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

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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’. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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