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Lawyer
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Ruth Aberdein

Aberdein Considine

'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.

Address
7 - 9 Bon Accord Crescent
Aberdeen
AB11 6DN
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Email
raberdein@acandco.com
Phone
01224 337471
Website
http://www.acandco.com
Family Consultant
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Elaine Adair

Skylight Counselling

I am an Art Therapist specialising in working with children and families experiencing separation and divorce. I understand that life at this time can feel overwhelming but believe that sharing concerns with someone who isn't personally involved can result in feeling more hope for the future.


Skylight Counselling is a small privately run counselling service. Brenda Duthie and I have many years experience working with children and families. We can offer counselling in a way that suits families' particular needs. As an Art Therapist I am able to offer art- making in addition to conversation to aid understanding. I have found that it is very suitable in work with children or when words are hard to find. Please note that you do not have to be "good" at art.

Address
Woodburn House
Suite K4, 4/5 Golden Square
Aberdeen
AB10 1RD
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Financial Specialist
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Barrie Alexander

Acumen Accountants and Advisors Limited


Address
Bon Accord House
Riverside Drive
Aberdeen AB11 7SL
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alothian@smail-ewart.co.uk


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Norma Alloubani


Family Consultant
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Pat Barclay

relationshipsolutions

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..

Address
59 Craigieburn Park
AB15 7SG
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John Bartlett


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David Bell

EY

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.

Address
G1 Building
5 George Square
Glasgow
G2 1DY
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Email
dbell1@uk.ey.com
Phone
0141 2267333
Financial Specialist
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Alistair Black

Financial Collaborative Divorce

I am qualified in providing advice over a wide range of financial matters but specialise in both collaborative and non-collaborative cases.


Address
25 Young Crescent
Larbert
FK5 4XS
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Marjory Blair

BTO

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.

Address
48 St. Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5HS
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Email
meb@bto.co.uk
Phone
0141 221 8012
Website
http://www.btofamilylaw.co.uk
Family Consultant
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Ruth Bradley

Ruth Bradley Counselling and Family Consultancy

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.

Address
Neal's Yard Remedies
102 Hanover Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1DR
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Stephen Brand

thorntons-law.co.uk

Stephen Brand of Thorntons is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Specialist.


Stephen has been dealing with Family Law Litigation for 35 years and has come across all kinds of difficult, emotional and complicated situations during that time.
Stephen has a caring and sensitive approach with clients - particularly where children are concerned.

Stephen is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Specialist and as a Family Law Mediator and has been collaborating since its inception. He approaches each situation objectively and tries to negotiate a fair deal for all parties concerned.

Address
Whitehall House
33 Yeaman Shore
Dundee

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Financial Specialist
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David Bremner

Intelligent Capital Ltd

I am a Financial Planner specialising in matrimonial work


I am also a member of the Family Law Association and have spoken previously at their AGM. I have conducted a number of collaborative cases so unlike many financial neutrals I have extensive first hand experience in this field.

Pension planning and advice on all aspects of someones financial affairs are very much my "bread and butter."

Address
The Square,
95 Morrison Street,
Glasgow,
G5 8BE

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Cheryl Brown

McWhinney Richards

I am a family law solicitor with over 25 years experience . I appreciate the value in offering clients the opportunity to use the non -confrontational approach offered by collaborative law in dealing with issues arising from separation and divorce. Besides being trained in Collaborative law , I am also accredited by the Law Society to offer mediation.


Address
66 Stirling Street
Airdrie
ML6 0AW
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Charles Brown

Miller Samuel

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.

Address
RWF House
5 Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 5EZ.
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Email
crb@millersamuel.co.uk
Phone
0141 227 6046
Website
http://www.millersamuel.co.uk
Lawyer
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Lorna Buchan

Patience and Buchan

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.


Lorna is one of only a few lawyers in Scotland accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family and Child Law as well as a Family Law Mediator. Lorna is also a qualified Family Law arbitrator.

If you would like more details of the firm visit http://www.patienceandbuchan.com

Address
10 Golden Square
Aberdeen
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Leonie Burke

Brodies


Address
15 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh
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Email
Leonie.burke@brodies.com
Phone
0131 656 0134
Website
http://www.brodies.com
Lawyer
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Sheila Byth

Shoosmiths LLP

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.

Address
Saltire Court,
20 Castle Terrace,
EH1 2EN
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Fiona Campbell

Macleod & MacCallum

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.

Address
28 Queensgate
Inverness
Scotland
IV1 1YN
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Family Consultant
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Brenda Capaldi


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Anne Cassidy

Laurie & Co Solicitors LLP


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.

Address
17 Victoria Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1PU
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Address
4 Bridge Street
Ballater
AB35 5QP
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Mubasher Choudry

Mubasher Choudry Family Law Solutions

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.

Address
Ground Floor
4 Golden Square
Aberdeen
AB10 1RD

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Email
mubasher@mcfls.co.uk
Phone
01224 467266
Website
http://www.mcfls.co.uk
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Claire Christie

Harper MacLeod LLP

Claire is an accredited specialist in Family Law and has considerable experience in assisting her clients to deal with child and financial issues following separation.


Address
Citypoint, 65 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD
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Financial Specialist
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Gordon Christie

Christie Griffith Corporate Limited


Financial Specialist
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Jonathan Clark


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Jennifer Colledge

Colledge & Shields LLP

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.


Address
30 Castle Street
Dumfries
DG1 1DU
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Lawyer
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Lynne Collingham

TC Young Solicitors


Address
7 West George St
Glasgow
G2 1BA
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Address
69a George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2JG
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Email
lyc@tcyoung.co.uk
Phone
0141 2215562
Website
http://www.tcyoung.co.uk
Lawyer
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Fiona Coutts


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Karen Elizabeth Cowan

Munro & Noble

Karen is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Child Law. Along with being a member of Consensus Collaboration Scotland, she is also member of the Family Law Association . She specialises in all aspects of Child Law including Residence, Contact, Adoption and Child Protection matters. Karen also deals with Family Law including Divorce, Separation, Co-habitation and Pre-nuptial Contracts. She is regularly appointed as a court reporter, Curatrix ad Litem safeguarding children’s interests, safeguarder and Legal Representative to the Children’s Panel.


