Individuals and Family

Advising individuals has always been at the heart of our business. We have a strong, dedicated team offering expert advice to our clients who tell us they find us both professional and approachable. This section covers insights that affects families and individuals including employment, pensions, family law and personal financial issues.



  • Brexit The Impact of Brexit on Family Law – we’ll get by ( we hope) with a little help from our friends… It could be said that in family law matters, we have all become a little complacent when it comes to considering whether or not European Regulations apply to the member state we are dealing with. We have become dependent upon Brussells II when it comes to jurisdiction. This will all change if we leave the EU with no deal.
  • Individuals & Families Trial Before the Aisle According to research, millennials are three times less likely to get married than their grandparents.
  • Individuals & Families Scotland takes a stance on domestic abuse Scotland is leading the way with the introduction of a ground-breaking piece of legislation, the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act creates a specific offence for "abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex-partner" for the first time.
  • Individuals & Families 'I do' or 'No thank you' - the end of civil partnerships? It has been five years since the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Act 2014 was passed, so the question is - what, if anything, has changed?
  • Individuals & Families Relocating from the UK with your child - what you need to know When one parent wishes to relocate with a child, they require the consent of the other parent. If that parent refuses to give consent, the relocating parent may seek an order from the court authorising the move. Relocation cases can be contentious and worrying for both parents and for children.
  • Individuals & Families Key considerations in the adoption process Adoption Week Scotland 2018 falls from 17-23 November. The week serves as an opportunity to celebrate adoption nationwide and also highlight the importance of the need for adoptive families in Scotland, and will see a number of events take place across the country.
  • Individuals & Families Is divorce on trend? As a divorce lawyer with a clothes shop, I couldn’t help but spot the article in the Sunday Times Style magazine recently, “The New Rules of Divorce”, reported by Fleur Britten. It promised “revelatory” results from a survey of 1,060 men and women on the reasons for their break-up, and I wondered how their survey results would compare with my experience to date.
  • Individuals & Families Protecting family businesses from the impact of divorce Our family business team explains some of the key points for family business owners to consider with a view to protecting business assets from the impact of divorce.
  • Individuals & Families 12 tips for separated parents at Christmas Christmas is a time of year for families to enjoy together. For separated parents, however, the reality can be a logistical nightmare before Christmas. Our Family Law team outlines 12 top tips to keep in mind throughout the festive period.
  • Individuals & Families The challenges of family business (Part 5): Family matters in business Corporate Finance Partner Michael Kelly talks about the challenges of running a family business from both his own experience and from his view as a lawyer himself.

Family Law

Our specialist family lawyers work collaboratively with our clients to help them find the best possible outcome, reach an early settlement and maintain relationships where possible.

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