There are Collaborative Lawyers, Financial Specialists and Family Consultants throughout Scotland who can assist with your separation and divorce. Contact any of them for an informal chat if you wish more information about the collaborative process.
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'There is life after separation and I strongly believe that the practical approach to problem solving and dispute resolution involved in the Collaborative process helps to make the best of that life for you and your family'.
Ruth heads up the Family Law Department at Aberdein Considine & Co. She practices exclusively in Family Law and is as a member of the Family Law Association in Scotland. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Mediator.
I am a qualified Couple and child counsellor with 15 years experience of working with separation and Divorce issues . I help clients to overcome difficult issues and negotiate a good separation agreement.
As a Family consultant I provide support for one or both parties to facilitate and maintain positive communication enabling decisions for the future.. If there are children involved I can offer collaborative parenting advice to protect the children from the adverse affects of separation. I support parents to establish contact agreements in the best interest of their children..
I am a forensic accountant specialising in matrimonial work and business valuations
I am a member of the Expert Witness Institute and have been instructed in many matrimonial cases to assist in valuing businesses or shares in businesses. I have hands-on experience of being instructed in collaborative cases.
Trained in Collaborative Practice, CALM Mediator accredited by the Law Society of Scotland
Marjory has been practicing law for over thirty years , latterly concentrating exclusively on Family Law.
She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Collaborative process recognising that it offers separating spouses a real opportunity to address all the issues arising from their separation in a wholistic and dignified manner. The Family unit will continue after separation , albeit in a different form and this process allows the needs of the whole family to be looked at with the objective of achieving bespoke solutions that meet their needs.
A qualified counsellor specialising in relationship difficulties, I support individuals and couples through the divorce process to achieve their goals.
My role is to facilitate positive communication and support clients to manage the difficult emotions arising in the separation and divorce process. I work as part of a team with the clients, lawyers and financial advisors.
My role is to use my training and experience to enable you to share any difficulties you may have and to help you find ways of understanding how to cope with or, if appropriate, change your circumstances.
I am a Financial Planner specialising in matrimonial work, I am on the National Committee for Consensus as well as an associate member of the Family Law Association. I work extensively in all financial areas of separation and divorce and have done for over 15 years.
Having worked for so long in this field there is very little I have not come across which helps set out the process and the journey that lies ahead. So ensuring that the finances are in order goes very much hand in hand with the emotional aspects of sorting out a family's finances.
Charles is a Family Lawyer with almost 20 years experience. He is fully trained in Collaborative Practice, which enables resolution of Family Law matters in a non-confrontational manner.
Charles is Head of the Family Law Department and Partner at Miller Samuel Solicitors, which was founded in 1974. He believes that the collaborative process minimises anxiety for parties and encourages solutions without the need to resort to Court.
Lorna has been involved in a considerable number of Collaborative cases. She forms one half of the award winning Family Law practice, Patience & Buchan with Ashley Simpson.
An accredited specialist in Family Law as well as a Family Law Mediator and qualified Family Law arbitrator.
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Separation or Divorce can be less painful in short and longer term by dealing with it in a Collaborative Process. The separating couple are not only are central to the discussions and decision making but feel throughout that they are active participants.
Decisions we reach ourselves are always preferable to those imposed by others and the more barriers there are the more difficult communication becomes so that is why I encourage clients to use a collaborative process for their divorce or separation. I have been a divorce/separations lawyer for well over 15 years and still regularly appear in court for clients or negotiate on their behalf but the longer I do this the more convinced I am that a Collaborative Process is better-it is all relative but in terms of "ownership" of decisions, feeling supported and avoiding receipt of the dreaded headed paper letters people find a collaborative process much better. I am accredited as a Family Law Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland and this is complementary to Collaborative Processes. A sense of humour, sense of perspective and sense of the people at the heart of the case ( the couple, their children and other family members) are key to resolving the financial , childcare and other aspects of a situation and this is more easily achieved in collaborative cases. Involving neutral financial experts and family consultants to assist with emotional impact can all help and I see considerable benefit from that.
I am a partner with Macleod & MacCallum, Inverness . I have 25 years experience working with separating families and am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Specialist. I was one of the first Family Law solicitors in the Highlands to offer Collaboration as a means of resolving disputes arising from separation.
I believe that the Collaborative approach offers clients the opportunity of reaching respectful and sometimes creative outcomes which would not be achieved through the traditional means of correspondence or litigation.
I am also an accredited Family Law mediator and Family Law Arbitrator. I was one of the first Family Lawyers to qualify as anArbitrator in Scotland and sit on the Family Law Arbitration Group (Scotland) national commitee.
I have worked exclusively in Family Law for over 20 years and have been a Collaborative Practitioner since 2004. It is a great privilege to be able to offer this people centered approach to resolving the often difficult and painful process of separation and divorce. My experience is that those who choose this approach are successful in reaching agreements which meet their needs whilst at the same time mininising the potential for further conflict and the damage which this can cause to them and their children.
Life certainly isn’t simple and as we grow the relationships we have formed can change. When a relationship comes to an end the prospect of separating a life, and family, created together can be fraught with emotion.
Mubasher is committed to putting you at ease and creating an environment in which you feel able to approach and discuss your personal matters no matter how sensitive.
He will support and guide you each step of the way to a positive solution through the process best suited to your requirements, allowing you to move forward to the next chapter of your life.
