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Dianne Millen

Associate

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Dianne works in our Edinburgh office and advises clients on all aspects of family and incapacity law.

She specialises in resolving the financial and child-related issues that arise when couples separate, with a particular interest in international divorce and high-value cases involving complex assets. She has recently worked with clients with connections to Canada, Dubai, New Zealand and Pakistan, and writes regularly about expat and overseas divorce issues. Dianne also advises on private adoption (including international adoption), post-cohabitation claims, and pre-nuptial and pre-cohabitation agreements.

Dianne also leads our Edinburgh adults with incapacity practice, advising the relatives of adults who are unable to manage their own affairs and applying for protective court orders where required.

Having qualified as a solicitor after a successful career in public sector management, Dianne maintains an interest in professional development, holding an accredited qualification in coaching/mentoring and supporting mentoring programmes run by the Law Society and Napier University. As part of her role, she also provides professional support to the Family Law team in knowledge management, practice development and business process redesign.

She is a former Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Board of Fife Gingerbread, a charity which supports vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

Public Sector expertise

Dianne advises clients on all aspects of family and incapacity law.  Having retrained as a lawyer after a successful career in public sector management, she understands the processes and priorities of local and central government and the voluntary sector.

Dianne's practice centres on the financial and child-related issues that arise when couples separate, but she also acts for local authorities seeking welfare powers for adults who are incapable, and advises public authorities on their duties in relation to vulnerable adults. She recently acted for a Scottish local authority in an appeal raised against a welfare guardianship order, which clarified the law in relation to such applications.

As a trained community mediator, she has a particular interest in using alternative dispute resolution, particularly to resolve contested guardianship applications.

Individuals and Families expertise

Dianne deals with the full range of financial and child-related issues that arise when couples separate, as well as pre-nuptial/cohabitation agreements. She has a particular interest in resolving post-cohabitation financial claims. 

Dianne also assists the relatives of adults who are unable to look after their own affairs, including applying for guardianship and other protective court orders. 

Although Dianne regularly appears in court, she is a trained community mediator and has a strong interest in helping people find cheaper and less stressful alternatives to litigation where appropriate.

Recent Content by Dianne Millen

16 Jul 2020

Some practical reflections from the (virtual) family court

Since lockdown began in March, one of the critical questions for family lawyers has been how the courts would handle proofs and other substantive...
Article
Dianne Millen
18 May 2020

Adults with Incapacity

Practitioners working with older and vulnerable adults may have particular concerns given the impact of the pandemic on this group and the need to...
Press Release
Dianne Millen
14 May 2020

How can I support my child through COVID-19?

In our latest podcast, family lawyer Dianne Millen and experienced child psychologist Dr Anne Woodhouse discuss some of the emotional, practical and...
Podcast
Dianne Millen

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