Rachael Kelsey, Partner

Rachael is a founding Partner of SKO. She remains the only 'Hall of Fame' family lawyer in Scotland in the Legal 500 (2022 Edition) and the only Scottish lawyer in the Spears 500 Family Lawyers Guide (2021). Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 both describe Rachael as, 'the doyenne of Scots family law'. She is President Elect of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and was The Times Scottish Lawyer of the Week in July 2020. Rachael is accredited as a Specialist in Family Law and as a Family Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland.

The current edition of Chambers notes that "Rachael is a pre-eminent family lawyer with a unique combination of legal brilliance and client care skills." "Her knowledge and technical expertise are phenomenal." "A formidable authority on family law in Scotland.". The Legal 500 report that 'Rachael Kelsey is a superstar and I just don’t know how she does everything she does in the hours there are. She is so engaging, very pragmatic and no-nonsense, yet also sensitive and responsive as her clients and the circumstances require.’

Rachael has cases in both the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court. She also provides expert opinions on Scots law for courts outwith Scotland. Many of her cases have international or intra-UK jurisdictional issues, an area of specialism for which she is particularly well known and in respect of which she has built up a UK-wide practice. She has a particular interest in the issues that arise when acting for individuals in same-sex relationships.

Rachael is known as someone who is adept at using her considerable knowledge of the law to deliver novel, yet practical, solutions for clients. She is particularly experienced in acting for individuals for whom there are privacy concerns and is used to managing the issues that flow from people's private lives being in the public eye. Rachael has lectured widely- nationally and internationally- on pure family law issues as well as on dispute resolution (DR) generally. She enjoys writing, and talking, about Scots family Law, both for lay-people and other lawyers, and is widely published and regularly appears on the broadcast media.

In 2019 Rachael was re-appointed by the Lord President to the Family Law Committee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council. She has participated in the Hague Conference in Private International Law Parentage and Surrogacy Project Experts Group since 2019. She is a FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland) Arbitrator and trainer, is the only Scottish Arbitrator on the IFLAS (International Family Law Arbitration Scheme) panel. 

Rachael is a past Chair of the Family Law Association; was Chair, a Director and Trustee of Family Mediation Lothian for eight years, until 2017 and was Treasurer of CALM (the organisation of accredited family solicitor mediators in Scotland) for nine years until 2016. She was the co-author in 2020 of the Scottish Chapter of the 'Blue Book'- the most widely read international comparative family law guide) published by Thomson Reuters. In 2016 Rachael was on the Scottish Law Commission Arbitration Advisory Group for the Review of Contract Law: Third Party Rights.

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