Address
Munro and Noble
26 Church Street
Inverness

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Email
karenc@munronoble.com
Phone
01463 221727
Website
http://www.munronoble.com
Lawyer
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Gillian Crandles

Turcan Connell

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.

Address
Princes Exchange
1 Earl Grey Street
Edinburgh

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Address
Sutherland House
149 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5NW
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Ruth Croman

Macnabs LLP

I am committed to helping families through the difficult times that a separation can bring, working together to find a sustainable and effective resolution.


Address
10 Barossa Place
Perth
Perthshire
PH1 5JX
Scotland
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Scott Dallas

Macleod & MacCallum

I am an Associate with Macleod & MacCallum in Inverness and have been with the firm since 2010. I am a member of the Family Law Association and deal with a wide range of family and child law matters and am Collaboratively trained. I can be contacted on 01463 239393 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Address
28 Queensgate
Inverness
IV1 1DJ
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Financial Specialist
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Lloyd Davies

Central Investment Services (Scotland) Ltd

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.

Established in 1973, Central Investment is one of Scotland’s leading firms of independent financial advisers. From its headquarters in Aberdeen, Central Investment offers its portfolio of private and corporate clients informed and comprehensive financial advice, in line with current markets, industry regulations and legislation.

The highly experienced and professional financial advisers at Central Investment hold the knowledge and expertise to offer advice on a range of financial services including Personal Financial Planning, Retirement & Pension Planning, Inheritance Tax Planning, House Purchase, School & University Fees Planning, Group Pensions and Employer Benefits. Central Investment is Authorised & regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Address
9-13 Albert Street
Aberdeen
AB25 1XX
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Family Consultant
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Anne Hall Dick

Inkdance Family Mediation

I offer mediation within the Collaborative Process, either in relation to children or to assist communication and understanding in general to help you build a strong platform for the family after the transition of separation.


I was a family lawyer for 42 years before retiring from legal practice. I trained as a mediator over 25 years ago and have enjoyed working as a mediator since then. I now work as a mediator and trainer as Inkdance Family Mediation.

I have provided interpersonal, negotiation and mediation training in the UK and other countries including Spain, Italy and the Netherlands and have been involved in devising and providing training in Collaborative practice in Scotland. I annotated the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 which sets out the legal rules for financial provision on divorce for Greens/Sweet and Maxwell and am the author of books about family law.
I am a great believer that both heart and head need to be involved in constructive dispute resolution and successful planning for the future following a separation

Address
22 Montrose Street,
Glasgow,
G1 1RE,
Scotland
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Alasdair Docwra


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Faye Donald


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Anne Marie Douglas

Cowan Douglas Law

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.

Address
Cowan Douglas Law
Teaghlaich House
3 Ardconnel Terrace
Inverness
IV2 3AE
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Morven Douglas

Morisons LLP

I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2000 (LLB Hons) before gaining a diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde in 2001.


I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and since then I have practised exclusively in the field of Family Law. In 2011 I was accredited as a specialist by the Law Society of Scotland and in 2013 I received the mention of "excellent" in the Legal 500 Directory.

I am a current member and past committee member and Treasurer of the Family Law Association. In the past I have also attended meetings and provided advice and training to various voluntary organisations.

I am a firm believer in the collaborative model to negotiate family law issues. It generally sees cases resolved more quickly and in a more constructive fashion, which is hugely beneficial to clients, especially where they have children and therefore will require to remain in communication, potentially for some time, regarding the welfare and general arrangements for those children.

Address
53 Bothwell Street
Glasgow
G2 6TS
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Address
68 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4NN
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Isabelle Douglas

Aberdein Considine


Address
5-9 Bon Accord Crescent
Aberdeen, AB11 6DN
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Email
idouglas@acandco.com
Phone
01224 337471
Website
http://www.acandco.com
Financial Specialist
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Jo Douglas

Brewin Dolphin Limited

Chartered Financial Adviser
Assistant Director


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.

Address
6th Floor
Atria One
144 Morrison Street
EDINBURGH
EH3 8EX
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Email
jo.douglas@brewin.co.uk
Phone
01313002878
Website
https://www.brewin.co.uk/
Lawyer
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Alan Duffill

Stewart Watson

After many years dealing in court work I am keen to help clients develop new less adversarial ways to separate and to help them better plan their separation. I can be contacted on 01261 818883 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


I am based in Banff but happy to conduct collaborations in and around Turriff, Buckie, and Huntly and on occasions further afield

Address
65 High Street
Banff
AB45 1AN
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Address
42/44 East Church Street
Buckie
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Family Consultant
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Myra Eadie

Myra Eadie Consultancy

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 .




MBACP
Consensus
IACP

Address
34 West George St.
Glasgow
G2OPJ
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Address
Nuffield Hospital
Beacons field Rd
Glasgow. G12 OPJ
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Email
mweadie@btinternet.com
Phone
07795632818
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Susan Jane Edington

Edington Law

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.

Address
88 High Street
Galashiels
TD1 1SQ
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Alison Edmondson


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Sarah Feeney

BTO


Address
One Edinburgh Quay
Edinburgh
EH3 9QG
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Email
slf@bto.co.uk
Phone
0131 222 2939
Website
http://www.btofamilylaw.co.uk
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Jane Ferguson

R & R Urquhart LLP

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.

Address
117-121 High Street
Forres,
Morayshire ,
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Address
Royal Bank Buildings
High Street
Nairn
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Noel Ferry

Turcan Connell

Having been involved in many collaborative law cases over the years I firmly believe that this is without doubt the most sensible and mature way to deal with a separation in a family focussed manner, without the usual acrimony that often accompanies a traditional negotiation or litigation based approach.


