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Patience & Buchan

Family/Matrimonial

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What the team is known for

Well-known and highly regarded Aberdeen-based practice with experience in divorces and cohabitation cases, especially those involving high net worth individuals. Similarly able in matters concerning farming assets or other property issues. Also possesses experience in child-related disputes, such as welfare hearings, contact orders and relocations including multi-jurisdictional cases. Strong focus on resolving disputes collaboratively or via mediation.

Strengths

"I felt that they were very knowledgeable and experienced," reports a client, adding: "Although it was difficult for me personally, they did what they could to make it easier and were always quick to respond."

"I can't recommend them highly enough," says another impressed source, describing the team as "just excellent for people who are under difficult circumstances."

Notable practitioners

Ashley Simpson is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, being a trained arbitrator, mediator and collaborative lawyer. She advises on a wide range of both financial and child-related cases. Interviewees find her to be "excellent" and "creative in finding solutions to difficult situations."

Associate Gillian Smith is described by sources as a "very capable lawyer" who is "very good to deal with." She is experienced in advising on child and matrimonial finance matters with cross-border aspects, such as relocation issues and foreign assets. "She's always available to clarify any concerns I have," notes a client.

Lorna Buchan is highly regarded in the market for her strong family law practice. She often advises on the financial aspects of high-value divorces, including matters concerning maintenance and pensions. "She was just absolutely amazing during what was an upsetting time for me," says one impressed client, while another notes: "She just seemed to get through to the core of the issues and I knew she was always acting in my best interests - I felt in really safe hands with her."

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Overview

Established in 2000, Patience and Buchan was the first practice in North-east Scotland to specialise in family law.

The firm provides a highly personal service, with communication in plain English, and at reasonable cost. Clients appreciate the specialist expertise offered.  The Partners and Associate have an array of Specialist Accreditations.  The firm has a long and continued commitment to alternative dispute resolution offering Arbitration, Mediation and Collaboration in house.  Nothwithstanding this all the lawyers have significant litigation experience.

Patience and Buchan has a mainly private client base.  Patience and Buchan deal with a wide range of Family Law Issues, including high net worth divorces, complex child issues, adoption, cohabitation and a range of pre and post nuptial agreements. 




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Family/Matrimonial Department

Patience & Buchan

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Department location

10 Golden Square

Aberdeen

Aberdeen City

UK

AB10 1RB

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Aberdeen and surrounds

Family/Matrimonial


Ashley Simpson
Band 2
Gillian Mitchell
Associates to watch
Lorna Buchan
Band 1