Elizabeth Welsh – Senior Partner
Elizabeth has been advising on family law for almost thirty years. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law. She is a founder member and past Chair of the Family Law Association in Scotland. She writes and lectures regularly on family law, having contributed to the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, the Family Law Association Bulletin, and Scolag. She has commented on family law issues for The Herald and The Scotsman and has appeared on Radio 4’s Money Box Live, West Sound and Radio Scotland. She has been invited to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament on family law legislation as well as assisting in research projects for the University of Edinburgh, and the Scottish and UK Governments.
Elizabeth has advised on the development of legislation on family law issues including changes to the rules for financial provision on divorce, domestic abuse, children’s hearings and stalking.
Trained in both mediation and collaborative techniques, these alternative methods inform the modern, proactive approach of her practice. She is appointed as a safeguarder in children’s hearings procedure, as a child welfare reporter by Ayr Sheriff Court, and also as a curator in adoption cases.
Elizabeth has served on the Education and Training, and Legal Aid committees of the Law Society of Scotland and continues to sit on their panel for the accreditation of specialists. She has served as a director of Hansel Foundation, and is currently a director of South Ayrshire Women’s Aid and Ayrshire Council on Alcohol.
Carolyn Paton – Partner
Carolyn is also accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law. She has been advising on family law for 32 years. She was formerly head of family law at The McKinstry Company, and before that was a partner with long established Ayrshire firm RA Logan & Co. Carolyn has written articles on family law matters for a local newspaper over a number of years. She is a member of the Family Law Association. Carolyn is also appointed as a child welfare reporter by Ayr Sheriff Court. She has trained and acted as a Citizens Advocate on a voluntary basis. She is Vice Dean of Ayr Faculty of Solicitors.
Julie Michel – Associate Solicitor
Julie graduated with honours in law and French from the University of Strathclyde and spent a year at the Université Jean Moulin III in Lyon as part of their Erasmus programme. She speaks French.
Julie trained with Maclay Murray and Spens in Glasgow and on deciding to develop her interest in family law, she joined Family Law Practice in 2010. She appears regularly in court as well as at children’s hearings. She has a particular interest in cases involving children, whether the issue is residence, contact or referral proceedings.
In all aspects of her practice and whatever the nature of the issue, Julie aims to deliver succinct and practical advice to enable each client to find the best solution for them. Julie is a member of the Family Law Association of Scotland.
Our support staff
The practice has a team of very experienced and well trained support staff. Each member of our team has an awareness of the need for sensitivity and discretion in dealing with clients who are often going through emotionally challenging situations. Efficient, and approachable, they help make every part of our clients’ experience of the practice a positive one.