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Turcan Connell

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Edinburgh, Glasgow, London
Legal market overview

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Turcan Connell‚Äôs Family Law team ‚Äúis now widely recognised as the leading Family Law Practice in Scotland‚ÄĚ according to Chambers. The team‚Äôs results and reputation have seen it enjoy top band listing in both Chambers and Legal 500 for many years.

The team is led by Gillian Crandles, the firm’s Managing Partner, who brings extensive experience to the firm.

Dual-qualified in Scotland and in England & Wales, she is regularly instructed by professionals, entrepreneurs, land and estate owners and those in the public domain, who value her sensitive approach to highly private matters.

Dealing with complex high-net-worth cases, she has comprehensive expertise in business valuations, partnership issues and farming. Gillian also has a particular interest in and knowledge of cases with an international element, including disputes regarding children and in respect of jurisdiction for financial claims. Gillian is an accredited specialist in family law, a collaborative lawyer and a family law arbitrator. She is a fellow of the highly esteemed International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Gillian has been praised by Chambers and Legal 500, saying: "She is technically skilled at navigating the complexities which arise from cross-border matters and maintains a pragmatic approach‚Ķ‚ÄĚ; "absolutely brilliant, excellent with clients and tenacious‚ÄĚ and "in the very top category of family lawyers in Scotland".

The team, based across Edinburgh and Glasgow, also includes partners Noel Ferry and Lindsey Ogilvie, both of whom are Solicitor Advocates.

Noel is a trained Collaborative Lawyer specialising in all areas of family law but is particularly noted for acting in high value cases for high net worth individuals, for example, celebrities, sports personalities, entrepreneurs, business owners, directors, professionals and executives.

He has successively been ranked by the Legal 500 for his experience in high net worth divorces, prenuptial agreements and child relocation cases and has been described as providing "outstanding service", being "absolutely committed to the case" and having "exemplary" knowledge.

Noel has also acted for clients with complex family trusts as well as difficult cohabitation claims on separation and death under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. He has assisted in many professional negligence cases involving family lawyers, and has been asked for his expert opinion on several cases of potential negligence.

Lindsey has a wide-ranging experience of contentious and non-contentious cases and handles a range of issues in the Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and in the Court of Session. Lately she has acted in cases involving farming partnerships, business valuation disputes and valuable international cohabitation claims.

She acts on behalf of clients negotiating high value and complex financial provision following separation negotiating or litigating as appropriate.

Lindsey is recognised particularly for the sympathetic and fair approach that she takes to child-related matters including residence disputes within the UK and those involving relocation to other jurisdictions.

She is an accredited specialist in family law and in October 2017 was appointed a Solicitor Advocate giving her extended rights of audience in the Court of Session and recognising her expertise and skill in advocacy. With Noel gaining the same rights in 2018 the team is the only in Scotland to be able to offer such strength, depth and choice in representation to our clients.

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