Patience and Buchan > Aberdeen, United Kingdom > Firm Profile

Patience and Buchan
AB10 1RB
United Kingdom

Private client > Family Tier 4

Patience and Buchan's family law practice has a strong litigation and arbitration offering. The practice is jointly headed by founding partner and family and child law specialist Lorna Buchan, whose broad practice includes contentious divorce cases, and 'very effective mediator' Ashley Simpson. They are supported by associate Gillian Mitchell.

Practice head(s):

Lorna Buchan; Ashley Simpson

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‘Highly professional, efficient and able to back up instructions with results. There seems to be a strong sense of networking and teamwork within the firm. Strengths revolve around a clear understanding of the position of the law, effective and timely communication and carrying out all instructions on my behalf efficiently.’

‘Ashley Simpson has been a very effective mediator.’

‘I found the team to be very professional and reliable.’

‘Ashley Simpson has a warm and approachable manner to accompany her knowledge and experience. I felt confident I was in good hands and could be open and honest about my concerns and the emotions I was experiencing during a very difficult time.’

‘The team, from the admin to the solicitors, is friendly and reassuring – they always listen and have time for me and my concerns.’

‘Ashley Simpson is my solicitor. She listens to what I have to say and gives relevant advice. She comes across as empathetic, while being professional and realistic. I never feel rushed or like she doesn’t have time. I feel she ensures that our meetings are productive and she teases out relevant additional information. When in court, I feel Ashley knows my case really well and can articulate what I want in a very measured way, as well as using relevant examples that date back to the beginning of my case. I always feel she is prepared and is working to try and help me advocate for my daughter.’

‘Lorna Buchan really was excellent. She made time for me in her busy schedule and gave me her full attention and knowledge when meeting. Although the discussions were complex, she always ensured that I understood the context and discussed it in simplistic terms. Lorna was very empathetic, realistic and informative.’

‘Lorna Buchan’s experience across all areas of family law is extensive. She is quick, clever and personable. She has a great knowledge of the substantive law and is very practical and pragmatic. She is very willing to negotiate where that is the best way to achieve her client’s goals but is an excellent litigator if that becomes necessary. She has considerable experience of appearing in the Sheriff Court herself.’

Work highlights

Photo Name Position Profile
Lorna Buchan photo Lorna Buchan Senior Partner and accredited specialist in family law. Lorna is also an accredited…
Ashley Simpson photo Mrs Ashley Simpson Ashley is one of Patience and Buchan’s two Partners.  Ashley is Accredited…