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The Secret To Great Advocacy- Coronavirus Special

What is the secret of great advocacy? In the early days of my career in the law I used to sit in the public gallery at Dumfries Sheriff Court and watch... Read more

Dial in for Justice- hearings by phone

I fear I broke a number of rules about what not to wear at court recently when I was involved in my first teleconference hearing at the Court of Session. Read more

Remotely Illuminating- Getting to the truth over Zoom?

Can you tell if someone is telling the truth by Zoom?   As my recent blogging history reveals I’m currently vexed by the question of whether family cases requiring evidence from witnesses... Read more

Getting the courts moving again

The decision of the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) to postpone all non-urgent hearings due to the Coronavirus pandemic came as a major blow to parties who had been... Read more

Getting disputes resolved in the middle of a pandemic…

In the right disputes, arbitration is the best way of getting to a resolution, at a time when our court system is under enormous pressure and progressing cases is a... Read more

Separated with a Spanish Property?

If you had enough money to buy a second home abroad, where would it be? The results of our survey* are in. Scots choose Spain. Read more

Law Society of Scotland Coronavirus Support Package Announced

As one of the 39 elected members of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland, I participated last week in the first ever virtual meeting of the Council. Read more

Contact with your child during lockdown- with Dr Lucie MacKinlay

I spoke with Dr Lucie MacKinlay, a chartered Clinical Psychologist who has worked for the NHS since 2003, and who also provides assessments to the courts in contact and residence... Read more

Parentage and the Right Not To Know

Who is my father? That seemingly simple and fundamental question has vexed many individuals, families and courts throughout history. Read more

Stop The Press- Good News for Fertility Treatment

Today has brought the first glimmer of hope that the storm clouds may be passing for those patiently awaiting to restart fertility treatment. Read more

Surrogacy and Fertility Treatment Update and New Caselaw

Time is the most valuable commodity. For those eager to start a family via assisted reproduction, time is priceless. Read more

Busy doing nothing?

As the courts slowly begin to grind back into gear using new technology, and in a spirit of contrarianism, I’d like to put in a word for the virtues of... Read more

Time for a Change for Marriage Law?

Divorce lawyers really shouldn’t blog about weddings: it’s like looking at the view through the wrong end of a telescope. Read more

Getting Married in Lockdown

I get asked about how to get divorced a lot, but am not often asked about how to get married. Read more

Divorce, Anxiety and Brent Crude

With family in the oil industry, having lived in Aberdeen in the 1970’s, and with my family all back there now, I notice the price per barrel of Brent Crude... Read more

Fruitful Language- The Right Tools For The Job

There’s been a surprising level of interest in metaphors in recent days. Read more

Access to Justice- English style

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary Service in England and Wales have just published the 4th Edition of The Remote Access Family Court, by Mr Justice MacDonald. Read more

COVID-19: Domestic & Elder Abuse Contact details

This is a practical update on how to get help if you are experiencing domestic abuse (or are someone who is concerned about, or has witnessed abuse, neglect or financial... Read more

Mediation in the time of Corona- resolving things remotely

At a time when you feel that normal life is on hold, yet your personal circumstances are in freefall, mediation can allow you and your ex-partner or spouse to take... Read more

COVID-19 and assisted reproduction: yet another obstacle to parenthood

Among the many groups of people to be hit particularly hard by the current COVID-19 pandemic, spare a thought for those who are seeking to start a family using assisted... Read more