Family LawWith you every step of the way
At Simpson and Marwick, our family law team delivers for our clients in the good, and the more challenging, times in their lives. No matter the issue, we take the time to understand your needs and offer solution-based advice enabling you to move forward in the most cost-effective manner.
Our solicitors are affable, approachable, and accessible - when you need us. We thrive in a culture where our clients trust our advice and do not carry apprehensions about speaking to a lawyer. We value our clients’ time more than our own and pride ourselves on meeting our clients’ needs on a daily basis, offering them genuine value for money.
We specialise in all areas of family law, whether that be at the outset, during or the end of a relationship. When relationships end, we guide our clients through these uncertain times and resolve challenging disputes relating to money and children in a sensitive manner, always focussing on the best interests of the child involved. We pride ourselves on our record of resolving matters efficiently by way of negotiated agreement but when that is not possible, we are experienced in court actions both in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. In all scenarios, clear, sensible, and pragmatic advice is essential so you make informed decisions and plan for your future effectively.
Family law should not just be a distress purchase – an important part of our role is helping people plan for their future. We are regularly instructed by our clients to prepare pre-/post-nuptial, cohabitation and pre-purchase agreements. Whilst some may not consider these agreements to be the most romantic of topics, we find them vital in allowing couples to plan for life’s unexpected turns, and whilst we take pride in our drafting, we of course hope these agreements will simply sit in a drawer, like an insurance policy, offering our clients peace of mind. Many of the most complex financial disputes we see following separation could have been avoided by couples taking advice earlier in their relationship.
- Financial issues arising from a separation
- Child related matters: residence, contact, adoption, relocation, court orders
- Cohabitation issues and disputes
- Asset protection: pre-/post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, pre-purchase agreements
No matter your circumstances, the most important thing you can do is arm yourself with knowledge allowing you to make decisions on a fully informed basis. That is what we are here for and to assist you initially, we offer a fixed-fee consultation where you can meet with one of our specialist family law solicitors to discuss your situation. At these meetings, we regularly see people who are contemplating separation, have suddenly been thrust into separation or who have been separated for many years. In every case, we will form an action plan to take forward and address any other questions you may have, for example, alternative modes of dispute resolution and the likely costs involved in progressing matters which undoubtedly causes concern for people when engaging a lawyer. We can accommodate meetings via telephone or video call, or in person at any of our offices – the important thing is you feel comfortable and relaxed so you can leave the meeting with a clearer picture of your next steps. To arrange a consultation, please complete the enquiry form below and a member of our team will happily be in touch.
"As my family lawyer, David has shown great professionalism, care and understanding, and has always acted in a child centric manner. He has made himself available at very short notice on request and I have truly valued his support and judgement. "
"David is a helpful and extremely knowledgeable solicitor. He helped me through a difficult time and always provided sound advice with a level head putting me at ease while explaining processes clearly. A great balance of professionalism and empathy depending on circumstances not afraid to state the reality of the legal position, in conjunction with potential costs and risks. His counsel and legal support throughout my divorce, including the financial settlement, were exemplary. The outcome has enabled me to begin a new chapter in my life. I would strongly recommend his services."
""David worked with me on a long and complex family law case involving a divorce and child arrangements. He was empathetic, understanding, and genuinely warm throughout; but never afraid to tell me when I had the wrong idea and give me a clear, intelligent understanding of what we were doing. I could not have asked for more skill, intelligence or support, and I could not recommend him more highly.""