I was Accredited as a Family Law Specialist in 2004. I am the Convenor of the newly established Dumfries Pod. I have had over 20 years experience in dealing with family law cases both locally and throughout Scotland. I am a trained FLAGS Arbitrator.
I head up the family law team in my firm and have over 25 years' experience as a family lawyer. I am an accredited specialist in both family and child law. I have been trained in collaborative practice since 2004.
I recognise the importance of handling separation and divorce sensitively and have extensive experience of financial and child related matters.
Gillian is one of Scotland's leading divorce lawyers and is accredited as a specialist in Family Law by The Law Society of Scotland. She has a keen interest in ADR and was instrumental in introducing Collaborative Law to Scotland.
Gillian has a particular expertise in cases involving business valuations, partnership issues and farming cases. She deals mainly with complex, high net worth cases, involving issues such as the valuation of shares in private companies, employee incentive schemes and share options; taxation; and the interaction between Partnership Law and Family Law. Gillian also handles an increasing number of cases arising from the cessation of cohabitation and is engaged in a number of disputes involving significant claims being brought under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. She has a particular interest in cases with an international element, including disputes regarding children both child abduction and relocation cases, within the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond. She is dual qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and in England and Wales, and is a member of both the Family Law Association in Scotland and Resolution in England - both are organisations of family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.
Gillian has a keen interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and was instrumental in introducing Collaborative Law to Scotland; she was a founder member and immediate past Secretary of Consensus – the Scottish Collaborative Law organisation. She was one of the first to qualify as a Family Law Arbitrator and is secretary of the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland (FLAGs) Committee. She is a Director and Trustee of Family Mediation Lothian and is an accredited Mediator. Gillian is Turcan Connell's client relations Partner, head of our Summer Intern Committee and a member of our trainee committee.
I am committed to helping families through the difficult times that a separation can bring, working together to find a sustainable and effective resolution.
Lloyd has over 10 years’ experience in financial planning. He holds the Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) and the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP). As a Financial Advisor, Lloyd specialises in offering sound financial advice and guidance, in often complex situations, to ensure his clients make the right financial choices for the future.
Financial uncertainty can be a major concern for couples who are going through a separation, particularly when there are children involved.
Lloyd is highly experienced and specially trained in Collaborative Practice. Through the process, he acknowledges and recognises his client's needs, concerns and goals, whilst remaining neutral towards both parties. He is able to identify financial issues which may arise during the separation and advise on effective solutions to overcome them.
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It is enormously satisfying to feel that the service that you are providing to your client
is genuinely contributing to achieving a solution to the devastation of family dispute and the sense of loss experienced by clients.
I established Cowan Douglas Law with a colleague in 2006, a Firm specialising in Family Law based in the centre of Inverness. I am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Specialist. I am a member of the Scottish Family Collaborative Law Group Committee. I have also been a committee member of The Scottish Family Law Association Committee for the past two years. I have been involved in a number of Collaborative cases and strive to develop my practice in this area and encourage as many of my clients as possible to adopt this respectful method of resolving the issues arising from separation.
Chartered Financial Adviser
Jo is the head of the Professional Services for Family Lawyers proposition in the Edinburgh office.
Jo is a Chartered Financial Planner, specialising in advising High Net Worth clients.
Jo has access to cash flow modelling software, which is found to be an excellent tool when advising clients in Collaborative divorce cases.
I am based in Banff but happy to conduct collaborations in and around Turriff, Buckie, and Huntly and on occasions further afield
Hello I'm an experienced Family Consultant /Divorce coach working in Glasgow and the surrounding area. I work with lawyers, financial advisers to reduce stress and conflict in divorce. My aim is to manage the family changes to enable ongoing relationships,promote communication and prevent spiraling costs.My job is to help my clients hear the advice given to them and go on to make balanced decisions at a time when emotions are high . Emotional support from an outside source will help in the moment and longer term.
I am a trained psychotherapist and work with individuals , couples and groups.
I am also involved in the training of collaborative professionals in Scotland and abroad .
I have been a solicitor in the Scottish Borders for just under 30 years and during that time have dealt with a wide variety of work with my main interest being Matrimonial Law.
Over the years I have become more and more of the opinion that the use of Court and the adversarial system in matrimonial cases does not serve to provide the best outcome for the majority of separating couples and furthers the divisions between the parties. Collaborative Law is a radical new system which allows couples to work out solutions supported by professionals.
I am an experienced Family Law practitioner, both in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. I am committed to alternative dispute resolution by mediation or collaboration where possible, with litigation as a last resort.
• Over 20 years' experience in Family Law.
• Accredited by the Law Society in Family Law Mediation.
• A member of CALM Mediation (Family Law Mediation) in Scotland.
• Member of Family Law Association.
• Court-appointed Reporter and Curator ad litem in child residence, contact and adoption matters.
• Member of local Highland Pod for Collaborative Law practice.
Fiona is a family lawyer with 20 years experience. She is fully trained in interdisciplinary collaborative law. She is accredited by the Law Society as a specialist in family law.
Collaborative law offers clients an opportunity to resolve any disputes between them fairly and with dignity.
Marika has specialised in complex family law matters for over 14 years. Although she has particular experience advising on complex claims for financial provision on divorce, she also deals with a wide range of child related issues including child residence and contact disputes and child relocation .
She is aware of the emotional complexities involved in dealing with the breakdown of a relationship and believes very strongly in the alternative, dignified and sensitive approach to dispute resolution offered by the collaborative law process.
