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  1. Family and childcare – Leading silks
  2. Family and childcare – Leading juniors

Family and childcare – Leading silks

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    • Lynda Brabender QC - Westwater AdvocatesA formidable opponent with an amazing court presence.
    • Kate Dowdalls QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesShe is a fantastic advocate with a deceptively straightforward cross-examination technique.
    • Ruth Innes QC - Westwater AdvocatesA superb strategist.
    • Jonathan Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe has extensive experience in high-value divorce cases.
    • Janys Scott QC - Westwater AdvocatesThe doyenne of family law at the Scottish Bar.

Family and childcare – Leading juniors

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    • Frank Burr - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesRecommended for a broad range of family law matters.
    • Julianna Cartwright - Westwater AdvocatesVery experienced in handling applications for permanence orders.
    • Nicola Gilchrist - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesShe is an excellent junior counsel.
    • Robert Hayhow - Westwater AdvocatesA stand-out advocate.
    • Alan Inglis - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesA safe pair of hands.
    • Kirsty Malcolm - Westwater AdvocatesAn unflappable advocate with a great client manner.
    • Scott McAlpine - Westwater AdvocatesHe has an incredibly sharp mind.
    • Rachel Shewan - Westwater AdvocatesVery experienced in child law matters.
    • John Speir - Westwater AdvocatesHis oral advocacy is first-rate.
    • Alison Wild - Westwater AdvocatesVery knowledgeable and approachable.

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Arnot Manderson Advocates houses ‘excellent family and child law advocates’ who are active across the whole spectrum of family and children law matters. Cases with cross-border elements are a recognised area of expertise for the team, with up-and-coming junior Nicola Gilchrist recently acting for the mother in a case involving the removal of a ten-year-old child from Portugal to Scotland.

Viewed as ‘the go-to stable at the Scottish Bar for family law cases’ with ‘specialist family counsel’, Westwater Advocates handles cross-border residence orders, children law matters and high-value divorce cases. Lynda Brabender QC took silk in 2017, while Ruth Innes QC took silk in September 2018.

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