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SKO

FORSYTH HOUSE, 93 GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH, EH2 3ES, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 322 6669
Fax:
Fax 0131 243 2582
DX:
LP 93 EDINBURGH-2
Email:
Web:
http://www.sko-family.co.uk/

Robert Gilmour

Tel:
Work 0131 243 2583
Email:
SKO

Position

Director of SKO Family Ltd – Sheehan Kelsey Oswald 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. Regularly appointed by the Court as reporter and curator ad litem in family cases (in respect of both children and incapax adults). His practice covers the full range of matrimonial and child-related cases including divorce, dissolution, cohabitation claims, financial provision, residence/contact, specific issue orders and relocation. 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). Extensive experience of advocacy including conduct of proofs, debates and other contentious hearings in the Sheriff Court (Scotland wide).

Career

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.

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

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


Scotland: Private client

Family

Within: Family

Absolutely brilliant, clever, knowledgeable, human and responsive’, the team at SKO is ‘at the cutting edge of family law’. Its work includes handling major international maintenance cases and acted in the first contentious case under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act in Scotland (a matter led by Robert Gilmour). The group also has a significant practice catering specifically to LGBTI individuals; with vast experience in related human rights and Equality Act issues, civil partnership dissolution, gender recognition, adoption, surrogacy and reproduction cases. In addition, the team advised on the first same-sex divorce case in the UK. The ‘doyenne of Scots family lawyers’, practice head Rachael Kelsey (noted as a ‘force of nature’) is particularly known for her presence in cross-border and international family cases. Susan Oswald continues to advise various county councils in England and Wales on the recognition and enforcement of proposed deprivation of liberty orders, which has implications under Scots law. John West is ‘building a stellar reputation in the field’ and regularly receives instructions from English leading and junior counsel in relation to Scottish and European law issues. Alison Edmondson is a specialist family mediator, but is also well regarded for her expertise in work for vulnerable adults, as well as tax and capacity issues. Clients include NSPCC and the Scottish Government.

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