Noel joined Turcan Connell in January 2013 after being Head of Family Law at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP since 2006. Noel was assumed Partner at Turcan Connell in 2015. Prior to that Noel was a partner in a West Lothian Court firm. He joined Turcan Connell’s family law team to help spearhead family law operations in the new Glasgow office. Noel specialises in all areas of family law but is particularly noted for acting in high value cases for high net worth individuals, for example, celebrities, sports personalities, entrepreneurs, business owners, directors, professionals and executives. Noel has successively been ranked by the Legal 500 for his experience in high net worth divorces, prenuptial agreements and child relocation cases and has been described as providing “outstanding service”, being “absolutely committed to the case” and having “exemplary” knowledge.

Noel has extensive experience as a litigator having regularly appeared in both civil and criminal court cases before specialising in family law cases since 1999. Noel has considerable expertise in negotiating financial settlements and regularly drafts complex separation agreements as well as pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. Noel has acted for many high profile clients and has been involved in many prominent divorce cases in the Court of Session and Sheriff courts. Noel has also acted in several international child relocation cases. Noel has also acted for clients with complex family trusts as well as difficult cohabitation claims on separation and death under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. Noel has assisted in many professional negligence cases involving family lawyers and has been asked for his expert opinion on several cases of potential negligence.

Noel is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and is a member of the Scottish Collaborative Family Law Group Consensus. He has also been a longstanding committee member of the Family Law Association since 2007 and was Treasurer of the organisation from 2009-2012. Noel was also the Vice Dean of West Lothian Faculty of Solicitors, and previously tutored in Business law at Strathclyde University. Noel has also given seminars on family law to various organisations in Scotland and England, such as at the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow and for the Society for Trust and Executry Practitioners (STEP). In addition Noel has developed and conducted training for younger family lawyers through accredited Professional Competence Courses and has written several Articles and publications in the Herald, Scotsman, Family law bulletin and Journal of Law Society of Scotland. Noel has been annually listed as an Expert in Family Law in the Directory of UK Legal Experts since 2009.

Address
Sutherland House,
149 St Vincent Street,
Glasgow, G2 5NW
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Address
Princes Exchange,
1 Earl Grey Street,
Edinburgh
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Fiona Anderson

MTM Specialist Family Lawyers

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.


Address
91 Mitchell Street
Glasgow
G1 3LN


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Email
fea@mtmfamilylaw.co.uk
Phone
0141 611 7535
Website
http://fea@mtmfamilylaw.co.uk
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John Fotheringham

BTO


Address
48 St. Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5HS
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Address
One Edinburgh Quay,
133 Fountainbridge,
EH3 9QG
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Email
jmf@bto.co.uk
Phone
0141 221 8012
Website
http://www.btofamilylaw.co.uk
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Marika Franceschi

MacRoberts LLP

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.

Address
Excel House
30 Semple Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8BL

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Karen Gailey

Family Law Matters Scotland

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.


Address
63 Carlton Place
Glasgow
G5 9TW
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Jennifer Gallagher

Lindsays/RSB Lindsays

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.

Address
Seabraes House
18 Greenmarket
Dundee DD1 4QB
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Graham Garden


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Michael Garvey

Glasgow Wealth Ltd


Address
Fifth Floor, 30 George Square
Merchants House
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Shaun George

Brodies LLP

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.

Address
31-33 Union Grove
Aberdeen
AB10 6SD
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Paul Gibson

Carbon Financial Partners Limited

Paul is a multi award winning Financial Planner and current FT Money Management Retirement Planner of the Year. He holds both Chartered and Certified Financial Planner status.


Address
7 Queens Gardens
Aberdeen
AB15 4YD
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Caroline Gillespie

BLM

Caroline is a Family Law practioner and a Famly Law Partner at BLM. She is accredited as a specialist in Family Law and Child law by the Law Society of Scotland.


Address
13 Bath Street
Glasgow
G2 1 YH
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Email
caroline.gillespie@blmlaw.com
Phone
01413 532121
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Louise Gillies


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Lisa Girdwood

Brodies LLP

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 .

Address
110 Queen Street
Glasgow
G1 3BX
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15 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh
EH3 8HA
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Lesley Gordon

BTO

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!

Address
Caledonian Exchange
19a Canning Street
Edinburgh

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Email
lxg@bto.co.uk
Phone
0131 656 5602
Website
http://www.btofamilylaw.co.uk
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Andrew Grey

Grey & Co Solicitors

Andrew is a member of the Family Law Association and is also qualified in English Law as well as Scots Law. Andrew undertakes family and matrimonial work both sides of the border. Andrew has been practising family and matrimonial law for over 20 years and he believes that nearly all cases should be capable of being resolved without going to Court and that Collaborative Law is one option to achieve this.


Address
46 Church Street
1st Floor
Inverness
IV1 1EH
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Leah Guild

Aberdein Considine


Address
5 - 9 Bon-Accord Crescent
Aberdeen
AB10 6DN
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Email
lguild@acandco.com
Phone
01224 337471
Website
http://www.acandco.com/
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Graham Harding

Thorntons Law

Graham has been practising family law for nearly 30 years. He strongly believes that issues around children and financial provision following on from separation are far more likely to be successfully resolved through the use of alternative dispute resolution and is a firm advocate of Collaborative practice.


Graham is Accredited by the Law society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law. He is a past committee member and Chair of the Family Law Association and an arbitrator with the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland. He is frequently called upon by the Court to provide Child Welfare Reports in actions involving children.

Address
Thorntons Law LLP
17-21 George Street
Perth

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Stephen Harrower

Tilney


Address
130 St Vincent Street
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Grant Hassan

Harper MacLeod LLP


Address
Alder House, Cradlehall Business Park , Inverness IV2 5GH
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Rachel Hayward

I am counsellor and psychotherapist and my role is to ensure that you have a safe space to work through the feelings you will have due to the separation.


