Susan Oswald > SKO > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

18 George Street


Founding director of SKO Family Law Specialists. Accredited by Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in child law and family mediator. Particular, and widely acknowledged, expertise in child law issues. Extensive experience acting in cross-border public child law matters (especially for Local Authorities and English agents). Routinely appointed by the courts as a reporter and curator ad litem in family cases. Practises full range of family law cases including divorce, separation and financial provision. Extensive experience in child residence and contact cases, adoption, child abduction (Hague and non-Hague) and specific issue order applications. Extensive experience of appearing in the Sheriff Court. Highly sought after mediator and adept at assiting in the most intractable matters.


Trained Skene Edwards; qualified 1996. Assistant and latterly partner, Erskine MacAskill. Founding director, SKO Family Law Specialists 2008.


Board member and Trustee, Family Mediation Lothian 2019- to date; CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators), Family Law Association, Convenor first hand (carers respite charity) 2001 to 2013, Friend St Columbas.


Knox Academy, Haddington; Edinburgh University MA (hons) 1983, LLB 1993, Dip LP 1994.


Skiing, reading, swimming.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

Operating ‘at the apex of Scottish family law’, family boutique SKO displays ‘particular expertise in international and cross-border cases’. In particular, founding director Rachael Kelsey, ‘a force of nature within family law’, is widely considered a heavyweight in intra-UK financial cases. Robert Gilmour, meanwhile, has earned a national reputation acting in cohabitant claims and surrogacy issues, Alison Edmondson shines in pre- and post-nuptial agreement set-asides, while Susan Oswald stands out for her work acting for English local authorities in public child law cases. Financial provision-focused associate Claire Christie and ‘extremely bright‘ senior associate John West, who has an impressive track record in pensions law and European Union and Hague Convention family law issues, are additional practitioners of note.