Rachael Macdonald > Harper Macleod LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Harper Macleod LLP
EH12 5HD


Senior Associate 

Rachael is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law. She deals with all aspects of family law, including financial provision on divorce, the negotiation of pre-nuptial agreementscohabitation issuessurrogacy and child-related matters, including relocation. She has a particular interest and expertise in high net worth financial provision on divorce cases and pre-nuptial agreements.

An experienced court practitioner, Rachael appears regularly in the Sheriff Court and acts both as principal and Edinburgh agent in Court of Session cases.  However, where possible, she will always endeavour to resolve matters outwith court.  To that end, she is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and a member of Consensus Collaboration Scotland and IACP (the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).

Rachael is Treasurer of the Family Law Association and has sat on the Committee of the Family Law Association since 2015. She was re-elected for a further three-year term in 2018. In that role, she provides input to government consultations on the review of family law in Scotland. She also organises training throughout the year for family law practitioners all over Scotland.

Rachael was appointed to the Board of the Scottish Child Law Centre in 2018. Prior to that, she was a regular volunteer at the Centre where she provided free advice to members of the public on often complex child and family law matters.

Rachael sits on Netball Scotland’s Wellbeing and Protection Panel which was launched in early 2019. She also tutors on the Undergraduate Family Law LLB Course at the University of Edinburgh.


LLB (Hons) Dip LP NP

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

Harper Macleod LLP‘s ‘forward-thinking team’ has specialist knowledge in financial provision arrangements where settlement has been complicated by insolvency, assets held in shares and trusts, and foreign assets. The firm also has experience in cross-border child relocation and abduction cases, and has achieved favourable outcomes for their clients in residency and contact orders involving suspected abuse. In addition to advising on custody and financial separation agreements in divorces, practice head Amanda Masson has significant experience in fertility law, encompassing the law governing the use of frozen embryos, surrogacy, and assisted reproduction. Jenny Smith focuses on financial matters, with experience in drafting cohabitation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and complex asset separation. Alexis Harper provides expertise on business valuations as it pertains to financial provision, while Karen Gibbons handles child welfare and mediation. Associates Nadine Martin and Rachael MacDonald are names to note.