Alison Edmondson > SKO > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile
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Director of SKO Family Law Specialists – SKO. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and as a family mediator. Founding member of steering group of FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland) and FLAGS arbitrator. Trained collaborative lawyer. Past tutor in family law at Edinburgh University. Postgraduate certificate in mediation and conflict resolution from University of Strathclyde. Practice centres on financial provision and financial issues arising from separation and parenthood. Has particular interest in tax issues in family law cases – a subject on which she has written for the ‘Journal of the Law Society of Scotland’ – and unusual and/or complex cases including disputed paternity legal rights (inheritance) claims and family contracts including pre and post nups.
Trained Turcan Connell, 2004; qualified 2004; assistant solicitor and latterly associate family law team, Turcan Connell, (2004-2011); director SKO, 2011. Publications of note: ‘Splitting from the taxman – tax consequences of separation’ and ‘Surprise Results – unintended consequences of tax planning in divorce’, ‘Journal of the Law Society of Scotland’ respectively Vol 55 (January 2010) and Vol 55 (September 2010).
Family Law Association; CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators); FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland); Consensus Collaboration Scotland; IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).
Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh; University of Aberdeen (2001, LLB, hons, law and French, 2:1); University of Edinburgh (2002, Dip LP); University of Strathclyde (2011, postgradute certificate in mediation and conflict resolution).
Photography, hill walking, Church of Scotland elder.
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.