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Blackadders LLP


Gareth Masson

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Blackadders LLP

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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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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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