Our specialist Family Law Team offers a high quality service to all clients, whether the case is legally aided or privately funded. Clients can be assured of complete confidentiality and compassion as well as a bespoke service to meet their individual needs.
Our aim is to provide you with practical, no-nonsense advice and guidance throughout your dealings with us.
We are ranked as one of Scotland's leading family law firms by the Legal 500 and Chambers UK.
Sources admire the team's "breadth of resources, connectivity and interaction with the Court of Session." Chambers and Partners 2012
Above all else, we are approachable and compassionate. We work closely with our clients to provide a variety of solutions tailored to their specific needs.
Examples of the areas we cover include:
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships
- Termination of Cohabitation by Separation or Death
- Contact and Residence
- Parental Responsibilities and Rights
- Adoption and Permanency
- Child Abduction
- Cross Border and International Issues
- Child Support and Maintenance
Our team practices from our six central belt offices ensuring our clients receive a personal and rapid response.
Victoria Varty (née Wilkinson) is the Family Law Partner in our Edinburgh office, where she is assisted by Amy Reid. Victoria is highly experienced in dealing with complex financial disputes as well as cross border and international disputes involving child abductions, a specialist area in which she is regularly instructed by the Scottish Government, as well as clients and firms across Scotland.
She and Amy are regularly instructed in all areas of family law. As well as appearing in the Sheriff Court they often receive instructions from other firms in highly complex and unusual cases raised in the Court of Session, and have acted in an important Family Law appeal to the UK Supreme Court in London. They are recognised for their empathetic and proactive approach, and strive to resolve matters without raising court proceedings where possible.
Lynne Stratford is the head of our Family Law Team and the partner in charge of our Dalkeith office and has over 10 years experience in all aspects of family law, including child matters, complex financial disputes, and divorce. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law. She is a trained collaborative lawyer. Lynne deals primarily with our Midlothian and East Lothian client base. Her ability to seek successful resolution, without resorting to expensive court proceedings, is an invaluable asset to the team and, most importantly, to our clients.
Amy Donachie is based in our Dalkeith office. Amy trained with Drummond Miller. Amy has a growing reputation for representation of clients in Children's Hearings and in referrals to the sheriff court. Her family law practice includes not only child welfare issues but divorce, separation and adoption.
In June 2017 Drummond Miller welcomed Fergus Johnston and Kate Howitt into the Family Law team with both operating out of our Dunfermline office. Along with significant civil litigation experience, Fergus has appeared in Sheriff Courts and Tribunals throughout Scotland. Fergus is a member of the Family Law Association. In over 20 years of working in Fife, Kate has built up a wealth of experience in court related matters. Her experience in advising and representing clients in family law matters helps Kate’s ability to resolve out of court, yet when required Kate will provide robust representation in an efficient and effective manner.
Linsey Ferguson is based in our Musselburgh office. She is highly experienced in dealing with the financial matters arising on separation or divorce and child related matters, including contact and residence disputes. The care taken in understanding the needs of her clients, combined with her ability to identify practical solutions, enables her to provide an outstanding service to clients. Linsey regularly appears in Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Clare Doohan is based in our Bathgate office. Clare completed her traineeship with Drummond Miller. She deals with all aspects of family law. Her practical and compassionate approach are highly regarded by clients and fellow solicitors. She appears in courts across West Lothian.
For more information contact a member of the team or complete our online enquiry form.
"I would like to thank Drummond Miller for dealing with my case. For all the help and advice I was given throughout. Your professionalism and understanding has helped us through a very difficult time."
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