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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/

Alison Edmondson

Tel:
Work 0131 243 2583
Email:
SKO

Position

Director of Sheehan Kelsey Oswald 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. Particular experience and expertise in advocacy – appears regularly in the Sheriff Court.

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.

Member

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.


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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