I help families of all shapes and sizes to navigate through the choppy waters of separation, including civil partnerships, and divorce.
I work with couples and families to help them manage the legal side of their relationship.
That may be through pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, separation agreements, dissolution of civil partnerships or divorce.
When there are children, I help with issues around custody, residence and access.
Mitigating the effects of divorce or separation on owner-managed businesses is a particular specialism of mine and here I help business owners manage the impact, both financial and emotional, on their business.
I also help families and friends cope when an adult becomes incapable of managing their own affairs, through setting up and managing guardianships and all types of applications under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act.
My recent activity has been aimed at securing the most effective outcomes for clients, as follows:
Securing a claim for temporary financial support, where the amount secured for the client was 1000% greater than what the client was being paid by her husband.
Securing a court order preventing a child from being moved to England by his mother and, furthermore, ensuring he maintained contact with his father.
Reaching an agreement in a financial dispute. Reaching an agreement had two substantial benefits for the client. Firstly, an award of expenses of £100,000 was avoided and, secondly, a lengthy court hearing, which would have involved fees to the client of about £30,000, was also avoided.