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Shona Smith

Shona Smith

Partner & Head of Family Law

Edinburgh 0131 200 1238

I realised very early on in my career that the aspects of my work which I found most rewarding were those which involved working with individuals and families in relation to their personal relationships. 

I have now worked exclusively in the family law field for over 30 years and head the Family Law Team.

My interest and commitment to the area of law and to helping my clients move on with life has grown over time. The years have brought with them the benefit of experience and expertise in how best to help guide clients through the difficult and emotional process following breakdown of their relationships.

I work with families in all private family law issues including pre-nuptial, pre cohabitation, post nuptial and separation agreements, divorce, and arrangements for children. I am able to assist the majority of my clients in finding a resolution without the need for contested court proceedings.

In the few cases where litigation is necessary I am able to offer my clients the benefit of considerable experience of conducting cases in both the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session.

I am also able to offer Mediation or Collaborative practice. I am in addition a FLAGS Qualified Family Law Arbitrator.

The most rewarding part of my job is usually the first time I meet a client. I feel privileged to be given an insight into client’s lives including being trusted with their most personal information at a time that is often overshadowed by hurt, pain, anger and uncertainty. Whereas solutions are rarely found at that early stage it is hugely rewarding to be able to talk about the alternate ways forward and by the end of the meeting to have worked together to build a plan as to how to move forward.

When I am not at work you will find me spending time with my own family and friends or in the early morning alone on a beach with a dog.

Shona combines a client-centric approach with secure legal expertise to ensure the best possible outcome.

Chambers, 2023

She has a great understanding of my case and has helped me make informed decisions in sometimes very difficult circumstances.

Chambers, 2023

She is very level-headed, pragmatic and down to earth in her approach.

Chambers, 2023

Shona Smith ensures a rare balance between excellent legal knowledge; knowledge of the case and understanding of the court system and alternate options available, as well as understanding of her client and their family circumstances.

Legal 500, 2023

Shona Smith is an exceptionally calm person, which has helped alleviate a lot of the stress that I have felt.

Legal 500, 2023