As featured in The Scotsman and  Scottish Legal News

MacRoberts, has strengthened its family law team with the appointment of Marika Franceschi as a partner. This appointment is the first step in the firm’s three year strategic plan to grow their private client and family law teams across Scotland.

With over 12 years’ experience in the legal sector, Marika, who joins from Shoosmiths, brings extensive expertise advising on complex ante-nuptial contracts and high value claims for financial provision on divorce. She also deals with a wide range of issues including child residence and contact disputes, child relocation and Petitions under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.

Marika is a member of the Family Law Association, Scotland. She is trained in Collaborative Law and Accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law. She is also a Legal Adviser to the Italian Consulate General and regularly assists Italian clients with legal and business related queries in both Italy and Scotland.

Marika brings with her senior associate, Karen Nicol, who has particular expertise in permanence orders and adoption, both for local authorities and private individuals.

John Macmillan, Managing Partner at MacRoberts, said: “The Scottish legal landscape has been a moving feast since 2008. We have seen increasing levels of consolidation and new entrants to the market from south of the border. As a truly independent Scottish firm, we are excited about the opportunities this affords us, particularly in the area of family and private client. Marika’s appointment simply demonstrates our commitment to providing top quality legal services across Scotland”.

Jacqueline Stroud, Partner and Head of Family Law said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Marika and her team to the firm. Her experience is first-class and she will be able to offer our clients additional areas of legal expertise, particularly in relation to complex contracts for the protection of wealth and high value financial provision cases with an international dimension. This is a sign of our ongoing commitment to grow our family law offering and we are delighted to have her on board”.

Marika Franceschi commented: “Joining a firm with the history and heritage of MacRoberts is a huge privilege and I look forward to further developing an outstanding family law service to our clients throughout Scotland and beyond”.