A vastly experienced solicitor Shaun has practised family law for more than 25 years and heads the Family team at Brodies.
Shaun advises on all aspects of Family Law but has particular expertise in high value financial provision on divorce cases, often involving assets held overseas.
A leading proponent of Collaborative Practice, Shaun regularly deals with Collaborative family law cases. He sits on the National Committee of Consensus Collaboration Scotland and has been involved in the setting up of a European Collaborative Practice group. Shaun is also a qualified Family Law Arbitrator and has presented on various family law topics nationally and internationally.
Donna has a warm and approachable personality. She is regularly described by clients as being “patient”. She practices in all areas of family law but has a particular interest in cases involving children.
Donna is a qualified collaborative family lawyer and is also accredited as a family law mediator. She often helps clients reach solutions using this model of dispute resolution. That being said, if needs be, she is an efficient litigator. Donna is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law.
Outside work, Donna enjoys spending time with her little boy, husband and friends.
Lydia is a bright, confident and committed family lawyer in Aberdeen. Her clients appreciate her pragmatic approach, her knowledge and understanding of the law, and her desire to secure positive outcomes for them, whether in financial or child related matters.
Born in the Western Isles, Lydia was brought up on the East coast of Scotland. She studied law and French law at Aberdeen University and Lyon University but after graduating was resistant to an office job and joined what was then Grampian Police.
She worked with Grampian Police for over five years after graduating from the University of Aberdeen with Honours. Lydia describes her time in Peterhead as a Police Officer as eye-opening and challenging and maintains that it prepared her well for her current post.
Like the rest of the Family Law Team, she aims to resolve the majority of her cases by negotiation. Skilled in negotiation, Lydia is also a qualified collaborative family lawyer and is accredited as a family law mediator. She is equally adept in handling contentious, litigated matters and frequently appears in Courts all over Scotland.
Susie joined the team as a Trainee Solicitor in 2009 having completed degrees in English and Law at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Susie has a friendly and approachable personality and enjoys all aspects of Family Law.
Having worked closely with Shaun George both during her traineeship and subsequently, she has gained exposure to a broad case-load.
She particularly enjoys dealing with complex high-value financial cases and child relocations, both of which crop up frequently in cosmopolitan Aberdeen.
Rachael graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2011. She worked at Aberdeen Sheriff Court gaining experience in Civil Law before beginning her traineeship in April 2013.
She has gained exposure to a wide range of family law issues and runs her own caseload. She became a fully qualified Solicitor in April 2015.
As one of the first points of contact a client may have with the firm, Jennifer endeavours to make that initial step, in what is usually a very difficult time, just that little bit easier.
With over 30 years’ experience in the legal profession, Jennifer has worked in a variety of disciplines including debt recovery for several years before starting as Executive Assistant to Shaun George in 2007.
A graduate of Aberdeen University and with a degree in Psychology and English Literature, Jennifer went on to obtain the Specialist Family Law Paralegal Qualification in 2008.
Professional, proactive, responsible and dedicated she admits always to have been fascinated by the law and considers it to be more of a vocation than just a job.
Married with two daughters away from the office Jennifer finds keeping fit and singing an ideal way to relax.
Stacey successfully completed a HND in Legal Services at Aberdeen College before taking up the role of legal secretary within the family team at Simpson & Marwick in 2012. Prior to this Stacey worked as a clerical officer for Grampian Police (as it was known at the time) for 4 years. Stacey moved with the rest of the family team to Brodies in June 2015. Stacey works on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Stacey spends her spare time running around after her young twins.
Ainsleigh has worked with Shaun and the team since January 2010. Prior to this Ainsleigh worked at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in both the criminal and civil departments. She qualified as a paralegal in 2012. Since becoming a mum, Ainsleigh works part time on a Monday, Thursday and Friday 10am -5pm.
Scott is one of Scotland’s leading family lawyers and is identified as a ranked individual for family law by Chambers & Partners. Scott is known for his work with cases involving complex financial issues or where there is an international element. He also advises on the arrangements for residence of and contact with children. Clients appreciate his pragmatic and practical approach to their problems.
Scott is a member of the Family Law Association, a Fellow and Governor of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, accredited as a Family Law Specialist and is a Family Law Arbitrator.
“Cuts straight through to the real issues to provide an efficient service to his clients.” Chambers & Partners
Richard prides himself in the high standards he sets in everything he does. That approach features in the way he helps his clients. He always tailors how he deals with his clients’ issues to their needs and how they wish matters addressed, recognising that everyone and every situation is different.
He has been described in the Chambers directory as “extremely personable”.
He is plain talking and never bamboozles clients with legal jargon they don’t understand, focussing on what they need and what they hope to achieve in a practical way.
Richard often helps clients who are prominent members of the business community or professionals and his primary area of expertise is in dealing with complex financial matters following the separation of couples – often cases involving businesses.
He offers a wide range of ways to resolve matters for clients, and focuses on the relevant issues and how best to achieve a resolution as straightforwardly and cost effectively as possible.
