Robert Gilmour > SKO > Edinburgh, United Kingdom > Lawyer Profile

18 George Street
United Kingdom


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.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

Robert GilmourSKO

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.