Siobhan has spent most of her thirty-something career practising exclusively Family Law. More than 20 years have been based in Glasgow City Centre but instructed countrywide.
She has conducted many high-value financial provision divorce and breakdown of cohabitation cases. These have been both litigated and non litigated. Some are reported, most notably Coyle v Coyle and Sweeney v Sweeney.
Prior to a break from practice in 2019, she was a ranked individual in Chambers and Partners.
Her love of languages has taken her every week for years to the Alliance Francaise where she continues to embrace French language at Academic level while her time away from practice allowed her to study Spanish and improve her schooldays German and Italian as she travelled.
She has undertaken a significant number of child-related cases which have been complex and unusual, including an Appeal before the Supreme Court where she was Curator ad Litem in the reported case of Children’s Reporter v K 2010.
She continues to prepare Child Welfare Reports for Glasgow Sheriff Court where she is also a Reporting Officer and Curator ad Litem in Adoptions and where local authorities seek to assume parental responsibilities in respect of children.
In her practice, she has enjoyed the benefit of working with, instructing and learning from professionals in other disciplines impacting Family Law such as Psychology, Behavioural Therapy, Company Law, Pensions Law, Taxation, Heritable Recovery and Insolvency.
In Alternative Dispute Resolution, she is trained in Collaborative Law and is an arbitrator with FLAGs.
She joins as a Consultant in our Family Law team.
- In Alternative Dispute Resolution, she is trained in Collaborative Law and is an arbitrator with FLAGs.
- Outwith practice, she is a trustee of two charities in one of which she has volunteered as long as she has practised. She now chairs its Safeguarding Committee. The learning and experience from this has brought an added depth to her Child Law practice.