Kirsty joined Burgess Mee in April 2013. She 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. During her time at Mishcon de Reya, Kirsty worked on complex, high net worth cases which often involved an international element.
Kirsty has experience of divorce and dissolution of civil partnership proceedings. She works on financial and private children cases and also provides legal advice to clients who are attending mediation and those who wish to negotiate a financial settlement or child arrangements out of court.
Kirsty advises unmarried clients when a relationship breaks down following a period of cohabitation. She is up to date with the latest developments in this growing area and sits on Resolution’s Cohabitation Committee. She also drafts cohabitation agreements and separation agreements.
Clients have praised Kirsty’s calm, supportive and positive approach. 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’ (2019).
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 thought the emotional fallout of separation.
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.
Kirsty is an active member of Resolution in England. She is also a member of the Family Law Association in Scotland and the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London.