Separation can provoke lots of difficult and painful feelings which can lead to different behaviour, anxieties and even physical symptoms. I am able to work with you to process the separation and move forwards emotionally.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP).

Address
The Chambers Institution
25 High Street
Peebles.
EH45 8AG
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EH1 Therapies
28 Forth Street
Edinburgh.
EH1 3LH
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Caroline Henderson

MTM Specialist Family Lawyers

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.


Career
•Qualified 1996
•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."

Address
91 Mitchell Street, 2nd Floor, Glasgow, G1 3LN
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Judith Higson

Kerr Stirling

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.

Address
10 Albert Place
Stirling
FK8 2QL
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Address
Benview, 19 Wellside Place, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
FK1 5RP
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Denise Hooper

Wright & Crawford

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!

Address
Wright & Crawford
110 Drymen Road
Berasden. G61 3NJ
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Address
11 Glasgow Rd
Paisley
PA2 7SF
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Jackie Horsburgh

Jackie Horsburgh Counselling

I am an experienced therapist, based in Edinburgh , specialising in relationships and working with individuals and couples. I am accredited by BACP and offer a confidential, non-judgemental and safe environment where our relationship is at the heart of our work together.


As a couple counsellor, I trained with Relationships Scotland and have worked with many couples over the years. Couple counselling can help you to work through problems in your current relationship, explore your experience and look at what’s important to you both. I work with all relationship difficulties, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity.
I offer you a safe space in which to explore your relationship. I don’t offer advice, tell you what to do, judge or necessarily try to save a relationship. We work towards finding the best way forward and the best outcome for you as a couple and a family.

The first session will be about assessing your situation to see what difficulties you are having and look at what needs to change and how to communicate effectively. It is also the time when you can decide if counselling is the right choice for you at this time. If so, I can meet with you regularly to support you as you work together through this process.
There are many reasons people find themselves struggling at times in their life so my work with clients is diverse. Whatever is making you think about this type of support at this time, you will be heard, valued and respected.
As a member of BACP, I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics.

TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS
BACP Accredited Counsellor
BCP Accredited DIT Practitioner
Dip Psychodynamic Counselling
BA (Hons) Psychology

Address
6/6 west mill road
Edinburgh
EH13 0NX
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Room hire in Lothian Road, Mayfield Road & Forth Street
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Email
jhorsburgh@virginmedia.com
Phone
07982826104
Website
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Beverley Johnson

Edinburgh family Law - Johnson Legal Solicitors

One of Edinburgh’s best Family lawyers, loved by her clients and respected by her peers. For the last 20 years Beverley Johnson has succeeded in combining a sympathetic ear and solid legal advice in a full range of family matters.


Address
Edinburgh Family Law
Johnson Legal Solicitors,
22a Rutland Square,
Edinburgh,
EH1 2BB
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Cath Karlin

BTO

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.

Address
One Edinburgh Quay
133 Fountainbridge
Edinburgh
EH3 9QG
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Address
48 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5HS
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Email
cmk@bto.co.uk
Phone
0141 221 8012
Website
http://www.btofamilylaw.co.uk
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Siobhan Kelly

BLM

Siobhan is a Family Law practitioner and a Family Law Partner at BLM. She is accredited as a specialist in Family Law and Child Law by the Law Society of Scotland.


Address
13 Bath Street
Glasgow
G2 1HY
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Email
Siobhan.kelly@blmlaw.com
Phone
0141 353 2121
Website
http://www.blmlaw.com/
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Rachael Kelsey

Sheehan Kelsey Oswald Family Law

Rachael was in the first group of solicitors in Scotland who trained as collaborative family lawyers in 2004.


She is accredited as a Specialist in Family Law and as a Family Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland. She has also been appointed to act as a Family Arbitrator. Rachael is the only Scottish solicitor to be invited to become a member of CFL (formerly the Central London Collaborative Forum).

Rachael has practiced exclusively family law for well over a decade. Her practice encompasses financial and child cases (often involving complexities arising from jurisdictional, tax, corporate and property law issues).

Rachael is also a very keen mediator and is Chair, a Director and Trustee of Family Mediation Lothian and Treasurer of CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators). She is one of the founding Directors of SKO and is based in Edinburgh and London.

Address
Forsyth House,
93 George Street,
Edinburgh
EH2 3ES
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Email
rachael.kelsey@sko-family.co.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 131 243 2583
Website
http://www.sko-family.co.uk
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Nicola Kerr

Brodies LLP

I have specialised in Family Law since 2008. I was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law in 2016.
I advise clients on a broad range of family law issues, including the financial matters arising out of a separation and child related matters. 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.


Address
15 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh
EH3 8HA
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Email
nicola.kerr@brodies.com
Phone
0131 526 4001
Website
http://bfamily.brodies.com/
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John Kilcoyne


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Emma King

Complete Clarity Solicitors Limited


Address
11 James Morrison Street
Glasgow
G1 5PE
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KirstenKnight

Balfour+Manson LLP


Address
42 Carden Place
Aberdeen
AB10 1UP
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Nick Lambert

Murphy Wealth


Address
24 St Vincent Place
Glasgow
G1 2EU
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Address
20 Alloway Place
Ayr
KA7 2AA
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Email
nick@murphywealth.co.uk
Phone
07880 386 339
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Denise Laverty

bto solicitors

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.

Address
48 St Vincent Street
Glasgow G2 5HS
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Address
Faslane Naval Base
Rhu
Near Helensburgh
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Email
dkl@bto.co.uk
Phone
0141 221 8012
Website
http://btofamilylaw.co.uk
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Janie Law

Family Law Matters


Address
63 Carlton Place
Glasgow
G5 9TW
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Simon Liddiard

Stewart & Watson

Separating need not be a traumatic experience.


