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.

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Scotland > Private client > Family

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Susan Oswald – SKO

Praised for its ‘unrivalled breadth and depth of knowledge’, boutique firm SKO fields a strong team, whose expertise runs the full gamut of family and child law matters, with demonstrable strength in multijurisdictional work, novel child law cases and surrogacy and parentage matters. The highly regarded Rachael Kelsey, a ‘towering figure in family law’, has considerable expertise advising on both Scottish and international family law, and is a key member of the team alongside Robert Gilmour, who takes point on surrogacy, parentage and cohabitation issues, Alison Edmondson, who focuses on high-net-worth matters involving corporate and tax issues, Susan Oswald, who routinely acts for local authorities on public child law cases, and associate Seonaid Cochrane.