Prior to joining Shoosmiths, Marika was a Senior Associate with Anderson Strathern LLP. Marika studied at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, before training as a solicitor.
Marika is a member of the Family Law Association, Scotland and Accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law.
She is also a fluent Italian speaker.
Karen has over 25 years experience. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in both Family and Child Law. As well as being trained in collaborative practice she is a Family Law Arbitrator and a member of FLAGS.
Jennifer offers her clients practical and common sense advice. She guides clients through a difficult time with sensitivity.
Jennifer is a partner in Lindsays family law team and is based in the Dundee office.
She is accredited as a specialist in Family Law and Family Mediation by the Law Society of Scotland and is also a fully trained collaborative lawyer. Jennifer has a wide range of experience which includes providing advice and representation for divorce settlements, separation agreements, cohabitation cases and disputes involving children.
Jennifer sits on the committee of the Family Law Association, the professional organisation for family lawyers in Scotland and is also lead tutor in family law for the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Dundee.
Shaun heads the Family team at Brodies LLP. He qualified in 1988 and has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law and a Family Law Mediator for a number of years.
Shaun is highly rated by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a “leader in his field” in Family Law. He is a committee member of Consensus - Collaboration Scotland and a trained Family Law Arbitrator. Shaun has successfully conducted a large number of collaborative cases and has presented at conferences throughout the UK.
I have been working with families for over 20 years in Edinburgh , Glasgow and beyond to address the difficulties they face when relationships break down .
I am an accredited family law specialist , an accredited mediator and a committed collaborative lawyer. Ranked Band 1 in Chambers Legal Directory, I know that court is a place of last resort for families when decisions are made which rarely satisfy anyone and where differences become entrenched. I have extensive experience of negotiating complex financial provison settlements and am particularly interested in achieving positive outcomes for children . I am also regularly instructed in child abduction and child relocation cases which are amongst the most demanding areas of practice.
Within the collaborative process ,I help clients to create outcomes which endure and which reflect their needs and aspirations for the future .
And collaborative law isn't just for the " easy" cases or for those involving children ,although it does put children at the centre of decision making. It is effective even in the most challenging situations when couples are struggling to agree a financial settlement and when suitably trained financial experts can help to forge effective and creative outcomes .
I am a Member of the Consensus National Committee and one of the first group of Collaborative lawyers trained in 2004.
As a specialist family lawyer with around twenty years experience, I strongly believe Collaborative Practice to be the best way for the majority of families to transition separation, particularly where there are children involved. In my experience a Collaborative approach, working hand in hand with family consultants and financial experts, delivers cost effective, and lasting solutions. This is truly the way to enable you to work together as parents after divorce!
Grant is Harper Macleod's Family Law Solicitor assisting clients across the Highlands & Islands of Scotland. He has consierable experience in assisting clients dealing with the complexities that arise from a separation whether that is financial or child care arrangements. Grant is a member of the Family Law Association and a National Committee member for Consensus Collaboration Scotland.
I firmly believe that Collaboration achieves far more positive outcomes for client's than traditional methods of resolving family related issues.
Caroline is a Family Law practitioner dealing exclusively with family law cases. She is fully trained in interdisciplinary collaborative law practice and is also a Family Law Mediator accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.
•Accredited Family Law Mediator
•Trained Collaborative Lawyer
•Tutor in Family law, University of Strathclyde
•Published various family law articles in the Family Law Bulletin and Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, particularly in relation to surrogacy
•Director of Scottish Marriage Care
Areas of practice
•Family businesses and the preservation of same in the matrimonial sphere
•Surrogacy, including those cases with an international element
•All issues arising from separation and divorce
What Caroline's clients say
•"I could not have wished for a better person to assist me"
•"Ms Henderson put me at ease from our first meeting and filled in the gaps we were unsure of. "
•"Thank you for your kindness, patience and assistance with my case."
•"She was very approachable and helpful. She was always contactable and on the odd occasion if not she would be in touch as soon as she could. I would highly recommend her."
•"Caroline was personally recommended to me and her service has been second to none."
•"I have found Caroline to be very approachable, kind, reassuring and a very lovely person to work with."
I am a family law practitioner accredited by the Law Society as both a Family Law and Child Law Specialist and as a Family Law Mediator. I have been involved in a number of Collaborative cases and am an experienced family law practitioner. I am a member of the Family Law Association.
I believe that the collaborative approach tackles the issues arising from separation/divorce in a way which assists families to find solutions that suit them rather than have decisions imposed upon them.
I believe that my role is to assist families to separate as amicably as possible and to enable parents to have a continuing relationship for the benefit of their children.
Collaboration can achieve a more positive outcome for families and can address all aspects of the separation to allow everyone to move forward, minimising the potential for future conflict and preserving dignity.
With 20 years experience Denise offers the full range Alternative means of resolving family disputes-mediation -collaboration & arbitration. She is a Law Soc accredited family law specialist and mediator. Member of FLAGS/ FLA & CALM
The key aspects of collaboration (a) removing the threat of court (b) 4 way meetings (not letters) can be a very rewarding experience for all parties. Collaboration can minimise the damage to the family unit that separation can cause giving couples the confidence to continue parenting and remain a family after seperation. Any process that can reduce negativity in life has to be a positive!
I believe that a lawyer’s role is to help a family through the transition of divorce/separation and assist the family in restructuring as amicably as possible.
