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Blackadders LLP


John Mitchell

Work 0131 222 8000
Blackadders LLP

Work Department

Family law and dispute resolution.


Partner responsible for the family law unit in the Edinburgh branch typically handllng high-net-worth separations and divorces. Currently preparing for an 8 day damages proof in the Court of Session due to commence in September 2014. Mitchell has regularly represented clients in high-value divorce cases in the Court of Session over the years. Also a partner in the dispute resolution unit specialising in commercial actions typically in the Court of Session and also contractual disputes and insolvency work in the local courts.


Trained McKay Norwell WS, qualified 1979, partner 2012. After qualifying following an apprenticeship with McKay Norwell, Mitchell remained with that firm throughout his professional career until June 2012 when the firm merged with Blackadders. Became a partner in McKay Norwell in 1982 and ultimately senior partner in 2008.


Family Law Association of Scotland.


Dunfermline High School; Edinburgh University (LLB ordinary 1976) (Dip business administration 1977)


Keen golfer and a member of Luffness Golf Club.

Scotland: Private client


Within: Family

Blackadders LLP is ‘a particularly good Central Belt firm’ that handles complicated financial disputes, in addition to the full range of family work. The practice is led by Craig Samson, who is ‘a formidable lawyer and really strong negotiator’. He specialises in financial claims arising out of separation and divorce, sometimes with cross-border and jurisdictional aspects. John Mitchell has ‘considerable litigation experience’ and specialises in handling family disputes in and out of court. The ‘brilliantGareth Masson handles a substantial amount of civil court matters, financial provision, child law, adoption and permanency orders.

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