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Partner specialising exclusively in family law. Iain handles a wide range of complex and high-value cases; work is mostly referral or client recommendation. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law (1994) and family mediation (1998) and is a leading exponent of the increasingly popular field of collaborative family law in Scotland. Iain is also a qualified family law arbitrator (2011).
Trained Duncan and Duncan, Inverness; qualified 1979; assistant Iain Smith and Company 1979-83; partner 1983-2000; senior partner Patience and Buchan 2000 to date.
Law Society of Scotland; Family Law Association; Aberdeen Bar Association; CALM; Consensus Collaboration Scotland; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP); Family Law Arbitration Group (FLAG) Scotland.
Fortrose Academy; Aberdeen University (1977 LLB); Notary Public (1978).
Football, mountain biking, tennis, qualified football coach, member of Stonehaven Tennis Club.
Arbitration, ADR, mediation; Family - children; Family - matrimonial