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Rachael Kelsey

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Founding director of Sheehan Kelsey Oswald Family Law Specialists – SKO. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and as a family mediator. Fellow IAML; counsel 2013-14 and secretary 2014 to date. Chair of Board, (Director and trustee Family Mediation Lothian and treasurer of CALM (the organisation of accredited family solicitor mediators in Scotland)). Trained collaborative lawyer. Family arbitrator with and trainer for FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland). Past chair of the Family Law Association. Lectured and written extensively on Scots family law, both nationally and internationally for, amongst others, the IAML, CBBE, Law Society of Scotland, Four Jurisdictions, Central Law Training and Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. Practice centres on financial provision, often in cases with an international or intra-UK dimension. Significant experience in cross-border, intra-UK and abroad, cases. Particular expertise in acting for LGBTI individuals (child and financial cases). Increasing corporate advisory and reputation management practice.


Trained Anderson Strathern. Assistant solicitor, Ian Smith and Partners, Galashiels; assistant solicitor, associate and latterly senior associate, Morton Fraser; partner, Mowat Hall Dick; partner Pagan Osborne; founding director Sheehan Kelsey Oswald Family Law Specialists upon family team from Pagan Osborne breaking away to set up niche family law practice, 2008; tutor in family law, professional competency course for trainee solicitors, 2004 to date. Publications of note: ‘Social revolution – the Civil Partnership Act 2004’, ‘There’s no case like Rome – the Rome III opt out’, ‘Death of a claim – death claims for cohabitants’, ‘Variations on a theme – cross jurisdiction variation’, ‘E-for explanation – Eliassen in the Supreme Court’, ‘Data Protection and Family Law’, ‘FLAGS Unfurled – Family Law Arbitration’ Journal of the Law Society of Scotland vol 50 (March 2005), vol 51 (December 2005), vol 54 (March 2009), vol 54 (April 2009), and vol 56 (July 2011), vol 57 (April 2012) and vol 58 (March 2013) respectively; ‘Scottish, English and French law implications of the Maintenance Regulation’ (co-author, Jordans International Family Law, December 2014); ‘Scottish Family Law for the English Family Lawyer’ (Private Client Business, Sweet & Maxwell, March 2013).




IAML (fellow, counsel 2013-14, secretary 2014 to date); CALM (treasurer); Family Law Association (past chair); chair, director and trustee Family Mediation Lothian; founding, and now committee, member FLAGS; Consensus Collaboration Scotland; IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).


Culloden Academy, Inverness; University of Edinburgh (LLB; Dip LP).


family, wine, food and boxing.

Scotland: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Rachael Kelsey - SKO

Within: Family

The ‘utterly professional and brilliant’ team at SKO has ‘significant international expertise and exceptionally skilled lawyers’, who are ‘particularly well versed in dealing with high-value financial provision cases’. It handles a steady flow of post-nuptial and pre-nuptial work alongside a wide range of child-related matters such as cross-border surrogacy, child abduction, adoption and relocation. Susan Oswald is ‘an unfailingly calm beacon of strength’; ‘particularly effective in child-related disputes’ she ‘combines cool analysis with an effortless ability to put even the most stressed of clients at ease’. Recently, she represented a client in a cross-border adoption case in the Court of Session, which involved working with a number of social work agencies due to mental health issues. ‘An outstanding lawyer for complex financial issues’, Rachael Kelsey acted for the father in a high-profile divorce and financial provision case at the Court of Session. She attracts praise for being ‘phenomenally strong on the law while looking at everything practically and with the client in mind’, and for her ‘boundless energy and superb judgement’. Robert Gilmour, who ‘provides pragmatic and sensible advice’, acted for a client in public and private law proceedings pertaining to sexual abuse allegations. Associate and ‘rising star’ John West is ‘brilliant and totally unflappable’.

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