Address
35 Queen Street
Peterhead
AB42 1TP
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Address
21 Market Square
Oldmeldrum
AB51 0AA
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Sarah A Lilley

Innes & Mackay

Sarah Lilley qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and practiced in Edinburgh before moving to Inverness and to Innes & Mackay in 2012. Sarah deals with the full range of Family Law related matters. In addition to regular appearances in Court she is also trained in the Collaborative method of dispute resolution and is on the Panel of Child Welfare Reporters appointed by the Court. Sarah can be contacted on 01463 232273 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Address
Kintail House
Beechwood Business Park
Inverness
IV2 3BW
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Email
sarahl@innesmackay.com
Phone
01463 232273
Website
http://innesmackay.com
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Hilary Macandrew


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Carolyn MacBride

MTM Specialist Family Lawyers

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.

Address
2nd Floor,
91 Mitchell Street,
Glasgow
G1 3LN
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Email
cmm@mtmfamilylaw.co.uk
Phone
0141 611 7535
Website
http://www.mtmfamilylaw.co.uk
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Ewen J Macdonald

Anderson, Shaw & Gilbert

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.


Address
York House
20 Church Street
Inverness
IV1 1ED
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Rachael MacDonald


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Morag MacIntosh

Macleod & MacCalum Solicitors

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.

Address
28 Queensgate,
Inverness,
IV1 1YN
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Jennifer MacIver

Gillespie Macandrew LLP


Address
5 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh
EH3 8EJ
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Roger Mackenzie

Digby Brown


Address
2 West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 1RW
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Address
160 Causewayside
Edinburgh
EH9 1PR
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Financial Specialist
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Kevin Mackenzie

Acumen Financial Planning Limited

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.

Address
Bon Accord House
Riverside Drive
Aberdeen AB11 7SL
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Email
Kevin.mackenzie@acumenfp.com
Phone
01224 392 350
Website
http://www.acumenfp.com
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Lucy Mackie

HBJ Gateley

Lucy has practised exclusively in family law since 2009 and advises clients on all aspects of their separation. Lucy has found that the Collaborative Process provides an excellent alternative for clients to find unique solutions to their varying circumstances.


Address
Exchange Tower
19 Canning Street
Edinburgh EH3 8EH

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Catriona Macleod

Taggart Meil Mathers

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.

Address
20 Bon Accord Square
Aberdeen
AB11 6DJ
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Family Consultant
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Marie Macleod

MARIE MACLEOD ALBA COUNSELLING

I provide one-on-one emotional support, helping couples to recognise and cope with the immediate impact of the divorce or separation, and to explore ways to promote family wellbeing in the longer term.


Marie is a qualified family consultant providing one-on-one emotional support for couples engaged in the collaborative process. She helps each partner to recognise and cope with the immediate impact of the divorce or separation, as well as explore ways to promote family wellbeing in the longer term. Marie also draws on her training and experience as a mediator and relationship counsellor to work with couples and adult individuals who wish to reduce conflict and enhance understanding in their lives.

Address
Consulting rooms in Edinburgh city centre and Dumfries
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Gareth Masson

Blackadders, Solicitors

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.

Address
6 Bon Accord Square
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Sara Matheson

MTM Specialist Family Lawyers

Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in child law and in family law. Working in a niche family law firm.


What the legal directories say about Sara
•"Part of the always-friendly, helpful and knowledgable team, Sara Matheson is commended for her excellent advice"
- Legal 500 (2009)
•"Consistently practical, pragmatic and patient"
- Legal 500 (2010)
•"Leading individual"
- Chambers UK (2011)
•"Well regarded for childrens referral work"
- Legal 500 (2011)
•"She has developed considerable experience and expertise in an increasing technical and complex area of evidence and law"
- Chambers UK (2012)
- Sara Matheson is described as "spectacular - a force to be reckoned with." Matheson regularly appears in court and is an accredited specialist in both child and family law. Chambers UK (2013)

Address
2nd Floor, 91 Mitchell Street,
Glasgow
G1 3LN
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Email
slm@mtmfamilylaw.co.uk
Phone
0141 611 7535
Website
http://www.mtmfamilylaw.co.uk
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Marion McDonald

Ledingham Chalmers LLP

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.

Address
Johnstone House
52-54 Rose Street
Aberdeen AB10 1HA
AB10 1HA
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Address
Thainstone Agricultural Centre
Near Inverurie.
Aberdeenshire, AB51 5WY
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Kirsty McGuinness


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Rowena McIntosh

McIntosh McTaggart Family Law


Address
52-54 Albert Street,
Aberdeen,
AB25 1XS
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Michelle Mcintosh

Turnbull McCarron Limited

Michelle is a Family Law Practitioner and has experience in dealing with all aspects of family law. Michelle is a member of the Family Law Association.


Address
478 Dumbarton Road
Partick
G11 6SE
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Donna McKay

Brodies LLP

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.

Address
Brodies House
31-33 Union Grove
AB10 6SD
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Alison McKee

Lindsays


Address
1 Royal Bank Place
Glasgow
G1 3AA
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Email
alisonmckee@lindsays.co.uk
Phone
0141 302 8447
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Claire McKenzie

Hewats


Address
63 King Street
Castle Douglas
DG7 1AG
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Email
ClaireM@hewats.co.uk
Phone
01556 502 946
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Sharon McKilligin

Mackie and Dewar

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."

Address
18 Bon-Accord Square
Aberdeen
AB11 6YP
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Lydia McLachlan

Brodies LLP

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.

To find out more about collaborative family law, please visit the family law team pages on our website http://bfamily.brodies.com/ or email me on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Brodies House
31-33 Union Grove
AB10 6SD
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Lindsay McLachlan

Walker Laird

Lindsey has practised in family law for over twenty years and is trained in Collaborative Practice. She has been with Walker Laird, based in Paisley, since 2002.


Address
9 Gilmour Street
Paisley
PA1 1DG
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lm@walkerlaird.co.uk
Phone
0141 887 5271
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http://www.walkerlaird.co.uk
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Hazel McLauchlan


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Laura McLean


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Lynn McMurchie

John Hendersons and Sons

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.


