Firm Profile > Gibson Kerr > Edinburgh, Scotland

Gibson Kerr

Family Tier 4

The family practice at Gibson Kerr is led by Fiona Rasmusen, who is well-regarded for her knowledge of pre-nuptial agreements, negotiated settlements and business interests. The firm aims to provide a more cost-effective and personal service than its larger competitors, and is praised for 'punching above its weight' in the Edinburgh market. The family team work closely with the wider firm's private client and property lawyers to provide a more rounded service.

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‘A very good private client and family firm in Edinburgh, with a growing reputation. The firm ‘punches above its weight’ in the Edinburgh market.

‘Gibson Kerr offer specialist family law advice in a sensible, practical manner.’

‘Fiona Rasmusen is efficient, thoughtful and knows the technicalities of the law in her field.’

‘Fiona Rasmusen is the outstanding lawyer in the practice, with a super reputation in family law. Fiona has a UK-wide and an international client base.’

Established in the 1920s as a private client firm, Gibson Kerr is today a modern and expert family law firm with three legal teams, each one headed up by a partner: Private Client Law; Family Law; and Property Law.

The firm acts in some of the most complex and difficult family law cases in Scots Law, working with a range of trusted experts and counsel. Many of these matters are cross-jurisdictional or involve parties in other countries.  The firm is expert at using tactics and innovative remedies to deal with such parties, who often imagine that they might be beyond the reach of a Scottish law firm.

A firm with a wide reach

In terms of geographical reach, Gibson Kerr has many enquiries from clients across the UK and internationally.  We are active in all courts, including the Court of Session, and we receive regular referrals from London law firms and Edinburgh accountancy firms. Clients and their partners are (increasingly) from all over the world.  Where children are involved, this mobility makes things much more complicated.  In addition to such lifestyle issues, there are also new areas of legislation in relation to matters like cohabitation.

What makes Gibson Kerr different?

Gibson Kerr’s differentiator is that the firm is smaller, more personal and affordable than the big firms – who are also often not quite as flexible about payment arrangements. In relation to boutique family law firms, we differentiate ourselves by having a private client and a property department.  It is frequently the case with family law that there is a crossover for clients who also require advice about property issues or succession issues.

A combination of key services around family law

The entire practice is overseen by a practice manager and combines family law with private client and property law to create a service that is built around all the key areas of law that typically affect a family law client.  The firm’s structure reflects client interests as well as the commercial interests of the firm, making it more resilient to macro-economic challenges. This approach stood the firm in good stead during the 2008 financial crash which exposed many property-focused law firms.

A pragmatic approach to clients – to secure their best interests

As a firm, we see our target audience not in the ‘high-end’ family law segment (which was too small), but more in the middle market.  We have set pricing accordingly and made fees manageable by looking at deferred payments and monthly payments.  In particular, we recognise the reality that doing a lot of work in a short period of time could mean that fees would rack up and people might not yet have the money to pay.

All of this informs the firm’s outlook and approach to clients.  We continually seek to preserve our clients’ financial resources by employing carefully thought-out strategies and tactics in all cases that do just this, while also making the other side work hard to maintain their position – with all the attendant costs that brings with it for our opponents.  In short, our approach to get the best outcome for a client and do so in the most cost-effective way that makes their legal position as robust as possible to prevent any future challenge.

A structure built around clients’ wider interests

The firm has a solid understanding of business dealings, which is of major benefit to clients in that many cases also involve business interests.  Partner Scott Rasmusen, who heads up the property law team, has extensive experience of working as a locum for various other firms, which has informed Gibson Kerr’s strategy in relation to the best structure for a firm based around family law and the other areas of law that are linked to it.

A broader perspective

The team is highly commercially aware, and partner Fiona Rasmusen has a business management background and is MBA-qualified.  It means that the firm understands business and is well-placed to help clients to deal with all of the complexities of matters involving personal and business interests, protecting clients’ positions at every touchpoint.

Although the firm is private client-based, it does act in a handful of Legal Aid cases, where there is a client in a particularly difficult position or where the case is particularly challenging or interesting.

Department Name Email Telephone
Family Law Fiona Rasmusen 0131 226 9161
Private Client Law Lindsay Maclean 0131 226 9162
Property Law Scott Rasmusen 0131 226 9160
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Louise Clark  photo Ms Louise Clark Having completed her undergraduate law degree and Diploma in Legal Practice at…
Ms Beverley Cotrell  photo Ms Beverley Cotrell Beverley is the Head of our Property Team and has over 30…
Ms Sue Anne MacAulay  photo Ms Sue Anne MacAulay Solicitor
Ms Caroline MacBeath  photo Ms Caroline MacBeath Caroline deals with all aspects of Family Law including contact and residence…
Ms Lindsay Maclean  photo Ms Lindsay Maclean Associate partner and head of the personal law department, work covers an…
Mr Gregor Mair  photo Mr Gregor Mair Solicitor
Ms Katie Marshall  photo Ms Katie Marshall Katie joined Gibson Kerr in December 2018 and is a solicitor in…
Mr Stuart Millar  photo Mr Stuart Millar As a solicitor in the Personal Law department, Stuart advises on all…
Ms Fiona Rasmusen photo Ms Fiona Rasmusen Head of family law advising on all areas of family law in…
Mr Scott Rasmusen  photo Mr Scott Rasmusen Head of property law advising on all aspects of conveyancing for residential…
Ms Karen Sutherland  photo Ms Karen Sutherland Solicitor
Solicitors : 10
Paralegal : 1
Property Executives : 3
Administrators : 4
Practice Manager : 1
Credit Controller : 1
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