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Brodies LLP has β€˜great coverage across all court levels’. The practice’s workload ranges from high-value financial provision cases and child law to domestic violence orders. Practice head Shaun George, one of three partners to join the firm from Simpson & Marwick, has β€˜an impressively direct, sensitive and honest approach’.

SKO is β€˜a go-to firm for any case with an international element’. The practice advises on a range of matters including asset-rich divorces, international child abduction, same-sex couples’ issues and international surrogacy. Key names include Rachael Kelsey and Robert Gilmour, who is involved in leading cohabitation and assisted reproduction cases.

β€˜A leading presence in high-value cases’, Turcan Connell acts on matters involving child relocation, pre-nuptial agreements and high-value divorces, often with international elements. Gillian Crandles and the β€˜reassuring, confident and very personable’ Alasdair Loudon are recommended.

BTO Solicitors LLP has β€˜a strong grounding in the various forms of ADR’. Key figures include Cath Karlin (who β€˜builds a great rapport with her clients’), Lesley Gordon (who is β€˜heavily committed to collaborative law’) and child law specialist Marjory Blair, who is β€˜razor sharp in catching the details’.

At Balfour+Manson LLP practice head Shona Smith is β€˜good at finding pragmatic solutions’ in international financial provision cases. Associate Karen Gibbons, who advises on Hague Convention matters, is β€˜patient, kind and adept at listening’.

Morton Fraser’s β€˜exceptional’ practice is headed by the β€˜abundantly capable’ Rhona Adams and includes newly promoted partner Lucia Clark. In addition to cross-border financial provision matters, it also handles child law work.

Aberdein Considine’s family law work includes financial provision matters with business assets and child contact issues. Ruth Aberdein is β€˜professional and confident’; β€˜her knowledge and understanding is of great comfort in collaborative cases’.

Anderson Strathern β€˜brings a level of professionalism and diligence that is hard to replicate elsewhere’. Work includes cohabitation agreements, and divorces with multinational assets. Janice Jones heads the practice following her arrival from Harper Macleod LLP.

BLM’s β€˜compassionate, caring and strategically astute’ family practice advises on child law, domestic violence cases, asset-rich divorces and cohabitation claims. Siobhan Kelly is β€˜a straight-talker’ and Caroline Gillespie is β€˜very understanding’.

β€˜A major player in Tayside’, Blackadders LLP is β€˜distinguished by its willingness to tackle unusual cases’, often involving multimillion-pound companies, allegations of concealed assets and cross-border issues. Craig Samson is β€˜a solid participant in collaborative law’.

Digby Brown LLP provides β€˜an excellent level of service’ that extends to pre-nuptial agreements and financial provision cases with unusual assets and business interests.The β€˜compassionate and dedicated’ Roger Mackenzie joined from Turcan Connell and leads the practice, which includes Sue Grant, who is rated for adoption matters.

Family Law Matters Scotland LLP β€˜deals with difficult legal matters quickly’. The practice handles cross-border divorces, international child abduction cases, higher courts appeals and cross-border surrogacy. Karen Gailey is recommended. Jenny Smith is now at Harper Macleod LLP.

HBJ Gateley β€˜approaches matters with the right technical knowledge and practical know-how’. Philippa Cunniff (whose β€˜outstanding expertise is matched by her humanity’) regularly acts in financial provision disputes with international and business aspects.

Harper Macleod LLP’s work includes high-asset financial claims, cross-border child disputes and pre-nuptial agreements. Key figures include Alan Susskind, who is β€˜a key player in the collaborative arena’; child law expert Amanda Masson; and Jenny Smith, who joined from Family Law Matters Scotland LLP.

Lindsays’ team now includes Duncan Mackinnon and Lesley Macdonald, who joined when the firm merged with RSB Macdonald. Work includes child law, high-value financial provision cases and divorces with agricultural assets. Alison McKee leads the practice.

MTM Family Law’s β€˜efficient and empathetic’ team represents clients in financial provision cases and child protection matters. Shona Templeton is recommended for collaborative cases, and Carolyn MacBride is β€˜a pillar of strength to clients’.

MacRoberts LLP’s family law work includes child contact actions and seven-figure ancillary relief matters. Jackie Stroud β€˜demonstrates empathy and sensitivity’.

Patience and Buchan’s β€˜organised, focused and reliable’ practice is noted for its strong matrimonial workload, often led by Iain Patience. Also recommended are Lorna Buchan, who has β€˜excellent knowledge of child protection’, and newly promoted partner Ashley Simpson.

Shoosmiths is regularly involved in matters with international elements. Marika Franceschi is β€˜highly experienced in high-net-worth financial provision, and doesn’t lose sight of the emotional aspects’.

At T C Young, Grant Knight, who heads up the Edinburgh practice, is β€˜knowledgeable on multi-jurisdictional matters’, and Glasgow practice head Lynne Collingham’s expertise includes domestic violence matters.

Thorntons Law LLP’s β€˜very responsive and knowledgeable’ family law team advises on the full gamut of family law issues. Practice head Stephen Brand β€˜helps clients get a fair outcome’, while Sandra Sutherland is β€˜exceptional in her court-craft’.

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