I am passionate about finding the most constructive outcomes for your family law dispute and offer straightforward, pragmatic advice. I firmly believe that you can divorce with dignity and am committed to helping you minimise the fallout to you and your children that divorce and separation so often brings.
My focus is on enabling clients to make future focused decisions, helping them to tailor settlements to suit their own unique set of circumstances and providing commercial yet compassionate value driven advice.
I am a founding member of the Collaborative movement in Scotland and was chair of Consensus (Collaboration Scotland) for many years and remain an office bearer. I am also the European representative on the board of the IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).
I have been involved in a considerable number of collaborative cases since 2004 and very much believe in the benefits of the process for you, your spouse, your children, your mutual friends and extended family.
Siobhan is a Family Law practitioner and a Family Law Partner at BLM. She has over 25 years experience in the daily practice of Family and Child Law which brings a ready understanding of the challenges facing those involved in the breakdown of a relationship or marriage.
Nicola has specialised in Family Law since 2008, and was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law in 2016.
She advises clients on a broad range of family law issues, including the financial matters arising out of a separation and child related matters.
Nicola says "Collaborative practice has many advantages compared to the traditional method of dealing with matters arising out of a separation. Importantly, it enables clients to find constructive solutions for them and their families, without the threat of court proceedings."
I passionately believe in minimising the trauma for families going through divorce or separation. The collaborative process offers this option and my role, as the collaborative lawyer, is to help you through that process to lessen the stress that separation inevitably brings, to help you retain control of the decisions that are made about your future and that of your children, and to do all of this with the minimum of conflict.
One of my first collaborative clients recently told me that her relationship with her ex-husband is now better than it was before they separated. She tells me that they co-parent their children in a dignified and respectful way and that she shudders to think how differently things could have been had she not been made aware of the collaborative process or engaged in it.
For me, as a family lawyer, being part of a process that allows you to retain your dignity and to, importantly, minimise the impact of your separation upon your children and your wider family is very fulfilling.
I have been practising family law since 1991, I am an accredited family law specialist and an accredited mediator. I have conducted many collaborative cases and very much recommend it as a way of reaching an agreement with dignity.
I am a family lawyer with over 30 years' experience . I have a post graduate diploma in counselling and an MSc in Mediation and Dispute resolution .
The collaborative process supports good communication and problem solving at a time when it would be all too easy to be drawn into acrimonious exchanges. As collaborative practitioners ,we recognise that there are financial, emotional and legal issues which need to be considered and commit to finding the best possible outcome for both people.
Separating need not be a traumatic experience.
I want to help people deal with their separation and divorce in a way which lets them work together through the process and achieve a better outcome. I have over 15 years experience in dealing with family law cases and I am also an accredited family law mediator with the Law Society of Scotland.
Clients experiencing separation need expert legal guidance to negotiate the difficult issues that affect their family and to help them through this transition.
Collaborative practice offers a constructive, respectful way to resolve these issues. I believe that to have the best chance of a lasting settlement, couples should be fully involved in decision making and brokering solutions.
Accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law and is a Collaborative Family Lawyer.
Been with the firm, and now company, since November 1992. Has been a partner (and now Director) since 1996. Member of the Family Law Association. Enrolled as a solicitor in 1989. Married with a son and a daughter.
Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law and Trained Collaborative Lawyer
I am a Family Lawyer with Macleod & MacCallum and am delighted with our success at the recent Law Awards of Scotland when we were recognised as Family Law Firm of the Year 2015. I am sure this is in part due to the fact that 3 of our 4 Family Law solicitors are qualified collaborative lawyers. In addition to being a collaborative family lawyer I am also accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Specialist.
The consequences of separation can often be very damaging both emotionally and financially not only for the parties themselves but also for their children. I strongly believe that the Collaborative approach to separation can help minimise this and can enable couples to make good decisions which are in the interests of the whole family.
As a Financial Planner, Kevin’s role of ‘Financial Neutral’ is to remove the complexity of financial legislation and present options to you in a straightforward way. This gives both parties, and their respective Family Lawyers, a better platform to start negotiations and make informed decisions regarding an amicable division of assets.
Acumen Financial Planning is privately owned and totally independent and we operate from our offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Peterhead.
We are an 'Accredited Financial Planning FirmTM' having demonstrated our commitment to Financial Planning, following a strict code of ethics and practice standards, and having met the Institute of Financial Planning's rigorous criteria to ensure we can offer our clients the best service.
We are first and foremost planners, working with clients to create a strategic financial plan reflecting their goals and aspirations. These plans do not gather dust; they are updated regularly so that they form an authentic contextual background upon which all financial decisions can be made. Risk management, Investment management, and Tax planning decisions, all remaining true to the plan, automatically become part of a truly professional and comprehensive service. Our clients value our approachability and our professionalism.
Catriona encourages a collaborative approach in resolving the complex issues arising from separation.
Having represented clients for many years in matrimonial and child-related cases, I would thoroughly recommend Collaboration as a means of achieving the transition to post-separation life. Not only can collaboration assist you with resolving the financial and property issues, it can also help you and your former partner utilise a more child-centred approach in the longterm. You will have the satisfaction of knowing you have chosen a route that helps minimise the potential for future conflict.
Amanda is highly experienced in all family law matters and is a Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in Family Law, Child Law and Family Law Mediation.