Richard is rated in “Band 1” of the Chambers Legal Directory and has specialised in family law for around 15 years meaning that his clients know they have not only pragmatism, but experience too on their side.
Ranked as an “Associate to Watch” in Chambers & Partners 2016, Jennifer is praised by clients as being “empathetic, understanding and really easy to deal with”. One client noted “I feel she is looking out for me and my interests at all times.”
Jennifer is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and Mediator. Her main focus is resolving money and child related arrangements for married or cohabiting couples after separation. Jennifer’s experience in solving complicated personal and financial matters means that she is able to recommend the best way to resolve matters for each individual situation.
Jennifer also offers expertise in prenuptial and cohabitation agreements. She has a growing reputation for handling divorces and prenuptial agreements with an international or cross-border element and has established a network of contacts both in the UK and elsewhere to allow her to do so.
Jennifer is a member of the Scottish Family Law Association and qualified Collaborative Family Lawyer. Jennifer has tutored in Family Law on the Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University and has spoken at both national and international conferences on family law matters, including on cross-border jurisdiction for Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), on the Same Sex International Family.
Jennifer is also an artist, keen runner, snowboarder and yoga enthusiast.
Leonie has a wealth of experience in dealing with all aspects of family law. She is recommended by The Legal 500 and primarily deals with disputes involving financial issues or children.
Leonie is instructed regularly in high net worth divorces, often involving international aspects, complicated business assets or trust and tax issues. She also provides wealth preservation advice and is a practicing Collaborative family lawyer.
“Particularly diligent and conscientious” and “extremely thorough.” The Legal 500
Nicola has specialised in Family Law since 2008, and was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in the area in 2016. She advises clients on a broad range of family law issues including separation, divorce, cohabitants’ rights, pre-nuptial agreements and child related issues such as residence and contact disputes, adoptions and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Nicola has a particular interest in financial provision on divorce cases and has successfully negotiated many favourable financial settlements for clients. In cases where recourse to court is necessary, she has experience of dealing with cases both in the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court.
Clients have commented that they appreciate Nicola’s work ethic, approachability and support.
Nicola is trained in Collaborative practice and is a member of Consensus. She is also a member of the Family Law Association for Scotland, and previously sat on the Association’s Committee for a period of three years. Nicola has also tutored in Family Law at Edinburgh University.
In her spare time, Nicola enjoys playing various outdoor sports and spending time with family and friends.
Laura started her legal career in 2006. She joined Brodies in 2011 and obtained her Specialist Family Law Paralegal Qualification in 2014.
Laura is an enthusiastic and motivated member of the team with in-depth knowledge of Court of Session and Sheriff Court legislation and procedures relating to family law and various areas of litigation.
Laura is professional, approachable and the first point of contact for many of our clients.
Lisa is a dedicated and committed family lawyer. Clients value her warm confidence and understanding approach. She is passionate about achieving positive outcomes for children through her work. She is passionate too about securing fair and equitable financial settlements for her clients.
Having originally studied English and History at Edinburgh University, Lisa likes to think of herself as something of a wordsmith.
Married with two daughters she understands the challenges faced by many clients in managing career and family life. Lisa is committed to alternative dispute resolution and was among the first lawyers in Scotland to train as a collaborative lawyer. In addition to this, Lisa is also an accredited mediator and a specialist in both family law and child law.
Away from work, Lisa’s favourite holiday destination is Tuscany.
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Zoe advises clients across a full range of family law matters including separation and divorce, cohabitation claims, parental rights and responsibilities, and contact and residence disputes. She enjoys working on complex financial provision cases and has a particular interest in child law, including international and intra-UK relocation disputes. Zoe is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law.
Zoe has considerable litigation experience for a young family lawyer, having appeared in Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland. However, she also shares her colleagues’ commitment to finding creative and practical solutions for clients as alternatives to litigation and has embarked on collaborative law training in 2015.
Clients find Zoe’s calm and measured approach reassuring in what can often be very difficult circumstances. She is approachable and compassionate, and aims to secure positive outcomes for her clients which are not only fair but also sensible, workable and meet their individual needs.
Kirsty has a growing practice with experience in all areas of family law, representing clients throughout Scotland. As a result of her calm approach and a firm grasp of the law, her practice includes a significant number of difficult and challenging cases. She has experience in both the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session. However, she is committed to, and enthusiastic about, resolving disputes away from the court setting. She is a qualified collaborative family lawyer.
Kirsty was a member of the Legal Group within the British Association for Adoption and Fostering Scotland (BAAF Scotland).
She also served as a member of the Children’s Panel for six years, where she developed a particular interest in child law. Clients appreciate her ability to provide practical and clear advice in relation to all child law issues, including residence and contact, adoption and surrogacy.
Kirsty formerly served as the Family Law Association‘s secretary. She is involved in promoting legal education and organising family law training.
Kirsty lectures on various aspects of family law, including the children’s hearings system.