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Dianne Millen

Senior Solicitor
0131 247 1058

Awards

Overview

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

As well as dealing with the financial and child-related issues that arise when couples separate, she advises on pre-nuptial/cohabitation agreements, child maintenance (UK and international cases), pension sharing, and variation of orders/agreements. She has a particular interest in post-cohabitation financial claims. She also acts for the relatives of adults who are unable to look after their own affairs, including applying for protective court orders.

As a trained community mediator, Dianne also has a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution. Having qualified as a solicitor after a successful career in public sector management, she also maintains an interest in professional development. She holds an accredited qualification in coaching/mentoring and is involved with mentoring programmes run by the Law Society and Napier University. 

Dianne is also 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 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. 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 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.  

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