Amanda is highly experienced in all family law matters. She has attained three accreditations from the Law Society of Scotland namely Family Law, Child Law and Family Law Mediation. She is a member of CALM and the Family Law Association.
Amanda is qualified to provide clients with numerous options in terms of dispute resolution in family law. Amanda is an experienced litigator. She regularly appears in the Sheriff Court in cases involving the welfare of children and financial matters. She is also well versed in Court of Session litigation, having been instructed in many key family law decisions. Amanda regularly deals with negotiated cases, recognising that court is not always the best place in which to resolve family law disputes.
She has particular experience in relation to high value financial provision, child relocation cases and adoption. Amanda has experience of representing the interests of children in family law cases, being regularly instructed by Glasgow Sheriff Court to prepare child welfare reports in cases where the welfare of children is in issue. Amanda is a trained Childline Volunteer Counsellor. She has recently obtained the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, which she finds invaluable in delivering legal services with empathy and understanding.
Amanda is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 and attracts praise for her ‘great listening skills’ and ‘decisive approach in finding solutions’.
Amanda has trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners. Amanda believes that family law cases should be managed with sensitivity and discretion, working with clients to identify and achieve their aims so that clients can be active participants in shaping the future outcome of their case.
Amanda is passionate about legal education, sharing knowledge and the future development of family law.
Gareth is an experienced family lawyer, who recognises, through experience, the value to clients of the collaborative process in resolving family law issues
For twenty years Gareth has supported and advised clients through the legal difficulties arising in families and from relationships. Trained in the collaborative process since 2006, he welcomes the availability of an approach to family law that actively discourages conflict and acrimony. As an accredited specialist in both family and child law, his experience and training has been valued by his clients in a variety of cases.
Marion has specialised in family law for many years and heads the dedicated Family Team at Ledingham Chalmers, a full service firm.
Marion is experienced in collaborative practice, and promotes the benefits of resolving matters in this way. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law. She is a trained Commercial Mediator and a Family Law Arbitrator with the family law arbitration group, FLAGS. She is a Notary Public and member of Family Law Association. She is based in our Aberdeen office, and meetings can also be arranged at our office at Thainstone, Inverurie.
Donna is an experienced Family Law Practitioner. She qualified in 2002. She trained as a collaborative lawyer in 2006 and is also accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Mediator.
Donna practices in all areas of family law including separation, divorce and cohabitation claims. She has a particular interest in cases involving children, including contact and residence disputes and international relocation disputes.
Sharon advises on a wide range of family law matters including divorce, separation, residence, contact, child support, adoption and co-habitation.
"I see Collaborative law as yet another skill we as family lawyers can utilise in resolving disputes between our clients and one which, if properly used, can make the whole process much less stressful and damaging for all involved."
The law is not always fair. Threats of legal action arising from the breakdown of a relationship can make a traumatic time even more distressing.
Collaboration offers to couples who are separating the opportunity to make their own informed decisions about how best to deal with any family and financial issues. They can do so in a fair way which takes account of their needs and the needs of any other family members. It gives them control of decisions about the future rather than allowing the Court to determine what should happen.
The collaborative approach is very different to traditional methods of dealing with separation and divorce. It is not suitable for every case but is increasingly popular in the North East of Scotland. In my experience, the success rate is very high and clients who use the collaborative process seem to have a much greater sense of satisfaction when they reach the end.
Lindsey has practised in family law for over twenty years and is trained in Collaborative Practice and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a family law mediator. She has been based in Paisley since 2002, and in 2018 set up her own firm dedicated to family law.
I am a Partner with John Henderson and Sons Solicitors, Dumfries , where my caseload is predominantly Family Law based. I undertook my legal traineeship locally, qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2011 and became a Partner in January 2017. My main areas of interest are Family Law and Child Law.
Judith Meil is a Family Law Specialist, accredited Family Law Mediator, a Family Law Arbiter and Collaborative Lawyer. She practices exclusively in Family Law.
"Perhaps there is never going to be such a thing as a good divorce but although you may be splitting up, things don't have to fall apart. Breaking up is never easy, no matter how the breakdown arises. Litigation over the terms of the separation makes things even more difficult. One of the best ways to achieve a dignified split is to use the Collaborative Law process. Collaboration offers the flexibility for people to go at their own pace and for some the issues can resolve quite quickly through a series of face-to-face meetings that all attend. Clients gain a sense of control which aids negotiation and the reduced confrontation helps to preserve family relationships in the longer term, a huge benefit given the evidence that children do much better after divorce if their parents can co-operate over their care and upbringing."
I qualified in 1994 and have worked in family law since then. I have extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of family law, particularly cases which concern complex financial issues.
Thorntons is the largest full service law firm in Scotland , which means that I am able to take a rounded view of all aspects of my clients’ affairs and give balanced advice about all of the issues which arise out of the breakdown of a relationship. I trained in Collaborative Law in 2009 and I believe that it offers people a valuable tool to help them to reach a positive outcome at the end of a relationship.
Alexis is member of the Family Law Association and has experience in all matters relating to family law.
Alexis is member of the Family Law Association and has experience in all matters relating to family law.
A calm and caring independent financial planner with over 25 years experience.
I provide calm and reasoned advice to both male & female clients. I find that the idea of talking through future financial plans with a female adviser tends to appeal more to female clients, particularly during the emotional period surrounding separation and divorce.
Women's financial goals and priorities are often slightly different to men's and my main focus is to listen and understand.