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Anne McTaggart

McIntosh McTaggart Family Law


Address
52-54 Albert Street,
Aberdeen,
AB25 1XS
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Gerry McWilliams


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Judith Meil

Taggart Meil Mathers

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."

Address
20 Bon Accord Square
Aberdeen
AB11 6DJ
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Lucy Metcalf

Lindsays

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.


Lindsays is a full service law firm and our Family Law Team is an integral part of our Private Client Department. This 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

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Caledonian Exchange
19A Canning Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8HE
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1 Royal Bank Place
Buchanan Street
Glasgow
G1 3AA


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Alexis Miller

Harper Macleod LLP

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.

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The Ca'd'oro
45 Gordon Street
Glasgow
G1 3PE
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8 Melville Street
Edinburgh
EH3 7NS
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Michaela Hinchin


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Julie Mitchell

Avon Financial Planning (a trading name of 2plan Wealth Management)

A calm and caring independent financial planner with over 20 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.

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14 Cherrytree Place
Strathaven
ML10 6JG
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Head Office :
2plan wealth management ltd
Bridgewater Place
Water Lane
Leeds
LS11 5BZ
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Angela Montgomery

Angela Montgomery Counselling

I am a qualified relationship counsellor and I aim to provide a safe, empathic space to enable you to work through the separation or divorce process and the emotions that you are experiencing.


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Consulting rooms in Forth Street, Edinburgh
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Consulting rooms in Cowan Court, Penicuik
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Taina Moran

Tilney

Taina is a Chartered Financial Planner who provides a practical approach helping both parties to make informed financial decisions to achieve their future objectives


Address
25 Melville Street
Edinburgh
EH3 7PE
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Taina.moran@tilney.co.uk
Phone
0131 603 8450
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http://www.tilney.co.uk
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Lynne Mulcahy

McIntosh McTAggart

Lynne has over 20 years experience in Family Law practice and has been involved in a large number Collaborative cases. She is part of the team at specialist family law firm McIntosh McTaggart in Aberdeen.


I work exclusively in Family Law in the specialist Family Law practice McIntosh McTaggart. 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.

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52-54
Albert Street
Aberdeen, AB25 1XS
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lynne@mcintoshmctaggart.com
Phone
01224 593100
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Joanne Murray

Blackadders LLP

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.

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6 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen, AB11 6XU
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Richard Murray

R M S


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19a Hill Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3JP
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ram@rmsllp.com
Phone
0131 202 1881
Website
http://www.rmsllp.com
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Sally Nash

Turcan Connell


Address
Princes Exchange,
1 Earl Grey Street,
Edinburgh,
EH3 9EE
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Sutherland House,
149 St Vincent Street,
Glasgow,
G2 5NW
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Mary Nimmo

Munro & Noble

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.


Address
26 Church Street
Inverness
IV1 1HX
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maryn@munronoble.com
Phone
01463-221727
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http://www.munronoble.com
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Iain Patience

Patience & Buchan

Iain Patience qualified as a lawyer in 1979 and has spent almost his whole career specialising exclusively in Family Law.


Iain was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law in 1994 and in 1998 Iain was accredited as a Family Law Mediator. Iain was in the first group of Solicitors in Scotland who trained in Collaborative Family Law and has been closely involved in its development and practice both locally and throughout Scotland. Also qualified as a Family Law Arbitrator, Iain and his partner and fellow family law specialist Lorna Buchan run the highly regarded specialist firm of Patience and Buchan , Family Lawyers from Aberdeen's Golden Square. Patience and Buchan were winners of Family Law firm of the Year ar the annual Law Awards of Scotland. For more informartion on the firm, visit http://www.patienceandbuchan.com

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10 Golden Square
Aberdeen
AB10 1RB
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Jackie Polson


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Sarah Powell


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Susan Purvis

Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace


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Tom Quail

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Tom trained as a Collaborative Family Lawyer in 2005. He is accredited as a Specialist in Family Law and as a Family Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland. In addition, Tom is also a Solicitor Advocate.


Tom has practised exclusively Family Law for over a decade and his practise ranges from financial to child cases which also involve complicated legal issues. Tom has lectured over the years to other Solicitors in Family Law and has had articles published on a regular basis in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.

Address
302 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5RZ
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18 Charlotte Square
Edinburgh
EH2 4DF
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tlq@wjm.co.uk
Phone
0141 223 7259
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http://www.wjm.co.uk
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Fiona Rasmusen

Gibson Kerr, Law and Property

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.

Address
46 India Street
Edinburgh EH3 6HJ
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Debbie Reekie

BTO


As a specialist family lawyer I strongly believe in the collaborative process. Collaboration allows families to work with family consultants, financial advisors and most importantly with each other to reach a resolution that is future focussed and tailored especially for them. The collaborative approach allows families to be in control of their future and to reach a solution that is both long lasting and beneficial for all involved.

Address
One Edinburgh Quay
133 Fountainbridge
Edinburgh
EH3 9QG
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Address
48 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5HS
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Email
der@bto.co.uk
Phone
0131 222 2939
Website
http://www.btofamilylaw.co.uk
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Claire Reilly

Gray & Gray Solicitors


Address
8-10 Queen Street, Peterhead, AB42 1TS
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Sandy Robertson

Acumen Financial Planning Limited

As a Financial Planner, Sandy’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.

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Bon Accord House
Riverside Drive
Aberdeen
AB11 7SL
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20/22 Torphichen Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8JB
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Email
Sandy.robertson@acumnfp.com
Phone
01224 392 350
Website
http://www.acumenfp.com/
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Ian David Robinson

Forbes Lawson


Address
Unit 2, Westhill Business Centre,
Westhill,
Aberdeenshire,
AB32 6UF
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Brian Rooney


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Naeema Yaqoob Sajid

Aberdein Considine

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.

