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Family/Matrimonial — Aberdeen and surrounds


Brodies LLP - Family/Matrimonial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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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Patience & Buchan - Family/Matrimonial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Well-known and highly regarded Aberdeen-based practice with a heavy emphasis on collaborative proceedings. Experienced in divorces and cohabitation cases, especially those involving high net worth individuals. Also possesses experience in child-related matters. Has advised on adoptions, mental health matters and cases with international elements.

Strengths Clients say: "They are outstanding and fantastic! They are very compassionate and very professional. They are very easy to talk to and they explain things very well."

Another adds: "The resources available are more than adequate. I've never phoned and not been able to have someone available to answer my queries."

Notable practitioners

Lorna Buchan is particularly adept at handling separations and child-related cases. A client notes: "She has an extremely in-depth knowledge of family law. She gave great attention to the details and researched the specific issues in order to provide me with the best representation possible. She is friendly and approachable and has a very professional manner."

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Band 1

Patience & Buchan

From the Chambers UK guide

Lorna Buchan is particularly adept at handling separations and child-related cases. A client notes: "She has an extremely in-depth knowledge of family law. She gave great attention to the details and researched the specific issues in order to provide me with the best representation possible. She is friendly and approachable and has a very professional manner."

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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.

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Band 2

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of Ledingham Chalmers LLP's family team Marion McDonald is highlighted for her experience in handling litigation and arbitration cases in relation to matrimonial finance. She is also a trained family arbitrator.

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Associates to watch

Balfour+Manson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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.

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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