I have a wealth of experience and can advise on all aspects of pension sharing , investing and family protection.
Keren is a Family Law Practitioner and has experience in dealing with all aspects of family law. She is a member of the Family Law Association and is also an accredited Family Law Mediator.
Keren has been practising family law since 2006 and considers that collaboration allows families to reach agreement with dignity.
Taina is a Chartered Financial Planner who provides a practical approach helping both parties to make informed financial decisions to achieve their future objectives
Lynne has over 20 years experience in Family Law practice and has been involved in a large number Collaborative cases. She is a Partner in the Family Law team at Balfour+Manson in Aberdeen.
I work exclusively in Family Law within the large family law team at Balfour+Manson. I am leader of the Aberdeen Consensus Pod. I first qualified and became a member of Consensus some ten years ago and firmly believe that the Collaborative Process offers my clients a way to deal with separation with dignity, minimising conflict and the potential for negative impact on their children and the wider family unit. Separation is stressful and difficult time, the Collaborative Process allows families to achieve fair, long lasting solutions tailored to their interests with the support of their Collaborative team.
I have been working with families in Aberdeen for over 20 years assisting with the difficulties which arise from the breakup of relationships and have extensive experience in negotiating complex financial cases and those involving children. I am passionate about achieving the best outcome for my clients and ensuring that the interests of any children are a priority.
Collaborative family law helps clients to engage with one another in a more respectful way and to find solutions which are more tailored to them and their family. Clients feel that they have more control over what is happening to them and ultimately feel that they get more value out of resolving things collaboratively.
I am an Associate at Blackadders LLP in Aberdeen. I have practised Family Law almost exclusively throughout my career. I am also accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Mediator.
Family break-up is sadly becoming all the more common these days. If and when it happens, emotions usually run high- talking money is an added stress at a particularly difficult time. With over 25 years expertise in financial advice around separation or divorce Richard can help you achieve an outcome that will put your mind at rest.
Mary heads up our Court Department and advises clients in Litigation matters in both the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session. In particular she deals with Civil Court matters, personal injury and medical negligence cases along with an extensive range of other issues, including family law. Mary has been appointed as a Court Reporter and is Treasurer of the committee of the Faculty of Solicitors of the Highlands. Mary is an accredited Family Law Mediator and advanced Collaborative Lawyer. She is a member of the Family Law Association of Scotland and CALM.
I am a qualified solicitor of many years' experience, specialising in family law. I am committed to helping clients to find workable solutions in an amicable setting.
I am a partner with Gibson Kerr, Law and Property and head Gibson Kerr’s family law team. I am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and as a family mediator. I am a trained collaborative lawyer. I have over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of family law both in relation to litigation and in the negotiation of family disputes. I deal with financial disputes and with disputes regarding children. I practice exclusively in family law and I am committed to working with clients to achieve a constructive and workable solution for them and their family.
Having been involved in family law cases for many years, I firmly believe that the collaborative process is the most sensible and open way to deal with sensitive family issues with respect and compassion often resulting in swift, fair and pragmatic solutions for the family unit as a whole.
I am a Partner within the family law team of Aberdein Considine. As well as being trained as a collaborative lawyer, I am also accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and as a family law mediator and act as a Trustee for Family Mediation Lothian. I have a strong preference to alternative dispute resolution – that is ways of resolving disputes out with the court process allowing families the opportunity to find solutions engineered to their individual needs. I have broad experience in all aspects of family and child law and also deal with a wide range of financial issues arising from the formation or breakdown of relationships.
In addition I have a particular interest and experience in cases involving inter faith or culturally diverse relationships including those involving assets held in foreign countries, which may require an additional level of understanding and sensitivity.
I am happy to receive referrals from other solicitors as well as accepting instructions directly from individuals. With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Stirling I am able to cover a wide geographical area.
I passionately believe that this process offers the best outcomes for separating couples and their families.
my eyes were opened in 2005 when I underwent my first of many Collaborative Practice training sessions. From that point onwards I have committed enthusiastically to improving my skills and assisting clients in the Collaborative Process. When the process works it produces spectacular results. Communication is the key to successful parenting when parents live apart and whilst more adversarial processes tend to drive the parties further apart, this process works at ensuring that voices are heard and views are considered. I am chair of Consensus and have sat on the national committee since 2006.
Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer
Having trained in Collaborative Law in 2006 Fiona has undertaken an number of collaborated settlements. She has many years of experience in all aspects of litigated and non litigated disputes.
When a relationship comes to an end, clients have told me that they feel as if they are losing control of their lives and what is important in their lives. The collaborative process helps clients feel engaged and part of the process and gives the client more say and control over their and their families future.
I advise on all aspects of family law including financial provision on separation, divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships.
I am at Partner at Colledge & Shields Family Law Practice in Dumfries. I qualified as a Solicitor in March 2013 and the majority of my workload is Family Law related. I have a particular interest in Child Law.
I am a family lawyer with over 20 years of experience, and accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law, I am a member of the Family Law Association and have undergone advanced interdisciplinary training for collaborative lawyers. I am committed to the Collabortive law process and believe that Collaboration can bring dignity and respect into what can otherwise be a very distressing process.
I appreciate that separation is never easy however I do passionately believe that the process of collaboration can assist both parties to work together to find solutions to all the issues which may arise on separation in a way that minimises disruption and argument.
