Gareth Masson > Blackadders LLP > Aberdeen, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Blackadders LLP
AB11 6XU

Work Department

Private client – family law.


Partner in Blackadders family law team. His emphasis for many years has been family law, dealing with financial provision on divorce, and issues relating to children, including the area of adoption and permanency orders, as well as disputes relating to residence and contact. Gareth manages a large caseload, appearing frequently in the Sheriff courts in the North-East of Scotland. He is regularly appointed by Aberdeen Sheriff Court to prepare reports in unresolved child cases. His experience has led him to be involved in a number of high-value cases, including those relating to claims arising out of relationships of cohabitation. He has also been involved in arguing appeals to the Sheriff Principal in cases relating to children. He is also trained as a collaborative family lawyer, often dealing with cases on this basis. He is a member of the Family Law Association. He is also an ad-hoc tutor at Robert Gordon University for the Diploma in Legal Practice. Gareth is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and child law.


Trainee solicitor James & George Collie form 1992-94; assistant solicitor, associate Adam Cochran; becoming partner in 1999 until merger with Blackadders 2014.


Robert Gordon’s College; Aberdeen University (1990 LLB, 1992 Dip LP).


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Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

Blackadders LLP regularly helps its clients to resolve issues of financial provision, asset division, and child residence and contact in the event of divorce or separation through mediation, collaborative practice, and other firms of alternative dispute resolution. The firm has worked on a number of cases concerning attempts by one parent to relocate within Scotland or the UK in such a way to distances that would make contact difficult. Craig Samson, who leads the team out of Dundee, has a track record of work on financial claims for both pursuers and defenders. In Aberdeen, Gareth Masson handles civil court matters concerning children, including those relating to adoption and permanency orders. Associate Joanne Murray has advised on cross-border disputes.