Blackadders LLP

Family/Matrimonial Department

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What the team is known for Handles an expansive caseload of matrimonial finance mandates and similarly active in private child cases including relocations, arrangement and maintenance issues. Well prepared to represent clients in divorces featuring international property assets and other cross-border complications. Also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative law.

Strengths A client describes the team's service as "very consistent and user-friendly," adding: "They've always been helpful."

Another reports: "I am entirely happy with the firm's service and have been impressed with everyone I have worked with there."

Market commentators praise the firm for its "really strong family practice."

Notable practitioners

Craig Samson
is head of the family department and highly regarded for his longstanding family law practice. A trained collaborative law practitioner and mediator, he often handles high-value divorces with cross-jurisdictional aspects and associated child arrangements. "He is very sensible, easy to work with and takes a pragmatic, problem-solving approach," reports one source.

Gareth Masson
works in the firm's Aberdeen office. He handles a range of disputes related to financial provision as well as child-related matters including contact, maintenance and relocation issues. "He is just brilliant," says one interviewee, while another adds: "Gareth is well prepared and excellent on his feet in court."