Caroline Gillespie > BLM > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

BLM
13 BATH STREET
GLASGOW
G2 1HY
Scotland

Work Department

Family law.

Position

Having joined HBM Sayers in 2006 to work alongside Siobhan Kelly in the family law department which together they have continued to grow, Caroline’s case load comprises of a mixture of child law and financial provision on divorce. She was the instructing solicitor in the reported case of Price v Baxter which made a determination regarding the interaction between spousal separation agreements and testamentary provision. She was the instructed solicitor in a successful opposition to an action seeking to deprive a natural father of parental rights and responsibilities which is still understood to be the first to proceed to judicial determination in Scotland. She is regularly instructed in international child relocation and cohabitation claims. Caroline is trained in collaborative law. In addition to tutoring for Glasgow Bar Association, Caroline is increasingly invited to speak at seminars on Family Law and is now a partner in the new BLM. Now accredited by the Law Society as a specialist in both child and family law.

Career

Qualified 1989; trained and assistant Barton & Hendry 1988-1992; assistant and partner T.F. Reid & Donaldson between 1992-2002; assistant Carr & Company 2002-06; assistant, associate, senior associate HBM Sayers, assumed as partner 2011-14; partner BLM 2014 to date, following merger with HBM Sayers.

Memberships

The Family Law Association in Scotland; Glasgow Bar Association; The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow; Consensus Collaboration Scotland; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Education

Ardrossan Academy; University of Strathclyde (1987 LLB, 1988 Dip LP).

Leisure

Jogging, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

BLM ‘s team of ‘true specialists‘ work particularly well with difficult financial cases, such as divorce proceedings involving allegations of domestic abuse, the division of assets held in multiple countries, and a novel civil partnership dissolution that raised a dispute about the ownership of embryos. In terms of child law, the practice advises clients on residence disputes, contact orders and exclusions orders – in one highly contentious matter, former practice head Siobhan Kelly was instructed as child welfare reporter to represent the interests of a child facing the prospect of foster care. Caroline Gillespie – who is ‘always a step ahead of the opposition’ has particular expertise in international child relocation and cohabitation cases.