Robert Gilmour > SKO > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

18 George Street


Director of SKO Family Law Specialists. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and as a family mediator. FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration group Scotland) arbitrator. Practice covers the full range of family and child law cases. Recognised for particular expertise in cohabitant claims – acted for successful applicant in ground breaking and widely reported Supreme Court case of Gow v Grant (undertaking all advocacy at first instance) and advising on surrogacy and artificial reproductive technology. Extensive experience of advocacy including conduct of proofs, debates and other contentious hearings in the Sheriff Court (Scotland wide).


Trained Oag and Company & Hilary L. Grieve, Dumfries; assistant solicitor, John Henderson and sons, Dumfries; assistant solicitor, Lovells, Edinburgh; associate and latterly partner, Hughes Walker, Edinburgh; director, SKO 2013.


CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators); EBA (Edinburgh Bar Association); FLAGS.


University of Edinburgh (1993 LLB (Hons) 2(1); 1994 Dip LP).


Family, walking, history, crosswords, board games, whisky.

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Scotland > Private client > Family

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Robert GilmourSKO

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.