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Accredited family law specialist and pioneer for positive changes in family law. Specialises in complex child cases and separation/divorce, often with an international element. A trained mediator, arbitrator and collaborative professional, committed to resolving family disputes with dignity and respect. Has worked on numerous significant cases with values up to £60 million. Extensive expertise in all dispute resolution models from Court of Session and Sheriff Court litigation to arbitration, negotiated mediation and collaborative practice. A founder member of the Collaborative movement in Scotland.
Partner BTO Solicitors LLP (2011 - present); HBJ Gateley Wareing (2005 – 2011); International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners (2004 – 2010); Anderson Strathern (1996 - 2005); McKay Norwell (1993-1996); Yuill & Kyle (1991 – 1993).
Instrumental in bringing Parenting after Parting to Scotland and co-edited the legal section of the leading book in this field; Co-editor of Family Law Bulletin. Numerous press articles/ radio TV appearances on Family law related issues.
The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; The Scottish Family Law Association and Resolution in England; Family Law Arbitrators Scotland; Treasurer of Consensus Collaboration Scotland. Secretary of the European Academy of Collaborative Professionals (ENCP).
Glasgow University, LLB Hons (1990), Dip LP (1991).
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Scotland: Private client
BTO Solicitors LLP has ‘a strong grounding in the various forms of ADR’. Key figures include Cath Karlin (who ‘builds a great rapport with her clients’), Lesley Gordon (who is ‘heavily committed to collaborative law’) and child law specialist Marjory Blair, who is ‘razor sharp in catching the details’.