I strive to enable clients to reach amicable and fair settlements against a background of mutual respect.
I was one of the first solicitors from Inverness to qualify in collaborative law and have undergone advanced inter-disciplinary training, I am a member of IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals) I am also accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law.
Jenny is a Partner at Harper Macleod. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law specialist.
She practises exclusively family law and has a particular interest in financial provision. She is dual qualified in Scottish and English law. She teaches Diploma law students at Strathclyde University. She is a member, and former committee member, of the Family Law Association.
Collaborative family law gives individuals going through family change an alternative to traditional negotiation, mediation and litigation.
It is a positive process which promotes mutual respect and prioitises the needs of the family both at the time of separation and in the future.
I attended a training course in 2004 in London and was so motivated by the benefits of the process that I joined together with another 3 Scottish solicitors in forming a Scottish organisation and arranging widespread training. I have now gained considerable experience in working within the collaborative framework.
I am a partner working in a dedicated family law team, accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law, a founder member and present Treasurer of the Scottish Collaborative Family Law Group, member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Member and former chair of the Family Law Association of Scotland and member and former Board Member of the Child Law Centre. I also sit on the family law subcommittee of the Law Society of Scotland. Having worked in the area of family law for nearly 20 years I am delighted that we are now able to offer collaborative law as an option to clients in Scotland.
An accredited specialist with particular expertise in the resolution of complex financial cases often involving business interests.
Described as "exceptional" and "incredibly good" in the leading legal directories. Ranked "1" in the Chambers Legal Directory.
I am an accredited specialist in family law having worked exclusivley in that area for many years.
I am known within the profession for taking a solution orientated and constructive approach to resolving matters on behalf of my clients.
I am committed to the use of collaborative practice in the right cases as, from experience, it tends to result in the fairest and most cost effective outcomes for clients with the minimal amount of acrimony. It also results in people being able to have ongoing civil communication in the future which I recognise is particularly important for those couples who have children.
Gillian is an Associate with Patience & Buchan, a specialist firm dedicated to family law in the centre of Aberdeen.
Practising exclusively in family and child law, Gillian has a wide experience in providing guidance and advice to clients on a range of matters in order to achieve resolutions.
Experienced Family Law Solicitor based in a dedicated Family Law Team.
Emma is an Associate with Ledingham Chalmers LLP and has practiced Family Law throughout her career. She can assist clients with a wide range of family matters, including: separation; child residence and contact; cohabitation agreements; adoption; and divorce. Emma is a member of the Family Law Association and is a Collaborative Solicitor and member of Consensus Scotland. Emma is also a Notary Public.
I have worked exclusively in Family Law for around the past 10 years. I am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law.
I have over 10 years experience in all aspects of family law, including complex financial provision and divorce cases; cohabitation cases; pre and post nuptial and cohabitation agreements; and child matters. I am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law. I am based in our Dalkieth office and deal primarily with our Midlothian and East Lothian client base. I am a member of the Scottish Family Law Association and am a Notary Public.
I am committed to working with clients through negotiation and the collaborative process to resolve their disputes without the need to raise contested Court proceedings.
Jacqueline Stroud has 25 years’ experience as a family lawyer and is collaboratively trained. She has worked on a wide range of collaborative cases including financial issues arising from the breakdown of a marriage and child related issues including residence and contact. Jacqueline has been an accredited family law specialist for the past 17 years and is listed in the Legal 500 who noted empathy and sensitivity in her approach - attributes that transfer well to a collaborative approach.
Jacqueline is highly regarded for her constructive and pragmatic approach to settling difficult family law disputes. As a family lawyer her biggest strength is the relationship she builds with her clients, the majority of which come from referrals from previous clients. She has a caring, compassionate and child centred approach to her work.
Choose the better way; choose the collaborative way
The ending of a marriage or relationship can be a very difficult and emotional time for the whole family. The way in which a couple choose to navigate through their separation can have a lasting impact on the family’s emotional and financial wellbeing in the future. By choosing the collaborative approach, a couple can experience a less confrontational means in which legal, financial and practical arrangements arising from their separation can be agreed. Using collaboration, couples are empowered to drive the process and make informed decisions that are fair and take account of their needs and the needs of their wider family.
Garry has a breadth of experience in family law matters. He can assist you navigate through your separation to ensure that you reach a positive outcome. As well as being a Collaborative Family Lawyer and member of Consensus, he is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Mediator.
Bruce has over 20 years experience in financial planning, the last 10 years being with Brewin Dolphin at their local Aberdeen office on Rubislaw Terrace. Established in 1762, Brewin Dolphin is one of the largest independently-owned private client wealth managers in the country with offices across the UK and Channel Islands.
Every relationship established with Brewin Dolphin begins with you, your Financial Planner, Investment Manager and a blank sheet of paper. Before we offer any advice, we start by gaining a true understanding of your circumstances and needs. We will collect and assess information about your personal circumstances and current financial situation. From there we identify your financial objectives and agree a plan with you to meet them. We have no ties to any fund managers, banks or insurance companies, and are able to deliver unbiased financial and investment advice. With the support of extensive infrastructure and resources, Brewin Dolphin is in the right position to deliver clear, impartial and personal advice tailored to your objectives, and risk profile.
Having over twenty years experience as a solicitor working in the area of separation and divorce, I have a pragmatic and straightforward approach to family matters, I am committed to allowing couples to settle family disputes without recourse to the Courts if at all possible.
