arbitration and collaborative law. Unrivalled experience in Scots law family law jurisdictional matters (intra-UK and elsewhere). Known particularly for work in novel and technical areas of family law.

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We have extensive experience of advising clients on Scots law, in an international context (both in non-contentious scenarios, for example for tax and succession planning and in contentious matters, where there may be, or are, court proceedings). Within the last 12 months we have advised clients in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. We are able to work with professional advisers worldwide and to provide expert opinions (including on a Single Joint Expert basis) on Scots law for the purposes of court proceedings in other jurisdictions. 


Turcan Connell - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Frequently represents high net worth clients in financial cases, including nuptial and cohabitation agreements. Additional expertise in tax, pensions, inherited wealth and business law. Impressive on cross-border matters, fielding several dual-qualified lawyers. Increasingly active on cross-border child relocation and child contact work.

Strengths The team's "very client-focused" approach is highlighted by clients: "They are very efficient and ensure they do what is best for clients. They possess strong legal skills and they have a very service-driven approach."

Another client states: "They have been brilliant, very knowledgeable and very supportive. They are good at suggesting things that I've never thought of."

Notable practitioners

Gillian Crandles "has a very big reputation and it is well deserved," according to sources. Her expertise in high-stakes matrimonial finance and children matters continues to attract an array of clients. Her collaborative work is also noted, with interviewees saying: "She has a very strong skill set. She is a strong advocate, so even if clients go down the traditional court process she can still get good results."

Alasdair Loudon is highly regarded for his rich experience in handling multimillion financial proceedings, and he is especially skilled in cases with an international element. Sources report: "He is somebody who always looks at the long-term objectives for clients. He is also excellent in managing expectations and helping clients through the process."

Department profile by Turcan Connell

For many years, Turcan Connell has enjoyed Band 1 status for Family/Matrimonial. Our specialist team is recognised for their proficiency and meticulous approach when dealing with all aspects of Family Law, but, in particular, cases involving professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs and other high-net-worth individuals.

Our services include:-

  • Financial provision on divorce – particular expertise in business assets, corporate structures, pensions, executive incentive plans, tax, trusts, farms and agricultural tenancies
  • Cohabitation claims arising from death or separation
  • Child law cases including residence, contact, adoption, surrogacy, child support, international relocation and child abduction
  • International wealth protection, including pre-nuptial/post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements
  • Litigation experts in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland
    • Lindsey Ogilvie is a solicitor advocate
  • Cross-border and jurisdictional disputes
    • Gillian Crandles is dual qualified in Scotland and in England and Wales
  • Mediation, collaborative law and arbitration
    • Alasdair Loudon and Gillian Crandles are family law arbitrators
    • Gillian Crandles is an accredited mediator
    • Gillian Crandles and Noel Ferry are collaborative lawyers

Turcan Connell is also ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 for Family.

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Turcan Connell has an international client base and is regularly called upon to provide advice on all aspects of family law to ex-pat professionals and high-net-worth individuals across the globe. We have a recognised speciality in international wealth protection, providing advice to individuals who wish to protect their assets in the context of marriage or cohabitation by entering into pre-nuptial/ post-nuptial agreements or cohabitation agreements.

In international divorce cases and in cross-border disputes, we assess which jurisdiction is most favourable to our client’s overall position. Gillian Crandles is dual-qualified in Scotland and England & Wales and regularly deals with complex financial provision matters in both jurisdictions. She is adept at assessing which side of the border would best meet a client’s needs and requirements. Alasdair Loudon is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and, as a result of which, we have formed relationships with a wide range of family law specialists across the globe with whom we liaise and are often consulted by when a case involves an international angle. We regularly deal with cases involving second homes, offshore accounts and other offshore assets.

The team offers long-standing expertise when advising on the issue of international child abduction and the remedies available under The Hague Convention and also international child relocation. We are particularly well resourced to provide immediate action in urgent situations.

We have experience dealing with international adoption and surrogacy arrangements, liaising with legal professionals and relevant child care authorities in the country involved to ensure all legal requirements are met and, thereafter, ensuring that all necessary steps are taken in accordance with our own domestic legislation.


Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Practising from the Edinburgh office, Scott Cochrane is well reputed for his experience advising on cross-border and complicated financial provision cases. Clients appreciate that he is able "to simplify the situation, taking away the emotion and doing things logically," adding: "He is calm, sensible and capable." He is an accredited specialist in family law and a family law arbitrator.