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4th Floor
Exchange Tower
19 Canning Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8EG


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18 Waterloo Street
Glasgow
G2 6DB
LP 37
Glasgow 6


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nsajid@acandco.com
Phone
0131 221 2420
Website
http://www.acandco.com/
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Craig Samson

blackadders

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.

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30/34 reform street, dundee
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Fiona Sasan

Morton Fraser

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.

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145 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
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Quartermile
2 Lister Square
Edinburgh
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Fiona Sharp


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Cameron Shaw

Pagan Osborne Limited

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.

Address
Clarendon House
116 George Street
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cshaw@pagan.co.uk
Phone
0131 624 6976
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http://www.paganosborne.com/
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Sandi Shields

Colledge & Shields LLP

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.


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30 Castle Street
Dumfries
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Angela Simpson

Innes & Mackay

Angela Simpson qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Innes & Mackay in 2002. She is regularly instructed by the Court to prepare Reports dealing with Residence and Contact matters and appointed as a curator ad litem to preserve and protect children's interests during court proceedings. Angela is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Mediator. Angela can be contacted on 01463 232273 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Address
Kintail House,
Beechwood Business Park,
Inverness
IV2 3BW
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Email
Angelas@innesmackay.com
Phone
01463 232273
Website
http://www.innesmackay.com
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Joyce Simpson

Jack Gowans & Marc Dickson Solicitors

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.

Address
46 church street
Inverness
IV1 1EH
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Ashley Simpson

Patience and Buchan

Family Law is what we do!


Ashley is a Collaboratively trained Family and Child Law Specialist.

Address
10 Golden Square
Aberdeen
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Email
Ashley@patienceandbuchan.com
Phone
01224 648222
Financial Specialist
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Ross Simpson

Chase de Vere

Chartered Financial Planner


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Jenny Smith

Harper Macleod

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.

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Ca'd'Oro
45 Gordon Street
Glasgow, G1 3PE

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Shona Smith

Balfour Manson

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.

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54 - 66 Frederick Street,
Edinburgh,
EH2 1LS
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Richard Smith

Brodies LLP

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.

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15 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh
EH3 8HA
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Gillian Smith


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Sarah Somner

A Talking Space

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and I specialise in relationship issues. I offer counselling for individuals and couples. My aim is to create a safe space where you can work through difficult emotions arising from the separation.


Separation often evokes difficult and painful emotions and my work is to help you process those feelings and move forward with respect towards a positive future.

Address
36 McLaren Road
Edinburgh
EH9 2BN
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sarahsomner1@gmail.com
Phone
07712300287
Website
http://atalkingspace.co.uk
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Carol Stanger

Towry Ltd


Address
7 Albyn Terrace
Aberdeen
AB10 1YP
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carol.stanger@towry.com
Phone
01224 615093
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http://www.towry.com
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Gordon Steele


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Lynne Stratford

Drummond Miller LLP

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.

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11 White Hart Street
Dalkeith
EH22 1AE
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Glenorchy House
20 Union Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3LR
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Jackie Stroud

MacRoberts LLP

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.

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Excel House, 30 Semple Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BL
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Capella, 60 York Street, Glasgow, G2 8JX
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Alan Susskind

Harper Macleod LLP

I am an accredited family law specialist a mediator and am trained in collaborative law.


I head up a team of family lawyers at Harper MacLeod which includes three trained collaborative lawyers.

I believe that in many cases its by far the best option to try to resolve issues afer separation in a non adversorial way that allows some form of relationship between the parties to maintain. i think this is especially important for the benefit of any children.

Simply put I think the collaborative process is the best way of achieving this.

Address
The Ca'd'oro
45 Gordon Street
Glasgow
G1 3PE
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Address
8 Melville Street Edinburgh
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Serena Sutherland

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Serena Sutherland is trained in Collaborative Practice and is a member of both the Family Law Association and Consensus. As a solicitor, Serena has special interest in the areas of Family and Child Law and works in both our Orkney and Caithness offices. You may contact Serena by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), alternatively you may phone 01856 872216 to book an appointment with her.


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56a Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1HQ
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7/9 Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7BQ
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sks@dandhlaw.co.uk
Phone
01856 872216
Website
http://www.dandhlaw.co.uk
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Sandra Sutherland


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Bruce Swankie

Brewin Dolphin

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.

Address
23 Rubislaw Terrace
Aberdeen
AB10 1XE
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Sally Swinney

Blackwood & smith WS

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.


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39 High Street,
Peebles,
EH45 8AH
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Nina Taylor

Lindsays


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Caledonian Exchange
Caledonian Exchange
19A Canning Street
Edinburgh

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EH3 8HE
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Email
ninataylor@lindsays.co.uk
Phone
0131 656 5788
Website
http://ww.lindsays.co.uk
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Shona Templeton

MTM Specialist Family Lawyers

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.

Address
2nd Floor, 91 Mitchell Street,
Glasgow
G1 3LN
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Email
smt@mtmfamilylaw.co.uk
Phone
0141 611 7535
Website
http://www.mtmfamilylaw.co.uk
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Patricia Thom

Patricia Thom &Co;


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Channel House, Channel Street,
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Galashiels, TD1 1BA
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pat@patriciathom.co.uk
Phone
01896759107
Website
http://patriciathom.co.uk
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Elise Thomson

Latta & Co Solicitors

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.


Address
2nd Floor, 137 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EW
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Jenna Thomson

Macleod & MacCallum

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.


Follow me on twitter: @familylaw_IV1

Address
28 Queensgate
INVERNESS
IV11YN
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Linda Walker

Balfour + Manson LLP

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.

Address
56-66 Frederick Street
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Richard J Ward

Duthie Ward

Collaboration provides a way through the rapids of separation and divorce which puts interests before positions, and preserves, as far as possible, dignity and family relations.


