Alison Edmondson > SKO > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

SKO
18 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PF
Scotland

Position

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. 

Career

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).

Languages

French.

Memberships

Family Law Association; CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators); FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland); Consensus Collaboration Scotland; IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).

Education

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).

Leisure

Photography, hill walking, Church of Scotland elder.

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.