Ms Karen Sutherland > Gibson Kerr > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Gibson Kerr
6 Randolph Crescent

Work Department

Family Law Department


Senior Solicitor


After reading law at the University of Edinburgh, Karen undertook her traineeship with The Scottish Executive and later joined an Edinburgh firm as a family solicitor.

She was appointed by the Scottish Ministers as a Children’s Panel member in 2003 and, in 2004, she joined The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration specialising in matters concerning children’s welfare. After four years with the Reporter’s Office, Karen undertook a post graduate diploma at the South African College of Applied Psychology with a focus on crisis intervention and family systems therapy.

Following a period living in South Africa and Dubai raising a family and running her own commercial business, Karen joined Gibson Kerr in August 2020.

Karen is familiar with all aspects of Family Law including contact and residence disputes, and financial provision on divorce. She has experience appearing in the Sheriff Court and instructing Counsel in Court of Session actions. Karen also has extensive experience in Children’s Hearings.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

Under the joint leadership of the ‘formidable’ Fiona Rasmusen and the ‘highly experiencedNadine Martin, the family law practice at Gibson Kerr combines the firm’s wider property and private client capabilities to advise on a wide range of matters. Martin has a niche specialisation in trauma-informed law, while senior solicitor Karen Sutherland is a key contact for cases concerning the welfare of children.