Kirsty has been a key member of the Burgess Mee team for a decade having joined the firm in 2013 shortly after its inception. She was made a partner in 2021. Clients have praised Kirsty’s calm, supportive and positive approach. She advises clients on all issues arising from the breakdown of a marriage or a cohabiting relationship. She works with clients to find pragmatic solutions to issues concerning finances and children.
A significant proportion of Kirsty’s caseload involves engaging in out of court negotiations, going through a voluntary financial disclosure processes or private court hearings. Kirsty also advises clients who attend mediation, providing advice and support in the background, or, if required, attending hybrid mediation or round table meetings to ensure that clients are fairly and evenly represented during the mediation process. Kirsty is training to be a mediator.
When necessary, Kirsty will carefully guide clients through the court process providing sensible and robust advice.
Legal 500 (2022) described Kirsty as a standout lawyer being "calm, assured and knowledgeable – [she is a] experienced, impressive family lawyer" and in (2021) stated 'Kirsty Morris is really impressive, intelligent, robust, sensible, with the right combination of fantastic judgement and client care' and ' Kirsty Morris - Smart, well prepared and knows her stuff.'
Kirsty is recognised in the Legal 500 as ‘very impressive. She has excellent client care skills and fantastic judgement enabling her to offer sensible and pragmatic advice to clients’ and she is described as ‘intelligent and robust. Gives clear and realistic advice’ (2020).
Kirsty recognises that the breakdown of a relationship can lead to difficult emotional issues, which she deals with sensitively. She has undertaken levels 2 and 3 of the CPCAB Counselling Studies certificates which has given her a greater ability to assist clients though the emotional fallout of separation.
Kirsty is an active member of Resolution. She sits on the Resolution Cohabitation committee and drafts cohabitation and separation agreements as well as pre-nups and post-nups. She is a member of the Family Law Agreements Group, a group of family law professionals who aim to deal with issues around marital agreements sensitively and proportionately.
Kirsty studied law at Edinburgh University before completing her Diploma in Legal Practice at Aberdeen University. She trained at the leading Scottish firm of Brodies in Edinburgh, qualifying in June 2010. Kirsty is a qualified solicitor in Scotland and England and Wales. After moving to London upon qualification, Kirsty joined the Family Department at Mishcon de Reya where she spent two years practicing exclusively in family law. Due to her Scottish connections, Kirsty's caseload often involves advising on Anglo-Scottish cross border issues. Kirsty is also a member of the Family Law Association in Scotland and the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London.
A further area of interest is the intersection of capacity with family law. Kirsty has done a variety of cases for and against individuals who have impaired decision-making abilities as a result of mental health difficulties or serious illness.
As well as Edinburgh and London, Kirsty also has experience of working in the field of family law in the USA and France. She spent three months working at the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA, USA and completed a summer internship with Veronique Chauveau and Alexandre Boiche in Paris, France.