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Family and child law including all aspects of divorce, cohabitation, contact, residence, relocation, child abduction, adoption, permanence orders, education, proceedings arising from children’s hearings at both first instance and appellate level, being instructed by children and in cases with child or vulnerable witnesses and public law cases involving children including judicial review and devolution issues. Reported cases: Principal Reporter v K  UKSC 56 – children’s hearings, unmarried fathers, definition of relevant person; Selkirk v Chisholm 2011 GWD 1-32 – cohabitation; Edinburgh City Council, Petitioner 2010 Fam LR 92 – adoption and children (Scotland) Act 2007, permanence orders, devolution issue, statutory interpretation; Authority Reporter v S 2010 SC 531 – children’s hearings, unmarried fathers, contact orders, definition of relevant person; Price v Baxter 2009 Fam LR 138 – intention of separated husband and wife, revocation of wills, minutes of agreement; Savage v Purches 2009 SLT (Sh Ct) – cohabitation, intestacy; Brown v Robertson 2009 Fam LR 13 – divorce, farming partnerships, dissolution, avoidance transactions; C v C 2008 SCLR 329 – international child abduction, acting for 11 year old child, concealment, settlement; Scottish Borders Council v T 2008 Fam LR 38 – freeing for adoption; R v Highland Council 2007 SLT 513 – personal injury, legal aid, remittal from Court of Session to Sheriff Court; S v D 2007 SLT (Sh Ct) 37 – application of Council Regulation 2201/2003 (Brussels II bis) and allocation of jurisdiction in cross-border proceedings between Scotland and England; Clark v Clark (no 2) 2007 SLT (Sh Ct) 86 – the division of farming partnership assets on divorce; Treasure v McGrath 2006 Fam L R 100 – concerning parental responsibilities and parental rights and the interpretation of section 11 (7) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 as amended by the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006.
Called 2005; member of the committee of the Advocates Family Law Association; Convener of the Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland from 2005-10.
University of Strathclyde (1994 LLB Hons 2:1; 1995 Dip LP).
Family; Public law