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Director of Sheehan Kelsey Oswald Family Law Specialists. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and as a family mediator. Founding member of steering group, and now secretary, of FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland) and accredited as FLAGS arbitrator. Trained collaborative lawyer. Past tutor in family law at Edinburgh University. Postgraduate certificate in mediation and conflict resolution from University of Strathclyde. Practice centres on financial provision and financial issues arising from separation and parenthood. Has particular interest in tax issues in family law cases – a subject on which she has written for the ‘Journal of the Law Society of Scotland’ – and unusual and/or complex cases including disputed paternity legal rights (inheritance) claims and family contracts including pre and post nups. Particular experience and expertise in advocacy – appears regularly in the Sheriff Court.
Trained Turcan Connell, 2004; qualified 2004; assistant solicitor and latterly associate family law team, Turcan Connell, (2004-2011); director SKO, 2011. Publications of note: ‘Splitting from the taxman – tax consequences of separation’ and ‘Surprise Results – unintended consequences of tax planning in divorce’, ‘Journal of the Law Society of Scotland’ respectively Vol 55 (January 2010) and Vol 55 (September 2010).
Family Law Association; CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators); FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland); Scottish Collaborative Family Law Group; IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).
Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh; University of Aberdeen (2001, LLB, hons, law and French, 2:1); University of Edinburgh (2002, Dip LP); University of Strathclyde (2011, postgradute certificate in mediation and conflict resolution).
Photography, hill walking, Church of Scotland elder.
Arbitration, ADR, mediation; Family - children; Family - matrimonial