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Turcan Connell

From the Chambers UK guide

Gillian Crandles "has a very big reputation and it is well deserved," according to sources. Her expertise in high-stakes matrimonial finance and children matters continues to attract an array of clients. Her collaborative work is also noted, with interviewees saying: "She has a very strong skill set. She is a strong advocate, so even if clients go down the traditional court process she can still get good results."

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Gilson Gray LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Edinburgh-based family practitioner Philippa Cunniff of Gilson Gray LLP has a strong track record in a range of family law matters, including high-value cross-border separations, cohabitation claims and children matters. Clients hold her in high regard, saying: "She is knowledgeable, highly responsive and very calming. She is highly personable and gives you a lot of comfort."

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Family Law Matters Scotland LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anne Dick is widely praised for being at the "forefront in family law in Scotland." She has rich experience when it comes to collaborative processes and mediation. Clients also highlight her "very meticulous" approach.

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Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lisa Girdwood is a highly rated practitioner with particular expertise in child-related family law matters, with clients remarking: "She is confident, understands the relevant points of law and has a good grasp of negotiations." She is also noted for her experience as a collaborative lawyer.

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BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lesley Gordon is praised by sources for being "extremely effective in dealing with clients who struggle to understand the financial side of things. She is very sensitive to clients' needs and the key thing for us is that she can explain things simply and effectively while also managing their expectation." She has an impressive track record in advising on cross-border and multimillion-pound financial proceedings and cohabitation cases.

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SKO Family Law Specialists

From the Chambers UK guide

Firm director Rachael Kelsey is regarded as a "well-known and high-profile" practitioner whose "direct advice is very appreciated by clients." Another source highlights that she is "dynamic, able to give very focused advice and also technically excellent." She continues to be a counsel of choice for high value cross-border separation cases.

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Turcan Connell

From the Chambers UK guide

Alasdair Loudon is highly regarded for his rich experience in handling multimillion financial proceedings, and he is especially skilled in cases with an international element. Sources report: "He is somebody who always looks at the long-term objectives for clients. He is also excellent in managing expectations and helping clients through the process."

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Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Smith operates from the Edinburgh office and has been frequently singled out by sources, who note: "He is somebody who will cut through the issues and get the results in the most pragmatic way he can." He enjoys a "fantastic reputation" thanks to his experience in complex matrimonial finance cases. He is highlighted by clients for having "good empathy, and a good understanding of both the legal as well as the emotional positions."

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Balfour+Manson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Shona Smith is considered to be a "top expert in Scotland in matrimonial matters," thanks to her rich experience in matrimonial finance and cohabitation cases. Market commentators also describe her as being "very sensible, calm, pragmatic."

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Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Rhona Adams continues to be a popular choice for cross-border financial remedy cases, thanks to her rich experience and knowledge of both Scottish and English law. Market sources note that "she listens to the clients and is able to process cases in a calm and straightforward way." Over the past year she has been active advising on high-value cross-border nuptial agreements.

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Family Law Matters Scotland LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Karen Gailey is considered to be a "specialist in child abduction cases," and is also experienced in advising on international relocation and surrogacy cases. Clients appreciate that she is "always able to pick up the small detail."

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Band 2

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

A source praises Janice Jones for being "one of the most professional and prepared lawyers I have worked with. Her court performance is second to none. At times when I am very nervous, she is able to calm me down." She is well recognised for her high-value Court of Session work. Her expertise covers financial provision, nuptial agreements and child-related issues.

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Catherine M Karlin

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Catherine Karlin is recognised for her collaborative work, with interviewees singling her out for being "very focused, superbly well organised and very personable." Other sources highlight the fact that "she manages to guide the clients along and get to the resolution" when cases are challenging. She is well versed in handling complex children cases and cross-border financial provision matters.

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MTM Family Law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Carolyn MacBride is experienced in dealing with matrimonial finance cases, especially with those involving shareholding or business issues. Clients describe her as "personable and approachable," and note that they "feel they can speak to her about anything."

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MTM Family Law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Collaborative lawyer Shona Templeton has significant experience in a range of family matters, particularly in relation to high-value divorces and complicated child issues. Commentators describe her as "approachable, objective, pragmatic, realistic and sensible."

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Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Lucia Clark offers advice on divorces and children matters, and is noted for having "a lot of experience in cross-border work." Clients add: "Lucia's attention to detail is pure genius! Her ability to negotiate is very good and that helps you to reach a settlement."

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SKO Family Law Specialists

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Edmondson is an experienced practitioner who specialises in separations, nuptial agreements and child residence order work. Clients describe her as "very sensible, practical, very constructive and reassuring." She is also an accredited specialist in family law.

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John M Fotheringham

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

John Fotheringham is widely recognised as "an expert in child support law in Scotland." He continues to be a popular choice for such work, thanks to his rich experience in the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session.

