Janie is a Partner at Family Law Matters Scotland LLP with more than thirty years’ experience as a solicitor and more than twenty years’ experience as a family mediator.
Working exclusively in the area of family law since 1998, Janie makes it a priority to find the best approach for each client.
Janie is a CALM Family Mediator, Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. In 2013 she completed a Master’s Degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the University of Strathclyde, graduating with distinction. She delivers an introductory course in Mediation at Glasgow University as part of their post-qualifying education programme.
From 2000 to 2004, Janie was a Reporter within the Children’s Hearing system in Glasgow (Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration) during which time she established a restorative justice option for child offenders. This involved working in partnership with a range of statutory agencies and other professions.
It has been Janie’s practice for many years to discuss the option of counselling with clients, recognising that emotions can be overwhelming and can cloud judgement at a crucial time. Janie completed a post-graduate diploma at the Caledonian University (Kinharvie) on a part-time basis over two years and volunteered as a counsellor at the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow.
Janie has been the Chair of Mellow Parenting, an international charity based in Govan, Glasgow since 2012. She is a member of the Family Law Association, Consensus Scotland, The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, CALM and the Glasgow Bar Association.
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Karen is a partner at Family Law Matters Scotland. A graduate of Glasgow University, Karen qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and has practised exclusively in the areas of family and child law since 2005.
She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in both Family Law and Child Law. Karen is a family law arbitrator, and is also trained in collaborative practice. She has been instructed by the Scottish Government in a number of international child abduction cases including an appeal in 2015 to the UK Supreme Court in the case AR v RN. Karen also has experience in obtaining Parental Orders following successful surrogacy treatment.
Karen is a member of the Family Law Association, FLAGS, Consensus Scotland, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Glasgow Bar Association. She also tutors and lectures in family law at Glasgow University.
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Michaela is a Senior Associate and Family Law Solicitor at Family Law Matters. She was admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 1987 and is accredited as a Family Law Specialist and Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland. Michaela is also trained in Collaborative Practice.
A member of the Family Law
Association, CALM and Consensus, she has a favourable reputation amongst family
solicitors and other solicitors recommend clients to Michaela for
representation or for mediation. She is empathetic and has an easy manner that
has been favourably commented upon by clients and other solicitors.
Always exploring the various methods of dispute resolution available for clients, she is well regarded as a Mediator and is passionate about trying to help clients move forward in a positive way.
Michaela has extensive experience in dealing with both child related disputes and financial provision. She is a very experienced litigator and possesses considerable negotiation skills. She has excellent communication skills and has been described as possessing a commanding court presence.
Jane is an Associate at Family Law Matters. She graduated in Law with French from the University of Aberdeen. She then completed the Diploma in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law.
Jane was admitted to the Law Society of Scotland in 2010, having formerly worked in a large city centre practice.
Since qualifying as a solicitor, Jane has worked exclusively in family law. She has wide experience in the field of family law including divorce, child contact and residence disputes, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and issues arising from cohabitation. Jane considers all of the options for resolution of matters with her clients, aiming to reach a fair settlement for clients by way of negotiation but when this is not possible she has extensive experience appearing in court where required.
Jane is a member of the Family Law Association and Glasgow Bar Association, and she is currently undertaking Portfolio training in order to become collaboratively trained and qualify as an accredited mediator.
Jane is a dedicated Family Lawyer who brings enthusiasm to all aspects of her work.
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