Catriona Laidlaw, Solicitor
Catriona is a Solicitor with SKO. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a First Class degree in Law (with Honours) and a Distinction in her Diploma in Legal Practice. She studied Family Law at honours level and wrote her Dissertation on Forced Marriage and honour based violence.
She was the research assistant to the author of the Family Law Chapter of the 4th Edition of Macphail's Sheriff Court Practice, which is the primary civil procedure text for the Sheriff Court in Scotland, published in 2022.
Catriona has dual nationality and before starting her traineeship she decided that she wanted to learn another language, so moved to live in Austria where she undertook a six month course of study at the University of Vienna and learnt German.
Catriona spent a year volunteering for the Independent Custody Visitation Service, where she had responsibility for interviewing those held at police custody Units, to ensure that their human rights were being protected and she has also volunteered for Street Law, run by the Law Society of Scotland (a programme introducing and teaching young adults about the law).
Catriona is a member of the Scottish Young Lawyers Association and the Young Mediators Group.