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 from 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 is ‘an excellent firm in Aberdeen and Dundee’, according to clients and is led by Craig Samson, who is singled out for his ‘robust and pragmatic approach’. The team is active across a range of family law issues, with strength in complex cross-border child-related matters and financial provision issues. Gareth Masson is regularly instructed on matters of adoption, permanency orders, and cohabitation.