Child Law Conference
Wednesday 01 April 2020
09:30am - 01:00pm
Marie Clark, Nicola Gilchrist, Fiona Sharp
Seminar Details:

Child Law Conference

Topics will include -

Surrogacy and Parentage (Marie Clark)

Direct Adoption and Permanence Orders (Nicola Gilchrist)

Specific Issue Orders and Relocation (Fiona Sharp)


Speakers -

Marie Clark (Faculty of Advocates) - Over the course of Marie's 12 years as a solicitor, her civil litigation practice evolved an emphasis on family and child law. Since calling to the Bar in 1996, she has developed a practice in which these same areas predominate. Marie has extensive experience of all aspects of litigation concerning divorce, financial provision, cohabitation, civil partnerships and every facet of child law. Her cases have encompassed complex jurisdictional issues and human rights elements, petitions for adoption, permanence orders and social work referrals.

Nicola Gilchrist (Faculty of Advocates) - Nicola specialises in family and child law. She has experience across the board in litigation concerning divorce, financial provision, cohabitation and civil partnerships. Her expertise in child law encompasses all of its many facets, including complex jurisdictional issues, international child abduction, permanence orders and petitions for adoption. Nicola was appointed as an Advocate Depute (Ad Hoc) in 2015 and was appointed as a lead statement taker at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in 2016. Nicola is the current Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid and she is a director of Relationships Scotland. She is also recommended in both the Chambers and Legal 500 UK Bar guides 2019.

Fiona Sharp (Brodies LLP) - Fiona is a specialist family lawyer with twenty years’ experience in this area of the law. She deals with all aspects of family law covering financial disputes and issues relating to child law. This often involves representing clients in both the sheriff court and the Court of Session although Fiona also regularly succeeds in helping clients to resolve their difficulties without the need for litigation which is achieved by her pragmatic approach. She also has experience in dealing with cases which have an international aspect to them. Fiona is a trained collaborative lawyer and is a member of the Family Law Association and Consenus (formerly the Scottish Collaborative Family Law Group).


Booking fee: members £100; non-members £160; trainee/paralegal from member firm £30; trainee/paralegal from non-member firm £60




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