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

New Case Law- Villiers v Villiers Supreme Court Decision handed down

1st July 2020

The long-awaited decision Supreme Court judgment in Villiers v Villiers [2020] UKSC 30 has been handed down this morning. The decision is about competing claims within the UK- Scottish divorce proceedings and claims for maintenance in England and Wales. Read more

Spear s 2020 Family Lawyers Top Recommended

Kelsey only Scottish lawyer recognised in Spears Family Law Index 2020

9th June 2020

Rachael Kelsey continues to be the only Scottish lawyer recognised in Spears Family Law Index, 'the definitive lists of the top HNW advisers in Britain working in property, family law, wealth management, tax and trust, alternative assets and reputation management. '

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Success for Susan Oswald!

26th May 2020

We are delighted to announce that Susan Oswald has been re-elected to the Law Society of Scotland Council as representative for the constituency of Edinburgh.   Having already served for three years, Susan's priority remains to promote the interests of fellow solicitors in Edinburgh and beyond. Read more

Law Society of Scotland Council election: Vote for Susan!

20th May 2020

Susan Oswald is standing for re-election to the Law Society of Scotland Council for Edinburgh.  Votes must be received by the Law Society of Scotland by noon tomorrow, Thursday 21 May 2020. Read more

Access to Justice beyond Lockdown

19th May 2020

In this month’s Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, Alison Edmondson has a featured opinion piece on access to civil justice during lockdown. Read more

Zoom and the Courts - Is the witness telling the truth?

12th May 2020

Alison Edmondson was featured in yesterday's Scottish Legal News giving her thoughts on the issue of credibility and reliability of witnesses over Zoom following an English High Court decision handed down earlier this week, A Local Authority v Mother [2020] EWHC 1086 (Fam). Read more

HFEA announcement on reopening of fertility clinics

2nd May 2020

The HFEA announced yesterday, 1st May 2020 that, subject to the HFEA working with clinics, through an assessment process, on how a safe service can be delivered for patients and clinic staff, fertility clinics will be able to apply to reopen in the week commencing 11 May 2020 once revised General Directions... Read more

Changes to the timelimits for storage of eggs, sperm and embryos

28th April 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care have announced that the statutory time limit for storage of eggs, sperm and embryos will be extended for two years (beyond the current ten year period) for those undergoing fertility treatment during the current pandemic. Read more

Skype and the Courts- Family cases when the courts are closed

30th March 2020

Alison Edmondson gives her thoughts on the implications for family cases being dealt with by the courts remotely, following a case conducted last week by Skype in E&W. Read more

New Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Orders from Lord President

27th March 2020

Given the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting Government advice to stay at home, the Lord President has today published Guidance, offering general advice for parents and carers whose children are the subject of court orders. You can find the Guidance in full below- or here.  

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Covid-19: Contact and Residence arrangements for children: UPDATED

24th March 2020

The government Rules on staying at home and away from others have been revised today (24th March 2020) to provide some more clarity about what should happen for children who are moving between the homes of separated parents. Read more

Covid-19: Looking after our clients and our colleagues

24th March 2020

Since SKO was founded over a decade ago we have had flexible working. We have lawyers who are used to working remotely, and colleagues who are used to supporting them as they do. Read more

Shared parenting launch in Edinburgh

10th March 2020

Roisin, John and I were delighted to brave the wintery weather last month to attend the launch of Shared Parenting Scotland, where parents, practitioners and civil servants gathered to discuss the incoming changes to family law in Scotland. Read more

Brexit and family law: the challenges and the solutions

24th February 2020

John West was delighted to join colleagues from the Family Lawyers Association of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Family Bar Association at a conference over the weekend in Ireland to discuss the challenges arising from Brexit. Read 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. Read more

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