News

Some of the things that we have been involved in recently:
lectures, articles, reported cases and more...

We are recruiting: project manager

3rd February 2020

We are recruiting! We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised practice manager to oversee and develop projects within our boutique legal practice.  The advert can be found here.  To apply, please send a CV and covering letter explaining how your experience would be valuable to us to Alison Edmondson by 19 February 2020. 

Can my spouse claim on my business?

28th January 2020

Does my spouse have a claim on my business?  That was the topic addressed by Alison Edmondson speaking to private client advisers at today's Law Society of Scotland conference in Glasgow.  Alison lectured on the nature of claims on family businesses in divorce cases and then participated in a panel session with tax and family business advisers.

How do I divide our matrimonial property if I gave up work to look after our family?

26th November 2019

Alison Edmondson was invited to speak at the White Paper Matrimonial Finance Conference in Edinburgh today. She spoke on 'Economic disadvantage - What is the current climate in the courts when it comes to division of matrimonial property in cases where one spouse has given up a career and looked after the family?' Contact Alison for more information. 

Guardians: who looks after children if a parent dies?

22nd November 2019

Alison Edmondson has written for the Bulletin of the Family Law Association on the appointment of guardians to look after children on the death of a parent. Get in touch if you would like a copy of the article or to discuss this further.

We are rated 'Best for Family' in Scotland!

14th November 2019

The Times Best Law Firms 2020 has been released today, with SKO as the first of only three firms rated as ‘Best for Family’ in Scotland. It’s noted that, SKO are the largest niche family law practice in Scotland and that ‘The firm has been at the forefront of new legal developments’.

International divorce: disclosure of information

7th November 2019

Rachael Kelsey was invited by the AAML (American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers) to speak at their Annual Meeting in Chicago today. Rachael was on a panel of lawyers from Mexico, Canada, Sweden and England & Wales and spoke on ‘Discovery beyond our borders: gathering information on international cases’.

Her presentation focused on the Hague Evidence Convention provisions that are designed to make it easier to deal with obtaining evidence across borders and the practicalities of dealing with letters of request from overseas courts, in Scotland.  

Hague conference on international parentage and surrogacy

1st November 2019

Rachael Kelsey represented the IAFL at the Hague Conference on Private International Law meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy.

From 29 October to 1 November 2019, the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the sixth time in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 22 Experts from different States, three observers and members of the Permanent Bureau. The mandate of the Group is “to explore the feasibility of advancing work (…) on the private international law issues surrounding the status of children, including issues arising from international surrogacy arrangements”.

 The Group focused on proposing provisions for developing both: 

  • a general private international law instrument on the recognition of foreign judicial decisions on legal parentage; and
  • a separate protocol on the recognition of foreign judicial decisions on legal parentage rendered as a result of an international surrogacy arrangement. 

The Experts’ Group also discussed the feasibility of making provisions in relation to applicable law rules and public documents. The report can be found here. If you are interested in knowing more about International Surrogacy Arrangements you can contact Rachael or Robert Gilmour.

UK Supreme Court: international child abduction

31st October 2019

Rachael Kelsey writes in Scottish Legal News today on two important cases that SKO has been involved in- the first is a decision of the Supreme Court, handed down yesterday and the second a Petition to the Nobile Officium in the Court of Session. The former matter relates to an application under the 1980 Hague Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Convention where SKO acted pro bono- John West and Rachael Kelsey acting. In the latter matter, Susan Oswald acts for Salford City Council in Petition proceedings dealing with the recognition and enforcement of orders made by the English Court in relation to a child who is placed in secure accommodation here.

CLT family law conference: immigration, child psychology and cohabitation

28th October 2019

Alison Edmondson will be chairing the CLT Family Law at Scots Law 2019 conference in Edinburgh today. Alison has put together a day involving a range of speakers who will cover topics that impact upon Family Law, such as immigration and child psychology; some black letter law on cohabitation and jurisdiction together with some practical sessions on court craft and DR.

Brexit at the British Spanish Lawyers Association conference

5th October 2019

Rachael Kelsey was invited to speak at the BSLA (British Spanish Lawyers Association) Annual Conference in Madrid today. She was speaking on Brexit from a Scottish perspective- the significance of the recent caselaw from the Scottish Courts: Wightman, Cherry and Vince and the impact that changes in the law will bring for individuals and families.

Can we have a mixed sex civil partnership?

1st October 2019

Rachael Kelsey has written for Lexis Nexis today on the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill introduced into the Scottish Parliament yesterday. If it makes it into law, the Act will allow mixed sex couples to enter into a civil partnership. This will mean that mixed sex couples have the same choice that same sex couples currently have if they want to formalise their relationship- to marry or to enter into a civil partnership.

The Bill seeks to address the issues that arose from the Supreme Court case of R (Steinfeld and Keidan) v Secretary of State for International Development 2018. The Court found that certain elements of the Civil Partnership Act 2004- which had introduced civil partnership for same sex couples- were incompatible with Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), when taken in conjunction with Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Scottish Government looked at a number of ways of dealing with the lack of equal provision and, after consulting, have plumped for opening up civil partnership to mixed sex couples.

We are top-ranked for family law in Scotland!

26th September 2019

The 2019 Edition of the Legal 500 has been published, with SKO retaining its place in the top tier. The directory reports that 'This practice is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of family law in Scotland. Sensible, practical, pragmatic, thoughtful, understanding, empathetic, whilst also superlatively good technically - they are really unrivalled.'

Is surrogacy law being reformed?

25th September 2019

Alison Edmondson and Robert Gilmour and are both speaking at today's family law conference hosted by the Law Society of Scotland in Edinburgh.  Robert will be speaking about surrogacy law reform and its impact on parental rights and Alison will be providing a case law update about financial provision on separation and divorce. 

We are recruiting: traineeships 2021

20th September 2019

The application process for traineeships commencing in 2021 is now live. The closing date for applications is 4th October 2019. We have more information about the process, and some tips for things to think about when it comes to covering letters and cvs here. 

Ambassador for family law arbitration in Scotland

4th September 2019

Rachael Kelsey is delighted to have been appointed to be an Ambassador for the Scottish Arbitration Centre. The 28 practitioners from around the world selected to be Ambassadors will promote Scottish Arbitration and raise awareness of the Scottish legal and justice system. Rachael, who is one of the founders of FLAGS (the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland) is the only family lawyer amongst the Ambassadors.

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