Robert Gilmour, Partner
Robert is a Partner of SKO, is recognised as a Leading Individual in Family Law in Scotland by the Legal 500 and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law and as a Family Mediator. He leads our surrogacy and assisted reproduction team and is also a FLAGS Family Law Arbitrator.
The current edition of Chambers and Partners recognises Robert's ability, one client noting, "He was incredibly impressive in his swift grasp of a very complicated situation. He always answered questions quickly and clearly, and I always felt confident that I was in sensible and experienced, yet sensitive, hands". Robert is similarly recognised in the Legal 500 with the current edition noting that Robert "has earned a national reputation acting in cohabitant claims and surrogacy issues" and that "Robert Gilmour can do his own advocacy too, so he can see a case from start to finish, giving continuity not offered by many others. The leading expert in Scotland on assisted reproduction."
Robert is recognised for particular expertise in two areas: cohabitant claims, having acted for the successful applicant in the ground breaking, and widely reported, Supreme Court case of Gow v Grant, and surrogacy and ART (artificial reproductive technology). His work in relation to the latter areas of law include advising medical professionals and individuals in relation to Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act matters arising from the HFEA legal parenthood audit in 2014. He has written on and provided commentary to the media on both subjects and the Legal 500 note that he 'is the leading practitioner in surrogacy law in Scotland.'
Robert is known as a dedicated, knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer. There are few other solicitors in firms ranked in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 with more advocacy experience than Robert and his intellect, judgment and sensitivity is widely recognised by the judiciary who regularly appoint him as a court reporter and curator ad litem in cases involving children and vulnerable adults. His experience as a litigator includes conduct of proofs, debates and other contentious hearings in the Sheriff Court (Scotland wide).
Robert is a very experienced mediator and has a busy practice both mediating alone and, as the only male accredited mediator in Edinburgh, co-mediating in cases where a gender balance is desired by clients.
Robert’s practice covers the full range of family law matters including divorce, dissolution, cohabitation claims, financial provision, residence and contact, specific issue orders and relocation.