Having now been involved in about 50 collaborative cases, I can safely say that if has confirmed my initial thoughts that the introduction of collaborative law to the UK is the most exciting development in the practice of family law since mediation in the early 1990s. I think we are responding to the desire of the many separating couples who are looking for a better way to get through a period in their lives which can otherwise be very destructive and negative.

Collaboration provides a way through the jungle which puts interests before positions, and preserves, as far as possible, the couples' dignity and family relations.

Address
42 Carden Place
Aberdeen
AB10 1UP
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Mike Wardlaw

Tilney Financial Planning Ltd

Mike is a Chartered Financial Planner whose role is to enable all parties to make informed decisions about their financial future by removing the complexity often associated with financial matters.


Mike joined Towry in 2013, now known Tilney Group, following a successful career with the wealth management division of a major banking group and with a national IFA firm. He has over 25 years experience in financial services.

He began in banking and achieved Chartered Banker accreditation before moving to financial planning and is a Chartered Financial Planner, a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, an FCA Approved Pension Transfer Specialist and is also Collaborative trained.

Mike specialises in planning for owner managed family businesses, pension related divorce planning and is also accredited in Collaborative Law as a Financial Neutral to assist both clients and their solicitors in the financial aspects of divorce.

His experience in both banking and financial planning for corporate and commercial business owners give him a unique insight in this area and has proved invaluable to clients over the years.

He practices a life event approach to lifetime financial planning to ensure that clients and their families focus on their goals, manage their wealth and achieve their lifetime objectives.

As well as planning in specialist areas Mike also provides a comprehensive financial planning service to high net worth individuals, company executives and professional partners who are simply looking for the reassurance and confidence that they can live their lives safe in the knowledge that they have made the right financial decisions.

• The key is for wealth to be aligned and work to a strategic ‘Lifetime Plan’ that reflects individual circumstances, goals, aspirations and concerns.

• Informed decisions can then be made with confidence as the plan provides a contextual refrence point to assess what the future will look like

• And most importantly of all, the plan is reviewed on a regular basis.

Mike also acts as strategic adviser to many family owned business that make use of SSAS and SIPP pension arrangements as a means of tax efficiently extracting profits and creating a family wealth succession planning vehicle.

Financial planning involves having a meaningful, long-term relationship that is engaging, enjoyable and effective.

Mike is based in our Edinburgh Office.

Address
25 Melville Street
Edinburgh
EH3 7PE
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Susan Waters

James and George Collie

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.


Address
1 East Craibstone Street
Aberdeen
AB11 6YQ
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Alan Watt

Hamilton Watt & Co

Alan Watt
20 years experience; local professional; emphasis on satisfying client needs


Address
4 Bon Accord Crescent
Aberdeen
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Rachel Weiss

Rowan Consultancy

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.

Address
4 Kinnoull Street
Perth PH1 5EN
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Susan Wightman

Kippen Campbell LLP

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.

Address
48 Tay Street
Perth
PH1 5TR
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Email
sw@kcllp.co.uk
Phone
01738 635353
Website
http://www.kippencampbell.com
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Jennifer Wilkie

Anderson Strathern LLP

Separating couples often want to find a forum where they can discuss matters, but sometimes they still need professional input. Collaborative practice 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.

Address
1 Rutland Court
Edinburgh
EH3 8EY
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14 Court Street
Haddington
EH41 3JA
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Sue Williamson


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Amanda Wilson

Thorntons Law

I believe that it is possible to divorce with dignity and the collaborative process can make that possible.


Address
Whitehall House,
33 Yeaman Shore
Dundee DD1 4BJ
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Kathryn Wilson

Melrose & Porteous

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.


Address
47 Market Square, Duns, TD11 3BX
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Sarah Windsor

Innes & Mackay

Sarah Windsor qualified as a solicitor in 2010, having trained with the firm for the two years prior to that. Sarah handles a varied caseload covering a very wide range of family law matters. Sarah regularly appears in courts across the Highlands & Islands and is also trained in Collaborative Family Law. Sarah can be contacted on 01463 232273 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Address
Kintail House, Beechwood Business Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW
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Email
sarahw@innesmackay.com
Phone
01463 232273
Website
http://www.innesmackay.com
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Angela Wipat

Thorntons Law

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.

Address
Thorntons Solicitors
17-21 George Street
Perth
PH1 5JY

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Fiona Wood

Willis Wood

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.

Address
20a Muirs
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Kinross
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Anne Woodhouse

Solution Psychology

Consultant Clinical Psychologisit


Expertise in working with children , adolescents, families and parents.

Address
2 Culduthel Road
Inverness
IV2 4AB
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Zoe Wray

Brodies LLP

Zoe is a Family Law Practitioner and has experience in dealing with all aspects of family law. Zoe is a member of the Family Law Association.


Zoe advises clients across a full range of family law matters including separation and divorce, cohabitation claims, parental rights and responsibilities, and contact and residence disputes. She enjoys working on complex financial provision cases and has a particular interest in child law, including international and intra-UK relocation disputes.

Address
110 Queen Street
Glasgow
G1 3BX
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Jackie Young

The MFY Partnership

I have been a family law solicitor for over 20 years. As well as being a collaborative lawyer, I am a member of the Family Law Association and am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland both as a specialist in family law and as a CALM mediator. I am studying for a Masters degree in Family Therapy and have a particular interest in the effect of separation upon children. I believe that collaboration offers families an effective way of resolving the various issues which arise from separation and divorce.


Address
25 Stirling Street,
Airdrie ML6 0AH
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Jane Young

Innes & Mackay

Jane Young qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and has been practising exclusively in family law since joining Innes & Mackay in 1991. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Mediator. She is a member of the Family Law Association and is on the Panel of Safeguarders and Reports appointed by the Court. Jane can be contacted on 01463 232273 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Address
Kintail House,
Beechwood Business Park,
Inverness
IV2 3BW
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Email
janey@innesmackay.com
Phone
01463 232273
Website
http://www.innesmackay.com
Financial Specialist
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Julie Young