The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

SKO

FORSYTH HOUSE, 93 GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH, EH2 3ES, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 243 2583
Fax:
Fax 0131 243 2582
DX:
LP 93 EDINBURGH-2
Email:
Web:
www.sko-family.co.uk

Susan Oswald

Tel:
Work 0131 243 2583
Email:
SKO

Position

Founding director of Sheehan Kelsey Oswald Family Law Specialists – SKO. Accredited by Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in child law and family mediator. Particular, and widely acknowledged, expertise in child law issues. Routinely appointed by the courts as a reporter and curator ad litem in family cases. Practises full range of family law cases including divorce, separation and financial provision. Extensive experience in child residence and contact cases, adoption, child abduction (Hague and non-Hague) and specific issue order applications. Extensive experience of appearing in the Sheriff Court as well as running Court of Session cases with counsel. Regularly acts for solicitors and counsel, as well as for children and young people direct.

Career

Trained Skene Edwards; qualified 1996. Assistant and latterly partner, Erskine MacAskill. Founding director, Sheehan Kelsey Oswald Family Law Specialists 2008.

Member

CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators), Family Law Association, Convenor first hand (carers respite charity) 2001 to 2013, Friend St Columbas.

Education

Knox Academy, Haddington; Edinburgh University MA (hons) 1983, LLB 1993, Dip LP 1994.

Leisure

Skiing, reading, swimming.


Scotland: Private client

Family

Within: Family

The β€˜utterly professional and brilliant’ team at SKO has β€˜significant international expertise and exceptionally skilled lawyers’, who are β€˜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 β€˜an unfailingly calm beacon of strength’; β€˜particularly effective in child-related disputes’ she β€˜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. β€˜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 β€˜phenomenally strong on the law while looking at everything practically and with the client in mind’, and for her β€˜boundless energy and superb judgement’. Robert Gilmour, who β€˜provides pragmatic and sensible advice’, acted for a client in public and private law proceedings pertaining to sexual abuse allegations. Associate and β€˜rising star’ John West is β€˜brilliant and totally unflappable’.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to