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.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

Robert GilmourSKO

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.