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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

7 Jun 2019

Decisions, decisions? What happens if a Power of Attorney isn't possible?

Imagine being unable to make decisions for yourself any more. Not just the big decisions, like who to marry or what career to pursue, but everyday...
Blog
Dianne Millen
23 Apr 2019

New rules, new approach? Seeking children's views in the court process

Every family law practitioner in Scotland is familiar with the right of children to have their views sought and considered on legal decisions which...
Blog
Dianne Millen
5 Nov 2018

Relationships as seen by the eyes of the law

Relationships have been in the news in 2018. Not only did we see two Royal weddings, but at the opposite end of the romance spectrum, in June the UK...
Article
Dianne Millen

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Law Award of Scotland - Winner 2017

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