I joined Balfour+Manson as a trainee solicitor in August 2011. Upon completing my traineeship in August 2013 I returned to the firm’s Family Team where I have remained ever since, acting in a range of matters concerning financial provision on the breakdown of personal relationships and the arrangements which are to be made for children in those circumstances, as well as issues concerning Adults with Incapacity and Professional Regulation. They are areas which I find to be extremely rewarding and interesting to assist clients in and I am delighted to have the opportunity to do so. I was assumed as a partner in 2017.
I am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in the fields of Family Law and Regulation of Professional Conduct Law, and am a member and committee member of the Family Law Association and a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. I currently sit on the Scottish Law Commission’s Advisory Group concerning the reform of the law on cohabitation. I am also a Mentor as part of ARDL’s mentorship scheme, offering support and advice to a younger solicitor or trainee working in the field of regulatory law.
I also currently provide advice and assistance on a voluntary basis with Citizen’s Advice and Gingerbread, and have previously assisted the University of Edinburgh’s Free Legal Advice and tutored with the School Mock Court Project.
My day-to-day practice involves acting on behalf of and advising individuals on contentious and non-contentious issues in connection with their own personal relationships, largely arising from the breakdown of those relationships and relating to issues concerning children and financial provision in those circumstances. Where court proceedings are required, I have experience of appearing and acting on behalf of clients in the Sheriff Court and have acted in high-value proceedings concerning financial provision in the Court of Session as well.
Additionally, I act on behalf of members of the EIS Teaching Union in disciplinary proceedings before the GTCS and have appeared on a regular basis at Hearings before Fitness to Teach panels of the GTCS since the beginning of 2015.
I also act and assist with a variety of additional civil litigation matters, including property and commercial disputes, and have advised upon Guardianship applications made in courts across Scotland. I have spoken on the topic of Guardianship applications at a Central Law Training Conference for Personal Injury practitioners.
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