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

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Rachael Kelsey speaks to Spear's about 'divorce tourism'

3rd August 2020

Rachael Kelsey spoke to Spear's Wealth Management about the recent Supreme Court case, Villiers v Villiers and her lack of enthusiasm for criticism of so-called, 'divorce tourism' or 'forum shopping'. You can read the article here.   Read more

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John West presents in Webinar on cross border implications of Villiers v Villiers

27th July 2020

John West presented on a webinar today with Alexis Campbell QC and Jane Mitchell of Pennington Manches. They were discussing the recent Supreme Court case, Villiers v Villiers. Read more

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Rachael Kelsey named The Times Scottish Lawyer of the Week

16th July 2020

The Times Scottish Lawyer of the Week profiles Rachael Kelsey today for the work that she and her colleague, John West, have done on the Scots law aspects of the landmark cross-border maintenance claim in the Supreme Court, Villiers v Villiers. Read more

Rachael Kelsey named SLN's Lawyer of the Month

10th July 2020

Scottish Legal News has today profiled Rachael Kelsey as Lawyer of the Month. The recognition comes on the back of the Supreme Court case, Villiers v Villiers, which saw the Supreme Court uphold the legal analysis Rachael gave to the High Court in England and Wales in 2015. Read more

Great results for SKO lawyers in Chambers HNW Guide 2020

9th July 2020

Two of only three named Scottish lawyers in Chambers and Partners UK High Net Worth Guide 2020 are from SKO. The Guide is independent and ranks lawyers on the basis of peer review, identifying the top practitioners and firms for international private wealth. Read more

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Rachael Kelsey speaks at the Justice Human Rights Conference 2020

8th July 2020

Rachael Kelsey was invited to give a Scottish perspective on 'Family, the Court of Protection and Human Rights' annual Justice Human Rights Conference 2020. The session was chaired by the Hon. Read more

Supreme Court: Villiers v Villiers vlog

6th July 2020

John West was invited by Caitlin Jenkins, the familylawvlogger, of Mills & Reeve to discuss the judgment of the Supreme Court handed down in the case of Villiers on 1 July 2020. Read 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

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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

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