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Marika Franceschi

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Marika Franceschi of MacRoberts LLP is known among market commentators to be "very skilled in high-value matrimonial financial provision and able to combine this with a very compassionate approach." A client adds: "What I like about her is that even though she was protecting my interest, she also managed to be very collaborative with the lawyer on the other side. She is really quick in coming up with different solutions within a short period of time."

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SKO Family Law Specialists

From the Chambers UK guide

A client reports that Robert Gilmour provides "support, guidance and advice which was invaluable through what was an incredibly difficult time. His knowledge within his field is undoubted and I feel assured and secure in the knowledge that I have him as my solicitor." He has significant experience in complex children matters, with sources remarking that "he is formidable in the courtroom."

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the BLM family team Siobhan Kelly is experienced in handling matrimonial finance cases arising from separations as well as children matters. She has noteworthy expertise when it comes to cases involving overseas assets and domestic violence allegations. One client appreciates that "she fought my corner and had some great ideas which enabled me to achieve a good financial settlement."

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Lindsays

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison McKee possesses expertise in international child abduction work, especially in relation to Hague Convention cases. She also has considerable experience in advising on divorces and separations. Sources describe her as "incredibly understanding, consistent and balanced."

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Russells Gibson McCaffrey

From the Chambers UK guide

Clair McLachlan of Russells Gibson McCaffrey is based in Glasgow and has considerable experience in financial proceedings. On top of matrimonial litigation activity, she is also noted for mediation work.

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Johnson Legal Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Practising from the Edinburgh office at Johnson Legal Solicitors, Fiona Mundy handles an array of family law work, with a focus on child-related matters. She regularly acts in the Court of Session, Sheriff Court and the UK Supreme Court.

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SKO Family Law Specialists

From the Chambers UK guide

Susan Oswald continues to offer advice on cross-border child relocation and adoption cases, earning particular praise for her mediation expertise. Sources note that "she knows what the clients' concerns are and deals with them appropriately."

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Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Fiona Sasan is highlighted for her experience in advising on divorces and children matters, especially cases with business elements involved. Clients appreciate that "she gives clear, concise advice and she attempts to avoid going to court as far as possible."

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Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Dual-qualified in Scottish and English law, Jenny Smith is particularly experienced in handling matrimonial finance cases arising from separations, often with business issues involved. Clients praise the level of service she delivers, describing it as "efficient, straightforward and uncomplicated."

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Lindsays

From the Chambers UK guide

Nina Taylor "takes a pragmatic approach to the challenges and provides a good sounding board. Her wealth of experience in family law matters provides confidence and support," clients observe. She is especially well versed in cross-border matrimonial finance and children cases. Another commentator notes that she is able to "lay out options in a level-headed way but always with a caring, supportive manner."

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Lindsays

From the Chambers UK guide

Lucy Metcalf is experienced in both children and financial provision cases, with sources saying: "She is patient and able to explain the legality well to someone who is not in the legal industry." Another interviewee describes her as a practitioner who is "approachable, good at listening and takes a good 360 degree view."

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Associates to watch

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Marjory Blair is particularly skilled in handling children matters, with a focus on child protection, contact and residence issues. Sources are impressed that "she maintained her position and represented the client well under a great deal of pressure." She also provides advice on divorces that involve significant assets.

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Associates to watch

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Karen Gibbons offers advice on financial provision, cohabitation claims and child-related matters. She is also highlighted as an accredited mediator and family law specialist.

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Associates to watch

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Denise Laverty continues to advise on financial proceedings and child arrangement cases with international aspects. Clients hold her in high regard, noting: "She is always well prepared and very personable." Commentators also highlight that "she is very knowledgeable and she has a pragmatic approach. She is good at finding practical solutions for her clients."

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Associates to watch

Gilson Gray LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sally Nash of Gilson Gray LLP offers advice on matrimonial finance and children matters. She is described as an associate who "works at a partner level." She is also trained in collaborative law.

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Associates to watch

SKO Family Law Specialists

From the Chambers UK guide

John West has experience in novel cases, especially those involving European law and pension issues. He is also heavily involved in high-value and cross-border financial proceedings. Sources say: "He is a technically knowledgeable lawyer. In terms of strategy, he is brilliant and calm."

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Associates to watch

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jennifer Wilkie continues to focus on financial proceedings in the Court of Session, and has been active in handling cross-border matrimonial finance and children cases recently. She also offers expertise in nuptial agreements. A source describes her as "extremely professional and knowledgeable," adding: "She always has my best interests at heart."

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