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Karen Wylie

Associate

Overview

Karen is an Associate in our Family Law Team and has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law and Child Law.

Karen provides expert advice and guidance  for a broad range of family law matters including: separation and financial provision on divorce, disputes about the residence of children and contact with children, financial support (or aliment) for children and spouses, pre-nuptial agreements and  cohabitation agreements, orders determining the parentage of children (called 'declarators of parentage or non parentage'), adoption including step-parent adoption, Guardianships and cohabitation claims on separation or death.

A particular strength of Karen's is child law and in particular the adoption process. Her calm, considered manner is of particular benefit to clients throughout  this process, which many of our clients can attest to.

Karen also acts for Local Authorities. Her experience includes working with social workers and local authority solicitors to secure children in permanent placements (such as long term foster care or through adoption) who are in the care of the Local Authority. Where required, Karen represents clients in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session although much of her time is devoted to resolving matters amicably where that is possible.

Karen is also a notary public and can help you with any related requirements you may have.

Areas of expertise:

Business

Karen advises clients on a wide range of family law, child law and adults with incapacity issues.

Karen's approach is to deal with matters as amicably as possible in the hope issues can be resolved by negotiation where that is appropriate.  In other cases, where litigation is required, Karen has considerable experience of litigation and she has cases calling in both the Court of Session and in the Sheriff Courts across Scotland.

Public Sector

Karen has expertise in the areas of child law, education law (such as placing request appeals) and Adults With Incapacity matters in the public sector.  Karen has acted for a number of local authorities across Scotland.

She has a particular interest in child law and she enjoys advising and acting for Local Authorities in child law matters such as applications for  permanence orders and permanence orders with authority to adopt. Many of Karen's permanence cases which have gone to a full evidential hearing have been conducted by her both with and without the assistance of counsel.   She deals with these cases with care and skill, meeting the necessary court deadlines, at times under considerable pressure. 

Karen will undertake all work necessary in the preparation, running and conduct of Permanence Orders and Permanence Orders with Authority to Adopt cases, and placing request appeals . Karen has successfully conducted evidential hearings together with procedural hearings in such cases in a number of courts across Scotland.

Areas of Expertise: 

Individuals & Families

Karen is an Associate in our Family Law Team and has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law and Child Law. Karen provides expert advice and guidance  for a broad range of family law matters including: separation and financial provision on divorce, disputes about the residence of children and contact with children, financial support (or aliment) for children and spouses, pre-nuptial agreements and  cohabitation agreements, orders determining the parentage of children (called 'declarators of parentage or non parentage', adoption including step-parent adoption, Guardianships and cohabitation claims on separation or death.

A particular strength of Karen's is child law and in particular the adoption process. Her calm, considered manner is of particular benefit to clients throughout  this process, which many of our clients can attest to.

 

Areas of Expertise: 

Awards

Law Society Accredited Specialist

What our clients and peers say

Karen was always patient and dealt with my queries in a pleasant, calm and reassuring way. This gave me huge comfort… I have no hesitation in recommending Morton Fraser to others in my situation.

- Private client

I also wanted to say a heartfelt thanks for supporting me… and getting us to a great outcome.

- Private client

Thanks for confirming the outcome of the hearing... Social work, the carers and [the child] were all delighted the order had been granted. Thanks for your help in securing the order.

- Local authority client

"Ms. Wylie and Morton Fraser made the whole process from initial consultation to the completion of our adoption so smooth and straight forward. Ms. Wylie explained everything to us very clearly and laid out our options and chances of success with honesty. She was approachable and nothing was ever too much trouble. If we had any worries or questions we were able to contact her and she would respond very quickly. The adoption process can be a daunting one especially having to go to court but Ms. Wylie was with us every step of the way and helped us to feel relaxed and comfortable. Our story had a happy ending thanks to her and we will never forget what she achieved for us. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ms. Wylie and Morton Fraser to anyone who is considering adoption."

- Private Client

Memberships

Publications and Presentations

July 2015
New Court of Session Family Protocol - New Court of Session Family Protocol
August 2014
Social Media Clauses in Pre Nups - Edinburgh Evening News