I was born in Aberdeen, attended school here and went to Aberdeen University where I obtained my law degree and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with an early interest in Family Law. I completed my traineeship with a large Aberdeen firm and joined their court department as an assistant. I went on to work with another large Aberdeen based firm managing their Family Law department. Following a period living overseas with my family I returned to Aberdeen and worked exclusively in Family Law with a small specialist practice. I joined Balfour + Manson in 2017.
I have over 20 years’ experience in working with families in Aberdeen, assisting with the difficulties which arise from the breakup of relationships including negotiating complex financial cases and those involving children. I am committed to ensuring my clients have the best advice to enable them to minimise conflict and the potential for negative impact on any children or the wider family unit wherever possible. I am passionate about achieving the best outcome for my clients and ensuring that the interests of any children are a priority. Whilst I have extensive experience in court actions I feel that alternative dispute resolution (such as mediation and collaboration) has, more than ever, a vital role in Family Law practice.
I specialise in family law and advise clients on a variety of cases including divorce, separation, cohabitation, dissolution of civil partnership, pre-nuptial/post-nuptial agreements, child residence and contact, adoption and children’s hearing work. I am a trained Collaborative Practitioner and a member of Consensus Scotland.
I have extensive experience in dealing with court cases at both Sheriff court and Court of Session level. I appear regularly at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and other courts in Scotland as required.