Individuals & Families Expertise
Lucia has considerable expertise in international divorce cases. Legal 500 2021/22 noted she "is probably the best in Scotland on cross-border issues. Razor sharp on the law." She has recently been appointed a Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers. She advises on matters of jurisdiction and has acted for clients based in the U.S, Asia, Middle East and Australia, including ex-pats. She is dual-qualified in Scots and English law, and so frequently advises on UK cross-border issues also. She regularly advises upon preparation of pre-nuptial agreements, whether just in Scotland or involving England or other countries.
Lucia also has considerable experience and interest in the niche area of farming divorce, and can advise farmers, landed estate owners, or spouses on the particular issues faced by them on relationship breakdown.
As an accredited mediator with the Law Society of Scotland and a member of CALM Scotland, she can mediate family and child disputes, or support individual clients going through mediation. She successfully resolves many of her cases through negotiation, where the couple enter into a separation agreement, but also has considerable experience successfully litigating in Court.
As well as acting for clients in Scottish cases, Lucia represents clients in cases relating to divorce and finance proceedings under English law or in the English courts.