Rachael Kelsey > SKO > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

SKO
18 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PF
Scotland

Position

Founding director of SKO Family Law Specialists. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and as a family mediator. President Elect European Chapter of IAFL. The Times Scottish Lawyer of the Week 2020. Only Scottish Family Lawyer in Spears HNW Family Law Index and one of three named Scottish lawyers in Chambers and Partners HNW Guide 2020. Appointed member Scottish Civil Justice Council, Family Law Committee (2016- to date). Lectured and written extensively on Scots family law, both nationally and internationally for, amongst others, the IAFL, CBBE, Law Society of Scotland, Four Jurisdictions, Central Law Training and Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. Practice centres on financial provision, often in cases with an international or intra-UK dimension. Significant experience in cross-border, intra-UK and abroad, cases. Particular expertise in acting for LGBTI individuals (child and financial cases). Increasing corporate advisory and reputation management practice. Trained collaborative lawyer. Family arbitrator with and trainer for FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland). Past chair of board, (Director and trustee Family Mediation Lothian and treasurer of CALM (the organisation of accredited family solicitor mediators in Scotland)) and past chair of the Family Law Association. 

Career

Trained Anderson Strathern. Assistant solicitor, Ian Smith and Partners, Galashiels; assistant solicitor, associate and latterly senior associate, Morton Fraser; partner, Mowat Hall Dick; partner Pagan Osborne; founding director SKO Family Law Specialists upon family team from Pagan Osborne breaking away to set up niche family law practice, 2008. Co-author of Scottish Chapters of Thomson Reuters Family Law Global Guide and Practical Law International Relocation of Children. 

Languages

French.

Memberships

IAFL (fellow, counsel 2013-14, secretary 2014-2020, President Elect European Chapter 2020-2021); CALM (member and former treasurer); Family Law Association (member and past chair); Past chair, director and trustee Family Mediation Lothian; founding, and now committee, member and treasurer of FLAGS; Consensus Collaboration Scotland; IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).

Education

Culloden Academy, Inverness; University of Edinburgh (LLB; Dip LP).

Leisure

good company, good food and good wine.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

Rachael KelseySKO

SKO is a boutique practice focused firmly on family law. Founding director Rachael Kelsey, the former chair of the Family Law Association, has considerable experience in intra-UK financial cases, where she has successfully argued for Scottish jurisdiction to apply. The firm acts in high-conflict divorce cases, often on behalf of high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals, with an extremely strong track record of achieving favourable outcomes for its clients. Within divorce proceedings, the firm has acted on pre- and post-nuptial agreement set-asides, with Alison Edmondson centering her practice on such issues. Robert Gilmour is well-regarded for his knowledge of surrogacy matters, while child residency and contact is another strength; the team has been retained to advise on cases with both intra-UK and international dimensions. Associate John West has expertise on pensions law as it affects family matters, and EU and Hague Convention family law, while associate Claire Christie has strong credentials with regards to financial provision.