I have been working exclusively in the area of Family Law for over 35 years, supporting clients through some of the most difficult and stressful times in their lives. Brought up in Carnoustie and educated at the High School of Dundee, I came to Aberdeen to study Law and loved the subject and the city, where I have practised ever since.
Early in my career, I became concerned at the damage partners can inflict on each other and their families, and strive, the best I can, to make clients aware of this and to understand the impact their actions can have and help them to move forward. I am proud to have been one of the early members of the Family Law Association Scotland. I trained as one of the first Family Law Mediators in Scotland and was a founder member of CALM, the unique association of solicitor mediators in Scotland. I am committed, where possible, to achieving Alternative Dispute Resolution for clients using the Collaborative approach, which can reduce the stress and cost of resolving problems.
I hope I have acquired a reputation for giving clear and straightforward advice to try to avoid prolonging disputes unnecessarily. I am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Family Law Specialist. Over the years, my interest in helping people has not faltered and my experience has grown enormously. I do feel pleased for clients when I have brought solutions to their problems and enabled them to move forward with their, and their families’, lives.
I deal with all areas of Family Law including divorce, separation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, adoption, child related cases of all kinds and guardianships.
I am, and have been over the years, involved in the development of family law in Scotland, having held committee posts in the Aberdeen Bar Association (including chair), the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen, the British Association of Adoption and Fostering, CALM, Consensus, FLAGS and the Family Law Association (including chair).
Aberdeen Bar Association (past Chair)
Society of Advocates in Aberdeen
BAAF - British Association of Adoption and Fostering (past Committee Member)
CALM - Scottish solicitor/mediators group (past Secretary and Committee Member)
Consensus Scotland Collaborative Practitioners Group - Committee Member and past Local Group Leader
Family Law Arbitrator Member of FLAGS Arbitration Group in Scotland
Honorary Life Time Member Family Law Association (past Chair and Secretary)
Reunite International Charity - assisting in International Child Abduction cases