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Dianne Millen

Associate

Overview

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.

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

Areas of expertise:

Public Sector

Dianne works in our Edinburgh office and 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. She is a Trustee and current Vice-Chair of the Board of Fife Gingerbread, a charity which supports vulnerable and disadvantaged families.  

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.

She is a consultant to the Law Society's early-career mentoring project and a volunteer mentor for Napier University's Employability program. 

Areas of Expertise: 

Individuals & Families

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

She 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.

Dianne qualified as a solicitor after a successful career in public sector management. She maintains an interest in professional development and assists with mentoring programmes run by the Law Society and Napier University. She is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Fife Gingerbread, a charity which supports vulnerable and disadvantaged families.  

Awards

Law Award of Scotland - Winner 2017

Memberships

Publications and Presentations

February 2013
"Views of children" Journal of the Law Society of Scotland
June 2014
"Digital cash could cost in divorce actions", The Scotsman
October 2014
" Finding the fairness: Scottish cohabitation law" Family Law Journal
November 2014
" Money into thin air?" Journal of the Law Society of Scotland
January 2015
"Could a stash of digital cash save you from a divorce payout?" Business Insider