Much of my work is centred around negotiation in order to reach agreement in family matters rather than the more traditional adversarial route involving courts.
I believe that an important feature of helping clients deal with separation is understanding that the best outcome is one in which they fully participate, and is tailor made to suit their circumstances and aspirations for the future.
I am a past Chair of the Family Law Association of Scotland and past Dean of the Faculty of Solicitors in the Shires of Selkirk and Peebles.
I also act in a number of other areas of law including estate agency, conveyancing including residential purchases and sales; I also undertake private client work including the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and I attend to the administration of Executries. This extensive experience in other areas of law lends itself well to collaborative practice in that I am able to offer advice and carry out legal work which is necessary to implement the terms of an agreement agreed by a client.
I have been qualified for more than 25 years with substantial experience in all areas of family law. I have specialist accreditations from the Law Society of Scotland in both Family and Child Law. I believe that respectful communication is key to ensuring a fair outcome and assisting parties in moving apart positively.
I am currently a member of the Scottish Collaborative Family Law Group committee. I initially trained in Collaborative law in November 2004 and have undertaken additional training since.
I have successfully completed numerous collaborative cases and have found this approach greatly assists in the process of reorganising the family dynamics after separation.
As a Collaborative Lawyer and member of the Family Law Association Elise is strongly committed to ensuring clients reach a fair resolution following separation with minimal conflict.
Elise graduated with an Honours degree in Law from the University of Glasgow in 2008. She spent the third year of her degree studying law at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and completed her Diploma in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law in 2009.
Elise trained in private client work in Ayrshire before moving to the Highlands in 2011, where she gained significant experience in divorce matters including financial separation and contact arrangements in respect of children.
I am a Family Law Specialist, accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and an Associate with Macleod & MacCallum Solicitors, Inverness. Macleod & MacCallum was awarded the Law Awards of Scotland, Family Law Firm of the Year 2015, the first Highland firm to ever receive this accolade. In 2017 we were awarded Family Law Team of the Year by the Legal Awards of Scotland. As a member of the Family Law Association, I deal with Family Law matters on a daily basis. I am committed to helping clients resolve disputes in a modern and pragmatic way.
I am a solicitor specialising in family law. I believe collaborative law allows parties achieve a better divorce, especially where there are children of the marriage. It allows parties to remain respectful to one another and to consider a resolution which works for their family. Clients feel as if they can control the process and make the decisions rather than have a process inflicted upon them.
I put clients at the centre of decision making and I am able to give a sense of perspective, insight and guidance in what is a very difficult time. This process allows parents to work together more easily as parents even after divorce. By working with family consultants and neutral financial advisors, clients can achieve a well rounded resolution.
I am a lawyer with many years experience in various aspects of law. In more recent years, I have focused on Family Law. Collaborative Family Law is an excellent way of resolving matters on separation. It allows parties to discuss their issues and resolve differences without the need for lengthy correspondence or stressful, uncertain and expensive court proceedings.
I am an accredited coach and counsellor, working with adults to help them find a way forward. I will help you work with your emotions, so that you can manage them rather than vice versa and help you find ways to move through the process of separation or divorce.
Separation and divorce often evoke strong feelings. You may feel like you no longer know yourself anymore or you may be working at finding new meaning and role in life in your changed personal circumstances. My role is to help you navigate the new landscape to achieve the outcomes you wish.
My aim is to provide practical and sensible legal advice, with empathy and care, to assist separating couples reach a fair resolution.
Qualified as a Solicitor in Scotland in 1987; Accredited as a Specialist in Family Law by the Law Society of Scotland since 1997;Trained as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2008; Partner in Legal Firm since 1996, which Firm provides all areas of Legal Work including Court, Family law, Conveyancing, Employment Law, Leasing, Licencing, and a Separate Office providing Estate Agency and Property Rentals.
Separating couples often want to find a place where they can discuss matters, but sometimes they still need professional input. Collaborative practice is a lawyer-led process which allows couples to make informed decisions which are right for them and their families.
I have experience in a wide range of Family Law matters, particularly financial provision upon divorce.
I have a broad experience in acting in cases which often involve the valuation of one party’s interest in a company; share options; partnerships and those cases where there have been substantial contributions by one party to the matrimonial finances from pre-marital or inherited wealth.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and I am a member of the Family Law Association.
I believe that it is possible to divorce with dignity and the collaborative process can make that possible.
Kathryn is the Court Partner at Melrose & Porteous and has been involved in Family Law Practice for 28 years. Kathryn is enthused by the prospect of a better Divorce for a happier future.
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1996, I have practised exclusively in the field of family law. I have been accredited as a specialist in family law since 2005.
I trained as a collaborative lawyer in 2004 and collaborative practice is undoubtedly the best way for clients to face the uncertainties and fears that come with separation. Having the opportunity to work with other professionals who are collaboratively trained, makes for outcomes that will endure and allow clients to feel that they have been integral to the process, not bystanders who might feel like decisions are taken out of their hands.
It is particularly suited to couples with children. Outcomes for children are central to the process, not the fallout and so making for a more positive future for the children and their on going relationship with both parents.
An independent forensic accountant providing services as a financial neutral
Fiona offers business valuation services within the context of collaborative practice, working with both parties to enable them to make informed decisions on the future of their business following separation and divorce. Other ad-hoc accounting support services can be provided such as assistance with compiling details of personal expenditure.