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Scotland: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 1


'Leading family law practice' SKO  acts for high net worth individuals, corporate clients and charities in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, often relating to abduction and international adoption, and requiring in-depth knowledge of the Hague Convention. Rachael Kelsey - 'the doyen of Scots family law' is president-elect of the EU Chapter of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and is widely considered as one of the leading authorities on the implications of Brexit on family law. The 'insightful and emotionally astute' Robert Gilmour has particular expertise in artificial reproductive technology and surrogacy and in 2017 advised on the first reported private law contested declarator of parentage case in the UK.

Practice head(s):Rachael Kelsey

Other key lawyers:Robert Gilmour


'Undoubtedly the premier family law firm in Scotland. Its members provide a unique breath of expertise and experience in the whole spectrum of private family law.'

'This practice is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of family law in Scotland. Sensible, practical, pragmatic, thoughtful, understanding, empathetic, whilst also superlatively good technically - they are really unrivalled.'

'SKO is the leading specialist family law practice in Scotland. This is an impressive firm of dedicated and committed lawyers, who care about their clients and their work. The level of expertise is unparalleled in the Scottish market. The lawyers are supported by an excellent administrative team. Advice is always sound and client care is excellent.'

'Very good attention to detail and excellent client care.'

'A very intelligent and intellectually committed firm, with an awareness of the importance of rigorous research and academic engagement.'

'Every single partner and solicitor goes above and beyond simply delivering client work. 

'Rachel Kelsey is the doyen of Scots family law solicitors with a global reputation stemming from her involvement in the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

'Robert Gilmore is the leading practitioner in surrogacy law in Scotland.'

'Rachael Kelsey is an absolutely splendid solicitor. She has particular expertise in international matters. She has given a lot of her time to Brexit-related issues with various groups.' 

'Rachael Kelsey is the go-to person on Scottish family law issues. She has accurate working knowledge of the law, a wonderful charm and an ease at being with demanding international clients.'

'Robert Gilmour is calm, considered in his opinion, wise, reliable, efficient and professional.'

Key Clients


Scottish Government

Local Authorities in Scotland and England and Wales

Work highlights

  • Acting in Scottish proceedings in the first reported case in the UK on the operation of the Maintenance Regulation.
  • Advising on Court of Session divorce dealing with vesting of share options, overseas pension and support post divorce.
  • Advising on high profile divorce including an application to set aside pre-nup.
  • Novel and bespoke mediation process created for international child law matter.
  • Acting for applicant for declarator of parentage arising from inadequate record keeping by fertility clinics in donor sperm cases.
Leading individuals

Rachael Kelsey - SKO

Robert Gilmour - SKO

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